Hallowe’en, Thanksgiving — Fall brings its own holidays and other events celebrating the bounty of the season. Here are a few you’ll want to jot down on your calendar!
* Pier 6’s Chef Adriano Silva is celebrating Hallowe’en on Oct. 31 with tradition Transylvanian fare —While he’s taking some ‘creative license,’ think dishes such as clătite, savory seafood crepes featuring lobster and scallops in a white wine cream ($16), Transylvanian Goulash with slow-braised beef, smoked paprika and sour cream ($22) and a traditional Transylvanian Apple Tart ($8). Guests can choose any of the items as specials which will be offered in addition to Pier 6’s regular menu. On the beverage side, special night walker cocktails include The Twilight with a mix of Triple 8 Vanilla Vodka, White Crème, Triple sec and a splash of Milk & Grenadine ($10) and Dracula’s Kiss featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cointreau, Pineapple Juice and Raspberry Puree ($11).
* Blender Bender/Thirst Boston is part of a three day celebration of Boston’s cocktail culture. The 2nd annual Blender Bender brings a dozen bartenders together at Chow Chow City on Essex St. in Chinatown from 8 to 11 p.m.:
Bob McCoy from Eastern Standard blending with Privateer
Isaac Sussman from State Park blending with Appleton
John Drew from Blue Dragon blending with Bacardi Heritage
Joy Flanagan from Armsby Abbey blending with Olmeca Altos
Kevin Mabry from Merrill & Co. blending with Diplomatico
Markus Yao from Shojo blending with Ron Zacapa 23
Michael Ray from Oak Long Bar blending with Sailor Jerry
Michael Stevens from Silvertone blending with Mount Gay Black Barrel
Nicole Travers from Deep Ellum blending with Plantation
Sabrina Kershaw from Franklin Café blending with Cruzan
Sean Maher from Barrel House blending with Brugal
Seth Freidus from Alden & Harlow blending with El Dorado
* Flavors of Fall on Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta, Cambridge, is a fundraising food event celebrating New England’s bountiful fall harvest with delicacies from some of the city’s top chefs. This year’s event features a VIP reception and more restaurants than ever before serving up tastes from their late fall menus. Proceeds from the event support Youth on Fire, a non-profit with deep roots in the Cambridge area. Youth on Fire (YOF) is a program of AIDS Action Committee that provides a safe, supportive space, a full range of services and resources designed specifically to meet the needs of homeless and unstably housed young adults.
The event is co-sponsored by Boston Chefs and City Square Associates.
*Second Annual Harvest Dinner at Puritan & Company in Cambridge on Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. celebrates the bounty of New England’s local farms with a four course, prix-fixe dinner that includes parsnips, braised meats, apples and turnips as well as a variety of squash selections. The dinner is $55 per person and reservations can be made by calling 617-615-6195.