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More Snapshots from Thursday’s Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown

Nutty Redhead Lisa ©Kim Smith 2014Lisa, The Nutty Redhead ~ Exciting News from the Nutty Redhead ~ STAY TUNED!

Justine Vitale an FamilyJustine Vitale with Family and Brand New Rescue Pooch

Amanda Copok ©Kim Smith 2014Amanda Cook Spinning Her Multi-blue-hued Hand Dyed Yarn

Rosalie harrington Gloucester Seafood Throwdown ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie Harrington, Thursday’s Seafood Throwdown Winner

Rosalie Harrington's dogfish stew ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie’s Dogfish and Fresh Vegetable Stew ~ Would you call this a cioppino, even though only made with one fish? Read more

#1 Chef Rosalie Harrington! ~ Seafood Throwdown Snapshots

Rosalie Harrington Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014The competition was close; I think Rosalie won by only one point and ALL was wonderfully delicious! The mystery fish was dogfish. Both Rosalie and Paolo Laboa did a superb job in their 45 minute window of time to cook.

Peter Van Ness Paolo Laboa Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014

Peter VanNess and Paolo Laboa

Rosalie Harrington Seafood Throwdown Gloucester Ma ©Kim Smith 2014

Rosalie Harrington

 

Seafood Throwdown Judges Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Esteemed Judges

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Rosalie Harrington Paolo Laboa Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014And the Winner Is!

Ethan Seafood Throwdown Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Rosalie’s grandson Ethan made this sign for his grandmother, with plans to give it to her whether she won or not. I guess he must love his Nonni’s cooking!

More snapshots from the Farmer’s Market tomorrow.

GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14

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GloucesterCast With Guests Peter and Vickie Van Ness and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/12/14

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Topics Include: Peter and Vickie Van Ness, www.gimmesound.com ,Seafood Throwdown at The Farmer’s Market, Mercedes Flavin vs Rosalie From Rosalie’s, Niaz Dorry, NAMA, Fisherman’s Wives, Robin Williams, Everybody’s Life Is Hard For Them, Celebrate Gloucester Series, Cape Ann Marina Waterfront Pavillion, Kudos To Tobin Dominick and Joe Liacono, Gloucester UU, Top 4-10 Must Do Things In Gloucester, John Sebastian, Block Party This Weekend, Kudos To The Current Block Party Committee, Henry Smith, Schooner Festival, Maritime Gloucester, Tracy Arabian, Props To Tom Ellis and Harold Blackburn, Sea Shanty Crazies, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann Whale Watch, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester Restaurants, The Atlantis for Breakfast, Duckworth Bistro, Passports, The Studio, GMG Mug Up Saturday This Week, EJ LeFavour, Lady Jillian Harbor Shuttle, The Other Cape, Peter Paul and Mary, Shout Out To Aurelia Nelson from 104.9, Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson, Cape Ann TV, Being a Perfectionist With Online Media vs Creating Content Naturally, Realism vs Perfectionism, Putting The Content Before Advertising, GMG On Facebook, The Need To Respond To People’s Requests, An Idea For The Holistic People, Cape Ann SUP, Cape Ann Harbor Tours, All the Ways To Get Out On Gloucester Harbor.

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Seafood Throwdown, Farmers Market, Live Music on Schooners and in the Streets. It’s still Summer folks!

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NAMA’s Niaz Dorry with the Mystery Fish (gray sole) at a July 2010 Seafood Throwdown won by Sugar Mags

Can you feel it?  People trying to pack a whole summer into the last week before school starts, which seems to get earlier every year.  It feels like there’s so much going on that every choice we make effectively says “No” to a dozen other things we’d like to do.  Take today for instance.  Live music starts at 11:30am at Stage Fort Park and continues into the night at restaurants, clubs, @ Shalin Liu, on schooners and in the streets.  See the full live music schedule here.

Just in case that’s not enough for you, there’s also the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30 and today you can catch NAMA’s only Gloucester-based Seafood Throwdown of the year at 4:30 featuring a showdown between 2012 HarvestFest champs Gloucester’s Willow Rest and 2008 Genoa World Pesto champs Beverly’s Prides Osteria.  Spectators get to taste the food so you really don’t want to miss this one!

See how much fun these Seafood Throwdowns are in this video by Joey from the 2010 epic rematch between Passports & Dog Bar.

