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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 11,2011 Page9 by00Iilda M. Morrill Celebrating the opening of their new restaurant, Wahlburgers, in Hingham, are from left: Donnie Wahlberg, mother Alma Wahlberg, Chef Paul Wahlberg, and Mark Wahlberg. (Photo by Elise Donoghue) Chef Paul Wahlberg, along with his celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie, and fam- ily friend Ed St. Croix, re- cently launched their second venture, Wahlburgers -- a "Boston meets Hollywood" themed burger restaurant with retro modern d6cor symbolizing the brothers' life trajectories from Dorchester neighborhood kids to ris- ing chef and international superstars. The 120-seat restaurant, located south of Boston at The Launch at Hingham Ship- yard, opened October 24 th with an exclusive Grand Opening VIP event, hosting the likes of Red Sox sluggers David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis, Olympic hockey hero Mike Eruzione, Bruins Dan Paille and Tuuka Rask, and Pats defensive back Kyle Arrington, to name a few. The event was held in con- junction with the Alma Nove charity, Alma's Kids, and moneys raised were donated to area schools. In fact, earlier in the day, Mark Wahlberg had visited Derby Academy in Hingham along with Ed St. Croix to present a check during a school as- sembly symbolizing a dona- tion that will pay the full tuition for one student to attend Derby as part of Wahlburgers' Boston Inner City Scholarship Fund. Regarding the new venue, "It's all about the burger and putting smiles on peoples' faces," says Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, who earned early acclaim for the broth- ers' first venture Alma Nove, a fine dining water- front restaurant named for their mother and nine sib- lings that opened in June 2010, and is situated across the street. "While I enjoy my role as chef behind Alma Nove's Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, my true dream has always been to create the best, juiciest, most mouth- watering burger you can find anywhere," he explains. Wahlburgers offers both fast casual and table service dining. According to the Wahlbergs, music is also a big part of the experience with a state-of-the-art sound system playing tunes of all genres and eras, ranging from Classic Rock to R&B to Top 40's hits. The restaurant walls are covered with a col- lection of personal, behind- the-scenes photos from the Wahlberg brothers' past and present. The dining room offers tables and booth seating reminiscent of a vintage diner, while the spacious bar area includes two communal tables and a reclaimed oak- top bar with eight LED TVs. ( Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Donnie Wahlberg, left, and Chef Paul Wahlberg smile for the camera. (Photo by Elise Donoghue) A 40-seat, glass-enclosed patio designed to resemble a schoolyard boasts an eight- foot linear fireplace beckon- ing folks to gather around. For further information, call 781-749-2110, or visit ww w. wahlburgers, com. ....... The annual fall gath- ering for booklovers and col- lectors, tke "Boston Interna- tional Antiquarian Book Fair," returns to the Hynes Convention Center in Bos- ton's Back Bay, beginning today, Friday, November 11 through this coming Sun- day, November 13. The offerings are wide and diverse from more than 120 dealers from the United States, England, Canada, France, Hungary, The Neth- erlands, and Argentina who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manu- scripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first edi- tions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints. Whether you are a col- lector, or just want to browse and poke around, the Book Fair offers something for every taste and budget. Books on travel, art, sports, gas- tronomy, gardening, natural history, science, literature, fashion, music, and chil- dren's books will all be on display. Among the highlights of this year's event are first editions of seminal books by James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, and Robert Frost among many others; an illustrated first edition of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" with wood cuts by Rockwell Kent; an inscribed six-volume set of Winston Churchill's, "The I DIAMONDS i ROLX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 , ! Children from Housing Families, Inc., Juan Soler-Ramos, left, and Everielys Ramos, center, assist Executive Pastry Chef Jessica Scott of Craigie on Main, as she makes the final touches on her gingerbread house masterpiece for the "18th Annual Gingerbread House Competition," which took place at the recent "Boston Christmas Festival" at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. Proceeds from the sale of the gingerbread houses benefited Housing Fami- lies, Inc. (Photo courtesy of Mindy Vaione) Second World War"; and film director Frank Capra's man- uscript of James Hilton's "Lost Horizon." Musical offerings include a collection of "Opera Li- bretti" from Maria Callas' personal library, many with notations from the 20 th cen- tury opera star's own hand; two conducting batons and a cigar cutter owned and used by Richard Wagner who gave them to his collabora- tor Anton Seidl; and from pop culture, a copy of Bob Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" album, signed by {Continued on Page 13)