West Newton

Foodie Alert And DATE CHANGE!! (and giveaway)

I’m on vacation from cooking (still) and have even figured out a way to extend it through the fall (my best craft yet).

    How will I still manage No-cook meals? Well, not every night, but here are a few times I can think will work – especially the Back to School night! I just found out that Lumière in West Newton is offering a Supper Club and even a Back to School night. No, we do not usually eat there very often but when we do, it is always wonderful. Check it out.

From BBQ to Breakfast-for-Dinner: The Lumière Supper Club

New Monthly Series Pairs Whimsical Themes with Seasonal Family-Style Dining

WHAT: In a return to its roots as a neighborhood bistro serving the metro west suburbs of Boston, Lumière launches a monthly supper club with fun and familiar themes like a New England lobster bake, a summer BBQ, a back to school children’s feast, breakfast-for-dinner and more. The Supper Club takes place in Lumière’s recently-renovated private dining room, where friends and neighbors gather at the communal tables for a family-style, prix-fixe meal including beverage pairings.

As Board Chair of the Chefs Collaborative, Chef/Owner Michael Leviton’s commitment to cooking in harmony with the seasons informs the calendar of monthly Supper Club events – from an end-of-summer local tomato and corn dinner, to a late fall harvest dinner of root vegetables, apples and cranberries to honor Food Day on October 24. The local theme doesn’t end with the menu; local beer, wine and spirits from Narragansett Beer, Bully Boy Distillers and more are paired with each dinner.

Though the themes are fun, the food is serious: Each menu is done in the Lumière style – simple preparations using local and sustainable ingredients – for which Leviton has been nationally recognized by Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Saveur and the prestigious James Beard Foundation.


Back to School September 27, 6:00 PM($30/parent; $15/child) UPDATE- DATE CHANGE!! Back to School Night at Lumiere happens to conflict with Back to School Night at a few local schools (enough people let them know) so the very nice people at Lumiere are changing the date to October 4 (another hopefully free Thursday). Hey, It works for me and extends that whole no cooking thing I’m working on. Lumiere is also offering a giveaway to their Twitter followers – Just follow Lumiere (@LumiereNewton) – Winners will be chosen on September 28 (4 tickets, two adults, two children). Good Luck!!

Bring the kids to Lumière for a family-friendly night out with a menu that includes:

· Tomato Soup with Lumière “Ritz” Crackers
· Panko Crusted Chicken Goujonettes (aka Crispy Chicken Fingers)
· Four Cheese Mac & Cheese
· Roasted Multicolor Cauliflower
· Make-Your-Own Sundaes
· Beverage Pairing: Spindrift Soda and Highlawn Farm Dairy

Every Day is Food Day– October 24, 7:00 PM

($45/person; $15 for beverage pairing)

Let local, in-season ingredients shine with a menu that includes:

· Roasted Local Carrots with Cranberry-Maple Chutney
· Tagine of Vermont Veal, Local Root Vegetables and Maine Golden Eye Beans with
Dried Local Apricots and Lumière Preserved Lemons
· Lanni Orchards Apple Crumble with Maple Sugar Ice Cream and Molasses Caramel
· Beverage Pairing: Pretty Things Beer

Breakfast for Dinner– November 28, 7:00 PM

($35/person; $15 for beverage pairing)

A childhood favorite, dressed up in the Lumière style, with a menu that includes:

· Soft Scrambled Chip-In Farm Eggs with Black Truffles and Toasted Brioche
· Pain Perdu: Challah French Toast with Caramelized Apples, Lumière Breakfast Sausage
and Maple Syrup
· Toasted Banana Bread with Lumière Cultured & Salted Butter and
Orange-Mango Marmalade
· Beverage Pairing: A local winery TBD

RESERVATIONS: Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Call 617-244-9199.

