Weekend Planner: December 27-29
Friday. All good things must come to an end, and today is your last chance to pop by the Revere Hotel Boston Common for "Pop It Like It's Hot," the spot's (free!) gourmet hot chocolate pop-up. The weekly Friday concept has featured rotating guest toques (like Hell's Kitchen alum Jason Santos of Blue Inc. and Brian Poe of the Rattlesnake) who put a chef-driven spin on the toasty seasonal sips: think flavors like candy cane cream pie. The honor of closing things out today goes to Revere executive chef Bader Ali, who will serve mugs of Molten Chocolate cocoa from 3-6 PM. (Also available: treats from Carlo's Bakery of Cake Boss fame.) Though the hot chocolate is free, guests are encouraged to offer a pay-what-you-want amount that will be donated to The Home For Little Wanderers, a local nonprofit offering residential care for kids.
Friday. Brackets are narrowing in Beer Wars, a "Final Four"-style series of dinners at the Faneuil Hall location of McCormick & Schmick's that pit competing guest breweries against each other. For $55 you'll get a dinner that includes shrimp and andouille jambalaya and barbecue ribs, and you'll sip on suds from Watch City Brewing Co. and River Walk Brewing Co. in a first-round face off. Head here for information on reservations — and to scope the upcoming lineup.
Saturday. In New England, eating fresh and local can be tough in the winter months, when availability dwindles and most farmers markets go into hibernation mode. But it's possible: this month the Somerville Winter Farmers Market kicks off, and it runs through the end of March at the Center for Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Avenue). The market brings together over two dozen weekly rotating vendors that offer local and regional produce, cheese, eggs, meats, fish, breads and artisanal foods. Stock up on winter greens and New Year's Eve dinner ingredients on Saturday, December 28, from 9:30 AM-2 PM.
Sunday. Local foodies know JJ Gonson as the woman behind Cuisine En Locale, a locavore chef service that offers a popular prepared meal CSA and stages some thrilling and thematic ONCE (One Night Culinary Event) special event dinners. But Gonson, a fixture in the late '80s and '90s punk clubs, also spent years as a band manager and music photographer who shot concert and candid moments of bands like Nirvana. Sunday, December 29, will be the last night to check out some of her photo work that has been hanging at Jamaica Plain tapas restaurant-slash-record store Tres Gatos; Gonson will be on hand for a farewell reception from 6-8 PM.