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Whisk at Wink & Nod, Bukowski-inspired #RIPseries of beer

By Scott Kearnan  |  March 7, 2014

Whisk will command the kitchen at Wink & Nod. We're less than a week away from the official opening of the South End's new "speakeasy-style" cocktail lounge, Wink & Nod, which rolls out a series of sneak preview events for VIPs and special social media devotees on Wednesday. (Head here to find out how to get inside early.) Now we know who is going to be in the kitchen: Phillip Kruta and Jeremy Kean, the 30 Under 30 honorees behind the prolonged-pop-up concept that is Whisk. Wink & Nod posted this photo of a menu draft on its Facebook account, showing off a "Whisk at Wink & Nod" logo, and the restaurant has confirmed to Zagat that the chef duo will be providing a seasonal "a la carte menu of New American plates and bar snacks" that includes "staple dishes familiar to fans of Whisk's past pop-ups." 

Blue Room debuts bar menu. Last night the eclectic Kendall Square restaurant The Blue Room debuted its first-ever bar menu, and there are some tasty morsels involved. Confit duck leg with pickled raisin, braised oxtail with smoked tomato and polenta, smoked lamb ribs and some fun floats (think orange sherbert with root beer) are among the offerings. 

Bukowski-inspired beer on the way. We'll drink to this. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the death of Charles Bukowski, Bukowski Tavern has teamed up with a dozen local breweries to create the #RIPSeries of beers honoring the late writer; a portion of every pint sale will be donated to a Boston literacy organization, according to this update on the tavern's Facebook page. This Sunday, March 9 from 6-9 PM the Cambridge spot will celebrate with a launch party of the first in the series: "Pulp," a hibiscus red ale from Portico Brewing Company that is named for the last novel published before Bukowski's death. You'll also be able to find the #RIPSeries rolled out at the other locations within the restaurant family: Lower Depths, Estelle's Southern Cuisine, The Tip Tap Room, Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, Parish Cafe, and Parish Cafe II.