10/17/2012 10:16:00 AM

Wine and Dine on New England Bounty This Weekend

Apple Street Farm hosts its final al fresco dinner this Friday and Saturday night.
Here in New England, October can mean slipping in an Indian Summer. We can only hope. Regardless, these two events are great ways to celebrate being outdoors at harvest time.

Apple Street Farm is hosting a Fall Harvest Festival this Friday and Saturday evening, where folks can dine al fresco under the stars (weather permitting) or in a tent at the bucolic farm in Essex, north of Boston. The four-course meal, designed by chef Frank McClelland of L'Espalier, showcases New England ingredients including a salad of field greens with ember-roasted beet and a coddled house-laid egg; spit-roasted Muscovy duck in quince and coco glace; and port poached pear with ASF goat cheese and spiced walnut ice cream. Each course is paired with wine (5:30 arrival, 6:30 dinner; $175 per person; 617-262-3023).

Party under the harvest moon, figuratively, of course, at MIT’s Morss Hall in the Walker Memorial Building this Friday, October 19. You’ll drink and taste delectable bites from the area’s top restaurants, including Area Four, Chez Henri, Flour Bakery & CafĂ©, Henrietta’s Table, Russell House Tavern and Upstairs on the Square. The evening includes live music and a silent auction, and proceeds from each ticket go to Food For Free, a program that “rescues” fresh food that might otherwise go to waste and gives it to those in need. The evening will also feature local luminaries Robin Young, Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman, all from WBUR (6-10 PM; $60; click here to buy a ticket).


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