Taste of Somerville Returns in June at a New Location

first_img Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* By Jacqueline Cain· 5/3/2017, 10:35 a.m. 000center_img Print Taste of Somerville Returns in June at a New Location The fest heads for greener pastures with more than 60 restaurants, craft beer, lawn games, and more. Taste of Somerville Photos providedYou probably have at least one friend who lives in Somerville. They’re always talking about bar-hopping around a bustling square, or dining at the latest hip spot in Winter Hill or East Somerville. Maybe you are that person in your group of friends.Here’s an opportunity to get your fill of the ’Ville all in one place. The Taste of Somerville returns this year, and it’s taking over a new, scenic locale. After 18 years in a pleasant but paved lot in Davis Square, the food festival is moving to Nathan Tufts Park in Powderhouse Square.“We’ve loved being in the heart of Davis Square the past few years, but the chance to move to this beautiful park space with lots of grass, lawn furniture and rugs to spread out on will make it feel like an entirely different event,” says Luke O’Neil, a member of the planning committee.The new location gives Taste of Somerville room to grow. After selling out 1,200 tickets over the past three years, organizers are expecting 2,000 guests this year, O’Neil says. The kid-friendly event has a pop-up parkour playground and a Somerville Fire Department truck to check out, and bocce courts, foosball, and cornhole.More than 60 vendors will be feeding the crowd, from Mana Poke Shop, Juliet, Kirkland Tap & Trotter, and more restaurants, to Somerville-based food trucks. For the first time, the city granted the fest a liquor license, so craft cocktails will be on the table in the VIP area. Aeronaut and other craft beers, plus wines, Tower Beverages sodas, and other drinks will satiate the masses in general admission.Put on by the dining and nightlife group of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, the annual event benefits two community groups: Somerville Home, which provides for the elderly, and the Walnut Street Center, supporting the city’s most vulnerable.The list of participating restaurants will grow as the festival approaches. Below, check out the confirmed attendees so far. The number of tickets available won’t increase, though, so aspiring Somerville scenesters, make sure you get yours.Taste of Somerville, $50-$75, Wednesday, June 14, 5-8 p.m., Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Powderhouse Square, Somerville, tasteofsomerville.org.Taste of Somerville(More to come)Boston Burger Co.Brass UnionBronwynCasa BCuisine en LocaleDave’s Fresh PastaEl PotroFive Horses TavernFlatbreadFoundry on ElmFuji at AssemblyGracie’s Ice CreamHighland KitchenHoliday InnJoshua Tree GrillJP LicksJulietKirkland Tap & TrotterLa PosadaMachu PicchuManoa Poke ShopMejuMount Vernon PubOat ShopOlde Magoun’s SaloonOrleansOutback SteakhousePJ RyanRedbonesRiver BarSaloonOn the Hill TavernThe BurrenThe IndependentTony C’sWhole FoodsBon MeComplimentsRoxy’s Gourmet Grilled CheeseRhythm ‘n WrapsPapi’s Stuffed SopapillasOath PizzaJust Add CookingNola’s Fresh Foods (Salsa)Carolina’sTower BeveragesKung Fu TeaSomerville High SchoolMEM Tea ImportsEspresso Pluslast_img read more

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Six New Bar Scenes to Check Out at Favorite Restaurants

