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Annual Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest Hosted by The Grog

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On Saturday, October 6, 2018 The Grog Restaurant’s 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm under the tent at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 water Street in Newburyport. This great event begun as a chili cook-off and held for six years in The Grog’s parking lot, and has grown each year in popularity and diversity. With the generosity of their co-sponsor, The Tannery Marketplace, The Grog has been able to triple attendance over the years by adding the perfect complement to chili, a craft beer festival.

Billed as the Northshore’s most creative chili competition, Newburyport area restaurants and markets vie for The Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Chili. Everyone who purchases a ticket gets to vote. So far the the 2018 participating restaurants include: Sea Level Oyster Bar, Brick & Ash, Michael’s Harborside, The Grog, PI Beachcoma, The Paddle Inn, Metzy’s, Port Tavern, Bucciarelli’s, Loretta, Plum Island Grill & West Row Cafe & Bar (more to come)

This is a competitive event and an honor to be selected as the Grog Chili Fest winner. The top pick in 2017 was Michael’s Harborside, in 2016 was Port Plums & Newburyport Olive Oil and in 2015 the winner was Port City Sandwich Company! There are many local eateries that will participate in this fun event.

This is the fifth year of the craft beer and cider-makers tasting. Many local and regional breweries are participating and the list will be published closer to the event date.

The event was created to benefit local food pantries and it still does. The Pettingill House in Salisbury, Our Neighbors’s Table in Amesbury, and Community Services of Newburyport share the proceeds from the festival. The agencies attend the event each year to provide information regarding their services and to accept food donations from attendees.

Tickets to the event are $10 for Unlimited Chili Tasting and $25 for Beer & Chili Tasting. This is an all-ages community festival and children 10 and under are admitted free. Tickets will be sold on-site.

 

Celebrate the BONS Winners – Best of North Shore Awards Celebration

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Don’t miss the 13th annual Best of North Shore Awards Celebration event in recognition of the 2018 BONS Winners on Wednesday, August 22nd from 6 – 10 PM, with a 5:30 start for VIP ticket holders, at The Crane Estate in Ipswich. Enjoy exceptional eats and drinks with friends, and rub elbows with owners from  some of the North Shore’s top restaurant, shops, spas, salons and many other categories of BONS Winners.

Taste, sip, and indulge in, the North Shore’s best cuisine, brews, cocktails, and wines under the stars, along with live music and dancing at this picturesque venue. Know as the North Shore’s best party of the summer, the Best of North Shore Awards Celebration should be listed with the BONS Winners, as Best of North Shore Summer Party!

The Best of the North Shore/BONS Awards celebrates the magazine’s editors’ and readers’ picks for the North Shore’s best dining, nightlife, entertainment venues, shopping, spas, and services. Each year, local businesses and events are nominated and voted on by the editors and readers of Northshore. Over 155,000 votes were tabulated to determine this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards and more than 250 organizations are recognized as BONS 2018 winners across 170 sub-categories. Several new subcategories were also added this year, including: crudo, raw bar, and small plates.

Do you live by the ideology that you, live to eat and drink, as opposed to the practical approach of eating and drinking to live? Do you appreciate fine shopping, spas, salons and other types of premier services?  Then round up your friends and purchase your tickets now to make sure you indulge with the 2018 BONS winners! Enjoy unlimited food, cocktails, wine, dancing and a night of excitement and fun in this stunning and historic venue of The Cranes Estate.

Japanese Summer Festival – Celebrate at Hana Japan Newburyport

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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You only need to travel down to Story Ave. to jet set to another country and celebrate at this Japanese Summer Festival on Sunday, August 26th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Hana Japan in the Port Plaza. From games to food to entertainment, this annual festival, known as Natsu Matsuri, is a fun way for the whole family to learn about Japanese culture. The festival is free for all ages with games, gifts and food available for a small cost.

Spend the afternoon enjoying traditional Japanese entertainment right here in Newburyport. Dance to Taiko (Japanese Drums) or relax to the soothing sounds of a Japanese harp called the Koto. Toast each other at a traditional Japanese tea, learn the art of Shodo, Japanese calligraphy, or bend and fold artistic creations with origami. 

The Japanese Summer Festival will also have fun for your little world explorers. They can try their hands at games young Japanese children play like yo-yo balloons, toy rifle shooting and goldfishing. If your kids enjoy dancing, partake in the kids dance lessons to add some new moves to their repertoire.

And of course, there is no better way to learn about another culture than to try out the local cuisine. The Japanese Summer Festival will have sushi, fried chicken called Kara Age, pan fried noodles known as Yaksoba and more. Expand your palate and challenge your little ones to try something new or indulge in favorite dishes you already know and love.

If your family really want to immerse yourselves into the Japanese culture, Hana Japan is even offering a Kimono rental for the day. Don’t forget to bring your own flip flops to complete the look.

The Hana Japan, run by mother and son team Miyano Takahashi and Kosuke, is a local favorite offering a traditional Japanese experience from the decor to the food. While the festival is only one day, you and your family can transport yourselves back to Japan anytime by visiting the restaurant, especially when you find yourself craving some more Yaksoba.

Crave – A Modern American Restaurant with Exceptional Food, Service and Atmosphere

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Crave: Wine • Kitchen • Tap is a modern American restaurant and a true foodie destination that emphasizes local and seasonal menu items.  Crave is located in Amesbury’s lower mill yard in a renovated mid 1800’s Boston & Maine train station.  If you are looking for an exceptional dining experience close to Newburyport, be sure to check out Crave!

The menu at Crave: Wine • Kitchen • Tap is all about sourcing the best ingredients, including hand-cut steaks, local produce and fresh seafood.  Crave makes a strong first impression by greeting guests with freshly baked popovers.  If you have an appreciation for high quality food with creative preparation, Crave will delight you.  Both the appetizers and entrees are exceptional and make sure to leave room for something sweet.  This modern American restaurant has incredible desserts created in house by Crave’s Pastry Chef.

Crave: Wine • Kitchen • Tap provides customers with two outstanding dining experiences under one roof. The main dining room at Crave has an upscale atmosphere featuring a refined menu.  The Gastropub serves handcrafted cocktails and casual fare such as sandwiches, small plates, salads, and scrumptious bar bites.

Crave’s bar plays host to a variety of craft beers whether on tap or in bottles or cans.  They have a nice selection of beer from breweries in the greater Newburyport area.  This modern American restaurant features over 108 brands of whiskey, as well as a thoughtfully curated wine list offering something for everyone.  Crave’s wine offerings not only feature terrific value options, but also plenty of reserve wines for folks who are looking to enjoy fine wine.

Enjoy the welcoming environment, thirst quenching bar offerings, and mouth-watering food when you visit this greater Newburyport modern American restaurant.

