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Take a Bite out of Appledore: An Eco-culinary Island Retreat

Friday, August 28, 2015 to Sunday, August 30, 2015

Reflections from Chef Evan...

As a child looking out to sea from the beaches of New Hampshire and Maine, I regarded the Isles of Shoals like they were a foreign country. My grandfather supposedly rowed a skiff to Star Island and back from Newcastle when he was in his early twenties, making their mystery even greater in my imagination. I worshipped my grandfather and have no doubt that he completed that awesome 16-mile round trip. My great uncle, at some point in the 1960’s, is alleged to have actually bought one of the uninhabited isles with money he made as an inventor.   Since then, I have been on fishing trips and whale watching excursions and have seen the Shoals up close but, until yesterday, I had never actually set foot on one of the islands.   Yesterday morning, I returned from a 24-hour junket to Appledore Island, where I foraged on land and in the subtidal zone for plants that will appear on the menus of our upcoming event, Take a Bite out of Appledore: An Eco-Culinary Retreat, in late August.   A collaboration of chefs, historians and Shoals Marine Lab scientists, this weekend of educational programming and delicious food and drink is ideal for the right participants to engage and help connect the ecology and economy of our region.   Since the end of the gilded age when the Appledore Hotel, Celia Thaxter, Childe Hassom and Maria Parloa were attracting paparazzi to the Isles of Shoals, we have once again landed in an era when—in the hands of the right chefs—ecology, science and art come together in a miasma of gustatory pleasure for the enjoyment of all people.  

Food can be the bridge between the remote island of science and the populous mainland. Please join me and my friend Sam Hayward, esteemed chef and proprietor of the legendary Fore Street in Portland, Maine, as we prepare meals from the diverse bounty found on and around Appledore.    

Bring your appetite for food and knowledge. Bring your family. Bring your friends. You will leave the island relaxed, informed, and filled with unforgettable memories. Be a part of the rich history of the Isles of Shoals. Visit UNH & Cornell's Marine Lab for more information or tickets. 

Heirloom Harvest Project Barn Dinner

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The annual Barn Dinner will be Sunday, September 20 this year and will still be at the beautiful Meadow's Mirth Farm again. Tickets will be on sale soon - you won't want to miss it! Take a look at Enna Grazier's stunning photos of this incredible event. 

Heirloom Harvest Project seeks to build public awareness about locally raised heirloom produce and heritage meats while highlighting the connections among farmers, chefs, and consumers through educational food-related events. By showcasing the talents of regional chefs, the tastes of local farms, and the integrity of our local food network, Heirloom Harvest Project events increase public awareness of our mission while helping to fund the proliferation and expansion of the existing network.