November Events: Dia de los Muertos, a Gingerbread Competition, and Dinner with the Pilgrims

We are halfway through the semester and New England has made the official switch to Fall. With leaves on the ground, a scarf around your neck, and the scent of cinnamon on the air, its clear to see that the holiday season is almost here.  So take a break from the books, check out one of these delicious food-themed events, and get in the holiday spirit.

Please note that many of the following events require tickets or reservations.

Taza Chocolate Dia de los Muertos

When: Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Where: Taza Chocolate Factory, 561 Windsor St., Somerville, MA 02143
What: A traditional Mexican celebration Massachusetts-style. Costumes, Mariachi music, delicious food and creative holiday-themed activities with the Somerville Arts Council.

27th Annual Boston Christmas Festival
Boston Christmas Festival 2011

When: Friday, Nov. 8, from 12:00 – 7:00 PM; Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA 02210
What: A huge convention of holiday decor, crafts, and gifts. Get ready for the Christmas season with specialty foods and a gingerbread competition with top chefs and celebrity guest judges.

4th Annual Local Craft Brewfest

When: Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 6:00 – 9:30 PM
Where: John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210
What: Local Craft Brewfest is a celebration of local craft brews and is a major fundraiser for the free Annual Boston Local Food Festival.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Plimoth Plantation

When: Various dates during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
Where: Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360
What: Several events including America’s Thanksgiving Dinner, A Thanksgiving Day Buffet, and a 1627 Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims.

Harvard Science and Cooking Lecture Series

When: Dates vary, but all talks begin at 7:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
Where: Harvard Science Center (One Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, Hall C & overflow Hall E)
What: A lecture series combining the expertise of food specialists, world-renowned chefs, and Harvard researchers. Lectures vary from week to week and are open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
“The Science of Sweets”
Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
“Catalytic Conversion: Enzymes in the Kitchen”
Wylie Dufresne, wd~50
Ted Russin, The Culinary Institute of America

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
“Fermentation: When Rotten Goes Right”
David Chang, momofuku

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013
Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft CTO; co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures; and author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking

Be sure to share any food events you find by commenting below or on the BU Gastronomy Facebook page. Show us what you eat this month by following us on Instagram and using the hashtag #bugastronomy.

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