Category Archives: Eats

STAR WARS trivia night @HappyBelly on Annual Ladies Night. Discuss!

“Force” yourself to have some fun. Be easy to fold into an evening filled with festive shopping, drinks and tastings, or shake off some of your family, maybe plan for a rematch on Men’s night… 

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2017 Ladies Night

Besides treats at all the shops, participating nosh eateries include: Caffee Sicilia, Cafe Brew & Spirits, Cape Ann Brewing, Gloucester House, Happy Belly, Franklin, italianis, Jalapenos, Jim’s, Passports, Pilot House, short and Main, Thai Choice, Tonno, Topside, Virgilios

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:30PM  Gloucester featured on WCVB Channel 5 Chronicle 

Thursday December 7, 2017 downtown Gloucester Annual Ladies Night (5-10PM), Star Wars Trivia at Happy Belly and other downtown restaurant specials

Friday December 8, 2017 HARBOR VOICES

Saturday December 9, 2017 downtown Gloucester Middle Street Walk (10-4:30), HARBOR VOICES (4-8), Cape Ann Art Haven Lobster Trap Tree Lighting (4:30), Family and Friends Shopping Day (5-10PM)

December 12, 2017 Temple Ahavat Achim Lobster Pot Menorah

December 14, 2017 downtown Gloucester Customer Appreciation Night

December 18, 2017 downtown Gloucester Shopping Spree drawing

December 21, 2017 downtown Gloucester Men’s Night

The Cave – cheese, wine and chocolate shop

The Cave- cheese, wine, and chocolate shop, 44 Main Street, #GloucesterMA, is another great local businesses where one stop shopping works! On Thanksgiving weekend, Small Business Saturday, the jingle of the opening door was steady. Customers were in and out picking up host gifts and a new specialty cheese, wine or pate. Laura remembers her regulars and their particular favorite eats and drinks, and better still what they might like to try next.

 

MORE FEMINISM, LESS BULL SHI@#$%^&, AND WHY WE LOVE SHOPPING AT ALEXANDRA’S BREAD!

Where can you shop for yummy, daily fresh baked bread, cookies, scones, and whimsically wonderful gifts? At Alexandra’s Fabulous Bread! Alexandra’s is located at 265 Main Street in Gloucester. Shop Local for Small Business Saturday!

Miniature button bouquets, holiday linens, Folly Cove Deigns, original and handmade gifts galore!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE

Wishing all our Good Morning Gloucester friends a deliciously cozy Thanksgiving, safe travels, and happy bellies.

 

Thanksgiving Eve day is pie day in our home. What do you do with your leftover pie dough?

 

GMG BEST CAPE ANN DONUT CHALLENGE: YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP

Stay Tuned! Results revealed during our podcast tonight at 8pm.

MORE INSTAGRAMS FROM THE CAPE ANN FARMER’S HARVEST MARKET

Would have loved to stay, but looking forward to babysitting this littlest sweetheart  <3. Next year she can come with!

Emrah’s stylin’ new Paprika Grill chef shirt

Emrah Arslan is the owner and chef at Paprika Grill, an awesome Mediterranean takeout which opened December 2015 at 185 Washington St., in Gloucester, MA. (978) 551-8186. Donna Ardizzoni’s photographs are on display.

Paprika Grill will be closed over Thanksgiving.

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THAT NUTTY REDHEAD!

Look who I ran into at Whole Foods in Lynnfield on my way home from work today. That Nutty Redhead, also known as Lisa Griffiths, isn’t so nutty after all–her business is doing fantastically and you can find her at Whole Foods, gourmet shops, online on Amazon, and on her website at thatnuttyredhead.com.  

