Weekend Picks, April 1-3

Posted: April 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Marblehead, News, Salem | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

After a few quiet weeks, there are a slew of interesting food events this weekend.

First up is Salem’s Spring Fling on Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 in Salem Old Town Hall. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include craft beer from Magic Hat, Ipswich, Stone Cat, Cape Ann Brewing, Clown Shoes, and more. There will also be wine from Pamplemousse and Market Wine & Spirits and food and desserts from several Salem favorites, including 62 Restaurant, Lobster Shanty, Victoria Station, Café Polonia, Gulu-Gulu Café, and Greenland Café. This is an over-21 event featuring music from Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket. Tickets are available at several Salem locations and online here.

Also that night is the Art Auction to benefit the Marblehead Festival of Arts. The silent auction begins at 5:00 at Abbot Hall, followed by a live auction at 7:30. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; they include hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting during the first part of the evening, and dessert and coffee later on. More information is here.

This weekend is the beginning of an epic Salem Restaurant Week, which runs Sunday through Thursday and has been extended to run the following Sunday through Thursday as well (April 10 to 14). Meals are $15 for two courses and $25 for three courses. A complete list of restaurants is here.

Last but not least, this weekend marks the end of prohibition in Salem. Well, the winter kind, anyway. All the restaurants with partial and seasonal liquor licenses can begin serving again on April 1, and they are celebrating. The Lobster Shanty is throwing an opening day open mic shindig and rolling out a new menu, and 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar is unveiling their spring cocktail list. 62 will be serving complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 to 7:00 in the lounge. After 7:00, they’ll serve a complimentary signature spuntino with each drink purchased from the new cocktail menu in the lounge.

From 8:30 to 11:00 over at Howling Wolf, there will be free Mexican wings and buffalo wings. Lee Hawkins will be singing the blues, and there’s a raffle for Red Sox and Revolution tickets. And starting at 8:00, there’ll be live music by Clay Ventre and the Bond Girls and complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres at Café Polonia.

So ignore any white stuff that happens to be falling from the sky today and get out there and enjoy!

We’ve also got some great things to do from our pals in the  North Shore Bloggers Consortium:

Seth is all over Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Jane Ward has some great ideas for  this weekend.

Kimmy has her weekend picks in addition to another great recipe over at Lighter and Local.


Spring Fling: Saturday Afternoon in Salem

Posted: March 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Salem | Tags: , | No Comments »

Two Salem businesses are hosting a Spring Fling celebration Saturday March 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 at Old Town Hall on the Pedestrian Mall in Salem. Roman attire is encouraged at the event, which is fashioned after the Bacchanalia, a festival honoring the wine god Bacchus, known to the Greeks as Dionysus.

The event is being sponsored by Magic Hat and will feature a tasting of more than 50 wines (from the US, Europe, South Africa, South America, and Australia), international beers, and local beers from Ipswich, Cape Ann, and more.

Food will be served by local restaurants The Old Spot, Finz, Sixty2 on Wharf, Rockafellas, Café Grazziani, The Lobster Shanty, The Upper Crust, Gulu Gulu, A&J King, and more. Art from local artists will be on display.

The hosts are our favorite North Shore homegoods store, Pamplemousse, and craft gallery The Picklepot. See the Pamplemousse site for more information.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They’re available at http://www.localwineevents.com/, Pamplemousse, or by calling (978) 745-2900.