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Pilsner + Polka at State Park; Basque Bash at Toro

Plus, continuing carbs at Sportello.

Interior view of a restaurant with white walls, light countertops, and sleek backless bar stools.
Cal Bingham for Eater Boston

KENDALL SQUARE — There are still tickets left for tonight's Jack's Abbey Sunny Ridge Pilsner release party at State Park. The party started at 5 p.m. with polka music and flowing pilsner, and the "fancy dinner" portion of the evening starts soon. The five courses include a wild watercress salad with fiddlehead ferns; Smoke and Dagger-braised short ribs, and an "oozy cheese course," and it's all paired with a Jack's Abbey brew. It's $55, plus tax and tip. [Eventbrite]

SOUTH END — Toro is hosting a Basque txotx this Thursday night from 10 p.m. - midnight with Shacksbury Cider and Petritegi Sagardoa. The fest traditionally celebrates the release of a new spring vintage with food, cider, and merriment. Shacksbury, based in Shoreham, Vt., is bringing down large chestnut barrels of their cider, the first of which will be ceremoniously uncorked by Ainara Otano, a collaborator from Petritegi Saragdoa in Spain. Toro will provide the pintxos, or tapas. An RSVP is required, as space is limited. [Eaterwire]

FORT POINT — Chef and cookbook author Marc Vetri will be at Sportello on Thursday, April 23 with copies of his new book, Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto, and a menu of his favorite dishes. The event starts with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, and the four-course meal is a collaborative effort of Vetri and Sportello's chef de cuisine David Cavilla and wine director Cat Silirie. The $145 meal ticket also includes a copy of the book. Call Sportello at 617-737-1234 to reserve a seat. [Facebook]

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