This Week's Top Boston Restaurant and Food News

By Scott Kearnan  |  April 11, 2014
Credit: Goldones Photography/COCHON555

Harvest chef Mary Dumont took the crown at Cochon 555 when the annual extravaganza of pork came to Boston. Dumont took down four other toques for the honor, including last year's winner Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow, and can now compete at the Grand Cochon at June's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Also celebrating a victory was Ribelle bar manager Sean Woods, who took home the "Punch King" title. [Zagat Boston]

This week we discovered a new dining experiment on the way: Cafe Artscience, a wild sounding new space opening in September in Kendall Square. The 120-seat restaurant is the brainchild of Harvard professor David Edwards, a Mr. Wizard of foodstuffs who creates things like inhaled chocolate, and will open next door to Edwards' Le Laboratoire Cambridge: a forthcoming sibling to his Paris-based facility. Expect an experimental menu from Eastern Standard's Tom Mastricola and cocktail program from (soon-to-be) Clio alum Todd Maul, known for his mad scientist-style approach to mixology. [Boston magazine]

This week we learned that a 17-year veteran of the North End's elegant Mamma Maria is shipping over to MAST', a Mediterranean slated to open downtown this Spring. Chef Celio Pereira will command the kitchen in what might be an especially cool new place; it sounds as though "steampunk flourishes" will be part of the design from HGTV personality and Restaurant: Impossible designer Taniya Nayak. [Zagat Boston]

In one of the week's more amazing highlights, Commonwealth chef Steve "Nookie" Postal shared with Eater a cease-and-desist letter he received from the Girl Scouts of the USA. Apparently the official organization of miniature cookie hawkers was not super amused by Nookie's "Naughty Girl Scout 3.0", Commonwealth's house made ice cream flavored with peanut butter patty Girl Scout cookies with banana and vanilla.The ice cream is now off the menu, though Postal told Eater that it was time to ditch it for the season anyway. [Eater Boston]

Alt-weekly newspaper DigBoston announced the winners of its "Dig This" awards, including those in the "Eats & Drinks" category. Among the winners: Uni for Sushi, Friendly Toast for Breakfast, jm Curley for late night noshes, The Salty Pig for gastropub. Find the full list here. [DigBoston]

Looking to the world of weekly round-ups, we covered the basis for two important upcoming holidays. Hop over and check out the 10 Best Bets for Easter Brunch in Boston, or get your Passover plans lined up with this list of 7 Spots for Celebrating Passover. If you're itching to get out of Boston for the weekend, gas up the car and hit the road to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of northern New England's best cities for dining; we gathered up 10 Reasons to Drive to Portsmouth. But if you'd rather use the weekend to work on your at-home culinary skills, stock your pantry with from our picks of 6 Up-and-Coming Food Artisans in Boston. (Or let a real chef do the work, and follow our suggestions on where to find their products used in local kitchens.) [Zagat Boston]