Best Outdoor Dining in Newburyport – Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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The suns out, the weather’s warm, which means it’s time for some delicious outdoor dining, and nobody has better outdoor seating than Newburyport. From waterfront views to tacos on the run to classic New England seafood, our coastal town has it all. There are places great for kids and many that will even accommodate your four legged friends. If you are bringing your pup along for the day, pick a restaurant with a sidewalk/patio. Many will allow your buddy to hang just on the edge and some will even give them a refreshing bowl of water. So where will you be pulling up a seat for your next meal?

Hanging Downtown

If you’re hitting the shops downtown for a little retail therapy, there are tons of delicious outdoor dining options that won’t veer you off your path. West Row, in the Center of Newburyport’s Market Square, features a beautiful outdoor seating area located on the pedestrian only Inn Street, where you can frequently enjoy local musicians performing.

If your family is craving pizza or pasta, head to the opposite side of Inn Street to Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante for classic Italian food or try their delicious Lebanese dishes. While the patio is technically on a sidewalk, the restaurant does a great job using greenery and plants to make you feel like you’re having a private outdoor dining experience.

Heading up State Street, the main drag in town, there are tons of restaurants offering sidewalk outdoor seating, so you can relax and still experiencing the bustle of Newburyport on a beautiful day.  If you’re looking to experiment, pop into The Paddle Inn for their eclectic menu ranging from Korean rice balls to fish tacos and everything in between, and of course equally creative cocktails. Brine, which describes itself as New England’s first Oyster, Crudo and Chop Bar, is your restaurant if your group fancies some caviar, a solid steak and oysters. Looking to pair a fabulous glass of wine with European style cuisine that locally sources exceptional cheeses, Charcuterie and creatively prepared entrees? Ceia Kitchen & Bar is where you want to pull up a chair. 

At the top of State Street, you can opt for a Guinness and bangers on the sidewalk patio at The Port Tavern, an Irish pub.  And if you’re not really into Irish fare, no problem, the tavern offers a mix of traditional Irish meals alongside classic pub favorites and a fabulous selection of beers.

Exploring downtown but hoping for dinner with a view? Sea Level Oyster Bar, offers substantial outdoor seating with a front patio overlooking downtown as well as a back patio overlooking Waterfront Park and the Merrimack River. Grab a seat out back and watch the boats come and go as you enjoy their extensive menu, ranging from a raw bar to sandwiches, pizza and lobster dinners. Come on a cool summer night and hang out by their fire pit for an after dinner drink.

Exploring ALL of Newburyport

While Downtown has its draws, Newburyport has amazing restaurants worth a quick walk or drive from the main area. 

Just a block off the center of downtown is Mission Oak, a delicious steak house situated in a renovated church. While the steaks are delicious, if you’re looking for a lighter fare, they also offers a more casual bar menu. Grab a seat on their sidewalk patio or the back patio, and enjoy a quieter outdoor seating option to the busy State Street restaurants.

A few more blocks west from downtown, feel free to drive as valet parking is complimentary, will take you to the Italian restaurant Andiamo. Their patio, which looks like a backyard garden lit up with overheard strands of lights, is always lively in the evening for both dining and drinks. 

Head east of town to the Tannery for delicious Thai Cuisine, and enjoy the side patio at Brown Sugar by the Sea

Just a half block down and you can drop into Starboard Galley for your seafood fix and enjoy outdoor dining with river views, or continue driving toward Plum Island to dine on award winning lobster rolls at picnic tables overlooking the marshes at Bob Lobster

If Mexican is what you’re craving, head towards the train station for this local gem. Metzy’s Cantina, a Newburyport staple, serves up a mean taco and margarita and has an awesome outdoor seating area where your kids can stretch their legs and play in the grass.

Quick Bites and Takeout

There’s so much going on in town, you may not want to stop and sit for too long. Newburyport has great options for privately owned quick service casual dining without the wait. If you want to grab a slice, Anchor Stone Pizza is your stop. While their cheese pizza is amazing, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try out their delicious specialty pies, all named after local spots. Order online or at the counter and enjoy great people watching from Anchor’s outdoor seating. If you’re looking for a table where you can relax and the kids can play, Purple Onion, which offers up healthy alternatives to fast food, has a small patio set up right outside the Inn Street Playground. However, if you’d like to grab a quick beer or coffee with that sandwich or salad, swing by Coffee Factory and snag a seat at their State Street sidewalk seating. As if these aren’t enough options, you can also walk down Pleasant Street to Dos Amigos for a tasty burrito at their outdoor dining area. They offer a great selection of creative options for kids and adults.

Sweet Treats

And no meal is complete without dessert. Grab a cone at Dolce Freddo Gelato and sit back and relax at a nearby bench or take your refreshing dessert down to the waterfront for a stroll. Feeling guilty about all the delicious food you’ve already indulged in? Opt for a healthier, yet equally satisfying snack, at The Juicery and kick back at their outdoor dining area. 

So if you’re looking for great outdoor seating options, Newburyport is the place to be. Just keep in mind that you can enjoy discounts at local restaurants and shops by presenting a valid Best of Newburyport VIP Card. The VIP Card Program rewards card holders with discounts every time they visit any of the 180 Greater Newburyport participating businesses. Purchase one VIP Card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 or 40% of your purchase is a donated to a local nonprofit partner of your choice. View discounts on Newburyport.com or by downloading the Newburyport App. Purchase  your VIP Card today and have fun saving to save on your outdoor dining expenses!

Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch Places – Do you Know them All?

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Breakfast, its an important start to the day, its business, its social and for many a relaxing tradition.  Have you stopped to consider how many excellent Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places we have to choose from?  Have you visited them all, at least once?  So where does the breakfast lover start?  Our list is certainly diverse featuring traditional casual diners to upscale brunch places, some of which are located in Newburyport and others in surrounding towns.  We challenge you to try all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places and we hope you will discover a few new favorites.

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

Beginning with downtown Newburyport traditional diners and cafes, Angie’s Diner has a history of offering fast friendly service and delicious food since 1969.  We highly recommend the Stuffed French Toast and the Western Omelet.  Although they are known as a downtown Newburyport breakfast destination, they are also open for lunch and dinner.  Owner, Steve Luz is the man behind this Newburyport establishment and is always there working to ensure his customers are happy.

Do you enjoy a Bloody Mary or Mimosa with your breakfast or brunch?  Ceia Kitchen & Bar has a strong reputation for exceptional high quality cocktails and fresh farm to table food.  Come for brunch and enjoy creative twists on traditional favorites, and Ceia offers a great kids menu too! Owner, Nancy Batista-Caswell takes great pride in serving top quality food for her loyal customers.

