Building on the success of our Nibble cooking class series (our last class, which is sold out, is tomorrow night – but we’ll be adding a new class lineup soon!), the Somerville Arts Council is hoping to launch a culinary entrepreneurs program, especially geared for the immigrant community. On this project we’ll be working with our friends at the Welcome Project and Kitchen Inc. More on this as it develops, but for now check out the upcoming events our two partners have coming up. Rome comes to Somerville, via Ireland! Gelato and donut pop-up store! Plus, a global gastronomic event to fund a great cause. Dig in.



A master of Roman cuisine comes to Somerville, by way of Dublin, Ireland.

Pop-up dinner with award-winning Roman chef Marco Roccasalvo

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 7-10pm; Kitchen Inc., 201 Somerville Ave, Somerville; price: $75, buy tickets here.

Our partners over at Kitchen Inc. have two delicious sounding events coming up. First: Join them for an evening of great food, wine and interesting and eclectic company. Kitchen Inc. will donate it’s share of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Please join the party for cocktails followed by a multi-course dinner & wine pairing:

  • Amuse-Bouche – Couscous with small seasonal vegetables, tomato jelly, feta cheese emulsion
  • Soup – Velvet pulse soup, clams, arugula drops
  • Starter – Smoked duck breast, green garden pea & Greek yogurt mousse, cherry and balsamic vinegar reduction
  • Green Apple Sorbet
  • First Course – Green, white and red home-made pasta rolls, cod paté, salmon paté, lobster besciamella sauce
  • Second Course – Braised bison, Chianti reduction, truffled mash potatoes
  • Dessert – Dark chocolate cake, walnuts, home-made stracciatella ice cream


Unknown-4Pop-up Donuts and Gelato

Saturday, March, 29, 11am-2pm; Kitchen Inc.,  201 Somerville Ave, Somerville

Come learn how donuts are made with celebrity chef Stephanie Cmar! Plus, award-winning chef  Marco Roccasalvo will also be making Gelato! According to Kitchen Inc.’s Facebook page, hungry folks should come at 11am sharp. In addition to a demo, you can buy donuts and gelato, $3 each, cash only.

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April 10, 7pm, The Armory Cafe- 191 Highland Ave #1A, Somerville, MA; tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Find out more and get your tickets at

The Welcome Project hosts the 5th annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City celebration at Arts at the Armory at 7 pm. This year, nine immigrant-run restaurants will provide tastings from around the world, yet close to home. Live Peruvian music will be performed by Son Del Sol. We’ll present the 2nd annual Intercultural City Award to Regina Bertholdo, director of the Parent Information Center (PIC) at the Somerville Public Schools and a tireless advocate and champion for Somerville’s diverse immigrant community.

The nine restaurants participating in the 2014 YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City are: Aguacate Verde, Mexican, Porter Square; Fasika, Ethiopian, East Somerville; Istanbul’lu, Turkish, Teele Square; Los Paisanos, Central American, East Somerville; Masala, Indian and Nepali, Teele Square; The Neighborhood Restaurant & Bakery, Portuguese, Union Square; Sabur, Mediterranean, Teele Square; Vinny’s at Night, Italian, East Somerville; Yak & Yeti, Nepali and Indian, Ball Square. All participating restaurants are part of the city’s Shape Up Approved — Eat Well program, offering healthier options at their eateries.

All proceeds benefit immigrant youth and adults participating in Welcome Project programs such as English classes, youth interpreter training, and the International Parents’ Group.