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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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GloucesterCast 224 With Paul Russo, JD MacEacheran, Elise Jillson and Tucker Smith, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/28/17

GloucesterCast 224 With Paul Russo, JD MacEacheran, Elise Jillson and Tucker Smith, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/28/17

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Topics Include:

www.themindfulsight.com Paul Russo’s Blog
Maine House votes to join Atlantic time zone, if New Hampshire and Massachusetts do the same
The change would put an end to resetting the clocks each spring and fall and keep Maine on the equivalent of daylight saving time year-round.
Rocky Neck 5K with JD MacEacheran www.rockyneck5k.com Free t shirts for registered if you register by May 1st.  After Party and Food Provided by Dennis Dyer at The Studio for Registrants
Ruddy Turnstone Piping Plover Lecture at Parker River National Refuge- Spoke about GHB piping Plovers
Passports Putting In Twelve Tap Beer System

GloucesterCast 223 with Nicohle Schrafft, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped April 23, 2017

GloucesterCast 223 with Nicohle Schrafft, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped April 23, 2017

 

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Topics Include:

Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz staying at Rocky Neck Accommodations
VRBO
April is Fire season throughout Ma through May- Be careful burning Joey’s Burn Barrel DIY post
Greenbelt is purchasing Woodland Acres (50 acres)
April the Giraffe Pregnancy Cam
Our Gloucester BBQ Delegation Group On Facebook– Craig Kimberley came up with the name and we designed a logo for our new Facebook Group for people that love to grill.
Restaurant round up from www.capeanneats.com

Fine artist Loren Doucette: Great teacher announces fall/winter classes

Loren Doucette Studio and Teaching, (978)-879-6588, 1 Center Street (between Passports and Pastaio Via Corta), Gloucester, MA, www.lorendoucetteart.com

All classes to be held on the 3rd Floor at 1 Center Street @TenPoundStudio space, silk painting studio

Loren Doucette’s DRAWING THURSDAYS, 9-11:30AM, beginning November 3rd

Loren Doucette’s EXPRESSIVE PAINTING THURSDAYS, WATERCOLOR & ACRYLIC,  2-4:30PM, beginning November 3rd

Loren Doucette’s SATURDAY WORKSHOP & PRIVATE OFFERINGS, monthly 2nd Saturdays, starting November 12, 9AM-noon

 

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Announcing Loren Doucette’s 2014 new space at 1 Center Stree

 

 

 

FABULOUS UPCOMING WINE DINNER AT PASSPORTS AND CHECK OUT THE NEW ART WORK ON DISPLAY

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 Béarnaise 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. 

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VIDEO: GIANT KING SALMON @ PASSPORTS #gloucesterma

Eric has something HUGE cooking up tonight!! If you want a taste of these huge fish, Passports is running a special tonight, the secret is in the video!

PASSPORTS WINE DINNER DELIGHT!

We enjoyed yet another outstanding Passports wine dinner event this past Thursday evening, hosted by owner and Chef Eric Lorden and wine expert Matt Rose. Each of the four wonderfully delicious courses was paired with the perfect wine from the Loire Valley of France. And too, my husband and I enjoy so much the welcoming wait staff at Passports. Michael and Sally were our servers and they are always friendly and professional. We especially appreciate their fine and seamless service during the wine dinner events with a dining room bursting with patrons.

IMG_9164My favorite of the wines was the Champalou, Vouvray 2014 accompanying the salad of heirloom tomatoes, Tasso Lardons, Dolce Bleu, fava beans, butter lettuce, and Provencal vinaigrette.

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Fantabulous roast lamp chops, with capers and wild mushrooms

Passports serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. They open at 11:30 am. You’ll love their everyday menu and they also post daily specials on Facebook, which you can check out here. Passports will be resuming their wine dinners in the early fall.

Our son Alex and Chef G rocked Passports wine dinner last night. So proud ❤️

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INCOMPARABLY DELICIOUS

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.

