|Bret Pelaggi, left, with Matt and manager Gabriela Riveira of Chiara in Westwood|
If you’d rather let others do the grilling, check out Chiara Bistro’s Beer & BBQ Showdown on July 22. It’s the fifth annual event at this snazzy Westwood Mediterranean, where chef-owner Steve LaCount and chef Bret Pelaggi battle it out for best BBQ, and you get to be the judge. It’s a casual jeans-and-tee evening full of grilled goodness and beer pairings. Truly, your vote counts, so bring your appetite (6 PM; $55 per person, excluding tip and gratuity; 781-461-8118).