Mark and I headed out after work on a Thursday night to the Boston Wine School for a wine and cheese class. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve driven by, or even stopped at the liquor store next door, not realizing the school’s location. Located right on Commonwealth Street, parking can get a little tough so leave a few minutes early. There are about a dozen people in the class, we mingle a bit before we sit down to learn about wine and cheese.
2012 Chateau de la Chesnaie Muscadet (Sevre en Maine, Loire Valley, northwest France) Muscadet is a white grape and the flavor of the wine is dry and strong.
2013 Berger Gruner Veltliner (Gedersdorf, eastern Austria) This wine was a bit zippy with a light body.
2012 Talbott “Kali Hart” Pinot Noir (Monterey, northern California)
2010 Destino “Cruzados” Tempranillo Syrah (La Mancha, south central Spain)
2011 Chateau Roc de Segur (Lanerrouet, Bordeaux, western France)
We tried the wines by themselves, and then with the cheese to see how the flavors changed.
Bucheron Chevre a goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley, northern France
Three year old gouda a cow’s milk cheese, Gouda, southern Holland
Brie paturages Comtois a cow’s milk cheese from Franche Comte, central France
Manchego a cow and sheep’s milk cheese from La Mancha, south central Spain
(not pictured) Great Hill Blue, a cow’s milk blue from Marion, MA
Jonathon Alsop is the founder and executive director of Boston Wine School. I admit, I don’t know anything about wine, just what I like and what I don’t like. Jonathon makes trying wine and learning about wine very approachable. We learned as a group, sharing what flavors we tasted and what we liked and didn’t like. We learned the 7 S’s of wine tasting: see, sniff, swirl, smell, sip, swish, and spit.
After we tried the wines and cheeses we all sat down to dinner, provided by Bottega Fiorentina in Coolidge Corner in Brookline. We had Pollo Cristina, a chicken and sage dish baked in wine; spinaci all Fiorentina, a baked spinach dish with mushrooms and Timballo a baked pasta with eggplant. Dinner was served with a 2013 Le Piera Pinto Grigio from Veneto in northeast Italy and a 2009 Selvapaina Chianti Rufina from Rufina, Tuscany in central Italy.
Bottega Fiorentina is a small restaurant in Brookline known for thei “fast fine food”. They have pasta dishes as well as made to order sandwiches. Part market, part restaurant, Bottega Fiorentina has been a neighborhood staple since 1994.
Boston Wine School
1354 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
313 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
The Good Ones put on another power hour on Wednesday, fresh off the heels of a successful event the night before. See my recap of Tuesday’s event here. (From L to R) Giovanna Pasquariello, Evanilde Castro Duarte, Heloisa Fitzgerald wearing an original design from her collection (oh yes, that amazing necklace is convertible!!), Good One Kimberly Giardino with co-founders of the Good Ones, Carolyn and Jennifer.
You just have to taste this stuff for yourself – it’s delicious! I’m hoping to sit down one of these days and chat with Brandon to hear his story! In the meantime, check out his website here.
Guests JR Roy and Kelvin Ng enjoyed sampling the tequila. From the website: Infusion Diabolique Mixto is a silver tequila imported from Mexico and infused with Hawaiian pineapple, whole persian limes, peppermint, and cardamom. 100% of the sugar is extracted from the pineapple during the infusion process, imparting a delicious sweetness complemented by a citrusy, peppery finish. This is a very smooth and complex infusion that still very much highlights the tequila we infuse.
Did you know that they also make a bourbon? Infusion Diabolique Kentucky is a four year-old bourbon from Kentucky, infused with whole Black Mission figs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and our blend of herbs and spices. 100% of the sugar in the infusion is extracted from the fruit during the infusion process imparting a soft sweetness to contrast with the slightly spicy finish. This is a very smooth and complex infusion that is still clearly Kentucky bourbon.
Chris Yim is a Founder of Liberty Teller, a company raising awareness around digital currency education and access. Liberty Teller placed the first bitcoin ATM in the US in Boston in February and has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Boston Globe. Liberty Teller currently has 4 machines deployed throughout Boston/Cambridge. The machines educate and facilitate the purchasing of bitcoin from the complete beginner to bitcoin enthusiast.
Chris is passionate about digital currencies and their ability to lower costs for both consumers and merchants, lower the cost for international remittances, and allow people to transfer money instantly and cheaply. If you can track him down he will send you a few dollars in bitcoin to try out digital currencies and its promise for yourself.
Before founding Liberty Teller, Chris worked as a venture capitalist at the corporate venture arm of Siemens AG focusing on mid-late stage investments. Prior to Siemens, he worked as an investment banker at Centerview Partners. He graduated from MIT with a degree in Chemical-Biological Engineering.
When he is not daydreaming about digital currencies, he can be found wrestling with his two dogs, scuba diving, riding roller coasters or traveling around the world.
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Hint water was also at the event, sampling their hint water and hint fizz.
Sam Sisakhti is the Founder and CEO of UsTrendy. UsTrendy is one of the world’s largest Independent Fashion Ecommerce Sites home to over 20,000 designers from 100 countries. UsTrendy is ranked as the Top 500 Retailers Online in Internet Retailer Guide Second Edition along with one of their 5 fastest growing E-Tailers. UsTrendy is also a Red Herring Top 100 Private Companies in America.
Sam is Boston Magazine’s 2011 Most Promising Innovator Under 30 along with Mass High Tech’s Next Generation of Entrepreneur. Sam has been featured in publications such as the Boston Globe, Inc. Magazine, CBS morning News, ABC, The US News, Women’s Wear Daily, and Forbes.
Graham Wright came to Boston to study chemistry at MIT, but soon found himself building a professional life in the arts—first as on opera singer, then as the founder and host of Opus Affair, a community of nearly 5,000 members interested in arts entrepreneurship and hospitality. He’s performed as a soloist at Symphony Hall and sung on stage with the Rolling Stones, while frequently serving as a member of various advisory boards, including for the MFA, Handel and Haydn Society, Huntington Theatre Company, Urbanity Dance Company, Celebrity Series of Boston, and Boston Opera Collaborative. Recently recognized by BostInno as an inaugural 50 on Fire winner and the Boston Dance Alliance as the first Top Hat award winner, Graham is currently engaged in expanding Odyssey Opera, Boston’s newest and most adventurous professional opera company. You may hear him on WBUR as a frequent on-air contributor to Radio Boston or as a Choral Scholar at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel.
Jennifer Glickman’s Design Studio is a Boston based interior design firm that prides itself in creating spaces that are both unique while meeting the functional needs of each client. Her portfolio ranges from Todd English’s Curlycakes, Restaurant Dante renovations for Dante Demagistris, Paul O’Connell’s Chez Henri and residences throughout New England.
After studying art history and architecture at The University of Virginia, Jennifer went on to earn her Masters Degree in Interior Design at Boston’s Suffolk University New England School of Art and Design. She lead two Interior Design departments in Boston architecture firms before launching her own firm in 2010. Since then, her scope of projects has included high end residences from Boston to Nantucket to New York as well as restaurants throughout Boston.
Jennifer’s work can also be seen in local Boston media and HGTV. She also contributes design articles, as seen in Benjamin Moore, and guest lectures at local design schools.
Co-founder of the Good Ones, Carolyn, with one of the fun props of the evening. Fun things around the room give guests things to chat about and gets the conversations started.
Miam Miam French macarons in bold colors and come in delicious flavors like cherry, salted caramel, white chocolate raspberry and pistachio.
Heloisa Fitzgerald, owner and designer at Heloisa Fitzgerald Jewelry, Tom Severo and Heloisa’s mother.
Even though the setting was the same as last night’s event, the party felt very different – different people bring a different dynamic to the event. Featured guest Jonathan Sheffi is cofounder of Curoverse, an early-stage startup building a platform for storing and processing genomic and biomedical big data. Based on the Arvados open source project, Curoverse will be the basis for precision medicine applications addressing everything from neonatal screening to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Before cofounding Curoverse, Jonathan spent several years in the biotech industry, including roles with Novartis Diagnostics, Amgen, and Accenture’s Health and Life Sciences Strategy practice. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MEng focused in computational molecular biology from MIT, and undergraduate degrees in mathematics & computer science, also from MIT. In 2007, he graduated from National Bartenders School.
Jonathan sings bass in Redline, Boston’s premier all-male a cappella group. He also CrossFits several times a week, and enjoys both meditation and competitive puzzle solving. He competed on winning Mystery Hunt teams in 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2010.
Neely Steinberg, Ed.M. (Counseling), is a nationally recognized dating coach and founder of her multi-service dating coaching company The Love TREP. Her goal is to teach smart, savvy, professional women how to be the CEO, founder, and enTREPreneur of their dating lives, so that they are actively building and shaping their love stories. No more waiting around or praying for some elusive Prince Charming to come and rescue you, says Neely!
Neely has been featured on/in Fox-25, Cosmopolitan, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Men’s Fitness, and the Huffington Post, to name just a few. Her book “Skin In the Game: Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur to Find Love” (available on Amazon in paperback, ebook, and workbook formats) has been getting rave reviews from single women and fellow dating coaches. She has also enjoyed giving dating seminars for Match.com. Sign up on her website for her email newsletter.
When she’s not coaching clients one-on-one or re-writing their online dating profiles, Neely can be found wandering Newbury Street looking for the perfect outfit or battling it out on the squash and tennis courts. She lives in Boston with her wonderful husband Dave.
Featured guest Yuna Asiryan, personal clothier, makes amazing suits and shirts for men. You can see her works in person on the servers at Liquid Art House. Her attention to detail is impeccable. Yuna is pictured here with Jamie Marcus who is wearing one of the shirts Yuna designed.
Growing up, my parents cultivated my imagination and inspired my passion for style and fashion. As an adult, this passion blossomed into a love for creating clothes that accent and enhance the beauty of the individual.
By using a team of master tailors and the world’s best materials, Y/A can help any gentlemen look better than he ever imagined. We believe building the perfect suit goes beyond cloth, thread, and measurements. The way someone walks, their passions, and who they are as a person truly brings a suit to life.
By understanding our customer (getting to know you) we can make a man’s clothes look like an extension of himself. This is the approach Y/A brings beyond pins and stitches.
Giovanna Pasquariello of Neena’s Lighting Raj Dhanda, owner of Neena’s lighting, who was looking sharp in his preppy baby blue pants with embroidered bicycles on them.
Popular fashion blogger, Allie Lochiatto of Allie Wears.
Natalya Cappellini of Capp & Co. and Steven Moshe Baron.
A special thanks to Carolyn and Jennifer of the Good Ones for another amazing night! You don’t want to miss these events. To get an invite to the August events, send an email to Carolyn at Carolyn@thegoodonesboston.com
Neena’s Lighting 380 Boylston Street, Boston, MA www.neenaslighting.com
From the Good Ones: Time is scarce and relationships are invaluable. For one powerful hour – we are hosting a hand-selected group of Bostonians who are founders, executives, journalists, entertainers, students, creatives, mentors and mentees. Each person shares an interest in learning and contributing to their community’s success.
Guests gathered on Tuesday night at Neena’s Lighting on Boylston Street in “whites and watches”. Zoos Greek Tea was an event sponsor, fresh off their Improper Bostonian win.
Organic Living Superfoods was at the event as well. They make organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, living superfoods. Superfoods by definition are those which are dense in nutrients and cancer fighting antioxidants – all while being relatively low in calories.
Motto tea, a sparkling matcha tea, first of its kind was at the event. I’m always pumped to see Motto at events, I can’t get enough of this stuff! I’m generally not a tea drinker, but Motto has a really great flavor.
Deep Eddy was providing some delicious cocktails with their grapefruit, sweet tea and cranberry flavored vodka.
A new sponsor at the event was Miam Miam Macronerie. They provided beautiful French macarons for the evening.
Infusion Diabolique was also an event sponsor, sampling out their small batch, hand infused tequila.
Peter Boyd from Narragansett Beer was at the event, passing out ice cold beers.
Light snacks were provided for the evening by Katerina Iliades of Greek International Food Market.
Featured guest Laura Parrott works as both a learning and development specialist as well as barre and yoga teacher in the Boston area. She put her graduate degree in Roman Archaeology to good use by spending eight years working in recruiting at McKinsey & Company, and the past four in learning and development at Google.
About eight years ago Laura discovered that she has a secret inner Jane Fonda when she pursued a barre teacher training program at Exhale spa. Since then she’s been teaching barre and yoga classes and leading barre teacher trainings and workshops in and around Boston, and proudly showcasing her ever-growing collection of eye-catching leggings. She’s the creator of the fitness fashion blog Sweat the Runway (www.sweattherunway.com), a lover of all things British, and an avid reader of terrible teen fiction.
(Left) Eran Lobel, CEO of Element Productions in the Back Bay, (middle) Chet Harding, co-founder of Improv Asylum, (right) Chris Carpenter, Content and Community Supervisor at Mullen (and hilarious comedian). Chet was also a featured guest at tonight’s event. “Chet Harding is a co-founder and original mainstage cast member of Improv Asylum — appearing in hundreds of live shows as well as their Emmy nominated TV show. He is also a founder of the newly launched upscale comedy club, Laugh Boston, in the Seaport District. In addition to acting, directing, writing and producing, Chet heads up Improv Asylum’s corporate training division, which has recently expanded internationally — focusing on innovation, teamwork and communication. Clients include Google, Fidelity, Nokia, Harvard Business school and more, training everyone from hipster software developers to business leaders from Qatar and Kuwait.”
Another successful event put on by The Good Ones. Neena’s provided a great backdrop for meeting interesting people and having great conversations. People weren’t ready to go home after the event was over, so guests headed over to Liquid Art House for a little after party.
Stay tuned for Wednesday night’s power hour! Coming tomorrow on the blog.
