Although I am probably jinxing us all as I type this… we did it! We survived winter and we’re now on the precipice of Spring. It won’t be long before it’s time for beach days and roofdeck nights. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, March is going to tease us with 70 degree day or two and a ton of great events. The time to start stocking up on rosé is now.
March 3 — 6 p.m. — 468 Moody St., Waltham — Well worth the ride out to Waltham, even if you live in Boston. For the month of March, Moody’s is inviting chefs from all over the country to take over their kitchen. For the first installment, Moody’s has invited chef Justin Brunson all the way from Denver. Brunson will bring with him a passion for heritage-raised meats, sustainable seafood, and ingredients sourced from local farms. The planned menu includes porchetta ribs, oysters on the half shell, clams with charcuterie xo sauce, lobster poutine, and bone-in pork parmesan. $95.
March 3 — 8 p.m. — 200 Boylston St., Boston — Join co-chairs Josh Zakim, Sam Slater, Sofia Lingos, and special guest host NeNe Lekes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) at the Four Seasons for an evening of casino games, dancing, music by DJ Hectik, and exclusive live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Lenny Zakim Fund in its mission to make meaningful grants to support effective grassroots programs in Massachusetts. $250.
March 4 — 9:30 a.m. — 354 Harrison Ave., Boston — CorePower Yoga instructors Majesta and Haley are teaming up a pop-up class in one of Boston’s best bars. The 60-minute class at Lion’s Tail will be a combo of bodyweight-bearing, booty-burning work, and yoga flow. After class, a brunch buffet will be served courtesy of chef Dan Pagano. All attendees will also be entered to win a gift card to Lion’s Tail and and a free month of yoga at CorePower. $35.
March 4 — 5:45 p.m. — 138 St. James St., Boston — If you’ve ever dreamed of walking the red carpet on Oscar Night, head over to the Fairmont Copley Plaza to support the Ellie Fund at their 22nd annual Red Carpet Gala. WCVB Channel 5’s Ed Harding, Maria Stephanos, Emily Riemer, and Ben Simmoneau will host this lavish ode to the movies we loved in 2017. The event will feature food stations from some of Boston’s top chefs, a live auction, a deluxe gift bag, and, of course, a live broadcast of the Oscars. Your ticket goes to directly to helping women during their fights with breast cancer. $350.
March 7 — 6 p.m. — 51 Melcher St., Boston — If you’ve ever thought about applying to grad school, or have questions about the pros/cons, or not sure how to use your degree to its fullest potential, this event is for you. This SPARK Boston discussion will aim to answer a burning question: Is higher education worth the time and expense? A panel of experienced professionals will discuss the benefits and pathways of obtaining an advanced degree, how it helped (or didn’t help) their career, the importance of development, and how to escalate your career with or without an added diploma. Free.
March 8 through 11 — Various Locations — Taste of Iceland is returning in 2018 to celebrate various aspects of Icelandic culture including food, music, film, and design. Events include a bar takeover at Drink, a dinner at Townsman, a concert at Paradise Rock Club, and a short film festival at The Brattle Theatre. Check each event for ticket prices.
March 11 — 9:30 a.m. — 100 Cambridgeside Place, Cambridge — St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t happen for another six days, but the Cambridge 5K gives you an opportunity to get in the spirit early while burning a few calories and drinking (more than) a few cold ones. The race takes you into Charlestown and back in to Cambridge, and registration includes a race shirt and entrance into a post-race party featuring wares from Notch Brewing, Somerville Brewing Company, and Bantam Cider. $42.50.
March 13 — 4 p.m. — 100 Hanover St., Boston — The Boston Public Market’s annual open house showcases the best of what the market has to offer. This free event will offer new and returning guests a chance to experience the market with free samples, exclusive coupons, pop-up vendors, food trivia, a photo booth,and giveaways. All attendees will also be entered into a drawing for a $100, on-the-spot shopping spree during the event. Free.
