category: Boston

Guacamole & Margarita Cruise

By: - Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018 - 1:38pm

The Backstory

Previously, we worked with Ghost Tequila to produce our “Summer Sesh“, and the event was a hit! Our tequila-loving team and Summer Sesh’s attendees were obsessed with Ghost Tequila’s bottles, and we knew we had to collaborate again. As we brainstormed ideas for what this event could look like, we threw out the overdone “tacos & tequila” and voila … guacamole & margaritas became our vision. We reached out to a dozen local restaurants, asking them to showcase their house-made guacamole recipes, and five of the best jumped on board. This event was happening.

Flash Forward 

Our very first annual Guacamole & Margarita Cruise was the perfect way to send off summer before cooler weather rolls into town. On Saturday, September 15, the sun was shining, spicy margaritas were flowing, and guacamole greatness was generously scooped up by everyone aboard Mass Bay Lines‘ Music City Queen Showboat.

Tortilleria Mi Niña brought bottomless chips to complete the perfect crunch to guac ratio. Rosa Mexicano, W Boston, Villa Mexico Café, Chica de Gallo and Olé Restaurant supplied all-you-can-eat guacamole to sample their killer recipes, which kept attendees coming back for more. Meanwhile, everyone handed tasting tickets to Ghost Tequila who brought spicy ‘ritas to another level with flavors like Ghost Passionfruit, Spicy Grapefruit, Strawberry Jalapeño and Spicy Cucumber. It’s safe to say bellies were full of avocado and everyone was feeling themselves after a few sips of some spicy ‘ritas.

From solos to duet sessions, DJ Catalyst & Bobby Bangers kept good vibes afloat all afternoon. Not only did they bring the beats for dancing, they helped host our top deck hoisting challenge, which was a major highlight of the Sesh experience. With the chance to win a bottle of Ghost Tequila on the table, every contestant put forth their valiant effort. However, the winner hoisted her bottle for 18 minutes and 14 seconds to set an epic new bottle hoisting record.

The Boston Harbor made for amazing views, and attendees unlocked more drink tickets together by participating in our popular social experiment. If you were on the cruise, we hope you enjoyed our lime & avocado installation (which took 3 days to make!) as well as learning from our tequila expert and avocado aficionado.

We’d like to thank our fantastic vendors, captain and crew of The Music City Queen, The Boston Calendar’s staff, and wonderful attendees for making this guacamole & margarita dream a reality.

Stay tuned for a similar Sesh soon!

Check out photos from this Sesh below, taken by the talented Kori Kindya and Boston Tam Cam.

Last Call for Rosé & Oysters Cruise

By: - Monday, Sep 10, 2018 - 12:18pm

With the success of our first Rosé & Oysters Sesh, we decided to set sail recently for a second ring around the Boston Harbor on Mass Bay Lines’ Music City Queen showboat. We loved seeing new faces step aboard ready to see the city skyline through a pair of rosé-colored glasses. The minute each attendee received a cup filled with tasting tickets, their illuminating rosé experience was about to begin.
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Ring Around the Rosé & Oysters Cruise

By: - Friday, Jul 20, 2018 - 4:08pm

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This past Sunday we held our biggest sesh yet. It started with a simple idea: Team up with a few wine experts to create an experience that promised to give attendees a deeper understanding of rosé — a step up from just going to a bar and ordering something pink. Then we thought, what if we put it on a ship? Oooo, what if we added oysters too? With that, we proceeded to reach out Mass Bay Lines and pitched them our concept; they were in. Now we needed to find all that rosé. Someone recommended we touch base with Martignetti, the leading distributor of wines and spirits in New England. They weren’t exactly sure what this #rosésesh would look like, but they were willing to work with us. As we firmed up what felt like a never-ending list of details, we ended up designating Martignetti as the exclusive provider of rosé, and worked with them to offer ten wines from their Carolina & United divisions. By the time the sesh rolled around, attendees were tasting French rosés from a vineyard part owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, to rare pinot noir rosés from Dundee Hills in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

This sesh was only made possible thanks to all of the local companies who were willing to team up with us, and of course the dozens of staff and volunteers who helped out. We’d be remiss if we didn’t express extreme gratitude to our rosé guides, Charlotte and Kathryn, who helped curate the wine list and lead attendees through the tasting. Allium Market of Brookline for putting out an INCREDIBLE charcuterie spread. Hooked Fish Shop of Somerville, who shucked 400 oysters. Eataly Boston, who provided several salumi & formaggi platters as well as assorted focaccia. Our presenting media partner, WBUR. The captain and crew of The Music City Queen, who cruised us safely around Boston Harbor as we drank rosé all day. And of course the incredible team of volunteers from Hult University, who checked everyone in, organized our Wine Bottle Hoisting Contest, and executed our floating Instax photo booth. We said this was the “first annual” Rose & Oysters Cruise, but seeing that it went so well, we might just do another one in August. Stay tuned. (more…)

