“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Salem Food Tours/North Shore Food Tours

Autumn Food Tours

Excursions highlight the season

Join us on a delicious fall Food Tour, or schedule your own private Food Tour to celebrate the holidays with co-workers, family, or friends November/December (private afternoon excursions for groups of up to 15 available weekdays.)  For more information or to book, please visit our reservations page.

Above: Sunshine squash at Milk and Honey Green Grocer

Below: divine pumpkin fudge (a must try!) and other sweet treats at Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie  on a recent Salem Food Tour. 

Our New YouTube Channel! 

Salem Food Tours In the Kitchen

We are delighted to announce the launch of our own Salem Food Tours YouTube Channel.  Our short clips will be a fun and informative way to learn about local gems, what’s happening in our area culinary world and beyond, the craftspeople and fantastic chefs, that make our area so unique, and tips and tricks in the kitchen, and more!

Our first video features Sharon Martin of Ceramaloy Carbide Sharpening, Co. in Salem, MA. Ceramaloy are experts at knife sharpening – good sharp knives are a kitchen must. This shop is definitely a  North Shore gem!

What is all the fuss about having good sharp knives? We asked Sharon Martin, owner of Ceramalloy, an expert who has been doing this work since 1966.  First and foremost she says, sharp knives actually safer. “When you work with a dull knife it’s far easier to slip and get cut.” says Martin.  Second, it makes prep time faster and easier, and folks swear by the results.  “We have had several generations of people bring their knives in for sharpening – they tell us their parents and grandparents came to us…. and we love when folks bring in the entire block of knives – we can do all of them, even the serrated ones.”  Indeed, ceramalloy sharpens all types of blades, including scissors, garden tools, etc.

Ceramaloy is the only sharpener of it’s kind in our area and do pick-ups in multiple Ace and True Value hardware store locations across the North Shore, including Cape Ann, so you can drop at one of those locations if you can’t make it to their Salem shop.

If you’d like to drop off directly they welcome that too. They can sharpen while you wait or you can drop and pick up later (photo: finished knives are wrapped in newspaper.)   Ceramaloy is located at 69 Bridge Street in Salem and are open Mondays – Saturdays.   The pricing is extremely reasonable, and if you have a good set of knives, the upkeep is well worth it.

SFT: When buying new knives, what should you look for?

Martin: You want something that is a mix of stainless and carbon steel, it’s going to hold a good edge. Also, you want a blade that goes all the way down the handle.

SFT: What’s the best way to keep knives at their best?

Martin: The rule of thumb is wash, rinse and dry wipe immediately after using, never let them soak in water.  That preserves the knife.

SFT: How often should one sharpen knives?

Martin: Twice a year. A good way to remember is right before the fall/winter holidays and right before spring holidays.  Basically when you start feeling like you are pushing instead of slicing, and when you see the silver, (see video), you know they need sharpening.

SFT: Okay, we have to ask the obvious question, do you cut yourself a lot?

Martin: (smiles), not at work, only at home. At work, you quickly learn to respect the knives.” 

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Local Food News… 

Thanksgiving Pie, Pastry and Turkey ordering

  • Turkey pre-orders are being taken at Milk & Honey. Ordering Deadline November 12th. Stop in or email: milkandhoneysalem@gmail.com or (978) 744-6639.  Choices: Misty Knoll Small Farm Fresh Turkey,  $4.99/lb; approx sizing: 12-16#;  16-20#; 20-24#; 24-28# and 28-32# available;  Misty Knoll Boneless Breast 6-7 # avg $7.99/lb.  OR Bell and Evans Fresh Turkey, $3.99/lb; approx sizing: 12-14#; 14-16#; 16-20# and 26-32#.  Credit Card number is required at the time of ordering. 
  • Milk and Honey seasonal pie orders: place by Sunday November 24th. Pick up is Wednesday November 26th. Orders Must be picked up by 7pm closing. These pies are made from scratch with the freshest local ingredients: 9” Apple Frozen 19.99 each or Baked 21.99 each;  9” Pumpkin Frozen $19.99 each or Baked $21.99 each;  9” Pecan Frozen $23.99 each or Baked $25.99 each

  • A&J King is taking orders from November 1st-21st during regular business hours.

