Haute Weekend Happenings in Boston 10/30/15

This weekend is all about Halloween, but if you prefer to get out on the town, here are some haute happenings in and around Boston to check out:

Handel and Haydn SocietyPhoto Credit: Handel and Hayden Society

Handel + Haydn Society is hosting a performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Jordan Hall. Keyboardist Richard Egarr leads members of the Period Instrument Orchestra in virtuosic works, by Giovanni Gabrieli, Dario Castello and other masterpieces of the Italian Baroque.

Taj Boston has launched Fireplace Suite Season complete with fireplace butlers for the hotel’s wood burning fireplaces complete with your choice of wood selection (think oak, cherry, birch or maple). To enhance your overnight stay here, Pastry Chef Robert Alger has created a Fireside Dessert menu of hand dipped chocolate strawberries, Taj dark chocolate cake, warm caramel chocolate bread pudding and homemade toasted s’mores served with chocolate sauce. Pair it up with a Fireside Cocktail like hot whiskey toddy (Slainte) made with the Taj’s rooftop honey or the decadent Starry Night hot chocolate with marshmallow and chocolate shavings.

The Harvesting Hope Gala Fundraiser is being held tonight at the Boston Marriott Quincy to benefit DOVE (Domestic Violence Ended). The 10th annual fall event raises more than $200,000 each year with over 300 attendees enjoying a night of dinner, cocktails, entertainment and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit DOVE’s domestic violence services and prevention efforts throughout Norfolk County and on the South Shore.

If you have always been curious what it’s like to dine out in pure darkness, now is your chance to find out. Head over tonight or tomorrow night to Beacon Hill’s Hampshire House for a four-course dinner. The fun starts at 6 p.m. when you will be blindfolded to heighten your culinary senses enjoy a dining experience in pitch black.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and E&J Gallo Winery are hosting a Taste of the NFL event to fight hunger. Taste of the NFL, which has been running since 1992, has raised more than $22 million for hunger relief agencies throughout the country. Simply visit the Back Bay restaurant and purchase one of the select wines offered by Gallo’s Wine-by-the-Glass program to support hunger relief. There are more than 16,000 restaurant nationwide participating in the ongoing program.