Events Calendar

Apr
23
Sun
AllLocal Dinner @ Mei Mei Restaurant
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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SBN is excited to presnt our first AllLocal Dinner of 2017 at SBLP Graduate and SBN Member Mei Mei Restaurant on Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 5:30pm!

AllLocal dinners raise awareness around the benefits and challenges of seasonal cooking and promote local agriculture, by highlighting local food and local food systems. SBN defines local as the New England regional food system.

Mei Mei Restaurant’s AllLocal Dinner menu will feature eight family style dishes made from all locally sourced ingredients!
Come at 5:30pm to enjoy a locally crafted pre-dinner wine or beer and hear from Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei and a local farmer (special guest to be announced!).

Diners be aware – you may be sharing food with new friends as part of the family style eating experience!

Vegetarian/vegan attendees should be aware that due to the format of the dinner, diversity of options will be limited. That said, SBN and Mei Mei will make sure you get plenty of food!

The Details:

Location: Mei Mei Restaurant, 506 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215
Website: http://www.meimeiboston.com/
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:00PM Registration, Social, Introductions by Chef and Farmer 6:00-8:00PM Dinner
Menu: 8 family style dishes
Price: $55 for food and food gratuity (ticketed beverage and beverage gratuity can be pre-paid through 2 drink add-on for $10. Additional beverage purchases can be made on site). $5 SBN Member Discount!
Travel: Closest MBTA Stop: Fenway T. Street parking is metered.
Beneficiary: Boston Local Food Program
Registration: These events sell out quickly! Register now to reserve your seat!

We encourage you to share this invitation with friends and family!

Mei Mei Sourcing Policies and Sustainability Ethics:

Mei Mei Restaurant always serves meat that is local, all-natural, pasture-raised, and humanely slaughtered. Sourcing seasonal, sustainably raised foods from local and family-based producers lies at the heart of Mei Mei’s food concept, and allows Mei Mei to provide guests with both a better-tasting meal and a lower carbon footprint.

Mei Mei is a sibling-run food truck, restaurant, shipping container and sauce company serving up creative Chinese-American cuisine made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Mei Mei prides themselves on serving humanely raised meat, produce from small farms, and some of the most creatively delicious street food out there. Their food truck opened in April 2012 and was awarded Boston’s Best Meal on Wheels soon after. Mei Mei Restaurant, named Eater Boston’s Restaurant of the Year, opened in November 2013 and serves up casual truck-style lunch and creative and contemporary table service dinner.

Mei Mei strives to provide an empowering work environment and a healthy work-life balance to all staff.

May
5
Fri
Speed Trading + Stand Out from the Crowd! Workshop @ Boston Public Market KITCHEN
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and The Trustees are pleased to present:

Marketing Workshop: Stand Out from the Crowd! How to Make Festivals & Events Work for You

Festivals are a great way to introduce people to your brand and your product. With festival season quickly approaching, The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and the KITCHEN presented by the Trustees have gathered a panel of Marketing Experts and Festival Producers to give you tips to help you convert attendees into customers.

Presenters:

Nicola William: Owner of The Williams Agency with a focus on sustainable food and culture. Organizer of some of New England’s best food events, including Boston/Vermont Jerkfest, the Boston Local Food Festival, Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest, and Local Craft Spirits Festival as well as launching SBN’s first Local Food Trade Show.

Mindy Harris:
Principal, Mindy Harris Communications , Strategic Marketing Consultant – Promoter of Food Truck Throwdown, and creator of Food Truck Bash event brand, producer of the Farm Share Fair; former Marketing & Events Coordinator Oleana Restaurant Group, and former Director of Public Relations, Northeast Organic Farming Association/Mass.

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Speed Trading: Local Food Producers & Buyers Meet their Match!

This event will encourage buyers and producers of local food to connect and form new relationships on a one on one level. Producers will set up tables showcasing their products and will have 5 minutes to meet with each buyer. Buyers will be encouraged to share the types products that they are looking for as well as feedback on what they like about your product and what they think could be improved. If after talking the producer and buyer feel that they can create a trade relationship, a match has been made! This will be followed by an informal networking time to keep the conversation going.

Registration is FREE for members of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and The Trustees . Not a member? Join SBN and The Trustees

May
10
Wed
Speed Trading + Stand Out from the Crowd! Workshop in Worcester @ Union Station
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts & Central Mass Grown are pleased to present:

Marketing Workshop: Stand Out from the Crowd! How to Make Festivals & Events Work for You

Festivals are a great way to introduce people to your brand and your product. With festival season quickly approaching, The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and Central Mass Grown have gathered a panel of Marketing Experts and Festival Producers to give you tips to help you convert attendees into customers.

