November 2013

8th Nov 2013

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. – Luciano Pavarotti

Salem Food Tours/North Shore Food Tours

Local Food News

Salem a culinary gem on the North Shore 

Salem’s amazing food scene continues to grow with some terrific new shops and restaurants (see recent Salem News article.) And with it we’re happy to announce our newest Food Tour Partners –  including A&B Salem (opening next month), Longboards Cafe, Melita Fiore, Opus, and Salem Screamery. To view all of our wonderful Tour Partners, please click here

 

 

Clockwise, top left Salem Screamery offers locally sourced ingredients and chef inspired flavors, with seasonal favorites such as pumpkin cheesecake and caramel apple. Top right: Melita Fiore Patisserie creates beautiful fresh baked, home style pastries made with fresh local ingredients. Bottom left: Longboards on Pickering Wharf offers delicious flatbreads, and award-winning sandwiches with their fresh Giardineira topping. Bottom right: lighting up Salem’s downtown, Opus uses fresh, local ingredients to create amazing tapas plates, incredible sushi, a divine drink list, and more. Open lunch/dinner/brunch. 


Restaurant Week is here! 

November 3-7 & 10-14 

For 10 days participating Salem restaurants offer either a two-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $18, or a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $28 (or both.)  It’s a great chance to enjoy a fantastic meal at that Salem restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, or to revisit some much-loved places.  For more information click here


Vegan Tour Nov. 17th

With special guest Kristin Lejeunesse of Will Travel for Vegan Food

Salem Food Tours is thrilled to announce our upcoming Vegan Food Tour* on Sunday November 17th.  This Tour will feature all-vegan tastings at some of Salem’s best shops and restaurants. Joining us will be special guest Kristin Lajeunesse, author and vegan travel expert of Will Travel for Vegan Food. Besides being a featured speaker at veggie festivals, Kristin has also launched the first and only vegan wedding resource website, Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings.  Kristin will be giving guests information on the terrific vegan options that are happening across the U.S. We can’t wait to show all our guests some of the wonderful options across Salem!

*This Tour is currently sold out, but if you would like to be added to our wait list, please email: info@SalemFoodTours.com.  


Salem Food Tours 

In The News… 

We were thrilled to have our Food Tours and our Partners featured in several media outlets this fall, including the September Vegetarian Times issue; The Salem News; and on the popular news magazine Toni On! NY.  Salem Food Tour Partners Salem Spice and Scratch Kitchen (photo below) were also featured in this special segment which shows Salem’s vibrant food scene and spice history. To watch, click here, and then scroll down to the third segment entitled “One of the Nation’s Most Significant Ports.” If you are on Facebook, you can also view the segment by clicking on photo below. (showing: Chef Bill of Scratch Kitchen and TV host Toni Senecal.)


Christmas in Salem 2013

This year in the historic Derby Waterfront area

Salem Food Tours is excited to be a part of this year’s Christmas in Salem. The annual event features about a dozen historic Salem homes dressed for the holidays. If you’ve never experienced Christmas in Salem, we can’t recommend this amazing stroll enough (an annual tradition in our family!)  Besides the Candlelight Tours making the Friday opening night special, Salem Food Tours will be offering mini spice tours that will include tastings at Salem Spice. Advanced tickets information click here


Our First Anniversary

Heartfelt THANK YOUs to all! 

We were so pleased to celebrate our one year anniversary in September. Thank you to our friends and all our wonderful guests; the support of local organizations such as Destination SalemSalem Chamber of Commerce, and Salem Main Streets, as well as Mayor Kimberley Driscoll; and so many others.  Special thanks to our AMAZING Tour Partners – the extraordinary group of shops and restaurants who make Salem such a delicious place to live, work, and visit!

We look forward to future Tours with a smile and with gratitude.

We share with you our photo gallery to browse through highlights of our first year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/salemfoodtours.


And to pair with that fall meal…

6th Annual Grand Wine Tasting

Presented by Salem Wine Imports. Friday, November 15th, 2013 at the Salem Hawthorne Hotel from 6 to 9pm. Featuring over 90 different wines, Hors d’Oeuvres, and some light music. Stop by Salem Wine to purchase tickets ($35 per person.)  And stop by Salem Wine Imports and Tuesday nights at 6.30pm every week for their free tasting – a great way to experience new wines and stock up for the holidays! 

Amazing Fall Brews

We are thrilled for our Tour Partner Pamplemousse, who are set to open their second location in Reading, MA! We wish them all the best.  And if you are ready to grab some delicious beers that pair PERFECTLY with fall meals, stop in to Pamplemousse Salem and grab an assortment of pumpkin, pecan, and Thanksgiving ales. We love that they allow 6 packs to be broken up and you can mix your selection up – it’s a nice touch to have a variety on your fall table. 

From the Pens of our Guests

“The Best Foodie Tour”     “Absolute MUST!!”     “Perfect Addition to a Romantic Weekend”     “A sensory sensation for foodies and other lovers!” “Great Group Activity!” 

We are honored by the reviews of our guests.  Read more on Trip Advisor.

Gift Certificates

Holidays or special occasions, our Gift Certificates are perfect for any occasion for the food and wine lover in your life. For more info or to order, click here.

Salem Winter Market

Kicking off Thursday November 7th: The Salem Winter Market will be held inside at Old Town Hall, running every Thursday 3 – 6pm from November 7th – December 19th. “The Winter Market is a fantastic opportunity to support local farms and artisans through the holiday season,” states Kylie Sullivan, manager of Salem Main Streets and organizer of the market. “We’re very excited to showcase so many summer farmers’ market favorites as well as some new vendors in this historic space.” The Winter Market will include produce from local farms, pasture-fed meat, spices, pickles, soup, baked goods, artisan soap, jewelry, wreaths, and more. All items are grown or produced in New England.  It’s a great way to keep your fall table delicious and LOCAL! 🙂 

Fall Tastes

Local chefs  creating some wonderful flavors using seasonal ingredients.  

Shown below: squash, pumpkin and sweet potato raviolis at  Jean Louis Pasta Shop.  


New items such as jumbo stuffed Portobello mushroom (available vegan or meat) and a few new pizzas including the Audrey II (cheese, arugula, roasted red peppers, shaved parmesean and balsamic fig glaze) at Flying Saucer Pizza Company 


At Caffe Graziani slowly simmered Osso Buco, pumpkin gnocchi, and wild mushroom risotto are just some of the specials this autumn season.


At The Grapevine, Sopa de Pescado – Tomato-Saffron Broth, Local Cod, Clams & Shrimp, served with Rustic Bread from A&J King so you can soak up all of those wonderful savory flavors!


… and speaking of A&J King, did you know their new BAKING BY HAND cookbook is out?? You can read more about it on their beautiful new website. Hmmm… great gift idea for the holidays!


Fall dinner on the water at Finz includes an encrusted salmon with sugar and spice, pecan wood smoked risotto, roasted asparagus, and whole grain mustard sauce. And of course, fresh oysters are a great way to start. 


And last but not least, a taste of of one of Salem’s Restaurant Weeks amazing options – we think the delicata squash dish at 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar looks like a PERFECT fall selection!  See their whole restaurant week menu.

Coffee Walks 

We’re extending our Coffee Walks and now offering them year-round. Visit our reservations page for more information.