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Dawn’s wondeeful mini apple tarts at Passports European inspired October Fest wine dinner Thursday night. Recipe please!


dscf4337My husband and I like to make it¬†to every wine dinner event at Passports because it is¬†a¬†wonderful¬†opportunity to taste¬†outstanding¬†and¬†delicious entrees,¬†appetizers,¬†and wines that we¬†wouldn’t ordinarily try. For example, I LOVE Passport’s lobster roll and think it is the absolute best around. So that’s what I usually have¬†when there¬†and it is always fabulous.¬†At their¬†upcoming wine dinner, which is this coming Thursday, September 22nd, the first course is Captain Joe’s lobster in sherry cream sauce with¬†Pastaio’s handmade campenelle pasta. Doesn’t that sound simply splendid? Each course at¬†Passport’s wine dinners are paired with a thoughtful selection of excellent¬†wines, and with the lobster, we will be enjoying¬†Stags Leap Chardonnay from Chef Eric’s special reserve.¬†Come, I guarantee¬†you will not be disappointed!!

September Wine Dinner

1st Course: Captain Joe’s lobster in sherry cream sauce over Pastaio’s handmade campenelle pasta, served with Stags leap Chardonnay.

2nd Course: Jerk pork shank w/sweet potato hash accompanied by Hess Select Trio, Red Blend.

3rd Course: Pepper crusted Brandt beef tenderloin, grilled polenta, radish and tomato¬†B√©arnaise with Rodney Strong Brother’s Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon.

4th Course: Pumpkin pie, from locally grown pumpkins, and pistachio crumble, with Argyle, Vintage Brut.

To reserve a seat and for more information on the September Wine Dinner call 978-281-3680.

While there check out the new paintings by artists Elizabeth Bish and Coco Berkman. 




Words won’t adequately describe how delicious was Passport’s French¬†dinner. I had only¬†my cell phone camera with me but I think you will¬†get the¬†idea.¬†

IMG_97271st Course ~ Superb panko crusted super fresh big eye tuna, crispy rare, with sweet and spicy sriracha glaze, and carrot snow pea slaw. My husband says it is his new favorite entree, anywhere, anytime. Served with sparkling Brut Dargent Blanc de Blanc

IMG_9730Rock shrimp in basil pesto with Danielle’s Pastaio escarole, radicchio, and cheese ravioli. U-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e! With¬†Jean and Paul Benoit Droin Chablis.

IMG_9740Beyond amazingly delicious hard sear all natural sirloin with marchand de vin, potato gratin, and braised kale. Served with Louis Latour Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine. 

Nick DiFazio from M.S. Walker did an outstanding job selecting the accompanying wines. The three entree-sized servings were simply exquisite and, along with the blood orange sorbet for dessert, it was one of my favorite dinners I have ever experienced. Thank you Passports for the wonderfully joyful cooking. Hats off to Chefs Eric, Jeremy, and Alex!

The cost of the wine dinners is 45.00 per person, which in my opinion is an extraordinarily low price considering the caliber of the food and wine. Each course is served with a VERY generous glass of perfectly paired wine, four glasses in all. IMG_9752

Nick DiFazio from M.S. Walker


After each Passports wine dinner, I think, how can they possibly top this? Last night’s menu surely took¬†the cake!

The charming and knowledgeable Matt Rose presented a fine selection of East Coast wines from Bedell Wines of North Fork, Long Island, and with that theme in mind, Chef Eric Lorden, Jeremy, and company created a menu that was pure American and pure delish.

Where else can you go for a dinner of four sublimely delicious courses, each course paired with a different wine, outstanding and welcoming service, learn about new wines, and all for the amazingly reasonable price of $45.00??

Cell phone photos do not do this food justice, but at least you can get an idea.

Eric Lorden, if you are reading this, please add all these dishes to your daily menu!! 

