This Week’s Best Boston Happenings 8/14/15

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Boston was abuzz with events this week, including a bee harvest, a battle of the burger and a visit from the Boston Pops to Nantucket. Here’s a look back at the week’s hautest happenings.

Design Museum Boston
Design Museum Boston

Photo Credit: Design Museum Boston

Running now through November 11, Design Museum Boston is hosting Design for Dining experiences throughout seven Boston restaurants. Each downtown restaurant has been paired with seven design and architecture firms to create a unique dining experience. Just visit any of the participating restaurants, which include Bonapita, JM Curley, Legal Crossing, MAST, The Merchant, Silvertone or Sip Wine Bar, and learn how these designers have helped to inspire each unique dining experience. Reservations must be made in advance for the multi-course dinners so be sure to visit each restaurant’s site for more details.

Boston Pops
Boston Pops

Photo Credit: Nantucket Cottage Hospital

The Boston Pops held their 19th annual concert on Nantucket to benefit the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The evening, which was presented by Nantucket Island Resorts, included cocktails, a concert and fireworks show.

Battle of the Burger
Battle of the Burger

Photo Credit: Edelman PR

Boston’s top chefs competed this week at the fourth annual Battle of the Burger to see which restaurant creates the best burger. Chef Matt O’Neil of The Blue Ox took home this year’s title with his Sin Burger creation, a combination of USDA prime beef, Applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, truffle aioli, lettuce and tomato served on a brioche bun with a spicy Maitland Mountain Farm pickle. Runners up included Joe’s American Bar & Grill’s The Cure burger (a steak burger topped with baby back ribs, onion strings and a sunny side up egg) and Lincoln Tavern’s Lincoln Slider topped with bacon aioli and a sunny side up quail egg.

Bee Keeper Edwin Medrano on the Rooftop of the Seaport Boston Hotel
Bee Keeper Edwin Medrano on the Rooftop of the Seaport Boston Hotel

Photo Credit: Kellie Speed

Over at the Seaport Boston Hotel, I was one of a select group of media invited to check out a honey harvest of bees on the rooftop followed by the unveiling of Harpoon Brewery’s Seaport Honey Saison (served exclusively at TAMO Bistro & Bar). The hotel’s rooftop hives house more than one million bees that produce 100,000 pounds of honey (40 pounds were delivered to Harpoon Brewery to produce the beer). On hand at the event were James Carmody, vice president and general manager of the Seaport Boston Hotel, the hotel’s chief bee keeper Edwin Medrano and Charlie Storey, president of Harpoon. The beer is a smooth golden orange color that features hints of spice and clove with a sweet finish of honey.

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