Jacki and Meesh of Just Add Cheese were the gracious hosts of our first Spring Mystery Meet of 2011. They chose to host their Mystery Meet at Tres Gatos, the brand new Tapas-Restaurant-Meets-Bookstore-Meets-Record-Store in Jamaica Plain.
Led by Christine of The Solo Cook blog, we set out to see what Poppy’s Executive Chef Jerry Traunfeld was up to in the kitchen since leaving The Herbfarm.
Our final dining event of 2011 was hosted by longtime Mystery Meet Heather Brundage. She chose the brand new Area Four in Kendall Square as the venue. Thank you to Heather and the staff of Area Four for a great evening, and thank you to everyone for supporting Mystery Meet over the past year!
It all started when a friend sent me a 2008 New York Times article about "flavor tripping." You eat a Miracle Berry, which binds with your taste buds in a way that makes anything acidic taste very sweet. Lemons taste like lemonade, sour cream tastes like yogurt and vinegar tastes like cider.
We kicked of 2011 with our hottest Mystery Meet yet - literally! We journeyed to East Coast Grill in Inman Square for one of their legendary Hell Nights. After signing our souls away, we played Russian Roulette with spicy meatballs, gobbled up the Wings of Mass Destruction, and choked back tears as we sucked down Inner Beauty Hot Sauce. Most of us survived.
Matt Wise of Cosemble hosted our third San Francisco dinner at Credo, where a group of diners from all over the country gathered for a great meal.
Myrissa of the Almost Fit to Eat blog graciously hosted our first Mystery Meet dinner in Seattle, where the Chef in the Hat himself, Thierry Rautureau, stopped by.
Rialto's legendary chef Jody Adams helped us celebrate a birthday in style, complete with grilled shellfish, squab and pork sausages and Piedmont sweets!
The lovely Bianca Garcia of the Confessions of a Chocaholic blog played hostess for our first Italian Mystery Meet at Pizzeria Posto in Somerville.
The summer brought another first for Mystery Meet: an outdoor event. We partnered with The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to give foodies an opportunity to try ten trucks all in one night! Christine Liu of The Discreet Hedonist was our guest host, and Jesse Brackenbury from the Greenway was instrumental in making it all happen. Despite less than cooperative weather - the rain barely held off - 30 foodies marched across downtown to taste the finest street fare the city of Boston has to offer.
Mystery Meet headed over to Restaurant Zoë for a great meal with new friends.
Mystery Meet #9 took place at Back Bay Social Club, the new gastro-pub in Back Bay that quickly gained notoriety for its high-priced, high-quality burger. We headed over to the modern-day speakeasy for a special
prix fixe menu with hand-picked beer pairings.
Bar Crudo is one of those venues that deserves its place on San Francisco's essential dining experiences list.
Glenn and Katrin of the Wine Dine with Us blog have been big supporters of Mystery Meet from the very beginning, so we were thrilled to invited them to host our eleventh dinner. They enthusiastically elected to host a pig roast at Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square. Our foodies pigged out on Thomas the Hog.
After nearly a year on hiatus, Mystery Meet returned. Jackie and Meesh of the Just Add Cheese blog took our foodies to Church. Chef de Cuisine Jon Gilman paired a heavenly dinner with sinful cocktails.
At our final Mystery Meet of 2010, nearly 30 passionate foodies gathered to try the Indo-Chinese fusion restaurant Mumbai Chopstix. With beautiful decor, our own sitar player and a private room overlooking Newbury Street, we sat down for an adventurous meal from Chef Ranveer Brar.
At our second Mystery Meet, we enjoyed a fantastic eight-dish meal, served family style and followed by an assortment of delicious desserts. Co-owner and chef Joanne Chang took some time out of her duties on the line to mingle with the foodies.
On September 14th, we held our third Mystery Meet at the Russell House Tavern, with a special four-course meal prepared by chef Michael Scelfo. The dinner featured a charcuterie flight, wild coho salmon, berkshire pork and a delcious chocolate cake. The exquisite meal was paired with a special cocktail flight. Check out the photos from our dining excursion in Harvard Square!
Our fourth Mystery Meet was a first for Boston: Dining in the Dark. We brought this Swiss culinary tradition, in which diners eat blindfolded, to the Hampshire House in Beacon Hill. Foodies were treated to a unique culinary experience with live music and guided narration. We've got plenty of photos, so you can see everything that we didn't!
For our second San Francisco Mystery Meet dinner, a dozen foodies headed into the city's North Beach neighborhood for a taste of some of the best old-school Italian food the city has to offer.
On a crisp fall night, a band of food lovers gathered together at The Tip Tap Room in Boston's Beacon Hill Neighborhood. They were all hungry carnivores hunting for a delicious dinner and fun dining company. Chef Brian Poe treated them to delicious cuts of kangaroo, yak, buffalo, swordfish and more.
In October of 2012, we held our first San Francisco Mystery Meet social dinner at Beast and the Hare.
As Fall fell, we hosted a craft beer dinner at Meadhall in Cambridge with Wine Dine With Us and Boston Area Beer Enthusiast Society. It was an evening of great beer perfectly paired with delicious dishes.
At Mystery Meet #5, our foodies were hosted by chef and owner Chris Douglass at his Dorchester pizza and pasta restaurant, Tavolo. Halfway through the meal a twist was revealed - as the diners learned that the remainder of their meal would be served three blocks down the street at Douglass' other neighborhood restaurant, the Ashmont Grill.
We journeyed to Cambridge for our first vegetarian Mystery Meet dinner.
We held our first ever Mystery Meet at Ten Tables in Cambridge. Twenty passionate foodies, including a number of food bloggers, ultimate Yelpers and representatives from local culinary colleges, joined us for a fantastic four-course meal.
We headed to The Block in the Central West End for our first Mystery Meet Dinner in St. Louis.
Just a week shy of St. Patrick's Day, I can't think of a better way to get the green engines turning than by raising a few glasses of whisky with some jovial folks at one of Boston's best Irish pubs.