Weekend Planner: June 6-8
Friday. Can you cut loose from the office and start your weekend early? (We won't tell HR.) City Wine Tours, which runs neighborhood-based tasting tours of city restaurants and wine shops, launches Friday dates today. From 3 to 5 PM, guests will sip their way through a trio of North End locations - Aragosta, Artu Rosticeria & Trattoria or Gennaro’s 5 North Square, and Wine Bottega or Boston Bottles. Enjoy some new varietals, nosh on food pairings and pick up some vino-related trivia along the way. Tickets ($66) for the kickoff and future Fridays are available here.
Saturday. Head over to Assembly Row (a new retail, restaurant and residential complex) for the first Somerville Food Truck Festival, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $5 in advance or at the gate for access to about two dozen food trucks serving up all sorts of delights, from Roxy's Gourmet Grilled Cheese (pictured) to Vietnamese favorite Bon Me, from ice cream sandwiches at Frozen Hoagies to spicy fusion from The Latin Spoon. Plus, it's one of our 10 Food Events to Look Forward to This Summer; check out the rest here.
Saturday. From 11 AM to 1:30 PM, Soon Spoon and The Opus Affair will cohost Pastry Pairings 2.0: Paint the Hill, the second installment of an art- and food-driven collaboration. Here's how it works: Buy $25 tickets here, and you'll receive a map guiding you to locations around Beacon Hill, where artists will be painting en plein air. Like an outdoor open studios tour, you'll have the chance to watch them at work (and then, if so moved, to buy the resulting art at an evening reception at Sloane Merrill Gallery, 6-8 PM). As part of the art crawl, the Soon Spoon and Opus Affair teams have joined with jm Curley and Bogie's Place pastry chef Kate Holowchik to create three stations - interspersed throughout the tour - serving iced coffees and pastries like carrot cake cheesecake with pickled pineapple, bacon s'mores brownies and lemon poppy seed bars with balsamic strawberry swirl. Tickets are $25 here, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Beacon Hill Civic Association.
Saturday. Looking for a reason to take out that tux? Here's one: The Gift of Life, a creative black-tie gala at Sandrine's Bistro benefiting the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. On Saturday at 6:30 PM, you can rub elbows with designers during a four-course dinner prepared by Maitre Cuisinier d'France Raymond Ost of Sandrine's, along with chefs Mary Dumont of Harvest, Daniel Bruce of Meritage and the Boston Harbor Hotel, Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley's Bistro and pastry chefs Courtney Civiterelle and Lee Napoli. Tickets are $300 here.