Pour one out for James's Gate: The Irish pub on South Street has seemingly served the JP community for the final time. According to a sign posted on its doors this afternoon:
Dear faithful patrons,
We regret to inform you James's Gate had to close its doors. Thank you all for all your support over the years. We will miss all and hope to see you around the JP community. Sincerely,
James's Gate staff.
Being a JP resident, I know that people in our neighborhood love to eat good food that is locally sourced. Glenwood Garden, an e-market for sustainable food and shopping for a cause has a new project - a monthly chef's box - dinner for 2 meal kit that is delivered free, curated by a local chef, uses locally sourced ingredients, and shares profits with charity. The August chef's box was curated by Craig and Andris from Baking Steel - and contains pre-made dough and fresh ingredients to make: Artisan Margherita Pizza (fresh mozzarella, bianco di napoli tomatoes, and basil), Compressed Melon Panzanella Salad (melon, olives, onion, ciabatta, herbs, and balsamic vinegar), and a Berry Hand-pie (berries, ginger, honey). It comes with portioned (and some prepared) ingredients, and detailed step by step instructions on how to cook this meal to perfection. PLUS 25% of the profit from the sales of this box go the Greater Boston Food Bank.
Love gardening? Whether you are an experienced or aspiring gardener, the Trustees Boston Region could use your help growing produce for donations to local food pantries and maintaining our Learning Garden. Volunteer hours are held every Tuesday morning throughout the summer and fall and some Saturday afternoons, at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive in Mattapan. Families are welcome. Come learn, relax, and help out!
Il Panino Cafe & Grill, which expanded from the North End to Jamaica Plain years ago, plans to open a take-out only branch at 172 South St. The restaurant is known for its thin-crust pizza, calzones and subs. Its namesake sub is a Caprese plus prosciutto. Jamaica Plain News has reached out to Il Panino, which anchors the corner of 268 Centre St. in Jackson Square, about timing for the expansion.
Chef Jason Albus of the newly opened The Frogmore in JP rolls out a Southerly brunch this Saturday, July 18. Albus will turn out brunch eats from the rich flavors of coastal South Carolina and Georgia - think creamy grits, country ham, pickled shrimp and hoecakes - with fried pork chops and cheesy tater tots for good measure. Check out the full menu below. To accompany the brunch menu Alex Homans, manager of the beverage program at the Southern gem brings an impressive list of homespun cocktails with ingredients and names inspired by the flavors and landscape of the region including the Back Road Rider bloody mary with Pisco, peach and lemon, Rainbow Row mimosa with strawberry shrub and gin, and the King Street cocktail with rum, maraschino, cynar and lime. Brunch is served at the pineapple clad digs from 10:30am - 3pm every Saturday and Sunday.