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.
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.
Stop & Shop is recalling several potato products because of fears of contamination. The 20-ounce bags of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, Simply Potatoes Homestyle Slices and Simply Potatoes Red Potato Wedges have use-by dates ranging from March 29 to April 3.
Genova solid light tuna has also been removed from the store because of an undeclared ingredient on its label: soybean oil.
The Ledger has more details about both recalls here.
Fat Tuesday sugary bliss is just a click away after all. The king cake, a New Orleans tradition, arrived in the office courtesy of 1-800 Bakery this week, and although it’s not part of my Fat Tuesday paczki tradition, this 2 1/2 pound cinnamon sweet bread decorated in purple, gold and green sugar may become my substitute.
The cake’s sugary colors may give you pause, but the colors are symbolic, with purple for justice; green for faith; and gold for power. According to the bakery, the cake is representative of a jeweled crown, in honor of the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus on the Epiphany. A tiny plastic baby symbolic of baby Jesus is placed inside each king cake.
You can order the cake from 1-800 Bakery here. At $23.95 plus shipping, it won’t be the cheapest breakfast you’ve ever had, but 2 1/2 pounds of bread will take you pretty far toward the 18-20 slice estimate.