Byline: Barbara M. Houle
COLUMN: TABLE HOPPIN'
Businesses on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester will dish out food with a side of live jazz and rock 'n' roll music at the annual Walk & Rock event scheduled July 19 and July 26.
Participating venues will feature indoor/outdoor live music. Times for entertainment will vary from one place to another. There is no cover charge.
It will be business as usual at the restaurants, so grab something to eat or drink while listening to your favorite musicians.
Event sponsors include the Shrewsbury Street Merchants Association, Landshark Beer and Cantiani Insurance and Pulse Magazine, both in Worcester.
Participants: Vintage Grille, Funky Murphy's, Sweet, The Flying Rhino, Rivalry's Sports Bar, LaScala, Piccolo's, The Parkway, Wonder Bar Restaurant, Brew City Grill & Brew House, Nuovo, Volturno Pizza and Victory Bar & Cigar.
Chefs and restaurateurs are getting a second wind after the recent Taste of Shrewsbury Street event.
Judges at Taste voted Miranda Bread winner in the Best Food category. The bakery served a variety of its Brazilian specialties and the judges' favorite was the sweet corn cake. It's the second time that Miranda Bread has taken top honors in the Taste event.
Runner-up was Cafe Manzi's. I was told the judges "loved" chef/owner Brian Manzi's stuffed pepper soup.
Many Shrewsbury Street businesses will participate in the summer 2013 Worcester Restaurant Week scheduled Aug. 5-17.
If you haven't heard (who hasn't), executive chef/owner John Piccolo of Piccolo's in Worcester and executive chef Michael J. Bernier of Auburn will open Johnny Fugata, 394 Belmont St., Worcester, this month.
The casual Italian eatery is located in the space formerly occupied by D'Angelo's Sandwich Shop, across the highway (Route 9) from UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus.
Expect sandwiches (46), salads, fresh pasta and more. Beer and wine will be poured.
I'll dish more about the business when the doors officially open. Expect a soft opening soon.
Alina Eisenhauer, executive chef/owner of Sweet in Worcester, will join Boston chefs in a discussion about what it's like to be on a reality TV show.
"Stirring the Pot: An Inside Look at the World of Reality TV Chefs" will take place at 6 p.m. July 22 at Theater 1 at the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston. Glenn Yoder of The Boston Globe will moderate the event.
All proceeds will benefit the Boston Food Bank. Visit...