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EJ Lefavour’s opening at Alchemy

On Thursday night, I joined the other GMG contributors, FOBs, local artists, friends, and passers-by at EJ’s show opening at Alchemy.  I got there right at the start.  Of course, EJ was there with her radiant smile, putting the last touches on things.


Wine and munchies were served, with Alchemy’s usual aesthetic and culinary flair.

https://i2.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8066/8232924697_4d459aeeab_z.jpgThere was a good turnout of people, and EJ made a number of sales in the time I was there (including a print that I bought on the spot and another I ordered in a custom size…). Not surprising, given the beauty and uniqueness of her work.

https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8487/8232923963_a53f7c936e_z.jpgOther illustrious visitors:



Go down and check out the art! Maybe you’ll find just the right painting, photo or print to give to a family member or friend for Christmas.

Fr. Matthew Green

Alchemy of Art Opening – Wednesday August 8th 5:30-7:30

From Jim Clyde:
“When the immortal Scottish poet Robert Burns penned the words….”the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang oft agley…” he must have had the plein air painter in mind.

Many times I have set up my easel in the brilliant sun of a mid-winter day only to find a short time later that the temperature has dropped 20 degrees and the wind has created a chill factor that renders one’s fingers inoperable.  Struggle on or pack it up?

Or the refulgent summer sky deteriorates into overcast and thunderstorms.  Not wishing to confirm Franklin’s theory of electricity, I fold up my easel and head home.

But there is nothing quite like painting outdoors, or “en plein air”.  Under the tutelage of Gloucester painter/teacher David Curtis, I have gained an appreciation of outdoor painting and the spontaneity that it necessarily generates.  By the way, you can always identify a painting that’s been done en plein air…. There are bugs and grass in the paint!”

Jim Clyde

Come join us to see Jim and his work this coming Wednesday evening to Alchemy’s brick room gallery from 5:30-7:30 PM.  And when you’re done taking in the view, if you’re still feeling frisky stick around for some live music by John Rockwell and some ladies night delights.  Music from 7-9.

Have you figured out what to do for Father’s Day? (It’s Sunday)

Ok here are some great ideas:

  1. Stuff the kids in the car and take a Sunday drive to Latitude43 for their Classic Car Meet and Honky Tonk BBQ.  They are having pulled pork in the smoker and smokin’ hot Johnny Carwash beating out classic 60’s surf songs and rockabilly.
  2. Linda Amero Trio at Captain Carlo’s
  3. Brunch at Alchemy with Flynn Cohen & Friends
  4. Brunch at Seaward Inn with Julie Dougherty

That’s 4 ideas from 11am – 3pm.  10 more choices after 3pm and 14 choices TODAY (Sat)! Check out the full list here.

Get out and enjoy family, friends, and some great music on Cape Ann.

Hoe Down and Happenin’

Hoe Down & Happenin’  –  A Farm-to-Table Dinner
June 24, 4-9 pm
Celebrate summer and local food with Alchemy and friends at Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation
A slice of heaven on earth local food fans won’t want to miss…
A raw bar station sourced from local suppliers, BBQ lobster salad sliders, local caught yellow-fin, house-smoked pulled pork,Tendercrop Farm skirt steak…a table full of farm-fresh organic greens and vegetable salads, and desserts that will bring locavores to tears! And it’s all taking place on one of the longest nights of the year, within the magnificent surroundings of the Cox Reservation.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 24, 4-9pm, as Alchemy Bistro brings local fare with a flair to Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation with the Hoe Down & Happenin’, with proceeds to benefit Greenbelt’s local land conservation efforts.

Limited tickets:  $100.00 pp includes:

• Cocktail hour with music, raw bar, special local brews and wines
• Creative food stations presented by Alchemy Bistro and local artisanal
• Bluegrass music featuring Flynn Cohen
• Cash bar with signature cocktails, wines and local beer
Purchase tickets online or call 978-768-7241.

Main Street in the snow

The snow we got last Wednesday was just enough to make things look pretty on Main Street:

Main Street in the snow

Alchemy’s already cool sign is made even cooler by the snowflakes and snowy branches around it, which make it look warm and inviting.  I’ve only eaten there once so far, but it was on a cold winter evening, and it really was cozy inside – and the food was great too.

Alchemy $15 for $30 Deal


The Skinny

  • Voucher 10/3/11
  • Limit two vouchers per person
  • Reservations required
  • Limit one voucher per table
  • Valid Sunday-Thursday for lunch and dinner only
  • Not valid for alcohol
  • Full deal value must be used in one transaction
  • Voucher not valid for gratuity
  • No cash back
  • Cannot be combined with other offers or special promotions
  • Voucher valid 24 hours after purchase

The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 5

The Farmer’s Market, The DTF Burger Challenge, New Gloucester Restaurants,Palermos, Essex Seafood, Alchemy, Hale Street,Boston Derby Dame Roller Derby, Groupon,  Real Estate, The 4 worst mistakes you can make when selling your home, New CSA in Town With Joey and Kenny

Click here to play or save the podcast

Check Out Kenny’s Blog- TheCutBridge.com

  1. The GloucesterCast Theme Song  Gloucester Til The End Music is from Earl and Arch- you can download it for free at GimmeSound here- http://www.gimmesound.com/EarlAndArch-1/

Alchemy News


Dear Joey,

There’s nothing that says "weekend" like a relaxing brunch. The only thing better is if someone else cooks it! At Alchemy we are cooking up a savory brunch that can be enjoyed while relaxing on our couches and armchairs while reading the paper or listening to bluegrass music. In fact our Bluegrass Sunday brunch has become so popular that we’ve added a Saturday Celtic brunch 11-2. We think we have the best tasting brunch around, we know we have the best sounding one.  … and we have a full bar license and no lines!  Brunch starts at 10:30, the music goes on at 11.

Lots of people are calling themselves "foodies" these days. Lots of people think they have to go to Boston for serious culinary adventure. Not anymore. Check out our monthly "Foodie Nights."

We hope to see you soon,


An invitation from Alchemy’s owner, Mark McDonough…

Foodie Nights at Alchemy

Have you ever wished for a monthly dinner party where our local foodies pull out all the stops for a fabulous night of food and drink? I have. My chefs have. Every now and then they need to spread their culinary wings and create food beyond the standard fare – even if it is as wonderful as Alchemy fare.

So we’re going to start our own foodie dinner party on the first Monday of every month in the back room of Alchemy. We’ll create a five course tasting menu with about seven different wine and beer pairings. It’s a tasting dinner so three of the courses will have three items each – three apps, three entrees and three desserts.

We did a test run of this tasting dinner for the North Shore food bloggers in January. Here are their glowing reports:

From GDT columnist Heather Atwood

From NorthShoreDish.com

From Gringo Chapin

From LighterandLocal.com

The cost is $50 for the dinner and $3 for each beverage you choose from our flight of mini-glasses chosen to pair with each course.  This is truly a "first come, first served" event. The first 14 people to secure a $50 prepaid reservation will have a spot at the table. 

To make your reservation for Mar 7 at 6PM, please call Alchemy 978-281-3997 and indicate if you want to be seated at the family style table or the individual servings table.  We’ll do our best to accommodate your preference.

Please send this on to all your foodie friends. We need your help to create a monthly dinner party for North Shore foodies.

There is a New Brunch in Town

Celtic Brunch 

Saturdays from 11-2 with Emerald Rae, Seán Connor and Friends

Emerald and Sean are award winning fiddle players who play all over the world and just happen to live in Gloucester.  Emerald is also a world class teacher of Irish Step Dancing.She’ll even give an impromptu class in Irish Step Dancing if you ask.

Live Celtic Music Sessions are an informal gathering of musicians – there is no agenda and all are welcome.  The seisuin dates back to the early part of the 20th century in America and was a way for immigrants to get a taste of home. 


Free $5

Bring this coupon for $5 off lunch.
That’s your reward for reading to the end :))
One per table – not combinable with other offers.

Deb Bretton Robinson The artist of The Month at Alchemy

I’ve featured Deb’s work before on the pages of GMG.  now she has the space at Alchemy-

She writes-

Come in from the cold and enjoy Debra Bretton Robinson’s exhibit of her acrylic paintings at the Alchemy Cafe and Bistro on 3 Duncan St., Gloucester until March 4th aptly titled "Out of the Cold".  She includes many vibrant, warm and colorful scenes of Gloucester and Cape Ann.  Don’t miss it! 


misery island

The Alchemy of Art–Call To Artists

Alchemy Tapas & Bistro is Gloucester’s newest culinary patron of the arts. Building on his original vision of Alchemy as a “community living room” and a gathering place for cultural creatives, owner Mark McDonough was proud to formally cut the ribbon of “The Alchemy of Art” Gallery by hosting and showcasing the work of local artist Baraka Robin Berger. The ribbon cutting ceremony and the gallery’s official opening occurred in mid November and showcases Baraka’s artwork through the months of November and December.

“We envision doing this in partnership with the community and in such a way where both the artists and local organizations benefit. We are pleased to say we will be contributing our consignment fee of 10% of all art sales directly to the Gloucester Education Foundation. At the end of 2011 Alchemy will host an annual silent auction and party at Alchemy on behalf of the Gloucester Education Foundation with all proceeds directly benefiting the foundation. But don’t wait until then before coming by Alchemy to purchase that perfect gift of art for the holiday season!

In January “The Alchemy of Art” Gallery will showcase the work of the popular local artist Patti Sullivan. Patti’s opening will be at Alchemy on Wednesday January 12th at 5:30-7:30 pm. Eleven other local artists will be showcased throughout 2011. Each series will open the second Wednesday of the month and include an “Evening with the Artist” in which the new series will be personally introduced by the artist and patrons can enjoy an evening of live music, appetizers, and drinks while viewing the art and talking with the artist.

Alchemy would like to put out a Request for Artists and invite local artists who are interested in potentially showing their art at Alchemy to respond by December 15th by contacting Alchemy. Upon contacting us we will send out our “Guidelines for Consideration” package. Artists to be showcased in 2011 will be chosen by December 31st and will be contacted by Alchemy within the second week of January 2011. For more information please contact Matt Rose at mattalchemy@gmail.com. For information on the GEF and its’ mission, go to their website at www.thinkthebest.org


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