If there is one thing I enjoy as much as listening to great music, it's eating great food. Therefore, I intend to really enjoy Outside the Box. I previously wrote about the humongous festival, which is presenting an incredible array of performances -- all free -- in downtown Boston through July 21. But there is another component of this wildly ambitious extravaganza that will make gourmands go gaga. An event within an event, the Boston Food Fest will take place on the final four days of Outside the Box at City Hall Plaza.
Admission to the fest is free, but tastings from participating restaurants will require tickets. At the time this was written, the eateries had not been announced, but the list of celebrity chefs -- a veritable who's who of Boston's finest -- that will be making presentations gives a pretty good indication. It's likely that the chefs' restaurants will have booths and be serving some of their signature dishes.
Be on the lookout for the chefs who will be appearing at the Boston Food Fest, some of whom are listed below, and follow your noses to their (probable) restaurant booths:
- Jason Santos of Blue Inc.
- Steve DeFillippo of Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse
- Michael Schlow of Via Matta
- Lydia Shire of Scampo
In addition to chowing down and learning about delicious food, make a day of it by heading over to Boston Common and enjoying some of the many acts performing at Outside the Box as well.
Boston Food Fest
July 18 to 21 at Boston City Hall Plaza, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (to 5 p.m. on July 21)
Part of Outside the Box, also taking place at Boston Common, July 13 to 21. Photo: Blue Inc.