Itís that time of year again: the time when chocoholics everywhere start counting down the minutes until the annual opening of the Chocolate Bar at the Langham Hotel (250 Franklin Street, Boston). This year, it happens on September 10, and continues every Saturday, from noon to 2 pm, through the end of May in the Café Fleuri. More than 30 desserts will be featured, including tortes, cheesecakes, mousses, and puddings ó all in chocolate, of course. New this year will be a fondue station and the "Zing bar," at which guests can dip truffle lollipops into exotic and everyday spices, including cayenne pepper, paprika, saffron, and ginger. The cost is $26; children under 12 $14, and children under four get in free. Call 617.451.1900 ext. 7125 for reservations and information.
Just because you didnít get to Spain on your summer vacation doesnít mean you canít enjoy that countryís flavorful cuisine. On September 12, at 7 pm, Tasca (1612 Comm Ave, Brighton) partners with Ruby Wines for a tapas and wine tasting. The $35 event includes traditional Spanish tapas, seafood tapas, vegetarian tapas, assorted grilled meats, and dessert, all paired with wines from smaller Spanish vineyards. Call 617.730.8002 for reservations, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whoís that man emerging from the forest with buckets of wild mushrooms? Why, itís Daniel Bruce, chef at Meritage (Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston), and those mushrooms heís carrying are for his Mushroom & Burgundy Dinner on September 19. The five-course dinner will feature a variety of mushrooms Chef Bruce foraged for personally, including puffball, porcini, and hen of the woods; the dishes he prepares will be paired with burgundy wines from 1997 and 1999 vintages. The cost is $150, including valet parking; call 617.439.3995 for reservations and information.