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PASSPORTS WINE DINNER IS ALWAYS A SPECIAL TREAT

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.

OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER-TO-DIE-FOR AT PASSPORTS!

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

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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.

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

Tuesday is Passports Community Dinner Night!

Join us Tuesday nights for Passports Restaurant’s Community Dinner Nights!

  • 4 – 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Requested

Celebrating 20 years in business we are giving back to the community every Tuesday night. Full menu also available.

If you would like to inquire about support for your organization, please email us at passportsrestaurant@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!

Passports Restaurant 110 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Please call for Reservations: 978.281.3680

For questions please call:

Eric Lorden

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Passports Community Dinner Night to Support the Cape Ann YMCA!

Join us Tuesday nights for Passports Restaurant’s Community Dinner Nights!

 

  • 4 – 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Requested

Celebrating 20 years in business we are giving back to the community every Tuesday night. Full menu also available.

If you would like to inquire about support for your organization, please email us at passportsrestaurant@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!

Passports Restaurant 110 Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Please call for Reservations: 978.281.3680

For questions please call:

Eric Lorden

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A HUGE SUCCESS!!! COMMUNITY NIGHT IS A HIT AT PASSPORTS!

I am speechless, without words, and really full from the first Community Night at Passports held for the League of Women Voters! The portions were over-the-top, the flavors were fantastic, and the vibe was amazing. Every participant could not help but smile and toast to the folks around them that were having an equally great time. And above all, money was raised for local scholarships! Thank you again to Lyla, Eric, and the entire PASSPORTS staff for making this a wonderful night that bares repeating!! I look forward to the next big Community Night, and the good times and funds it will raise. See you there! ($15 for 3 courses?..Yep, it’s true)THE BOUILLABAISSE THE HAPPY FOLKS THE STEAK

 

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! HELP RAISE MONEY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, ALL WHILE HAVING AN AMAZING MEAL!

 

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Do you have a local community based group that want’s help with a fund raising dinner night? Please contact Passports!!

GloucesterCast 121 St Paddy’s Day 2015 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

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GloucesterCast 121 St Paddy’s Day 2015 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Snow Melt, Vacation At The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, All Inclusive Today vs All Inclusive 15 Years Ago, Riviera Maya vs Cancun, Thanks Super K and @HRHRivieraMaya, Yoga Is Where It’s At, St Joseph’s Day Props To All The Families Who Have Kept Up The Traditions, St Paddy’s Day At The Rhumb Line, Tom O’Brien’s Baru, Mike Lindberg, Earl Foote Video, Favorite Greasy Pole Walk Video, Cacciatore’s Blowing Up Toby’s Phone While We Tape The Podcast, Cacciatore’s Opening Date Pushed Forward For Final City Permitting Sign Offs Not Opening This Saturday the 21st!!!, Boston Seafood Show, Gloucester MA Community Development, Fishermen’s Wives, Gloucester MA Fisheries Commission and Mark Ring Does Us Proud, New St Paddy’s Day GMG Sticker A Huge Hit Shout Out To The People Who Sent In SASE For Their Free Stickers, Loss Of FOB Bruce Bonham, Pulling Back On The Selfie Stick Post, Mexico Day One…, Missing Regulars Kim Smith Due To Illness and Donna Ardizzoni, Happy Kim Smith’s Daughter Liv Didn’t Plan Her Wedding During Fiesta, Electric Companies Now Fear The Efficiency of Solar Energy, Brian O’Connor Says His Solar Install Is Going To Pay Him, Vince Wilfork and Revis Leaving, Question: Will Tom Brady End His Career a Patriot?, Derek Sandersen’s Book, Foreign Affairs My New Favorite Local Restaurant, Duckworth’s, Blue Ox, Ithaki, Franklin, Passports, The Studio, Seaport Grille, The Lobster Pool, What Is The Staus Of Madfish Grille?

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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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