The Good Ones www.thegoodones.co Email Carolyn for an invite to the next Good Ones event Carolyn@thegoodonesboston.com
Neena’s Lighting 380 Boylston Street, Boston, MA https://www.neenaslighting.com
On a recent trip to Kennebunkport, Maine, we stayed at Hidden Pond.
We stopped into The Clam Shack just before it got slammed with the lunch rush. They serve everything here to go, and you can sit on the benches outside or, if you dare, on the bridge – but watch out for those birds! We grabbed a seat in the seafood market next door.
What’s great about this lobster is the meat – the sheer amount of it and that it’s in large pieces – no shredded miscellaneous meat here. And the flavor – the lobsters are cooked in sea water – the lobster meat tastes fresh, clean, sweet and delicious! We ate ours so quickly that we were tempted to go back for seconds!
Where is your favorite clam shack?
The Clam Shack
2 Western Ave, Kennebunkport, ME
Cuisine en Locale teamed up with Harvard Square’s Follow the Honey and SoonSpoon to take guests on a culinary journey through 10 apiaries. Sarah Paterson bee bearding in the parking lot across the street to kick off the night.
They kicked off the first course in the parking lot while guests enjoyed the bee bearding show. Profiteroles with honey herb goat cheese and lemon balm filled (Clumsydog Apiary, Cambridge, Beekeeper Mel Gadd)
Alex’s ugly sauce was on the table – love his hot sauce!
Honey braised lamb belly taco with mint crema, arugula and grated Eat Local propolis (Autumn Morning Farm, Barre, Beekeeper George O’Neil)
Poulet en Pot – braised chicken with honey, vegetables, and verbena. (Best Bees, Boston, Beekeeper Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich) This was a really nice dish. I couldn’t quite put my finger on the flavor that this soup reminded me of, but I loved this soup. I was lucky enough to sit next to Noah at dinner and we had a really great conversation. I’m hoping to plan a time where I can head over and take a look at his bees up close and in person!
Lobster with Bee Pollen – vanilla butter and calaminth over fresh peas and corn. (Eat Local Honey, Jamaica Plain, Beekeeper Mike Graney) Such a wonderful dish – the lobster was delicious, a lot of bright clean flavors.
Green salad with Honey Cimb – roast beef and African Blue basil (Eat Local Honey, Somerville, Beekeeper Mike Graney)
In between courses, different beekeepers got up and spoke, along with poet Toni Bee. The speeches started to slow down the time between courses, but they recovered before the end of the night and the event ended on time. One memorable part of the evening was the “yellow is the new black” contest. Guests were asked to dress up in their most inventive outfits to win prizes.
Arepa de Pernil – honeyed pork shoulder, bacon, prescott cheese and fresh herb chimichurri (Carlisle honey, Tyngsboro, Beekeeper Rick Reault)
Mead poached scallops with wood sorrel and cyser reduction. (Green river Ambrosia, Greenfield, brewer Garth Shaneyfelt Brewed with Warm Colors Apiary Honey, Deerfield, Beekeepers Dan and Bonita Conlan). There was a palate cleanser in the middle of the scallops and the ribs, which didn’t photograph well. It was a cucumber blueberry sorbet with Tulsi basil.
Moroccan style lamb ribs with honey sauce and calaminth (Benevolent Bee, Jamaica Plain, Beekeepers Stephanie Elson and Emile Bruneau) The meat all but melted off the bone and in your mouth, a really lovely dish.
Thanks to Cuisine en Locale for being such great hosts! The evening was amazing and I walked away stuffed (but in a great way).
Cuisine en Locale
156 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA
Taza Chocolate Mexicano Rustic, round dark stone ground chocolate discs with a distinctively gritty texture, some sweet, some savory, some spicy. I love the salt and pepper and the cinnamon flavors.
We start the tour learning about where the cacao comes from. Cacao trees are found in Central and South America. The seeds of the fruit are used to make chocolate. The pods grow on the trees and they can be all different colors: red, orange or yellow. There are anywhere from 20-60 seeds in each pod. The seeds are moved to a box where they are left to ferment.
Taza has Direct Trade sourcing relationships with growers in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Belize. What is Direct Trade? It means they have direct relationships with cacao producers and visit them at least once a year; they pay at least 500 dollars per ton above the NY ICE price for cacao beans; and they source only the highest quality beans.
They used to do this machine’s work by hand…something about a hairdryer….back to the machine – they bought it second hand and they had to cut in into pieces to bring it back to the US. The machine separates the beans and the shells.
Check out the website for tour information or to buy chocolate online: http://www.tazachocolate.com/
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.
Bummed you missed this event? There are two upcoming events, 7/29 and 7/30. Contact Carolyn for an invite: email@example.com