Get Ready for Taste 2017 (Nov 14)

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

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Each year, Bostonians eagerly await the latest edition of Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston issue to see what is new and hot.

Boston’s savviest set, however, knows that the real scene is at the magazine’s annual Taste event, which will take place this year on November 14 at the children’s Museum in Boston.

At the eighth annual event, chefs, mixologists, and other tasty tastemakers from all around the Boston area will come together to show off their latest ideas while participating in the singularly great idea of raising money for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Among this year’s featured faves will be Mario Battali’s Babbo, Jason Santos’ Buttermilk & Bourbon, Loïc Le Garrec and Sandrine Rossi,’s Frenchie, corned beef Sultan Steve Peljovich of Michael’s Deli, and Andy Husbands’ Smoke Shop (which will soon be opening right across the street from the Museum!). There will also be supper sippers from our local heroes at Blue Fire Coffee, and Polar Beverages.

So if you think you are in the know, get a ticket or two to the Taste and be sure!

 

www.bostonmagazine.com/taste

 

 

 

“Pastromedy” comes to Beverly

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

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As he was one of the creative minds behind Food Network and currently serves as the sometimes mayor of Boston Public Market, it may be no surprise that Joe Langhan – the man behind the always delicious Beantown Pastrami at the Market – has come up with another creative food-related idea.

By combining forces with the North Shore’s dynamic duo of Vickie and Peter Van Ness- who run the popular listening room 9Wallis next to the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly, Langhan has not only enhanced the show schedule but also the menu by adding his amazing sandwiches to their Friday lunch comedy series to make…wait for it…Pastromedy!

Every Friday from noon to 2, guests can fill their bellies with Joe’s amazing pastrami while enjoying belly laughs from some of the area’s top comics. It makes for a great lunch break and a break from the everyday.

And speaking of every day, be sure to make Beantown Pastrami a regular visit. Joe is always glad to see you!

 

www.beantownpastrami.com

http://9wallis.com/

 

 

Chef Nick Calias hits another homer for Pedro Martinez Foundation Nov 3

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

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After pairing up with such fellow star chefs as Tony Maws, Jason Santos, Karen Ackunowicz, Rodney Murillo, and Josh Ziskin to support Share Our Strength and fight hunger, Colonnade Hotel and Brasserie Jo chef Nick Calias has teamed up with another local legend to help raise money for an important cause.

On November 3, Chef Nick and Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez will host the 10th annual fundraising gala for Pedro’s charity, which will benefit the people struggling the Caribbean after the climate change-fed hurricanes and other disasters.

Pedro and Nick have both been dedicated to using their talents and fame to support those less fortunate their entire lives, so it is natural for them to come together. And with Pedro’s star power and Chef Nick’s oven firepower (and scheduled appearances by Eduardo Nunez, Rafael Devers, Fernando Abad, and other Sox stars), the evening is sure to be a delicious hit.

 

For more information, go to www.pedromartinezcharity.com

 

Kane’s offers (fortified) flavors of the season

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

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It’s October, which in this area means two things- donuts and beer!

How fortunate, then, that our friends at Sam Adams and Angry Orchard have joined creative forces with our other friends at Kane’s Donuts to combine these two fall favorites!

Through October, Kane’s in Saugus and Boston will be offering this autumnal pair of limited edition donuts. The Pumpkin Ale donut is a cake-style donut made with Sam Adams’ Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale, freshly-ground cinnamon and nutmeg that is dipped in a glaze that is also made from the revolutionary brew. The Angry Orchard Hard Cider is a traditional cider donut with a difference- that difference being about 6% alcohol that is even infused into the honey glaze on top!

Both of these seasonal specials are in addition to Kane’s freshly-made and locally-sourced and inspired treats – including such other fall faves as the Apple Spice Filled Donut, a gluten-free pumpkin spice variety, and an Apple Caramel Crunch cupcake, all of which will also be available throughout the month.

So even if the popular Patriots donuts are falling a bit out of favor as the team seems to topple toward the inured reserve list, fans of these great local flavors need not fear for the creative cooks at Kane’s are always on the case.

 

www.kanesdonuts.com

 

 

Read (and heed) The Deckchair Gardener

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As summer comes to an end, many look at their yards and wonder what might have been. What might have been if they had spent another few hours pruning or mowing or…

I am not one of those people!

Sure, I want a nice lawn and maybe even a garden, but between writing for over 100 publications, speaking to millions on the radio, teaching writing and boxing, and raising twins (not to mention marital duties), I do not have the time!

Fortunately, I found a cute little guide for people like me.

Written by famed British gardener Anne Wareham, The Deckchair Gardener (published by Michael O’Mara Books) is a slim volume that is worth its weight in mulch. Instead of telling people what they should or must do (like so many gardening guides and shows do), Wareham prunes down the necessities of gardening to the bare essentials, making garden care as minimal as Bonsai care. While some of her UK references may be lost on we Colonists, the snippets of garden-themed verse and cute gnome illustrations and tips give the book a sense of liberation and fun that is as as refreshingly welcome as the first blooms in spring (they are supposed to bloom in Spring, right?).

 

 

www.mombooks.com

 

Take The Street to Ronsky’s

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After hosting such local legends as Kane’s Donuts and Third Piece knitting before moving to the back of the building to host many of Commonwealth Kitchen’s mentionable members, the Pop-Up store at The Street has a permanent resident in the form of Ronsky’s, a new, Italian-inspired café helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Ron Suhanosky.

Though the space itself is relatively small, the offerings and flavors are big and satisfying. From hand-crafted coffee drinks buck all others stars for Peet’s sake (including their arrestingly yummy Red Eye and authentic Cortado) to hot cider and even international beer and wine, Ronsky’s is a great place to drop by during the day to refuel or after work to relax. Sweet snacks include fresh muffins and scones, as well as Italian Pizzelle and Cannoli that are filled while you watch (and salivate), as well as three- or five-packs of office meeting-friendly Zeppole and a banana Nutella bread that is just the best!

The Panini menu offers all-day faves that range from eggs to avocado toast with arugula to meatballs with whipped Ricotta, and a quattro formaggi grilled cheese that is just like Nonni used to make, but maybe even better! Salad fans have their pick among baby kale, iceberg wedges, arugula, and a fresh caprese with pesto.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, Chef offers customized private experiences for 6-12 guests and every afternoon features his new Apertivo hour from 3-6 PM, during which guests can enjoy six antipasti with a glass of Spumante for $12.

So whether you are shopping, working, or looking for a new palce to enjoy authentic Italian tastes without so much travel, Ronsky’s should pop into your life soon.

 

www.rosnkys.com

 

Need to axe where to go in Boston? Cut your way to Carrie Nation!

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

Though our area is home to some of the best mixologists around, it can still be hard to get a drink in some towns. A lot of this has to do with the efforts of Ms. Carrie Nation, who led the pre-Prohibition temperance movement with her signature hatchet.

While Ms. Nation is gone, her legacy lives on, ironically in one of the best bars and eating establishments in Boston.

Located in the shadow of the State House, Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail Club offers a bright and open dining room and front bar area that is the place to see and be seen on the political scene by day and to feast your eyes on some of Boston’s most eligible bachelors and -ettes by night. Once a connection has been made, you may want to make your way to the speakeasy in back for a romantic interlude or just a game of billiards. Either way, it is sure to be a memorable visit!

Speaking of memorable, the food at Carrie Nation is also impressive and the bars certainly live up to their reverse psychology legacy. So whether you want a tastefully energetic hall for a family or business meeting or a quieter spot for something more intimate, Ms. Nation may not be happy to serve you, but the staff at her eponymous establishment are and the menu is surely a hatchet cut above the rest.

 

www.carrienationcocktailclub.com

 

 

Something new is (always) cooking at Farm Grill

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

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It has been a bit since we checked in with our friends at Farm Grill in Newton. Apparently, big changes have been afoot!

In addition to offering an unbeatable deal on grilled octopus, the Grill has also added a full liquor license that features both Greek and international wines, beers, and other drinks (including their exclusive deal with the popular Greek sparkling juice beverage known as “vap”), the Grill has decided to limit its hours somewhat so it can expand its offerings. So while the Needham Street restaurant is currently closed on Sundays, many people have been renting the space for parties and events with one of the best built-in caterers around. Speaking of catering, the Grill has been seen (and enjoyed) at some of the best parties in the area, including many corporate events, weddings, and even bar mitzvahs! There is also talk of new locations, but for now, the booming scene in Newton is the place to be and the Farm Grill is still a great place to eat.

 

www.farm-grill.com

 

 

Parish Cafe celebrates 25 years

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

The following is a “script” for one of Matt’s forthcoming segments:

Much to our delight and the delight of our listeners, the Boston dining scene has blossomed over the past 25 years with new taste sensations arriving almost daily.

Through it all, however, one place has remained both a safe bet for great food and a leading-edge pioneer of whatever iss next.

The Parish Café and Bar on Boylston Street and in the South End has been a staple of the Boston scene for a quarter-century. And while its fun vibe and great food and service have not changed, the thing that keeps the Parish fresh is its willingness- nay desire- to change its menu.

Instead of hanging its fortunes on the talents of one chef, Parish has continually sought to partner with Boston’s many great chefs and to invite them all to contribute recipes for its ever-evolving sandwich selection. From Jason Bond to Tiffany Faison to Chris Schlesigner and on and on, Boston’s best have always been comfortable collaborating with the talented team of co-owners Gordon Wilcox and Sean Simmons, and many have even benefitted by having the opportunity to try new ideas outside their own kitchens. The ones who benefit most, of course, are the diners who come back again and again seeking the latest taste sensation.

So no matter what you are in the mood for, drop by the Parish for lunch or dinner and enjoy an old favorite or see what the next big buzz will be about.

 

www.parishcafe.com

 

Odyssey Cruises

Matt regularly appears with Jordan Rich on “Connoisseur’s Corner” which airs on Boston’s 50,000-watt CBS affiliate WBZ AM 1030 weekdays at 11:55 AM.

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As the Seaport continues to be (over)developed, many of the stand-out architecture and experiences seem to be fading into the background and it can be easy to lose perspective on the jewel the city has added in recent years.

One good way to get a great view of it all is to take a break and set a satisfying sail on the Odyssey.

With three decks of locally-sourced dining and live entertainment (not the least of which is provided by the breathtaking views and maybe even the other guests!), the Odyssey offers power lunches and romantic dinners that cannot be replicated on land. Chef Anthony Paris makes the most of local fare and the options are plentiful either off the menu or at the overflowing buffet tables. And unlike on other off-shore adventures, all the foo dis made onboard and can be prepared to order! For up to 480 guests There are also multiple full bars that offer everything from beer and wine to signature cocktails that come in souvenir glasses. However, you will not really need anything extra to remember your voyage, as the food, the sights and the entire experience are truly something special!

www.odysseycruises.com/boston