Smoke Shop opens in Kendall Square and more food news.
The Best BBQ in Town
Boston’s best-kept barbecue secret may just be chef Andy Husbands. The culinary mastermind behind Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel in the South End is opening Smoke Shop in the former Tommy Doyle’s space in Kendall Square. Husbands has spent nearly 20 years on the competitive barbecue circuit and even won the Jack Daniel’s World Championship with the team IQUE BBQ (for their brisket, naturally). Expect him to heat up fall at his new Cambridge restaurant with a menu that includes catfish sliders, pork shoulder, Texas brisket, and barbecue wings. One Kendall Square, Cambridge, phone number not yet available
Chef Stacy Cogswell's Cookbook
We loved watching her on Bravo’s Top Chef Boston and sampling her dishes when she was chef de cuisine at Liquid Art House. Now local chef Stacy Cogswell gives us a peek inside her culinary mind with The New New England Cookbook (Page Street Publishing), out on October 6. “I wanted to reinterpret the food I grew up with, but not so much that I would change it completely,” Cogswell says, “and give a voice to what I love most about New England, including the seasons and flavors.” The cookbook contains 125 recipes, including a perfect-for-fall pumpkin bisque with roasted garlic marshmallows and spiced pepitas; pickled cranberries; and roasted cod with creamy succotash. We can’t wait to dig into the spicy chorizo and clam chowder.Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., 617-267-8688
Elite Cigar Service Hits Town
Thanks to a collaboration with renowned tobacconist L.J. Peretti, Grill 23 & Bar is now offering the first elite cigar service in Boston, selling top smokes such as the Davidoff Special R, Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon, and Padron 1964 Anniversary Imperial. Served in a tableside humidor after dessert, these cigars are to be enjoyed post-departure, as they can’t be smoked in the restaurant. 161 Berkeley St., 617-542-2255
Food Festivals We're Excited to Attend
Enjoy the best of New England’s rich bounty at the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival, October 15–18. You’ll find us savoring local grub at the Chowder Run and the fried seafood event Crispy and Salty on Friday afternoon, then sipping wine at the Sommelier Throwdown. On the mainland, indulge in Massachusetts’s favorite shellfish at the 15th annual Wellfleet OysterFest, October 17–18. You can break a sweat in the five kilometer Shuck n’ Run road race, the OysterFest Spelling Bee, or the crowd-pleasing Oyster Shucking Contest. Restaurants and vendors will also be serving chowders, stuffed clams, and other traditional New England fare.