Weekend Planner: December 6-8
Friday. Last week saw the opening of Row 34, the Fort Point sibling to Island Creek Oyster Bar. If you're still looking for a reason to check it out, here's one: Tonight, December 6, score 6 oysters for $6, plus $6 brews. (Noticing a theme?) It's part of a one night only visit from California's Hog Island Oyster Co.; they'll be serving their bivalves alongside specimens from Duxbury's Island Creek Oyster Farm, so that guests can discover the difference between the East and West Coast varieties. Besides shucking, they'll also be shilling a Best Coast Holiday Package, a gift box of two-dozen oysters from each farm for $89, exclusively for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve delivery. The rest of the dining room will be open, if you'd rather give the rest of the menu a whirl (617-553-5900).
Friday through Sunday. The available holiday shopping days are growing shorter, so get thee to Holiday Arts & Eats at Somerville's waterfront Assembly Row. Besides an opportunity to browse unique goods from dozens of local artisans, theree's an impressive food truck caravan on site: The Bacon Truck, Baja Taco, Boston's Baddest Burger and Mei Mei Street Kitchen are among the 25 vendors on site. Friday night things kick off with Arts & Eats After Dark at 6 PM, when $10 admission gives you the chance to graze the trucks, sip local beers and warm up with mulled wine. Head over to the website for details on additional weekend hours.
Saturday. We hate to break it to you, but: your Instagram food photos leave a lot to be desired. (Don't worry, it happens to the best of us.) Brush up on oyster knowledge and iPhone snapping skills simultaneously at "They Shoot Oysters, Dont They?" hosted by the Oyster Century Club. Tickets are $25 (here) for a lunch at Mare of half price oysters and appetizers on the house from 12-2 PM. It will be accompanied by a tutorial on smart phone food shooting by award-winning photographer Brian Samuels.