Haute Weekend Roundup in Boston

Beginning yesterday, running through Friday and starting up again on Sunday is the return of Dine Out Boston. The two-week event is one of Boston’s most popular, offering diners the opportunity to taste test some of the best restaurants in the city. For example, The Capital Grille on Boylston Street is offering a lunch menu for $25 with dinner available for $38. In addition to the pre-fixe dinner menu, upgrades include a filet mignon and grilled jumbo shrimp with herb butter or our favorite, the bone-in Kona crusted dry aged New York strip with shallot butter – well worth the added indulgence.

Bar Manager Beth Hoselton and Executive Chef Tom Borgia have also crafted a impressive seasonally inspired multi-course Dine Out Boston Menu at State Street Provisions that includes an optional wine pairing.
On Saturday night, Berklee Performance Center hosted an intimate performance with Irish legend Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney. The Celtic Crossing event kicked off the pre-St. Paddy’s Day festivities right with Irish vocalist Geraldine Branagan, World Champion Irish dancer Conor O’Brien (of Lord of the Dance) and the Irish Pops Ensemble.
The Sydney Dance Company made its Boston debut Saturday night at the Shubert Theatre. The Australian contemporary dance troupe also offered a post-performance artist talk after yesterday’s performance. The 20-minute talk featured Rafael Bonachela, Sydney Dance Company’s artistic director.

The Gardner Museum Sunday Concert Series is officially underway and yesterday’s event featured Paavali Jumppanen on piano and Corey Cerovsek on violin. The weekly concert series features performances by well known musicians alongside emerging artists. Be sure to keep an eye out for their immersive sonic exhibition, Listen Hear: The Art of Sound, which will be opening on Wednesday.

Over at the Onyx Hotel near the TD Garden, Ruby Room introduced a limited time cocktail offering this weekend inspired by the Game of Thrones live concert experience. Here’s a look at one of the haute cocktails being served:

Sangria of Cersei
3 oz. red wine
½ oz. Brandy
½ oz. Aperol
2 oz. Fresh OJ
½ oz. Pineapple Juice
Splash Soda Water
¼ of an apple cubed (Red Delicious is recommended)
Slightly muddle apple until juices run but still retaining shape in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and rest of the ingredients except the soda water. Shake vigorously until well-chilled, about 20 seconds.
Pour into burgundy wine glass. Top with the soda water.
Boston Medical Center also announced its largest donation to date — $25 million from billionaires John and Eilene Grayken. John Grayken is the founder of Lone Star Funds, a private equity firm with locations throughout the world. The funds will be used to create the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine to fight the opioid crisis.