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Events | Cooking Classes | Wine Education

Check out our monthly specials right here in this month's edition of "Just Picked":

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Fruit Center Happenings


Outdoor BBQ "Chef Series" at our Hingham Store


Some of the region’s most beloved restaurant chefs will strut their stuff with a series of al fresco grilling demonstrations in our Hingham location parking lot every other Saturday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM during June and July. These culinary events are open to everyone and are free of charge.

On the schedule:

Saturday, August 9, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Estaban Gallego / Executive Chef / Ester / Dorchester

Chef Gallego will be serving Grilled Salmon, Zucchini Salad and Salsa Verde

Saturday, August 23, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Brian Jenkins / Owner-Chef / Port Bistro / Kingston



Cooking classes are held in our Milton location, at Marketplace Cafe our restaurant on the second floor of the marketplace. The registration fee includes a $10.00 Fruit Center gift card, copies of the recipes prepared during that class, small portions of all dishes prepared that evening and a glass of wine. To register, please call 617-696-5274, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm and ask for Mike Dwyer or purchase tickets online using the link below each class.


Kale Cooking Demo with Cathy Walthers

Wednesday, September 24 – 5:30p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Fee: $25, includes a $10 Fruit Center gift card

We're pleased to welcome back private chef and cookbook author Cathy Walthers of Martha's Vineyard, whose fourth cookbook, Kale Glorious Kale, will be released in September.

Cathy will be visiting our Milton store for a cooking dempnstration and cookbook signing. Cathy will conduct a class on kale - the vegetable worlds' current darling - and its myriad uses in soups, entrees, side dishes and salads bursting with nutrition.

This will be a one-hour demonstration class with small plate samplings and an opportunity to purchase a signed cookbook. All classes are held at Marketplace Cafe, our restaurant on the second floor of our Milton location.

Your $25 fee includes a $10 Fruit Center gift card, a generous sample of Cathy's featured dish and an opportunity to have a cookbook signed by Cathy.

Click here to purchase tickets for Cathy Walthers event.

Pasta Making 101 with Nuno Alves of Tavolo

Monday, September 29 – 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Fee: $35, includes a $10 Fruit Center gift card

(A hands-on cooking event - encore presentation!) We had so much interest in this event back in January, we're offering it again! Join us for a pasta making primer with one of our favorite local chefs, Nuno Alves of Tavolo. Sharing secrets he's learned from nine years in the kitchen with Jody Adams at Rialto and three years at Tavolo, Chef Alves will bring his enthusiasm and knowledge of all things pasta! Space is limited for this event.

Your $35 fee includes a $10 Fruit Center gift card, expert instruction from Chef Alves, a generous sample of the dish Chef Alves will prepare and recipes. 

Click here to purchase tickets for Pasta Making 101.

All cooking classes are held at our restaurant, Marketplace Cafe, on the second floor of our Milton location.



Wine and beer education classes are held in our Milton location, at Marketplace Cafe our restaurant on the second floor of the marketplace. The registration fee includes a $10.00 Fruit Center gift card, tasting notes and samples of each featured wine or beer. You can register by clicking on the link below the class description. You can also register by calling Mike Dwyer at 617-696-5274, Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 4p.m.


Four Wine Makers, Four Courses, One Unique Terroir: An Exploration of South African Wines with Cape Classics

Friday, June 13 – 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Fee: $85, includes a $10 Fruit Center gift card


Our First Annual Summer Beer Fest

Saturday, June 21 – 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. - Milton Store


Warm weather is upon us and (hopefully) here to stay! What pairs better with long, sunny days than ice cold craft beer? Well, we’re kicking off the first day of summer properly with a FREE afternoon beer tasting. Representatives from all our favorite breweries will be pouring plenty of tasty, craft brewed beers and it’s all FREE for you! Tell your family you’ll handle the grocery shopping this weekend and come sip your way through the store, learn a bit more about craft beer and discover your new favorite summer brew.

Joining us on Saturday will be:

  • Blue Hills Brewery
  • Berkley Beer Company
  • Berkshire Brewery
  • Mayflower Brewery
  • Atlantic Importing
  • Craft Brewers Guild
  • Burke Distributing


From time to time, we have the opportunity to partner with some of our wine maker friends to create a full wine dinner event. Our wine buyer and accomplished chef, Tim Paulus, creates a menu to perfectly pair with each wine maker's wines. Over the past few years we've had the pleasure of hosting Clay Fritz from Fritz Winery, Sean Minor from Sean Minor Wines, David Whiting from Red Newt Cellars and Peter Stolpman from Stolpman Vineyards. Check out these wine dinner menus from past events:

All classes are held at Marketplace Cafe, our restaurant on the second floor of the Milton Marketplace.

- Cancellation policy: Class preparations are based on the total number of attendees. Also, due to limited seating, classes frequently sell out. Should you need to cancel your reservation, please contact us 48 hours before the event, otherwise your credit card will be charged.



Sponsored by the Fruit Center Marketplace

Milton resident Connie Spiros welcomes guest chefs from Milton into the kitchen to share their favorite recipes.
Shown weekly on Milton Cable TV channel 8, Mondays at 7:30pm and Tuesdays at 9pm.

» Download Show One recipes (Stuffed Shell's)
» Download Show Two recipes (Artichoke Nibbles, Berry Buckle)
» Download Show Three recipes (Roasted Red Pepper Compote; Radish, Goat Cheese and Watercress Sandwiches; English Trifle)
» Download Show Four recipes (Pecan Rolls (Sticky Buns))
» Download Show Five recipes (Bobotie)
» Download Show Six recipes ("A Lighter Fare" Beef Stew and Baby Spinach & Cherry Tomato Quiche)
» Download Show Seven recipes (Fruita di Mare over Linguine)
» Download Show Eight recipes (Gluten-free Baking)
» Download Show Nine recipes (Stuffed Zucchini Canoes, Marinated Red Potatoes, Sautéed Tomatoes and Artichokes)
» Download Show Ten recipes (Ashmont Grill Squash Soup, Ashmont Grill Mixed Bitter Greens w/Apples and Blue Cheese)
» Download Show Eleven recipes (Low-carb Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries)
» Download Show Nineteen recipes (Muffuletta)
» Download Show Twenty recipes (Grilled Pizzas)
» Download Show Twenty One recipes (Pork Medallions Piccata, Panzanella, Blueberry Sauce)