Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Portico Brewing’s patio in Somerville. (Photo: Portico Brewing via Facebook)

The grand opening of Portico’s brewery and taproom in Somerville is Saturday, an afternoon party with promises of fresh batches of staples and new recipes, snacks, sandwiches and pizza from partner Johnny Pomodoro and games, music and giveaways. Begun as a contract brewing project back in 2012, the maker of Two Point pilsner, Chrome amber ale and an Escher APA now has a handsome bricks-and-mortar space at 101 South St. in the Boynton Yards neighborhood near Union Square. The event begins at 2 p.m.


Pasta (for energy)

The Boston Marathon means carbo-loading – perhaps necessary for some runners but enjoyed by people more likely to go home afterward and stream “Succession.” Runners eat free starting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Thirsty Scholar (70 Beacon St., Ward Two, Somerville), which offers a pulled pork and beef Bolognese over pappardelle sprinkled with parmesan cheese ($22 for the rest of us) or garlic noodles with snow peas, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach that can come with tofu, chicken or steak ($16 to $28 for the rest of us). Instead of a free dose of energy, Bambara Kitchen & Bar (25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., East Cambridge) offers it all-you-can-eat from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with executive chef Adam Resnick’s fusilli (with roasted garlic marinara, lemon chili crumb and pecorino) or linguini (with herb cream, parmesan and braised leeks) for $26.20.


Eggs Benedict Day

Bambara has more for Sunday, which is apparently National Eggs Benedict Day? The restaurant has tweaked the brunch favorite – typically poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon or ham on an English muffin – into versions with cod cake, heritage ham or tomato and spinach. The brunch is 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (The Benedicts are available Saturday during brunch hours too, presumably because it’s Eggs Benedict Eve.)


Blue Man Group ice cream

Exploding Marshmallow Mouth ice cream is available through April. (Photo J.P. Licks)

What comes after? J.P. Licks has a new flavor for April only, and only as supplies last: Exploding Marshmallow Mouth Ice Cream. The flavor is a collaboration with Blue Man Group, so its base of vanilla ice cream has been turned blue. It has a marshmallow swirl and a mix-in of candy sequins. “We took a trip over to the Charles Playhouse to see Blue Man Group in early 2020,” J.P. Licks founder and owner Vincent Petryk said. “We knew there were a lot of food elements in the show, and the marshmallows really jumped out at us. Obviously, the color of the Blue Men themselves has a lot to do with our flavor inspiration.” The ice cream is at all 17 locations of the local chain, including Harvard Square in Cambridge and Davis Square and Assembly Row in Somerville.