Photos: Food Glorious Food at Taste of Jamaica Plain

Ethiopian cuisine, delicious baked desserts, corny bread, locally brewed beer and stilt walkers were all part of the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Thursday night. Held at Annunciation Hall on the VFW Parkway for the first time, the annual event serves as fundraiser for JP nonprofit Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC),  and particularly its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative. Along with more than 20 restaurants, personal chefs, food businesses, there was a cash bar with beer and wine, raffle tickets being sold, a silent auction and live music.

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Yum! 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15

Blue Nile, Chilacates, Café Beirut, FoMu, The Frogmore and Tres Gatos are just some of the participating businesses in the 23rd Annual Taste of Jamaica Plain on Nov. 15. This year's Taste of Jamaica Plain has a new location at Our Lady of Annunciation Church on the West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain border. In recent years the Taste of JP has been held at the Franklin Park Zoo. While the event is moving inside this year, it will still benefit a good neighborhood organization, Ecumenical Social Action Committee (ESAC), its senior home programs and youth opportunity collaborative.

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JP Centre/South Main Streets’ Growler Gala and Auction on Oct. 25

Jamaica Plain has a long history of breweries, and to celebrate them JP Centre/South Main Streets is hosting a Growler Gala and auctioning off 12 growler works of art made by local artists and celebrities. 

And you can't have a growler gala and auction without alcohol, right? Turtle Swamp Brewery and Bully Boy Distillers will be on hand serving up beer and cocktails. There will also be food, music, as well as silent and live auctions. Silent auction items include a dessert class with a local chef, vintage photographs and more. The event is happening at the Loring-Greenough House on Thursday, Oct.

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Recreational Marijuana Dispensary/Social Justice Museum Proposed for Old Milky Way Site

A recreational marijuana company with an empowerment philosophy has proposed opening a dispensary/social justice museum in the long vacant old Milky Way space on Centre Street. "Core Empowerment intends to open the city of Boston's first high quality retail cannabis establishment and social justice museum/education center," said Tomas Gonzalez, one of the four owners of Core Empowerment, LLC to Jamaica Plain News via email. Gonzalez grew up in Jamaica Plain, previously ran for Boston City Council and was recently the deputy director for the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services. He currently lives in Hyde Park. Gonzalez said the business would be in the lower level of 401A Centre St.

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Butcher Wanted: Meatland, 60+ Year Old Institution, Closed, Needing New Blood

Do you know any butchers looking for a new gig? Tell them that Meatland in Jackson Square is looking for a new butcher and owner after the longtime business recently closed its doors after more than 60 years of being in Jamaica Plain. Recently, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street tweeted about Meatland needing a new owner. The current owner of Meatland had their lease expire and would like to sell the business. Meatland has already closed.

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