North Shore Holiday Happenings

Posted: December 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blue Ox, Boston Local Market, Enzo, Event, Nathaniel's at the Hawthorne Hotel, Smolak Farms, Victoria Station | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

There are a slew of culinary-related holiday events in the next few weeks, so let’s dive right in.

First up is the Holiday Local Market from 11:00 to 5:00 on Saturday. It’s in Boston but includes North Shore vendors Lark Fine Foods, Chococoa, and Blue Egg Baking Company. Go here for more information and to RSVP.

On Tuesday the 13th at 5:00, Victoria’s Station is hosting the 18th annual Salem Children’s Charity event. All proceeds from the event (which includes food, celebrities, auctions, and surprise guests) go to the less fortunate school children of Salem. $15 cover charge per person.

Rockport’s Christmas Pageant is taking place on Saturday the 17th, and the Emerson Inn is offering a three-course prime rib dinner from 5:00 to close for $33. They are donating 10% of the sales from this event to the Rockport Christmas Tree Committee. The are also offering a five-course New Year’s Eve dinner for $75 per person with selections like rack of lamb and shrimp florentine.

Also on the 17th, you can make your own gingerbread house at Smolak Farms in North Andover. The event is from 10:00 to 12:00 and costs $40. Call (978) 682-6332 to reserve a spot.

The Hawthorne Hotel is holding a number of holiday events, including a Teddy Bear Tea on the 17th, Brunch with Santa on the 11th and the 18th, as well as Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day buffet brunch. Some friends of ours celebrated Thanksgiving at the hotel and raved about it. Check their events page for details.

Finally, the folks at Enzo in Newburyport are offering a traditional feast of the seven fishes on Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th. The menu includes house-smoked bluefish pate, lasagna with anchovy (a traditional Piemontese Christmas Eve pasta), broiled clams and mussels, and much more for $50 per person. Enzo is also planning a New Year’s Eve dinner where diners can select from one of four offerings for each course. Personally, we’re interested in the duck conserva raviolo with egg yolk, duck sugo, and crisp leeks and the crema fritta with chocolate sauce and gianduja gelato. The cost is $65 per person, and wine pairings will be available.

One final note—we’d like to congratulate Lynn’s Blue Ox for being named one of the top 100 American fare restaurants in the US by OpenTable. Fantastic news!


Victoria Station to host 17th Annual Salem Children’s Fundraiser

Posted: December 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Salem, Victoria Station | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

During the holiday season, we are constantly reminded of those who are less fortunate than ourselves, but it isn’t always easy to find time to reach out when we’re juggling family, jobs, and our own issues.

Here’s a small suggestion. Tomorrow evening, take time off from shopping and cooking and spend some time with your family or friends. Go out to dinner at Victoria Station, and you and your family will not only be spending fun time together, you’ll be helping other families in need at the same time.

Executive Chef John Andrews and his crew at Victoria Station go all out to make the Salem Children’s Charity Fundraiser a success. Not only do they volunteer the restaurant space and all of the fabulous food, but the entire staff donates their time. Joining them will be a group of seven volunteer teens, most of whom will be representing the Culinary Arts program at Salem High School.

In addition to a terrific appetizer and dinner buffet, the evening will feature the familiar faces of Salem’s influential figures, local sports celebrities will available for autographs and pictures, and there will be live and silent auctions.

The event is tomorrow night, December 14th, starting at 5:00. Admission is $15 per person, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Salem Children’s Charity. So take a night off and enjoy connecting with loved ones while helping provide Salem’s needy children with food, clothing, and toys this holiday season. And don’t forget to thank John and his crew for their hard work!

For more information on the event, check out this letter in the Salem News and the Salem Children’s Charity web site.