Category Archives: Food & Drinks

Cape Arundel Inn and Resort hosts Pierre’s Table, adds new ocean view bungalows

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Kennebunkport, ME — The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort’s aptly named restaurant Ocean boasts immaculate, uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, but the deal sealer is Chef Pierre Gignac’s French-inspired re-imagining of coastal Maine cuisine.

On April 21, Ocean hosts Pierre’s Table, a special three-course dinner and cocktail reception with Chef Pierre. Tickets can be purchased here.

Additionally, on May 1, the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort will unveil six new Rockbound Bungalows with ocean view balconies located in the single-level annex adjacent to the Main House.

With Maine supplying some of the finest fish in the country, Pierre’s latest culinary passion is experimenting with sustainable farm-raised Yellowtail and Maine sea greens from Franklin, with which he creates summery crudo preparations such as carpaccio or tartare served with a salad of sea lettuce.

Some of Chef Pierre’s signature dishes are Lobster Thermidor with globe artichoke, trumpet royal, English mustard cream and Parmesan gratin, and a yellow tomato gazpacho with peekytoe crab antiboise salad, avocado mousse and espelette pepper. While the former is a personal take on a classic, the latter is a “chowder” that is simply not to be missed.

 

The Charles Hotel opens Benedetto

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soppressata-and-white-bean-bruschetta-with-grilled-red-onionCambridge, MA — At the end of November, The Charles Hotel and Chef/Owner Michael Pagliarini, of Giulia fame, opened Benedetto in the space previously occupied by Chef Jody Adams’ Rialto.

Designed by the acclaimed New York-based Bentel & Bentel architectural team, Benedetto is a rustic farmhouse-chic Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio. Two separate dining areas are also available for private bookings and events, with each able to comfortably accommodate 20-75 guests.

Benedetto in The Charles Hotel is open seven days a week for dinner service beginning at 5:00 p.m. For more information visit www.benedettocambridge.com.

The Charles Hotel brings back Author’s Breakfast Series

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Cambridge, MA — The Charles Hotel is bringing back its popular Author’s Breakfast Series this summer with a joint event hosted by writers Meghann Foye and Nora Zelevansky. Both authors have recent books to talk about: “Meternity,” and “Will You Won’t You Want Me?” Both ladies will lead book readings, followed by a discussion.
This is the first time the hotel’s  Author’s Breakfast event will be led by two authors, who are reputedly friends adding to the friendliness of the kick off the hotel’s latest Author’s Breakfast season. 
 
The breakfast will be held at the farm-house chic eatery, Henrietta’s Table and will allow attendees to have casual conversations with the authors. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Photo credit: The Charles Hotel

Martha’s Vineyard’s Harbor View Hotel throws daylong Fourth bash

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Martha’s Vineyard, MA — As usual, the Harbor View Hotel will host a magnificent July 4 Celebration in Edgartown. The day will include live music, fireworks, a parade and great food — all open to the public as well as hotel guests. The fun begins with children’s activities at 10 a.m. on the hotels front porch, continues with the annual Edgartown Parade around 5 p.m., and ends in the hotel’s Lighthouse Grill for food and dancing.
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Photo credit: Elizabeth Cecil

Take a break at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, Maine

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Kittery, Maine — We all know that Kittery is the cutest foodie hub going and Lil’s Cafe is at the heart of the action.

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Set in an old bank in Wallingford Square, along with sandwiches and salads, and coffee, tea, and pastries, Lil’s houses the Vinyl Vault, a secondhand record alcove behind the bank’s old Mosler safe door.

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Cakes, pastries, and other baked goods are made in the basement kitchen. The result includes curly crullers and cream puffs to go with that perfect cup of coffee. What’s a cruller? It’s a doughnut type pastry beloved by Mainers, usually straight, but who can argue with a curly one?

