Was ist los? Why, German food, beer and music this Saturday, June 22, at the German American Cultural Society annual Sommerfest in Pawtucket.
This Notester favorite is a unique event in this area and great way to greet summer. It’s noon to 11 at the club on Carter Avenue, just a hop, jump and a skip from the South Attleboro line. Tickets are 10 bucks, and kids under 12 are free.
While enjoying the bratwurst, sauerkraut and other German dishes, plus kegs of German beer, you will be entertained 1:30 to 5:30 by The Alpenblumen Musikanter and 6:30 to 10:30 by the TubaFrau Hofbrau Band. Polka, anyone?
There’s even an outdoor biergarten. And parking is free.
Verpasse es nicht.
The local scene
The paelha at iALIVE on Winthrop Street in Rehoboth includes a half lobster, scallops, shrimp and littlenecks over seafood rice and topped with a spicy sauce. It’s 24 bucks. www.ialiverestauranty.com and 508.557.0839
You can get dishes like a steak tip entrée and a seafood plate, in addition to the usual pizza and grinder fare, at Apollon on the corner of North Avenue and West Street in Attleboro. www.apollopizza.com and 508.226.4483
Look for chicken soup with coconut milk and lime juice — tom kha gal — at Blue Moon, the Thai restaurant on Pleasant Street in Attleboro. 508.222-1000
More than 30 pizzerias will be serving up their fare at the Boston Pizza Festival Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, at City Hall Plaza. It’s noon to 8, tickets to get in are 15 bucks and pizza slices are 2 bucks. www.eventbrite.com
Moody’s Delicatessen and Back Room on Moody Street in Waltham has reopened. www.moodyswaltham.com
Mondays through Wednesdays in June, 5 to 7, you can get 50 percent off your entire check at Plaza Bar & Kitchen, the new outdoor operation at DePasquale Plaza off Atwells Avenue on Federal Hill. Go the website to download the coupon. 401.331.8240
The Courtland Club on Courtland Street has live jazz every Sunday during the summer. www.courtlandclub.com and 401.227.9300
The patio at Graze Burgers on Granite Street in Westerly is open for the season. www.grazeri.com and 401.992.82233
They serve a lobster boil for 20 bucks every day at Spirito’s Restaurant at Kelley Gazzerro Post 2812 on Plainfield Pike in Cranston. www.spiritosrestaurant.com and 401.305.2333
The food-and-drink celebration Matunuck Fare is 6 to 9 Saturday, June 29, at the South Kingston Land Trust Barn on Matunuck Beach Road in Matunuck. Admission is free. www.sklt.org
Al’s Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge on Water Street in East Providence is the next stop on the Blackstone Culinaria food tour at 6 on Wednesday, July 10. Tickets are 28 bucks. www.blackstoneculinaria.com and 401.724.2200
From 5 to 8 Sundays through Tuesdays in July you can get an app, an entrée and a glass of beer or wine for 30 bucks at Trattoria Romana, a Canova family restaurant at Twin River Tiverton Casino on Tiverton Casino Boulevard. www.twinrivertiverton.com
Tap and bottle
Narragansett Beer has teamed up with Del’s to create a watermelon shandy.
The Rhody Coyote is the June “wine” of the month at Newport Vineyard in Middletown. It’s a crisp hard cider. www.newportvineyards.com
More than two dozen vendors will be serving up craft beers and ciders at the WGBH craft beer fundraiser outdoors at their studios on Guest Street in Boston. It’s 7 to 10 Saturday, July 13, and there will also be live music. Tickets are 55 bucks. www.wgbh.org
Saturday, July 6: Themed dinner based on the 1876 Philadelphia Ball, Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum, Post Road, Warwick, at 6:30, 100 bucks. www,cloudshill.org and 401.884.9490
Jamestown Fish, the restaurant on Narragansett Avenue in downtown Jamestown, is closed and for sale.
NOCA Provisions, the coffee shop on Rindge Avenue in Cambridge, has closed. But their other Cambridge businesses, A Season to Taste and Table at Season to Taste, will continue.
The butchers’ stalls in the old Les Halles market in Paris had their backs to the fresh fish stalls, and thus sliced tenderloin of beef is still called “tournedos,” because the meat stalls were turned that way.
Footnote: The Notester’s menu mysteries derive primarily from the book “The Eaten Word” by Jay Jacobs.
Psst, let’s make a deal
They have family entrees for two for 25 bucks at Hong Kong Treasures on County Street in downtown Attleboro. Think General Gau’s chicken, jumbo shrimp with cashew nuts and Szechuan string beans. www.hongkongtreasures.com and 508.226.8888
Here are some of The Notester’s favorite things around and about:
Greenfield: The generous ribs app (8 bucks) and chicken chili bowl (8 bucks) at The People’s Pint on Federal Street. www.thepeoplespint.com
South Attleboro: The seafood alfredo (19 bucks) and chicken parmigiana (18 bucks) at Olive Garden on Newport Avenue. www.olivegarden.com
Newport: The bowl of fish chowder (10 bucks), barbecued bourbon burger (17 bucks) and fried chicken and biscuits (18 bucks) at The Wharf Southern Kitchen and Whiskey Bar on Bowen’s Wharf. www.wharfsouthernkitchen.com and 401.619.5672
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Goodnow Farms Chocolate
They offer hot chocolate and chocolate bars at this new addition to Boston Public Market. Look for an Ecuador bar made with Boston Harbor Distillery rye.
Urban Greens Co-Op Market
They’re celebrating their grand opening 8 to 8 Thursday through Saturday, June 27-29, at this member-owned co-op grocery store on Cranston Street in Providence. Lots of specials. www.urbangreens.com
Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cochina
This restaurant by the Food Network host is coming in September at the Hub on Causeway by TD Garden.
Bon appetit. And if you go, let The Notester know.