Presenters:

Nicola William: Owner of The Williams Agency with a focus on sustainable food and culture. Organizer of some of New England’s best food events, including Boston/Vermont Jerkfest, the Boston Local Food Festival, Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest, and Local Craft Spirits Festival as well as launching SBN’s first Local Food Trade Show.

Mindy Harris:
Principal, Mindy Harris Communications , Strategic Marketing Consultant – Promoter of Food Truck Throwdown, and creator of Food Truck Bash event brand, producer of the Farm Share Fair; former Marketing & Events Coordinator Oleana Restaurant Group, and former Director of Public Relations, Northeast Organic Farming Association/Mass.

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Speed Trading: Local Food Producers & Buyers Meet their Match!

This event will encourage buyers and producers of local food to connect and form new relationships on a one on one level. Producers will set up tables showcasing their products and will have 5 minutes to meet with each buyer. Buyers will be encouraged to share the types products that they are looking for as well as feedback on what they like about your product and what they think could be improved. If after talking the producer and buyer feel that they can create a trade relationship, a match has been made! This will be followed by an informal networking time to keep the conversation going.

Registration is FREE for members of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and Central Mass Grown. Not a member? Join SBN here.

Jun
9
Fri
Hyper Local Craft Brewfest @ Arts at the Armory
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 10:00 pm

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Calling for local craft brew and homebrew fans, brew hobbyists, foodies, localvores, young entrepreneurs, and the curious minded!

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is happy to announce the 6th annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest, held Friday. We know how much you love local beers, ciders, mead, and artisinal drinks, so we’ve got a whopping three unlimited sampling sessions over two days. That’s three opportunities to snap up your tickets before they’re gone!

Time & Dates:

  • Industry Session (Invitation Only) – Friday, June 9th (5:30 – 6:30)
  • Session 1 – Friday, June 9th  (6:30 – 9:30 PM) – Beer on Cask Tasting night, featuring cask-conditioned beers from selective brewers
  • Session 2 – Saturday, June 10th  (3:00 – 6:00 PM)
  • Session 3 – Saturday, June 10th  (7:00 – 10:00 PM)

We’ve all heard of local beer, but what does it take for a beer to be “Hyper-Local?”

Hyper-Local means local producers (from New England) making products with ingredients from New England. Examples in the past have included brews made with local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes and even local oysters!

The Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is an annual tasting fundraiser presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) that highlights and promotes local brewers of beer, newly established breweries, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, and local food vendors.SBN’s definition of local starts in Massachusetts and encompasses all of New England.

This means that at the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest you’re not only getting to taste an unlimited 2 oz beer, cider, and mead samples, it means that you’re also supporting a local, green, and faire economy, while helping support the Boston Local Food Program!

What's special about Friday?

We’re so glad you asked! All three of our sessions are filled with unlimited tastings of delicious local beers, ciders, and meads, but our Friday night session will feature a special Beer on Cask Tasting “conditioned” by Randy Baril, Head Cellarman of NERAX (the New England Real Ale eXhibition) and featured brewers.This beer is unique because it cask-conditioned, unfiltered, unpasteurized and has no nitrogen or carbon dioxide added!

The Showcase – which will appeal to craft brewers, brew fans, and the curious-minded – is a great chance to experiment with something new and unique! Attendees will also have an opportunity to chat with the brewers, learn more about making small batches and homebrewing, interact with other aspiring brewers, hear from experts, and taste a selection of the brews that will be showcased during the Saturday Sessions!

New this year is an invitation only Industry Session targeted to restaurants, institutions and retailers interesting in sourcing local brews. It will feature a panel of local experts discussing challenges and opportunities facing New England brewers today.

Admission price includes the following:

  • Cask-conditioned beer from selected local brewers (on Friday only)
  • Small batches and special brews from selected vendors on all sessions
  • Unlimited tastings from our participating breweries, craft breweries, cideries, meaderies, artisan beverage vendors
  • Complimentary local food samples and serving sizes for sale for only $6 or less
  • Free homebrewing demos, lectures, and instructions from local homebrew clubs
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Festival Guide with listing of all vendors
  • Compostable tasting cup and utensils

Drink generously

Remember when we mentioned that proceeds from this event help fund the Boston Local Food Program? Yeah, you get to drink beer and be a good person at the same time.

The goal of SBN’s Boston Local Food Program is to transform the local food system by raising awareness about the abundance of wonderful locally grown and produced products in Massachusetts and New England and by encouraging individual consumers, food and beverage producers, and vendors to think local first. Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest presents a great opportunity to build the bridge between local producers and consumers of craft brews in advancing the local food system.

Refund Policy – All ticket sales are non-refundable. Please note this is a 21+ event and all attendees must have a valid ID to enter The Armory (no exceptions).

Sponsors – If your business is interested in sponsoring the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest, email us at localcraftbrew@sbnmass.org for a sponsor packet.