Good Taste: Benefit dinner at the Sweet Life Cafe

The Sweet Life Café invites you to try Australian wines paired with a four-course meal this coming Wednesday, May 19, to benefit The Yard’s Artists-in-the-Schools program. For the start of the fourth annual benefit wine dinner series, the host is John Larchet of The Australian Premium Wine Collection, which he established 15 years ago.

An aperitif and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by the dinner, which is specially prepared to highlight the five wines, including Elderton Command Shiraz 2005, rated 97 by Robert Parker Jr. (a notable wine writer and critic), which sells for $99 a bottle.

The Yard’s school program brings dancers to Island schools for workshops and performances. This year, they hosted stage combat with David Brimmer, clowning workshops, and brought the local Associação de Capoeira into all of the elementary schools.

The dinner starts at 6 pm and is $95 per person, which does not include tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 508-696-0200 or email info@sweetlifemv.com.

Openings

Tonight, Smoke ‘N Bones opens its Dukes County Avenue restaurant, celebrating the 10th year with chef Jono Osborn, and the same prices for the third consecutive year. Favorite menu items include Stewart’s World Famous Homemade Onion Rings ($4.95 per half loaf; $6.95 for a full loaf), North Carolina Style Pulled Pork ($15.95), and the Wet’n Dry Rib Platter: one-third rack of dry Memphis ribs and half a rack of sweet and sticky baby back ribs ($23.95). Smoke ‘N More Bones on Circuit Avenue reopens on Thursday, May 27, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

The Seafood Shanty in Edgartown opens Wednesday, May 19.

Sidecar Café and Bar opens tonight, featuring the same chef as last year, who’s doing new and different things. New manager is Samantha Cleland, who with her husband Todd, is enthusiastic to open the doors.

“We’re doing lunches this year, starting Memorial Day weekend on weekends until mid-June, then we’ll start seven days a week,” Mr. Cleland says. “We resource as much local food as we can, it’s our thing.”

Look forward to homemade pasta and bread, and a more relaxing back lounge, which got a “facelift,” according to Mr. Cleland. Current hours are 5 to 10 pm for dinner Thursday through Sunday, and drinks until 12 midnight.

In Aquinnah, Faith’s Seafood Shack opened on May Day, and Dreamcatcher opens on May 22. And Deon’s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, which features Caribbean fushion cuisine, is now open seven nights a week.