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The Minglewood Shuffle with T Max as your host @ Alchemy this Thursday 7-10pm 2.19.2015



The Minglewood Shuffle on Thursday night is moved to Alchemy (yes, Alchemy–no longer Pinoli) at 3 Duncan Street (a side street that runs between Main St and Rogers St) in Gloucester. The reason for the last minute switch is that the floor at Minglewood were redone and the work didn’t get finished in time for the Shuffle.



Deb Hardy
Steve Caraway
Amy Lohman

T Max
Mosey Greams
Brian O’Connor
Inge Berge

3 Duncan St
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Phone (978) 281-3997
Website http://www.alchemybistro.com/

GloucesterCast 117 Taped 2/16/15 With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast 117 Taped 2/16/15 With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Coping Strategies For Winter Depression or How To Avoid Committing Suicide When You Hear That There May Be Two More Storms This Week, GMG Snow Shoveler Project, The Outrage Over The MBTA Head, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament Is On!, Sherman Morss Coyote Pack Photos On Eastern Point, Lawmakers Ruining The American Way- The Movement To Ban Sledding and Yoga Pants, Pinoli Reverts To Alchemy, Foreign Affairs Has Reopened, Duckworth’s For Valentine’s Day, Poll- When With The Stage Fort Snow Farm Be Gone?, Freedom Boat Club, Kudos To Mike Hale and The Gloucester DPW, Smart TVs Ditching Traditional Cable, Kim Smith Amaretto Truffles


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News From Pinoli

Chef Paolo Laboa has decided to take a job offer on the West Coast and move his family back to California. This move is right for his family, but it is with a heavy heart that we at the Serenitee Restaurant Group say goodbye to Paolo and Pinoli.

Pinoli was built around Chef Paolo and his distinctive cooking style, which is why we have decided to evolve the space into something new, yet familiar. We have listened to what the community and our guests have to say, and are excited to announce that we will bring back the beloved Alchemy. The restaurant will continue with its commitment to utilizing the freshest, local ingredients, but the menu will be broader, incorporating many different cooking styles.

During this evolution, the space will not close; Jeff Cala and Serenitee Executive Chef Derek Clough will be in the kitchen to see the restaurant through this transition.

Expect to see a familiar name on Duncan Street sometime this month!


The Serenitee Restaurant Group

GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 09/21/14

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Topics Include: The effervescent Toby Pett and Mr Grumpypants Kim Smith, Block Party Kudos, Sefathia, Mark McDonough Valerie Markeley, Block Party Review, Gianni Gallo, Rome TV based in where else but Gloucester MA, Mercedes Flavin and Paolo Laboa and The Space at Alchemy, J Pace, The Big Dig, The Format For The 100th Podcast, Holy Cow, Burnham’s Field, John McElhenny, Steve Winslow, Melissa Cox, Mayor Kirk, The Ward 2 Move, Richardson’s Ice Cream, Appleton Farms, Gloucester Daily Times Website Redesign, Arizona’s Stupid Motorist Law, Israel Horowitz’ My Old Lady Playing At Cape Ann Community Cinema, House Of Games, Lindsay Crouse, Adam Horowitz and The Beastie Boys, Rob Newton From Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Prototype For Kim’s Butterfly Screening Audience, Kim Smith Butterfly Movie On PBS, Send Kim Your Monarch Butterfly Sightings, www.journeynorth.org , Eastern Point Lit House Kumbaya Moment, Duckworth Book Series The Secret Life Of Bees, NFL Football Food Menu, Against Football: A Reluctant Manifesto, The Hard Core Liberal Car and Ron Gilson’s 10 Cent Trade In, Live On Boats Being Sold In Favor Of Cheap Housing, SmallHouseBliss, Send In Your Football Day Food Pictures

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Here’s the Deal On Alchemy…

We will be reopening fall 2014 with Chef Paolo Laboa in the kitchen. Paolo’s menu will consist of genuine Northern Italian cuisine that showcases the freshest, local ingredients at approachable prices.

