Jonathon Paradise of Bull Mansion in Worcester is among the local chefs creating culinary magic this holiday season.

Paradise and the mansion’s owner, Victoria Mariano, have put together a menu for Sunday Christmas Brunch that will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Guests get to meet and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus in one of the rooms at the historic Grand Army of the Republic hall, located at 55 Pearl St.

Cost is $30 per person; $12, children. The brunch is free for children younger than 5. There is a cash bar. Call (508) 755-6070 for more information about the brunch, or connect on Facebook.

On the menu: Steak tips with onions and mushrooms, carved turkey and gravy, baked haddock, seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, French toast, Danish pastries, pies, cakes, cookies, gingerbread men, cookies and more.

Paradise recently joined the staff at Bull Mansion. He previously was a sous chef at the former Ceres Bistro at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester before becoming banquet chef at the hotel. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Disney resort restaurants in Florida, where he attended Disney’s Institute of Culinary Arts. Locally, he also has worked at Brew City Grill & Brew House and Peppercorn’s Grille & Tavern, both in Worcester.

The chef is active in the community, participating in the annual Fork It Over, the cookie culinary competition and fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts scheduled for March 26, 2019, at the Worcester Art Museum; Worcester Cares and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program. He also has competed in Worcester’s Best Chef.

Bull Mansion will host the annual Christmas Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets will be available at the door only: $7 per person for adults, which includes a glass of mulled wine. Children younger than 12 have free admission.

Enjoy cookie decorating station, cocktails (cash bar) and holiday music. The bistro area of Bull Mansion will offer brunch the day of the Christmas Market. Call for more information.

The kitchen at Bull Mansion remains open for special parties, functions and entertainment venues only. It no longer is open for daily lunch or dinner.

The annual Holiday Rock fundraiser will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 in The Compass Tavern, 90 Harding St., Worcester.

The Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, Friendly House and Guild of St. Agnes will benefit from the event. Admission is $10 per person or a gift card of equal or greater value, appropriate for youth.

Dave Domenick, owner of The Compass, is host for the event, donating and serving a “fantastic” Italian buffet for the guests who attend, according to party organizers. The Queen’s Cups in Worcester will provide handcrafted cupcakes.

Festivities will include an ugly holiday sweater contest, raffles and more. Joe Carigilia will sing holiday songs.

Sponsors include Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., Conte Insurance, Worcester County Memorial Park, Omark Consultants, Joseph’s Lock & Safe Co., Private Wealth Management Group, Attorney Richard Rafferty, Pleasant Jewelry and Loans, Commerce Associates, Avco Consulting Inc., Heat Trace Products, Hearing & Balance Centers of New England, Direnzo Towing & Recovery, Bahnan’s Bakery, In Memory of Robert S. Drazek, and The Salon and Spa at Glow.

Ante up for the kids!

The Vin Bin is sponsor of the “Home for the Holiday” tree lighting celebration Dec. 7 at Union Common, Main Street and Route 85 in Marlboro. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Santa will be at the event.

The Vin Bin, 91 Main St., Marlboro, will also host a Holiday Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Snacks, wine and cheese, hot chocolate, artisan spirits and craft beer will be available. The store will hold a 20 percent off sale on wine with the purchase of at least six bottles of any regular-priced wine.

The 20 percent off sale also will be offered at the other Vin Bin stores: 154 Turnpike Road, Southboro; 22 South St., Hopkinton; 193A Boston Post Road West, Marlboro.

B.Good stores will offer a free side of fries with every burger purchase, beginning Dec. 12 through Dec. 23.

To redeem, customers need to order on the B.Good app, online or scan in-store. There are a variety of meat and vegetarian options, prepared fresh in-store, daily. Check out burgers such as Adopted Luke, Cousin Oliver, El Guapo, Power Play and West Side.

The local B.Good store is located at 120 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury.

A Holiday Beer Tasting is set from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Yankee Spirits, 376 Main St., Sturbridge. Free to the public.

Participants: Spencer Trappist Brewery, Stone Brewing, Atlantic Imports, Craft Brewers Guild, Total Beverage Solution and Homegrown Distribution. Visit https://www.yankeespirits.com for more information.

Olive Garden has announced a new in-store promotion.

For a limited time, guests who purchase an entrée from the menu will also be able to take home one of Olive Garden’s classic dishes for $5.

The three classics being offered are Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti and Spaghetti with Meat Sauce. The offer is good at participating Olive Garden restaurants only. The second entrée does not include soup, salad or breadsticks. No substitutions. Limit one take home per dine-in entrée purchase.

Arturo’s Ristorante in Westboro has a Christmas Eve catering menu, available online at https://www.arturosristorante.com.

Pickup times for orders will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Eve. The restaurant will include heating instructions with the food.

Arturo’s is now open for lunch on Saturdays.

The pop-up bar Miracle, which specializes in holiday cocktails and décor nationwide, is underway at The Citizen, 1 Exchange Place, Worcester, through New Year’s Eve. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m. daily.

There’s lot to take in including holiday-themed cocktails like the Christmapolitan and Snowball Old Fashioned, holiday music, and of course, a little gossip about what’s happening on the local restaurant scene.

The Citizen also has a four-course holiday December menu that will run through New Year’s Eve.

As most of you probably know, Niche Hospitality Group announced in November that it would close The Citizen as of Jan. 1. The group has owned the business for the past 10 years.

Michael Covino, president of Niche Hospitality Group, said employees at The Citizen would be offered positions at other Niche locations.

In the city, Niche owns Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, Mezcal Tequila Cantina, Steam Energy Café, Railers Sports Tavern and The Fix Burger Bar, and Rye & Thyme American Tavern in Leominster. The company opened Nonna’s Pizza & Pasta at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center last year.

Time to get in the holiday spirit!

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