The Cambridge Marriott Hotel is located in Kendal Square near MIT, Harvard Square & across the Charles River from Mass General Hospital and all of Boston. Choose from 421 rooms & 12 suites with free internet access, cable TV with HBO, indoor pool & on-site dining.
Allston is a neighborhood of Boston Massachusetts. According to census figures over half of the population of Allston is aged 20-34 which is a clear indication of the strong college student presence. Nearby you will find Boston University, Boston College, MIT and Harvard University.
Allston MA is the only locale in the United States named for an artist - Washington Allston. The many musicians and music venues have given rise to the nicknames "Allston Rock City" and "Rock and Roll Allston".
The busiest part of the neighborhood is the stretch of Harvard Avenue between Commonwealth Avenue and Cambridge Street. It is here you will find many shops, bars and restaurants.
Writing about wine and food is more than just tasting notes, ingredients, and recipes. It can actually be a prism the writer can use to write about people, places, experiences, and ideas. Great wine and food writing gets to the story behind the story and illuminates the motivations and inspirations of wine makers, chefs, restaurateurs, and other food artists.
In this six-session class, you'll learn what editors and publishers are looking for and how to pitch articles. Everyone in class will construct a "dream sheet" of powerful story ideas that you'll be confident to go out and sell. We'll study basic structures for wine and food articles, how to write about eating and drinking, ways to construct recipes and tasting notes, and much more. A lot of the class will be spent workshopping articles in progress to help you polish your work and make it the best it can be.
Whether you're already a writer who wants to expand into writing about wine and food, or a writer who's just getting started, this class will help you organize your ideas and focus your efforts. They say you should write about what you know, but better advice is to write about what you love. If you love wine and food and you've always dreamt of writing about them, you owe it to yourself to devote six Monday evenings to making that dream come true.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jonathon Alsop is a wine writer covering wine, food and travel since 1988. He is author of the wine column "In Vino Veritas" as well as many articles for the Associated Press, Frequent Flyer, La Vie Claire, Beverage Business Magazine, Mobil Travel Guides, Fodor's Travel Guides, Boston Globe, and others. In addition to writing about wine, Jonathon founded the Boston Wine School in 2000 where he teaches wine and food classes.
IMPORTANT Schedule Note: No class Monday, April 14, 2014
Teacher: Jonathon Alsop
When: Apr 7, 2014 6 PM to May 19, 2014 8 PMin Allston, Massachusetts Cost: 250.00 true 6 Mondays, April 7-May 19, 2014 Wine Writing Workshop 250.00
QPR stands for "Quality Price Ratio" which means how good it tastes versus how much it costs, the main equation that's on every wine lover's mind.
Right now is an interesting time in the history of wine: in the USA, we are experiencing the craziest economy in decades in conjunction with a golden age of cheap wine. In an unhappy way, the timing is perfect.
Affordable every day wines around $10 (that you'd drink every day!) have never tasted better, had higher quality, nor been as deliciously dependable as they are now. The good news in the 21st century is that you can get a stellar tasting bottle way under $10 any time if you shop right. The bad news is, it looks like you're going to need this bargain for the rest of the 21st century.
Come taste 6 + of the Wine School's favorite around-$10 wines: sparkler, whites, reds, and more. Bread, cheese, olives & antipasto served with class.
When: Feb 7, 2014 6 PM to Jun 4, 2014 8 PMin Allston, Massachusetts Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18 )
Here at the Boston Wine School, we believe one of the best ways to learn about wine is with food. This single session wine experience begins with a 2-hour class and wraps up with a delicious wine pairing supper that will help you understand some of the fundamentals of pairing wine with food.
We'll begin with the art of wine tasting in all its unabashed sniffing, swirling and swishing. Then the class will taste a few of the essential wines you need to know — New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, red Bordeaux, French Pinot, California chardonnay, and others.
This is one of the most popular classes and a great introduction to both reds and whites.
Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc | Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Susana Balbo Rose' of Malbec 90+ Cellars Pinot Noir | Chateau Roc de Segur Cabernet-Merlot
DINNER A Night in Italy
Pollo Cristina | Chicken baked in nutmeg and wine
Spinaci alla fiorentina | Baked spinach with mushroom (vegetarian)
Timballo | Penne pasta baked in cheese sauce with roast eggplant crust (vegetarian)
Citrus polenta cake with balsamic glaze | Fruit
La Fiera Pinot Grigio | Ciro Gaglioppo
When: Mar 1, 2014 6 PM to Dec 31, 2014 9 PMin Allston, Massachusetts Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 01 Mar 2014 18 )
Wine should be fun and easy, but a lot of people are so overwhelmed and intimidated they'd almost rather order a beer. This course is designed to help the beginning wine lover get more comfortable and confident with wine in a low-pressure, snob-free environment.
