Weekend Picks, May 20–22

Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Lynn, Marblehead, Newburyport | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

It’s a good thing the weather is finally clearing up (fingers crossed) because there are some great outdoor activities this weekend.

First, we’ll tell you how to start the weekend off right. Head over to Lynnway Liquors in Lynn this afternoon and say hello to the effervescent Emily O’Brien. She will be on hand from the Urban Wine Project, and will be pouring tastes of their brand new Oxford Street Pinot Noir and Central Square Chardonnay from 4:30 to 6:30.

On Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00, The Food Project is holding its second-annual Lynn Farm Fest. There will be a plant sale that includes seeds and garden supplies, a workshop on planning and planting a raised-bed garden (at 11:00 and again at 1:30), and you can sign up for CSA shares, which start on Monday. More CSA info is here.

From 1:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, you can get your sugar fix at the Newburyport Chocolate Tour. Pick up your ticket ($15) and goodie bag at the Unitarian Church (26 Pleasant St.), then walk the downtown route and partake in delectable chocolate treats from more than 20 participating vendors.

Shubie’s Food and Wine Festival will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 in Marblehead regardless of the weather, and it promises to be a doozy. There will be more than 40 wines for tasting, and purchasers will receive 20% off a case or 25% off two cases. There will be many food samples, including a Olympic extra virgin olive oil, Sailor’s Swagger pineapple hot sauce, and Chef Lynne’s papas fritas (hand-cut fries). The one we’ll be checking out is an exclusive debut of a new Jasper Hill cheese, Conundrum. It promises to be a cross between the Winnimere and the Moses Sleeper; spoonable, slightly sweet, slightly woodsy. We’ll try not to swoon.

And as usual, we’ve got links of interest from our pals in the North Shore Blogger’s Consortium:

Madman Seth has a weekend chock full of fun outlined in Lynn Happens.

Rob and Laura range farther afield for with some great ideas at The Two Palaverers.

And while our friend Jane Ward lists several events, but the most exciting by far is her own book author reading at Jabberwocky Bookshop, Newburyport. Stop in and see her tomorrow night!

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Weekend Picks, May 13–15

Posted: May 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

It’s the weekend for tastings, with everything from ice cream to oysters being served up around the North Shore. It starts on Saturday with the folks from Batch visiting Shubie’s in Marblehead from noon to 3:00 with their super-premium ice cream made in Jamaica Plain. We tasted some this winter at a blogger event, and it was fantastic.

The decadence continues up the road at Busa Wine and Spirits in Salem. The Loire Valley Wine Bureau is taking the area by storm for the month of May, pairing muscadet and oysters at several Boston restaurants. North Shore residents can check out this duo on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00, with free muscadet samples and freshly shucked oysters. Busa says: “This unpretentious wine from the Loire Valley has dry, mineral flavors and acidity that pair perfectly with Boston and New England’s cuisine of oysters, fried clams, and lobster rolls.” Tastings on Saturday include two muscadets and a sancerre.

If you’re not into oysters, you may want to head west on Saturday afternoon. Wine ConneXtion in North Andover is holding its Grand Tasting from 1:00 to 6:00 with 50 wines being poured and food for pairing from Tommy Grella of “The Next Food Network Star.” Several preferred wines such as malbecs, amarones, and unique grape varietals will be offered at a one-day discounted price.

Beer lovers will want to make it to Pamplemousse in downtown Salem. We’ve heard a lot of buzz lately about the new Notch Session Beers, and brewer Chris Lohring will be on hand from 2:00 to 4:00 to pour samples and tell you all about this newcomer to the North Shore brewing scene.

Saturday evening, head up to Newburyport’s historic city hall for a huge wine tasting to support Yankee Homecoming, from 6:00 to 9:30. You’ll have the chance to taste 100 wines courtesy of Leary’s Fine Wines & Spirits as well as brews from  Mercury Brewing Company. The beverages will be accompanied by cheese from Cabot of Vermont and hors d’oeuvres created by local chefs and restaurants. Tickets are $30 ahead of time or $35 at the door.

You’re even allowed to start drinking early on Saturday. (not Tuesday as previously reported) From 8:00 to 11:00, Ipswich Ale’s Tapmobile will be on hand to pour fresh brews during the 5.5 mile Essex River Race. Enjoy the gorgeous river views from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Main Street.

And as usual, here are some terrific weekend picks  from some of our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium. We’ll add more as they get posted.

Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Kimmy has done is again on Lighter and Local, with an insanely tasty looking recipe along with her picks.

And the unstoppable Rob and Laura always have great ideas at The Two Palaverers.

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Weekend Picks, May 6–8

Posted: May 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

No plans for the weekend? We’ve got you covered. Start things off right with some local wine. Isaaks of Salem owner Ian Bennett will be handing out samples from 4:00 to 7:00 tonight at Shubie’s in Marblehead. Try all three varieties: Dry Honey, Popp Road Raspberry, and Sweet Tooth Honey. If you’re a fan of the Vineyard Road, you may want to return to Shubie’s between 12:00 and 3:00 on Saturday for samples from their portfolio.

Also on Friday are two farm openings: Cider Hill in Amesbury and Smolak Farms in North Andover. Cider Hill has spent months renovating their store, including updating the bakery to a full-scratch operation. Owner Glenn Cook says the new offerings will include bread baked from grain ground right before the bread is made. The peach trees are blooming, the apple trees are next, and the chickens are arriving around lunchtime.

Smolak Farms is sporting a renovated animal and playground area and says the farm stand will be getting a makeover to have more of a café feel. There will be espressos, lattes, chai, and lunch specials to accompany their pies, muffins, and donuts. Opening day activities include free hayrides, free crafts and games for children in the barn (10:00-2:00), and cider donuts for half price.

Sunday is Mother’s Day, of course, and if you haven’t already made plans, head over to Wine ConneXtion in Andover on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 for ideas on treating mom to breakfast in bed. They’ve teamed up with Salem’s  A&J King Bakery and Ocean Spray Juice for a tasting of wine, champagne, juice, and baked goods. Offerings include chocolate bouchon, caramel bread pudding, and seasonal tarts with farm-grown berries and sweetened ricotta. Best of all, donations from the event will benefit the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

And if you’re looking for last minute brunch ideas, take a look at our Mother’s Day round up.

And as usual, here are some terrific weekend picks  from some of our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium:

The lovely lady of Lighter and Local, Kimmy Bingham, gives us tasty recipes and her picks  here

Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Find out what’s happening all over New England with the Two Palaverers.

Jane Ward talks chocolate as well at weekend picks at Food and Fiction.

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Weekend Picks, April 29-May 1

Posted: April 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event | Tags: , | 5 Comments »

We’re keeping our fingers crossed for good weather this weekend and looking forward to some fun events. Start things off right by attending Ipswich Museum Pub Night, co-sponsored by Ipswich Ale Brewery, from 6:00 to 10:00 on Friday night. There will be beer, pub fare, raffle prizes, and live music by Orville Giddings.

On Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00, Busa Wine and Spirits in Salem is holding its 10th Annual Spring Welcoming Party. Taste wine, beer, and/or spirits while listening to swing music, and enter a raffle to win a Heineken BeerTender.

On Sunday, the Newburyport Farmer’s Market opens, and they have Frequent Farmer cards available this year. When you purchase $5 worth of farm product at one of the participating booths, you will receive a card. For every $5 worth of produce, fruit, meat, fish, or plant products you purchase from that farmer, you receive a stamp. When you accrue 10 stamps, you’ll receive $5 worth of product from that booth.

Also on Sunday is the Pajama Brunch at Cafe Polonia. They’re serving lunch and brunch menus from 10:00 to 4:00, and you get 10% off your check if you wear your jammies.

Starting at 3:00 on Sunday, the folks at Chive Catering will be serving up local pork, local beers, and local music at the Cox Reservation in Essex. Sip beer while exploring the salt marsh farm and listening to Boston band Qwill, then enjoy a five-course supper celebrating a recently dressed and cured Maine pig. Tickets are $100 each or two for $175, and all proceeds go to the Essex County Greenbelt Association.

Last but not least, there’s still time to reserve a spot in the From Scratch Pasta Class, at 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar in Salem. Sunday night at 6:00, Chef Bettencourt will walk student-diners through the pasta-making process, including the techniques behind making wonderful shapes and regional varieties. Guests will finish the evening with a three-course dinner featuring a choice of starter, a full pasta tasting, and dessert. The class is $55, and reservations are required. Call (978) 744-0062.

And as usual, here are some terrific weekend picks of things to do all over the north shore from our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium:

The unstoppable Joey C from Good Morning Gloucester gives us his scoop here.

The wonderful Jane Ward, who has just published her second novel (hurrah!) has some great ideas over at Food and Fiction.