Our first Sesh

By: - Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018 - 4:01pm

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After spending two years developing an unnamed experiential classrooms platform, we soft-launched “Sesh by The Boston Calendar” on June 5th, 2018. The Sesh itself—Hemingway to Havana: Mixing Classic Rum Cocktails—took place just five days later at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel’s Lobby Bar, led by historian, author and mixologist, Brain Hoefling (Herzog Cocktail School). With a full-house on hand, Brian led the crowd through a short history of rum, then taught attendees how to make three light rum cocktails using Privateer Silver Reserve:

1) Hemingway Daiquiri: An evolution of the venerable Daiquiri, invented at the famous Havana bar El Floridita and eventually renamed after its most famous patron.

2) El Presidente: Another Havana classic, and the scion of the rum-and-vermouth cocktail family. Famously offered to Calvin Coolidge by Cuban President Gerardo Machado (he declined).

3) El Floridita: Not as famous as its namesake bar and frequently confused with the Floridita Daiquiri until the latter changed its name to “Hemingway” (see above); yet another delicious expression of Cuba’s cocktail tradition and one of the few drinks to pair lime juice with sweet vermouth.

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After demonstrating how to make each of the aforementioned cocktails, attendees got hands-on and proceeded to pick up a shaker and make their own from scratch…

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To ensure attendees properly lined their stomaches before consuming three self-made cocktails, the Kimpton provided delicious light bites at the start of the Sesh. Connections were made, numbers were exchanged, knowledge was obtained, and most importantly, the experience was unique and memorable. From a logistics and flow standpoint, there are a number of things we plan to improve upon moving forward, but Sesh number one is in the books, and it’s just the first of many. WBUR was our presenting media partner for this Sesh, and will be for subsequent ones through he summer.

What’s Sesh? In short, immersive experiences with the city as your classroom. Everything from rosé deep dives on cruises, to dumpling making at the all-new Bow Market. Look out for a whole host of Seshes via this link in the coming days. Until then, stay tuned.

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All photos by Shiv Patel.

20 Free Things To Do in Boston in April

By: - Monday, Apr 2, 2018 - 9:28pm

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Keep your calendar (and your wallet) full with our picks for 20 free things to do around Boston in April.

1. National Poetry Month Festival

T.S. Eliot’s epic poem “The Waste Land” opens with the line “April is the cruelest month.” But that was way before April was declared National Poetry Month. Boston celebrates with a five-day festival in the Back Bay that wraps up with a weekend of readings by established and emerging poets at the Boston Public Library. All of the festival’s events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday to Sunday, April 4-8 | Event website

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Billie Eilish Is Your New Indie Pop Gal

By: - Monday, Mar 26, 2018 - 11:35am

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Silver-haired 16-year-old Billie Eilish brought her sold-out Where’s My Mind tour to Paradise Rock Club on March 24th, after the show was moved down the street from Brighton Music Hall to accommodate a bigger crowd. The Los Angeles native released one of the most interesting EPs of late 2017, “dont smile at me” on Interscope Records, putting her among women of pop like Lorde and Dua Lipa. Her sound can be interpreted as a mixture between Lana Del Rey’s sad indie pop and Marian Hill’s quirky electronic beats. (more…)

The Ten Spring-iest Spring Events in Boston (Because Spring is Seriously Almost Here)

By: - Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 - 12:57pm

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Today is the first day of spring. Another nor’easter is on its way to dump even more snow on top of three blizzards worth of old snow. Both of those things are true. But it’s also true that any day now it’s going to warm up and all this snow is going to melt and you’re going to forget all about winter like it was a bad date. So take today to mark your calendar with ten of Boston’s biggest and best annual spring events that will be here before you know it. (more…)

20 Free Things To Do in Boston in February

By: - Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 - 9:37pm

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February doesn’t have a lot going for it. It’s one of the coldest and snowiest months. It’s the hardest to spell. And it’s the shortest month, even when it’s a leap year, which is pretty cool! Hey is this year a leap year? It is not. However: You still have to exist through this month, so here’s twenty free events around Boston to keep your calendar (and your wallet) full all February long. (more…)

30 Free Things to Do in Boston in November

By: - Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017 - 4:31pm

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We start off November with a Halloween hangover and finish it in the middle of the holiday season. In between, there are plenty of free things to do around Boston. Check out our picks and save your money for Black Friday sales or Christmas shopping.  (more…)

100 Halloween Events (for Grown-Ups) in Boston

By: - Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 - 1:33am

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Halloween’s pretty great as a kid: Your whole objective in life is getting candy, and it’s the one day a year everyone is giving it away for free. But as an adult? It’s an excuse to party extra hard and put on a mask. (I mean, besides the figurative mask you wear every day just go get through life in 2017.) Here’s 100 ways to celebrate Halloween around Boston.

Above photo via reddit Boston.

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