7/23/2013 03:44:00 PM

Tavolo Employs Caja China for Roast Pig Fest This August

Tavolo and Ashmont Grill owner Chris Douglass takes the caja china for a test-drive.
Mark your calendar for August 7 when Nuno Alves, chef de cuisine of Tavolo in Dorchester, will host Tavolo’s Porchetta Festival, an evening in which the menu offers roast pig, served with sides and more.

The event is marked by the recent arrival of a caja china, a charcoal-fueled cooking box (six feet long) to accommodate a whole animal, to the restaurant. Alves plans on sprucing up a brined pig from Brambly Farms in Norfolk for the occasion, and adding a few sides such as tiny stuffed peppers and pork-sausage stuffing with fennel. The day of, Alves will fire up the caja china with white-ashed charcoal briquettes and roast the pig for up to seven hours. Diners can go for the whole hog, so to speak, and order the special prix-fixe dinner, or order a la carte. The regular menu will also be available. But there’s just so much porchetta to go around, so reservations are in order (5-10 PM; $25 per person or a la carte; 617-822-1918).

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