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Brunch at Committee in Boston gets a snowy, but yummy start

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Boston, Massachusetts – As spring snowstorms hit Boston in early April, Seaport restaurant Committee introduced its new weekend brunch service, brightening up many a Bostonians wintry weekend. The Greek influenced Committee’s brunch menu includes Consulting Chef Diane Kochilas’ breakfast favorites with a Greek twist, Greek style lunch entrees, and some tasty brunch beverages from Committee’s Beverage Director, Peter Szigeti.

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Committee’s brunch menu includes a selection of breakfast pies (Pites) inspired by Greek street food, including bougatsa, a cinnamon flavored custard filled phyllo pastry; kolokithopsomo with summer squash, feta, and Greek yogurt; and tyro pita, a savory phyllo pastry with feta, kasseri, vlahotiri, and rigani. Each is served in (fake) newspaper.

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Dishes include creamy baklava oatmeal with toasted walnuts, Kalamata figs, honey, shredded phyllo pastry, and cinnamon, allspice, and clove spices. A twist on French Toast made with Greek tsoureki, an egg enriched white flour bread, is flavored with cinnamon, scattered with fresh berries, and finished with maple whipped cream.

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Favorites from Committee’s weekday lunch menu will be also be available, including the artichoke moussaka and a grass-fed beef burger.

Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm in the Committee dining room and on the patio — once it stops snowing!

www.committeeboston.com

The Charles Hotel’s Henrietta’s Table hosts Victor Hugo Wine Dinner

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Cambridge, MA — On March 2, The Charles Hotel’s Henrietta’s Table will host a Victor Hugo Wine Dinner featuring a four-course menu curated by Executive Chef Peter Davis. Naturally, the dishes will be expertly paired with wines from the literary named Victor Hugo Winery, and the dinner will feature cheeses from Massachusetts’ Shy Brother’s Farm and Ruggles Hill Creamery. The menu will highlight New England produce, including seared Arcadian red fish accompanied by celery root puree, and Pineland Farm sirloin with roasted shittake demi-glaze,  Greta’s Fair Haven roasted Gilfeather potato puree, and crispy parsnip.
Victor Hugo Wine Dinner
Henrietta’s Table (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)
Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tickets: $60.00 per ticket (includes tax & gratuity).Tickets must be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victor-hugo-wine-dinner-at-henriettas-table-tickets-21065331975
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Just Steps away from The Envoy Hotel… The Barking Crab

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Boston, Mass. — Just steps away from The Envoy Hotel, the Barking Crab has graced the Boston Harbor for more than two decades. Who knew this casual seafood restaurant and local bar hang would be one day be surrounded by high end hotels, corporate HQs, and swanky restaurants. As Boston’s harbor is developed further, with new buildings blocking the water views that were wide-open even ten years ago, the Barking Crab is a last bastion of the salty old harbor, where fish catches was once the focus.

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Fresh fish is the name of the game at the Barking Crab: dishes are reasonably priced, simply put together, and cooked with care. Local oysters are always a must-have and the old pot bellied stove turns them into a winter treat.

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The perennial New England favorite, the lobster roll, served with fries, is another popular Barking Crab dish. And, unlike many places in the harbor these days, it is served with a water view.

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The Barking Crab

Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Website: barkingcrab.com

 

Celebrated Boston Chefs present Baby it’s Cold Outside charity event at The Envoy Hotel

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Boston, Mass. — Executive Chef David Verdo of Outlook Kitchen & Bar at The Envoy Hotel and Chef/Owner Rachel Klein of RFK Kitchen unite fora pop-up dining event, Baby it’s Cold Outside, February 2, Proceeds go directly to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, a downtown Boston facility dedicated to ending homelessness for veterans.

A local DJ will spin and spirits and wines by the glass from top sponsors Perrier-Jouët, United, Papa Pilar Rum, and Tito’s will flow.

The event is 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets are $48.47 including tax & gratuity and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

See in 2016 at Boston’s Envoy Hotel

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Boston, Massachusetts — This New Year’s Eve, The Envoy Hotel offers the best seats in the house — twice over. Start the final evening of 2015 in Outlook Kitchen and Bar, enjoying a three-course chef’s tasting menu from Executive Chef David Verdo. Follow it by a festive Champagne toast at the top floor Lookout Rooftop Bar while watching the fireworks burst over the city.

Highlights from the New Year’s Eve Chef’s Tasting menu include:

  • Butter Poached Lobsterwith caviar, Moët & Chandon Granita
  • Sunchoke Soupwith morels, candied hazelnuts & melted leeks
  • Pineland Farms Filetwith oxtail ragout, chanterelle mushrooms, enoki, black truffle & pomme puree
  • Peppermint Patty Gateau with chocolate cake, peppermint cream, dark chocolate glaze & pomegranate seeds

Complete the New Year’s Eve experience with an overnight package including overnight accommodations for two, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar featuring the chef’s tasting menu, Perrier Jouet Champagne toast at Lookout Rooftop Bar, New Year’s Day brunch for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar. The package also includes overnight, valet parking and a late check-out at 2 p.m. Pricing starts at $629.

For more information: The Envoy Hotel

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Photo credit: Eric Levin/The Envoy Hotel/Hotel Junkie

Bubbles and Bites in Ritz-Carton, Boston Common’s Avery Bar

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Boston, Massachusetts — It is the season to sparkle and nothing gets a little sparkle going on like a glass of Champange. Ritz-Carton, Boston Common’s elegant, modern Avery Bar has a new Bubbles and Bites menu running through February 15. The Ritz-Carlton’s exclusive relationship with Moet Chandon means a bottle of Moet Chandon can be purchased for $75 (suggested retail $150) or enjoy a glass for $17 (suggested retail $34). Complete your Bubbly experience by pairing with a bite from Avery Bar’s Taste & Share menu.  Mixologist Sterling Jackson recommends pairing a glass with Avery Bar’s smoked bluefish and salmon served with grilled sour dough, or the charcuterie board comprised of fennel salami, prosciutto, chorizo, coppa di testa.

For more information: Ritz-Carton, Boston Common

Sofitel New York adds Holiday Joie de Vivre

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New York, New York — The stylish Sofitel New York’s holiday celebrations include Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey’s special prix-fixe menus at Gaby Brasserie Française for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

On Thursday, December 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday, December 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., guests can enjoy a Christmas prix-fixe menu priced at $95 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), which includes a celebratory glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne  A children’s menu is also available for $24.50. Children 12 and under dining at Gaby on Christmas Day can also participate in gingerbread house building activities from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at no charge.

On New Year’s Eve, offers two New Year’s toasts. At Gaby, guests will enjoy a live DJ from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., as well as a special screening of the fireworks in Paris beginning at 6 p.m. and the Times Square Ball Drop from 11:30 p.m. Diners will enjoy a prix-fixe menu for $120 per person for seatings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and for $190 per person for seatings from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It includes a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. An open bar offering house drinks and Veuve Clicquot Champagne will be available from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for $100 per person, or $50 for guests who dined at Gaby.

A splurge-worthy New Year’s Eve VIP section will also be available from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., and it includes private mezzanine seating, two toasts of Grande Dame Champagne, free-flowing Veuve Cliquot Rosé and open bar, and specialty high-end hors d’oeuvres and canapés from Chef Harribey. The VIP New Year’s Eve is priced at $500 per person, or $450 per person with the Early Bird special available through December 20.

Reservations may be made by calling 212-782-3091.

For more info: Sofitel New York

 

The Envoys Exactly Like Nothing Else Package Means Seats at the Chef’s Table

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Boston, Massachusetts — The recently opened boutique hotel, The Envoy Hotel, introduces a special package for foodies. The Exactly Like Nothing Else Package unites guests with Executive Chef David Verdo, who oversees the hotel’s Outlook Kitchen and Bar.