 

Have you experienced the FM Station Cafe?  This is an amazing breakfast place located just off the route 1 traffic circle next to Minute Man Press.  The Blueberry Coconut Pancakes are a sweet delight and if you prefer savory we recommend the Florentine Benedict with spinach and tomatoes (Feature image at top of page), and the homemade Corned Beef Hash is excellent as well.  The FM Station Cafe offers traditional breakfast favorites with the option for a few tasty Brazilian dishes as well.  Owner, Fabio Santos is normally busy cooking while his wife Eva an her sister Coffee factory Newburyport, Coffee and sandwich shopPoloma welcome and take care of guests.

Everyone knows the Coffee Factory as the Newburyport coffee house destination with free Wi-Fi and delicious sandwiches and salads but did you know they serve tasty breakfast sandwiches too?  We recommend the Veggie Bagel sandwich featured to the right, the Joppa Flat or the Works.  Owner Kevin Yorke works hard to provide an exceptional experience for his customers in Newburyport and in his Derry and Salem NH locations too.

 

Are you looking for a brunch experience that includes great live music?  The Plum Island Grille is the place to go.  Owner and Chef, Francis Broadbery and his staff at The Plum Island Grille have a long history of serving an excellent Sunday Brunch menu accompanied with live Jazz Music from 1- 3 PM.  The entire menu is exceptional but we recommend trying the Quiche or the Smoked Salmon.  Head out to the Island and at least pretend you’re on vacation!

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

The Riverside Cafe is a very well known breakfast and lunch spot.  Owner, Ken Santiano arrives between 4:30 and 5 AM every morning to have breakfast ready for the early birds by 6 AM.  It’s all delicious but we love the omelets, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches, yum!  Oh and the bacon is extra crispy for the bacon connoisseurs!  Make sure to visit Riverside during holidays throughout the year.  Ken and his staff do an excellent job of decorating for all occasions!

 

Just around the corner from Riverside Cafe is The Finest Kind.  If you know this one then you’re a true Newburyport local!  Owner and Chef David Rice has been serving his customers for over 25 years.  The omelets and breakfast sandwiches are great, and so is the story of the personified hard boiled egg painting by local artist Herbie Crooks, that mysteriously disappeared.  Stop in to learn the full story!

 

Don’t forget about the excellent Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places in the towns that surround Newburyport!  Salisbury has a number of breakfast spots that we highly recommend, starting with Nancy’s Marshview Cafe.  Owner, Nancy Wallace offers a tasty selection of traditional breakfast foods and keep in mind that she is also really well known for her amazing homemade cakes, pies and handcrafted lattes.  The Coned Beef Hash at Nancy’s is delicious.  It is homemade and you can tell because it is not salty!

Pat’s Diner,  a historic landmark and traditional diner built in 1950, is located in Salisbury near the Salisbury Library.  Owner, Pat Poulakos Archambault is an inspirational entrepreneurial woman at age 86 years young!  She proudly greets all of her customers and works hard to make sure that they feel like family when they visit Pat’s Diner, while her son George cooks up traditional diner breakfast selections.  Pat suggests the Eggs Benedict or the Baked Pork Pie and the kids Chocolate Chip Pancakes are made with extra TLC!

 

Have you been to Rico’s Cafe?  Owner, Maria Melo is from the Azors.  She is there at 5:30 AM to welcome you with a cup of coffee and ready to prepare your favorite wake up meal.  Among her top specialties are her omelets and her wonderful homemade soups!  Rico’s is located next door to the Salisbury Post Office.

If you’re in search of a special occasion Sunday Brunch destination, pay a visit to  Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge.  Seaglass is  right on the beach in Salisbury offering stunning views of the ocean, and an elegant brunch buffet including: made to order omelets, carving station, delicious  pastries and more.  Depending upon the schedule of the tide you could be enjoying brunch over of the ocean!  Owner, Wayne Capolupo ensures food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional at Seaglass, and don’t save Seaglass just for special occasions.  Visit any time!

 

Metzy’s is a place you think of for lunch and dinner but they also offer some delicious breakfast options as well.  Try the Bacon Burrito: bacon, eggs, cheddar-jack cheese, guacamole, caramelized onions, black beans, pico de gallo, and chipotle sour cream  or a Chorizo Taco: chorizo, eggs, cheddar-jack cheese, pico de gallo, & chipotle sour cream.  Metzy’s also offers hot organic Mexican Coffee, cold brew coffee, tea and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Everyone loves Panera Bread for lunch but don’t forget they have great breakfast options as well including muffins, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee.  Or, treat yourself to a freshly baked souffle in a variety of choices.  Oh, and did we forget to mention the very convenient drive thru window, and the fact that all Panera food is 100% clean, free of preservatives, sweeteners, additives, and artificial ingredients.  Although Panera is part of large company, Manager Hanna Elliott has developed a strong local customer base for the Newburyport shop and works hard to always provide top notch service for her customers.

If you enjoy breakfast sandwiches, don’t forget about Subway!  Local Franchise Owner, BB Bhatt is there early morning baking the breads. Served on a freshly baked flat bread roll with real applewood smoked bacon and your choice of vegetables, the Subway breakfast sandwiches are a delicious health option for folks who like to create their breakfast sandwich!

What do all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places have in common?  Whether managing, cooking or serving customers, you will find the owners and or managers present in all of these great places to eat!  They know their regular customers by name and they work hard to ensure a high quality experience.  In addition, all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places help raise money for the 23 Newburyport.com local nonprofit partner organizations by participating in the Best of Newburyport VIP Program.  They also reward Newburyport App/VIP Card holders with discounts every time App/Card holders visit any of the participating businesses.  Below are the offerings for these Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch places as of of 5/29/17 when this story was published.  Click the links below to confirm current discounts or just download the Newburyport App.

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VIP Discounts for Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch Places:
Angie’s Diner – 5% Off
Coffee Factory – 10% Off
Ceia Kitchen & Bar – 10% off Food Portion of the Check
Finest Kind – 5% Off
FM Station Cafe – 15% Off
Metzy’s – Free Chips & Salsa with Food Purchase – limit one per VIP Card/Per Day
Nancy’s Marshview Cafe – $5 Off $30 or More
Panera Bread – $3 Off Purchases of $15 or More, $5 Off Purchases of $25 or More
Pat’s Diner – 10% Off
Plum Island Grille – 10% off Food for VIP Card Holder & One Guest
Rico’s Cafe – 5% Off
Riverside Cafe – 10% Off
Seaglass Restaurant – $5 Off Dinner Entree – One Entree Per Card – Sun – Thurs
Subway – Purchase Six Inch Sub, Chips & Drink Get Six Inch Sub Free

 

Greater Newburyport Pizza Places – What’s Your Favorite?

