Diner’s Agenda’s favorite iron chef is Mario Batali.
Monday, July 30
•When chefs battle it out in the kitchen, eaters reap the spoils. Get in on the action tonight at UpStairs on the Square’s tapas battle, featuring the likes of Tremont 647’s Andy Husbands. Diners can choose their plates and vote for the best. Call (617) 864-1933 to save your spot. [UpStairs on the Square]
Tuesday, July 31
•We’re still not quite sure how we feel about chowing down on seafood at the Aquarium (is this the omnivore’s dilemma?), but Tuesday’s Sustainable Seafood event does sound like a pretty good time: three excellent courses with wine parings and a gorgeous view of the Harbor for $70-75. Dinner reservations are being accepted for any time between 7pm-10pm and you can reserve by calling (617) 973-5206. [New England Aquarium]
•Every year we look forward to Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston issue, as much for the heated arguments their picks inevitably promote as for tips about great places we haven’t tried yet. If you feel the same way, why not party down at the issue’s launch fiesta at 8:00 at Carson Beach? $100 gets you cocktails aplenty and treats from Legal Sea Foods as well as dancing and a gift bag. Tickets can be reserved online. [Boston Magazine]