Thursday Tidbits


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Abby Conway 

Aw Shucks
The North End Fish Market, Mercato del Mare, hosts oyster shucking lessons every Saturday afternoon, 1-3pm. The lessons themselves are free: only cost to you is what you shuck and eat. has dubbed this event one of the city’s best cheap, creative dates, but heed their warning–make sure s/he isn’t allergic to shellfish before you head out! (See related food for thought in yesterday’s post, below, and Anastacia Marx de Salcedo’s guest post on kitchen knives.)

Put some Vino in your Voyage
Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors is hosting a VinoVoyage on May 13th. Take the Spirit of Boston, add more than 250 wines for the tasting, a buffet dinner, DJ, live jazz and…bon voyage!

Tasting the North End
On May 14th the tradition of North End restaurants coming together to support its neighborhood’s charities will continue with the 16th annual Taste of the North End, being held this year at the New England Aquarium. Proceeds will go to the North End Community Health Center. Participating restaurants include Lucia Ristorante (owner Donato Frattaroli founded Taste of the North End in 1993), Al Dente, Bricco, Fiore, Lucca, Massimino’s, Pagliuca’s, Piccola Venezia and Tresca. But wait, there’s more…

This Green is News in Southie
Operation Frontline Massachusetts and South Boston Grows are hosting a Service Day on Saturday, May 15th from 11-3pm, rain or shine, with plenty of planting, gardening and lunch. Operation Frontline provides nutrition-based cooking classes for low-income families; the mission of South Boston Grows is to improve green space and provide know-how about growing green in Southie (shamrocks notwithstanding). RSVP by May 1!! Details here.

Oh Pepper Jelly, Shall I Count the Ways
Maybe you’re like me–a huge fan of pepper jelly who never knows what to do with it besides pair it with cream cheese and crackers. Andrea of Serious Eats has our back. She wrote about eight (count ‘em!) different ways to enjoy pepper jelly, and all these sweet and spicy creations sound delicious. Check out Andrea’s ideas here.