If you want to catch Paolo before the opening, he will be touring the Serenitee Group restaurants. Paolo will work the team to create a signature dish that reflects his interpretation of the restaurant’s cuisine.

Head to Facebook for more information on where Paolo is: https://www.facebook.com/AlchemyBistro

Thank you!

Paolo and Chef Scott at Opus

GloucesterCast Taped 1/26/14 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Kim Smith


GloucesterCast Taped 1/26/14 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guests Toby Pett and Kim Smith


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Topics include:

Polar Vortex, Alberta flipper,local restaurant talk including DeWolf Tavern, new theme at Alchemy, The Mexican Touch, Sticky Fingers, Changes on the blog, addressing Craig Kimberley’s statement that the blog has gotten too soft, Bill O’Connor helps to streamline the blog, words to people who begrudge contributors to promote their work on the blog, Art Haven Buoy Auction Kudos, Kim’s Not So-Teasing Butterfly announcement.

Alchemy brings New Orleans to New England for New Year’s Eve

alchemy new years poster

Alchemy will be celebrating 2014 New Orleans style with cocktails inspired by the Big Easy, creole fare and smooth jazz.

Sip Sazeracs while enjoying Chef Scott’s special prix fixe menu

Alchemy will be celebrating 2014 New Orleans style with cocktails inspired by the Big Easy, creole fare and smooth jazz.

Sip Sazeracs while enjoying Chef Scott’s special prix fixe menu:

 1st Course
Fried Oyster Po’Boy
Confit Alligator Hush Puppies
Maque Choux Salad

2nd Course
Sous Vide Grilled Filet Tenderloin
New Orleans Cassoulette
Crab & Crawdad Etouffee

3rd Course
Orange & Cinnamon Beignets
Glazed Doughnut Bread Pudding

 Judith Murray and her trio will be crooning jazz standards throughout the night, and guests who order the specialty prix fixe menu ($75) will also score a ticket to Minglewood’s New Year’s Eve party right down the street! Call for Reservations: 978.281.3997

Power, Women, & Alchemy

My friend Silvie is yet again shaking up the scene, and in a good way. In September she hosted a successful event at Savour https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/savours-grand-slam-event/. This month it's at Alchemy on Monday, December 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. She stressed that you need to get your tickets before Thanksgiving, because they're selling fast. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. 10% of proceeds go to Pathways for Children.

My friends Silvie Lockerova and Annette Dion are again shaking up the scene, and in a good way. In September they hosted a successful event at Savour https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/savours-grand-slam-event/. Next month it’s at Alchemy on Monday, December 2nd from 5pm to 8pm. They stress that you need to get your tickets before Thanksgiving, because they’re selling fast. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. 10% of proceeds go to Pathways for Children.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Challenge at Alchemy – November 19

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Challenge

Location: Alchemy
Date: November 19, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $25
To keep with the season of giving, bring a canned good with you to the event for The Open Door, and we will match your donation can for can. 

Are you [or someone close to you] a vegetarian who feels a little left out during the Thanksgiving season? Do pilgrim sandwich specials and Pinterest boards devoted to Thanksgiving leftovers bum you out? Then, Alchemy has the chef throw down for you!

On November 19th Chef Scott Jensen takes on the team at Organic Garden Cafe of Beverly in a Vegetarian Thanksgiving Challenge – and, trust us, this is nothing like your grocery store’s tofurkey. At the challenge, every guest will receive a signature challenge cocktail, a Thanksgiving-inspired dish from each chef, and the opportunity to cast their vote for the winner!

Come join the fun and say hi to Peter who will be the MC for the event.

Wicked Tuna Throwdown at Alchemy Tuesday 9/10

Wicked Tuna Challenge

This Tuesday, September 10th, Alchemy’s Chef Scott Jensen will challenge Chef Steve Morlino of Boston’s Union Bar and Grille to a Wicked Tuna throw down! Both chefs will whip up their best dish using the famed tuna – yes, the tuna from the show – and YOU will get the chance to choose the winner.  Peter Van Ness will MC the contest just like a seafood throwdown, but YOU are the judges and Cape Ann TV will film — even in the kitchen!