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The package includes:
A visit to the new Boston Public Market with Chef Verdo to source and select ingredients to be featured in the evening’s meal.
Participate in a one-hour teaching and demo session with Chef Verdo.
Dinner reservations for two at the Chef’s Table to enjoy a four-course signature menu with wine pairings.
Take home recipe cards for the dishes prepared

Oh and you even get to have your photo taken with Chef Verdo!

The package is valid through September 15, 2016. For pricing, contact: The Envoy Hotel

Fairmont Hotels introduces Classics. Perfected.

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This month, Fairmont Hotels launches its new cocktail list, created by four of its top mixologists, which will be featured in the hotels group’s bars worldwide.

Under the logo banner of  Classics. Perfected., Fairmont’s new global cocktail me features three sections: popular classics, refined classics, and the “neats” for those who wish to savor the richness of the program’s carefully selected spirit partners. Above, a rum laced Old Fashioned and a Sparkling Collins, the latter elegantly finished with a sprig of mint. Below is the colorful Pomegranate Paloma and the Perfect Martinez, named for its equal parts gin and vermouth.

 

 

 

 

Sage Inn & Lounge’s annual Holly Folly Food Boutique returns

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Provincetown, Massachusetts — On Cape Cod this weekend, the Sage Inn & Lounge’s activities include the annual Holly Folly Food Boutique, Saturday, which will include 15 New England vendors. The hotel’s lounge is also introduce its new winter menu of food and cocktails, and the Calamari Sisters’ Feast of the Seven Fishes  — not food, cabaret! — is running all weekend. For more info: Sage Inn & Lounge

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Avery Bar’s Hot Cocoa Bar warms up Boston for the holidays

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Boston, Massachusetts — Every Saturday through December, the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common‘s Avery Bar offers its Hot Cocoa Bar. Create your own hot cocoa with your choice of toppings, such as homemade orange blossom marshmallows, candy canes, mini gingerbread men, cinnamon sticks, toasted coconut flakes, Oreo cookies, chocolate shavings, heath crunch pieces, whipped cream and dulce de leche — and pair with Pastry Chef Kerry Meister’s special holiday sweets. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, and 26. $36 adults, $28 children. Reservations recommended: 617-574-7184. 10 Avery St., Boston. Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread Competition has winners

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Asheville, N.C.– In mid November, the winners of the 23rd annual National Gingerbread House Competition, hosted by The Omni Grove Park Inn, were announced. With the requirement of being made of at least 75 percent gingerbread, each holiday display was judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. Here are the delicious winning Gingerbread Houses.
Child 1st Place, Team Spirit Girls, China Grove, NC 2015
Teen 1st Place, Team Courtland High School German Program, Spotsylvania, VA 2015
Youth 1st Place, Coilin Anderson, Conover, NC 2015

Sofitel New York celebrates Thanksgiving with a French twist

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New York, New York — Gaby Brasserie Francaise, the signature restaurant at the stylish Sofitel New York, will celebrate America’s annual Thanksgiving Day meal with a French twist. Gaby’s Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey will offer an elegant plat du jour — what else but turkey, of course,  slow-roasted tturkey breast with sweet potato gnocchi and mushroom leek bread pudding, accompanied by balsamic-roasted Brussels sprouts and a cranberry Sauce with pinot and figs. Pumpkin crème brûlée will be offered for dessert.

Thanksgiving Day service is from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Gaby’s à la carte menu will also be available.

For reservations or more information, call 212-782-3040 or visit www.gabynyrestaurant.com.

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Boston Harbor Hotel’s bar features liquid Bond homage

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Boston, Massachusetts — Tucked away in Boston Harbor Hotel, the Rowes Wharf Barpays homage to the new Bond film, Spectre, with a James Bond-inspired cocktail menu. General Manager Kerem Benyamini is a Bond buff and designed nine cocktails inspired by James Bond’s personal favorites, popular drinks featured in the books and films, and cocktails reflective of different film’s time period.

