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.
JK Crawl reservations on sale
The JK Crawl will return this year for another epic tour of Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s restaurants, and while the event doesn’t start until Jan. 2, tickets went on sale Monday. Snag your reservation for an off-menu tapas tour at three out of the following four stops: Coppa, Little Donkey, Toro, and Uni, the last of which is a welcome addition to this gluttonous event. (Reservations are accepted starting Monday, Nov. 12; email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations Sunday through Thursday beginning Jan. 2; $200)
Fox & the Knife preview
Are you psyched for chef Karen Akunowicz’s new restaurant, Fox & the Knife, scheduled to open later this year? So are we. Thankfully, you can get a sneak peek of her Italian enoteca concept this week. “Top Chef” friend and competitor Carl Dooley will host Akunowicz at The Table at Season to Taste on Wednesday as she offers a five-course tasting menu previewing her new restaurant, with an optional wine tasting by Jesse Eslin, The Table’s wine director. (Wednesday, Nov. 14 with seatings from 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.; The Table at Season to Taste, Cambridge; $98, optional wine pairing for $55)
DakZen grand opening
Somerville restaurant DakZen has been open for around four months, and in honor of its official grand opening this week, the cozy Thai eatery will celebrate in a big way. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, DakZen will give away food for free, with the option for guests to donate to the Somerville Community Corporation Inc., which helps development and sustainability in Somerville. (Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.; Dakzen, Somerville; free, donations accepted)
23d Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain
This annual fundraiser benefitting the Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC) will bring the Jamaica Plain neighborhood together with great food, music, and a live auction, all for the common goal of helping the nonprofit create more opportunities for residents of Boston and eastern Massachusetts, particularly children and the elderly. Sample bites from The Frogmore, J.P. Lick’s, Bukhara Indian Bistro, Tres Gatos, and more, and bring along cash for beer and wine — you’ll need it to raise a toast to the tight-knit neighborhood. (Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.; Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, Boston; $10–$49)
Lamplighter Brewing Co. birthday
Cambridge brewery Lamplighter will celebrate its two-year anniversary all week with a series of suds-focused events, culminating in Lampfest on Friday and Saturday. Sign up for Lamplighter-themed trivia on Tuesday, check out the Harry Potter Beer Release Party on Wednesday, try the new barrel-aged Quad beginning Thursday, and indulge in festival activities over the weekend, including new beer releases, food, and swag. (Lampfest: Friday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17 at noon; Lamplighter Brewing Co., Cambridge; free entry, beer prices vary)
Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party
It’s rare to find so many of Boston’s best restaurants under the same roof, but on Sunday, Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ annual Ultimate Tailgate Party will return with just that: an all-star lineup of more than 25 restaurants including Bar Mezzana, Eventide, Myers + Chang, Puritan & Co., Uni, and more, all gathered to raise money for the nonprofit food rescue organization. “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern will emcee, and Senator Elizabeth Warren will receive the Thomas M. Menino Award for Leadership. (Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.; Flynn Cruiseport Boston, Boston; $200–$300)
A taste of Japan comes to the Financial District
Chef Youji Iwakura sharpened his sushi skills at a number of restaurants around Boston — and during a two-year stint at a brasserie in Japan — all of which helped him prepare for his latest project, Kamakura, a Japanese stunner that will open on Tuesday. The multi-storied restaurant named after Iwakura’s hometown in Japan is an ode to modern kaiseki, though you’ll also find sushi à la carte, bento-style lunch boxes, and Japanese wine and sake.
Truffles invade Eataly
‘Tis the season for truffles, and Il Tartufo e Il Vino — a new pop-up at Eataly — has plenty of them. The restaurant, which is open until January (or when the truffles run out at the end of truffle season), provides plates of pasta, steak, and polenta, all of which can be doused in black or white truffles. A four-course tasting menu with truffle options is available for those who can’t land on one dish.
The Humble Castle is open for business
Lord Hobo‘s long-awaited taproom opened on Friday, with pizza and new beer options in a revamped, spacious beer hall in Woburn. Fan favorites like Boomsauce are still on tap (one of 40 tap lines in the new space), but you’ll also spot newcomers like Museum, a triple IPA. Pair your pint with The Figgy, a white pie with a sweet garlic base, mozzarella, and dried figs.