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Add These January 2017 Food Events to Your Calendar

English muffin pizzas, local cheeses, baklava ice cream, and more things to eat this month

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A portion of haggis sits on a bed of mashed rutabaga, garnished with Drambuie butter
Haggis at The Haven
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Fill up the remainder of your January calendar with these fun, food-filled events around town:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 Forage (5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge) is teaming up with Formaggio Kitchen to serve a four-course dinner with a focus on New England cheeses. Wine pairings included. Omnivore and vegetarian menus available. [Reserve online, $79/person]

In South Boston, GrandTen Distilling (383 Dorchester Ave.) is celebrating Fire Puncher Day with live music from These Wild Plains, spicy KO Catering & Pies meat pies, hand-rolled Boston Cigar Factory cigars, and Fire Puncher Vodka cocktails. [Tickets, $10, 21+]

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 Steel & Rye (95 Eliot St., Milton) is welcoming Trillium Brewing for a clambake, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Expect coolers of Trillium, chowder, cornbread, salads, lobster & clam boil, and pies. Tickets include food, beer, tax, and gratuity. [Call (617) 690-2787 to reserve a ticket, $110]

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 Have you gone downstairs to Mamaleh’s Simcha Room yet? (1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge — Kendall Square). Check out a free comedy show at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) featuring headliner Matt Kona and a variety of other comedians. Full bar available, and attendees can purchase dinner to-go upstairs at the counter. Space is limited; register in advance. [Tickets, free]

Also on the 26th, head to the ONCE Ballroom (156 Highland Ave., Somerville — Spring Hill) for Scoops for Syria, a Parlor Ice Cream Co. fundraiser for The International Rescue Committee, which is providing aid to Syria. All event profits will be donated. There will be Parlor ice cream (baklava as well as an orange blossom caramel and sesame flavor), music, and raffle prizes from Yvonne’s, Curio Coffee, Highball Lounge, and more. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. [Tickets, $10]

And at Lamplighter Brewing Co. (284 Broadway, Cambridge), Island Creek Oysters is popping up from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (or until the oysters run out), shucking half-dozens for $14 each and dozens for $24 each. [No cover; just show up]

Meanwhile, in East Boston, Taste of Eastie celebrates its 21st year. Taking place at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport (1 Hotel Dr., Boston), the event will feature samples from nearly 30 local restaurants, as well as live entertainment, an auction and raffle, and a cash bar (beer and wine). [Tickets, $30 (they’ll be $35 at the door)]

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 Sterling’s (60 State St.) is hosting a number of food truck pop-ups throughout the winter, where the trucks’ teams will come in and take over the kitchen for the night. On January 27 (as well as February 24, March 31, and April 28), North East of the Border will be in the kitchen cooking up avocado fries, ceviche & chips, a variety of tacos, and more. The regular Sterling’s menu won’t be served on food truck nights. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. [Reserve online]

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 Some tickets remain for the 9 p.m. seating at the annual popular Burns Night celebration at The Haven (2 Perkins St., Boston — Jamaica Plain). The night honors Scottish bard Robert Burns, and the restaurant will be serving up a three-course meal that includes haggis and more (vegetarian options available). Songs, poetry, beer, and other traditions. Some tickets are also still available for Sunday, January 29 at 6 p.m. [Tickets, $65]

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 It’s the annual Super Hunger Brunch weekend, in which participating restaurants donate proceeds to The Greater Boston Food Bank. Buy a gift certificate by January 22 to brunch on January 28-29; prices are set at $25, $35, or $50/person depending on the restaurant. Sunday participants include 80 Thoreau, Catalyst, Highland Kitchen, La Morra, Trade, and more. [Gift certificates]

LOOKING AHEAD TO FEBRUARYBuy tickets now for Dundee VIII — 'The Showdown in Southie,' taking place at Harpoon Brewery (306 Northern Ave., Boston — Seaport District) on Sunday, February 19 at 7 p.m. KO Catering & Pies’ popular Dundee events, in which a number of Boston chefs compete to create the best savory pies, always sell out early. Last year’s champion, Lincoln Tavern, will be competing again, alongside Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Saus, Neptune Oyster, Commonwealth, and many more. One ticket is good for up to four people and includes 12 mini pies to share, plus a Harpoon beer for each person in the group. [Tickets, $90/group of four. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The event is 21+.]


THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 It’s release day for Somerville Brewing Company’s newest beer, a “warming heartfelt stout ale” called #ThanksObama. Head to the taproom (15 Ward St., Somerville — Boynton Yards) to give it a try. Open 11 a.m. to midnight. [No cover; just show up]

Meanwhile, Lord Hobo (92 Hampshire St., Cambridge) is throwing an “End of the World Bunker Party” from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. For each drink you order, you get to vote on one of three charities — Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and BAGLY — and money raised will be distributed accordingly. Plus, there will be a giveaway for an “Apocalypse Survival Kit” filled with swag from Absolut, Nightshift, Jack’s Abby, and more. [No cover; just show up]

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 Bukowski Tavern (1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge — Inman Square) is hosting a “Golden...Sunshine Draft Party,” featuring 21st Amendment Brewery’s Golden Sunshine. CNN and the presidential inauguration will be shown at the bar, and there will be free Ritz crackers to snack on, along with $1,000/spoonful Russian Osetra caviar. Open 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. [No reservations; just show up]

Plus, Dudley Cafe (15 Warren St., Roxbury — Dudley Square) is throwing an Obama send-off party with live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus 10% off espresso drinks and $1 off the Michelle Bowl. [No reservations; just show up]

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21Do you know the muffin men who build pizzas on English muffins and serve them at a Somerville ice cream shop? Now’s your chance. Head to Gracie’s Ice Cream (22 Union Sq., Somerville — Union Square) on Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for Stone & Skillet English muffin pizzas paired with a bread pudding dessert (with a scoop of Gracie’s ice cream, of course). [Tickets, $14]

Also on the 21st, State Park (1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge — Kendall Square) is hosting an afterparty for the Boston Women’s March for America, featuring Privateer Rum and Tiki Gin cocktails. $2 from each of those drinks sold will be donated to the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and State Park will also collect monetary donations in any amount. [No tickets; just show up]

And across the plaza from State Park, Smoke Shop is launching its weekly live music series. On the 21st, hear the Ava Suppelsa Duo. Music will start at 9 p.m. each Saturday. [No cover, but you can make a dinner reservation online]

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 Pier 6 (1 8th St., Boston — Charlestown), in collaboration with Harpoon, is throwing an AFC Championship viewing party with giveaways (the grand prize is a pair of skis), games, special snacks (in addition to the regular dinner menu), and more. [Reserve online]

MONDAY, JANUARY 23OISA Ramen is celebrating the new year with a pop-up dinner at Brassica Kitchen + Cafe (3710 Washington St., Boston — Jamaica Plain), featuring spicy miso ramen and more, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. There are five-course and seven-course options available at each seating. Grab a ticket soon; OISA events tend to sell out quickly. [Tickets, $45-$55]

January 23 also marks the start of Medford’s own Restaurant Week, which runs through January 29. Participating restaurants are listed on the Medford Chamber of Commerce website along with their deals. For example, Real Gusto is offering $25 and $35 tasting menus, Carroll’s will grant you a 50% discount on an entree with the purchase of another one of equal or greater value, and CB Scoops will give you a free ice cream sundae with purchase of another one. [Consult individual restaurants for reservations]

Originally published January 18, 2017; date of most recent update appears above. Got an event that should be on our radar for future months? Email