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What to Do This Week in Boston

By Scott Kearnan  |  August 25, 2014

Monday. Eat well, do good. Head to The Tip Tap Room from 6-9 PM tonight, where chef Brian Poe will host "Chefs for Clefts," a fundraiser for the Global Surgical Initiative at nearby Mass General Hospital. The evening's proceeds will assist Dr. Jay Austen in his work to support burn victims and children born with facial deformities and cleft lips. Tickets are $50 at the door, and earn you access to an open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres with a "Night in Colombia" theme: empanadas, summer corn and cheese arepas, and goat cheese-stuffed buenelos and the like. Meanwhile up for bidding in a silent auction will be three-course paired "dinners for ten" at top restaurants: like chef Chris Coombs' Boston Chops and Deuxave, Andy Husbands' Tremont 647, Michael Scelfo's Alden & Harlow, Lydia Shire's Scampo.

Tuesday. Toast the (beginning of the) end of the season with the final installment of the Summer Beer Dinner series at Posto, which has featured various local and national brews paired with five courses of Italian fare. Each dinner is also overseen by a rep from the respective brewery, so guests get insight into what makes the suds so special. On Tuesday, August 26 that will be Michael Oxton, founder of Night Shift Brewing - which, by the way, recently moved into its new taproom. (One of the hottest beer halls around.) Tickets are $63 each; call 617-625-0600 to reserve.

Wednesday. Dessert is the sweet finish to every meal. But on Wednesday, August 27, pastry chef Brian Mercury (pictured) at Harvest Restaurant will host Sugar Rush 2014, a special evening where dessert is the meal. At 7:30 PM, guests will receive a 5-course dessert tasting menu prepared by Mercury and other top pastry chefs from across the city: Jared Bacheller of L'Espalier, Molly Rabideau of Oleana, Kelsey Rusch of Bergamot, and Jessica Scott of Brown Butter Bakery. Can't make it? Fear not. A second installment will go down on Wednesday, September 3, when Mercury will be joined by Giselle Miller of Liquid Art House, Molly Hanson of Grill 23 and Post 390, Jaime Davis of Deuxave, and Moncia Glass of Clio and Uni. Reserve tickets ($65; additional $25 for wine pairing) by calling 617-868-2255.

Thursday. Get in the spirit of a seven-course dinner and pairing menu at the Harborside Grill and Patio at the Hyatt Harborside. At 6 PM on Thursday, August 28, chef Kaeo Yuen will present a dinner accompanied by craft spirits from South Boston-based GrandTend Distilling. It's not often we head to the airport to enjoy something made so close to home. Tickets are $80 and can be reserved by calling 617-568-6060. 

Friday. File under: Happiest Hour. From 6-9:30 PM on Friday, August 29, the waterfront World Trade Center concourse will be filled with over 100 different styles of locally made beers during Mass Brewers Fest, a chance to mix, mingle, and sip your way through Bay State suds makers. The five-year running event will also unveil a cask English Mild, a collaboratively made brew that will be available in various versions that showcase each brewer's unique tweak on the base beer. Plus: live music and 2,000 of your soon-to-be-best drinking buddies. Tickets are $40 here.

Saturday. City Wine Tours has already been offering some educational imbibing strolls throughout area neighborhoods, but on Saturday, August 30 the company launches its first Sparkling Wine Tour, a Harvard Square variations that focuses specifically on champagne, Prosecco and Spanish cava with food pairings. The trio of destinations is Nubar, First Printer and Finale, and the tours run from 3-5 PM on Saturdays. Get tickets ($66) for the kick-off or future dates here.

Sunday. Labor Day weekend seems like the perfect time for a picnic. So on Sunday, August 31 check out the next RSVPicnic experience at Artu. The reservation-only outing is chance to book a picnic basket for two stocked with a seasonal prix fixe dinner for two from the North End restaurant: right now, that includes rosemary garlic-marinated grilled chicken, calamari salad, ricotta cookies and more. (Wine is available too.) A map in your basket will guide you to a nearby grassy patch of your choice, and you'll just need to return the basket by 2 PM the following day. Get all the details and reserve a remaining basket ($99) here