Only the Best for Mom

Posted: May 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event | Tags: , , | No Comments »

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, we’ve rounded up a list of restaurants serving up celebratory menus to honor everyone’s favorite parent. We’re happy to report we’re not the only ones promoting North Shore restaurants for the occasion; both 62 Resaurant and Wine Bar and Ceia Kitchen + Bar show up on on Zagat’s 10 Mother’s Day Reservations to Book Now list.

First up on our brunchtastic tour of the North Shore is 15 Walnut in Hamilton, which is offering a special brunch menu from noon to 6:00. Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, egg skillet dishes, and petite filets are all on offer, plus the regular lunch menu. Call (978) 468-2434 for a reservation.

Newburyport’s 10 Center is serving a brunch buffet from 11:00 to 3:00 for $45 per person (kids six to 12 are $15, and under six eat for free). Clearly for those with hearty appetites, there’s a bread basket, a raw bar, a salad station, eggs and breakfast meats, sides like chive mashed potatoes and mac ’n’ cheese, a carving station with turkey breast and roast prime rib, desserts like mini lemon mousse parfaits, and a sundae bar for the kids. (978) 462-6652 for reservations.

Salem’s 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar is serving brunch from 10:30 to 2:00 and dinner from 1:00 to 9:00. They’re not revealing much about the menu, but we’re sure Chef Bettencourt will be cooking up a storm. Call (978) 744-0062 to reserve.

The Blue Ox in Lynn is going all out for mom with appetizers like baked stuffed brie and lobster tacos, grilled filet mignon or stuffed suckling pig for entreés, and mascarpone cheesecake or fudge brownie gelato for dessert. Served from noon to 6:00, the price is $34 per person for three courses, and reservations are recommended at (781) 780-5722.

Ceia Kitchen and Bar in Newburyport has added a special brunch service for mother’s day with tasty sounding a la carte offerings like the lobster omelet for $14 or scallops with ramp & cucumber vichyssoise for $24. Reservations available from 10:00 to 3:00, call (978) 358-8112.

Emerson Inn’s grand brunch buffet runs from 10:00 to 3:30 in Rockport and costs $49 for adults and $24 for kids ages three to 10. The menu is extensive and includes four salads, breakfast pastries, artisan breads, grilled salmon, boursin scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon, eggs benedict with lobster hollandaise, oven roasted pork, eggplant ratatouille over spinach quinoa, and a viennese dessert display. (978) 546-6321 to reserve.

If your mom loves to be outdoors, head for the Garden Café at the PEM in Salem. A $36 prix fixe brunch will be served from 11:00 to 3:00 (kids under 12 are $15.95, and members receive a 10% discount). After brunch, exchange your voucher for a free gift for mom in the gift shop. Call (978) 745-9500, ext. 3157 for information and reservations.

At Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel, the extensive buffet includes everything from belgian waffles with strawberry sauce to butternut squash souffle, baked haddock with corn crumbs, spanish style seafood stew, and a carving station with prime rib, honey-baked ham, and roasted turkey. Desserts include mini pastries, pecan bourbon pie, and raspberry cream torte. It runs from 10:30 to 6:00 and costs $40.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids 12 and under. Call (978) 825-4311 for reservations.

Victoria Station in Salem has some interesting items on their brunch menu. Alongside baked goods, fresh fruit, assorted quiche, and rice pilaf are bacon butter fried cauliflower, garlicky home fries, mediterranean shrimp, and a chorizo, jack, and egg scramble. It’s being served from 11:00 to 3:00 for $32 per person, with live music from 12:00 to 3:00.

Finally, several areas restaurants and bakeries are participating in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer from May 2 to 8, in which participating sponsors donate a percentage of the purchase of a featured baked good or dessert to breast cancer research and care. North Shore participants include 62 Restaurant, A&J King, Cakes for Occasions, Cassis Bakery, Duckworth’s Bistrot, and Mission Oak Grill.


Celebrating Mom on the North Shore

Posted: April 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Bakery, Beverly, brunch, Danvers, Event, Gloucester, Marblehead, Newburyport, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Wenham | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Mother’s Day, May 9, is fast approaching, and if you still haven’t made any plans to honor mom, don’t panic, we’ve got a few ideas for you.

If you’ve got brunch in mind, it looks like Salem is the place. As usual, the Hawthorne Hotel will pull out all the stops to impress, with a huge buffet including both breakfast items and heartier fare, from 10:30 to 7:00 at $40 per adult and $15 per child.

The Salem Waterfront Hotel is offering two different options. From 8:00 to 9:00, it’s $26 per adult and $11 for children 12 and under. From 9:00 to 1:30, it’s $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. If you want to make a weekend of it, stay at the hotel Saturday night and receive one free brunch for Mom per room (based on availability). Things that caught our eye on the menu were the mascarpone and lobster scrambled eggs in toasted brioche and the Viennese dessert station.

Another deal that might tickle mom’s fancy is being offered by the Peabody Essex Museum. Enjoy a sumptuous brunch prepared by Hawthorne Catering and served in the Garden Restaurant overlooking PEM’s Asian Garden. After your meal, visit the Museum Shop, where you can exchange your brunch voucher for a complimentary gift for Mom!

Pickering Wharf also offers plenty of options. Finz will be serving brunch buffet from 11:00 to 3:00; it will include a raw bar and several seafood choices for $35 per person, $16 for kids under 12.

Sixty2 on Wharf will also be dishing up brunch. They haven’t published a full menu, but Chef Tony Bettencourt promises pecan sticky buns, brioche french toast, and all sorts of other goodies. Reservations recommended.

If you’re looking for something more casual, Victoria Station will be offering a brunch buffet from 11:00 to 3:00 and a dinner buffet from 3:00 to 7:00, at $30 per person. There will be live entertainment with Joe Mcdonald from 1:00 to 5:00.

Of course, Salem’s not the only place you’ll find a meal to impress mom. Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport serves up a gorgeous buffet with treats like truffle honey glazed salmon over a bed of maple roasted squash and Kahlua Bavarian chocolate trifle, for $45 per person, $22.50 for children ages 3 to 10.

Ten Center in Newburyport will host a buffet in their private dining room, where mom will enjoy a complimentary mimosa. They will offer two seatings: 11:00 to 1:00 and  3:00 to 5:00 at $45 per person and $15 per child.

If your mom is a traditional sort, she might enjoy a beautiful afternoon tea. The Exchange at the Wenham Tea House will be presenting their annual Mother’s Day Brunch featuring a la carte specials, along with an afternoon tea. For more details and reservations, call them (978) 468-1398.

Lastly, there are those of us who find Mother’s Day bittersweet, because while we can celebrate with our children, our mothers are no longer with us. My own mother fell victim to breast cancer almost 20 years ago, and so the Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer yearly event really hits home.

During the week up to and including Mother’s Day, local restaurants and bakeries will be selling special treats and desserts, with 100% of proceeds from the sales of the specific dessert going to breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Here on the North Shore, the chocolate buchon from A & J King Artisan Bakers, one of our all-time favorites, is on the list. Cakes for Occasions in Danvers will be offering a traditional whoopie pie with pink cream filling, and Cassis Bakery in Beverly will have Boston crème pies on offer. Participating restaurants include Duckworth’s Bistrot in Gloucester, Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport, Pellana Prime Steak House in Peabody, and Pellino’s Ristorante in Marblehead.

So whether it’s an indulgence for mom or in honor of her, there’s no better excuse to go in search of these sweet treats in the upcoming week.