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Pizza is one of the great pleasures in life.  Newburyport pizza places offer a wonderful variety of delicious and satisfying baked pies!  Made with just a handful of ingredients and a lot of love, pizza is a versatile invention. It can be fast and fun, you can grab a slice or enjoy a communal dining experience with family and friends. Choose from an impressive array of Newburyport pizza places to satisfy your inner pizza enthusiast! We encourage you to sample the pizza at all of the restaurants we’ve highlighted so you can choose your favorite pizza.  However, given all the amazing options for Newburyport Pizza Places, it may be difficult to choose just one as your favorite.

Anchor Stone Deck Pizza is located on State Street in Newburyport. Not only do they offer scrumptious pizzas, but they also offer the option to have a glass of wine or a beer with your pizza. The crust of their pizza is crispy, they have great sauce, and they offer many creative toppings that make for utterly heavenly pies, such as the one featured above. Anchor Stone Deck Pizza offers other traditional Italian offerings such as calzones and homemade lasagna as well as fresh salads and oven-roasted wings.

Interested in enjoying a full service restaurant with a great atmosphere and excellent pizza made in an oven imported from Genoa, Italy? Then Newburyport Italian and Lebanese RestaurantOregano Pizzeria & Ristorante is the place for you! Oregano is very well known for serving incredible brick oven pizza, such as the one featured in the image to the right.  They also prepare many enticing entrees such as chicken saltimbocca. Check out the bar offerings for a wide selection of cocktails, sangria, wine, and local craft beers!  If you are in downtown Newburyport and need immediate gratification, we suggest stopping into Stone Crust Artisan Pizza on Pleasant Street for a delicious slice of pizza. They also offer an excellent selection of creative sandwiches, fresh salads and excellent burgers and fries too. On Friday and Saturday nights in the summertime stop by the late night pizza window between 10 PM and 1 AM for a slice or a few!

Famous Pizzeria has recently completed a beautiful renovation project adding many modern conveniences and expanding the menu options. George Asprogiannis is the owner of both Famous Pizza and Stone Crust Artisan Pizza. Famous Pizzeria has enjoyed a terrific reputation in the community for serving great pizza, calzones, subs, wraps, and salads., and we highly recommend trying some of the newer menu items such as the roast beef and seafood platters. Nick’s Pizza on Water Street in Newburyport has been serving homemade bakery style Sicilian pizza for over 60 years!  Nick’s is unique because all they serve is amazing pizza. Owner Frank LaBarba has an extremely loyal customer following thanks to his exceptional pizza! Nick’s uses a special process to make the dough and his unique blend of sauces and cheeses give the pizza outstanding flavor.

Although you may associate Domino’s as being part of a larger company, our Newburyport location is a franchise that is locally owned and operated by Viken Dumeciyan. The pizza, (featured in image to the right) pastas,  oven-baked sandwiches, and wings at Domino’s are consistently fast, fresh, and satisfying.  If you leave room for dessert Domino’s also has a few delicious sweet treat options such as the chocolate lava cake.  Sal’s Pizza has a strong reputation for fresh and delicious pizzas. Order a signature pizza or create your own by choosing from a variety of toppings. Don’t miss out on their popular and satisfying calzones and salads or some of the great add on options like garlic knots and buffalo wings. Sal’s is conveniently located in the Market Basket Shopping Center in Newburyport.

Located just over the bridge from Newburyport in Salisbury, Angelina’s serves delicious pizza in addition to calzones, pasta, hot and cold subs, wraps, salads and a selection of fried and baked seafood. Angelina’s has a lot of nice options that are sure to satisfy everyone’s hunger!  Niko’s Place is in Salisbury and it is a great spot to enjoy a meal before you head to the beach or catch a movie nearby.  Their menu has a lot of options including pizza, roast beef, and fried seafood. The picnic tables outside are a great place to enjoy your food! Nick’s Place Salisbury serves delicious pizza but it’s loyal customers enjoy Nick’s for the broad variety of other delicious dishes: the seafood, pasta’s, salads, sandwiches and a few delicious Greek specialties such as Spinach Pie.

For over 30 years West Newbury Pizza Company has been offering tasty pizzas and more! Their quality homemade foods have earned them a devoted following in Greater Newburyport. Order a specialty pizza such as the one featured here, or try some of their Greek offerings such as spinach pie and baklava!  It’s also a great place to enjoy beer or wine with your meal.  Nick’s Place, not to be confused with Nick’s Pizza, is located in West Newbury across from Pentucket High School. Nick’s Place has mouth-watering gourmet pizza and they also offer a wide selection of other types of food, including seafood, pasta, and delectable Greek cuisine.

All of the establishments featured below are locally owned and in most cases you will find that they are family run with many family members pitching in to create a wonderful dining experience. All of the Greater Newburyport Pizza Places featured on Newburyport.com are part of Best of Newburyport VIP program, a community-based loyalty program that helps raise money for 23 local nonprofit organizations and rewards customers by offering discounts. Below are the offerings for these Greater Newburyport Pizza Places as of 6/8/17 when this story was published. Click the links below to confirm current discounts or just download the Newburyport App.

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VIP Discounts for Greater Newburyport Pizza Places:
Anchor Stone Deck Pizza – 10% Off Dine-In & Take-Out
Angelina’s – 10% Off Dine-In & Take Out, Not Combinable with Other Offers
Domino’s – 15% Off Food, Email VIPcard@Newburyport.com for Code. Not Combinable & Must Present Card.
Famous Pizzeria – 10% Off Dine-In & Take-Out
Nick’s Pizza – Newburyport – 5% Off – Must Mention When Ordering & Show Card at Pick Up or Delivery
Nick’s Place – Salisbury – 10% off over $40, must mention VIP Card when ordering & not combinable with other offers.
Nick’s Place – West Newbury – 10% Off Purchase or Deal of the Day
Niko’s Place – 10% Off Purchases of $40 or More
Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante – 10% Off Food Portion of Check
Sal’s Pizza – 10% Off (Newburyport & Seabrook)
Stone Crust Artisan Pizza – 10% Off Dine-In & Take-Out
West Newbury Pizza Company – 5% Off Food Portion of Check

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exceptional Food, Wine & Spirits – North Shore Magazine’s Grand Tasting

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Reserve your tickets now for the 2018 North Shore Magazine Grand Tasting, Thursday, March 29th from 7-10 PM at Blue Ocean Event Center. Doors open at 6:30 for VIP ticket holders. What is the Grand Tasting? Celebrity chefs, exquisite wines and tantalizing tastes from the region’s top restaurants and gourmet food and wine shops, come together for the North Shore’s premier 4th annual “foodie” event. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience a past Grand Tasting, enjoy video footage from the 2017 Grand Tasting.

Indulge in scrumptious savory and sweet nibbles from local food artisans, making everything from farmhouse cheese to hard cider to award-winning handmade chocolate treats. Enjoy creative dishes, foods and drinks from some of your favorite highly regarded spots, and discover exceptional new places to eat and shop as well.  

