Diner’s Agenda is spoiled for choice.
Tuesday, July 17
•We’ll just come out and say it: we love the Olympics. We like to watch the opening ceremonies and the girly sports (figure skating in the winter, gymnastics in the summer) and cheer and generally dork out. If you feel as we do, get an early start on the excitement with Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill. At 4:00 at Community Boating, New England Olympic hopefuls Andy Horton and Brad Nichol will be answering questions and then at 6:00, the party moves to Hampshire House for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets cost absolutely nothing, but it’s probably best to RSVP to (617) 227-4646. [Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill]
•The title of Tuesday’s wine dinner at UpStairs on the Square cracks us up: “A Picnic Dinner with a Conversation About Closure.” No, participants will not discuss disastrously ending romantic relationships. Rather, the conversation will be about the sealing of wines. It turns out great wine can have a screwtop! The four-course dinner, which costs $50, starts at 6:30. Afterwards, there will be a dinner dance in the Monday Club Bar at no extra charge to diners (non-diners can pay $20). Save your spot by calling (617) 864-1933. [UpStairs on the Square]
•If you’d prefer your wine dinner sans lecture, head over to Excelsior for the four-course Honig wine dinner at 6:30. The menu, which features dishes like squab with a blackberry lacquer and a “tower of sweet endings.” Tickets, which cost $150, may be reserved by calling (617) 426-7878. [Excelsior]
•Truly, the mojito is the perfect drink for summer: minty and refreshing with just enough tartness to keep things interesting. We prefer our mojitos classic, the way God intended them, but if you’re more willing to experiment, check out the 7:00 mojito dinner at Om. Four courses and an amuse bouche will be paired with five kinds of mojitos, including such daring combinations as prickly pear and cinnamon mint. $69 gets you the whole kit and caboodle. Call (617) 576-2800 to save your spot. [Om]