What? Another reason to cross the bridge? Yup — local music, food & fun in Boston this Sunday

Yesterday, we told you about local artists at Topsfield Fair and suggested that you go see them (see post here).

This weekend you’ve got another opportunity to see one of our local favorites, Satch Kerans, at the Boston Local Food Festival on Sunday.  Satch is on The River Plug and Play Stage at 1:30pm (see complete festival entertainment schedule here).  If you’ve never seen Satch, check out this video from the Songwriters in the Round series.

Before and after Satch’s set, you can catch the start and finish of the big, Boston version of Gloucester’s Seafood Throwdown (yup, these are the same people who produce the one at the Farmers Market) — and your boy, Peter Van Ness, will emcee once again.

Now for some evening excitement featuring 30 artists this weekend and your last chance to experience music aboard the Lannon in 2012 (see this post if you’re not sure what we’re  talking about).  See the complete list of live music in Gloucester and Cape Ann here.

Just a Ghetto Child in Gloucester

Shemekia Copeland’s astounding performance was the climax of Gloucester’s Blues Festival 2 weeks ago.  We blogged all day from the festival, but never showed you any of Shemekia’s set — so here you go:  In this video, she walks the crowd singing without a mic, while the band plays from the stage.  Perfect mix; powerful music; gave me the chills.

We’ve had a busy month of festivals, here in Gloucester.  This weekend we’ve got 28 artists in 16 venues — two of which are schooners. And that’s just Friday & Saturday (see the Friday & Saturday live music lineup here).  You’d think it was another festival.  Nope.  Just more evidence of Cape Ann’s thriving music scene.

Start the weekend a little early with the epic Seafood Throwdown rematch today at 4pm at the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park.  Then the Harbor Loop Concert — 12 live music choices in all.  See tonight’s live music lineup here.

Tomorrow’s Seafood Throwdown Postponed

This just in from Seafood Throwdown organizer Sandy Farrell:

We are disappointed to have to postpone this week’s SeaFood ThrowDown at the Farmer’s Market. The National Weather Service is predicting a rough day tomorrow with rain, thunder, and strong wind gusts possibly in store for us. With all of the planning and effort around the tents, electricity, and audio- not to speak of the chefs, judges, set-up crew and audience, it seems prudent to not make a last minute decision.

We have a second event scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd; I am hopeful that this match will occur then but need to reconfirm with everyone involved. Our thanks to the many people who had graciously agreed to donate their time to making this event possible, Classic Cooks, Sugar Magnolia’s, Cape Ann Fresh Catch, The “Fillet King”, Beacon Street Farm, our Youth Judge Team, and not least of all, Peter Van Ness of gimme sound.com We hope to see you in August.

And, Niki Bogin, Market Manager wants to remind you that, regardless of the weather, the Market itself will be open from 3pm-6:30pm, and the parking is always free on Market days.

Sugar Mags vs Classic Cooks HUGE REMATCH for the First Seafood Throwdown this Thursday ~ 4pm at the Farmers Market ~ Stage Fort Park

Last year Julie Geary claimed the title from four-time winner, previously undefeated Missy Hart of Sugar Magnolias in an extraordinarily close contest, full of mouthwatering anticipation and suspense.  See the video that Joey made of that throwdown here:

Below is a quick press release from Throwdown master organizer, Sandy Farrell.

Our “Hotter Than July!” rematch pits Missy Hart’s Team Sugar Magnolia with Lydia Sands and Santos Carvalho against Julie Geary’s Team from Classic Cooks. Watch closely as both of these teams bring years of experience to the table. Grant writer, organic farmer at Beacon Street Farm, and head of the Backyard Growers Program, Lara Lepionka will be judging the event with her critical eye. Steve Parkes, the “Fillet King” will lead a demonstration showing how to fillet a whole fish and break down the process so that you can feel confident in the kitchen. Join emcee Peter Van Ness of gimmesound.com this Thursday, July 26 at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. This is our second year at Stage Fort Park where the parking is always free on Market afternoons from 3pm on. The SeaFood Throwdown starts at 4pm.

Another judge or two will be announced soon.  Hope to see you there!

