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 boston.com/food.
Dining for a Difference Week
Make an impact with your dining dollars during Jamaica Plain’s Dining for a Difference Week, which started on Sunday and will continue through Friday. Each night, one restaurant in Jamaica Plain will donate a portion of its proceeds to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an immigrant rights group that has recently dedicated itself to supporting migrant children separated from their parents. Stop by The Haven on Monday, Casa Verde on Tuesday, The Frogmore on Wednesday, Vee Vee on Thursday, and The Little Dipper on Friday. (Through Friday, Nov. 9 at various times; various locations; prices vary)
SRV Cicchetti Takeover with Karen Akunowicz
SRV’s monthly cicchetti takeover series returns, this time with the acclaimed Karen Akunowicz in the kitchen. The chef, who plans on opening Fox & the Knife later in the year, will serve her own interpretation of Italian small plates at the South End restaurant. The best part? It will all be free, though you’ll have to sit at the bar to take advantage of the offer. (Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.; SRV, Boston; free, at the bar only)
November has arrived, meaning Movember — its charity-based, hairier cousin — is also back in town. To mark the occasion, Dorchester Brewing will throw its annual Mustachio Bashio, raising money for the Movember Foundation, a charity dedicated to men’s health. A suggested donation of $10 gets you chili from Wahlburgers, corn bread from The Corny Bread Company, and cookies from Cookie Central. Dorchester Brewing will also release Stache Saison with cocoa, orange marmalade, and black tea notes. (Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing, Boston; $10 suggested cash donation)
Boston Beer and BBQ Fest
There are beer fests, there are barbecue fests, and then there is the Boston Beer and BBQ Fest, held this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. Your ticket will include unlimited 2-ounce samples from more than 25 New England breweries and cider houses and samples from seven local barbecue spots. (Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.; Cyclorama, Boston; $63.99)
Rise & Rumble
Now in its fifth year, the Rise & Rumble doughnut showdown is back for a carb-filled, shove-all-the-doughnuts-in-your-face event, pitting some of the city’s best pastry chefs against each other in an effort to crown a Rise & Rumble 2018 champion. Bar Mezzana, The Broadway, Capo, Catalyst, Deuxave, Harvest, Lincoln, Porto, Post 390, and Trade will all bring their A-game, as attendees vote for their favorite doughy dessert. In addition to all the doughnuts you could want, tickets will include access to a brunch buffet and coffee and espresso bar. (Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.; Post 390, Boston; $35)
Bully Day with Bully Boy Distillers
Spend the day at Bully Boy Distillers during its second annual Bully Day, a festival that will feature food from The Bacon Truck, dessert and spiked hot cocoa from Taza Chocolate, and three separate bars: a tiki bar, an amaro bar, and a throwback bar serving some of Bully Boy’s most popular past creations. Tickets include a free drink and a Bully branded rocks glass. (Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.; Bully Boy Distillers, Boston; $25)
From sushi to udon
Fans of Love Art Sushi will be happy to know that the owners’ second restaurant, Love Art Udon, opened Monday with bowls of hearty udon and fried tempura. You’ll find plenty of classic options — miso, original, curry — along with a New England Chowdah udon. Study the colorful murals decorating the walls for tributes to Boston’s various sports triumphs.
Happiness in Chinatown
A second location of Happy Lamb Hot Pot is now open in Chinatown, giving Boston residents an easier way to visit the popular Cambridge restaurant. As with most hot pot places, your best bet is to go with a crew. Order your broth (we recommend the Best of Both Worlds, a divided pot of half original and half spicy broth), your protein (lamb, naturally), a handful of other meats and vegetables, and start dipping.
Add this to your takeout lineup
A new Sichuan restaurant has landed on Comm. Ave. in Brighton, with fried rice, noodles, chef specials (pork intestine, anyone?), and chili sauce-doused dishes dominating the menu. Our Zone offers takeout and delivery in the event that you want to enjoy your order curled up on your couch — or watching the midterm election results, perhaps?