Grand Tasting Vendors 

The Grand Tasting features a broad selection of exceptional North Shore food and drink vendors from restaurants, wine and cheese shops, breweries, catering companies,  and bakeries. Check back for a list of the 2018 Grand Tasting vendors. 

Purchase your tickets now. Don’t miss the North Shore’s most exciting ‘foodie” event of the year! Secure General Admission tickets to the Grand Tasting for only $65 and VIP tickets for just $100, if you purchase before February 3rd. The cost for tickets purchased after this date will be $75 for General Admission and $125 for VIP. Gather some friends and treat yourself to a well deserved night of exceptional food, drinks, music, dancing and socializing.

Newburyport Mexican Restaurant Films Segment for “Phantom Gourmet”

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Newburyport Mexican restaurant Metzy’s Cantina is heating up the airwaves on New England’s hottest foodie show! Owner Erik Metzdorf and Director of Operations and Chief Culinary Officer Anthony Leone were thrilled to welcome Phantom Gourmet as they filmed a segment highlighting the origins of Metzy’s Cantina, local support from the North Shore community, and Metzy’s delicious new creations. The Phantom Gourmet segment aired on Sunday, March 25th featuring Metzy’s super-cool space, fresh vibe, and flavorful eats. The episode also captured many familiar faces as many customers were at the restaurant during taping, enjoying fresh, flavorful food and beverages with Metzy’s unique Mexican flair.

Your certain to be craving Metzy’s once you watch this enticing video. Popular new menu items include tomatillo-based chili verde, Metzy’s chicken wings – offered one of three different ways (including Erik’s favorite mole sauce!) – and mini “street tacos” served on crispy shells. Also look for an announcement about Metzy’s Cantina’s expanded, full bar (coming soon).

Metzy’s Cantina is available for private parties. Mobile catering options include Metzy’s Taqueria (food truck) and famous Taco Bar – both available for work events and friends-and-family gatherings. Metzy’s Cantina also offers delivery, grab-and-go, pick-up options.

On weekdays, stop by for breakfast 6 AM-10:30 AM and start the day with mouth-watering tacos, burritos, breakfast bowls, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and small-batch roasted Francisco Davila Signature Coffees from family the roastery: Coffee Roasters of Charleston.

Metzy’s Cantina has established itself as one of the top meeting places on the North Shore for groups up to 100, serving fresh Mexican eats along with free WiFi, plenty of free parking, and the coolest vibe around. Come check out this popular Newburyport Mexican restaurant’s new indoor/outdoor space right next to the city’s MBTA Commuter Rail stop, just a short 1-mile bike ride or walk along the Clipper City Rail Trail to downtown.

Visit Metzy’s Facebook page to stay in the know about exciting new menu items, specials, live music and many local events you can find the Metzy’s food truck.

Local Specialty Food & Wine Shops Feature Great Gift Ideas

specialty food & wine shops, Newburyport MA

Our Greater Newburyport specialty food & wine shops are the go to destination when entertaining and many also feature great gift ideas.  In order to reward customer loyalty and encourage folks to shop local, many retailers provide discounts to Newburyport VIP Card/Mobile App users.  Over the course of the year, folks can enjoy substantial savings, especially during holiday shopping times.

We highly recommend a visit to our local specialty food & wine shops when in search of the perfect gifts.  Your friends and family are sure to appreciate thoughtful/useful food and drink related gifts instead of well intentioned gift attempts that end up becoming “dust collectors.”  Plus shopping local is a great way to support our local Greater Newburyport economy and say thanks to our small business owners.

You can’t go wrong with freshly prepared foods, beautifully packaged quality food products, wines or perhaps a bottle of sparkling cider.  Bucciarelli’s and Fowle’s Market are wonderful destinations to pick up top quality meats and prepared foods when entertaining and they also carry many specialty food and wine items to help create a beautiful gift basket.  You may think of Giuseppe’s as a great place to enjoy dinner, but don’t forget about the market area.  They offer many freshly prepared dishes as well as a wonderful selection of packaged specialty food products such as pastas, oils, olives, exceptional deli meats and cheeses.

Locals are familiar with Leary’s Fine Wine & Spirits of Newburyport & Amesbury for their great selection of wines & spirits, but the Newburyport Cheese Market offers an exceptional selection of cheeses cured meats, oils and many other gourmet foods.  New England Wine & Spirits and Port Wine & Spirits offer a broad selection of high quality wines, craft beers, and spirits in all price ranges.  The Grand Trunk Wine & Cheese Shop features many special wines as well as delicious cheeses and other packaged specialty items to enhance the cooking experience.

Port Plum & Newburyport Olive Oil is well known for their top quality olive oils and they also carry many other specialty food products as well as unique culinary gift items.  Port Plum offers the quality of William Sonoma yet is more exclusive in that you will find unique items carefully selected by the Mother/Daughter local owners Karen and Katie.

If searching for sweat treats, Greater Newburyport offers quite a few delicious options.  Simply Sweet in downtown Newburyport features amazing hand-made chocolates, nostalgic candies, gluten free chocolates, Vermont nut free products and make sure to ask about the hot-chocolate shots.  Carriagetown Chocolates in downtown Amesbury offers beautifully packaged high quality affordable chocolates, a great selection of “classic penny candy” and make sure to try the delicious freshly brewed hot and ice-coffee.  Whether you need something special to bring to a party or your hosting one yourself, we strongly recommend the high quality reasonably priced: cakes, pies, brownies, and cupcakes at Dianne’s Fine Desserts.  At the Buttermilk Baking Company everything is made from scratch.  They pride themselves on making small-batch, by hand baking products and do all of the baking in-house.  Nancy’s Marshview Cafe is an exceptional bakery, located on Bridge Road in Salisbury.  Nancy bakes  many wonderful pastries, cookies, cakes, each day and for special occasions we suggest placing an order for one of her delicious cakes or pies.

When in search of great gifts, make sure to consider our Greater Newburyport specialty food & wine shops. Collectively, if everyone in our community makes a few more local purchases each year it has a significant, positive impact on our local economy and benefits our small business owners.  Plus, folks are sure to appreciate quality foods, wines and desserts to enjoy and share with others.

Below is a current list of discounts for the Best of Newburyport VIP Program Specialty Food & Wine shops.  Although discounts don’t change often, they are subject to change.  You can confirm current discounts by checking the VIP Landing Page or by downloading the Newburyport App.

