date published: January 20, 2003

Food and wine events heat up the Hub this winter
by Scott Roberto

The cold and snowy weather may be a fact of life in New England, but for those who live to eat, drink and make merry, there's no better place to be than Boston this time of year.

The Hub in recent years has become a magnet for some of the finest chefs in the U.S.-due in large part to Boston DineAround, now in its sixth year. Pairing renowned cookbook authors and chefs-such as Mario Batali and television personality Martin Yan of "Yan Can Cook" fame-with more than 40 outstanding local eateries to create memorable meals, the DineAround is eagerly anticipated by area foodies each winter. For a complete schedule, see chart at right. The Boston DineAround Gala kicks it all off January 20 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Le Meridien Hotel. Other related events include a free cooking demonstration at South Station on January 22 from noon-1 p.m. starring New Orleans chef and author Dominique Macquet, as well as the Boston DineAround Cooking School, a weekend of classes hosted by Johnson & Wales University at the Seaport Hotel January 24-26.

One of the biggest parties of the year,
the 18th annual Anthony Spinazzola Foundation Gala Festival of Food & Wine takes place January 31 from 7:30 p.m.-midnight, also at the World Trade Center. See story, page 16, for more details.

For those who take food preparation very seriously, there's the Boston Cooks Kitchen & Culinary Expo at the World Trade Center January 24-26. This show features the latest in cookware, kitchen gadgets and industry trends from more than 100 exhibitors, in addition to chef demonstrations and samplings of beer, wine and, of course, food.

Another popular food-related event is the Celebrity Chefs Culinary Program at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. An eight-week program running from January 11 to March 1, it consists of two-hour classes helmed by recognized experts in the cooking field. Upcoming highlights are the January 25 forum hosted by Anne Willan, founder of La Varenne Cooking School, and the February 1 seminar by Mary Ann Esposito of PBS's "Ciao Italia."

Looking for something to wash down all that food with? Head back to the World Trade Center February 1 and 2 for the 12th annual Boston Wine Expo, the largest event of its kind in America. More than 440 wineries from 18 countries participate in a grand tasting of a mind-boggling array of vintages. Seminars for everyone from the novice to the expert are held, along with chef demos and an Austrian Vintner's Dinner on February 1 at 7 p.m.

Wine lovers can also savor the 14th annual Boston Wine Festival at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The fete-overseen by acclaimed chef Daniel Bruce-is a series of wine-centered meals, lectures and tastings than runs through mid-April.

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Boston DineAround Schedule
The 6th annual citywide event, which began January 17 and runs until the 26th, pairs Boston's top restaurants with prominent out-of-town chefs and cookbook authors
Date Host Restaurant Guest Chef(s) Featured Book(s)
Jan 21 Ambrosia on Huntington
116 Huntington Ave. 617-247-2400
Martin Yan Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking
Jan 21 Ariadne
344 Walnut St., Newton 617-332-4653
Stan Frankenthaler The Occidental Tourist
Jan 21 Aujourd'hui at the Four Seasons Hotel
200 Boylston St. 617-351-2071
Patricia Yeo Cooking from A to Z
Jan 21 & 22 Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
25 Charles St. 617-723-7575
Daniel Young Made in Marseille
Jan 21 Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Ave. 617-425-3240
Jim Peterson Sweet Wines and Glorious French Food
Jan 21 Caliterra Bar & Grille at the Wyndham Hotel
89 Broad St. 617-348-1234
Benedetta Vitali Soffritto: Tradition and Innovation in Tuscan Cooking
Jan 21 Hamersley's Bistro
553 Tremont St. 617-423-2700
Michael Romano The Union Square Cafe Cookbook
Jan 21 Icarus
3 Appleton St. 617-426-1790
Deborah Madison Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets
Jan 21 Il Capriccio
888 Main St., Waltham 781-894-2234
Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch Vino Italiano
Jan 21 Jacob Wirth Restaurant
31-37 Stuart St. 617-338-8586
Stephen Beaumont Stephen Beaumont's Brewpub Cookbook
Jan 21 Julien at Le Meridien Boston
250 Franklin St. 617-956-8752
Ariane Daguin D'Artagnan's Glorious Game Cookbook
Jan 21 (dinner) & 22 (lunch) Locke-Ober 
3 Winter Place 617-542-1340
Piero Selvaggio The Valentino Cookbook
Jan 21, 22 & 23 Sandrine's
8 Holyoke St., Cambridge 617-497-5300
Dominique Macquet Dominique's Fresh Flavors: Cooking with Latitude in New Orleans
Jan 22 (lunch) The Blue Room
One Kendall Square, Cambridge 617-494-9034
Corby Kummer The Pleasures of Slow Food
Jan 22 Bomboa
35 Stanhope St. 617-236-6363
Rafael Palomino Viva La Vida: Festive Recipes for Entertaining Latin Style
Jan 22 The Independent
75 Union Square, Somerville 617-440-6021
Clifford A. Wright Real Stew
Jan 22 Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge 617-661-0505
Joyce Goldstein Saffron Shores
Jan 22 Spire at the Nine Zero Hotel
90 Tremont St. 617-772-0202
Georgeanne Brennan Savoring France
Jan 22 The Vault
105 Water St. 617-292-9966
Evan Kleiman Angeli Cafe's Pizzapastapanini
Jan 22 Via Matta
79 Park Plaza 617-422-0008
Mario Batali The Babbo Cookbook
Jan 23 & 24 Henrietta's Table at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett St., Cambridge 617-661-5005
Jim Coleman Jim Coleman's Flavors
Jan 23 Mamma Maria
3 North Square 617-523-0077
Fred Plotkin Classical Music 101 and
La Terra Fortunata
Jan 24 Fraser Garden Court Terrace at the MFA
465 Huntington Ave. 617-369-3935
Hiroko Shimbo The Japanese Kitchen
Jan 24 Sidney's Grille at the Hotel@MIT
20 Sidney St., Cambridge 617-494-0011
Paula Lambert Cheese Lover's Cookbook & Guide
Jan 25 The Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 St. James Ave. 617-267-5300
Anne Willan Cooking with Wine and
From My Chateau Kitchen
Jan 25 75 Chestnut
75 Chestnut St. 617-227-2175
Katherine Alford Caviar, Truffles and Foie Gras: Recipes for Divine Indulgence