first_img 2/22/2019, 3:15 p.m. By Jacqueline Cain· 93295 Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. center_img Print Restaurant News Six New Bar Scenes to Check Out at Favorite Restaurants Including a French wine bar on Newbury Street, a cozy salon in Cambridge, and more. There are a number of reasons an established restaurant decides to update its bar area, whether to shine a brighter light on a buzzy beverage program, offer an exclusive experience for VIPs, or simply just to give the people what they want. Here are six examples of just that, from a cozy salon at Café du Pays, to a dog-friendly outdoor bar at Short Path Distillery. A boozy excuse to revisit a standby spot? Don’t mind if we do.Apertivi and more drinks with Italian spirits are now made behind a new bar at Sportello. / Photo providedApertivo bar at Sportello Though the name of chef Barbara Lynch’s casual, Italian pasta house translates to “counter service,” Sportello has actually never had a bar where guests could dine and watch bartenders pour the wine and make the spritzes. That changed earlier this month, with a new, six-seat bar built into a space formerly occupied by the restaurant’s bakery. Custom-built with reclaimed wood by Lighthouse Woodworks (which also made the tables for Menton), the new bar at Sportello is first-come, first-serve for seating, but guests can request to sit there for lunch or dinner. The full menu is available, and the drink list by bar director Ashley Waugh (a former general manager at No. 9 Park) focuses on classic aperitivi like an Aperol Spritz, and an Italian Greyhound (Punt e Mes and grapefruit); and Italian spirits.348 Congress St., Boston, 617-737-1234, sportelloboston.com.A festive red fruit salad is on the menu at Bar à Vins 1855, now open from the La Voile Newbury team. / Photo provided by Jérôme BergèreBar à Vins 1855 at La Voile A well-known name in French dining has opened a totally separate, wine-focused bar upstairs from its Newbury Street location. The La Voile owners took over the former Roost Bistro space, and unveiled Bar à Vins 1855 in early February, says Jérôme Bergère. The longtime maitre d’ at La Voile Newbury, Bergère is actually at the helm in the kitchen at Bar à Vins, getting back to his culinary roots. His menu features wine-friendly snacks like a duo of cheeses and meats; bone marrow; salade Niçoise with a poached egg; and more. There are also grilled meat and fish entrees, such as salmon with leek fondue and beurre blanc; and beef skirt steak with béarnaise; and desserts, like a refreshing red fruit salad with Champagne. It all pairs with more than 45 options of “exquisite” wines by-the-glass, Bergère says. Bar à Vins, located directly above La Voile, is open nightly from 5-9 p.m., and it does accept reservations.259 Newbury St., Boston, 617-587-4222, lavoilerestaurants.com.January’s Burger Lyonnaise, one of the new monthly-rotating patties at COMB. / Photo by Michael PiazzaCOMB (Craigie on Main Bar)After 10 years in Central Square, acclaimed chef Tony Maws has plenty of new ideas. Among the new-decade updates is a new identity for the Craigie on Main bar—now known as COMB. The casual room is open nightly with a la carte bistro fare like a Turkish-spiced stew of Maine mussels and garbanzo beans; heritage pork rillettes; and squid-ink mafalde pasta with ham and mushroom ragout, plus a monthly-rotating burger special, and Sunday night Buffalo-soaked snacks. As Maws previously told Boston, “You have to achieve a level of consistency while creating new experiences that make things refreshed.” COMB is open Tuesday-Sunday from 5:30 p.m.-midnight.853 Main St., Cambridge, 617-497-5511, craigieonmain.com.Fenix is a high-end speakeasy located inside Nahita restaurant. / Photo by Erica FriskFenix Speakeasy at NahitaA glittering new restaurant is even more swanky than we anticipated: Nahita, which opened in the fall near Park Square, has a VIP speakeasy called Fenix tucked inside. The exclusive venue has its own menu of shareable bites, like spicy king crab tacos; baby corn elotes with cotija cheese and lime aioli; and spiced meatballs and pita bread. The 12-seat bar is stocked with premium spirits to make Fenix’s specialty cocktails, like Hi-Tea, with quinquina, hibiscus-infused Scotch, and singani orange bitters ($18). Fenix is open Thursday-Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight; inquire with the host at the door to get an invite. The speakeasy can also be booked for private events.100 Arlington St., Boston, 617-457-8130, nahitarestaurant.com.The outdoor patio at Short Path Distillery is now year-round, and home to a second bar. / Photo providedPatio Bar at Short Path Distillery A couple years into making small-batch rums, gins, and more in Everett, Short Path Distillery took over a neighboring lot outside and unveiled a warm-weather patio. Now, that space is covered, heated, and home to a second bar. The outdoor bar is dog-friendly, unlike the indoor tasting room, and it is staffed every Saturday from 3 until at least 8 p.m. to serve up libations like Early Riser (Autumn Gin, orange, cranberry, bitters, tonic); and the Santilli Smash with whiskey. Short Path is open Wednesday-Thursday from 5-11 p.m., Fridays from 2-11 p.m., Saturdays noon-11 p.m., and Sundays noon-6 p.m.71 Kelvin St., Everett, 857-417-2396, shortpathdistillery.com.The Salon at Cafe du Pays is a comfortable spot to snack and sip. / Photo providedThe Salon at Café du Pays The two-floor bistro at 233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave. is unique, with a darker, moodier dining room and a small, chic bar upstairs, and the lively kitchen, sunny windows, and extra seating down below. While dining at Café du Pays is comfortable and unfussy, there’s still a big appetite for more casual dining, says co-owner John Kessen—so the crew just revamped the downstairs room into a cozy, eclectic, lounge-style Salon where guests can walk in for a cocktail or wine, snacks, or even a full meal. “For years, people are wanting more and more to dine at the bar in restaurants. We wanted to offer a space that’s a lower barrier to entry,” Kessen says. Chef Dan Amighi’s full menu is available downstairs, but he’s also making rotating “Salon Snack” specials, like a non-vegan version of his oreilles de crisse (fried pork snacks), Montreal-spiced beef pastries, and more. The Salon opens Tuesday-Sunday at 4 p.m.233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave. Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-314-7297, cafedupays.com.last_img read more

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