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The James Bond cocktail menu will be available at Rowes Wharf Bar from November 1-15 for $15 each. Here’s what Kerem came up with:

 Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini is the “true” Bond Martini. The cocktail was the first mentioned (and the one that he claims to have invented) in Casino Royal

Vodka Martini

Besides Champagne, the Vodka Martini is the drink most often consumed by Bond (over 20 times)

Scotch & Soda

The mixed drink Bond is mentioned drinking most often in the books (a total of 21 times)

Vodka Tonic

In 1958, Fleming allowed Bond four Gin & Tonics in Dr. No and by 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service the tone had switched to four Vodka Tonics in the novel.

Americano

This is the first drink mentioned in Casino Royale but it wasn’t until From a View to Kill that we learn when Bond feels the Americano is the more appropriate drink

Old Fashioned

Between Diamonds Are ForeverLive and Let Die and Thunderball, Bond’s Old-fashioned count builds up to four, often with a meal or before that occasional sleep of his – and it’s almost always a double.

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2002’s Die Another Day – and is a possible reflection of the popularity of the cocktail at the time.

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It is not only his favorite to share with Tiffany in the Diamonds are Forever novel, but in Thunderball, it is paired with coffee at the Nassau Casino bar.

Black Velvet

In Diamonds are Forever, Bond and Bill Tanner stop by the famous Scott’s in London for “dressed crab and a pint of black velvet.

Rowes Wharf Bar is located inside the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel at 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.  617.439.7000. www.bhh.com

 

Just steps away… From the Charles Hotel

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Cambridge, MA — Just steps away from the Charles Hotel, tucked away down a hidden lane off Cambridge’s genteel Harvard Square, sits Harvest. This restaurant of considerable renown celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall and because its past chefs reads like a who’s who of Boston cooking elite — Barbara Lynch, Chris Schlesinger, Lydia Shire, and Gordon Hamersley, to name but a few — current Executive Chef Tyler Kinnett and Executive Pastry Chef Brian Mercury have created a special Anniversary Tasting Menu that will be offered throughout November, inspired by the celebrated chefs signature dishes cooked up during their time at the restaurant.

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Because Harvest was one of Julia Child’s favorite restaurants — she lived nearby — Mercury has out his elegant spin on some of Julia’s classic desserts.

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Also, from November 1 through November 30, 2015, guests are invited to celebrate Harvest’s 40th Anniversary with a series of in-restaurant programming:

A three-course menu compris: Two savory courses, one sweet; $48; $68 with wine pairing; or a  six-course menu: Four savory, two sweet; $68; $88 with wine pairing

Each guest who chooses the Anniversary Tasting Menu is given a special birthday takeaway gift created by Executive Pastry Chef Brian Mercury. Potential delicacies include homemade cashew brittle, goat’s milk fudge and chocolate chip meringue.

Harvest is offering “throwback” specialty cocktails priced at 1970s prices, including the “Harvest Wallbanger” at $2.95.  The Harvest Wallbanger is the restaurant’s take on the classic drink made popular in the mid-70s.

All guests who celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary at Harvest restaurant throughout the month of November will receive a special “anniversary rate” of 15% off their total bill (excluding alcohol, tip and gratuity). To redeem, guests must note celebration at time of making reservation and mention to their server.

Guests who share their past and present Harvest memories and photos on Instagram throughout the month of November using #HarvestThenandNow and @DineatHarvest will earn the chance to win one of three prizes, including:

o    Brunch for four at Harvest

o    Dinner for two at Harvest

o    $50 Gift Card

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For more information on Harvest’s 40th anniversary, visit www.harvestcambridge.com. To track the conversation on social media and share both memories old and new, use hashtag #HarvestThenandNow and tag @DineatHarvest. To make a reservation, guests can call 617-868-2255 or visit www.harvestcambridge.com.

