Weekend Planner: March 14-16
Friday. Prepare for March Madness: Beer Edition. Competitive drinkers will want to head to Ducali in the North End today, when the restaurant launches its Beer Bracket Tournament. 16 craft beers have been divided into four regions; each region will dominate the draft for one week, and the top-selling winner of each will compete for the championship prize: a permanent spot on the Ducali tap for the rest of the year. Tonight through Thursday, March 20, the tourney kicks off with the "Boston Bracket": Samuel Adams Rebel IPA, Harpoon Dark, Clown Shoes IPA and Pretty Things St. Botolph's Town.
Friday through Tuesday. Blast the Bjork and - hmm, well, it seems our pop culture references for Iceland are rather limited. All the more reason to learn up about Boston's nearest European neighbor during A Taste of Iceland, a multi-day festival that will include a special Icelandic menu available at Rialto. Icelandic chef Hakon Mar Orvarsson, winner of Bocuse d'Or and the World Culinary Cup, collaborated with our own chef Jody Adams to create a four-course meal of traditional tapas-style dishes that includes fresh Arctic char, free-range Icelandic lamb and Skyr of the Vikings, a type of Icelandic yogurt. Head here for info on other festival elements, including a hipster-friendly series of Icelandic bands at The Middle East, a cocktail-making class at The Liberty Hotel, and a social media-based "digital scavenger hunt."
Sunday. Remember: early bird gets the donut. Stacked Donuts, the new weekend pop-up from No. 9 Park and Top Chef alum Stephanie Cmar (pictured), has been a runaway success since she launched it last month. (Check out our post-launch chat with Cmar here.) So fans have been lining up early to get a taste of her creations, which have been selling out within about an hour. On Sunday, Stacked moves from a multi-week engagement at The Butcher Shop to Commonwealth in Kendall Square, where it will return on Sunday, March 23 as well. Good news: sales start at 10 AM (Butcher Shop opened at 9), so you'll get a little extra sleep out of the deal. But don't get too comfortable. With flavors like maple crumble and salted chocolate and raspberry on the agenda, they're still sure to move fast. (Important: donuts are $3 each, cash-only. And if you're still hungry, Commonwealth's weekly "Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch" follows.)
Sunday. This weekend sees the launch of Dine Out Boston on March 16. The Restaurant Week redux is taking a new approach, with restaurants able to choose their own number of courses and set a discounted price from three options for lunch and dinner. Where to start? We're glad you asked. Check out our guide to the 10 Dine Out Boston Reservations to Make Right Now, which should help you find the tastiest deals.