The Wicked Tuna Challenge starts at 7:30 – so don’t be late. For $25, every guest gets a signature challenge cocktail made with Gloucester’s own Ryan & Wood spirits, a Wicked Tuna dish from each chef, and the opportunity to cast their vote for the winner. Oh, and did we mention Chef Scott Jensen got his start in Boston at Union Bar and Grille?

Call Alchemy (978.281.3997) to reserve your spot now – space is limited!

Wicked Tuna Challenge
Location: Alchemy, 3 Duncan Street Gloucester, MA

Date: September 10, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $25

Dinner Dealer Card of The Week-Alchemy We used our first one today at Lat 43

If you’re feeling a little adventurous for dinner tonight, or want to make a great first impression on a first date — swing into Alchemy’s Bistro. Their inventive and creative menu will keep you coming back for more.

Or maybe you’d prefer a warm intimate atmosphere by the fire while sipping a cocktail or drinking a beer from their impressive selection of ales and brews. Alchemy is the type of place where you can retreat from the stresses of everyday life, slow down and recharge those batteries. At the same time, you can also pull together your friends for a fun night out at Alchemy and share a bunch of their amazing small plates—Tapas style! 

With produce and meats locally sourced, Alchemy’s menu is designed to highlight and celebrate the flavors of the season. Long story short, you have to go. But don’t just take our word for it, check out their online ratings . . .

Yelp — 4.5 out of 5 stars (110 Reviews)

Trip Advisor — 4 out of 5 stars (95 Reviews)

Open Table — 4.4 out of 5 stars (127 Reviews)

Need we say more?! Shuffle through your Dinner Dealer deck of cards, and find the $10 off coupon to Alchemy. Now, go and eat! 



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What? You don’t have a deck yet? No worries! You can get ’em online.

FYI, Dinner Dealer has teamed up with 5—women-owned—North Shore businesses to create an amazing Mother’s Day Gift Set ( including *bonus coupon* to Mamie’s Kitchen )! Order yours by Thursday, May 9 to receive in time for Mum’s Day. 

Check it out at https://www.DinnerDealer.com/Mom

GloucesterCast 4/30/13 With Chamber CEO Robert Heidt

GloucesterCast 4/30/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Chamber CEO Robert Heidt

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Topics Include:
Seaport Grille, Alchemy, The Landing, Calas, Lobster Land, Castle Manor Inn, Ohana, The Franklin, Lat 43, The Patio, CapeAnnChamber.com, Golf Tourney, Small Business Week, Secretary of Education, Pleasant Surprises, Death Row Sub, Death Row Meal, Free Activities,Contact The Chamber

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No- Brainer! Go See EJ and My Two Buddies Show and Get Half Off At Alchemy With This Groupon (there’s only two days left to get this deal)

EJ and My Two Buddies Show is hanging at Alchemy through January 4th.  Why not buy this groupon that has two days left to get before it disappears, head to Alchemy to see the show, get one of their INSANE KOBE BEEF Burgers and if you like one of our pieces buy one which 10% of the money goes to the Gloucester Education Fund.

Wins all the way around!!!

Click here for the Alchemy $30 for $15 deal


Alchemy Kobe Beef Burger-  The Best Burger In Gloucester


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Two Buddies Show Photos by Anthony Marks

Thank you so much to everyone that came out to support EJ and my show at Alchemy.  Thank you Anna and James Eves from Cape Ann Giclee for their quick turnaround and super high quality work creating my photos into canvas wraps (you don’t have to be a professional photographer to visit James and Anna at 20 Maplewood Ave and have a canvas wrap of your work created) 

I’m really proud of the work.  Really proud of it.