Columbus Calling at the James Beard House

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New York, New York — The recent Columbus Calling dinner brought the team from Gallerie Bar and Bistro in the Hilton Columbus Downtown to the James Beard House. The dinner, a showcase of Chef Bill Glover’s commitment to the produce of Ohio and the region bordering the state, featured six courses and was preceded by a reception on the patio, featuring cocktail from Columbus’s Watershed Distillery and Seventh Son Brewing Company’s beers.

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The hors d’oeuvres included Gallerie’s sous vide egg prepared with potato puree, tarragon creme fruit, and topped with Bowfin caviar.

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Smoked Ohio trout was served with trout roe, steelhead tatare and a ginger panna cotta. Lake Erie Walleye tempura had an eggplant puree and a lemon labne. It was finished with chioggia beets and  dusted with beet powder.  Rabbit confit was accompanied by sage gnocchi, smoked red cabbage, and walnuts. A fine during of leek ash was an inspired finish.

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It wouldn’t be an Ohio dinner without pork and Glover chose non-factory farmed, and paired it with corn puree, blackberry ketchup, and a jalapeño hush puppy. Ohio beef short rib followed and was paired with a sweet bread croquette, spelt, goat cheese, and pickled chanterelles. Dessert was a beautiful presentation of Ohio sweet corn shuffle with a honey sabayon and apricots. The honey was from the hotel’s rooftop apiary.

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Have a Perfect Day at the Hilton Westchester, Starting with Breakfast

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Rye Brook, New York — Wandering through acres of wooded grounds, swimming in the outdoor or indoor pools, a game of tennis perhaps? These are a few of the things to do at the Hilton Westchester.

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There’s also this wonderful thing called doing nothing, so about simply relaxing on the terrace adjacent to Härth restaurant?

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There’s lunch and dinner to be had at Härth, of course: locally made creamy burrata tops an arugula salad and is served with pillow-y flatbread; pan roasted salmon is glazed with white wine; and the succulent succotash has butter beans. It’s all very tasty. Then, later, curling up with a glass of wine or a cocktail and a cheese plate, and sitting by the fireplace in the lobby lounge, well, that’s a dose of bliss.

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Can there be anything as pleasurable than starting the day with a wonderful breakfast in the privacy of your room? The breakfast menu includes what has to be the best Eggs Benedict ever. Yes, the eggs are nicely poached and perch on a bed of fresh, wilted spinach. For meat lovers, there’s a generous layer of ham, omit that if you like. And the hollandaise is lovely and lemony, and the color of marigolds. But the secret weapon is a brioche bread pudding “bun”underneath it all. Beats a muffin any day of the week.

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For more info: HIlton Westchester

Sultry summer in Pittsburgh? Hit the Kimpton Rooftop Biergarten

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Pittsburgh, PA — It can get pretty steamy in Pittsburgh during the summer months, especially downtown. So catch a breeze on the Kimpton hotel’s newly-opened seasonal rooftop biergarten.

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This ninth-floor rooftop space not only provides some respite from street level heat, but honors the city’s German heritage with an all-German beer list and accompanying bier friendly food.

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The biergarten is shadowed by the mighty modernist ALCOA building, which was built in 1951 as the corporate headquarters for the Aluminum Company of America. Hence, the extensive use of aluminium used in the building. It is now apartments.

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For more information: Kimpton Monaco Pittsburgh

Photo credit: Adam Milliron

Hilton Columbus Downtown Chef Bill Glover hits the Big Apple

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New York, New York — Chef Bill Glover will bring a touch of Midwest cooking to the James Beard House this fall. The Hilton Columbus Downtown chef, who heads the Hotel Junkie recommended Gallerie Bar & Bistro, has been invited to present a dinner at the fabled James Beard House.  The event is Friday, September 11, and promises to feature dishes with a Central Ohio regional twist over a six-course menu. the evening begins with a reception at 7 p.m., with dinner following at 8 p.m.

