We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Dining on patios. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
TD Garden opened up to fans on Thursday, so we put together a guide to sit-down restaurants in the area.
CommonWealth Kitchen’s new initiative helps support struggling independent restaurants. “This is a group that has vision beyond just having a successful restaurant business,” said Mei Mei’s Irene Li, who manages the program.
Local breweries team up to brew ‘As One,’ which funds a scholarship for people of color. “The fabric of the craft beer trade doesn’t mirror the fabric of the communities we work, play, and live in,” said Ray Berry, owner and founder at White Lion Brewing.
There’s a new cocktail club in town, and it’s all about Japanese and Spanish libations. Tracy Chang’s PAGU, a Japanese tapas restaurant located in Cambridge, recently launched the PAGU Cocktail Club through Table 22. The subscription allows guests to choose two, four, or six eight-ounce cocktails to receive each month, along with a complimentary gift (think special syrups or garnishes). Subscriptions range from $40 to $80, and you have the option to add on either a sherry or whiskey flight. And if you’re looking for snacks to pair with your happy hour at home? PAGU also offers a Provisions Club, featuring pantry staples, snacks, meal kits, sauces, and more.
Eating and cooking alone, together:
Former Liquid Art House pastry chef and James Beard semi-finalist Giselle Miller is now baking gorgeous croissants, muffins, cookies, and biscuits at Bird & Wolf, a brand new bakery and restaurant in North Andover that debuted its cafe on March 18 (the restaurant will open in May). The newcomer has incorporated biophilia into its architecture, implementing a living grow wall that produces herbs and produce that are used in the cafe’s dishes. If you’re in the area this weekend, stop by for a coffee (they’ve partnered with Sudbury’s Karma Coffee) and weekend-exclusive honey glazed doughnuts.
Starting to feel recipe fatigue? There’s another new cookbook to consider. The Food Lens, a website that highlights some of the best food and drink around Boston, just released a digital cookbook featuring all-star chefs and restaurants in the Boston area food scene, including Celeste, Little Big Diner, MIDA, Row 34, and more. For $14 you’ll be able to access roughly 40 recipes — dishes like the Double Awesome from Mei Mei, Broccoli alla Griglia Caesar from Fox & the Knife, and Roast Beef 1000 from Cutty’s. A portion of every copy sold will be donated to Massachusetts Restaurants United, a coalition of independent restaurants that have advocated for the restaurant industry and its recovery since the beginning of the pandemic.
If you’re up for a bit of shopping this weekend, The Making of Her Story — a pop up market produced by Black Owned Bos. featuring Black- and women-owned businesses — will set up shop at CambridgeSide on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on Level 2. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry and apparel to housewares, but don’t skip out on Clarke’s Cakes and Cookies, a vegan bakery offering baked goods like crumb cake, frosted chocolate cake, and triple chocolate brownies.
On Monday, I’ll be chatting with an all-star panel of industry professionals — Bessie King (Villa Mexico Cafe), Joanne Chang (Flour, Myers & Chang), and Jonathan Gilman (Brato Brewhouse & Kitchen) — about the state of the restaurant industry and what the future of dining holds for Boston restaurants. RSVP here!
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