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Best of Newburyport VIP Card/Newburyport App Discounts:  

  • Bucciarelli’s – 10% off purchases (excludes alcohol)
  • Buttermilk Banking Company – purchase 6 like items & get the 7th for free
  • Carriagetown Chocolate – 10% off purchases of $5 or more 
  • Dianne’s – 20% off purchases & a free single serve dessert 
  • Giuseppe’s – 10% off purchases of $50 or more
  • Grand Trunk – 15% off 12 or more bottles of wine 
  • Leary’s – 10% off one non-sale 750 ML bottle of wine & 10% off purchases from the Cheese Market
  • Nancy’s Marshview Cafe – $5 off purchases of $30 or more 
  • New England Wine & Spirits – 10% off 12 or more bottles of wine 
  • Port Plum & Newburyport Olive Oil – 10% off purchases of $50 or more 
  • Port Wine & Spirits – 10% off 12 or more bottles of wine 
  • Simply Sweet – 10% off candy shop purchases over $5 and under $100

Port Plums Mother-Daughter Team Cooking Up Big Things

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Port Plums Newburyport

For Port Plums co-owners Karen and Katie Shernan, going into business together was a no-brainer. The mother-daughter duo purchased Newburyport Olive Oil Company in the Tannery Marketplace in December 2014 and have since taken over the adjoining space to open Port Plums, a high-end specialty foods and culinary equipment store. With the positive response and success of Port Plums, Karen and Katie have opened another fabulous specialty shop: Port Blue Accents, a specialty shop featuring many unique and eclectic personal accent items, located on Newburyport’s State Street – just a couple blocks away from Port Plums. We caught up with these busy ladies on a rare day off, which they spent cooking together (of course).

Newburyport Macaroni Kid: So which one of you first suggested that you go into business together?

Karen Shernan: I honestly don’t remember! We’ve always just kind of finished each other’s sentences.

It’s often hard to remember who came up with an idea first. It’s more like…before you know it,we’re working together on it. I do give Katie credit for finding the Newburyport Olive Oil Company when it was put up for sale. We are generally of one mind on things.

MK: Obviously you two are pretty close! Has it always been that way?

Karen: I’ve got pictures of Katie and me cooking together when she was really little. She was always one of those kids who wanted to try everything. Very open-minded about food.

Katie: To be honest, as an only child it was more fun to follow my mom around and do things with her than play by myself.

We’re actually cooking together right now! We just did a roast chicken with asparagus, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. We used to get together on Sundays and cook for the week. This is kind of like that – time to clean out the fridge! But we’ve been so busy lately we haven’t had a chance to cook together in about two months.

MK: Was cooking together your inspiration for Port Plums?

Karen: As a matter of fact it was a trip to Spain. Katie spent her junior year of college studying in Granada. I went to visit over the holiday break and we saw “Katie’s Granada”:it’s a small city that manages to be both historic and organic and cool. We were particularly inspired by the tapas there.

Katie: Granada is one of the last Spanish cities where tapas are still free when you order a drink! You can spend an evening sipping wine and trying all these little dishes. It was such an amazing food experience. On the plane back one of us said – I can’t remember who! – that we should try to recreate that sense of warmth and hospitality at home.

MK: Did either of you have any experience working with food?

Karen: Not at all. I had a 20+ year career in corporate. I was a Senior Vice President of account management for a software startup – primarily a sales role. I enjoyed my career and was able to save money toward retirement, but I realized that I’d rather take that money and use it for myself now.

It was a deliberate decision, but also just a matter of timing and staying open to whatever opportunity the universe had to offer– and taking advantage as it came along.When Katie found Newburyport Oil Oil Company it was just time to make the transition.

I firmly believe in just going for it, maybe even before you’re ready.

MK: Sounds like a lot of learning on the job.

Katie: We’ve made lots of little mistakes along the way – choosing the right payroll provider, point of sale system, that kind of thing. It’s definitely a lot of trial and error.

Karen: I say that if you’re making mistakes you’re doing it right. I mostly figure things out by the seat of my pants!

For example, I do most of the buying (finding, I should say) for the store – browsing online, going to places that I love and just seeing what appeals to me. We also go to craft shows like “New England-Made,” which exclusively features artisans and craftspeople from this area. It’s just a matter of keeping your eyes open.

Katie: We also like to take trips together to another town or venue just to get some new inspiration. We call them “sharpen the saw” days – because otherwise we’d get pretty dull!

MK: You seem to have very complementary styles. What do you most admire about the other and how do you think that benefits the business?

Katie: My favorite part of working with mom is that she encourages me to just try something. I’m more cautious and that leads me to avoid taking risks, even when they could really pay off. Whenever I go to her with an idea she just says “Try it!”

Karen: Katie was born going on 40. I really appreciate the way she thinks and how she helps me think things through when I get stuck. She can talk me off the ledge if I start to feel overwhelmed.

Katie: I guess I’m a little better at being reductive and narrowing many options down to the best few before making a major decision.

MK: How have your lives changed since going into business together?

Katie: For me it’s work/life balance. I used to commute two hours a day from my home in West Newbury to my HR-coordinator job in Lexington. Now my commute is about 10 minutes. I have so much more time to spend with my boyfriend, my friends, my dog. And what I’m doing is my passion. I may work on my business more than 40 hours a week but it’s so much more rewarding than what I was doing before.

Karen:I used to be a real road warrior, spending 2-3 weeks a month traveling for work. My friends were all work-related and spread out across the U.S. Now I have so many wonderful friends locally, and I feel such a huge sense of community. My social life if no longer corporate dinners with big clients. It’s so much more meaningful to me to participate in community events and be part of something righthere at home.

MK: What’s next for Port Plums?

Katie: We have had success hosting  a series of culinary events in partnership with other local businesses and and will continue to host many more.  We have had so much positive feedback and response as folks enjoy the social atmosphere combined with opportunity to learn from experts in the food and wine industry. Our second store, Port Blue Accents opened in the Spring of 2017. We are continuing to grow awareness as the Newburyport destination for unique personal accents and expand our customer following. While Port Plums is focused on culinary, Port Blue Accents features locally and regionally made home and personal accents and is wonderful place to purchase specialty gift items.

MK: You’ve got a busy year ahead of you! How will you measure success?

Karen: For me it’s about the customers who come into the store and are so thrilled to be there that they come back bringing friends and family to show them, too. They make my day more than anything else.

Katie: When the customers are as excited by the products we carry as we are – that’s what we consider success.