March 13 — 9 p.m. — 710 Boylston St. and 911 Boylston St., Boston — Chopped? You know Chopped! It’s the Food Network show your roommate is somehow always watching when you get home. Even if you’re not a regular viewer, you’ll want to tune in March 13 for the “Boston Brawl.” Chef Alex Galvis from Solas Irish Pub will compete against Chef Andrei Enikeev from McGreevy’s Boston. Both restaurants are hosting their own viewing parties, so pick sides accordingly. Free.
March 14 through March 18 — 10 a.m. — 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston — Generation after generation considers the Boston Flower and Garden Show the “official” start of Spring in Massachusetts. The show’s designers, exhibitors and marketplace vendors will prepare you for the sights and smells of the season ahead. While making your way around the Seaport World Trade Center, you’ll be able to enjoy life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations, and special events. $20.
March 14 — 8 p.m. — 425 Summer St., Boston — Join Southie Podmothers Maureen Dahill and Heather Foley for the taping of a live episode of “Caught Up: A Podcast From South Boston” at Laugh Boston. The event is free and you can expect witticisms comedian Will Noonan, surprise guests, and plenty of shenanigans. (Full Disclosure: I recently appeared on the podcast but have been a listener since the beginning. It’s hilarious.). Free.
March 15 — 6:30 p.m. — 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge — Looking ahead to warmer days, Puritan & Co. is hosting an evening dedicated to sparkling wine and fried food. The industry-style tasting will offer guests an introduction to the diversity of styles and tastes of sparkling wines from all over the world served alongside some tasty fried foods. From funky reds to Grand Cru Grower Champagne, head over to Inman Square to try what you didn’t know you were missing. $70.
March 18 through March 23 and March 25 through March 30 — Various Locations — Formerly known as Restaurant Week, Dine Out Boston is a great opportunity to try a new-to-you restaurant or a place that was out of your budget. Participating restaurants will once again design prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. My best advice is to book a lunch or two for Week 1 and a dinner for Week 2 to get the most out of the promotion. Lunch $15/$20/$25, Dinner $28/$33/$38.
March 18 — 1 p.m. — 25 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge — Just in time for March Madness, Bambara will host a bracket-style competition where local bartenders will get creative and serve four-ounce pours of their best bloody mary. Guests will sample each drink and vote for their favorite while snacking on brunch appetizers, including sliders, croque madame, and pork belly bao buns. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local food rescue organization, Lovin’ Spoonfuls. $30.
March 18 — 1 p.m. — Starts on West Broadway near Broadway Station — It’s the one day everyone is Irish. Old timers (like me) sometimes call this “Amateur Hour Day” in Southie, but everyone should experience it at least once. My best advice? Get over there early, and be friends with someone with a roofdeck on the parade route. And if you’re not inside a bar on East or West Broadway by Noon, find something else to do. Free.
March 20 — 7 p.m. — 539 Tremont St., Boston — Always one of the best events of the year the neighborhood I call home, the Taste of the South End puts chefs from all over the city’s best foodie neighborhood under Cyclorama’s roof. Participating restaurants this year include Bar Mezzana, Cinquecento, Boston Chops, Area Four, and Haley House Bakery Cafe. Proceeds from the event and its silent auction will benefit the AIDS Action Committee. $150.
March 22 to March 25 — Various Locations — The largest event of its kind outside Ireland, Boston’s Irish Film Festival provides exhibition, distribution, and educational opportunities for filmmakers, honors their work with awards, and produces original documentaries on contemporary Irish cinema. Four days of feature films, short films, and documentaries kick off March 22. Be sure to follow @IrishFilmFest on Twitter for the latest updates on events and screenings.
March 24 — 5 p.m. — One Franklin Park Road, Boston — If you’re itching to ditch the cold weather and don’t have a trip planned yet, the Franklin Park Zoo is here to help. Guests are encouraged to wear their best luau attire and limbo their way through the Tropical Forest dance to music from a live DJ. There will also be animal-themed games and (hopefully non-scary) animal encounters. Proceeds from the event will support the operation and continued growth of Zoo New England’s education programs and conservation initiatives. This is a 21+ event and tickets include two drinks, appetizers, and a cash bar. $40.