We talk a lot about how to understand and remember what wines you like and how to communicate that to people in a wine shop or a restaurant. We always take a fun and light-hearted approach to how we taste wine so people don't feel like they have to be experts just to have a valid opinion.
In just four classes, you'll have a short list of favorite whites and favorite reds that you can rely on when you're shopping, ordering, and exploring new wines.
WEEK ONE - How to taste wine, and why! What's with all the swishing, swirling, and spewing?
WEEK TWO - Understanding wine grapes - sometimes but only sometimes, knowing the grape (or grapes) gives you a hint about what the wine's like.
WEEK THREE - Wines around the world - we'll taste the same wine from different parts of the world plus a few grapes that only grow one place... so far!
WEEK FOUR - Final blind wine taste off - we'll do a fun and interesting blind tasting in our last class to fire you up with wine confidence!
Here is a list of some of the wines we've tasted in previous sessions of this class:
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley, California)
Joe Mande is a comedian and writer who currently writes for the NBC show, PARKS AND RECREATION. Joe has also written for Comedy Central's KROLL SHOW, as well as Adult Swim’s DELOCATED and NTSF: SVU. He has been the featured comedian twice on CONAN and his half-hour special premiered on Comedy Central in June 2012. Joe has performed stand-up all over the country at festivals, colleges and clubs. Joe’s first comedy album, BITCHFACE, will be released by Greedhead Music in March.
When: Mar 28, 2014 7 PM in Allston, Massachusetts Cost: $15 (Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19 )
Stanley Sagov celebrates his 70th birthday with a night of hot jazz at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, March 27 at 8 PM. Outstanding jazz pianist, composer, full-time physician and Harvard Medical School faculty member Dr. Stanley Sagov has been packing his live shows with his Remembering the Future Jazz Band in Boston area clubs for the past 5 years. His band features some of the most highly regarded jazz players in Boston: John Lockwood on acoustic bass, Bob Gullotti on drums, Robert Douglas Gay on alto sax, Stan Strickland on sax, flute and vocals, Mike Peipman on trumpet and flugelhorn and Special Guest vocalist, Wannetta Jackson. Also featured at Scullers will be performance painter, Nancy Ostrovsky.
Dr. Stanley Sagov & the Remembering the Future Jazz Band--that bunch of grizzled jazz veterans who never really grew up and who still love to play jazz, blues and danceable South African tunes--love to share that experience in the moment of creation with their fans!
When: Mar 27, 2014 8 PM in Allston, Massachusetts Cost: Scullers is located at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA 02134. Tickets at $30.00 for the show at 8 PM are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.scullersjazz.com or by calling: 617-562-4131. (Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20 )
After a very successful run at Boston City Hall's Scollay Square Gallery, "All Things Change" has traveled to the Harvard Allston Education Portal. "Villaggio Italiano", an installation created by Francis and Denise Gardino, includes 360 degree panaramas of ancient Italy and Sicily, based on recent photographs by Francis Gardino.
The "All Things Change" exhibition, curated by John Quatrale, and featuring eight of the founding members of Unbound Visual Arts, is about change through the passage of time. The exhibition features the artwork of the founders of Unbound Visual Arts. The artwork presents many examples of how change is constant and inevitable for all people, animals, buildings, memories and all other man-made and natural things. Further, the artwork is a means to remember that nothing remains forever and that all change happens in the present, not the past or future. Some things change quickly while others may take a lifetime or more. The artists include: Sarah Berry, Brenda Gael McSweeney, Susan Loomis, Christine Winship, John Quatrale, Ruth Rieffanaugh, Francis Gardino and Anita Helen Cohen.
Mar 10, 2014: 3 pm - 7 pm (Mon)
When: Mar 17, 2014 3 PM in Allston, Massachusetts (Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15 )
The inaugural BR Cultural Partnership tasting event showcases 10 wines and spirits from former soviet republics (Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia, and Latvia). Sample a selection of white and red wines, some dry and some sweet, some made according to traditional wine-making techniques from the specific regions, and others using Western-style methods. The tasting will also feature specialty products, including Georgian grappa--called Chacha--and other high-end spirits, as well as flavored liquers.
A selection of finger food, including regional specialties, Russian blini, cheese and fruit will accompany the tasting. Soft drinks will be available for guests who don't drink but would like to attend with a partner or friend and enjoy the food. Read more about the tasting flight and menu.
All ticket sales and 10% of same-day sales of wine and spirits from the tasting will go to benefit the BR Cultural Partnership.
The event, which takes place in the back tasting room of Brookline Liquor Mart, will exclusively showcase wine and spirits from the lineup of Select Wine Imports. This is not a Brookline Liquor Mart tasting. BR Cultural Partnership is grateful to Brookline Liquor Mart and Select Wine Imports for their generous support in making this event possible.
When: Mar 20, 2014 6 PM to Mar 20, 2014 8 PMin Allston, Massachusetts (Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18 )
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