Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ken Duckworth at Duckworth’s Bistrot

Here is Ken Duckworth, Chef extrodinaire at his namesake restaurant Duckworth’s Bistrot-

Look for my video interview from the kitchen at Duckworth’s Bistrot or as I call it “The Duck” at 2:00PM today

Ken is a pretty modest guy especially after taking into consideration all of his accomplishments and the critical acclaim he has received.

Ken Duckworth’s love of eating began while he was a child growing up in Chicago. The only son born to a Cuban mother and American father, he was fortunate to have his maternal Grandparents, Great-Grandparents and aunts all living on the same street as him. During elementary school lunch break he would hurry to his Great-Grandmothers table to find a home cooked lunch waiting for him. Young Ken loved to eat and Mama (Great Grandmother) loved to cook for him. Later the entire family moved to Tampa/Clearwater Florida and Ken continued his love of eating.

Ken’s love of cooking began at the age of 16 when he took his first restaurant job; he has been cooking ever since. At the age of 19, with a deep passion for food, Ken decided to make a career in the restaurant business.

While honing his skills at for five years at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Ken met his future wife Nicole and the two began their culinary journey. From Tampa, Ken and Nicole headed to Saint Simons Island, Georgia where Ken went work at the world- renowned 5 star-five diamond resort The Cloister. Ken began at the Cloister as a lead cook at one of the Cloisters outlets specializing in world cuisine with a southern flair. He went on to become a butcher for the resort; practicing what he considers a lost art. Finally, he helped lead the resort’s Garde Manger in the Main Dining Room.

In 1998 Ken’s desire to work in a city with a great restaurant reputation and Nicole’s New England roots led the couple to Boston. There Jacky Robert took Ken on as sous chef at nationally acclaimed Maison Robert. At Maison Robert Ken built on his knowledge of French Classics and learned the nuances of working in a family run business. Ann, Lucien, and Andree Robert sent Ken to Paris to work at Le Relais De Auteuil, a two star Michelin restaurant.

In 2000, the Robert family gave Ken the opportunity to head up the kitchen as Executive Chef, where Ken truly came into his own. While running the two kitchens at Maison Robert, Ken developed menus according to the seasons, learned the business side of running a restaurant and developed an understanding of balance. The bittersweet closing of Maison Robert in 2004 led Ken and Nicole to a small restaurant with a rich history in the beautiful port city of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

In October of 2004 Ken and Nicole opened Duckworth’s Bistrot. Duckworth’s Bistrot quickly caught the attention of local and national diners. In 2005 Duckworth’s Bistrot earned a rating of three stars (excellent) from Alison Arnett of The Boston Globe and Best of the New in The Boston Globe Magazine. In 2006 Duckworth’s Bistrot received a Best of Boston, Best Restaurant North award from Boston Magazine. Duckworth’s Bistrot is Zagat rated and has been mentioned in Yankee Magazine as well as Food and Wine magazine.

50 Gloucester Residents Take to the Stage to Present “In Harm’s Way”, Speaking Out about Domestic Violence

More than 50 Gloucester residents, including top officials, community leaders, and more than 20 high school students, will present the drama In Harm’s Way, on Friday, May 8, 2009, at 7 p.m., at Gloucester High School. Now in its fifth production on the North Shore, the play is a powerful dramatization of stories drawn from victims of domestic abuse, teen dating violence, bullying and teasing.

The production is being made possible by the Gloucester Public Schools under a Safe and Supporting Learning Environments (SSLE) grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant’s purpose is to help create a climate at Gloucester High School where students feel safe and welcome, so they can learn and achieve to their highest potential.

Sponsored by HAWC, the domestic violence agency serving the North Shore, and written and directed by Nicki Richon-Schoel, In Harm’s Way has been widely recognized as an important tool in helping communities confront domestic violence. More than 2,000 people have attended previous productions in Lynn, Peabody, Ipswich and Gloucester, and In Harm’s Way has also been featured on community cable televison in several North Shore communities.

In Harm’s Way weaves together stories of survival and hope through drama, poetry, music and dance. The upcoming production will feature Loretta Peres the work of acclaimed slam poet Dr.Thema Bryant-Davis of Pepperdine University and a former NGO representative to the United Nations.

Others in the cast include Mayor Carolyn Kirk, State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Police Lieutenant Joe Aiello, Cape Ann Savings Bank vice president Bob Gillis, North Shore United Way executive director Margo Casey, and rock-and-roll musician Willie Loco Alexander.

In Harm’s Way is best suited for adults and young people age 13 and over. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, or for students and seniors, a suggested donation of $2.

Gloucester High School is located on Leslie O. Johnson Road, off Centennial Avenue and Route 127 in Gloucester near the “Man at the Wheel” Fishermen’s Memorial.

CONTACTS:

Nicki Richon-Schoel

(978) 853-3340

nrichonsschoel@comcast.net

Ann-Marie Jordan

Gloucester Public Schools

(978) 281-9816

Sargent House Museum Video Tour

If you are like me you’ve walked past this place thousands of times, looked up on the hill and wondered what the hell goes on up there.  Well wonder no longer my loyal readers, because your boy Joey once again gets you unfettered access with a four part video tour and pics of places that you don’t get to go when you go on the regular tour (places like the attic and stuff).

It’s what we do here at GMG.  Bring you behind the scenes, we roll back the curtains, peek under the hood and bring this stuff to you, stuff you might never have had access to.  It’s what we pride ourselves on, getting you an insider peek.  So buckle up for another video series in another one of Gloucester’s crown jewels- The Sargent House Museum.

Barb Silberman and Judith Nast Show GMG Readers What’s Up At The House On The Hill

From The Sargent House Museum Website-

Welcome to The Sargent House Museum. For over 100 years, the Sargent House Museum was the home of sea merchants, patriots and community leaders. A fine example of high-style Georgian domestic architecture, the house was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820), a philosopher, writer and an early advocate of women’s equality.

Visitors to the Sargent House Museum learn about the early history of Gloucester from its beginnings as a farming and lumbering outpost to its evolution into the country’s premier seaport. Visitors will also see a collection of original works by the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) descendant of the Sargent family, who loved the house and its ties to Colonial Gloucester.”

To Learn More About The Sargent House Click This Text For The Website

This Has To Be Some Cruel Joke!

Moving the bus stop so it takes up critical parking in front of The Lone Gull?   You’re kidding right?   This has got to be some cruel joke.  ARGHHHHHHH!

Because for the fucking life of me I gotta believe that no rational human being would take away parking in front of one of the hub storefronts that bring people downtown on a daily basis- namely The Lone Gull.  Will someone tell the people responsible for this travesty- this sham- this shamockery- that they are getting in the way of my coffee consumption and that’s never a good idea?

C’mon, seriously.  April Fools Day was three weeks ago.  Enough with the funny stuff.

Was it not possible to move this bus stop in front of the VACANT former EMPIRE BUILDING or some other location that doesn’t rely on people coming and going quickly?????  There must be a reason for it but at the moment all I can think of is the literally thousands of people that regularly flock to The Lone Gull as a meeting point and energy hub of Downtown.  UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To make things even more puzzling, I just spoke with my buddy who owns Passports, the restaurant in front of which the bus stop was moved from.  You figure he might be ecstatic about the move, right?  He tells me he has never complained about the bus stop being in front of his place, was totally used to it, and figured it made sense where it was because there was good visibility and benches right there.

Genius!!!!!!!, originally uploaded by captjoe06.