Today she was serving acorn squash with almond praline topping, drizzled with maple syrup. The recipe is on the back of the New England Praline with Seas Salt package. Congratulations to Lisa on the wonderful success of That Nutty Redhead.
Looking forward to seeing more deliciousness from That Nutty Redhead! 

fun news from Sugar Mags @TasteofCapeAnn | Drift Wood Charcuterie boards scrumptious and custom

Melissa Sallah, owner of Sugar Magnolia’s has opened DRIFT WOOD CHARCUTERIE, a delicious catering option to help you entertain in style. When you order Drift Wood Charcuterie boards– like the one featured at Taste of Cape Ann– you’ll get a delicious spread to kick off your party plus a one off charcuterie board hand crafted by RPF Woodworking that you keep! Call Melissy at Sugar Magnolia’s (978) 509-5641

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YMCA 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann at Cruiseport draws huge crowd

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YMCA teens help host & work the fundraiser

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“All set here,” Cameron checking in on the booths

photos: teens help the annual fundraiser run smoothly (click on photos to enlarge and see captions)

 

Who Brought the Magic for a great cause?

I don’t think that there are many individual YMCA or towns that could pull this fundraiser off so well. They don’t have Rick Doucette and the rest of the great staff in Gloucester or such a ridiculous abundance of local foodie establishments and culture. Here’s a list of Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore great eats and drinks establishments that participated this year:

1606 Restaurant, Beauport Hotel, Gloucester; Azorean Restaurant, Gloucester; Cake Ann, Gloucester; Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester; Cape Ann Foodie Tours, Gloucester; Captain Carlos, Gloucester; Classic Cooks Catering, Gloucester; Feather & Wedge, Rockport; Ipswich Ale Brewery; Italiano Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester; Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, Gloucester; Latitude 43, Gloucester; Liquor Locker Gloucester; Mile Marker One Gloucester; Mojo coffee Beverly Cape Ann Farmers Market; Mom’s Kitchen Gloucester; Passports Restaurant Gloucester; Pigeon Cove Ferments; Pigeon Cove Tavern & Emerson Inn By the Sea, Rockport; Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport; Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester; Sea Glass Restaurant @ Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester; Seaport Grille, Gloucester; Stones Pub & Eatery, Gloucester; Sugar Magnolias, Gloucester; Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, Gloucester

Dazzling fine food, desserts and drinks were at every turn. Feather & Wedge, 1606 Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Classic Cooks, Azorean, Sea Glass Restaurant, and Sugar Mags served winning main dishes. To die for desserts and specialty drinks were abundant. Virgilios cannolis were gone fast!

photos: Great fun taking snapshots at all the booths. (Apologies to Liquor Locker! The only photo that didn’t come out.)

 

Live Entertainment – Jerome Music

Sounds of Taste of Cape Ann thanks to fine musicians were John Jerome on guitar and vocals, and Steve Jerome on drums. Cameron sat in as a back up drummer.

 

Wouldn’t happen without the 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart PC, Tom Davis CPA

plus all the participating restaurants, hotels, specialty food and liquor businesses, and  local business support for all those gift basket raffles

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APPLE CIDER PRESSING AT THE DUCKWORTH’S STAFF ANUAL AUTUMN PARTY

Thank you to Coco, Michelle, and the Duckworth’s Family and Staff for the invitation to their super fun annual apple cider pressing party. Everyone brought apples and a jug to bring home a batch of fresh pressed cider. John Sarrouf, the Johnny Apple Curator of Gloucester, collected apples from heirloom apple trees all around the neighborhood. The wonderful variety of apples made for the most flavorful sweet and tart cider–not that sappy stuff found in the grocery stores. The dinner was potluck and as you can imagine, provided by a family of foodlovers (and eaters) the spread was divine!

Instagram step by step apple pressing ~

Chop the apples and place in the grinder #applecider #applepress #gloucesterma

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Dylan grinding the apples #applecider #applepress

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The apple chunks are packed in mesh bags #applepress #applecider

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Sean securing the bag. The apples are ready to press! #applecider #applepress

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David and Sean pressing the apples! 🍎 🍎 🍎

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Michelle approved #friends #fresh #applecider #applepress

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O’Maley Fundraiser at Jalapenos Monday November 6th

You can’t visit downtown without feeling the impact of Gloucester’s generous local businesses and restauranteurs.  10% of Jalapenos business on Monday night November 6th will be donated to the Gloucester O’Maley Innovation Middle School afterschool program, O’Maley Acadmey. Jalapenos has a longstanding committment to community fundraising nights.