The lovely lady of Lighter and Local, Kimmy Bingham, gives us tasty recipes and her picks  here

Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.

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Weekend Picks: Special Valentine Edition

Posted: February 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

The Blue Ox in Lynn is not revealing much about their menu on the big night, but there will be dinner specials, and women receive a rose upon arrival. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal there last year. By the way, the next cooking demo at Blue Ox is March 22 at 7:00 and features carrot soup, hand-rolled gnocchi, and banana caramel cake ($39 per person).

Ceia Kitchen & Bar in Newburyport is offering a three-course Valentine’s dinner every night in February. The cost is $45 and includes items like smoked paprika pappardelle, warm fingerling and tomato salad with poached egg, and banana brulee. The menu changes weekly and is on Ceia’s website.

The Emerson Inn in Rockport is serving their Valentine’s menu Saturday the 12th and Monday the 14th. It’s a study in decadence, with items like duck and truffle paté with pomegranate gastrique, butter-poached lobster salad, grilled half-rack of lamb or pepper-crusted filet, and raspberry napoleon or molten lava cake. The cost is $49 per person.

Green Land’s prix fixe menu is $65 and includes an amuse bouche, choice of appetizer such as crispy duck wings, a salad or soup, an entrée, and a dessert (caramel turtle cheesecake sounds good). Larry Young will be playing violin tableside at the Salem restaurant from 7:00 to 9:00 on the 14th.

Nathaniel’s at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem is serving up a lovely traditional menu with baked brie for two; rack of lamb, chateaubriand, or cod with lobster and vegetable nage; and chocolate fondue for two. Entrée prices are $28 to $30.

Friday through Monday of Valentine’s weekend, Finz Salem is cooking up romantic plates such as oysters topped with bacon vodka, tuna carpaccio with asparagus, and lemon-thyme glazed chilean seabass. The crispy whole striped bass sounds good, too, marinated in sesame, ginger, and miso and accompanied by avocado ocean salad and truffle butter.

Heavy on seafood, The Lyceum’s romantic menu features oysters and shrimp to start, appetizers like crab cakes and calamari, and entrees from salmon and fried haddock to veal pot roast and angus sirloin. The Lyceum is in Salem, and entrée prices range from $18 to $34.

In addition to their regular menu, a $65 prix fixe menu will be served at Salem’s 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar, with a paired wine option for $20. Pork belly or frisee with wild mushrooms are the first course, cannelloni or garganelli are the second. Entrees include scallops with beluga lentils or slow roasted pork with milk-braised fennel, and dessert choices include 62’s famous warm toffee pudding and hot brioche donuts.

For $35, Valentine’s Day lovers have some delicious-sounding choices at Victoria Station in Salem. Appetizers like carmelized pancetta and shaved fennel salad, entrees like baby bok choy and teriyaki salmon en papillote, and desserts like cherries flambé are all on offer.

The Wine Connextion in Andover has put together some interesting gift packages that combine wine, pastry, and flowers. For $50, you can send your Valentine Segura Viudas Brut Reserva or Rose, an assortment of cake truffles, and a red rose in a bud vase. For $125, your sweetie will receive Mumm Napa Brut Prestige or Rose, a heart-shaped chocolate cake, and six red roses. A dozen roses, a chocolate/strawberry cake, and Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose go into the $300 package, and those going all out this year can send diamonds, Louis Roedere Cristal Brut, two chocolate heart-shaped cakes flaked with 24-carat gold, and 30 red roses ($10,000). The packages are on sale through Saturday the 12th, and delivery service is available.

One last thing: For those looking to buy chocolate or other sweets locally, our post from last year with many suggestions is here.

We’ve also got some North Shore Bloggers Consortium pick for you this weekend:

Seth is all over Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Jane Ward has some great ideas for entertainment this weekend.

Kimmy has her weekend picks in addition to tasty treat over at Lighter and Local.

And once again the Two Palaverers have a range of idea all over MA and NH.

North Shore Kid has some awesome suggestions for family activities.

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Weekend Picks, January 28–30

Posted: January 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Marblehead, Salem | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

There are three great North Shore food events this weekend, one each evening. First up is Drink for the Cure at Pamplemousse in Salem tonight. Starting at 7:00, there will be great wine, craft beer, and appetizers from local restaurants, all to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for blood cancers. There’s a $25 suggested donation at the door, and there will be raffle tickets for a 50/50 drawing, Bruins tickets, great outdoor gear, and gift certificates to local shops.

