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Popping Up All Over Boston


Popping Up All Over Boston


Photos by Rochelle Li, Words by Jessica Carlson

From the cronut to the kale craze, it seems that every week there is a new culinary trend to hop on to. The great thing about living in Boston is that it is such an innovative culinary landscape; there is always something new and exciting to try. One trend to take advantage of this fall is the pop-up shop. Pop-up shops are relatively new to the food scene and offer a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees. 

Usually put on by collaborating chefs or restaurants having a themed dinner, the pop-up shop has taken on a unique meaning in Boston. Some of the most exciting pop-ups going on in our city right now include the Bagelsaurus at Cutty’s in Brookline and the Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts pop-up that has been seen at restaurants (like Mei Mei!) throughout the city. 

Photo by Rochelle Li

Photo by Rochelle Li

These events are great opportunities for start-ups to gauge their spot in the culinary scene and perfect their menus before officially opening locations. And these pop-ups have shown a high success rate thus far—Bagelsaurus is opening its first location in Porter Square, Cambridge this fall, and I know I am personally waiting on Party of Two Catering to give a permanent home to Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts. 

These pop-ups aren’t only delicious additions to Boston, but they are also a great way to showcase local artisans and small businesses.  Mom and Pop-Up in Fenway is the perfect cohesion, with a rotating mix of local restaurant and craft events. Some of these events have included a Ramen pop-up from the chefs of Sweet Cheeks Q and a punk rock record pop-up with the folks at Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain. 

The month-long pop-ups have been receiving lots of buzz for their weekly events hosted by the ever-popular Toscanini’s ice cream shop of Cambridge and Union Square Donuts of Somerville. Dubbed the Done Zone, fans have been lining up every Saturday night to sample a donut sandwich filled with a scoop of Toscanini’s ice cream or a donut kabob from the infamous donut maker. Unfortunately, the last Done Zone was this Saturday, Oct. 11, but there are still some exciting events to check out before the pop-up ends next weekend.

The month of pop-ups wrapped up with a farm stand and miniature pies of all kinds from Treats on Washington. We can’t wait to see what The Fenway has in store for future pop-ups over at 1377 Boylston!

For more information you can visit The Fenway’s site or follow @TheFenway on Twitter for live updates on this fast-paced trend.