Come hang out or take out! Jalapenos is located at 86 Main Street Gloucester, MA (978) 283-8228 Jalapenos menu

O’Maley Academy works with many community partners, like Backyard Growers (Love this sweet new corner of happy on Main near their HQ!)

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Rocky Neck: Big Fun, Big Crowd for Big Tiny Art

Scenes from the inaugural Big Tiny Art fundraiser for Rocky Neck at the Rudder, October 18, 2017. Inspired by the format and scale, scores of originals were created by local artists for this festive and beautifully orchestrated benefit. Congratulations to artist Kathleen Archer and all the volunteers who put this togther. I’m told they’ll do another. If I receive a list of participating artists, I’ll add the names back in. Some of the artists signed verso; some were a mystery. The lively venue, The Rudder, served a delicious, memorable and generous dinner!

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Charlie’s Place Super Specials

Light touch, fried haddock Dinner Daily Super specials were flying out the take-out door, and to the steady stream of diners eating in. This time it was fish chowder for me and steak tips for my kids. Charlie’s Place 83 Bass Avenue Gloucester, MA (978) 281-5002 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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MILES FOR MEATBALLS WITH CHEF ANTHONY CATURANO, MAYOR SEFATIA, AND WARREN WAUGH AUTOS!

Generous donors rally for breast cancer awareness.

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Miles for Meatballs today raised a whopping $4,700.00 for breast cancer!!! The event was hosted by Mayor Sefatia, Tonno’s Chef Anthony Caturano, and Warren Waugh of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group. The Miles for Meatballs event began with a scenic tour around Cape Ann in luxury cars from the very generous Warren Waugh. The drive was followed by a fabulous late afternoon dinner at Tonno. Chef Anthony prepared his famous homemade meatballs and sausage with zugu/gravy, served over the creamiest polenta you can imagine. The homestyle, yet elegant dinner was accompanied by an outstanding Caesar salad and delicious cannolis. Every Sunday Chef Anthony serves a traditional meatball and zugu/gravy Sunday family dinner and I know where we will be having dinner next Sunday!

 

 

 

GHS GIRLS SOCCER FUNDRAISER AT TONNO!

Thanks to Eve Parisi for sharing the Tonno-GHS fundraiser information. What a great way to spend an evening, supporting the GHS girls soccer team by having dinner at Tonno. The complete menu will be made available, and some yummy specials, too. Reservations are recommended.

Community fundraisers: O’Maley Washington DC trip and GHS soccer at Market Basket and Jalapenos

Local businesses step up for local schools and organizations! Save the dates

In case you’re wondering what’s happening at Market Basket on October 28th 8:30-3pm:

The BAKE SALE at Market Basket is a fundraiser for O’Maley 8th graders annual special trip to Washington, DC. “This important fundraiser is to provide financial assistance to
those who need it most for the trip.” Items can be dropped off at O’Maley on October 27th or at Market Basket at 8:30 on October 28th. Contact Allison Cousins for more details or if you’d like to help out on Saturday, October 28th email Allison acousins@gloucesterschools.com.  Donations and sponsors for the popular calendar raffle are also underway. Here’s a link to last year’s calendar if you’re interested in participating. You’ll recognize those generous sponsors!

In case you’re wondering what’s happening with GHS soccer raffle tickets:

Soccer players are raising money for the soccer banquet, gifts for senior players, and the soccer program. Raffle tickets are $10 each and each packet has 10 tickets. The prizes are listed on the tickets and are for sale through October 29. Winners will be announced at the fall banquet (date/time TBD)

JV2 has a soccer game at O’Maley today at 4pm. Varsity has a big game — Here’s their record “going into tomorrow night’s match vs Salem. Big game!!!!”

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In case you’re wondering what’s happening at Jalapeno’s on November 6th:

Save the date for Jalapeno’s Night fundraiser for O’Maley Academy on November
6th. Dine in or take out at Jalapeno’s and a portion of their proceeds goes to O’Maley Academy!

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