clip_art_food_foodieWe here at Blast know that there’s more to planning your week than just knowing the concerts coming to town, the movies being released and the TV shows that are on.

Food! Eating is one of the original social conventions. Here’s a list of fun food events going on around Boston.

Tandoor cooking classes at Mantra

Hit The Naan Bar on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 and just $20 will get you a hands-on cooking class, one cocktail and a sampling of naans and kebabs. Learn from Chef Brar as he describes the fascinating history of hot clay cooking and go home with recipes for yogurt-based meat marinades. Who says the holidays have to be all about turkeys?

Chef-led tours of Shalimar Indian Foods & Spices

$20 goes a long way again. Head to Central Square on the first Saturday of every month for a one hour tour explaining various exotic ingredients used in Indian foods. You’ll get tips on how to use Indian spices holistically, plus a lunch at The Dosa Factory, a little month-old spot in the back of the shop.

Four great Monday Night Wine Clubs at Ashmont Grill next month

December 7 Holiday Punch Bowls, December 14 Super Tuscans, Dec. 21 Cabernet Four Ways, Dec. 28 Sparklers. $30 buys several generous pours of wine, an on site expert to introduce patrons to new tastes, plus three small plates of matching seasonal food from chef Sam Putnam.

Tailgate Menu at Tavolo every time the Patriots play

$20 again! Try special like White Bean Chile, Max’s Meatballs and Pork Belly Sliders. Each comes with two free draft beers! Tavolo opens at noon on Sundays for football fans. Free parking across the street.

Truro Vineyards Wine Club

An excellent holiday gift that keeps on giving all year; three annual shipments of four wines each (Truro makes about ten of them) plus chef-developed recipes for dishes that pair well with them. This Cape Cod winery is now the largest in Massachusetts, and can ship to 26 states ! Full club details on the web.

Sunday Suppers at CLIO

Just a few weeks old, but gaining momentum. Chef Ken Oringer gets chick-y with a different fried chicken recipe (from southern to Korean) every Sunday from 5:30 PM. Prix fixe $35 comes with accompaniments. Regular ala carte menu also served.

It’s a final fling for Chef Chris Chung of UNI

Chung exits in a few short weeks to open his own spot in Lincoln, but meanwhile, he’s pulling out all the stops at this intimate sashimi salon in the Eliot Hotel. Yes, sashimi is seasonal, so fall flavors and vegetables are likely to appear in tandem with cold water fish, and the results are spectacular. This place also has one of the most creative cocktail lists in town.

Troquet has Boston’s Best Wine List; but the food is also divine.

It’s suckling pig season again, and Chef Scott Hebert makes it succulent with chipotle, asiago grits and honey-glazed carrots. For dessert, try Sugared Pumpkin Souffle or Milk Chocolate-Hazelnut Millefeuille. Pastry Chef Sarah Woodfine loves to make ice cream, and it shows in her fresh nutmeg, mascarpone, roasted banana and cinnamon versions. A sampler platter is $9.75

French fare for Thanksgiving or Christmas Day? Why Not?

Petit Robert Bistro’s three locations will be open from 11-9 on both holidays serving their regular menu, plus celebratory blackboard specials created by Chef Jacky Robert. A pocketbook-friendly wine list makes PRB an informed choice.

So, get out this month and enjoy all the foodie fun Boston has to offer!

About The Author

John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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