Sunday, May 25, 2014

Food News, Foodies and Flicks Unite, And a Big List of Free Family Fun

Ok, so I accept that this is a pretty random list of topics but they are all cool fresh, new news items that appeal to folks like me, and hopefully you. As a foodie on the quest for new eats that other foodies are talking about and a parent looking to jack up our summer road trip schedule with some fun and culture, I am pretty excited about these announcements about stuff to do and see and EAT. Read on, then start making your schedule to get out and do stuff:

Free Culture Here

Highland Street Foundation Funds Free Fridays All Summer Long

Boston Magazine just posted this MONSTER list of free admission opportunities at cool museums and parks throughout the commonwealth. Made possible by a generous grant from the Highland Street Foundation, an organization that has given out some $150 million to more than 900 nonprofits, says executive director Blake Jordan.  This year, the foundation has arranged 66 free days, with new partners including Historic Deerfield, Falmouth Museums on the Green, and the Griffin Photography Museum.

Here's the complete list of FREE ADMISSION venues and dates
FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
Franklin Park Zoo
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Worcester Art Museum
The Sports Museum
Mass MoCA
MIT Museum
FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Edward Gorey House
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Amelia Park Children’s Museum
Falmouth Museums on the Green
FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
Worcester Historical Museum
Fruitlands Museum
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
New England Historical Genealogical Society
Pilgrim Hall Museum
FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ocean Explorium
The Eric Carle Museum
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Springfield Museums
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
Sandwich Glass Museum
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
The Freedom Trail Foundation
Battleship Cove
Children’s Museum in Easton
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Danforth Art
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
American Textile History Museum
The Discovery Museums
Hancock Shaker Village
Concord Museum
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Boston Harbor Islands National Park
Clark Art Institute
Wenham Museum
USS Constitution Museum
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
Volleyball Hall of Fame
Fuller Craft Museum
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
Plimoth Plantation
Garden in the Woods
Museum of Russian Icons
Fitchburg Art Museum
Historic Deerfield
Reagle Music Theatre
Boston Children’s Museum
Museum of African American History
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations
Berkshire Museum
Emily Dickinson Museum
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Norman Rockwell Museum
The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home
Griffin Photography Museum

Flicks, Food, Family and Fun

The Andelman Brothers Just Bought the Mendon Drive-In
So what's cooler than a drive-in? One owned by the hi-larious brothers from the Phantom Gourmet. Mendon Drive-in is in the area near Gillet Stadium and Patriot Place (which has a Five Wits interactive mystery experience), Southwick Zoo and the Comcast Center. Those are just a few reasons to venture for a few days, even if it IS off the beaten path for many readers. because you can TOTALLY make a road trip of it. Think zoo by day, drive in by night. I'm very excited to check it out.

Carnie Food Gets Feted

Food Truck Festivals of New England Announces Summer Events
This is one of my FAVORITE reasons to drive over the bridge. Rows and rows of good food served on paper plates in a festival environment is the adult version of my DeadTour days,but without the, ahem, 3 day hangover. I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting my grub on. I'll chalk it up to research because someday I am totally retiring to an island and opening my own food truck. For now, I'll dream, and eat. Check out their site here: Food Truck Festivals of NE

Food the Rocks

Having been the DOM for a north shore restaurant group with a major tendency to pay homage to music in branding their concepts, I am all about what Hard Rock is up to. I promoted places like Minglewood Tavern and Maggie's Farm. I get how powerful tying music and the memories that music evokes is in getting diners connected to your "space". Raised by legit Woodstock nation parents who had vinyl going every day of my life, music is as much a part of my daily routine as toothpaste or food, for that matter. I LOVE the hard Rock brand because they capture cuture of music within the experience of breaking bread. When their PR firm sent this over, I knew I'd write it up. I loved Hard Rock before. I can't wait to check out the new eats.
Hard Rock Cafe’s menu takes center stage as the brand rolls out a newly redesigned menu, following more than 14 months of culinary development, intensive research and guest evaluation.  

With a total of 180 venues in 56 countries, including 140 cafes, 19 hotels and 9 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. 

Officially launching on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Hard Rock Cafe locations across the United States and Europe will begin serving a host of new offerings and updated fan favorites to more than 92 million guests who enter its doors each year.

In updating plates, glasses and serving dishes, the brand worked with 14 different suppliers and brought in hundreds of patterns, shapes, sizes and colors to enhance the visual appeal of each dish.
Hard Rock Cafe’s new and improved menu features Hard Rock’s authentic American, made-from-scratch cuisine, a commitment to fresh ingredients and the signature flair that guests can only get at Hard Rock. For more information about Hard Rock Cafe and the new menu, visit

You Can See a Show Without Starving or Apologizing

 Del Frisco's announce new Pre and Post-Theater Prix Fixe Menus
And if you've been reading any of my past posts, you know I also love live theater. And what's theater without a tasty meal and a pre or post game cocktail. If you're like me, I prefer to know for sure that I am in control of both the timing and the cost of my meal when there's a show and a very strict usher to reckon with. That doesn't mean that my night out at a show will ever include a quicky cheapy trip to see the Clown, the King or the Colonel, so I'm pretty stoked when an eatery near a theater creates a menu that is both price and time controlled to work around my rush to get into my seat. The PR folks for Del Frisco's sent this over and it's fully worth a share for those of you snatching up tickets to any of the great shows in town.
No one does steak like Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.  Located at 250 Northern Ave, Suite 200 Boston, MA. Del Frisco’s serves up flawless cuisine that’s bold and delicious, an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that thy’re the boss.  

Del Frisco's brand new pre-threatre and post-theatre menus, which launched this week at the Seaport steakhouse. The three-course prix fixe menus will be available pre-theatre 4-6pm ($49.49) and post-theatre after 10pm ($39.95).

The Del Frisco's theatre dinner menus are perfect for guests attending shows nearby, or looking to enjoy a nice dinner at the Seaport before heading to a show at any venue around the city.  With the new Cirque Du Soleil "Amaluna" show opening up in the Seaport next week, as well as dozens of summer concerts at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and shows Laugh Boston, the Seaport is a top destination for evening entertainment. Guests must show ticket/ticket stub to server. 

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