For tickets: James Beard House 
167 W. 12th St., New York, NY

Gallerie Bar & Bistro at Hilton Columbus Downtown

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IMG_2777Columbus, Ohio — Midway on the renowned High Street, and up on the second level of the Hilton Columbus Downtown, is the open-plan bar and restaurant, Gallerie Bar & Bistro. The large, separate bar has window-side couches and comfy chairs, and a tempting list of cocktails, wine, and local beers such as North High Hefeweizen, Elevator Dark Force lager, or Seventh Son amber ale.

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Across the way is the bistro: look up through the towering atrium of the hotel. Oh and beware, guests might looking back down at you from their rooms! No matter, it’s the food that counts here and, under the guidance of Chef Bill Glover it’s better than the average hotel restaurant, much better. There are starters and small plates, and the small plates are not those horribly inadequate sized dishes. They are actually big enough to share, if you want to. But with such tempting items as shrimp and grits with andouille sausage and crispy polenta replacing the usual puddingy grits, you may decide to go solo. There’s also a charcuterie plate and local Ohio cheeseboard; and goat cheese agnolotti with English peas, beech mushrooms, chioggia beets, and pine nuts. Among the entrees is a seared salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes and a roasted red pepper and smoked almond tapenade; and Ohio pork chops with herb spatial, blackberry jus, and fried leek straws.Expect dishes to change seasonally, dictated by fresh local produce that becomes available.

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Desserts? These are the kind of desserts you want to save room for–the roasted banana semifreddo with gianduja and an espresso creme Anglaise is inspired and delicious. Wow.

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Dandelyan at Mondrian London wins Best New International Cocktail Bar 2015

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London, England — Dandelyan at Mondrian London won Best New International Cocktail Bar 2015 at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirit Awards in New Orleans, last weekend. Head bartender Ryan ‘Mr Lyan’ Chetiyawardana also won Best International Bartender of the Year 2015.

 

Photo credit: Mondrian London

Sofitel New York extends its New York City Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus through to August 14

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New York City, New York — Gaby Brasserie Française, the charming restaurant at the decidedly French Sofitel New York, extends its New York City Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus through to August 14. Offered Sunday-Friday only, wine pairings are available for an additional charge.

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Saint Lucia’s Ti Kaye Resort & Spa receives Wine Spectator award

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Saint Lucia, West Indies — Ti Kaye Resort & Spa‘s Kai Manje Restaurant has been awarded the Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards’ second level award of excellence. Owner Nicholas Pinnock says, “The award gives Kai Manje recognition for our island grass roots Creole cuisine, tradition and culture combined with our superb breadth and depth of wines. The ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ puts Kai Manje in a very elite group of being one of only seven restaurants in the entire Caribbean to have this second level award, and is the first and only one in . It also means Saint Lucia is one of only three Caribbean islands to have a second level award winning restaurant, and is the only island in the Lesser Antilles.”

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Veuve Clicquot Summer Brunch Series at The Nantucket

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Nantucket, Massachusetts — Summer treats come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’re lucky it comes with bubbles. The Nantucket’s bubbles and brunch series at the Breeze Bar & Café adds a splash of Veuve Clicquot. Launching July 26, the bubbly brunch is available August 9 and August 26, too.

Executive Chef Josh Schoen’s New England seasonal menu includes oysters with rose vinegar and ginger, Maine lobster bisque, smoked salmon salad and a signature Nantucket omelet, all to be paired with chilled Veuve Clicquot brut.

A la carte brunch for two plus a 750ml bottle of the signature Veuve Clicquot Brut starts at $100. To book, call the Breeze Bar & Café: 508.228.4730, thenantuckethotel.com.

 

Photo credit: The Nantucket