Category Archives: Eats

Feather and Wedge Prix Fixe For New Year’s Eve Was Outstanding

Every time we go we have a fantastic time.  The staff is super friendly, the room is gorgeous and the food is next level all the time.  What a blessing for Rockport folk to have in their backyard and worth the trip for anyone North of Boston.  Now that my vacation time is finally here I’m looking forward to the Sunday brunch featuring the build your own Bloody Mary bar.  If you haven’t been, it’s time for you to check out what all the buzz is about.

5 Main Street
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966

(978) 999-5917

www.featherandwedge.com

SEVERAL SPOTS HAVE OPENED FOR DUCKWORTH’S NEW YEARS EVE FABULOUS FINE DINING!!!

Unbelievably, several folks have cancelled their reservations for tonight’s beautiful New Year’s Eve dinner. There are openings at both the 5:30 and 9:00 times. Chef Ken Duckworth and staff have prepared a most elegant and delicious menu for your New Year’s celebration. Call Duckworths asap if you would like to make a reservation at 978-282-4426.

NICOLE DUCKWORTH’S FABULOUS Bûche de Noël!!

Duckworth’s was hopping this morning as customers were picking up their beautiful Christmas cakes, all handmade by Nicole. This year, instead of little meringue mice scampering around the yule log, are chubby carmel nut turtles basking!

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MY MIND IS BLOWN! COVE CAFE IS OPEN AND READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!

I’m so amazed and excited for our new and unique food destination, the COVE CAFE!

Located in the heart of Lanesville, the secret side of Gloucester, the Cove Cafe hits the ground running with amazing food, hospitality, and style. If you live on this side of town, you know the places to grab great sandwiches on the run,  food for a party or event, or an amazing cup of coffee and breakfast, are scarce at best. For the most part, we have Capt. Hooks for pizza, subs, and fried seafood, then Willow Rest for amazing specialty items, sandwiches, and to-go items. But now we can spread the love to Cove Cafe! From Christmas cookie trays to daily specials, soups, stews, and sandwiches, they are sure to have something for everyone!

I’ve had several very good Cubano sandwich, amazing coffee, sweet delights, and a smile with amazing service every time I’ve been in. Stop by and see Alisha and her family, you will not be disappointed!!

OH! And if you call by Thursday, Dec. 21st. you can get your holiday cookie platers, party trays, or homemade pies for the holiday!!  facebook.com/thecovecafegloucester

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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