    Payment is required at time of ordering and pick up is either Tuesday November 25th during regular business hours or Wednesday November 26th from 7am-Noon.  Click  for details

  • Jodi Bee Bakes is currently on vacation but will return order emails after November 17th. They will once again be offering delicious seasonal favorites with lots of gluten free and vegan options as well.  Click here to go to their online menu. 
  • Melita Fiore is taking holiday orders now. Click here to view their menu, or contact them to find out about additional seasonal items. Orders for Thanksgiving must be placed by November 20th. 


Fall Catering & Thanksgiving Day options

  • The Lobster Shanty continues their time-honored tradition of a family style all-you-can-eat sit down Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day itself. The Shanty will open on Thanksgiving at 8am for pastry and Bloody Mary’s; the meal will be served around 2pm.  Prix Fixe, pastries are gratis. Reservations are definitely encouraged (click for contact info.) 
  • Caffe Grazziani cooks up delicious Italian party platters with classics such as Chicken Parmigiani, pasta, and more. Click here to go to their online catering menu. 
  • Comida Mexican Tacqueria Catering/Chef Tables and Party Platters:  They offer savory fresh prepared items (not just Mexican) they not only cater to Salem-ites, but can deliver to other North Shore/Boston areas. Contact them for more information: (978) 594-8220.
  • Gulu Gulu Cafe Catering: Offers a wide variety of party platters and can cater to dietary preferences as well, including vegan and gluten free options.   They can also host a crepe station!  Their new online catering menu will be on their website soon.  For now you can email or stop on by to grab a printed menu. And their sister restaurant, Flying Saucer Pizza, is always a terrific option for party take-out options. 
  • Longboards offers delicious party platters all year, with both their standard favorites and ever-changing seasonal items available. Click here to view menu, call them for additional seasonal offerings. 24 hour notice on most platters.  Don’t forget to include their super delicious homemade Giardiniera – a must for your party table. 
  • Milk and Honey can put together fabulous cheese and other types of savory platters together using fresh local ingredients. Contact them for more info. (photo: fresh baked bread topped with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and olives on a recent Salem Food Tour.) 

November 9th-13th & 16th-20th

Restaurant Week in Salem

Salem restaurants are gearing up for Restaurant Week(s), and the menus look fantastic!  Click here to scroll through the participating establishments and their special menus. It is a great way to sample all the fresh fare Salem has to offer, and try that new place you’ve also wanted to dine at.  


Salem Winter’s Market 2014 

November 13th – December 18th on Artists Row

Late season kale (the best!), spices, berries, root vegetables, farm fresh eggs, meats, homemade pastries, breads, fresh gourmet pasta, fresh locally made cheeses and more – the perfect fixings for a great fall meal.  Pick up these items and more every Thursday at the Salem Winter’s Market. This year, the Market will be located on Artists Row.  It’s the most delicious way to support local businesses! To view a list of participating farms/vendors, click here.   

Salem Food Tours 

In The News…  

The November Food issue of Northshore Magazine is  one of our favorite issues’s of the year. You’ll find delicious stories cover to cover.  This year, we were happy to participate in a terrific feature on the Salem’s illustrious spice trade history, along with Salem historian Jim McAllister and Salem Spice owner David Bowie.  You’ll also read stories on Tour Partners Milk and Honey Green Grocer, Finz Seafood, and Far From the Tree Cider

Our Second Anniversary

Heartfelt THANK YOUs to all! 

