The Fireplace — Photo courtesy of Jessica PolizzottiThe Fireplace restaurant, located just outside Boston proper, in Brookline's bustling Washington Square, not only offers local, seasonal cuisine (and has since its inception-prior to the boom), but also offers diners the chance to experience something special on select Saturday afternoons. Typically held on a bi-monthly basis and dubbed a Fireside Chat by chef/owner Jim Solomon, these "lessons" are tasting events and the "lecture hall" is a cozy seat by the Fireplace's indoor hearth.
Designed to bring Jim's passion for teaching about food and drink to his restaurant (and a way to fill the afternoon lull), Jim devised these themed lectures about various libations that allow patrons the opportunity to explore the drink they have in hand. Taught by experts on each alcohol and the bar manager of the Fireplace, patrons sip samples of the drink of the day while listening to details about what they have in hand. Community tables invite socialization, and the presenters welcome and encourage questions.
A couple enjoying a Chat — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
Accompanied by three courses of small tastes of the Fireplace's food, you'll find yourself not wanting for much when you leave an hour and fifteen minutes later. Many Chats have a Colonial feel which will entice you to further explore Boston's rich history, another passion of Solomon's that he loves to share with his guests.