IMG_8564First Course – Jeremy’s Clams Casino

FullSizeRender (61)Second Course – Pulled pork and fried oyster slider on grilled brioche

FullSizeRender (60)Third Course¬†–¬†Yankee pot roast, mashed root veggies, sauteed ramps

IMG_8604Fourth Course – Fresh strawberry shortcake

FullSizeRender (59)The rose was paired with the strawberry shortcake.

FullSizeRender (57)Matt Rose from Carolina Wines


Thanks so much to our hosts, Passports owner and Chef Eric Lorden and wine expert Matt Rose, for a lovely evening of exquisite food paired perfectly with a selection of fine southern Italian wines.

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Superb, and my new favorite entree, is Eric’s rosemary scented duck leg, with walnut gremolata* and red quinoa, which was paired with an delicious¬†rich and spicy red, Pipoli Aglianico, Del Vuture. What a treat! The¬†shrimp scampi was equally as tasty, and for your information, Eric only purchases fresh native Gulf shrimp, no questionable¬†farm-raised Asian shrimp is served at Passports.

Matt did an absolutely excellent job explaining¬†the different regions from where the wines hailed as well as sharing interesting stories about the Sicilian farmers and families that grow the wines. As usual, the service at¬†Passports was outstanding.¬†Don’t miss the next Passports wine dinner; I recommend making an¬†early reservation. The restaurant was filled with equally as happy and satisfied patrons¬†as were my husband and I.¬†

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Hosts Matt Rose and Eric Lorden

* I had to look up exactly what is gremolata (or gremolada) and it is a chopped herb condiment classically made with garlic, parsley, and lemon zest.

Looking Forward to Passport’s Wine Dinner Thursday Evening!


Eric Lorden, I am begging you, please add the Oysters Rockefeller to your regular menu!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oysters Rockerfeller Passports Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015

Thursday night we attended Passports Sparkling Wine Dinner and it was out of this world delish. We Loved everything–the sparkling wine selections, especially the creamy Blanc de Blanc Brut Dargent from France–and each and everyone one of the dishes was fantastic. But if I had to choose a favorite of the¬†favorites, I must say that¬†Eric’s¬†Oysters Rockefeller is sublime. Perhaps he’ll share his recipe–I am going to get right on that!

Oysters Rockefeller was created in 1899¬†by Jules Alcitore¬†at the world renowned¬†New Orleans restaurant Antoine’s. At that time there was a shortage of snails coming into America from Europe. Jules was looking for a substitute and he wanted the replacement to be local to avoid future problems in procuring the product.

My copy of Antoine’s cookbook does not include the recipe; to this day, it is still top secret.

Passports Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015

The sesame encrusted diver scallops with¬†jasmine rice was definitely an entree¬†I’m inspired to try making¬†at home.

Check Out Passport’s Wine Dinner Thursday Night!

There are only a handful of reservations remaining for Passport’s Wine Dinner tomorrow, Thursday, night. If you’ve not yet been to one of Passport’s special wine and food pairing dinners, GO!! You will have a wonderfully enjoyable evening of four fabulous food and wine¬†courses¬†for the unbelievable price of only $35.00.¬†This month’s event¬†features several new wines that are being added to the Passport’s wine list.

Call to make your reservation today because after Eric goes to market tomorrow, they will not be accepting any more reservations. 978-281-3680. Dinner begins at 7:00pm.

I hope to see you there!

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GloucesterCast 119 Taped 2/22/15 With Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

GloucesterCast 119 Taped 2/22/15 With Guests Alicia DeWolfe, Kim Smith Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 105 Featuring Kim Smith, Nichole Schrafft and Toby Pett With Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/23/14 #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 105 Featuring Kim Smith Nichole Schrafft and Toby Pett With Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/23/14

