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Boston Food Events: Tap Takeovers & Chefs at Summer Camp

By Scott Kearnan  |  April 28, 2014
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Monday, April 28. Something that happens every two years: An Olympics Game, where international athletes rank up amazing stats. Something else that happens every two years: Dogfish Head brews its World Wide Stout, with an impressive ABV of 18 percent. (Warning: Do not attempt gymnastics after drinking.) Tonight starting at 5 PM, Somerville's Olde Magoun's Saloon will host a Tap Takeover with seven of Dogfish Head's limited release brews, including the World Wide Stout; Birra Etrusca, a pre-Roman ale of heirloom Italian wheat and pomegrantes; and Immort Ale, brewed with Massachusetts maple syrup and peat-smoked barley and juniper. 

Tuesday, April 29. If you're in the mood for a lot less beer and a little more wine, Bergamot is the place to be tomorrow night. The Somerville gem will host a five-course wine dinner with Belle Pente, a vineyard and winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley that employs natural, biodynamic viticulture practices. Among the pairings: a 2011 pinot noir with Moroccan-spiced Peking duck in a stinging nettle-duck broth, and a 2009 chardonnay with sole "Veronique" and peekytoe crap. Reserve a seat ($110, not including tax and gratuity) by calling ahead: 617-576-7700.

Wednesday, April 30. Finally, a family-style dinner where we are completely absolved of clean-up responsibilities! On Wednesday at 6:30 PM, Arlington's Ristorante Olivio will host a family-style pig roast that starts with an antipasto course of salumi, bruschetta and more. Then come the pig parts, accompanied by paired wines and sides like caramelized Brussels sprouts and sausages and goat cheese braised potatoes. A Sicilian rum cake rounds it out for dessert, and the cost per head is just $55 - a price generous enough to feel like a family deal. (Tax and gratuity not included, and call ahead to reserve: 781-648-2300.)

Thursday, May 1. Many people have fond memories of younger years spent at summer camp. (Except for that one time the big guy with the hockey mask showed up.) So this Thursday, several top chefs from around Boston are teaming up for The Maine Course, a fundraiser for the Agassiz Village Summer Camp, which for 80 years has helped send underserved urban youth to enriching summer camp programs on Maine's Lake Thompson. The foodie fundraiser will go down from 6-9 PM at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston, and tickets are $125 (here) for access to a tasting from participating restaurants like Boston Chops, Coppa, Island Creek Oyster Bar and No. 9 Park