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White after Labor Day? You bet

Break out your white duds for the fifth edition of Le Diner en Blanc on Sunday, Sept. 9, at a surprise location in Boston.

What is it? A picnic tradition started in Paris and attended by thousands in Boston wearing white only, from head to toe.

Couples need to bring a table, two white chairs, a white tablecloth, white dinnerware and champagne or wine, preferably white, of course. No beer or liquor allowed. Once registered, guests meet at assigned departure locations and are escorted to the secret outdoor site by volunteers.

You can bring your own packed picnic basket or order one from Season to Taste.

The local scene

You’ll find eight lunches under 8 bucks at Fitzy’s Pub on Man Mar Drive in Plainville. and 508.809.3533

The Never Ending Pasta Bowl starts Monday, Sept. 24, at Olive Garden, which means you can get unlimited servings of pastas and soups or salads, starting at 11 bucks. New pasta toppings this year include spinach and artichoke sauce and garden veggies.

The annual cornhole tourney is next Wednesday, Sept. 12, starting at 6 at Stoneforge Grill on 138 in South Easton. The first 16 teams to register and pony up 12 bucks will play. and 508.238.0550

You can wash down your half-pound lobster roll with beer, wine or a cocktail at Miss Mendon Diner on Uxbridge Road in Mendon. and 508.634.3000

They play music bingo at 8 Thursday, Sept. 6, and every Thursday at The Chieftain Pub on Route 1 in Plainville, where Peter Joy is on the music stage this Friday, Sept. 7, and Little Jed The Phat Daddies this Saturday, Sept. 8. and 508.643.9031


Every Friday 11 to 1 there’s a cookout on the grounds of the Plainville Senior Center on School Street. Look for St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, baked beans, cornbread, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage subs and lobster salad rolls. and 508.699.7384

You’ll find steak tips, swordfish, chicken, burgers and dogs, plus entertainment at the Wednesday BBQs 5 to 8 at the Attleboro Elks Lodge on South Main Street.

Greater Boston

The 26th Cambridge Carnival International is this Sunday, Sept. 9, at Kendall and Central squares. Look for lots of activities, crafts, food trucks and ethnic foods.

The 9th annual Boston Local Food Festival is 11 to 5 Sunday, Sept. 16, on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

On the same day, Sunday, Sept. 16, South Street Diner on Kneeland Street is hosting a customer-appreciation block party 2 to 6. Admission is free and there will be plenty to do, eat and drink.

Providence Proper

They take a chunk of feta cheese, roast it and serve it topped with honey at Kleos on Westminster Street. 617.443.4083

Il Massimo on Federal Hill is opening a sister restaurant with the same name at Dedham’s Legacy Place.

Around Rhody

Pawtucket Restaurant Week runs through this Sunday, Sept. 9. At participating restaurants, breakfasts and lunches will go for 8 bucks and dinners for 15 bucks.

The crowds at the grand opening last weekend of Tiverton Casino enjoyed the food at Trattoria Romana and Tuscan Chophouse, both operated by the local Canova family.

The Blackstone Culinaria Food Tour makes a stop at Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant on Rathbun Street in Woonsocket at 6 next Wednesday, Sept. 12. Tickets are 25 bucks.

Tickets are 55 bucks for the Providence Journal Critic’s Choice Food Drink Event next Thursday, Sept. 13, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. It’s 5 to 9.

Tap and bottle

The soon-to-decamp PawSox are hosting a food truck and craft beer festival Saturday, Sept. 15, at McCoy Stadium. It runs 5 to 10 and costs 20 bucks, which gets you 10 drink tickets and a 5-buck food voucher.

Best Burger Bar on Washington Street in Brookline has teamed up with Grillo’s Pickles to create cocktails infused with pickle brine. Its first is the Downtown Pickle, a concoction of vodka, dill pickle brine, lime juice and sugar garnished with tomato, basil and smoked rosemary.

Newport Craft Brewing Distilling Co.’s blueberry beer and Rhode Trip IPA are now available in many package stores in the area.

Big nights

Friday, Sept. 14: Autumn Harvest wine dinner, Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, 5:30 p.m., 150 bucks.

Thursday, Sept. 20: William Cole Vineyards wine dinner, Ella’s Fine Food and Drink, Westerly, 6 p.m., 125 bucks. 401.315.0606

Sad note

The Met Bar Dedham at Legacy Place has closed.

Changing tables

The new chef at recently remodeled Menton on Congress Street in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood is Lucas Souza, formerly of Artistry on the Green in Lexington.

Menu mysteries

Kumquat translates from the Chinese as “golden orange.”

Note: The Notester’s menu mysteries derive primarily from the book “The Eaten Word” by Jay Jacobs.

Psst, let’s make a deal

Half-priced apps 5 to 7 weekdays, Christian’s on Thames Street in Bristol.


Here are some of The Notester’s favorite things around and about:

Attleboro: The shrimp in massaman curry (14 bucks) and the shrimp pad thai (11 bucks) at Blue Moon on Pleasant Street. 508.222.1000

Norton: The beef tips (20 bucks), fish tacos (7 bucks) and poutine fries (4 bucks) at Mac Walt’s on Old Colony Road.

South Attleboro: The fettucine alfredo and Tuscan soup duo (14 bucks) at Olive Garden on Newport Avenue.

Hey, been some place good? Send it in. Don’t make The Notester do all the work. Email it to


The Fox and the Knife

This will be a new Italian restaurant in South Boston, exact site not yet revealed, from former Myers + Chang chef Karen Akunowicz.

Proud Mary’s Donuts

You can create your own doughnuts at this new spot at Riverside Square in East Providence.

Sons of Boston

This restaurant on Union Street near Faneuil Hall in Boston offers fish and chips, lobster rolls, macaroni and cheese topped with a fried egg — and rum and clam doughnuts.

Bon appetit. And if you go, let The Notester know.

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