Thursday, January 21, 2010

Monthly Roundup Of News And Events

We checked in with our friend Simon Brooking (left) recently. He has not only championed our blog all over Scotland and the U.S.A. as Ambassador for the Laphroaig and Ardmore brands and served as my malt mentor but also found time to have his company sponsor the United States Curling Association (USCA). "This sponsorship gives new meaning to the phrase 'scotch on ice,'" said the Scotch Malt Master. "It is always a pleasure seeing two grand traditions from my homeland, Laphroaig and curling, enjoyed in America." It's not that I follow curling or have ever even attempted the sport but when the Winter Olympics are on I am mesmerized by it. Congratulations Simon and onto the gold!

The Greater Boston Food Bank needs your help and the fun way to do it is at the Super Hunger Brunch on January 30 & 31. On those dates Greater Boston’s finest restaurants will participate in The Greater Boston Food Bank’s signature event – Super Hunger Brunch – where restaurants donate 100% of their proceeds from that day’s brunch service with some restaurants also donating server gratuities. Most restaurants offer prix-fixe menus ranging from $25-$50/person. Participating restaurants include Appetito, Bambara, Bin 26 Enoteca, Blue Ginger, Café Fleuri, Chez Henri, Craigie on Main, The Elephant Walk, The Fireplace, The Grapevine, Grill 23 & Bar, Jasper White’s Summer Shack, La Morra, North 26 Restaurant & Bar, Rialto, L’Espalier, Rocca Kitchen & Bar, Sel de la Terre, Sibling Rivalry, Stella and Tosca Restaurant. For more information, visit

Don't forget the Boston Wine Expo is coming up this weekend. This is the largest trade and consumer wine exhibition in the country! No other event offers as wide a variety of wines to tantalize your palette. Over 450 wineries from around the globe pour over 1,800 wines for you to sample. If you've never been it is mind boggling and includes lots of food trays, too! We'll be there covering all the celebrity chefs and wine experts for the blog. For more information you can click here: Boston Wine Expo.

And for our jet setting friends there is Club Transmediale in Berlin, January 29-February 7. This week long festival brings together an international mix of electronic artists for "adventurous music and related visual arts." Translation: uber cool. Guaranteed to expand your musical horizons 2010 will feature such DJs and artists as Schlachthofbronx, Four Tet, Dan Deacon, Felix Martin and Al Doyle of Hot Chip, Brackles, and Wasted. Or you can just hang out and look really good.

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