 

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Downtown Newburyport Family Friendly Restaurant – Italian & Lebanese Cuisine

Newburyport Family Friendly Restaurant

Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante is a wonderful Newburyport family friendly restaurant featuring a welcoming and casual atmosphere.  They serve absolutely delicious Italian cuisine and Lebanese cuisine.  Located in a historic downtown Newburyport building, the restaurant has a charming ambiance with high ceiling and exposed brick walls, a beautifully framed bar and open kitchen.  In warm weather, the outdoor patio is great place to enjoy your meal.  In addition to offering Italian and Lebanese cuisine, Oregano is very well known for serving exceptional brick oven pizza.  They also prepare many delicious entrees such as chicken saltimbocca, scallop risotto, and braised lamb shank.  And for those who enjoy Lebanese cuisine, the lamb kabobs and falafel are not to be missed!  Oregano can delight the adults and satisfy the kids with delicious selection of pizzas or the option of the kid’s menu.  If you leave room for desert, the Pizza Cookie is a must.  Served with vanilla ice cream, the Pizza Cookie is a warm chocolate chip cookie baked in the pizza oven.  Try it once and it will become a tradition!

One of the unique features of this Newburyport family friendly restaurant is their oven, which was imported from Genoa, Italy.  This special oven heats up to 1400 degrees and can bake a pizza in three minutes.  Because the base plate of the oven is cut from one piece of Lumina stone, it helps the pizzas to cook evenly.  What does this mean for customers?  It allows the pizzas created at Oregano to be crispy and chewy at the same time.  Owners, Claude and Laura Elias believe strongly in using top quality ingredients.  San Marzano tomatoes are used to make the pizza sauce and marinara sauce as well as many other dishes, such as the braised lamb shank.  San Marzano tomatoes are grown in volcanic soil in the foot hills of Mont Vesuvius and known to be the highest quality most expensive tomatoes in the world.  The combination of the climate in this region and the volcanic ash make San Marzano tomatoes sweeter and less acidic than other tomato varieties.

Oregano is a terrific Newburyport restaurant choice for those who appreciate the option to pair great drinks and food together.  They not only serve crafted cocktails and high quality wines, but also offer imported and local craft beers.  The drink menu at Oregano features an extensive selection of wines by the glass.  Try a Malbec, Super Tuscan, Montepulciano, or the Lambrusco, a sparkling chilled red wine.  Stella and Peroni are always on tap, as are a rotating selection of craft beers from the greater Newburyport area.  Red sangria is offered all year and they also serve a refreshing and crisp white sangria in the warmer months.  The bartenders at Oregano create exceptional sangrias with the perfect balance of wine, fruit, and other ingredients.

Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante is a family run and family managed Newburyport Italian and Lebanese restaurant that provides a high level of customer service.  Oregano is owned by Claude and Laura Elias and managed by the sibling team of TJ and Jill Kelly.  Claude and Laura Elias are very customer focused owners, and with their two sons Zachary and Sami they do many things to give back to the greater Newburyport Community.  They support and are involved in The Newburyport Education Foundation, The Newburyport PTO, Boys and Girls Club, and Anna Jaques Hospital, to name a few of the organizations they support.   Oregano is also a proud supporter of the Newburyport VIP Program offering discounts to Newburyport App/VIP Card Holders and raising money for local nonprofit organizations.  TJ and Jill do a fantastic job of managing the restaurant with TJ focusing on the restaurant and Jill on the bar.

Although Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante does not take reservations, they do accommodate call-ahead seating.  Give them a call or stop in to add your party to the list.  Take a walk around town or relax while the kids enjoy the Inn Street Playground and Oregano will send you a text when your table is ready!  Come visit this Newburyport family friendly restaurant and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and Lebanese cuisine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Gluten-free at Andiamo Restaurant + Bar

By Jim Rogers, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Owner and Chef – Jim was born and raised in Newburyport and now owns Newburyport’s top Italian Restaurant
Eat Gluten Feee @ Andiamo Restaurant & Bar, Newburyport MA

Did you know that you can eat gluten-free at Andiamo Restaurant + Bar?! It’s true, you can eat not just gluten-free but you can also experience the wonderful Italian flavor that Andiamo Restaurant + Bar has to offer.

Chef-Owner, Jim Rogers, and his team work tirelessly to create dishes that not only meet your dietary needs, but also fulfill your appetite. Their gluten-free menu items include a range from Bolognese with beef, veal, pancetta, and shaved Parmigiano to their flavorful Cast Iron Skillet Salmon with Sweet Corn & Basil Orso and Sauteed Broccolini.

At Andiamo we understand that many people have an sensitivity to gluten and that’s we have designed a delicious gluten-free menu for our customers. We not only want you to have a variety of dishes to choose from, we also want you to experience the magnificent flavor that Andiamo Restaurant + Bar provides – minus the gluten.

Stop by this summer and give our gluten-free menu a try! We promise you wont we disappointed.

You can view our full menu and gluten-free menu by following this link: http://andiamo-restaurant.com/andiamo-newburyport/menu/

Newburyport Brewing Company

By Joe, Joe

Well-balanced beer for smooth sailing.

Newburyport Brewing Company

Bill & Chris’ Excellent Adventure

The owners of Newburyport Brewing Company love adventure, playing music and great beer, all of which are present when experiencing this Newburyport, Massachusetts brewery.

From the citrus hints in the Plum Island Belgian White, to the bright hops of the Green Head IPA, with an award-winning Brewmaster onsite you can be sure the beers at Newburyport Brewing Company are top-notch.

Known for prime ingredients in a can, Newburyport Brewing Company beer styles are brewed with domestic and international premium based malts.

Refreshing and flavorful with a light toasted sweet malt finish, these American-style beers with an English-malt backbone have become fan favorites among beer enthusiasts throughout the country.

And with a “Kegs & Cans” ONLY policy, you’re beer will stay colder, longer. Perfect for camping, boating and enjoying other Newburyport adventures – a full circle concept.

Tasting & Pouring Hours

Thursday: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm

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Newburyport Farmers’ Market – Fresh Local Produce, Meats, Cheese, Flowers & Art

By Joe, Joe

Devoted to Supporting Local

Newburyport Farmers’ Market

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Apples minutes from the orchard, greens miles from the farm. The Newburyport Farmers’ Market lives by #SupportLocal.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire farm-fresh crops, meats and cheeses offer an edible arrangement of great local flavors.

Open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, browse the tents to meet dozens of regional farmers, chefs, fisherman and artists.

Shop for free-range beef, pork, veal and eggs at Kellie Brook Farm from Greenland, New Hampshire. Their sausage and chorizo breakfast sandwiches on fresh croissants cannot be missed.

Skip over to Appleton Farm from Ipswich, Massachusetts to sample aged cheese, and pick up a container of fresh milk or ice cream.

Figtree Kitchen from the New Hampshire seacoast is always a crowd favorite with homemade baked goods like the Kouign Amann, flaky dough layered with rich butter and sugar.

Vendors supplying fresh-cut flowers and plants like the Herb Pharmacy from over the bridge in Salisbury, MA are also onsite.

As are a bevy of local artists including Rose Bryant’s original and TINY paintings. So colorful and creative, Rose breathes life into art.

Last stop. Far From the Tree Cider from Salem, MA produces small batch hard cider that will give you something to cheers about.

