Haute Weekend Happenings in Boston 10/9/15

It’s going to be a nice long weekend and the weather looks like it might hold off. October is a perfect month for checking out all that Boston has to offer. Whether you walk along the city’s historic streets or decide to check out a James Beard event, here’s a roundup of haute happenings this weekend.

James Beard FoundationPhoto Credit: James Beard Foundatio

Tonight at the Langham Hotel, James Beard Foundation’s third annual Taste America comes to Boston. The event starts off with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. (with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m.) and celebrates some of Boston’s best chefs. Taste America All-Star James Beard award winner Traci Des Jardins Jardinière San Francisco will also be in town. The event will feature a four-course menu designed by Des Jardins, local chef Matt Jennings of Townsman, and host chef Mark Sapienza of the Langham. Other local chefs include James Beard award winners Ana Sortun of Oleana, Tim Cushman of o ya and Tony Maws of Craigie on Main as well as Cassie Piuma of Sarma in Somerville and Justin Shoults of Brine in Newburyport. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Taste America Scholarship Program. Tomorrow, the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America festivities continue with an event at Sur La Table at Copley Place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Local Flavor from Coast to Coast” event includes in-store activities that include cooking demonstrations by Taste America All-Star Traci Des Jardins and Cambridge’s own Tony Maws.


If you are interested in sampling some great craft beer, head over tonight (and tomorrow) to The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts for the WZLX Craft Beer Experience. There will be three sessions held this weekend that will feature more than 40 brewers offering nearly 120 different beers and ciders. Be sure to check out Devil’s Purse, Modern Times Beer and Earth Eagle Brewings (not distributed in Massachusetts) as well as Dovetail Sake, which is making its initial debut here. Local brewery Samuel Adams will also offer its flavor filled Kosmic Mother Funk for tastings.

Copley Society of ArtPhoto Credit: Copley Society of Art

If you are looking for a more relaxing experience, head over to the Copley Society of Art’s Entangled Rhymes to view the art of Percy Fortini-Wright. The Boston based artist’s creations that combine graffiti vernacular with traditional formats will be on display at the Newbury Street location on exhibit here now through October 28.

Museum of Fine Arts

On Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts will debut Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer. This is the first exhibition to take a look at 17th-century Dutch paintings through the lens of the social classes. Nearly 75 paintings will be on display now through January 18, 2016 from collections both in the US and abroad, featuring artists such as Rembrandt and Vermeer as well as Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and Gerrit Dou.