Seafood Throwdown Tonight! At Cape Ann Farmer’s Market

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MasterChef Meets Seafood Throwdown
Event to Highlight Importance of our Local Fishermen & Local Seafood

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Gloucester, MA – Not only do we step out of downtown Gloucester for this week’s Seafood Throwdown, but we bring in MasterChef! Our old friend and two-time Seafood Throwdown competitor Christian Collins is coming back to judge this week’s event. It just happens he’s a competitor himself, but on Fox’ MasterChef where he’s in the top 4!

This week’s competing teams are from Amelia’s at 78 Thatcher Road in Gloucester who will be represented by Chef and owner Amelia Lopes and her daughter Danielle Vossantos. And just down the backshore at 125 Atlantic Road is the Breakfast Cafe at the Atlantis Ocean Front Inn. Chef Jessica O’Leary will be joined by MaryEllen Gigliotti.

Joining Christian in the judging will be Heather Atwood blogger on "Food for Thought" and columnist/video author for the Gloucester Daily Times, The Eagle-Tribune, and the Newburyport News. Joining her will be Laurie Lufkin of Essex, winner of cooking contests from the Essex Clamfest, Topsfield Fair, Florida, the Food Channel and Family Circle Magazine and back. Emcees will again be Peter van Ness of "gimmesound.com, The New Music Pipeline" and Joey Ciaramitaro from "GoodMorningGloucester My View of Life on the Docks" blog. All we are missing is Gordon Ramsey!

here’s how Christian Fared The last Time he Competed In a Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Seafood Throwdown

We have pictures and video from his Seafood Throwdown at The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Facing off vs Passports

Sugar Magnolia Spicing Up Seafood Throwdown for the Fourth Season Today At The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market

Seafood Throwdown returns to the Cape Ann Farmerʼs Market at Stage Fort Park on
Thursday, July 21st at 4 p.m. This marks the fourth season for this popular cooking contest where the fish always wins and consumers are inspired to think about the role our fishing communities play in ocean conservation. Missy Sallah will once again brings her team from Sugar Magnolias on 112 Main Street to defend her undefeated title as the “Reigning Queen of Seafood Throwdown” for the fourth year. She will be competing
against Julie Ann Geary with the team from Classic Cooks Catering at 10 Blackburn Center. No stranger to cooking, Julie has been in the catering and cooking business for thirty years. We will again be joined with Steve Parkes and his popular demonstration of how to fillet a fish – successfully, Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester, and Peter van Ness of GimmeSound.

Judging this event will be Loretta Lomba, director of the Chill Zone and a regular behind the Backyard Gardenerʼs table at the farmers market, a member of the Gloucester Fishermenʼs Wives Association and Heather Fraelick, a local foodie and fitness expert. The dishes created by Missy and Julie will be judged on taste, use of the whole animal, originality and presentation.

Seafood Throwdown is a brainchild of the partnership between the Cape Ann Farmerʼs Market and NAMA, the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. Originally conceived as a tool to promote a Community Supported Fishery, or “CSF” here in Gloucester, the successful program has now expanded to over 20 CSFs throughout North America (visit http://www.localcatch.org for more details). The local CSF, Cape Ann Fresh Catch, is a project of the Gloucester Fishermenʼs Wives Association and is in its third year of operation and delivering to a far greater audience than just Cape Ann with 16 Greater Boston distribution points now being served.
As well as promoting the CSF concept, the Seafood Throwdown brings home the message that “Who Fishes Matters” and that principled choice driven by an educated consumer is a way of promoting needs of both ecological and economic realities. The Market opens at 3pm, the contest starts at 4pm and donʼt forget – the parking is free on market days.
A second Seafood Throwdown at Cape Ann Farmers Market is scheduled for August 11th. Once again this year the Seafood Throwdown season is being kicked off in New York at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn. Other events are scheduled for New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival, Marthaʼs Vineyard, New Hampshireʼs Fishtival and the Common Ground Country Fair in Maine, amongst others. Visit www.namanet.org

Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Info

Cape Ann Farmers’ Market

Thursdays 3:00 – 6:30 pm at Stage Fort Park

free parking!

June 30 – October 13

More Locals On National TV- Gloucester’s Christian Collins To Be Competing On Master Chef Season 2 With Gordon Ramsey

Gloucester MA- Home of The Stars-

The show premieres on June 6 at 8 p.m.

MasterChef’ judges from left, Gordon Ramsey, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot.

