Head over to McCoy Stadium this Saturday, April 6 — yes, it is still the home of the PawSox, for now anyway — and you can play baseball and, more importantly, eat for free.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are hosting “A Taste of Spring” noon to 2 which includes a complimentary lunch of ballpark fare from the McCoy concessions. Think hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausage and french fries.
The free event also includes using the batting cages, tours of the PawSox Hall of History, playing catch in the outfield and holding three Red Sox World Series rings.
Mascot Paws will also be there, and if you have aspirations to be an on-field host or emcee during the season, you can audition for that, too.
The local scene
It’s a night of food, drink and entertainment this Friday, April 5, at 7 at The Black Box on West Central Street in Downtown Franklin. The Franklin Performing Arts Center is putting on its Culinary Café, featuring wine, craft beers and tastings from local restaurants — everything from chicken caprese to pulled pork sliders. Tickets are 75 bucks and the night includes performances by Electric Youth and special guest artists. www.fpaconline.com and 508.528.3370
Hey, go green: The second annual Asparagus Fest is 2 to 5 Saturday, May 4, at Four Town Farm on George Street in Seekonk. Tickets are 100 bucks and proceeds benefit Farm Fresh RI. Local beer, wine and music complement the asparagus dishes. www.farmfreshri.org/asparagus
Rebeco Authentic Mexican Grille and Artisan Bar has opened on Route 6 in Seekonk. Look for Tex-Mex, Caribbean and Asian dishes. www.myrebeco.com
Seafood scampi over penne for 8 bucks and cheese manicotti marinara for 7 bucks are the featured Lenten luncheon specials 11 to 1 this Friday, April 5, at the Plainville Senior Center on School Street. It’s put on by the Friends of the center. www.plainville.ma.us/council-aging
And, the Plainville Lions Club is sponsoring a breakfast brunch with the Easter Bunny 8 to noon Sunday, April 14, at the senior center on School Street. It’s 8 bucks for adults, 6 for kids under 10. www.plainville.ma.us/senior-center
Nahita on Arlington Street now has brunch — think Mexican shakshuka and baked eggs — 10:30 to 3:30 on Sundays. www.nahitarestaurant.com
Kimball Farm on Littleton Road in Westford, which has more than 50 ice cream flavors, has opened for the season. www.kimballfarm.com
Saltie Girl on Dartmouth Street has added a 14-seat private dining room called The Side Room at Saltie’s. www.saltiegirl.com and 617.267.0691
There’s a Parking Lot Pig Out this Saturday, April 6, at Tallulah’s Taqueria on Ives Street. Look for mescal cocktails and Monopolio Cerveza made in Pawtucket. Tickets are 50 bucks and get you four tacos, two drinks and a dessert. www.tallulahstaqueria.com and 401.272.8226
Monday nights are burger night at Chez Pascal on Hope Street. The burgers — think beef with cheesy spaetzli, bacon and tomato preserve — are offered in addition to their regular menu. www.chezpascal.com and 401.421.4422
They’re pairing five Proud Mary donuts with five Foolproof Brewing drafts 6 to 8 Wednesday, April 24, at Foolproof Brewing on Grotto Avenue in Pawtucket. Tickets are 25 bucks. www.foolproofbrewing.com
Look for Vietnamese entrees and pho favorites at Pho Horn’s on Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket. www.phohorns.com and 401.365.6278
Frisky Fries has opened a third location in the Barrington Shopping Center on County Road.
Tap and bottle
Don’t forget you heard it from The Notester: Pabst Blue Ribbon is distilling and readying for market its own PBR whiskey. It’s 80 proof and made from mash that’s 52 percent corn, 27 percent malted barley, 17 percent wheat and 4 percent rye. Oh, and it may be white.
Cocktails and crime, what a pairing! Head over to the John Brown House Museum on Power Street in Providence Thursday, April 11, for a drink and the program “After Dark: Cocktails, Corruptions and Carousing in Early 20th Century Providence,” put on by the Rhody Historical Society. Tickets are 20 bucks. Sessions are 5 to 6:30 and 6:45 to 8:15. www.squareup.com
Alert: There are only a few cases of Newport Vineyards dry rosé left — and they aren’t going to make any more. www.newportvineyards.com
Friday, April 5: Four-course Colonial Narragansett History Dinner, The Coast Guard House, Ocean Road, Narragansett, at 7, 49 bucks. www.thecoastguardhouse.com and 401.789.0700
Thursday, April 18: Four-course Katie Parla book tour, Italian dinner with wine and amaro pairings, Sarto, Dorrance Street, Providence, 65 bucks plus 35 bucks for pairings. www.sartoprovidence.com and 401.270.0790
Warren’s the Restaurant and Café on Main Street in that town is closing March 30.
Buttonwood on Lincoln Street in Newton, closed last year by an electrical fire, has reopened.
Patrice Martineau, formerly of Daniel in New York and The Peninsula Hotel in Tokyo, is the new executive chef at the renovated Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard, which is opening two new restaurants.
Awards on the wall
Brian Casey, owner of Oak Hill Tavern and Company Picnic Company, both in North Kingstown, is the new treasurer of the National Restaurant Association.
French silk pies are a type of chocolate custard pie.
Psst, let’s make a deal
Three-course express lunch, 25 bucks, weekdays, Scampo, Charles Street, Boston. www.scampoboston.com and 617.536.2100
“Sometimes you just can’t get to the entrees,” writes A Faithful Reader. “After enjoying the big Irish buffet at Morin’s on Friday of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we were ready for lighter fare Saturday evening. We found the perfect place, Simcha on Main Street in Sharon. It has an intimate ambience. Chef Avi Shemtov greeted us, and our servers were perfectly attentive.
“We ordered three apps. First came pita breads, puffed-up loaves that were served sans butter, we assume because the buttery flavor was splendid. Then we had Brussels sprouts cooked with Bulgarian feta. If you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, you haven’t had these! Last was asparagus, fried with sweet potato crumbs and brown sugar, and chickpea fries served with gravy and short ribs off the bone.
“All was scrumptious, and we’ll be going back for the shakshuka Sunday brunch. Hey folks, it’s only 20 minutes up 95 from downtown Attleboro, so go!”
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Look for burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, chicken and waffles and pitchers of margaritas at this new place on Beverly Street in the West End of Boston.
This sports bar is where Fat Belly’s used to be on the main drag in Downtown East Greenwich, brought to us by the folks at Kai Bar.
This London-based Japanese restaurant chain is opening a location this spring inside the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay.