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By Hilda M. Morrill

January 14, 2011

Noted actor Mark Wahlberg, center, takes a moment to hang out with his niece and nephew, Evan and Madison Wahlberg (to his right), and some of their friends at the Boston premiere event of his new hit movie "The Fighter" benefiting the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. The event was catered by Evan and Madison's father, Chef Paul Wahlberg, owner and Executive Chef of Alma Nove Restaurant. (Photo by Ed St. Croix)Noted actor Mark Wahlberg, center, takes a moment to hang out with his niece and nephew, Evan and Madison Wahlberg (to his right), and some of their friends at the Boston premiere event of his new hit movie "The Fighter" benefiting the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. The event was catered by Evan and Madison's father, Chef Paul Wahlberg, owner and Executive Chef of Alma Nove Restaurant. (Photo by Ed St. Croix)

Paul Wahlberg, the Executive Chef and owner of Alma Nove Restaurant in Hingham, will join the Boston Center for Adult Education in offering students a lesson in "crafting winter soups."

Part of a chef driven cooking series, the hands-on cooking class will give students a chance to learn Wahlberg's tricks and techniques in making delicious soups, such as a hearty bisque or a rustic stew, using seasonal ingredients.

The culinary fun takes place on Tuesday, January 18, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. For more information on "Winter Soups with Chef Paul Wahlberg," call 617-267-4430 or visit www.bcae.org. The Boston Center for Adult Education is located at 122 Arlington Street, Boston.

Chef Wahlberg was born in Dorchester, one of nine siblings, which include his famous younger brothers, actor Mark Wahlberg and musician/actor, Donnie Wahlberg. While Mark and Donnie spent childhood day-dreaming of their inevitable rise to fame as performers, Paul spent his time in the family kitchen with his mother Alma, also his restaurant's namesake.

We are told that at the age of 11 or 12, Paul fell in love with food over a simple Eggplant Parmesan sandwich at a friend's house. According to Paul, his cooking was influenced by the Sunday suppers he shared at home with family and friends.

Founded by Chef Paul Wahlberg, along with co-owners, brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, and family friend Ed St. Croix, Alma Nove is Hingham's popular new waterfront restaurant "inspired by a blend of flavors from Italy and the surrounding Mediterranean."

Named after the Wahlberg family matriarch, Alma, and her nine (nove in Italian) children, the restaurant features an eclectic menu of antipasti, specialty pastas, seafood, and chops prepared on a wood burning grill.

Alma Nove exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance highlighting an outdoor wrap-around patio with romantically lit fire pits at night, easily enjoyed from the comfort of indoors during the cold winter months. Located at the Launch at Hingham Shipyard on the South Shore, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. For more information, call 781-749-3353 or visit www.almanovehingham.com.

On a personal note, this columnist has enjoyed dining at Alma Nove incognito with hubby and our 91-year-old Mom, and we look forward to returning.

Speaking of Mom, we recently took her on a shopping trip to the Hingham Stop & Shop and couldn't believe our eyes when whom should we see, but Chef Paul Wahlberg personally selecting an assortment of fresh produce. No entourage, no fussing, no special treatment, no cameras rolling.

We were impressed for sure and kept our camera in our purse! Maybe next time, we'll ask permission to take some pics?

 

Flower Show Preview Party

The 2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show takes place from March 16-20 at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. (2010 File Photo by Michael R. Morrill)The 2011 "Boston Flower & Garden Show" kicks off with a gala "Preview Party" on Tuesday, March 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Seaport World Trade Center that will benefit the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and beautification efforts citywide.

Committee Chair Randy Price of WCVB-TV will host the gala with Honorary Chairs Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston's First Lady Angela Menino. Party guests will enjoy an elegant sneak peek at New England's largest horticultural event while raising funds to benefit the Fund for Parks and Recreation which helps support environmental projects and park beautification projects throughout the city.

Tickets are now available for the Preview Party taking place on the eve of the 2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show, which opens to the public on Wednesday, March 16 and runs through Sunday, March 20.

The 2011 show theme is "A Burst of Color: Celebrating the Container Garden" and is produced by Paragon Group, event marketer and producer of major events, including the New England International Auto Show and the National Golf Expo Boston.

As part of their partnership with the City, the "Boston Flower & Garden Show" participated in Mayor Menino's 2010 Garden Contest by providing complimentary 2011 Show tickets as part of the winners' prize packages. In addition, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will work with show organizers to highlight the Mayor's Garden Contest winners and the work of Parks Department's Horticultural Unit.

To purchase Preview Party tickets, learn about sponsorship opportunities, or for more information, call the Parks Department at 617-961-3051 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks.

For general admission tickets or more information, call the Paragon Group at 781-273-5533 or visit www.thebostonflowershow.com.

We're really looking forward to this year's Boston Flower & Garden Show! And, we're excited that during the months of January and February, web visitors/readers who sign up to receive our occasional BostonGardens.com Newsletter or those who 'Like' us on our Facebook page,
will be eligible to win free tickets to the show through random drawings. For more information, visit www.bostongardens.com and click on "Win Free Tickets...."

We sincerely thank our good friend Carolyn Weston and the Paragon Group for the complimentary tickets!

Enjoy!

Copyright © 2011 Hilda M. Morrill

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