Diner’s Agenda alternately feels like today is Tuesday or Thursday.
Wednesday, October 3
•Frequently, we want to be thrilled by culinary innovations, but sometimes, especially when it’s gross and foggy out, we just want some good hearty basics. Indulge your comfort-needing side with tonight’s Hop Scotch Dinner at UpStairs on the Square at 6:30. $75 gets you steak, potatoes, Caesar salad and wine, followed by a tasting of four fine Scotches. Call (617) 864-1933 to save your place. [UpStairs on the Square]
•Quick: name a few events that you’d expect a restaurant named after a sacred symbol to offer. We’re willing to bet that “beer dinner” wasn’t exactly high on your list. And yet! Om will be hosting such a dinner tonight at 6:30, pairing five courses with appropriate beers. Tickets, which cost $59, may be reserved by calling (617) 576-2800. [Om]
•We’ll be honest: we’re planning to spend tonight watching the Top Chef finale. We spent last week’s episode enthralled as the contestants created dishes based around elk. Eat like a Top Chef judge at tonight’s beer and game dinner at Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth. There will be antelope! Tickets, which cost $65, are selling like wildfire, so call (603) 431-0887 as soon as possible to reserve. [Black Trumpet Bistro]
Thursday, October 4
•Don’t get us wrong: we love a good tasting of wine or scotch or beer or whatever alcohol you want to throw at us. You know what we enjoy even more though? Chocolate tastings. Get your cocoa on at Finale at 6:30 with a tasting of brand new chocolates from Valrhona, paired with dessert wines and ports. $39.95 gets you in, so call (617) 423-3184 to save your spot. [Finale]