On Saturday night starting at 6:30, Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead hosts its annual Taste of the North Shore ($60). The event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet with specialties from North Shore restaurants and caterers, a silent auction, and a live auction. For more information, call (781) 631-9300 or e-mail taste@emanu-el.org.

On Sunday afternoon at 4:00, Mary Ann Esposito of Ciao Italia is visiting 62 Restaurant &Wine Bar. For $75, attendees will enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Antonio Bettencourt and Ms. Esposito, a multi-course dinner, and a signed copy of her latest book Ciao Italia: Five-Ingredient Favorites. Call (978) 744-0062 for a reservation.

And here are the weekend picks from our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium:

Let’s start with the newest addition to the crew, Kimmy Bingham of the food blog Lighter and Local.

The wonderful Jane Ward tells us what’s up in Newburyport and Amesbury in Food and Fiction.

Choices from all over New England from The Two Palaverers.

Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Joey’s got all that’s going on in Gloucester over at Good Morning Gloucester.

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Weekend Picks, December 9-12

Posted: December 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Coven, Event, Green Land Cafe, Ipswich, Marblehead, Milk & Honey, Salem, Shubie's Market Place, Wenham | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

It’s been a while since we talked about weekend picks, but this weekend there’s so much going on we can barely scratch the surface.

Tonight is a great night to get some shopping done in Salem. Many of the stores are open late and are offering deals and treats to shoppers. Salem Wine Imports will have a free tasting and special discounts; Milk and Honey Green Grocer will offer cheese and crackers, food samples, and 15% off your purchases; and Pamplemousse holds their annual open house from 6:00 to 9:00 with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and free gift wrapping.

Also open late tonight are the shops in Hamilton and Wenham. Stop into the Wenham Museum from 4:00 to 8:00 to check out their terrific gift shop as well as the Gingerbread Express model train layout and the Gingerbread Contest Judging.

From 6:00 to 9:00 tonight, the Mansion at Turner Hill hosts the 13th Annual Taste of Ipswich Wine & Food Gala. You can taste local fare prepared by Ipswich’s finest restaurants, sip wine, and sample Ipswich and Stone Cat brews, as well as Mercury Soda Pop. This year, the proceeds will benefit the Ipswich Family YMCA. For more information, call the Ipswich YMCA at (978) 356-9622.

The Salem fun continues on Saturday, when Santa will make a visit to Coven. Your small person can check out the big guy while you warm up with a coffee and tasty treat. Also on Saturday, Green Land Café will be holding a Toys for Tots drive. Children eat free when they bring a toy to donate.

Marblehead continues its annual Christmas Walk this weekend with music, street entertainment, and shopping deals on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, you’ll find two wine tastings. From noon to 5:00, Haley’s will be sampling Y & B organic wines with Neil Deininger. (Even though it looks like a juice box, we like the Sauvignon Blanc) From noon to 4:00, the fun loving BZ Zohn will be back at Shubies with for a tasting of French, Italian, and California wines. Joining BZ will be Demaris Cahoon, owner of Landmark Winery in California, and Helen Gallo of Winebow Imports.

If you’re looking for a tree this weekend, stop by Marini Farm in Ipswich. Not only do they offer the kids cookies and crafts with Santa and tractor rides around the farm, but they’re also ladling out free bowls of hot chowder from the Clam Box to help fend off the falling temps.

Now here are some picks from our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium:

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The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.

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Heather Atwood from the Gloucester Times has her picks at Food For Thought

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Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

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Joey at GMG has the scoop on all that’s going on in Cape Ann at Good Morning Gloucester.

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Great pick for North Shore Families from North Shore Kid.

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Weekend Picks, November 4-7

Posted: November 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Event, News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The weekend is almost upon us, and we’re back with some ideas to keep you busy.

First off, tonight the Trustees of the Reservations hold the first of their 3rd Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner Series at Castle Hill hosted by the Trustees of the Reservations. Tonight’s dinner features Chef Robert Grant of The Butcher Shop in Boston, and the Dec. 2 dinner will feature Chef Sam Hunt of 15 Walnut in Hamilton.

On Sunday, there are fun things happening all over the North Shore. In Peabody, you’ll find the North Shore Bazaar 2010. While it’s not limited to food and drink, there will be more than 25 vendors offering organic, fair trade, locally resourced, or locally produced gifts and services. Lunch will be available as well.

