On June 17th, diners headed out to Commonwealth in Cambridge for Super Burger Bros.: Level 3. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this pop up series, Chef Samuel Monsour, formerly of jm Curley and current brains behind “The future of junk food” pop up series and Richard Chudy, creator of Boston Burger Blog and co owner of the Skinny Beet, have teamed up to host these events that will lead up to the release of their new cookbook. A lot of fun people were at Commonwealth, including Rachel Blumenthal, Editor of Eater Boston and my fellow blogger Hungry Tommy.
The “Juicy Lucy” ($10) came with queso American, spicy ketchup, picked watermelon, and radishes on an S+S English muffin. The pickled watermelon really made this burger for me! We ordered the onion strings to go along with the burgers, there were thin, crispy, salty and delicious.
The “Mason Dixon Mashup” came with Johnny Cake Oysters, mignonette ketchup, pops slaw, and crispy leeks on a sesame seed bun. This burger was a little messy, but the oysters made it worth every bite. They offered a third burger that I didn’t order, Hungry Tommy puts me to shame as he always orders one of each burger!! It was a chicken fried pork belly club with red remoulade, smoked heirloom tomatoes, grilled romaine, and vidalia jam on white bread. I saw a few of these come out, and MAN were they ENORMOUS!
Missed this event, check out their event tomorrow, 7/31 at KO Pies: https://www.facebook.com/events/472219329548433/
11 Broad Canal Way
I headed over to the North End after work to meet two of my favorite old interns who both now live in the neighborhood. They suggested that we head over to Bacco, a two story restaurant on the corner of Salem Street. The sun was shining and the windows were all open – we grabbed a prime people watching seat.
I ordered the potato gnocchi al Forno which was served with slow braised bolognese ragu and fresh mozzarella ($20.95). The sauce was a bit light for my taste but they didn’t skimp on the meat for the dish. While the sauce wasn’t a traditional bolognese (no carrots or cream)- it was still good. The service was spotty at moments, but the evening was more about catching up with my girlfriends.
107 Salem Street, Boston, MA (North End)
It’s Tuesday evening in the Seaport District, what are you doing? Me?? I am at a modern Greek rooftop gathering with some of Boston’s finest. You can’t beat the views, or the company. The party I’m at is being hosted by The Good Ones – a unique group that hand picks some of the most interesting people to gather together at events like these.
The stunning Candice Wu, designer extraordinaire. She designed the beautiful gowns that the models were wearing this evening.
James Michael Sama, founder of the New Chivalry Movement was looking quite charming with his Dolce and Gabbana shades, white jacket and dapper pocket square.
I love this, from his website: My mission for this website is to spread the “New Chivalry Movement” – a set of ideas that prompts the development of self-worth in people of all ages. The recognition of the love and respect that is deserved in a relationship, as well as the strength to walk away if they are not present. I am striving to illustrate the image of what a healthy relationship looks like, as well as what each member of the “team” can do in order to create it.
Co-founder of Maple Water, Kate Weiler and Comedian Tom Severo. Tom’s costume was definitely the most creative of the evening.
Radio personality Kennedy Elsey had the ultimate accessory to her Grecian outfit, Mia, a 9 week old rescue puppy that is available for adoption through Great Dog Rescue.
Female models, Elena Kollarova, Drea Elizabeth and Chelsey Angers in Candice Wu Couture. Jimmy Guzman (L) and Rodrigo Martinez (R).
Entertainment and killer old school jams were provided by Julian of Team Sayles.
Tom Olcott, co-founder of Motto Tea, serving up some of his delicious sparkling Matcha tea.
Co-founder of the Good Ones, Jennifer Brooke with Mia – enjoying some Motto.
Tenzin Conechok Samdo, head bartender at Trade, mixed up delicious cocktails using Zoos Greek Tea and Crop organic cucumber vodka.
Mark Penta was on hand capturing the event.
Tonight there was a battle. A chef battle. Jonathan Michael Moreira of Post 390 and Brendan Smith of Uni went head to head with reigning champ Brendan Andrew Burke of the newly opened Bastille Kitchen.
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I was at a meeting by South Station and needed a bite to eat. I had been hearing good things about Shojo in Chinatown and decided to give it a spin. Shojo’s food is a modern take on Japanese food with tapas style dishes meant for sharing.
Shojo has a nice selection of vegetarian options if that is your speed. We started with the mushroom spring rolls with Chinese red vinaigrette ($6). The food came out very quickly after we ordered – it was impressive.
The chicken and waffle ($13) Szechuan Peppercorn Maple Syrup, Hong Kong Egg Style Waffle, 5 Spice Butter and Fried Chicken Drumstick. The waffle was beautiful, the syrup had a nice hint of sweetness and the chicken was crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Love the presentation of this dish!
9A Tyler Street, Boston, MA
Last Sunday I met up with my friend Melissa at Sloane Merrill Gallery for a dinner prepared by Josh Lewin of Bread and Salt Hospitality. Lewin is the former Executive Chef of Beacon Hill Bistro, and his business partner, Katrina Jazayeri, was named by Zagat’s as one of Boston’s up and coming bartenders (Belly Wine Bar, Cuisine En Locale).
