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Boston Bakes on the South Shore

Raise money for the fight against breast cancer by taking part in the 10th annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, May 4 through May 10. More than 150 bakeries and restaurants will offer a dessert, each around $8, of which 100 percent of the proceeds benefit breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A complete list of participants is at  bostonbakesforbreastcancer.org.  Local participants include:
Babycakes, 163 Beale St., Quincy, 617-773-4458
Not Your Average Joe’s, 16 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph, 781-961-7200; 111 Pond St., Norwell,  781-616-6160. Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
PURE Chocolate, 102 Franklin St., Quincy, 617-328-6248. Dessert: Dipped Belgian Chocolate Sandwich Cookie
Scarlet Oak Tavern, 1217 Main St., Hingham, 781-749-8200.
The Bakery at Roche Brothers, Broad Street Campus Plaza, Route 18, Bridgewater,  508-697-5077; 605 Plain St., Marshfield,  781-837-9955; 101 Falls Blvd., Quincy,  617-471-0500;  300 North Main St., Randolph,  781-986-5370. Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Fours, 15 Cottage Ave., Quincy, 617-471-4447.

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Taste Quincy

More than 35 establishments will take part in this year’s Taste Quincy, which kicks off this Sunday, March 22, and continues through Friday, March 27. The list of participants includes places you would expect to be involved in a restaurant week (um, restaurants), but even Babycakes, Coffee Break Cafe, Edible Arrangements, Fratelli’s Pastry Shop, Ginger Betty’s Bakery, Gypsy Kitchen and Montillio’s will be offering specials that week.

I’ve mentioned that I love these types of weeks that encourage you to get out there and try different places with minimal risk. That said, I still do appreciate a menu I can see ahead of time, and so far I’m at a loss to find anyone with a special Taste Quincy menu posted anywhere on the Web. What year is this? Apparently there are still a few things to be learned from Boston Restaurant Week, especially when Quincy has timed its event as a competitor.

Check out the Ledger story here.

Restaurant Week

It’s time to secure those reservations if you haven’t already, as Restaurant Week Boston is set for Sunday, March 15 through Friday, March 20 and Sunday, March 22 to Friday, March 27. Participating restaurants throughout Boston, Cambridge and beyond will offer three-course lunches for $20.09 and/or dinners for $33.09. New this year is that some restaurants will offer a two-course lunch option for $15.09, where you choose an entree and then select either an appetizer or dessert; and some will extend the specials to Saturday. Find the list of participating restaurants, check out the menus and make reservations at http://www.bostonusa.com/restaurantweek.

This is one of my favorite events of the year. The best advice I can give you is to check out the menus beforehand, and it’s my opinion that you should only go to those restaurants that make an effort with Restaurant Week menus. There are restaurants out there that seem to make their prix-fixe selections so basic and lacking in the creativity that’s said to be present in their normal menu that you can’t help but seek out the regular menu and, therefore, drop a load of change, when all you really wanted to do was give the place a test run for a reasonable price.

Gaelic Gourmet Gala

This year’s Gaelic Gourmet Gala is a departure from years past, ditching the cocktail party atmosphere for a more formal sit-down dinner with some serious entertainers.
The food duel between the chefs from Boston and Ireland is gone, as the chefs will be working together on a four-course, sit-down dinner. Gerard Reidy of the Delphi Mountain Resort in Connemara, Galway, will represent Ireland; and Chef Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park and Chef Rachel Klein of Aura will represent Boston. Entertainment will be provided by Celtic Thunder, a popular quintet from Ireland that is often seen on PBS. This year’s gala will benefit Fisher House Boston, a nonprofit organization that provides housing for families of wounded veterans who are in Boston for medical treatment.
The gala will take place Saturday, March 14 at the Seaport Hotel’s restored Aura restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets for the gala are $125, $250 and $500. Call the Seaport Hotel for reservations at 617-385-5662.

All a-Twitter about wine

Braintree is the place to be tonight if you’re a vinophile. Actually, thanks to this event’s Twitter component, you can be anywhere and still take part as Antoine Vincent of Chateau Fuisse and Nicolas Potel of Maison Nicolas Potel head to Bin Ends Wine for a tasting of their Burgundies at 7 p.m.

About 100 people are expected in the store for this free tasting. As a Twitter Taste Live event, however, expect a flow of opinions and questions from cyberspace.

It might sound funny to suggest watching a wine tasting online. But the company’s Twitter Taste Live works by posting the list of, in the case of the Bin Ends event, the six wines that will be sampled. You can then pick up any number of the wines ahead of time, maybe invite some friends over, and take part in the tasting by watching from home. And thanks to Twitter, at-home players can even share their opinions and questions with the in-store guests.

Bin Ends Wine: 236 Wood Road, Braintree.
781-817-1212; http://www.binendswine.com/

Twitter Taste Live: http://www.twittertastelive.com/

All about Girl Scout cookies

Perhaps I’m drawn to this event as a former Girl Scout; then again, maybe it’s just that I love cookies. But on March 12, pastry chefs will descend on the Hotel Commonwealth with the charge to create new desserts from Girl Scout cookies.

Proceeds from the annual Cookie Creations event will fund leadership and community service programs run by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. The competition and silent auction take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the hotel’s Esplanade Room. Tickets are $30 each, or two for $50; call Heather Clyne-Hughes at 617-482-1078, Ext. 272, or e-mail her at hclyne@girlscoutseasternmass.org. Find more information at http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/cookies or call 800-33MINTS.

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WinterFest

Tickets are said to have sold out the past two years, so move fast if you want to attend this year’s WinterFest, which will be held Jan. 22, 5:30-8 p.m., at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.

This year’s event, brought to you by the South Shore Chamber and Women’s Business Connection, will feature more than 20 restaurants and caterers. A ticket ($55 members/$80 nonmembers) will get you treats from, among others, Atlantica, Konditor Meister, The Lantana, Scarlet Oak Tavern, and The Tavern at Granite Links. For tickets or more information, call 617-479-1111 or go to http://www.southshorechamber.com.