Since it turns out you actually won’t be standing in line at the new Medford (Oregon!) In-N-Out Burger this summer, you’ll have plenty of free time to do other stuff. Like watch Sandoval huff around the bases. Or hit one of these eight summertime events.
CREATE returns to the Battery Wharf Hotel (2-5pm) for the fourth annual fête of food, drink, and art... all rolled into one, as Chef Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road) unites local chefs, bartenders, and artists for a one-of-a-kind mash-up of New England’s creative talent. And you get to reap the benefits by feasting with both your mouth and your eyes. Bonus: Tigerman Whoa! and TJ Connelly (of Fenway Park fame) will provide the soundtrack to your indulgent afternoon by the water.
Enjoy the best of the wurst during Bronwyn’s Sausage Week with nightly Central/Eastern European offerings and beer specials. The sausage fest (see what we did there?) starts with the Footlong Bratwurst and finishes with the Kielbasa Pounder. (Please stop smirking.) Each dish costs $19 and includes potatoes, sauerkraut, and haus mustard.
Boston TechJam assembles the brightest tech professionals and companies (75+) for the ultimate “geek out” block party at City Hall Plaza from 4-9pm. Have your mind blown by fresh-from-the-brain innovations while rocking out to live bands and DJs, chowing on your favorite food truck fare (Roxy’s), and sipping tasty hometown brews (Harpoon). Venture capitalism never tasted so good.
Five cideries, six food vendors, 14+ breweries, and a meadery (for good measure) will pack Somerville’s Armory for three sessions of regional beverages and good vibes. A ticket scores you samples of suds from breweries like Baxter and Down the Road, as well as access to homebrewing demos and beer lectures.
Aeronaut Brewing Company Birthday Week
Aeronaut is turning one, and their four-event/five-day shindig will rock Somerville with food, music, and the inaugural release of 16oz Year with Dr. Nandu cans. Festivities kick off on Tuesday with a beer, chocolate, and cheese pairing, and culminate in Sunday’s grand birthday party complete with live tunes, plenty of brews, and maybe another Chaironaut “chair launch.” Stay tuned to their website, Facebook, and Twitter for info and tickets.
If you attend only one colossally massive barbecue this summer, make sure it’s Chefs in Shorts. Held annually to benefit Future Chefs’ urban youth culinary programs, this one-night cookout at the Seaport World Trade Center (7-9:30pm) features over 45 of the Hub’s top chefs -- including Jay Silva (Bambara), Adam Kube (Bastille Kitchen), Sarah Wade (Lulu’s), and Keenan Langlois (The Sinclair) -- firing up their grills to fill your belly. And, of course, raise money for charity. Do the math and score some tickets.
ArtBar Summer Patio Parties
ArtBar’s patio is already open for the season, but they’ll turn the knobs to 11 starting Monday, June 22nd when they debut their daily Summer Patio Parties. Catchy themes (Rat Pack Mondays, Lobster Fest Fridays) -- and tasty food/drinks like the Boston Tea Party (infused Stoli and St. Germaine), strawberry shortcake, and lobster pot pie -- will help you get through the work week. Pro tip: ask for table #30, the best seat in the house.
Guest Chef “Top Dog” Series
It took Chef Tony Maws a YEAR to perfect The Kirkland Dog, and now his chef buddies are stopping by to add their own flourishes to his franks. Next up is wunderkind Chef Matt Jennings (Townsman), and you can savor his brasserie-inspired toppings for five Mondays in a row starting June 29th. Dogs are $16, and 50% of proceeds help Share Our Strength, a national charity to end childhood hunger in the US.