Topics Include: New GloucesterCast Subscriber Contest Number 2 Click Here To Subscribe and Enter– One Of The First Ten New Subscribers To The GloucesterCast Will Win a New Copy of Kim Smith’s Book Oh Garden Of Fresh Possibilities, A $35 Value, Winner Must Pick Up Book At the Dock and Will Be Announced On GloucesterCast 106, Kim Smith’s Monarch Film Trailer, Kim Smith’s Kickstarter Campaign For Her Monarch Film, Collin Keegan Science All Around Us, Tom Ellis, Nubar Alexanian, Last Week’s Podcast Subscriber T Shirt Winner Is Robert Lukach, Donna Ardizzoni Is Everywhere, Eating Like a Dock Worker, Passports Wine Dinner, Nichole Schrafft Let’s Down the Entire Readership and Baby Orphans Are Dying Because Of It, Paulie Walnuts Is Back (Surprise Surprise), Turducken, Big Green Egg, Nichole Schrafft, Chinese Food For Jewish People On Christmas, Mench On A Bench, Elf On The Shelf, When Do You Have Your Christmas/Hanukkah Shopping Done?, Trader Joe’s Amaretto, Trader Joe’s Frozen Fish Is Disgusting, Trout Is Like Poison, Detroit/Newark/Cincinnati, Energy Efficiency Discussion, Toby’s Gorton Review, The Food and Gift Emporium, Jessica Brand, Request For Nichole To Put Together A Children’s Gift Suggestion List, Grandpa Gave All the Cousin’s Hatchets When We Were 7 Years Old, Report On Finn’s Status After His Horrible Fall, Participation Awards and MVP Awards, The Game Ball,Happy Thanksgivingūüôā

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GloucesterCast 104 Featuring Guests Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/16/14

GloucesterCast 104 Featuring Guests Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 11/16/14

Topics Include: Free Grand Prix Of Gloucester Cyclocross Rapha T-Shirt For One Of The First Ten Verified GloucesterCast Subscribers- Subscribe Here, Congratulations To Pat Conant Winner Of Facebook Contest, Thanks To Paul Morrison For Fresh Limes, Good Egg James Fiahlo Copper Dory Planter Raises $350 For Paul Russo Brain Cancer Foundation– High Bidder From Gayle Piraino GAP Promotions is the High Bidder, Clean Gloucester and The One Hour At A Time Gang Cleans First Parish Burial Ground, Revitalization Of Magnolia Continues, The Chesire Cat, The Magnolia Consignment Store,Chef From the Patio Now At Magnolia Pub, Sawyer Free Library, Passports Wine Dinner Coming Up This Thursday, Electricity Rate Wrinkle, Arthur Bevalaqua, Solar Panels, Gloucester Clam Ads Turn Out To Be A Positive, The Idea That Unless You Are Losing Money You Are A Bad Person, The Football Post, Over Prescribing Drugs To Control Kids,Science All Around Us, Nubar Alexanian, Tom Ellis,¬† Paul Boudreau, Turducken Is Out, What Will This Year’s Thanksgiving Food Fad Be, The Chateau’s Fried Ravioli, Joey’s Favorite Things- Krups Coffee Grinder, Bonavita Pourover Coffee Maker, Contigo Autoseal Coffee Travel Mug, Prynt , Taste Of Magnolia, Lillian LoGrasso’s Event, Lobster Trap Tree, Shop Rockport, TBT Post, Alpaca Sweaters, Brother’s Brew Will Be Open For Shop Rockport, Marshall’s Farm Stand, Thank You To Nichole’s Family To-Do Post, Joppa Flats, Ruby and Luke McElhenny and Dax Who Was Named After Dax Shepard, The Alpaca’s That Eat You.




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GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14

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GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14


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The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 13

GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 13

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Taped January 30, 2012 with hosts Joey Ciaramitaro from GoodMorningGloucester.org and Kenny MacCarthy from www.CapeAnnInfo.com

Show Notes:

Restaurant news, Tacos Lupita, Passports Wine Dinner, George’s Coffee Shop, the Patriots, Vermin Supreme and politics, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball update, Kenny points out a special property, Kenny searches for a local vet.