Boston Weekend in Review: Oysterfest, Yacht Beacon and Michael Mina

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Photo Credit: Mass Oyster Project

Mass Oyster Project
Mass Oyster Project

Photo Credit: Mass Oyster ProjectThis weekend, the Red Sox continued their six-game losing streak, but let’s talk about some better things that happened, like Mass Oyster Project’s Oysterfest. Or a cruise aboard Yacht Beacon. Here’s a look back at some of the weekend’s hautest happenings.

The Mass Oyster Project hosted its annual fundraiser on the water featuring oysters, wine and beer on Friday night. The event was held at the Boston Sailing Center on a 90-foot riverboat docked at Lewis Wharf. Here, attendees had the chance to sip on beers from Mayflower Brewery and slurp on oysters from The Big Rock Oyster Company. A silent auction included bidding for items like oyster shucking lessons, Red Sox tickets, jewelry passes to the New England Wildflower Society. Proceeds from the event benefited oyster restoration throughout Massachusetts.

Classic Harbor Line
Classic Harbor Line

Photo Credit: Classic Harbor Line

It was a beautiful weekend weather wise so it was a great time to be out on the water. Yacht Beacon celebrated with a City Lights Cruise running now through September 4. The after-dinner cruise gives guests the opportunity to view the skyline of Boston Harbor while enjoying drinks and dancing on board. They also hosted a Charles River Locks and Bridges cruise this weekend. The narrated tour along the river took a look at some of the city’s tallest buildings and Charles River Bridges. Guests had the opportunity to take a look at the locks system developed by the Chinese in the 10th century that is still in use today.

Michael Mina
Michael Mina

Photo Credit: Michael Mina

Michelin Chef Michael Mina was in town to announce his expansion to the Boston area. Next year, he plans to open a restaurant called PABU at the Millenium Tower in Downtown Crossing. Mina created a successful PABU, a Japanese izakaya, in San Francisco last year and has since expanded throughout the country. The restaurant here will feature sushi, shabu-shabu and a sake tasting area. The PABU menu in San Francisco includes cold small plates of ahi tuna poke and ocean “foie gras” as well as hot plates of tender braised pork belly and mushroom tempura. Larger dishes here feature American Wagyu, miso black cod and crispy flounder. The concept will be held in a residential building so Mina will also assume responsibility for a private restaurant here located on the club level as well.

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