Diner’s Agenda is transfixed by Barack Obama’s dancing.
Saturday, January 12
•Not to be too early 90s standup comic about it, but what’s up with cupcakes? Everywhere we go, we see cupcake shops. We love cupcakes, but it just seems a bit much. Anyways, most of the cupcake bakeries are overpriced, so it’s probably not a bad idea to learn how to make your own and, lucky you, the BCAE is offering a class on just that subject from 10am-1pm. The class costs $37 for members and $40 for non-members and will teach students how to make a variety of treats, including the much-coveted (by us) red velvet cupcake. Reservations may be made online. [Boston Center for Adult Education]
•Is there any more romantic word than “Tuscany?” We suspect not, so with Valentine’s Day not too terribly far away, why not brush up on some regional cooking basics? Rialto will be offering a class on just that from 11am-2pm. Call (617) 661-5050 to save your spot. [Rialto]
•Once again it’s time for the tremendously popular Celebrity Chefs Culinary Program hosted by the BCAE and the Fairmont Copley Plaza. This first installment takes place from 1pm-3pm at the Fairmont and features sushi expert Hiroko Shimbo. The class, which costs $60, is perfect for those who, like us, would love to make sushi at home but are totally terrified of doing it wrong and somehow giving everyone food poisoning. Reservations may be made online. [BCAE]
•So, the Boston French Center is having a traditional Fête des Rois to celebrate Epiphany. Apparently, there will be a Galette des Rois served, which led us to Google the term, which has led to us staring at this for the past twenty minutes. We strongly suggest going to the French Center’s event, which runs from 2pm-5pm. It costs no more than $12 and you get to eat a pastry filled with two kinds of cream! Call (617) 912-0400 to save your sweets. [The Boston French Center]
•At 8:00, it’ll be time to ensconce yourself somewhere cozy and watch the Pats trounce the Jaguars. Chef Paul O’Connell is representing the Patriots in an NFL Super Bowl cookoff and he’ll be trying out his smoked cod and lobster chowder at Chez Henri during the game. Call (617) 354-8980 to reserve. [Chez Henri]
•If free food is more your speed for the playoffs, make a reservation at Croma, which will be offering Pats-inspired cocktails throughout the game and free pizza at halftime! Call (617) 247-3200 to save your spot. [Croma]