He is featured in the promo here (stay at home dad)-

We have pictures and video from his Seafood Throwdown at The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Facing off vs Passports

Seafood Throwdown at the Rockport Harvest Festival

When Heather Atwood from Food for Thought and the Gloucester Daily Times called me early in the week and told me that they were looking for a competitor for the Seafood Throw down because one of the hotel chefs was unable to compete, it took me about 5 minutes and a little convincing from Heather to say “what the heck, I’ll do it!”  In the last few months I have been involved in two live cook offs, one in Newport, RI and one in Chicago (more on that another time) and sent recipes to cooking contests at least once or twice a week–you could say that competition is in my blood I guess.   I was told that I could bring an assistant, someone to help me out with the cooking and chaos and together we would hope to create the winning dish.  Who would be available and willing to subject themselves to this type of competition at the last minute?

When I told my 9 year old Lily that I was doing a Throwdown in Rockport on Saturday the first thing she asked me was, “who is going to be your assistant” and that answered my question right there—I pointed right at her.  She leaped up from her chair and gave me a giant hug and the smile on her face was priceless.  Lily loves  to cook!

Here’s Lil before the action got underway posting with the shredded money scarecrow in front of the bank.

The fun thing about these Throwdowns is the mystery seafood.  Although Lily is allergic to all seafood–fish and shellfish–I figured that she could deal with other elements of the dish so that was the plan.  And as for plans, we talked about what we could make with a fillet, a fish steak, lobster, mussels and even steamers and we felt pretty good about our strategy.  I was assured that because I had not gone to culinary school and have absolutely no formal training I would not have to contend with a whole fish–whatever the secret ingredient was, it would be ready to cook.   We packed the car with ingredients, equipment including my Cuisinart, pans, bowls, tongs, spatulas, you name it……we were ready!  And also a list for the grocery store to grab perishables on the way.

We arrived at the big tent on T wharf and since we had a few hours before the competition, Lil and I enjoyed the Rockport Harvest Festival for a while.  Even though it was really really blustery people seemed in good spirits and there were lots of people in town enjoying the festivities.   And then, it was time to cook.  The classic comment from Lily was “look Mom, I’m getting my game face on!” with a big growl after it……..

Here is Heather Atwood and Sandy Farrel introducing the competitors–it was me and Lil against Chef Steve Ryan from the Emerson Inn ( http://www.emersoninnbythesea.com/about.htm) in Rockport and his chef brother.  But we were undaunted–we had a plan for almost anything and we were sticking to it……..remember that……..a plan for ALMOST anything…….

and the secret seafood is…..JONAH CRAB!  Ooops…we didn’t have a plan for that.  As a matter of fact I had never cooked a crab in my entire life.  And I rarely eat them, as delicious as they are.

But we forged on.  With a few little tips from our judges and our audience we got the crabs going.  Whenever I watch a cooking challenge show on TV I get nervous if the contestants don’t get their protein on quickly–these things take time to cook and deal with.  With the crabs in the pot I had time to think………..until one tried to escape!

So I put a pile of pans on top of the baking sheet and that was the end of that!

We got some claws and whole crabs cooked and in the meantime, Lily was working on the grilled sweet potatoes.  It was a very important job and she did it beautifully.  I also cleaned and stemmed the rainbow chard and got it ready to cook.

Lily was the most wonderful assistant possible.  However, we were at a distinct disadvantage—Lily is allergic to all seafood and therefore couldn’t help me pick the meat out of the crabs.  So I got down to it.  And cracked shells, and picked meat and cracked more and picked more—I wasn’t making much progress but it gave me time to think about what i was going to do with this meat–and I decided to make crab cake but needed a heck of a lot more meat to do so.

And then our great friend Jannine and her husband Dan showed up at the back of the tent to cheer us on—and asked me if I needed help.  Since Lil was allergic it was determined that because I had a disadvantage that Jannine could come in an pick the crabs for me–and thank goodness for her!  I now owe her big time!  She picked enough for me to make six gorgeous cakes.

I had Lily prepping ingredients for the cakes, zesting lemons, chopping herbs etc.  We didn’t want to do too much to the crab because like with most delicate seafood, you don’t want to mask its natural flavor.  Luckily, I had brought eggs, panko crumbs and herbs from my garden with me and we went for it.  Remember–I said we were prepared for everything!

I formed the cakes gently (the secret to good crab cakes), heated some olive oil and placed them in the pan.  I gave them time to brown, held my breath and flipped them over—and voila!  Gorgeous!

