Salem’s So Sweet!
Ah, the romance of February! Good food, wine and chocolate warm us as we celebrate our loved ones. And beautiful Salem – with a blanket of snow – couldn’t be a prettier or a more perfect destination to indulge our senses!
This weekend starts the annual Salem’s So Sweet Festival, running February 7th-16th. Downtown will be filled with fun activities, including the Chocolate and Wine Kick-Off Event on Friday evening. Salem Food Tour Partners 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Caffe Graziani, Finz Seafood and Grill, Grapevine Restaurant, Flying Saucer Pizza Company, Harbor Sweets, Melita Fiore, Pamplemousse, Turtle Alley Chocolates and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Company will all be on hand offering sweet tastings – get your tickets in advance as this tasty event sells out every year! Please visit Salem Main Streets for more information on all Festival offerings.
As part of Salem’s So Sweet, The Phillips House will be offering “Love Letters of the Phillips Family” on Saturday February 8th from 2-3pm. This special event allows visitors to get a glimpse into the love lives of five generation of the Phillips Family of Salem. Hot cocoa and sweet treats will be served while listening to readings of the correspondence exchanged over the course of courtship and marriage. Registration is required for the event. Please call 978-744-0440 or visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org. Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for Historic New England members. If you have never been to the Phillips House in the historic McIntyre District, we can’t recommend it enough! Photo: courtesy Historic New England.
Food Tour News
We run Tours all winter… the cooler weather is just perfect! With warm coats, we duck in and out of shops and restaurants – sipping and tasting our way through our historic and flavorful city. It is a great way to embrace the weather and take in all that Salem has to offer this quieter time of year.
We warmly welcome you to join us on one of our upcoming Tours, including:
Our Sunday February 16th Valentine’s Food Tour is sold out, but we do have a waitlist. Email: info@SalemFoodTours.com. The Tour runs from 2-5.30pm.
We have Tours with spots coming up– including Saturday March 1st and Friday March 7th. For more info and reservations, please visit: www.SalemFoodTours.com/reservations.
Photos, clockwise upper left: Guests enjoying the Pickering House on a recent Food Tour (join them for their fabulous Second Sunday Chowder and Lecture Series this winter!); Enjoying a wine tasting on a recent Food Tour at Salem Wine Imports (fyi: you can enjoy wine tastings with them every Tuesday night at 6.30pm!);FLAVOR packed homemade Giardinera at Longboards Cafe awaits Food Tour guests – stop on by to grab one of their delicious flatbreads or sandwiches; and Manager Amy at Turtle Alley Chocolates II always offers a warm smile and delicious treats to Tour guests. They’ve got an amazing assortment of chocolates including specialty items like bacon infused turtles, and have a lovely variety of sugar free options.
2014, Celebrating Spice!
As our guests learn on the Food Tours, Salem is home to the spice trades. Our illustrious maritime history changed the culture and economics of our City forever.
Celebrating this fascinating and compelling part of Salem’s past, the new 2014 Destination Salem guide will feature a beautiful still life with spices on its cover, as well as have information for visitors who want to learn more about this history. And in September, the first annual Spice Festival will take place (September 13th and 14th) with events at Pioneer Village and related activities around the downtown area. It is going to be a fantastic Festival for all ages, more information soon!
We are also excited about the Salem Arts Festival (June 6-8th) which will also have a spice theme component. One of the main projects of this years Arts Festival is collecting unwanted spices to be used as paints by local children. Want to your donate expired/unwanted spices? Drop them off at Salem Spice, and as a thank you, receive 5% off any new spices you’d like to buy! Stay tuned for other hot and spicy events leading up to the Arts Festival – we’ll be announcing those soon.
Photo: David Bowie of Salem Spice gives Food Tour guests an overview of our spice trade history, as well as tastings of his amazing collection of salts, peppers and spices.
Vegan & Gluten-Free options in Salem
On our recent Tour: wild mushrooms dance on root vegetable puree of butternut squash, carrots, turnips and rutabaga at Opus Salem.
Our recent Vegan and Gluten-Free Food Tours were a resounding success, and we look forward to more special Tours in 2014! Many people are making different dietary choices, and knowing you can enjoy a meal or buy products locally is a win-win for you and for our local shops and restaurants. For our gluten-free readers, did you know:
+ A&B Burger has gluten-free rolls available for all their burgers
+ Finz Seafood and Grill and 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar each have gluten-free menus to make selections easier
+ Scratch Kitchen offers a delicious clam chowder that is gluten-free as well as fresh salads with locally sourced ingredients
+ Live Alive can modify most bowls to be gluten-free
Click here to enjoy photos from our recent Gluten-Free Food Tour.
Click here to read the wonderful write-up by Will Travel for Vegan Food who took our Vegan Tour this past fall.
Want to join in on a Tour? You can either reserve a spot on a Tour that is already launching, or form your own Tour group (minimum of 6 guests.) More info click here.
Shown here: what do we love? Gluten-free PIZZA and BEER! Flying Saucer is now making their own gluten-free crust in house using amaranth flour – it is absolutely crispy and delicious – shown here with arugula and a balsamic glaze.
Want to take gluten-free items to go? Pamplemousse carries gluten-free beer in stock, and Milk & Honey has a myriad of GF items, including bread, whole grains, and baked goods.
Salem’s So Sweet Festival runs February 7th-9th
Eat and and shop locally for the best Valentine’s! Salem’s wonderful shops can help you put together an amazing local gift for that special someone. Fragrance from Aroma Sanctum, bubbly, red wine, chocolates, hot sauces, exotic peppers, spices like cinnamon and saffron, French Macarons, and more!
One last look…
Big fluffy flakes adorn the beautiful branches outside of The Pickering House.