With warmer temps on the way, the city is abuzz with new ways to shop, eat, sip and sweat.
The Bond Estate, located in Napa Valley
If you haven’t gotten to attend the events at this year’s Boston Wine & Food Festival (boswineandfoodfestival.com), don’t fret. Running through late March, there are a ton of experiences and festivities to choose from. One of our most anticipated? The Bond Estate Dinner. Taking place on March 9, guests of the ticketed event ($2,000 per person) can head to the Meritage Room at 7PM for an evening of bliss featuring five wines from Bond Estate in Napa Valley complemented by a four-course menu by The Boston Harbor’s executive chef, David Daniels. It’s bound to take your taste buds on a trip.
Chef Dave’s is private chef David Welch’s first restaurant. Chef Dave’s is private chef David Welch’s first restaurant.
Chef David Welch is bringing his culinary talents from being a private chef to some of Boston’s elite to the public with his new restaurant, Chef Dave’s (chefdaves.com). Located in The Street Chestnut Hill, the bistro-style hot spot will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch—providing shoppers with lots of opportunities to escape the cold and warm up with a cocktail. Some of Welch’s home run dishes? Lemon herb-roasted chicken, pan-seared halibut and a selection of prime steaks, alongside a plethora of new creations that are not to be missed.
Through May 15, immerse yourself in iconic Banksy works, sourced from all over the world.
The revolutionary works of Banksy paint the streets of England with mystique, and through April and into mid-May, over 100 original pieces by the elusive artist will paint the walls of Cambridge’s The Coop (store.thecoop.com). Walk through The Art of Banksy (banksyexhibit.com/boston), inspired by the alleys of London, to explore the artist’s graffiti, like original variations of the infamous “Girl with Balloon.” The works come from private collectors worldwide, so it’s unlikely they will ever be under one roof again.
Book a table at Catalyst this month before the anniversary menu items disappear
When Catalyst’s (catalystrestaurant.com) 10th anniversary passed last September, chef-owner William Kovel wanted to celebrate (post-pandemic) by paying homage to the eatery’s roots. “When we first opened our doors in Cambridge, I did not know what the future would hold,” says Kovel. “While these past 10 years have, of course, not been without challenges, we continue to evolve, adapt and embrace change, which I think has been paramount to our long-term success.” To commemorate its progress, this Kendall Square spot will welcome back a few tried-and-true items from the opening menu, through March 31, that delighted the palates of its first customers in 2011. Try bites like garganelli with chicken oysters, bacon and black truffle butter, or the seared spice-crusted hiramasa with orange-yuzu syrup and cucumber radish salad.
Pieces from Livingston’s Clovis lounge and athleisure line
Giddy up—all the way to Clovis (clovisequestrian.com), Boston’s newest equestrian-inspired clothing line. Founded by Julia Livingston right on the brink of the pandemic, the clothing line focuses on size inclusivity when it comes to women’s athleticwear. “Clovis was started in 2019 when I began riding horses and immediately noticed there was a huge gap in the market for affordable and chic equestrian clothing. As a lifelong fashion lover, I have always admired the polished equestrian look—whether for actual riding or not,” she says. Since her launch, she’s also pivoted to using sustainable materials whenever possible. Last month, the Massachusetts native released a brand-new lounge collection featuring cozy sweats and long sleeves made from recycled materials and organic cotton—but she isn’t stopping there. This month, buyers can keep an eye out for several golf-centric items like skirts and gloves, as well as a handful of pieces from her late winter/early spring line.
Clients swoon over luscious lobster ravioli.
Dining out may be fun, but let’s be honest—dining in is all the rage… especially with names like WECO (wecohospitality.com) at the helm. The Boston-based delivery service serves more than 100 towns and cities in New England and focuses on mouthwatering meals (think braised short ribs, butternut ravioli, sesame-crusted salmon, duck confit and a soba noodle and dumpling bowl) made from sustainable sources. And here’s the catch…there isn’t one. Making the delivery service more approachable, WECO doesn’t require a subscription to participate and posts its menus on Thursdays for the following week. Another plus—the team prepares the food daily, so instead of delivering frozen meals, the service is always fresh and arrives no later than 12 hours after the food has been cooked. Sign. Us. Up.
A closer look at what we can expect inside Eva.
When the beloved Cafeteria closed its Newbury Street doors in 2020, Boston breathed a communal sigh of sorrow. But now, there’s a new name moving into the corner eatery by the former restaurant’s owner George Aboujaoude. Known as Eva, the modern American concept will feature a craft cocktail program, including signature sips, to be paired with traditional, delectable bites. Dine outside on the sun-drenched patio, or head inside to feast among natural wood tones, handwoven raffia chairs and a leaf wallcovering. 279a Newbury St.
Photography by: Courtesy of the Bond Estate; By Lindsay Ahern; By Kyle Flubacker; Courtesy of Catalyst; By Haley Abram Photo; Courtesy of WECO Hospitality; By Tiffany Barqawi Design