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#SundayFunday – It’s an Experience at Bocado Tapas Wine Bar

Bocado Paella

In this fickle town, going out for dinner has become an epic battle amongst the most indecisive people. The new restaurant expansion has left food lovers in a world unknown filled with diner’s remorse, food envy, and other food-related regrets. Ultimately, food lovers are trying to satisfy their cravings at every new place with a certain level of FOMO – fear of missing out – as a new place opens down the road. However, there’s one establishment in Worcester that remains in a world of its own with a unique position to satisfy the utmost indecisive foodie.

Representing the underrepresented Spanish culture, Bocado Tapas Wine Bar is at the epicenter of the ideal #SundayFunday destination. Its walls are adorned with paintings of matadors de toros and flamenco dancers, the dark crimson colors drape over the chandeliers, and the dark leather booths speak to comfort and indulgence. Before the presence of a menu, Bocado Tapas Wine Bar sets the tone for an experience beyond its culinary offerings. The sultry sounds of salsa music played in the background as the small flames of the tealight candles on every table give off the perfect amount of intimate lighting.

Once the menu is presented, the experience of Bocado comes full circle with an intricate listing of tapas, Spanish wines, and authentic paella dishes. In the Spanish culture, tapas are the making of every meal. They are the small, savory plates or canapés originating in Spain and captivating the senses of food lovers everywhere. Served in select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an elegant affair of cuisine and company. At Bocado, they have emerged as a game changer years ago and remain as an exciting feature of Worcester’s growing food infatuation, making it the ideal #SundayFunday pick.

They say to truly experience Bocado is to share the menu with your table. Enjoying meats and cheeses, tapas plates and a large plate entree or paella and dessert is the ultimate way to experience what Bocado has to offer.

From the charcuteria y queso – a culmination of imported and domestic meats and cheeses – to the acompanamientos of fried mixed olives with saffron allioli, starting a night out at Bocado is easy as the menu varies with exotic flavors and a hint of exploration. Tapas are offered as cold or hot dishes, tapas frias and tapas calientes.

Hearing tapas described as small savory plates doesn’t provide the full imagery of some of the dishes as they range from chuletas de cordero – grilled lollipop lamb chops with rosemary mustard oil – to pulpo a feira – grilled Spanish octopus, roasted potato drizzled with olive oil, smoked Spanish paprika and sea salt. The range is impeccable and pairing the tapas, whether frias or calientes, with Spanish wine and a large plate of paella produce a transformative experience back to the old country. The paella, topped with a variety of peppers, and loaded with everything from shrimp to chorizo to lobster and mussels, is the closest formation to the original Valencia-style paella – a darker, denser and drier paella. The dish is the perfect pairing for Bocado’s award-winning Spanish wine list.

If for nothing more than the transformative experience Bocado Tapas Wine Bar provides, transitioning every foodie to the essence of Spanish culture in Spain, it is deserving of our #SundayFunday seal of approval.

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#SundayFunday – Party Like it’s 2018

Bull Mansion's beverage program boasts wine, beer, and kombucha. (Photo by Scott Erb and Donna Dufault for Mass Foodies)

Between the lively cities and snug towns, Central Massachusetts provides the perfect backdrop for ringing in the New Year. But, the scenery of snow-swept mountains and small-town charm, are nothing compared to the magic happening in the kitchens of some of the most admired places in downtown Worcester.

New Year’s Eve is all about starting a new resolution and if you must start one in 2018, include celebrating #SundayFunday with us and we won’t disappoint. Say goodbye to the last Sunday of 2017 by eating your way into 2018. Here are a few great spots to start your foodie resolution:

New Year’s Eve with Niche

Ringing in 2018 with chef specials and prix fixe menus is easy with the Niche Hospitality Group. The hardest part is selecting from one of their nine locations. From the Chef Specials and Experience for Two at Bocado Wellesley – a New Year’s Eve night celebrating tapas, platos and dessert a la carte or as a packaged dining experience – to the Four Course Prix Fixe Dinner at the People’s Kitchen of the Citizen – a menu filled with artisan cheese, filet mignon and Belgian chocolate tasting – there is dish to satisfy any foodie.

Full Listing of New Year’s Eve with Niche events

Small Plates at Lock 50

Start the New Year with a menu that gives you options – a lot of options. Lock 50 celebrates adventurous eaters with its Chef’s Tastings, a 5 or 7 course designed by the chef, Tim Russo.  Accompanying the tastings with wine pairings, selected by their house Sommelier, will set the tone for an impressionable 2018. If a chef tasting is a bit too adventurous, order a la carte and taste some of Lock 50’s best dishes like the Potato Gnocchi, the Crispy Pork Rings and Cape Cod Oysters and the Lobster Polenta.

Full Menu Listing for Lock 50

New Year’s Eve with Bull Mansion

Kick off 2018 with live music, world cuisine, specialty cocktails, performance artists and a champagne toast. Dinner seating will be throughout the first and second floors from 6 pm to 9:30 pm with international food stations celebrating American, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Jamaican cuisine. But the party doesn’t end with your last bite. After dinner, the Bull Mansion Ballroom will launch their musical performances to provide a great atmosphere to celebrate an epic #SundayFunday. Live music and international food…what else do you need to ring in the new year?

Full Ticket Information for New Year’s Eve with Bull Mansion   

New Year’s Eve Dinner – deadhorse hill

Ring in 2018 at the bay state house! Celebrating the new year in a historic setting is the best of both worlds. Join Chef Jared Forman and his team for a throwback menu celebrating fancy things. With a 4-course meal, deadhorse hill is ready to serve you a memorable night.

Reservation Details for New Year’s Eve Dinner at deadhorse hill