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Tours, Tastings and Treats: What’s New in Cambridge

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Celebrate spring with Grafton Group’s New Programs

Drop your shovels and rev your appetite – Grafton Group is unveiling new events to ring in the warmer weather! From tours and tastings to mixology and pastries, there’s more than one reason to make a trip to Harvard Square this season.

Special events include:

Harvard Square Tasting Tour

Looking to immerse yourself in one of Cambridge’s most sought after neighborhoods? Join the Harvard Square Tasting Tour and sample dishes and drinks from some of the best restaurants in the area – served with a side of history, of course! Grafton Group has teamed up with The Hahvahd Tour, offering signature menu items from Grafton Street, Russell House Tavern and PARK. In addition to the restaurants, you’ll stop at several local foodie gems along the way. Led by an enthusiastic guide full of fun facts and trivia, the tour is a delectable way to spend the afternoon with friends.


Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 3:00-5:00PM
Tour begins at Cambridge Information Booth, 1376 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tickets are $43 per person; must be 21+ years of age. Visit http://bit.ly/1C2m6Bb


Cocktails and Confections at Temple Bar

This Mother’s Day, join Bar Manager and pastry aficionado Jenn Harvey at Temple Bar as she leads a two-hour tasting class alongside Temple Bar events manager Jillian McCarthy. Learn step-by-step how to mix, stir and shake three original cocktails before pairing them with house-made pastries based on recipes from the Temple Bar team’s moms. You’ll discover insider tips and tricks to recreate your own combinations at home while satisfying your sweet tooth. It’s the perfect way to kick off your Mother’s Day weekend!


Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 3:00-5:00PM
Temple Bar, 1688 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138
Tickets are $35 per person/$60 for a pair. To register, visit http://bit.ly/1CCljHi


Grafton Group Chefs at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education is hosting two of Grafton Group’s very own to lead captivating culinary courses as part of their Tuesday Test Kitchen series!

Eggs and Bubbles Brunch

On Tuesday May 5th, Culinary Director Mark Goldberg teaches a crash course in creating a beautiful brunch. Participants will prepare, experiment and taste classic and creative egg dishes and alongside some of the world’s best bubbly offerings – think cava, Prosecco, champagne! Learn how they enhance any brunch and enjoy them all the more next time you visit one of the Grafton Group properties.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015 from 11:00AM-12:00PM
The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138
ickets are $35 per person. To register, visit www.ccae.org and select “TKIT.”


Pasta Party

Russell House Tavern Executive Chef Tom Borgia will demo how to make perfect pasta on Tuesday May 12th. Become savvy in making fresh gnocchi, ravioli, spaghetti and rigatoni, and then stir up the sauces that make them irresistible.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 11:00AM-12:00PM
The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138
Tickets are $35 per person. To register, visit www.ccae.org and select “TKIT.”

About Grafton Group

In October 1996, Patrick Lee, alongside his brother Peter and two business partners, Sean Kennedy and Gerry Sheerin, opened Grafton Street Pub & Grill.  A hangout that combined a traditional neighborhood pub's warmth and coziness with a contemporary full-service restaurant, it proved to be exactly what Harvard Square needed at the time. Seventeen years later, Grafton Street is still thriving in its Harvard Square home alongside siblings Temple Bar (1998), Russell House Tavern (2010) and PARK Restaurant & Bar (2012).

Seamlessly tapped in to the Square’s ongoing evolution, the Grafton Group has matured alongside its fellow businesses, institutions, residents, students and visitors while providing a consistently high-quality experience. From culinary and cocktail programs founded in a dedication to locally-grown ingredients to a front-of-the-house experience that is uniquely Cambridge to the individual design personalities of each restaurant, the Group’s thoughtful attention to their community’s needs reads like a love note to Harvard Square.


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