Spring Food Tours & Local Food News
A Fresh New Season
As the North Shore area says good-bye to record snowfall and cold, we welcome the first hints of spring with it’s brighter mornings, longer days, and melting snow. Thank you to all our lovely guests who joined us for winter Food Tours and Coffee Walks. We also thank our wonderful Tour Partners who made us easily forget the cold. Many restaurants are starting to change their menus to reflect the upcoming seasonal change, so its a perfect time to visit them and see what’s new. It’s also a great way to support local shops and restaurants who have really felt the effects of winter. #shoplocal #eatlocal.
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Upcoming Food Tours:
We’ve got Tours coming up with openings! Please visit our reservations page for dates or to request a desired date. Dates include next Saturday March 21st, and in April, a special Tour in conjunction with location Tour Partner The Phillips House April 18th.We also warmly welcome our three new Tour partners – Olde Main Streeet Pub, Boston Hot Dog Company, and Rumson’s. We look forward to sharing more about these terrific local businesses in the coming months! Did you know?Our Tours can be booked privately, a wonderful way to celebrate a special spring occasion such as our Bridal Food Tours, or we can craft a Coffee Walk for your corporate or private group. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have gift certificates. Local Food News:
Sea Level Oyster Bar & Kitchen will be opening soon on Pickering Wharf! Featuring fresh seafood and a beautiful location overlooking Salem Harbor, and headed up by the fantastic team who runsFinz, we know it is going to be buzzing this summer …. Salem Spice has started their bi-weekly “Taste and Flavor Seminars” with local chefs doing live demos at the shop, follow Salem Spice on Facebook for info on these upcoming free seminars… “Sprig”, the popular fresh mint, cascade hops, and apple seasonal hard cider from Far From the Tree (Salem’s cidery!) returns with the season. Pick some up at Pamplemousse Salem or at Salem Wine Imports… Jodi Bee Bakes, the ecotarian, vegetarian baker who has won over the hearts and palates of those who love her products at the Salem Farmers Market, will be opening a brick and mortar location in Salem! info coming soon… The Lobster Shanty reopens in April! (along with a return of the sidewalks, bye bye snow!) … and Tour Partners Harbor Sweets, Turtle Alley Chocolates II, and Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie are all stocked up with seasonal Easter candy, and A&J King is featuring seasonal options such as this delicious Orange Honey Nut Spice Cake for Passover (see photo.) Please support these wonderful local businesses! Photos: Top: a stack of perfectly sweet French macarons at Melita Fiore; organic fresh greens at Life Alive in Salem; above right: delicious fried lollipop kale with pistachios and Parmesan at Olde Main Street Pub; left: Opus just got a brand new pasta machine, follow on FB to find out about daily specials; right A&J King Orange Honey Nut Spice Cake.
March 15-19; 22-26
Salem Spring Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday, March 15th. For 10 days, participating Salem restaurants will offer either a two-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $18, or a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $28, or both (price does not include drinks, taxes or gratuities).
Wine Dinners & Donut Bars
Salem’s 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar continues their popular Donut Bar. Every Sunday morning from 9am-noon feast on delicious house made donuts with scrumptious flavors like Amerena Cherry and Chocolate Glazed and Samoa.
62 is also bringing back their popular Wine Dinner series this spring (see photo for detailed info.)
A Taste of 17C Salem!
Salem’s own Gedney House (pictured here on left, part of Historic New England with The Phillips House), The Pickering House, and the Jonathan Corwin House (The Witch House) have teamed up with Salem Food Tours to offer “A Taste of Seventeenth Century Salem.”
Explore the lives of ship builders, traders, and a Witch Trial judge in a special food and beverage tour of seventeenth-century Salem sites. Salem Food Tours leads the way from Gedney House to Pickering House with a final stop at Jonathan Corwin House. Each stop features a unique small tasting and drink. Proceeds from the tours support the preservation of these historic homes. $50pp, or $35pp for members.*Purchase tickets click here (*coupon code for Historic New England and Pickering House member: SALEMPARTNER.)
& our popular Coffee Walks (great for bigger corporate and private groups!) “A group of friends and I took Karen’s Coffee tour yesterday and had an absolute blast! Karen was awesome, both funny and knowledgeable! What was supposed to be just a morning in Salem turned into a day and night as we did our best to visit all of Karen’s recommendations, which were all amazing!”
Support the Greater Boston Food Bank, and enjoy lots of culinary delights at North Shore Magazine’s Grand Tasting Saturday March 28thWith over 30 food purveyors, wine experts, and restaurateurs! At the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury, MATickets click here