Unfortunately we had a boat that stayed out lobstering past the time that the show ran so I could only manage to stop in to say hi in between offloading lobster boats and didn’t get out of work til after the show was over.  For the brief time I could stop in it was great to see many of our FOB’s and people from the Gloucester Education Fund who 10% of the proceeds of the sale of our work at Alchemy will go to.

if anyone else has photos from our opening could you send them in to goodmorninggloucester@yahoo.com I know Charlie Carroll was snapping away and Jason Grow was taking photos as well.  I’d love to see what I missed.


Don’t panic, we’ve figured tonight out for you

Raffle Prizes for the GCA FundraiserYou’re overwhelmed.  So are we.  That’s why we’ve got an itinerary that you can follow to make sure you get everything you really want to do into tonight.  It’s good practice for tomorrow (Men’s night in case you haven’t been paying attention).

For those of you who like to start early, it’s dinner at Jalapenos GCA fundraiser at 5pm.  While you’re there, enter to win some great prizes pictured to the right.  You don’t have to be present when the prizes are drawn in order to win.  Just be sure your name is on the raffle ticket.

At 6:30 catch the PART 1 premiere of Dan King on his Local Music Seen with Allen Estes farewell tribute with special guest J.B. Amero that we previewed in this post.  You can run home to catch the show, or, better yet, ask the bar manager where ever you are to turn the TV to Channel 12.

Then at 7, head over to Alchemy to see Chelsea Berry and drop off a toy for the Pathways Toy Drive.

Finish up the night at with Fly Amero and his 80s rock star guest Jon Butcher at the Rhumb Line.  Whew!

Then be sure to get plenty of rest so you can start all over tomorrow at Men’s Night.

Maggies Farm

Maggies Farm Middleton ©Kim Smith 2012

Last night we stopped at Mark McDonough’s newest restaurant, Maggies Farmlocated in Middleton. Disclaimer: our son Alex recently started working there although, I can honestly say, our dinners were simply outstanding. And as you can see in the photos, the portions are enormously generous.

Maggies Farm Restaurant Middleton ©Kim Smith 2012-2Alex recommended the Nachos and, even though I generally dislike shouty capitals– WOW is all I can say!

The host Kai was gracious and friendly and our waitress was super professional and efficient. The ambiance was warm, welcoming, and fun, and the crowd ranged in age from 20-somethings through the ages including dating couples, sports bar fans, a group of women getting together after work, and sitting next to us, was a grandmother with her granddaughter discussing the granddaughter’s upcoming wedding plans.

Maggies Farm Restaurant Middleton ©Kim Smith 2012-3

Husband Tom ordered the Fish and Chips. I did not try the fish however, the onion rings were the best I have ever tasted–extra crispy flavorful golden brown on the outside, perfectly sweet, tender onions within. We were not sitting under the lights and I apologize for the not-so-great photos, but we’ll be back often. I ‘d love to return at lunch time for better photos and to try more items on the menu. I struggled to decide and was more than happy with the delicious Pan Roasted Chicken with cranberry cornbread stuffing, parsnips, Brussel sprouts, and gravy (and much too full after the perfectly enormous plate of nachos to eat all my dinner). The menu is a collection of favorite comfort food from many cuisines, and is comfort food at its most sublime. For sushi-lovers, the sushi looked very tempting and is half-off on Monday nights. I can see any number of reasons to head over to Maggies for lunch or for dinner as it is only a five minute drive past the long stretch of shops, stores, and car dealerships that line Rt. 114. Maggies is located adjacent to Richardson’s Farm. When the weather warms it will be lots of fun to make a night of Richardson’s mini golf and dinner at Maggies!

Maggies Farm Restaurant Middleton -4 ©Kim Smith 2012.

The name Maggies Farm Restaurant is taken from the Bob Dylan song he penned (from the album Bringing it All Back Home), after his departure from acoustic folk to electric rock. See Mark McDonough’s Gloucester restaurants Alchemy, Latitude 43, and Minglewood.

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