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Tidbits from around town: Pasta Mondays at Orleans, NERAX party and book-signing at Redbones

Jay at Redbones, with a copy of his latest book.
Jay at Redbones, with a copy of his latest book.
Jay Atkinson

In the true locavore spirit, Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square offers dishes made with pasta from Dave’s Pasta, a few doors down, on what it calls "Pasta Mondays. " All dishes cost $14.95.

“We’ve been doing this for a while now,” said Barry Barry (yes, that's his real name!), Orleans’s bartender extraordinaire. “We have a great relationship with Dave’s Pasta.”

Patrons usually have a choice of three dishes, all accompanied by a salad. Past offerings have included chicken with prosciutto, tomatoes, shallots, and peas, served with penne; North End-style garlic calamari, served over spaghetti; mussels and chorizo with shallots and a lemon-white wine sauce, served over fettuccine; and shells with asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms, peas, and a pink sauce.

NERAX kick-off party, book-signing at Redbones

The New England Real Ale Exhibition (NERAX) will be held in Dilboy Hall from March 24 to 27. Originally held at Redbones, which still supplies the sandwiches, this fourteenth edition will offer more than 80 firkins of real ale. Half will be beers from England, Scotland, and Wales; and half will be American beers from New England, thus offering a wide range of imported and local beers. All the beers are cask-conditioned, and served by gravity or hand-pump.

You can help celebrate this unique event at the kick-off party at Redbones on Monday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m., where, as usual with special events, the restaurant will offer free apps (cash bar). Redbones promises that some “special firkins” will be tapped, a nice preview to the main event. Click here for more information on NERAX’s hours and ticket prices. FYI, a firkin is a British unit of capacity equal to one quarter of a barrel, or nine gallons, ensuring really fresh beer.

If literature is more up your alley, check out the March 29th book signing with Jay Atkinson, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Jay’s latest book, Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac’s Lost Highway and My Search for America, was published this month. This is Jay’s fourth book.



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