This Week’s Hautest Happenings in Boston

This week has much to offer here in Boston, especially if you are a food and wine lover. Here’s a roundup of some of the hautest happenings in town.

Tomorrow night, chefs Alex Stupak, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette will celebrate the release of Stupak’s new cookbook, Tacos: Recipes & Provocations at Toro in the South End. Stupak, a Boston area native, learned his love of food with chef Ken Oringer so this night will be a celebration of his Massachusetts roots. Tacos, micheladas and margaritas will take over the tables of Toro as Stupak, Oringer, and chef Jamie Bissonette work together to put on a late night party unlike any other the city has seen.

City Wine Tours is kicking off a fun tour of Boston’s Back Bay where you can sample wine and learn more about the city. Each tour is led by a wine expert that starts off at the private wine cellar at Legal Sea Foods. This is one of Boston’s best wine rooms holding 10,000 bottles, including the owner’s private wine collection. Here, you can sample two wines made exclusively for Legal Sea Foods while snacking on a delicious lump crab cake with mustard sauce. The wine expert will discuss which wines pair best with seafood. Next up on the tour is a visit to Post 390 where you will taste two more wines and discuss their extensive wine list. The final stop on the wine tour ends at one of Boston’s most exclusive restaurants – L’Espalier on Boylston Street. Here, you will tour the dining rooms, kitchen and wine cellar while snacking on some menu items from the Salon.

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To celebrate National Chocolate Day on October 28, Neuhaus, the luxury Belgian chocolatier (inventors of the praline) is coming to Boston in Faneuil Hall Marketplace (1 South Market Street, Boston, MA 02109). The Neuhaus brand was founded in 1857 in Belgium by Jean Neuhaus, a Swiss apothecary who set up shop in Brussels with his brother-in-law and started making bonbons in the cellar below. Seasonal specialties at the Boston location include an Advent Calendar, filled with an assortment of pralines. Truffles Marc de Champagne are also available infused with champagne brandy butter cream and dusted with powdered sugar as well as Christmas Balls, ornate stained glass inspired prints. Be sure to keep an eye out for the When Neuhaus Meets Single Malt Whisky collection, a collaboration with tasting experts Gault&Milau offering pairing selections for each exquisite Neuhaus chocolate. This is the first location to arrive in Boston.