Rockport Music is hosting a wine tasting at 4:00 on Sunday, offering attendees the opportunity to sample nine of the best French, German, and Californian wines, accompanied by a culinary creation, and then evaluate and vote on the best overall pairing of wine and food. California’s Benchmark Wine Group will lead the tasting, and Chef Ron Weisheit and Pastry Chef Rhonda Weisheit of Newburyport’s Pralines & Pepper will provide the food and some insight into the pairings.

Also on Sunday evening, the 17th Annual Taste of Lynnfield will be held at the Peabody Marriott, hosted by Lynnfield Educational Trust (LET), a non-profit that provides financial support to enhance the educational experience for all children in the Lynnfield Public schools.

This year, attendees will have the opportunity to sample the culinary talents of some outstanding area restaurants, including The Blue Ox (Lynn), 15 Walnut (Hamilton), Masa (Woburn), Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant (Gloucester), Turbine Wine Bar (Lynn), The Red Rooster (Lynnfield), T&L Wine Cellar (Lynnfield and Peabody), Cafe Jag’s (Wakefield), FINZ (Salem), New England Beverage (North Reading), Focaccia (Wilmington), Guilio’s Bakery (Wakefield), Mount Vernon at the Ship (Lynnfield), and Carrabba’s Italian Grill (Peabody).

Last but far from least, don’t forget that Sunday marks the first night of Salem Restaurant Week. Salem has had an unprecedented number of restaurants open this year, and if you’ve been itching to get out and try some of the new kids on the block, this is your chance. The deals are good enough that after you try something new, you can go back to an old favorite as well.

And here, as always, are the weekend picks from our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium.

Abby shares her picks, including an apples and wine fest in Ipswich, over at 5th Joy.

The wonderful Jane Ward tells us what’s up in Newburyport and Amesbury in Food and Fiction.

Choices from all over New England from The Two Palaverers.

Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Joey’s got all that’s going on in Gloucester over at Good Morning Gloucester

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Our Weekend Picks

Posted: October 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Shubie's Market Place | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

It looks like we’ll get the fall weather back this weekend, just in time for Halloween. The biggest Halloween party in the nation happens right here on the North Shore, and if you’re the partying kind and have never been to Salem for the big day, get thee hence; it really is a scene like no other. Just take heed when deciding how to get there.

Whether you have little ones looking forward to trick or treating, or you’re stocking up on candy to hand out to the neighbors, here is a list of the official trick or treat hours in North Shore communities.

For those of you who prefer smaller crowds and fine wines, on Saturday October 30, Shubie’s is holding their Corks and Forks Annual Fall Wine & Food Festival. From noon to 4:00, they will be pouring with over 50 wines, featuring The BZ Collection, MS Walker, European Cellars, Old Bridge Cellars, Wildman Imports, Grange Fine Wines, and Classic Wine Imports.

There will also be tastes to try along with the wine. Among others, Chef Lynn Aronson will be debuting her new cheese fondue, Fantastic Fortunes will be on hand with samples of the giant fortune cookies, and Tea Forte will be demonstrating their innovative teas and delicious blends.

The event is free to the public and special discounts on wines will be available that day. We’ve really enjoyed these tastings in the past, and you can read about our experience here.

While not happening on the weekend, next Tuesday’s Take a Bite out of Trafficking is an important event everyone should be aware of. Restaurants, chefs, and businesses located north of Boston will join together in support of Anuradha Koirala, one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes of 2010 nominees. Her Maiti Nepal is a non-profit organization that combats the sex trafficking of Nepali women and children.

Held at the Ipswich Country Club, the event will kick off at 5:45 with a special chef’s tasting featuring samplings from various restaurants, including 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Tryst, The Blue Ox, Pellana, 15 Walnut, Shea’s, Ipswich Country Club, Salem Waterfront Hotel, 9 Elm, American BBQ, Mr. India, Ithaki, Bradford Tavern, and The Green Land Cafe.

In addition to culinary samplings from some of the area’s most recognized chefs, the evening includes an exclusive movie screening and an auction featuring a variety of fabulous items. Tickets are $45 presale, $50 at the door. Cash bar. All proceeds of the event go directly to Maiti Nepal.

For more things to do this weekend, checkout these choice picks from our North Shore Bloggers Consortium pals:

Seth’s rundown of what’s up in Lynn this Halloween Weekend at Lynn Happens.

Joey C’s Halloween edition of his weekend picks at Good Morning Gloucester.