WHERE: 1293 Washington Street, West Newton

WEBSITE: http://www.lumiererestaurant.com

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lumierenewton
Twitter @lumierenewton

About Lumière:

A neighborhood bistro at heart, Lumière serves local and sustainable ingredients prepared using classic techniques in a comfortable, informal setting. Since opening in 1999, Chef/Owner Michael Leviton has developed personal relationships with numerous local farmers and artisanal producers, bringing a true understanding of seasonality and ingredients to the daily changing menu and beer/wine/cocktail programs. Over the years, Lumière has received awards from Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Boston magazine, Gourmet and more. Additionally, Leviton is a six-time James Beard Award nominee.

Local Artist Sharon Schindler

sharon schindler photogrpahy diceIt is true, I know this fantastic local artist, Sharon Schindler, and have since our children were in preschool – yes, that is a long time. Sharon has a wonderful eye and the ability to capture what she sees on film and share it with the rest of us. We went to Brimfield together with Pragmatic Mom this summer and Sharon barely shopped – she was so busy taking notice of cool things and clicking away. Pragmatic Mom was scoring, among other things, a genuine croc handbag for $15, and I was searching for a 1950s glass juicer (to replace the one someone broke).  Sharon’s work for the day (and she drove us there and brought a lunch, too) resulted in several really cool photographs. Her ability to remain focused despite 90 degree heat and dust-bowl conditions is really impressive – the fact that she captures such breathtaking vignettes is outstanding…that she is so nice and funny is even better.

Here is a link her newly launched website, Sharon Schindler Photography, where you can see her portfolio and you can even come to her opening reception on Thursday, November 11 (from 7 – 10 p.m.) at L’Aroma Cafe, 15 Spencer Street in West Newton, Massachusetts. sharon schindler photography - canoes on the charlesThe photos would be cool enough framed but they are transferred and stretched onto large canvas frames – some are 24 x 32 and look like paintings.

Families First : Parenting in the Digital Age – A fundraising event that inspired, entertained and educated…then over to The Local for a bite to eat.

Last week (yes, the same day I resisted chocolates from Fancy Nancy – only to succumb another day), I went to a fundraiser for Families First , a great organization that offers parenting workshops in the Greater Boston area.  It was held at the Boston College Club in downtown Boston (on the 36th floor of what I call the pregnant building or, really, the Bank of America building). Great views, a  nice glass of white wine, some killer appetizers and a great group of people…now we were all in the mood for…more wine?  Nope, a parenting talk. Fortunately, and as is customary for Families First, we were in for a treat…not just a parenting talk but a truly inspiring parenting talk.

The first speaker was La Verne Saunders, a wonderfully enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable parent educator from Families First.  She did a fantastic job of engaging the audience (of mostly tired parents) and showing how a parenting class would be run. We laughed, nodded and smiled at each other as we all made connections to her presentation of how the principles and values in our lives affect our parenting decisions and how sometimes we ignore them and why.

Next was the keynote speaker, John Palfrey of Harvard University, who immediately charmed the audience by sharing that he would not take up much time as he had a date with his son at the Red Sox game and joking that La Verne was a tough act to follow – she is – and he was as compelling.  He has co-written, Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives and here is a link to his site Digital Natives at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He spoke about children and their digital experience and presented a short film (by a student) that showed it clearly and wonderfully. Here is the video.  It is amazing to visualize your – or your child’s – tracks in the digital age. Digital Dossier from Digital Natives.

I have several friends who have long been involved with Families First and have been lucky enough to see first hand (at workshops and other events like this) what Families First can do.  I have always been impressed by the program offerings, the parent educators and the people involved and this night was no exception.

After the event, a group of us met up at The Local, a great neighborhood spot that is truly the neighborhood’s favorite spot, a great space with friendly staff and wonderful food.  Home to amazing burgers, fries (and I do know my burgers and fries) and phenomenal flatbread pizzas and some lobster mac and cheese dish that I want to try.  Definitely not your standard fare. The chef is Brian Counihan (he is also the chef at Isabella’s in Dedham – more amazing food!)  We watched the finish of the Red Sox game, chatted with the super friendly owners… it was the perfect end to a lovely evening.

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