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A Duckworth’s Valentine’s

Heart Cappuccino ©Kim Smith 2015Sweet Valentine’s inspired cappuccino made by Michelle

Thanks to the fabulous Chef Ken Duckworth, along with his wonderfully welcoming and hard working staff, for making a Valentine’s to remember. Duckworth’s was overflowing with guests last night–no one wanted to leave as it was so warm and cozy there–and Tom and I just had the best time catching up with neighborhood friends. We all relished in our good fortune to be seated at the Duckworth’s Table for Valentine’s Day. Thank you Chef Ken and Family for the Best Ever Valentine’s Day Dinner!

Dan, Colleen, Michelle Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2015Dan, Colleen, and Michelle

Lobster Risotto Ken Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2015Chef Ken’s Sublime Lobster Risotto ~ Tip: order the full serving and eat half (not to worry, the portions are hugely generous). Eat the other half for lunch the following day–doubly delish! Apologies please, my grainy phone photos don’t do this favorite dish justice.

Not to Be Missed: Frankenstein at the Writer’s Club!

One of my husband’s all time favorite books, I think he has already purchased tickets to the event!

Written by Mary Shelley (1797-1851) in 1818, when she was only 21, the story of why Frankenstein was written is nearly as interesting as is the novel. While traveling in Switzerland, Mary and her companions, Lord Byron, John Polidori, and lover Percy Shelley, decided to have a competition to see who could write the most frightening horror story. Mary dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made; her dream later became the story within the novel.
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Nicole Duckworth’s Best Granola (And Duckworth’s Re-opening This Thursday Night!)

Nicole Duckworth Granola ©Kim Smith 2015As you may already be aware, Nicole Duckworth makes the fabulous desserts at Duckworth’s Bistrot–her amazing ‘Death-By-Chocolate’ and ‘Banana Cake’ are two favorites that come to mind immediately. She stopped by with a wonderfully tasty maple-walnut-dried cherry granola, possibly the best ever, along with a sweet thank you note. When she has a spare moment, I’ll ask her if she can share the recipe. Our family thanks you Nicole!Jude Nicole Duckworth ©Kim Smith 2013

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Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2013Duckworth’s will be reopening on January 29th, 2015.

Did you make your Valentine’s Day Reservation?

Ken Duckworth Hosts Catcher in the Rye Event

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Ken Duckworth moderated a packed house at The Eastern Point Lit House Writer’s Book Club event, held at Duckworth’s on Sunday evening. Ken did a superb job both leading the lively and interesting discussion about Catcher in the Rye, and preparing a beautiful and delightfully delicious dinner for the attendees.

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Ken’s beautiful dinner menu included out-of-this-world delicious meatloaf, yummy pan-fried potatoes, one of my very favorite veggies, broccoli rabe, deviled eggs, shrimp, fresh fruit and cheeses, and several fabulous salads.

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Ken Duckworth Meatload ©kim Smith 2014 Writer's Book Club Duckworths ©Kim Smith 2014

The Writer’s Book Club at Duckworth’s is taking the month of December off, but will resume again in January with possibly a potluck dinner at the Eastern Point Lit House (Duckworth’s closes for several weeks during January). We’ll keep you updated about the details on GMG.

CatcherInTheRye1Although published in 1951, it was noteworthy to learn that Salinger wrote his first version of Catcher in the Rye, a play titled “Slight Rebellion of Madison” in 1946, while in the Army stationed in Normandy.

Catcher in the Rye has sold over 65,000,000 million copies and continues to sell approximately 250,000 copies each year.Dream_Catcher_(memoir)

 

Steve Almond Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworths

Stever Almond Duckworths ©kim Smith 2014Sunday evening’s Writer’s Book Club event featured best selling author Steve Almond and the sublime cuisine of Chef Ken Duckworth. Steve Almond is a gifted storyteller and wonderfully entertaining, as well as a superb moderator. He could teach any book and make it interesting!

SAteve Almond, Ken Duckworth, Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014

Next month’s Writer’s Book Club event features Ken Duckworth moderating The Catcher in the Rye. This event will sell out quickly so purchase your tickets today.

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Anita Diamant Moderator at Duckworth’s and the Writer’s Book Club Event!

Anita Diamant Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014The Eastern Point Lit House Writer’s Book Club, held at Duckworth’s on Sunday evening, was an absolutely fantastic and super fun event. Anitia Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Good Harbor, was the guest writer and she led a discussion about Billy Collins, her favorite poet. Anita has attended several Billy Collins readings and describes herself as his fangirl. Collins is the former Poet Laureate of the United States and one of the most widely read and popular of poets in American history.

Duckworths ©Kim Smith 2014The evening began with a beautiful array of delicious dishes, including shrimp with guacamole, Ken’s always fabulous polenta, and a medley of lightly cooked and dressed seasonal vegetables.

