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Justin Burke-Samson Launches New Pop-Up Series at Troy by Making Grandma Proud

Modern Gramma is the 2015 theme of an ongoing, nameless project.

Troy Boston rooftop lounge
Troy Boston rooftop lounge

Justin Burke-Samson (Trademark Tarts) has made a name for himself around Boston with a variety of pop-ups featuring homemade poptarts and other baked goods. He has a broad, new project in the works: The traveling business is unnamed and will continue annually, focusing on one specific theme per year, a press release announced today.

The 2015 theme is Modern Gramma, and a series of events at the South End residential development Troy Boston (55 Traveler St.) will kick off in the lobby there this Sunday, May 10. The Mother's Day event will elevate "the processed sweet treats mom gave you and the classic church desserts grandma would make," the press release says. That includes Burke-Samson's signature poptarts, plus snowballs, pies, cookies, ding-dongs, and cakes.

Four more Modern Gramma events will take place at Troy throughout May and early June, each one a variation on the theme of "redefin[ing] American classics and pop culture food trends that Grandma would make." Burke-Samson is inspired by his late Gramma Carole, who taught him how to bake; she passed away earlier this year. Future Modern Gramma events may be collaborations with other chefs. They include mid-century-themed dessert tasting and cocktail parties on Wednesday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 19, and a rooftop brunch party on Saturday, May 30 and a date TBA in June.

The doors open for this Sunday's Modern Gramma pop-up at 10:30 a.m., and credit cards will be accepted. Keep tabs on Burke-Samson's upcoming pop-ups on Twitter @TrademarkTarts.