Friday, February 10, 2012

Souper Bowl IV to Be Held at the Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury on February 12, 2012

A soup-based event returns to a non-profit restaurant in the Dudley Square section of Roxbury this weekend.

According to Brown Paper Tickets and Eater Boston, Souper Bowl IV will be held this Sunday (February 12) starting at 2:00 PM at the Haley House Bakery Cafe on Dade Street. The event, which is a fundraiser for the Haley House Soup Kitchen, will feature area chefs making an array of soups using locally-sourced ingredients. Last year, some of the soups offered included garlic potato, chicken and cilantro, roasted winter squash, and clam and monkfish stew. Guests of the event will receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl made by MassArt students who are participating in the Clay for Change program (which helps raise money for those in need of food), then they will be able to go from station to station to sample the soups. Admission will occur at 15-minute intervals, with tickets costing $30 each.

The Haley House Bakery Cafe is located at the corner of Dade Street and Washington Street on the eastern edge of Dudley Square. Their website can be found at

For more information on Souper Bowl IV, please go to the Brown Paper Tickets and Eater Boston links below.

[Brown Paper Tickets]
Souper Bowl IV

[Eater Boston]
The Souper Bowl, a Lousy Year for Ice Fishing

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

American Lamb Jam to Be Held in Cambridge, February 19, 2012

A culinary competition that focuses on lamb is returning to Cambridge next month, and once again, a number of area chefs will be participating.

An email received from Baltz and Company indicates that the third annual American Lamb Jam will be held on Sunday, February 19, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. Once again, The American Lamb Board is partnering with for this event, which will feature an array of lamb dishes created by chefs from 606 Congress, Bistro du Midi, Citizen, Clink, Garden at the Cellar, Henrietta's Table, La Laiterie Bistro, Oleana, Pain D'Avignon, Storyville, Red Lion Inn, Rialto, Russell House Tavern, Sel de la Terre, Summer Winter, Tavolo, The Fireplace, and Tomasso Trattoria. Lamb dishes will be paired with beers from area breweries, including Berkshire Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, Cape Ann Brewing, Harpoon Brewery, Ipswich Ale, Mayflower Brewing Company, Pretty Things Beer and Rapscallion. In addition to sampling lamb dishes, guests of the event will also be able to view butchery demonstrations by Chris Douglass and Nuno Alves of Tavolo as well as Josh Pert of the Meat House. The event will be hosted by Billy Costa of TV Diner.

Chefs who are participating in the American Lamb Jam will compete for the title of Boston Lamb Master, along with an opportunity to face other chefs at a Master Lamb Jam in the fall.

Tickets to the 2012 American Lamb Jam cost $50 each and include all food and beverages.

[February 15 update: The American Lamb Jam is sold out.]

For more information on the upcoming American Lamb Jam in Cambridge, please go to the link below.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Third Annual Chili Cup Coming to Ned Devine's in Boston, February 16, 2012

A culinary event that features chili will be returning to Boston, and once again, a number of local dining spots will be taking part in the competition.

An email sent from The Briar Group indicates that the 3rd annual Chili Cup will be taking place at Ned Devine's in Boston's Faneuil Hall on Thursday, February 16 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The event will be featuring all-you-can-eat chili along with prizes and other specials. Competitors include The Baseball Tavern (who won last year), Dillon's, Flat Iron Tapas Bar & Lounge, Game On!, The Greatest Bar, The North Star, and others. The winner of the event (which is based on consumer vote) will be awarded the 2012 Chili Cup.

Proceeds from the Chili Cup event will benefit Community Work Services, an organization that helps folks transform their lives through employment.

Tickets to the event cost $20, and can be ordered via the link below.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spoon Ninja Burrito-Rolling Competition Coming to Anna's Taqueria in Brookline

A rather unusual competition is coming to a burrito joint in Brookline next month.

According to Marlo Marketing/Communications, Anna's Taqueria on Harvard Street will be hosting a "Spoon Ninja" Burrito-Rolling Competition on Wednesday, February 29, starting at 6:00 PM. The event, which will be attended by Anna's lightning-fast Spoon Ninjas (burrito rollers) as well as WFNX newsman Henry Santoro, will be a competition to determine which of the rollers is the fastest "burrito slinger" in the Boston area. (The winner will be awarded the "Golden Spoon" trophy.) A separate contest will also be held to see which guest is the fastest as well, with the winner also receiving the "Golden Spoon" trophy, while each participant receives an Anna's gift card and t-shirt.

The Spoon Ninja Burrito-Rolling Competition is free to the public, though registration for spectators and competitors is required. (More information can be found at

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