Dawn Sarrouf ©Kim Smith 2014JPGDawn Sarrouf  Reading from Ballistics

Guests took turns reading aloud poems from the collection titled Ballistics. Poignant, humorous, accessible, and with a brilliant compactness of writing, Collins reportedly sites cartoons as one of his greatest influences. Although I did not have time to read ahead of time, after listening to the selcetion of poems read aloud, I definitely look forward to reading Ballistics. This brings me to the point that Ken Duckworth made, which is that at the Writer’s Book Club, no one need feel as though they must read the book prior to the event and that it can be just as interesting to hear about the book selection for the first time from the perspective of other guests, which (as it has for me on several occasions) may in turn lead to reading the book.

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Anita Diamant ©Kim Smith 2014Anita Diamant and Her Husband Jim Reading a Favorite Poem

Dan's Dahlia's ©Kim Smith 2014Master Horticulturist Dan’s Dinner Plate-sized Dahlia!

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September’s Writer’s Book Club selection is The Secret Life of Bees, and will be led by moderator S Stephanie. Purchase your tickets sooner rather than later as these fun and lively Writer’s Book Club events sell out quickly!

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Breaking News: Anita Diamant is the The Book Club @ Duckworth’s August Guest Speaker!!!

New York Times best selling author Anita Diamant will be leading the discussion at the The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot event on August 17th.

Come join the table of the fabulous Chef Ken Duckworth in a discussion of Ballistics by Billy Collins. collins_ballistics_front For more information about the event and to purchase tickets click here:The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot.

From the Eastern Point Lit House website ~ Anita Diamant writing career began in Boston in 1975. As a freelance journalist, she contributed to local magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine, branching out into regional and national media, with articles in New England Monthly, Yankee, Self, Parenting, Parents, McCalls, and Ms. She also wrote about Jewish practice and the Jewish community for Reform Judaism magazine, Hadassah magazine, and jewishfamily.com. A collection of her essays appears in the book, Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship and Other Leaps of Faith. Diamant’s first book was The New Jewish Wedding, which she followed the with five more guidebooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events. In 1997, Diamant published her first work of fiction, The Red Tent, whichthe independent booksellers alliance honored as its “Booksense Best Fiction” selection in 2001. Diamant’s novels, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown, are both set in Cape Ann. red-tent

What’s Your Favorite Leftover Lunch?

What’s your favorite leftover lunch? My husband’s is lasagna. Please write and let us know!

Here’s my move: Go to Duckworth’s Bistrot and, for the first course, order Chef Ken’s sublime Crispy Polenta with grilled portabella mushrooms, spinach, and creamy mushroom sauce. This is fairly filling. For the main course, ask for a full serving of their famously fabulous Lobster Risotto, which is served with a medley of fresh seasonal vegetables. You will be so full after only eating a third and won’t possibly be able to have another bite. No worries though because it makes the most magnificent leftover lunch the following day!

Duckworth's Lobster Risotto ©Kim Smith 2014

Notice all the chunks of lobster meat. Duckworth’s Lobster Risotto is so chock-filled with Captain Joe’s fresh-caught lobster, you won’t have any trouble partitioning off some for your sumptuous leftover lunch.

 

 

Chickity Check It! The Duck Featured In The Boston Globe

DINING OUT

Fine French dining for all wallets

By Coco McCabe and Doug Stewart

| GLOBE CORRESPONDENTS   MAY 18, 2014

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Duckworth’s Bistrot, an intimate French-influenced restaurant serving dinner five nights a week, has been a mecca for discerning diners since it opened in Gloucester 10 years ago.

For many, a special attraction is that almost every entrée on its ever-changing menu of the day, which might include eggplant roulade stuffed with scallops, shrimp, and monkfish ($22) or grilled whole quail with a goat-cheese mousse ($26), is offered as a half portion (in these cases, $12 and $14, respectively).

For the entire article click here

“The Last Fish Tale” Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworth’s ~ Get Your Tickets Now!

Another beautiful jpeg flyer from Chris Anderson at Eastern Point Lit House. Thanks so much Chris for making sharing with our GMG readers so enjoyable.  Also, get ready for some super exciting breaking news from Eastern Point Lit House!

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GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, James and Anna Eves and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/10/14

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GloucesterCast With Guests Kim Smith, James and Anna Eves and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/10/14

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Topics Include: Kim Smith Definitely Does Not Sound Like Julia Child, 80% Dead Bees In Local Bee Hive, Frankly There Are Many Initiatives For A Lot Of Initiatives, Milk Drinking Game, Debating The New Cape Ann License Plate Logo, No Codfish Entries, Political Correctness and Corporate Speak, Suey Park and Steven Colbert, Burt’s Bee Dusting Powder, Cotton Is For Suckers, Calamari Appetizer At The Franklin, Duckworth’s Bistrot Lobster Risotto Takeout For Kim Smith, Kim Smith’s Mexico Butterfly Interview Video

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The Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworth’s Bistrot

Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014Chris Anderson

This past Sunday’s Writer’s Book Club Event, held at Duckworth’s Bistrot, was well-attended. Chris Anderson, the editor and co-founder of Eastern Point Lit House, led a very interesting discussion about the book The Things They Carried, written by Tim O’Brien. The Things They Carried is a collection of short stories about a platoon of soldiers in the Vietnam War and is semi-autobigraphical. O’Brien was Chris’s professor in grad school!