I whipped up a sauce in the food processor (yes, I dragged it all the way down there) using more herbs and olive oil etc., heated the honey glaze for the beautiful grilled sweet potatoes that Lily had made and seasoned the chard that had been cooking with the shallots and garlic.

We were ready to plate–and await our fate.  But win, lose or drawn it was an amazing day—and I could not be more proud of my girl Lily for her skill and help and more thankful to my friend Jannine for pitching in to help when I needed her (desperately) and being a great friend!  And this is the plate we came up with:

Yes, I should have put a lemon wedge or something in the middle of the plate because the blank space looks funny, but I was pretty darned proud of our efforts.  The judges, two wonderful men from Rockport, Bill Lee and Bob Smith, with vast experience in both cooking and eating local seafood were the judges.  And I must say, before we go any farther, how terrific our competition was–Chef Steve and his brother, also a local culinary professional, produced a gorgeous plate, using the meat of the crabs and the shells and bodies to make a stock and produced a gorgeous plate–they also made a crab cake and a crabmeat stuffed crab shell–but because I was cooking I didn’t get a picture of it!  The were wonderful, friendly generous guys who were as honored to be there as we were and I would say had as much fun as we did–and they had a great time with Lily too, not taking themselves or the competition too seriously for sure–they were terrific competitors!

Anyway,  it all came down to the judging–and this is what happened–thank you to my friend Donna Ardizzoni for the great video!

I am so proud of my girl,  grateful to my friend Jannine and so happy to have been part of the ThrowDown!

Seafood Throwdown Finale! Passports & Dog Bar Cook Off Thursday At The Farmer’s Market

Seafood Throwdown Finale to Benefit Gulf of Mexico Fishing Communities

Passports & Dog Bar Cook Off in Support of Horizon Relief

My sister Felicia will be cooking with Chef Jeremy from Passports

Here’s The Press release-

Gloucester, MA – Two Main Street restaurants will come together at the Seafood Throwdown on Thursday, September 9, 2010 to benefit deckhands, dockworkers, laborers, plant workers and others in the Gulf of Mexico fishing communities whose lives remain uncertain in the wake of the BP oil disaster. Chef Jeremy Guyotte of Passports Restaurant and Chef Saskia Case of Dog Bar Restaurant – both on Gloucester’s Main Street – will be showing off their cooking skills for a cause using a locally available seafood. Unlike other Seafood Throwdowns, tastings of the chefs creations will not be free. Instead, the public is encouraged to give a donation to try what these two award winning restaurants will have to offer. All proceeds will be donated to Horizon Relief (http://horizonrelief.org/).

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A minimum donation of $3 per plate is requested, but there are no limits to what local food – especially local seafood – lovers can offer to taste the handiwork of these talented chefs. Anyone with proof that they gave to Horizon Relief prior to the event will jump to the head of the line.

“Just because we are not watching oil gush out into the Gulf of Mexico any longer doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. The Gulf’s ecosystem and fisheries as well as the lives of fishing communities in the Gulf – from fishermen to deckhands to plant and dock workers has bee affected indefinitely,” said Niaz Dorry, director of NAMA. “We haven’t solved the problem till we solve our addiction to fossil fuels.”

NAMA and others are advocating for a halt to oil and gas exploration and drilling, and a shift to cleaner energy that doesn’t shift our burden onto other communities, including the marine ecosystem.

This is the last Seafood Throwdown of 2010 in Gloucester. Seafood Throwdowns will be held at New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival on Sunday, September 26, Hampshire’s Fishtival on Saturday, September 25th and the Boston Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 2nd. For more details, please visit http://namanet.org/.

Seafood Throwdown was the brainchild of the partnership between the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) as a way of promoting locally caught seafood and gauging the community’s interest in Community Supported Fisheries (CSF). Tailored after the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, a CSF brings freshly caught local seafood to our kitchens while providing fishermen with a better price on less catch. CSF members give the fishermen financial support in advance, and in turn the fishermen provide a weekly share of locally caught seafood to their shareholders.

Am I The Only One Who Thinks…

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Am I the only one who thinks the fish in the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Seafood Throwdown Poster looks like an angry penis?

Poll Time!

congratulations to Beth Swan who wins a T Shirt for her winning photoshop of Paul Morrison being eaten by a great white.  Beth ran away with the vote.  come down and pick up your shirt Beth at the dock.

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