Enjoy some bonding time.
What: Chef Jason Bond (Beacon Hill Bistro) unveils an intimate, 28-seat enclave with brick walls, recycled church pews around a fireplace, and the toque himself in the kitchen nightly.
Why: The sustainable, seasonal menu kicks off with butter-poached Cape Ann lobster, squash soup with homemade marshmallows, and chicken noodle stew.
When: Mon. & Wed.-Sun., 5-10 p.m.
Where: 279a Broadway, b/t Elm and Columbia Sts. (617-661-0009).
What: The holiday pop-up boutique hawks FIT grad Jonathan Simkhai’s avant-garde leather tops, funky champagne-inspired rings from NYC jeweler Laura Lobdell, and Rogues Gallery vintage men’s tees.
Why: Buy and freeze a dozen Pain D’Avignon pain au chocolat for your Thanksgiving morn.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 60 Northern Ave., Fan Pier (617-262-6100).
Cookbooks for Chefs and Foodies
What: Whether you’re in charge of the bird or just bringing wine, study up on seasonings and best vintages with cookbooks from James Beard, Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, and more.
Why: You don’t want to give Grammy food poisoning — again.
When: T-Day is a week away. The time is now.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.
Art of the Americas Wing Opens
What: Wander MFA’s breathtaking, ten-years-in-the-making expansion adorned with 5,000 ancient and modern pieces from North, Central, and South America, including large-scale compositions not seen in decades.
Why: Recharge at New American Cafe under a 63-foot-high, glass-enclosed courtyard, then take your domestic art appreciation to the Museum School Art Sale.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
Where: 465 Huntington Ave. (617-267-9300). Admission is free.
Staff Meal Food Truck Debuts
What: Rialto culinary buds Adam Gendreau and Patrick Gilmartin’s joint venture pays homage to industry eating with mega-hearty sustenance like oxtail sandwiches, pickled veal tongue burgers with bacon mayo, and chicken liver confit lasagna.
Why: Put some hair on your chest with apps like white anchovy deviled eggs ($3) and brandade croquettes ($4).
When: Daily, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
Where: Centre St., Jamaica Plain (617-209-9244). Track location updates online at twitter.com/staffmealboston.
Punk Goes to Discotheque
What: Preview designer wares (from Looc, Flock, Dress) and let free bubbly unleash your hottest moves at the charitable dance inferno.
Why: Proceeds go to disease fighters National Pancreas Foundation.
When: Tues., 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square (617-496-8004). Tickets ($50) online at pancreasfoundation.org.
Photo: David Dadekian / Courtesy of Bondir
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