Boston's food scene continues to blossom and grow with the addition of a pop-up martini lounge at the Mandarin Oriental and the return of chef Matthew Gaudet to Cambridge.
Guchi's Midnight Ramen from PAGU.
PAGU Collaborates with Jazz Legend to Celebrate Grand Opening
On March 5, PAGU is collaborating with local Cambridge legend Marvin Gilmore to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening with a tribute to Jazz legend Freddy Taylor. PAGU’s menu weaves together Spanish and Japanese influences to create dishes such as Guchi’s Midnight Ramen with a 6-minute egg, pork belly and nori, and squid ink bao bun with crispy oysters. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased here. 310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-9290
Back Bay Beats Brings Berklee Musicians to Mealtime
Back Bay Beats, otherwise known as B3, will open in Back Bay around March 6. The restaurant will bring Creole, Southern, and Cajun cuisine with an international kick, as well as live music and art from Berklee students to set the tone. Chef Nicolas Swogger offers contemporary Creole, Southern and Cajun cuisines, and will include dishes such as spice roasted cauliflower, lamb tangine, and ham buttermilk biscuits. B3 will offer live music seven nights a week, striving to highlight local talent along with its delicious dishes. 160 Massachusetts Ave., 617-997-0211
Mandarin Oriental Announces MOtini Pop-Up Martini Lounge
Keep an eye out of James (Bond, that is) as the Mandarin Oriental, Boston launches its MOtini Pop-Up Lounge on March 1. Sip on cocktails like the #177 Martini, made with Nolet Reserve Gin, rose petals, herbaceous verbena botanicals, and presented in an Aphrodite Coupe, hand-painted with 24-carat hammered gold. The select menu will include Kombu Cured tuna Crudo with a wakame seaweed salad and bonito ponzu, Crispy Pork Belly glazed with Korean peppers and cucumber kimchi, and a classic shrimp cocktail. 776 Boylston St., 617-535-8888
Freepoint Hotel to Partner with Chef Matthew Gaudet
The new Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge will partner with award-winning chef, Matthew Gaudet, who surprised locals when he shuttered his renowned Westbridge in late 2015. Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails by Matthew Gaudet will be located in the hotel lobby, and will serve both breakfast and dinner. Expect dishes such as raspberry vanilla buttermilk dutch baby, Shakshuka, and the miso green veggie breakfast bowl. 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy, 617-491-8000
SERV Hosts Bryan Rafanelli and Garrett Harker
On February 27, SERV (Society for Event Planners: Restaurant Venues) hosts Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events and restaurateur Garrett Harker for an intimate discussion about the strategies and successes that have helped make their companies into powerhouses. Rafanelli and his team planned Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010, among other big name events, while Harker has opened Island Creek Oyster Bar, The Hawthorne, and Row 34. Tickets are $40 and available via EventBrite. 500 Commonwealth Ave., 617-718-0586