Foodstuffs: Plan for a student-run F[email protected], celebrate Star Wars Day and meet Bar Enza’s Susi
A [email protected] is taking shape, and the community is invited to join in its planning. The idea is to begin an urban agriculture learning facility that is collectively run by Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students and community partners such as the nonprofit Green Cambridge, which is soliciting farm ideas with the CRLS Sustainable Design Club. “Growing food is an amazing way to learn about science, nutrition, climate change, policy and social issues,” organizers said in a Monday email. “Imagine if we had a [email protected], right on campus.”
Art and design skills aren’t required, and all are welcome in kicking off planning for an on-campus food farm. Participants will be led through the sessions by facilitators to generate ideas, organizers said.
The charette is planned for 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. May 23 in the cafeteria at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Sign up here.
It’s Star Wars de Mayo
Early May is crowded with holidays eateries are only too happy to exploit:
May the Fourth – Star Wars Day, because the phrase “May the Force be with you” translates pretty well to “May the Fourth be with you” – can be fed by small ($140) or large ($220) themed meal boxes from Clover that include a breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner for up to five people. It has such as things as the makings for bright green Baby Yoda pancakes with chocolate chip eyes as well as blue vegan banana-macadamia nut milk; “Bantha” meat gyros; and a “Boba Fett” Boba beet pudding. The locally born no-meat fast-food eatery has six locations in Cambridge and Somerville. Order online.
Cinco de Mayo gets The Thirsty Scholar treatment Friday as “Cinco de Drinko” starting at 4 p.m. at the pub at 70 Beacon St., Somerville, including a $21 flight of salted watermelon, habanero and original margaritas in short glasses with salted rims, as well as other specialty drinks and food specials, such as birria tacos for $18. The beef, onions and peppers are served in mozzarella-stuffed tortillas with a side of rice. The next day is Kentucky Derby Day, and the pub hosts a watch party with a $14 mint julep and a $50 gift card prize for the person wearing the best derby-themed hat.
Different kinds of delivery
Speaking of Clover, its original food truck from 2008 has been returned to service to cater events; and the Wandering Druid mobile bar got a writeup in The Boston Globe and boston.com, explaining how The Druid bar at 1357 Cambridge St., Inman Square, has an 8-foot by 16-foot roving replica. It can set up shop in backyards with customer-provided food and drink for $1,299 on a weekday and $1,699 on weekends.
The nonprofit Food For Free has added to its fleet a new 22-foot refrigerated Isuzu box truck – and with it 27,000 pounds of delivery capacity, or the equivalent of 22,500 meals a day, according to a Friday email citing chief operations officer Ben Engle. That increases the organization’s engagement with Greater Boston Food Bank transportation partners without their own vehicles by more than 50 percent. And since the vehicle is equipped with a liftgate, Food For Free can serve partners with or without loading docks. “It is just the right size,” the organization said. Food For Free takes rescued, donated and purchased food from a number of sources and gets it to more than 150,000 Massachusetts residents who are food insecure annually. An open house to see the truck and facilities is planned for 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the Food For Free facility at 59 Inner Belt Road, Somerville.
Food For Free also plans to hit the pavement Sunday for Project Bread’s 55th annual Walk for Hunger. To register as a participant or support a walker or team with a donation, visit projectbread.org/walk or call (617) 723-5000.There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate. Participants who raise $500 or more get access to personalized fundraising support, exclusive event gear and invitations to events.
Tony Susi comes to Bar Enza
There’s a new executive chef at Bar Enza inside the Charles Hotel at 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square: Boston native Tony Susi, chef-owner of Boston’s Sage Restaurant before consulting at South Boston’s Capo, Ripasso at Wink & Nod and Geppetto in Cambridge. The menu has been upgraded with dishes by Susi that include sirloin carpaccio with truffle and artichoke vinaigrette; roasted mushroom and leeks with goat cheese fonduta; campanelle nero – a squid ink pasta with crab meat; agnolotti with spring peas, mascarpone and parmesan; and a monkfish served acqua pazza style.
It’s oyster season
Chef Will Gilson’s new Puritan Oyster Bar now has dollar oysters every Sunday through Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. It’s at 1164 Cambridge St., Inman Square.