If you are interested in participating, supporting or volunteering at the Newburyport Farmers’ Market, there are representatives onsite with more details, or email TheNewburyportFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

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The Newburyport Farmers’ Market

Every Sunday 9-1 p.m. Rain or Shine

Located in the Tannery Marketplace

75 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Email: TheNewburyportFarmersMarket@gmail.com

Phone: 978.457.6644

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Mission: The Newburyport Farmers’ Market supports our “Local farmers, fisherman, chefs and creative community through hosting the weekly market and creating compelling events that education, inspire and delight our community.”

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The Perfect Event Space in Newburyport

By Jim Rogers, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Owner and Chef – Jim was born and raised in Newburyport and now owns Newburyport’s top Italian Restaurant
Andiamo Restaurant & Bar Newburyport MA

Looking for the Perfect Event Space in Newburyport?  It’s all about location, location, location. This well-known real estate phrase holds true when buying a home, planning a wedding, holding celebrations, and more. Location matters when you are making memories.

At Andiamo Restaurant + Bar, we know how to create a personalized environment for you and your loved ones to make memories. Our restaurant has the feeling of home and is simultaneously a great spot for private events. We take pride in our ability to help your entire party feel comfortable in our restaurant and home.

We can host a variety of events including:
Anniversaries
Baby showers
Birthday parties
Bridal shows
Bridal showers
Corporate events
Holiday parties
Intimate weddings
Rehearsal dinners

Chef-Owner Jim Rogers and his staff are passionate about working with you to plan your event. Jim will sit down with you to plan your own custom menu. You can choose from our full menu or, if you have something special in mind, we will try to create it for you! During your event, our experienced staff will serve you professionally and discreetly and our bartenders will design signature drinks for your party.

With just a little bit of direction from you, we can customize our restaurant for your event. Let us host you and your loved ones and provide you with the perfect space to make memories.

Contact us today to discuss booking your next event at Andiamo Restaurant + Bar.
Contact information: Special Events Coordinator, Lily McAloon, LMcAloon@Andiamo-Restaurant.com

Metzy’s Cantina Officially Opens

Metzy's Cantina, Newburyport MA

Metzy’s Cantina has officially expanded to be a full service restaurant at the Newburyport Train Station and Rail Trail, offering its flavorful taco and burrito menu and bar selection, along with an expanded menu. The long-awaited restaurant, Metzy’s Cantina, will operate as the home base for Metzy’s Taqueria, its award-winning food truck.  This new set-up will allow Metzy’s to expand mobile dining service throughout the region and catering private parties, while extending the popular menu to a family-friendly dining experience that is convenient for commuters and those exploring the Rail Trail.

“The Cantina will be a vibrant eatery for commuters, local employees of the Industrial Park, and families throughout Greater Newburyport and Cape Ann,” said Erik Metzdorf, owner of Metzy’s Cantina.  “We will have designated seating and free parking for our restaurant patrons, and our delicious recipes and expanded menu items will be available throughout the day.”

Metzdorf continued, “We have a veteran staff that will make this an exciting opening, including our Head Chef Brad DeLibero, many who have been part of the Metzy’s family since the truck first opened its window for business. The Metzy’s Cantina team has been our lifeblood throughout this growing process, and I am incredibly grateful for their hard work and also the support of the greater Newburyport community.”

Campernel Design, Metzy’s design partner, has worked to create a space where the roots of the truck are experienced at the Cantina while ordering.  Arriving at the station, patrons will be able to look through the “truck window” within the Cantina and see their food being prepared.    Like the truck, orders are placed by the staff anywhere in the Cantina, utilizing bluetooth enabled wireless registers.  This wireless system allows for the chef and line cooks and bartenders to quickly prepare food and drinks via table-side and fired order tickets, keeping Metzy’s commitment of fresh food fast for its customers.

Seating and a custom built bar are available for patrons, with additional outdoor seating coming during warmer weather months. Corn Hole and other games will continue to be a feature, providing a fun dining experience for families.  Online ordering, take-out and deliveries are also available for convenience. Doors will be open on August 12th to welcome loyal patrons and culinary curiosity seekers at the new Cantina, located at 25 Boston Way, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

HOW TO’S SHARED AS METZY’S TAQUERIA TURNS TWO

Metzy's Taqueria, Newburyport MA

As one of the area’s premier mobile restaurants, Metzy’s  Taqueria has found a way to dig deeper and make a strong food hold in the Greater Newburyport coastal community.  With solid patron backing and many local businesses enlisted to make a dream a reality, Metzy’s Cantina will open by July at Newburyport’s MBTA Train Station platform to expand this eatery’s hours to breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And did we say Happy Hour too?  Very happy on all fronts.  And a Happy Birthday is in order this week, as Metzy’s Taqueria Turns Two on Friday, May 20th.

So how is it that a mobile restaurant has grown to a brick and mortar establishment so quickly?  Owner Erik Metzdorf shares:

  1. Know your patrons. Take time to make it a fun and meaningful experience.  Are the menu items compelling?  Is it a delicious meal that visitors will rave about?  Is the location selfie-worthy?  Let your visitors spread the word about the brand experience.
  2. Control your costs. To meet growing demand, it became evident after 6 months that a commercial kitchen needed to be secured.  It made smart business sense to also double this as a restaurant and cantina with expanded hours of operation.  The added benefit was finding a location that has daily volume of foot traffic and minimal competition.
  3. Work towards a plan. Metzy’s 2016 Business Plan took a third place win at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University’s competition, earning dollars and bragging rights with no other restaurants in the Top Ten finalists.  Develop short term AND long term goals with a plan to implement, that you commit to and make decisions by – to keep you on your path to success.
  4. Let opportunities unfold. The idea of a food truck is a relatively novel idea in New England and gaining popularity, following mobile restaurant success in the southwestern states.  Realizing a viable expansion opportunity came later, in tandem with finding a commercial kitchen, as demand and special requests came from all over New England.

Metzdorf worked tirelessly to bring the city and state’s MBTA Newburyport platform and building back to a place that will welcome patrons with a meaningful dining experience.  “Metzy’s is known for our delicious food and unique, flavorful recipes – always delivering fresh food fast.  This experience will translate into the new venue by keeping to our roots at the cantina.”  Customers will still order at the “window” at the new venue, as they’ve designed elements of the truck to be present inside the cantina for an added playful experience.  Sure to be a selfie hotspot.

So as Metzy’s Taqueria TURNS TWO they seek more help.  Do you enjoy hosting and serving folks?  Or are you a master in the world of culinary arts?  Do you love all things food related?  And enjoy good vibes and music and culture in a productive atmosphere?  Then they want to speak to you!  Email Metzy’s general manager at jill@metzys.com to start the conversation and join the Metzy’s team!

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