Celebrating Thanksgiving on the North Shore

Posted: November 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Marketplace | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

It’s coming down to the wire for Thanksgiving, and sometimes the pressure of making everything come together for a holiday can be overwhelming. Hoping to ease your angst, we’ve put together a list of useful North Shore resources.

Tendercrop Farm in Newbury is offering fresh local hormone- and antibiotic-free turkeys, and their Web site even offers cooking advice. Vermont free-range turkeys are available through New Meadows Market in Topsfield, which also offers prepared birds, side dishes, and desserts. If you’re not familiar with it, Northeast Harvest is a terrific resource for locating local farms selling fresh vegetables and poultry. And if you’re looking for quick and easy recipes, check out this fantastic list from the New York Times.

For beautifully prepared gourmet sides and desserts, Ipswich Shellfish Fish Market in Ipswich, Henry’s Market in Beverly, and Foodie’s Feast in Marblehead all have special holiday menus. Ordering deadlines vary, so call as soon as possible if you are interested. Shubie’s Market Place also has a special catering menu, and if you’re worried about pleasing the different wine drinkers at your table, they have a great solution: a six-pack containing carefully selected wines of uniquely different styles. That way, you’ll be sure to have something for everyone, and it’s offered at 20% off the regular price.

If you’re not in the mood to cook, there are plenty of local options still available for tucking into holiday fare. Both the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem and 10 Center Street in Newburyport are serving buffet-style meals. The Hawthorne’s is offered from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and runs $41 for adults and $17 for kids. 10 Center is offering seatings at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00. Their feast is $55 for adults, $15 for kids, and children under six are free.

Both Mission Oak Grill and David’s Tavern in Newburyport have special offers. Along with their regular menu, Mission Oak will feature a four-course Thanksgiving meal at $21 per adult and $10 per child. David’s is serving a three course meal for $32 per adult and $12 for kids.

Victoria Station in Salem is running list of holiday specials as well as an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast for $30 per adult and $12 per child (children under five eat free). For those in search of alternative ideas, Rawberts Organic Garden in Beverly offers a full holiday menu available for eating in or taking out.

If you’re looking for a more casual atmosphere where you can relax and sip a brew with your turkey and fixin’s, Sweeney’s Retreat in Marblehead will be open, offering their Irish Pub style Thanksgiving meal, and the Lobster Shanty in Salem promises a tasty looking family-style communal table meal at $25 for the all-you-can-eat extravaganza.

Finally, we’d like to give a big shout-out to Tavern on the Square in Salem, which is serving a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 to 2:00. It is open to all but focuses on the elderly, the homeless, and families that are struggling in these difficult times. Talk about the holiday spirit!

We hope this list helps to alleviate some of your impending holiday stress and that your Thanksgiving is full of family, friends, and great food.


A Taste of St. Patrick’s Day

Posted: March 16th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Casual/Pub Food, Event, Marblehead, Marketplace, Salem | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Looking for a place to hoist a pint or satisfy your craving for corned beef and cabbage this St. Patrick’s Day? The North Shore has no shortage of pubs, some of them doubtlessly serving green beer, so there will be plenty of places to get your Irish on this Tuesday, but we thought we’d give you the heads up on a few events that might tickle your taste buds.

From 3:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. Shubie’s Marketplace in Marblehead will feature a tasting of Guinness along with a couple of Irish cheddars from Cahill’s Dairy, including their fantastic porter-infused cheddar, and offering special discounts on everything being sampled. Chef Lynne’s kitchen will also be serving up Irish-inspired goodies.

Shubie’s Market Place
16 Atlantic Ave. Marblehead

If you’re looking for heartier fare, Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel is offering several dinner specials; Guinness Beef Stew ($6), Corned Beef and Cabbage with Mustard Sauce and Red Bliss Potatoes ($13), Roasted Salmon with Dill Hollandaise, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans ($15), Irish Cheddar Cheeseburger with Bacon ($10), and a Bailey’s Torte with Mint Ice Cream ($6)

Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square West, Salem

Or if live Irish music is more your scene, both Sweeney’s Retreat in Marblehead and Rockafellas in Salem will be serving it up with savory corned beef and cabbage all day.

Sweeney’s will be dishing out the traditional eats from 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and will feature live Irish music from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Rockafellas will be serving from 1:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. with live Irish bands starting at 4:00 pm.

Sweeney’s Retreat
18 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead
781 631-6469

231 Salem St., Salem