From wiki ~ The book is critically acclaimed and O’Brien has expressed surprise at how the book has become a staple in middle schools and high schools, stating that he “certainly hadn’t imagined fourteen year-old kids, eighteen year-olds, those even in their early twenties reading the book.”

Ken Duckworth Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014Chef Ken Duckworth and Chris Anderson

Chef Ken Duckworth prepared a beautiful spread. I only stopped in for a brief period of time as I was on my way to film the Groppo’s Sunday evening Saint Joseph mass and was unable to stay to enjoy the very tasty-looking appetizers and entrees. Thank you Chris, Michelle, Jenn, and Ken for inviting me. Next time I look forward to staying longer!

Barbara and Al Boudreau ©Kim Smith 2014 copyBarbara and Al Boudreau

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The Writer’s Book Club at Duckworth’s Presents “The Things They Carried”

Very much looking forward to this Writer’s Book Club event, presented by Eastern Point Lit House and Duckworth’s Bistrot! Chris Anderson, one of my favorite people and a GMG FOB, is going to be leading the event. This promises to be a great discussion, made especially enjoyable as it will be held at the always warm and welcoming Duckworth’s restaurant, accompanied by the sublime Ken Duckworth viands!! I hope to see you there!

Chris writes:

Hi Kim!

Glad you’re back. But with this snow, I bet you wish you were still in Mexico;
Can you help spread the word about these upcoming EPLH events? I’d really appreciate it. The reading this Sunday is going to be great–Joseph Riippi is a wonderful writer and person. And I’ll be leading the book club at Duckworth’s. We’re doing Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, a modern classic, and one of my favorite books (I was lucky enough to attend workshops/hang with Tim in grad school back in Texas). I can’t wait!

Hope this finds you well (and warm).

Thank you!
Chris

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Beautiful Morning After Snowfall in East Gloucester Square

Beacon marine Basin © Kim Smith 2013Beacon Marine Basin ~ Click photos to view full size

Wednesday morning East Gloucester was especially beautiful although, is anywhere not magically beautiful after a new fallen snow? While photographing around the neighborhood, I nearly ran into Frieda on her way into her shop, Again and Again (with lots of terrific gift items for last minute shoppers). After photographing down by the North Shore Art Association I stopped in to say hello to Frieda and Beth at Again and Again (see yesterday’s post).

Leaving the shop, and while admiring Duckworth’s wreath and lovely holiday decor, I met Ken Duckworth outside his bistro. We had a friendly chat and I was reminded of what a fabulous neighborhood is ours. At that moment I was thinking not of the beauty that surrounds, but of our wonderful neighbors.

Maritime Heritage center ©Kim Smith 2013Maritime Center from Smith’s Cove

Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2013Duckworth’s in the Snow

Dinner at Duckworth’s Bistrot anytime of the year, but most especially during the holidays, is always a very special treat. Plan to go soon for your Duckworth’s fix because I believe they close for several weeks during. January.

East main Street snow © Kim Smith 2013Snowy Morning East Main Street

Pine cones snow ©Kim Smith 2013 copyGlitter Pine Cones

Duckworth's wreath ©Kim Smith 2013Duckworth’s Wreath

This is the first little batch of photos after Tuesday’s snowfall. I don’t like to post too many full-size photos in the same post because it bumps my fellow contributors too far down the page. I’ll post more from Wednesday morning’s after snowfall tomorrow.

Reminder: Steve Allen at Duckworth’s Today at 5:00

539wJoin Steve Almond today at 5:00 at Duckworth’s Bistrot for a lively discussion of Stoner by John Williams.

For ticket information visit the events page of Eastern Point Lit House

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For More information about the event see previous GMG post: Don’t Miss Steve Almond at Duckworth’s!

Don’t Miss Steve Almond at Duckworth’s!

539wJoin Steve Almond on September 15th at 5:00 at Duckworth’s Bistrot for a lively discussion of Stoner by John Williams.

SteveAlmond1_smallSteve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself. His memoir Candyfreak was a New York Times Bestseller. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.

SteveAlmondwithJudeFor ticket information visit the events page of Eastern Point Lit House

Duckworth's ©Kim Smith 2013 copyDuckworth’s Bistrot at 197 East Main Street, Gloucester

Eastern Point Lit House and Duckworth’s Bistrot invite you to join your favorite authors as they sit down over a glass of fine wine and fresh, seasonal appetizers to discuss a book that moves them. This is not a lecture–guests are strongly encouraged to engage in the discussion. Our goal is to have fun in a thoughtful way. Make sure to reserve your spot early. Seating is limited, and you’ll want to give yourself time to read the book of the month.

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Michelle serving some of Nicole’s ‘Sweet Treats’ at Duckworth’s

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Eastern Point Lit House is a center dedicated to expanding the literary arts in their home of Gloucester, Massachusetts, as well as the greater world. We want to help you tell your story and name your world. 

Located in Gloucester, Massahcusetts, America’s oldest fishing village and arts colony, we find inspiration every day surrounded by stunning beauty in all forms. We hope that one day you’ll be able to join us for a workshop, a writing retreat, a reading, or simply a cup of coffee. All are welcome. 

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