News Bites: La Brasa Update, Girl Scout Cookies

By Scott Kearnan  |  February 6, 2014

Chefs put spins on Girl Scout Cookies. 'Tis the season when all your parent-friends (and mercilessly adorable nieces and nephews) start begging you to buy boxes of Girl Scout cookies. But what happens if Thin Mints and Tagalongs wind up in the hands of actual chefs? Find out tonight from 6-8 PM at "Cookie Creations," a Girl Scouts fundraiser at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge. Pastry chefs from Area Four, Henrietta's Table, Finale and other area restaurants will find a way to cook up creative desserts and appetizers using one of the eight cookie varieties. Tickets are $35. 

La Brasa update. Boston Magazine caught up with chef Daniel Bojorquez, the L'Espalier alum preparing to open his long-awaited La Brasa in Somerville (a rendering seen here), and cleared the air on a few things. The big one: contrary to prior reports from just about everybody over the last year, it will not be Peruvian chicken-focused. (In retrospect, that seems a little limiting.) The common denominator, rather, is that everything will be cooked with wood-fueled live fire from a custom stove. The meat-heavy menu, though, will invoke diverse elements of Mexican, French, Middle Eastern and yes, Peruvian cuisines, among others. As for the opening: it's now looking like a late March date. 

East Coast Grille goes Caribbean. On Monday, February 10, East Coast will get Jamaican for a special "Bob Marley Birthday Bash," trotting out music (obviously) and a menu inspired by the islands: think meat pie with banana guava ketchup, conch chowder, crispy whole snapper with mango-chile marmalade, and spicy jerk chicken with fried yucca and ginger-tomato glaze.