We were so pleased to celebrate our 2nd anniversary in September. Thank you to our friends and all our wonderful guests! Thank you for the support of local organizations such as Destination SalemSalem Chamber of Commerce, and Salem Main Streets, as well as Mayor Kimberley Driscoll! Thank you to our Location Partners: The House of Seven Gables, The Witch House, The Phillips House Museum and The Pickering House! Thank you John and team of Creative Salem! 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!

Our photo gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/salemfoodtours.

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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

62 goes back to their roots

Chef Tony Bettencourt new fall menu deliciously reflects his creative energy… going back to his roots, you can find both beloved menu items such as his homemade garganelli pasta with red wine braised duck, dried cherries, pinenuts and tuscan kale, plus excited new items such as cider and Siracha braised pork belly with pear and cranberry mostarda, or a brand new 62 Burger – and you know it has their teams quality stamp – with grilled prime beef, sweet onion jam, comte and garlic aioli.

And did we mention their new delicious homemade donuts?  Yes, donuts.  Sigh. Mmmmm….

Soups on! 

Local chefs creating some wonderful flavors using seasonal ingredients.  

Above: soup of the day at Scratch Kitchen always made from farm fresh local ingredients.  And their gluten free chowdah (1880s recipe!) is divine.

Below: The Grapevine warms the fall palate with seasonal butternut soup with aged balsamic.

Chix Pot Pies

Another cool weather favorite: chicken pot pies. Brodies Seaport makes them fresh, perfect to take out and enjoy at home. Our Tour guests were huge fans! Chicken pot pies are ordered at Brodies in advance. Call (978) 594-8490. 

Burgers to Gobble

A&B Burgers fall menu features some fantastic seasonal offerings like the Turkey Gobbler – turkey patty, homemade cranberry sauce, goat cheese, brown sugar sweet potato puree and arugula. And vegetarians will enjoy their pumpkin and black bean burger. Literally a burger for every palate! Pictured: their award-winning Scotty Burger. 

Warming Spice

Warning: HIGHLY addictive. Opus Salem’s fall menu features a curry roasted cauliflower – with yellow curry, spicy harissa, and fresh mint. Perfect way to start a delicious meal or pair with one of their seasonal cocktails…

Pumpkin Shaped raviolis

At Jean Louis Pasta shop, the icon of fall just got that much more delicious… 

Coffee Walks 

Our Coffee Walks continue to be a popular option for both locals and visitors. Did you know? We offer our Coffee Walks year-round. Visit our reservations page for more information.

Christmas in Salem to feature “La Pointe” & South Salem

December 5-7th. 

Although it’s a month away, we cannot wait for Christmas in Salem! Salem Food Tours is thrilled to be a part of the weekend again this year, with a special walk and tasting on Friday night!  For more info on the weekend and ticket info, click here

Each year, the tour highlights properties in historic neighborhoods across Salem. In 2014, you’ll be exploring South Salem and “La Pointe,” and the properties that either survived the Great Salem Fire of 1914 or those that were rebuilt in the grand Colonial Revival style just after. Proceeds of the tour support all aspects of Historic Salem, Inc. mission. Additionally, successes in recent tours allowed HSI to begin interior renovations of the Nathaniel Bowditch House, a National Historic Landmark that serves as HSI’s headquarters. 

One last sip… 

Hot Apple Cider Ice Scream Float. mmmm… You are in downtown Salem, you’ve started your holiday shopping (cause you know supporting local businesses is the best gift ever!) and you need something to rest and warm up with. May we suggest this brilliantly delicious concoction from Tour Partner The Salem Screamery: The Hot Apple Cider Float. Comes with your choice of ice cream with local cider topped with cinnamon or cinnamon stick.  Some of our favorite flavors you can add in: Vanilla, Ginger, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Caramel Apple or Pumpkin Walnut.   (note: The Screamery closes December 24th and reopens early spring.)  Click here to view their party catering info as well. 

Salem Food Tour Gift Certificates make the perfect holiday gift.

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