Boston Weekend Planner: October 18-20
Friday and Saturday: L'Espalier chef Frank McClelland hosts the next installment of his Apple Street Farm dinners, a seasonal series that takes place at his home and 14-acre working farm in Essex. Tonight and tomorrow is the Essex Harvest Feast, a wine-paired, five-course extravaganza where guests will reap what McClelland and his staff have sown. Read: a grilled quail salad, Eastern halibut and lobster poached in black truffle, and pit-roasted venison with chestnut. Doors (or rather, the field) opens at 5:30 PM both evenings; dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Tickets ($180) can be reserved by calling 617-262-3023.
Saturday: Free things you might expect to accompany a book purchase: a bookmark, a magazine trial subscription, and maybe a paper cut. (Ow.) And yet, Jamaica Plain tapas den Tres Gatos (shown) is getting much more generous on Saturday at 3PM, when it hosts author Peter Liem. Buy his book Sherry, Manzanilla, and Montilla and you'll get a free guided sherry tasting with bites from chef Marcos Sanchez: like fried sweetbread pintxo and sherry vinegar-pickled bait fish. Sweet!
Sunday: From noon to 4 PM, the Smoke This Rib Fest will take over Cambridge Street in East Cambridge (between Fulkerson and Fifth), pitting pit master against pit master. Winner: the rest of us. Each taste ticket ($20 here) scores you 10 rib samples from the participating restaurants, including Bambara, East Coast Grill, Redbones and Trina's Starlite Lounge. (You'll also get to vote for your top pick.) Between bites, enjoy chef demos and live music. Also, wipe your face. Other side. You missed a spot.