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Cafe Madeleine hosts Hotteok party nights
The South End Jewel Cafe Madeleine (seriously, check out everything pastry chef Hana Quon posts on Instagram and then eat it) now hosts the occasional “Hotteok Party Nights,” with Quon serving the popular Korean street food Hotteok, a sweet-filled pancake. You have to keep an eye on your Instagram account for announcements, but the next party is tomorrow, October 6th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with hotteok traditional and green tea and a hotteok ice cream sandwich (choose traditional, green Tea or black sesame hotteok with sweet ice cream.) Telephone pre-order to guarantee your order: (857) 239-8052.
Cicada Coffee Bar is open for dinner
Cambridge’s fairly new (and excellent) Vietnamese café, the Cicada Coffee Bar – from the team behind the popular pop-up series Nem Kitchen – now has a beer and wine license with an accompanying dinner. Currently available from Friday to Sunday, “Cicada @ Night” deviates from the simple daily menu with banh mis and noodle bowls and offers guests the opportunity to try dishes such as a seasonal salmon and passion fruit tartare; Monkfish with turmeric, dill and vermicelli; Oxtail with red wine, potatoes and a Viet baguette; Duck with basil and black sushi rice; and more. (Here’s the menu; there are several vegan options available.) On the boozy side, choose from a few natural wines, by the glass or by the bottle; a couple of local beers and a Vietnamese lager; or a Junmai Ginjo Sake or Cicada’s homemade cucumber sake. Cicada takes dinner reservations through Resy, but walk-ins are also welcome.
50Kitchen pops up in the town hall
Dorchester’s 50Kitchen, which serves a mix of southern soul food and Asian cuisine, is in the middle of a pop-up in Boston City Hall – you still have a few days to try breakfast or lunch. Chef Anthony Caldwell serves dishes like Nutella French toast, chicken and waffle pusher, honey-fried cornbread, and more. Find the pop-up on the 8th floor of the Town Hall (it’s open to the public) between 7am and 4pm through Friday October 8th.
A beer and vineyard is also being built in the town hall
The Essex Park Pop-up Beer and Vineyard, a collaboration between Roxbury’s District 7 Tavern and the Leather District’s Savvor Lounge, will run on the Congress Street side of Boston City Hall Plaza through October 15 (weekdays 16-20 Clock). With a capacity of 300 people and some covered seating, the rain-or-shine event features live entertainment some nights and local food trucks are on-site for dining.
Bondir’s Jason Bond joins the Clover team
Chef Jason Bond closed his Bondir restaurant in Cambridge this summer; The upscale farm-to-table restaurant had been open in the intimate space on Broadway for a decade, and Bond noted his intention to find a larger space after “a long summer break”. (Judy’s Bay, an izakaya in New England, is about to open at the Broadway address.) No information on future plans for a new Bondir yet, but for the moment Bond is still busy with the local vegetarian fast-casual chain Clover Join Food Lab as a Chef. His roles with the company include cooking classes, pop-ups, and more.
“The opportunity to work with a reputable healthy food brand that I have enjoyed for years and whose ethos and mantra aligns with my own is the perfect way to start my next chapter in the world of chefs,” said Bond. via press release.