Yankee Advice: New England Tasty Treats And Holiday Happenings

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Looking for fresh ways to enjoy the holidays? An expert shares tips on fun places to find delicious food.


Amy Traverso, senior food editor of Yankee Magazine and author of the award-winning "The Apple Lover’s Cookbook." She tweets @amytraverso.

Amy’s Holiday Food Events:

Christmas by Candlelight at Sturbridge Village: Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance and a sleigh ride (weather permitting).

Feast of the Seven Fishes: A number of Boston restaurants are hosting their takes on the traditional Christmas Eve feast. It originates from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia di Natale), and reflects the prohibition on eating meat until Christmas day.

The number seven isn’t actually codified. Some Italian feasts will feature more varieties of fish, which can include anchovies, whiting, lobster, sardines, dried salt cod, smelts, eels, squid, octopus, shrimp, mussels and clams. What’s interesting is that this feast is becoming less common in Italy and more common in Boston. More non-Italian restaurants are offering this feast in December as well. Participating restaurants: Dante, Il Casale, Il Pesce at Eataly Boston, Il Molo, Row 34, Juliet.

Holiday Lunches at Yvonne’s: Formerly Locke-Ober from 1862-2012 and a nationally registered historic landmark, which was a men-only establishment until 1971. Yvonne’s hosts a series of reservation-only holiday lunches every December, a tradition that Locke-Ober created over 135 years ago. The decadent menu features modern takes on Locke-Ober classics such as Baked Lobster Thermidor and Sticky Toffee Pudding, and will be available every Friday leading up to Christmas.

Winter Solstice Farm Fondue Dinner: Celebrate the winter solstice on the farm with a traditional Swiss fondue dinner. Fondue is a tradition dating to the 18th century, based on the classic combination of melted cheese and wine. Enjoy the camaraderie of cooking at your table as you prepare classic fondue — inspired by the contemporary bounty of the farm — for yourself and your tablemates. Learn about the tradition from our local Swiss food historian. Bring your friends for a delicious evening out in the warm environment of Powisset's farm kitchen. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Thursday, December 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hannukah in Harvard Square - “Everyone Loves Latkes”: Free event. Harvard Square Restaurants, including Grendel's Den, The Red House and Hong Kong Restaurant will be serving their own takes on latkes. Dunkin’ provides jelly dougnnuts. DAVIDs TEA serves hot drinks! And students from The Longy School of Music will play traditional songs of the season.

This segment aired on November 20, 2017.



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