Treats & Feast: Super Bowl 50 at Cask ‘n Flagon on 2/7/16

Cask ‘n Flagon
62 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Specialty cocktails: $8.95 each
Specialty appetizers: $3-5


Cask ‘n Flagon is breaking out their special teams for this year’s Super Bowl 50. With more than 60 high-definition televisions, diehard fans and social athletes alike will have a front row seat to the AFC/NFC championship game. Battle lines will be drawn with themed cocktails ($8.95 each):

  • Panther Punch (Svedka Vanilla, blue curaçao, fruit punch, pineapple juice, lemon garnish) and
  • The Bronco (Southern Comfort, cranberry and orange juices, Red bull, orange garnish).

Chef Donley Liburd also will dish out a series of tailgate-style appetizers, available for $5-and-under:

  • Spanakopitas
  • Buffalo Spring Rolls
  • Chicken Cordon Blue Bites
  • Tater Tots



The world famous Cask ‘n Flagon began as a small neighborhood bar known as Oliver’s in 1969. What was once known as the little bar on the corner of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street is now a landmark location for diehard Red Sox fans, sports enthusiast, college students, locals and tourists. Many have said that the Cask ‘n Flagon is as synonymous to Fenway Park as the infamous Green Monster and Citgo sign. After nearly 50 years, “The Cask” still holds the heart of Boston. Its walls are filled with black and white photographs of old time baseball greats such as Bobby Doerr (#1), Joe Cronin (#4), Carl Yastrzemski (#8), Ted Williams (#9), Carlton Fisk (#27) and many others. The tradition continues with the new location in Marshfield, MA.  Both locations proudly serving hand crafted cocktails and extensive craft beer and wine menus as well as outstanding lunch and dinner menus that are made from scratch.  For more information, please visit: and


Treats & Feast: The Independent Extreme Beer Fest After Party 2/6/16

The Independent

The Independent
(617) 440-6022

75 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

10:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 (21+ event)
Specialty beers: $6.50-$10
Complimentary admission – 21+ with proper ID


On February 6, The Independent in Somerville’s Union Square will be home to the Extreme Beer Fest After Party for the second year. Following the final session on Saturday, beer faithful will gather to wet their whistles with some rare and blissfully unique craft suds.

The Indo bar team will tap the kegs to draughts including:

  • Smuttynose’s Smuttlabs: Daily Brett, Stallion Imperial Stout and Vunderbar Pilsner
  • Allagash Little Brett, Interlude, James Bean and White
  • Oskar Blue Droppin Beets; Death by Coconut and Pinner Session IPA
  • Ballast Point Mango Even Keel, Ginger Big Eye and Sculpin
  • Cambridge Brewing Company Flower Child IPA, Blunderbuss Barleywine and Jedi Mind Trick Belgian IPA
  • Other Half Brewing Co. Peach-Wood Age and Suparillo

 CONNECT:     @TheIndo; #EBF2016



The Independent, known to regulars as “The Indo,” is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant and pub located in the heart of Union Square, Somerville. Restaurateur Ken Kelly opened The Indo in 2001 and it has become a beloved neighborhood mainstay. Diners come for gastropub-style food that is prepared daily from scratch, using fresh ingredients and the highest level of care. The bars are filled nightly with an eclectic mix of longtime Somerville residents and neighborhood newcomers. Guests enjoy a rotating selection of first-rate craft beer and a seasonally-influenced cocktail menu that features both standards and new trends. The Independent is located at 75 Union Square in Somerville. For more information, please call (617) 440-6022 or visit Follow The Independent on Facebook and Twitter at @TheIndo.

Treats & Feast: Extreme Beer Fest Week at The Tip Tap Room

The Tip Tap Room
138 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

10:00 P.M. on Friday, February 5, 2016


On February 5th, The Tip Tap Room in Beacon Hill will be hosting “EBF Week” in honor of the 13th annual Extreme Beer Fest.

The Tip Tap Room will welcome the owners of Port Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey and Wicked Weed Brewing.

From Wicked Weed’s lineup comes Freak Imperial IPA; Pernicious IPA; Napoleonic Complex Session IPA; Concurrant Brown Sour Ale; and French Toast Stout.

On The Lost Abbey’s side, there is a series of beers that each earned perfect 100 overall scores on RateBeer: Cuvee De Tomme; Track #10 (Bat Out of Hell Stout); Angel’s Share Grand Cru; and Serpent Stout.



Acclaimed chef and restaurant industry veteran, Brian Poe (Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake; CLUCKIT!), opened The Tip Tap Room in Beacon Hill in June of 2012. True to its namesake, The Tip Tap Room dishes out a variety of inventive “tips” accompanied by an immense selection of beers on “tap” in an upscale pub setting. A world traveler whose culinary talent has taken him across the globe, Chef Poe incorporates only the best of his experiences to produce unparalleled tastes, flavors and flair in each of his culinary creations. At The Tip Tap Room, diners find some “tips” that are traditional and others that take a walk on the “wild” [game] side. With a beverage program heavily rooted in craft bourbons and 36 selections of beers on tap (a mix of local, domestic and international imports), The Tip Tap Room’s selections ensure sophisticated yet approachable pairings with Chef Poe’s dishes. The Tip Tap Room is located at 138 Cambridge Street in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. For more information, please visit or call 857.350.3344. Follow The Tip Tap Room on Facebook and Twitter.

Treats & Feast: Beta Burger Now Open!

Beta Burger
(617) 318-6300
1437 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02120


Great news, burger lovers! Beta Burger is here and they are great! What is so great about Beta Burger is the burgers are slow cooked in an oven in water vapor, sous vide style. The result is a moist, non-greasy burger. The fun part at Beta Burger is the customization line where you choose your favorite burger toppings and fry seasonings. I love that Beta Burger offers seasoning mixes: garlic parmesan, buffalo, salt  and vinegar, sour cream and onion to dress up your fries. Just add seasoning mix to the fry bag and shake!

Your choices to build your burger are Angus beef or chicken (vegetarian coming soon). Free toppings to choose from are: American cheese, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, jalapenos, relish, “not so special” sauce, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, and Beta steak sauce. Try the steak sauce, it was good and I liked it!. At an additional cost, you can also add caramelized onions, sauteed oyster mushrooms, coleslaw, and smoked bacon cheese.

Beta Burger founder, Adrian Wong opened Beta Burger last fall directly across the street from the Roxbury Crossing train station. Located in Mission Hill, it is near Roxbury Community College, Northeaster University and the Reggie Lewis Center. Soon The location is a great choice not only for business but also as part of the neighborhood’s revitalization. Once the word gets out, Beta Burger will soon be packed so I suggest visiting soon.

The next time you are in the area, treat yourself to a healthy burger and tell Adrian I sent you!


Adrian Wong, Beta Burger Founder

Lunch Treats & Feast: Osteria Nino Debuts Express Lunch Options

Osteria Nino
(781) 272-1600
19 3rd Avenue
Burlington, MA 01821

    “Meta e Meta” lunch menu: $10 per person
Pickup orders: a la carte pricing
Weekdays from 11:30am-5:00pm

Osteria Nino is debuting “Express Lunch” options designed to save you time…and money. The authentic Roman kitchen’s “Express Lunch” offers come twofold, with one for dining in and the other for individual and corporate pickup orders.

Italian for “half and half,” the “Meta e Meta” lunch menu lets you pair any two items from the panini, insalata and zuppe offerings for only $10. The selections are served up in under-30 minutes on weekdays, giving you the luxury of an upscale dining experience without the time commitment.

Beet Salad and Pork Sandwich

There are a half-dozen sandwich options such as:

Prosciutto with hand-stretched mozzarella, arugula and fig jam on ciabatta

Pork Sandwich with balsamic fig, mozzarella and arugula; and

Chicken Parm with crispy chicken, Pomodoro, mozzarella and grana on ciabatta.


Beet Salad with roasted beets, goat cheese, frisee, hazelnuts and balsamic

Nino Caesar Salad with hazelnuts, croutons and lemon-cream dressing; and

Warm Goat Cheese Salad with herbs, breadcrumbs, mesclun and balsamic.


Pasta Fagioli, a Roman pasta and bean soup with pancetta, rosemary and breadcrumbs;

Pappa al Pomodoro, a Tuscan tomato and bread soup with basil, olive oil and parmigiano.

For those on even more of a time crunch, Osteria Nino now offers to-go lunch menus for individual and corporate orders. Whether placing for a quick bite to eat at your desk or organizing a working lunch for the board room, Osteria Nino will pack up their homemade deliciousness giving you the freedom to leave the cooking to someone else. Osteria Nino offers an expansive selection of panini, insalata, zuppe, salumi & formaggi, antipasti, primi and secondi options, fit for any palate and occasion, that come priced individually or for groups.

For reservations or to place an order, please call (781) 272-1600. Dining reservations also are available.



Osteria Nino opened in Burlington’s lively dining scene in May of 2015. Bringing a deep understanding and respect for the longstanding culinary traditions of Italy, Osteria Nino makes the most of the exquisite local bounty by marrying it with the tried and true techniques of “cucina italiana.” With its culinary program directed by celebrated industry veteran Chris Boswell and its kitchen helmed by the Italian-trained Walace Benica, guests come to share in expertly sourced, thoughtfully prepared, authentic Italian cuisine with beauty that shines through in perfectly executed simplicity. Its daily rotating menu brings forth clean, pure and delicious creations from its entirely scratch kitchen which also carries over into Osteria Nino’s seasonally influenced craft cocktail program. Osteria Nino boasts an all-Italian wine list, curated to offer the best sips from the different regions. The warm and inviting atmosphere encompasses a bar and lounge area, a dining room complete with a culinary bar and open kitchen, a private dining room and seasonal patio with a custom-designed pizza oven bedecked in mosaic tiles. Osteria Nino is located at 19 3rd Avenue in Burlington, MA. For more information, please call (781) 272-1600 or visit Follow Osteria Nino on Facebook at /OsteriaNinoBurlington, Instagram at @OsteriaNino and Twitter at @OsteriaNino.

Special Event: An Intimate Conversation with Lidia Bastianich

An Intimate Conversation with Lidia Bastianich, Host of Public Television’s “Lidia’s Italy”
Moderated by Steve DiFillippo, Chef/Owner, Restaurateur of Davio’s
Shubert Theatre
January 26 at 7:30PM
TICKETS: $45, $55, and $90 


Following the October book release of Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to be a Great Italian Cook, join the Emmy-winning host of Public Television’s Lidia’s Kitchen and Lidia’s Italy, Lidia Bastianich, January 26 at 7:30PM at the Citi Shubert Theatre for an evening of conversation and storytelling celebrating our love of Italian food.

The best-selling author is a beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions throughout the world. Her multiple culinary endeavors have married her two passions in life – her family and food.

Lidia’s successful TV series air internationally in dozens of markets. Her extensive experience as a chef/restaurateur includes acclaimed New York City restaurants ‐ Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Lidia and her team opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in New York City, Chicago, and Sao Paolo and LIDIA’s pasta and sauce can be found in supermarkets nationwide.

Steve DiFillippo, acclaimed Chef/Owner, Restaurateur of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and author of “It’s All About the Guest” will moderate the evening. DiFillippo has been in the restaurant industry for 30 years, DiFillippo was inducted into the Massachusetts Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2014 he was awarded Restaurateur of the Year.

Tickets start at $45 and are available at the Box Office,, or by calling 866.348.9738. A limited number of VIP tickets that include a signed copy of her new book and the best seats in the house are available.

Special Event Treats & Feast: Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake Kicks Off “Burrito Bowl V”

Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake
(617) 859-8555
384 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116

Burrito Bowl V (21+ event)
Saturday, February 6, from 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
$20 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)
Reserve Tickets via EventBrite:


On Saturday, February 6, Brian Poe will kick off Burrito Bowl V at Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake. This culinary competition brings together some of Boston’s best chefs to determine whose burrito creation reigns supreme. In honor of the following day’s Super Bowl 50, each chef will create a signature burrito reflecting the city of their favorite NFL team. Each burrito creation will be served up “bowl-style” and rated by attendees as well as special guest “referees” including NESN’s “Dining Playbook” co-host Jenny Johnson, Zagat Boston editor Scott Kearnan and @BostonTweet social media personality Tom O’Keefe.

  • Chefs in the running for ultimate burrito brilliance include the following representatives:
  • Burrito Bowl IV reigning champion, Villa Mexico Café’s Julie King (Cowboys)
  • El Centro’s Allan Rodriguez (Patriots)
  • El Pelón’s Jim Hoben (Rams)
  • Commonwealth’s Steve “Nookie” Postal (Dolphins)
  • Naco Taco’s Amanda Howell (Eagles)
  • LOCO Taqueria & Oyster Bar’s Matt Drummond (Cardinals)
  • Tremont 647’s Andy Husbands (Seahawks)
  • The Tip Tap Room’s Emmett Ledbetter (Broncos)



Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake debuted in the spring of 2009. With over 20 years’ experience under their belt as a bar and nightlife destination, the Rattlesnake Bar and Grill enlisted the culinary expertise of Chef Brian Poe to redesign the menu, adding his creative and fresh take on the flavors of the Americas. Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake features outdoor dining on their roof-deck and al fresco on Boylston Street, as well as private function space in Venom. Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake is located at 384 Boylston Street in Boston. For more information, please visit or call 617.859.8555. Follow Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake on Facebook and Twitter.

Drinks Treats & Feast: Foundry on Elm Hosts Winter “Tap Takeover”

Foundry on Elm
(617) 628-9999
255 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144

“Tap Takeover”
January 28, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
21+ event with complimentary admission

On Thursday, January 28th Foundry on Elm will host a Tap Takeover with sips from Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, MO) and Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY). At this winter edition of “Tap Takeover,” local representative, Matthew White, will be on hand to chat with revelers about these premier specialty breweries, their latest seasonal creations and what’s to come in 2016.

Available on draught, this exclusive showcase will feature the following brews:


Raspberry Chocolate Ale

Rye on Rye

The Calling



Lovely Dark and Deep





Foundry on Elm is a meeting place that serves “fine food & proper ale,” founded by restaurateur Ken Kelly. The concept involves a high regard for superb raw materials & the crafts-people who turn them into fine product. A cross between an American pub and French brasserie, Foundry delivers refined comfort food, craft beer, eclectic cocktails and smart wine. Foundry on Elm is located at 255 Elm Street in Somerville’s Davis Square. For more information, please call (617) 628-9999 or visit Follow Foundry on Elm on Facebook at /FoundryonElm and Twitter at @FoundryonElm.

Treats & Feast: Legal Sea Foods Chowda Day on January 15

Legal Sea Foods
Legal Sea Foods “Chowda Day”
January 15, 2016
$1 per cup of clam chowder with purchase of an entrée

In honor of National Soup Month, Legal Sea Foods will be declaring January 15 as “Chowda Day.” Available at all Legal Sea Foods’ brands and locations for the duration of the day, $1 cups of their signature New England Clam Chowder will be served up with the purchase of an entrée. Legal Sea Foods’ iconic clam chowder recipe has been dished out at every Presidential Inauguration since 1981.

Legal Sea Foods locations throughout the country that will be serving up $1 chowder can be found here. This special offer also is available at Legal C Bar, Legal Crossing, Legal Harborside, Legal on the Mystic, Legal Oysteria and Legal Test Kitchen.

Treats & Feast: Piemontese Wine Dinner at Osteria Nino

Osteria Nino
(781) 272-1600
19 3rd Avenue
Burlington, MA 01821

Piemontese Wine Dinner at Osteria Nino (21+ event)
Wednesday, January 27
Aperitivo: 6:30pm; Dinner: 7:00pm
$85 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)
Reservations Required via EventBrite:


Osteria Nino will host its first pairings dinner of 2016, celebrating the flavors of Piedmont in the northwestern corner of Italy. Known for its Barolos and Barbarescos made from the Nebbiolo grape, wines from Piedmont are often characterized as velvety as the tannins are polished and integrated more and more into the wine.

Executive chef Walace Benica and director of wine Sam Alberts will team up to host this evening of perfect pairings, showcasing the best tastes from Piedmont’s vine and rich cooking style heralded as Italy’s most culinary progressive region. The menu is designed around expertly-sourced local ingredients that will transport guests back to the Old Country, honoring the timeless techniques and flavors of “cucina italiana,” while highlighting Osteria Nino’s all-Italian wine program.

The four course menu will be presented as follows in Osteria Nino’s private dining room:



Bagna Cauda

seasonal vegetables with anchovy & garlic dipping sauce

Guidobono Nebbiolo 2014



Gnocchi al Castelmagno e Noci

housemade gnocchi with Castelmagno cheese & walnuts

Cantina del Pino Barbaresco 2010



Bollito di Manzo

braised short rib with carrots, cabbage & salsa verde

Barolo Oddero 2010


Torta Nocciola

hazelnut cream tart

Cocchi Barolo Chinato

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