La Morra chef de cuisine Emily Vena grew up bingeing VHS tapes of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway plays. So when Chris Falman started working at the Brookline Village spot as pastry chef and showed a passion for theater, she knew she had to get him hooked on Sondheim’s musicals. It worked, and a funny thing happened on the way to that friendship: Vena and Falman’s passion for the 87-year-old composer grew so much they’re staging A Little Feast on March 14 at La Morra. The Sondheim-centered, five-course meal ($100, with a portion of proceeds going to local theater companies) will range from a salad inspired by Into the Woods to dessert meant to evoke Sunday in the Park with George—and each course will be accompanied by the musical number. In a shoutout to Company, there will even be vodka stingers on the cocktail list, but it’s the serving of a meat pie from Sweeney Todd that has Falman especially enthused for the night. “This was the first dish we knew we had to do. After that we had to figure out how to twist themes, lyrics and references into appetizing dishes,” he says. “And the fun is for Sondheim fans to figure out how and why we created each dish because every course is brimming with both literal and figurative references to its designated Sondheim show.”


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