Sloane Merrill is located on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. The multi level gallery was a great backdrop for tonight’s supper.
Lewin served us the famous popcorn that I was fortunate enough to have tried a few nights earlier at the SoonSpoon/Opus Affair movie night. It was seasoned with cheddar, sriracha and curry leaf ash.
The special dessert for the evening was a tumeric macaron with corn ganache. These were amazing, Katrina really outdid herself. They were so delicate and light, and bursting with flavor without being too overpowering.
Sloane Merrill Gallery 75 Charles Street, Boston, MA http://sloanemerrillgallery.com/
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Bricco Panetteria is owned by Frank DePasquale and all of the breads that are served in his restaurants (Trattoria Il Panino, Mare Oyster Bar, Umbria Prime, Bricco Ristorante and Enoteca and Quattro Ristorante Grill Pizzeria) are available for sale at the Panetteria.
241 Hanover Street, Boston, MA
Open daily 8am – 11pm
They have a bunch of salads to choose from on the menu, but I choose to make my own. I think this is where I always get myself into trouble, as I always love the pricey add ons. This salad has iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, hard boiled egg and avocado. While sweetgreen is my “salad bar” restaurant of choice, Tossed is still a good second option.
1 Post Office Square, Boston, MA
Hint Water was a sponsor of the event. Hint is purified water with a splash of flavor, no diet sweeteners, no sugar, and no preservatives.
Motto was also at the event, a sparkling matcha tea made with premium matcha, apple cider vinegar, honey and organic agave, and brightened with some fresh lemon juice!
New on the scene tonight was Organic Living Superfoods, a line of plant based organic superfoods that can naturally aid in preventing disease.
The Art of Shaving is a best selling men’s brand sold in high end department stores. What started in the kitchen of the founder’s New York apartment has turned into a worldwide organization.
Via Matta is a Michael Schlow, Christoper Myers restaurant (the talent behind the now closed Radius). Known for it’s Italian cuisine and house made pasta, this was a great space for a Good Ones event. Pictured above is the restaurant’s bar area.
Via Matta offers appetizers on their regular menu such as Tuna Crudo with black olive crumble, celery, limoncello gelee; Spicy Calamari with garlic, milled tomatoes, black olives, capers; Grilled Octopus with cucumber, olive oil poached potatoes, harrisa aioli, smoked peanuts and Homemade Ricotta with sage, olive oil, chili flakes, crostini.
Entrees on their menu include: Butternut Squash Agnolotti with braised chicken, hazelnut pesto, grated lemo; Tagliatelle with alla Bolognese; and my favorite, the simple yet delicious Spaghetti with aglio e olio con pomodoro.
Tonight’s event featured a very special guest. Mia, a nine week old mixed breed puppy available for adoption. For more information on how to adopt Mia, please contact Great Dog Rescue.
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA
Guests included Chris Haynes of CBH Communications (pictured above with Chef Rachel Klein), octogenarian Doris Yaffe, architect Dartagnan Brown, “This Old House” designer Christine Tuttle, James Beard Foundation columnist Saba Wahid, event producer AJ Williams and Herald columnist Erica Corsano.
This amazing arrangement was provided by Mark Hall Design, the best part…it’s completely edible!
Tonight’s flatware was from the Jardin d’eden collection. The 110 piece setting, including 12 of each Dinner Fork, Dinner Knife, Table Spoon, Coffee Spoon, Dessert Fork , Dessert Spoon, Dessert Knife, Fish Fork, and Fish Knife, and one of each of Serving Spoon and Serving Fork retails for over $40,000.
Justin Trabert, Miami based Pavillion Manager at Christofle walked us through the art of hosting a dinner party. Topics covered ranged from how to set the perfect to table to which utensil to use with each course.
100 Arlington Street, Boston, MA
After work on Friday night, guests came out to WorkBar in Central Square for movie night. Workbar is a shared, coworking space home to start ups, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals.
Grillo’s pickles started in 2008 with a family recipe. In 2009, Travis Grillo was selling pickled out of a wooden cart in Boston Common. Today, Grillo’s has grown by leaps and bounds and can be found in Whole Foods, Wegman’s and other major retailers (as well as SOWA and other farmers markets).
Grillo’s Pickles also has a brick and mortar location at 1075 Cambridge Street in Cambridge.
PHaDe food labs provided savory chicken nachos that were a big hit! They were charred baharat spiced chicken with house pickled Siena Farms squash and radish, manchego and Spaniard made sauce romesco. Follow PhaDe on Twitter here.
The extremely talented Josh Lewin, formerly of Beacon Hill Bistro, was at the event with his gourmet popcorn. Lewin is now focusing on his new venture, Bread and Salt Hospitality, with his business partner Katrina Jazayeri.
NESN’s Kayla Harrity of Wicked Bites was in the house interviewing all the chefs.
Harpoon Brewery provided the beers for the evening.
Taza Chocolate was at the event, sampling chocolate and each guest got one full size bar to snack on.
Devin Thomas (top right), of the popular Twitter handle Only in BOS, was in the house. Follow him on Twitter for all the latest news.
Workbar 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA