Thursday, February 13, 2014

New England Food Trail: A Roundup of All Things Culinary

New England Food Trail is a weekly roundup of all things culinary.

Photo Courtesy of Old Sturbridge Village

Boston University's Seminars in Food, Wine & the Arts - Designed to educate and entertain, Seminars in Food, Wine & the Arts encompass a broad range of activities related to culinary arts. From walking tours of Boston’s culinary neighborhoods to bread making to cheese and wine tastings.

The Meadowmere Resort's Ogunquit Maine Cooking Package - Make Me A Chef Weekends includes an interactive dinner at Bintliff's restaurant, 10% Cooking School Course Discount at Stonewall Kitchen and more. 

Vermont Culinary Weekend Inclusive Package for Two at The Lilac Inn - Enjoy a culinary weekend in the charming Vermont village of Brandon with hands on instruction from the renowned Chef Robert of the Cafe Provence and lodging at The Lilac Inn.Limited to six couples per weekend. Remaining dates: February 21 & 22, March 21 & 22 & April 25 & 26.

Enjoy an authentic19th-century culinary experience with the Dinner in a Country Village package & more at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA.- Available for check in on March 1, 2014 or March 22, 2014. Dinner in a Country Village is a unique opportunity to prepare and eat a meal as early New Englanders did, with participants assisting costumed interpreters with the roasting, baking, and mulling. The package includes a one-night stay, two-day admission to Old Sturbridge Village for two guests, and two tickets to Dinner in a Country Village, with pricing starting at $263 per package.

The Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont offers weekly wine tastings in their wine cellar with varieties from all around the world.

Mark your calendar... The 9th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is September 19-21, 2014.

Check back on Friday, February 14, 2014 for a few more additions to the list. 



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hot off the Press: All of American Cruise Lines' 2014 Maine Coast Cruises Will Be Lobster-Themed!


American Cruise Lines recently announced that it will be offering its popular lobster theme on all 2014 Maine Coast cruises. The eight-day theme cruise features lobster cuisine, a lobster boat excursion, a traditional lobsterbake in Rockland, and more. Offered on the 49-passenger American Glory and 104-passenger Independence, cruises begin in early June and sail through September. Guests will enjoy freshly prepared lobster and unique activities, while enjoying a personalized cruise experience along the coast of Maine. Highlights of the lobster-themed cruise include:

Lobster Dishes – Our experienced chefs take lobster seriously. They have created unique menus which feature lobster throughout the cruise. The typical menu includes stuffed lobster tail, whole steamed lobster, lobster pot pie, lobster risotto, lobster omelets, and even lobster ice cream.

Lobster Boat Excursion – Guests have the opportunity to board an actual lobster boat for an authentic “daily catch” experience while enjoying gorgeous views of the coast of Maine. While catching lobsters, they’ll also learn about the lifestyle of Maine lobsterman.

Lobster Bake – The highlight of the cruise is American Cruise Lines’ signature New England Lobster bake on the shore of the Penobscot Bay. Fresh lobster, clams, and corn are all steamed in kelp over hot coals. The feast is unlike any other, and also features live music and stunning views of the Rockland Harbor.

“We decided to extend this theme to all of our Maine Coast sailings due to its popularity among guests,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “Lobster is Maine’s specialty and people travel from all over the country to experience it. We look forward to allowing even more guests to enjoy the New England tradition and delicacy aboard this theme cruise.”

From Boothbay to Bar Harbor, Camden to Castine, American Cruise Lines brings guests to charming ports in Maine famous for their shipbuilding, beautiful national parks and quaint historic districts. They will visit the charming village of Belfast, famous for its beautiful Greek revival architecture, the Granite Mountains of Acadia National Park, and view the classic schooners in Camden harbor.

For more information, visit http://www.americancruiselines.com or call 800-814-6880.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sojourn Bicycling Vacations Announces New Taste of Vermont Bike Tour for Summer 2014

Sojourn Bicycling Vacations showcases Vermont's finest artisanal producers with their new Taste of Vermont Bike Tour. This deluxe summer trip blends visits to a selection of the State's finest cheese makers, craft breweries, and organic farms with exceptional bicycling routes through Vermont's picturesque countryside.

The trip is designed for strong intermediate and avid cyclists, and will run during the months of July and August, 2014. Long at the forefront of the fresh local foods movement and high on the list of top cycling destinations, Vermont is the perfect location for such a trip.

The six-day Taste of Vermont Tour includes 300 miles of some of the state's finest cycling routes. Avid cyclists can challenge themselves on a climb through Middlebury Gap as well as a classic loop through Smuggler's Notch, so named for a Canadian bootlegging passageway during Prohibition. The trip also includes miles of rolling terrain as it loops through farmland across Vermont.

Along the routes, cyclists will visit with the entrepreneurial minded Vermonters behind the successful specialty products for which the state is known. Visit with respected craft producers like those of Hill Farmstead Brewing, Jasper Hill cheese, and the patriarch of an eighth generation sugaring operation that is still using traditional taps for their maple trees.

Specialty dinners are included at the Swift House Inn in Middlebury, the Inn at Mountain View Farm in East Burke, and Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Each property conveys a true taste of Vermont -- picturesque settings, history, and cuisine featuring fresh local products. The trip kicks off with one of Vermont's foremost wine makers pairing his wines with a specially prepared dinner.

For more information, visit www.gosojourn.com

Photo courtesy of Sojourn Bicycling Vacations

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Buy One, Get One Seafood Delivery Special Available on Maine Lobster Pies

This week, GetMaineLobster.com is offering a buy one, get one free seafood delivery special on its popular, soul-warming Maine lobster pies. For just $130.95, a discount of more than 40 percent off of the standard price, the live Maine lobster and seafood delivery service will ship eight 8.7-ounce Maine lobster pies via two-day air.



Get Maine Lobster’s signature Maine lobster pies were created by Margaret Salt McLellan, 2008 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year. Hand-picked fresh Maine Lobster meat is combined in a rich cream sauce and topped with a flaky biscuit. The pies bring the celebrated flavors of Maine to the table anywhere in the continental United States.

Succulent bites of rich Maine lobster meat is doused in a silken b├ęchamel sauce that has been infused with delicate, natural seasonings and then wrapped with light, flaky pastry. The fresh aromas emerge in a wave of steam as the fork cuts through the buttery biscuit. The Maine lobster pies are also great for freezing for a special occasion, or for feeding family and friends at holiday gatherings.

For more information, visit GetMaineLobster.com or call (866) 562-.4817.


Photo courtesy of GetMaineLobster.com

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Farmers Talk

In this TV series from Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFAVT), farmers talk about the history, art and craft of farming.



Featured Clip: Jon Wright, owner/operator of Taylor Farm, Londonderry, Vermont talks with Gerald Wilcox, fourth generation dairy farmer and owner/operator of Wilcox Dairy in Manchester, Vermont.

Courtesy of NOFAVT on YouTube

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Harstone Inn Souffle


Hartstone Inn & Hideaway is located in the seaside village of Camden, Maine. The historic inn offers fine dining, a cooking school and culinary tours to some of the world’s greatest “foodie” destinations. 


Friday, October 25, 2013

Bountiful Harvest & Rustic Cooking at The Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill

Chef Cory Williams creates new menu items at The Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill (near Boston) to capture the flavors of Autumn.

Blue Hubbard Squash Soup
candied cranberries, house-made duck prosciutto

House-made Ricotta Gnocchi Squash Bowl
pecorino, brussel leaves, pistachios

Stone Rice Bowl
miso lacquered tofu, brown nashiki rice, roasted kohlrabi,
seared greens, daikon sprouts, roasted cashews

"All Star" Turkey Wedge
turkey leg, lettuce, tomato, red onion,
hardboiled egg, avocado, blue cheese ranch

Braised Short Rib
porcini crust, root cellar vegetables, roasted bone marrow

Apple Dumpling
toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream

Dulce de Leche & Dark Chocolate Pudding
black & white cookie, chantilly cream, malt ball crumble