Jane’s got some spooky cool events listed in her  picks over at Food & Fiction.

Rob and Laura have scouted out hauntings all over New England at The Two Plaverers.

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Tastings and Fests: Our Weekend Picks

Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Danvers, Event, Marblehead, Rockport, Salem, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

There are some terrific tasting events coming up this weekend, and even a few tonight. Shubie’s Marketplace in Marblehead has a special Graham Port and cheese tasting from 4:00 to 7:00 this evening.

If you’d rather check out offerings from local restaurants for a good cause, head on over to the Danversport Yacht Club where the Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership holds its 12th annual Wine & Food Tasting from 6:00 to 9:30.

For more offerings from local eateries, Marblehead Chamber of Commerce hosts its Octoberfest on Friday evening, with a food and spirit tasting at the Corinthian Yacht Club from 7:00 to 9:00.

Saturday is a day of dueling festivals. First, Rockport will hold its HarvestFest which features a full day of activities, staring around 11:00 am. There will be a Local Fare Fair with all sorts of local foods, a cooking demonstration, a harvest lunch from Market Restaurant, and a seafood throwdown. Cape Ann Brewing company will be on hand offering tastes of some of their unique brews from 12:00 to 5:00. Sarah Kelly gives more insights into the festival in this video.

If you’d rather spend the afternoon navigating craft brews and fine wines, Salem HarvestFest is the place for you. Sponsored by Magic Hat and held at the Knights of Columbus in Salem, you can taste samples from participants like Cody Brewing, Classic Wine Imports, M.S. Walker, Mayflower Brewing, Turtle Creek Winery, Select Beverages, Still River Winery, Bay State Wines, Charles River Winery, Cape Ann Brewing, Wachusett Brewing Company, Ipswich/Mercury Brewing, Harpoon, Berkshire Brewing, Oskar Blues, Naragansett and Arborway, and Clown Shoes. There will be two sessions, the first from 2:00 to 4:30 and the second from 5:30 to 8:00.

Last but not least, don’t forget that Sunday marks the beginning of Cape Ann Restaurant Week. For six days, participating Cape Ann restaurants will offer a three-course dinner for $25.00 per person (not including beverage, tax, or gratuity). It’s a great opportunity to get out and try places that you’ve been meaning to or visit old favorites. Follow the link to their website for a list of participating eateries.

Up next, as usual, are additional weekend picks from some of our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium.

Good Morning Gloucester brings you the best of Gloucester MA and surrounding communities. From the docks to the restaurants, the sporting fields to the art scene and anything in between, if it’s happening in Gloucester it’s generally covered on GMG.

Click here for Joey’s weekend picks

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Jane Ward writes fiction and is the author of Hunger (Forge, 2001) and The Mosaic Artist (to be released).  She is currently at work on her third novel, The Welcome Home.  She also writes about food – in a weekly blog called Food and Fiction, and as a contributing writer to the online regional food magazine, Local In Season – because she loves to cook and eat.  And so does everyone she knows.

Click Here for Author Jane Ward’s Weekend Picks

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5thjoy is a blog about the things that make life shimmer: Food, Fashion, Feathering the Nest and whatever glinting Flotsam floats our way.

Click Here For Abby Cahill O’Brien’s Fifth Joy Weekend Picks

The Two Palaverers are the husband and wife team of Rob and Laura Ciampa, two passionate New Englanders who have spent decades exploring the highways and byways of New England in search of regional character, culture and cuisine. Their goal is to recognize the people, places and things that exemplify the character of New England. Join them as they palaver about New England.

Click Here For The Weekend Picks From The Two Palaverers

At its core, LynnHappens.com is a place to find out what’s happening in Lynn. It features an events calendar, local weather, arts and events coverage, photo galleries, complete City Council videos, letters to the editor and more.

Click here are for LynnHappens.com editor Seth Albaum’s picks for the weekend

Food For Thought- Heather Atwood

As a painter and writer, Heather Atwood spent a lot of time waiting on tables in great restaurants. While struggling with color and line, she was also learning how to roast a great chicken, and what it means to balance textures in a dish. She’s been interested in good food ever since. Married, the mother of two daughters, Heather now lives in Rockport, Mass. and is the food columnist for the Gloucester Daily Times. She is featured regularly in Taste of the Times videos and her writing can also be seen in the Wednesday food section of the Times.

Click here for Heather Atwood’s Weekend Picks

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