Santa Brunch at The Beehive
- Need something to get you into the holiday spirit? Come and hang with the fat man himself at The Beehive’s jolly annual Santa Brunch on Dec. 10. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can tuck into a scrumptious brunch with treats like extra thick French toast with Chantilly cream and eggs Benedict with Virginia ham (plus some kid-friendly items like scrambled eggs and free range chicken fingers) while you enjoy Christmas carols and visits from Old St. Nick. Naturally, a lot of people will want to see if they made the naughty or nice list, so reservations are recommended by calling 617-423-0069.
SoWa Holiday Market
- Not that you can tell by the weather around here recently, but the holidays are coming, and that means it’s time to buy gifts for everyone from your mother to your mailman. Avoid the crush at the malls this year and support some local artisans at the 8th Annual SoWa Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the , 74 Union Park St. More than 80 juried artists and designers from around New England will be showing off their wares, from jewelry and pottery to stationery and baby clothes, including a little sugar rush from Harvard Sweet Boutique, Sweet Lydia’s, Yummy Mummy Brownies, and Sassy Sauces.
Momo Eating Contest at Tremont 647
- First off, what’s a momo? Well, it’s a kind of South Asian dumpling that can be stuffed with anything from cabbage to goat meat. We’re not exactly sure what Chef Andy Husbands will be popping into them, but you can find out at the Momo Eating Contest at Tremont 647’s Quinceañera party on Monday, Dec. 12. To enter, post a haiku with the word "Momo" in it on the event’s Facebook wall (bonus points if you can get "Tremont 647" in there, too). Ten competitors will be chosen based on the creativity of their haiku, and whoever can scarf down 15 momos in the fastest time is the big winner. Your prize? A chef's tasting for two people (we’re hoping on your behalf that it doesn’t involve more momos).
Year-Round Farm Store
- Thanks to hearty New England winters, our snowy weather dinners often lack produce that didn’t come from a) a can or b) 3,000 miles away. Solution: the new year-round farm store at Siena Farms South End. From 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, you can snag fresh regional vegetables and flowers, as well as prepared foods from local spots like Sofra and Oleana. Doesn’t that sound better than spending $4 a pound on sub-par asparagus at the megamart?
MDA Holiday Party at Dillon's
- Start the holidays off right by doing a little something good at the MDA Holiday Party being held at Dillon’s on Dec. 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. Your $20 donation gets you in the door, where you’ll be enjoying passed appetizers, cocktails by Ketel One, and raffles. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, helping to find a cure since 1950.