Tips Included: A weekly guide to eating your way around Boston

A Roald Dahl dinner, a wine tasting, and two grand openings.

Beer from Backlash Brewery.
Backlash Brewery will host its grand opening this weekend. –Courtesy Backlash Brewery

Welcome to Tips Included, a digest of the most important (and interesting) Boston restaurant and bar news right now. Each week, we bring you can’t-miss food events and openings, from neighborhood food festivals and pop-up dinners to the newest places to get your brunch fix. Looking for more food news? Check out everything going on in the Boston food scene at

What’s happening

Try a roast beef sandwich at Hot Box during Bow Market’s grand opening party on Saturday. —Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Les Zygomates wine tasting
Hoping to brush up on your wine knowledge? Dive into the world of Chardonnay with a wine tasting from Lorenzo Savona at French bistro Les Zygomates. Savona will guide sippers through a tasting of Old World and New World wines, paired with small bites from executive chef Guara Pimenta. (Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.; Les Zygomates, Boston; $35)


Tricks and Treats: An edible homage to Roald Dahl
Literature and food will collide at Juliet’s Roald Dahl dinner, celebrating iconic dining moments from the writer’s most beloved books. Dishes included in the three-course meal will be inspired by “George’s Marvelous Medicine,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Danny The Champion of the World.” (Sorry, nothing from “The Witches.”) A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen. (Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.; Juliet, Somerville; $75)

Grand opening of Bow Market
Bow Market technically opened over the summer, but vendors have been trickling in since then, with a handful debuting in the past month. This weekend, the market will finally host a grand opening party with live music, food and drink specials, and a ribbon cutting by the mayor of Somerville. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy your drinks throughout the entire public market space, meaning you can shop at the market’s vintage stores with a glass of wine from Rebel Rebel in hand. (Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon; Bow Market, Somerville; prices vary)

Backlash Beer Co. grand opening party
Another grand opening is scheduled this weekend as Backlash Beer Co., the Roxbury brewery that opened in September, will host an official opening party on Saturday. Take in beer, arcade games, food, and cornhole, and don’t put away your Halloween outfit: The brewery is keeping the spooky festivities going by encouraging everyone to wear costumes. (Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon; Backlash Beer Co., Boston; prices vary)


2018 Oysterfest
The Lansdowne Pub’s annual oyster event will return this weekend with unlimited $1 oysters from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., plenty of oyster specials in addition to its usual brunch, and a Perfect Pint competition where you’ll learn how to perfect your Guinness pour game. Catch live music at noon, and be sure to make your reservations here(Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.; Landsdowne Pub, Boston; free entry, $1 oysters)

What’s new

A handmade pasta shop has opened in the North End. —Michael Indresano Production

One-stop Italian shop
Stock up on homemade pasta at the freshly opened Monica’s Pasta Shop in the North End. An extension of Vinoteca di Monica, the shop — which sits right next to the restaurant — is filled with a slew of pasta selections, including pappardelle, linguine, bucatini, spaghetti, angel hair spaghetti, fettuccine, and various types of ravioli. You’ll also find breads, cheeses, meats, and prepared foods — essentially everything you need to throw the Italian feast of your dreams.

Tangierino makes a comeback
You already may recognize the name Tangierino from its former life; the Moroccan restaurant in Charlestown went through an identity change in 2017 when it rebranded itself as Spanish tapas joint Madera 83. But Tangierino is back, complete with belly dancers, a hookah lounge, and a selection of traditional tagines.

A Somali restaurant is reborn
Tawakal Halal Café made a triumphant return Monday after closing in 2011. The popular East Boston restaurant, which serves primarily Somali food, reopened in Jeffries Point with a new food menu, logo, and murals from local artists. Go for the sambusas, stay for the long conversations you’ll inevitably end up having over multiple cups of chai tea.