Did You Know? (Celtic)

That “Scots/Scottish” and “Irish” are purely modern geographical references to a people who share a common Celtic ancestry and consequently, a common musical heritage?  Having both Scottish and Irish  ancestry, I guess I can’t help that fact that I love Celtic music.  If you do too, come by Alchemy on Saturday from 10:30 to 2:00 for a Did You Know? book signing during their Celtic brunch.  I’ll be in the back wine tasting room where my art exhibit is hung, so if you wanted to see the exhibit, listen to some Celtic music, eat a great brunch, get a Did You Know? book or just come by and say Hi, I’ll be the one doing the step dance.  Saturday Brunch at Alchemy is from 10:30 to 4:00, with music from noon to 3:00.

E.J. Lefavour


Labeling The First Bottles Of Rye Whiskey Produced At Ryan and Wood Distillers

Bob Hastings Tries His Hand At Labeling The Very First Bottles Of Rye Whiskey Produced At Ryan and Wood Distilleries In Gloucester MA


Being good friends with Joey C is always an adventure. I would say in our friendship, I am Cameron and he is Ferris Bueller (“he’ll keep calling and calling and calling”) or maybe I’m just part of his entourage. I can tell you this much, I have never came home and said “wow that was an awful time”.

Joey calls me on Wednesday and says I need to show up for a tasting at Cape Ann Brewery and then we will head over to Cape Ann TV. The “Tasting” was me crashing the Chamber of Commerce meetup. When we headed over to Cape Ann TV, we decided to have some fun. Joey wrote up his list of demands to be interviewed and I went in first and said I was his assistant. I clearly stated that as a result of all the media attention Joey has gotten, he has developed quite an ego and had a few requests:

The host Richard Sagall told me right from the start all we have at Cape Ann TV is tap water and a vending machine. I said I had to go back to the car and talk to Joey to see if he would come in. He came in and we all had a laugh, including the 3 high school interns.

Joey then put me on the stage with him. I post for him about once a month, but he called me key to the whole team. He then proceeded to crush the interview bringing that passion, honesty and a little bit of edge that makes him Joey C, his blog great and this community a better place! Richard and the interns were great sports, as he called them out for not posting their content to the internet and even tried to get some content for GMG from the high school interns. ABLC – Always Be looking for contributors! On the way out the door a lady yells to us from the Gym – “Joey do you ever Sleep!!!!”

We finished up the night with the boys from the Farm and brainstormed for the next event we want to partner up on. Crazy night? Nope, just a night out with Joey C.

Thanks for reading – Patrick R.

Homie in Love Part XII to XIV

“Can I hide in here?”

Or maybe I should take sailing lessons and get the hell out of Dodge?”

“Maybe I’ll just go surfin'”

(This was Hoop Pole Cove this past Sunday, April 17.  Second time in three years there were two surfers out there trying to catch some monster waves curling around Andrews Point.)

Part I and PartII to XI

Whiskey Barrel Aged Fisherman’s Rock-Porter At Cape Ann Brewing Friday Night April 22nd

This coming Friday, April 22nd, Cape Ann Brewing Company along with Ryan & Wood Distillery will be tapping our collaborative project; Whiskey Barrel Aged Fisherman’s Rock-Porter. Oak barrels used by Ryan & Wood to age their rye whiskey for 2 years were re-used by Cape Ann Brewing to age our Fisherman’s Rock-Porter for another 2 months. This event marks the first of many future collaborations between the two companies. Come down to The Pub at Cape Ann Brewing on Friday at Six O’Clock pm and talk with the brewer, Dylan Labbe Lindquist and from Ryan & Wood, the distiller Bob Ryan.



Simple Spring Cream of Asparagus Soup

Hi friends!  Even though today is a little rough with that nasty wind and probably even a wind chill, here’s a nice easy seasonal soup for Spring and perhaps a first course at Easter Dinner on Sunday.

This soup came out really well.  Next time I make it I will probably substitute leeks for the onions and perhaps cut of the tips off the asparagus for garnish on top of the soup (that is a nice little tip from Chef Clark Dexter when I told him about my soup–you cook them in boiling salted water for about 3-4 minutes) but all in all, it came out really delicious.  My Dad, who is a big fan of asparagus has eaten practically the whole batch.

Simple Spring Cream of Asparagus Soup

2 1/2 pounds asparagus, woody stems peeled and spears cut in to 1” pieces*
2 cups chopped sweet onion
3 tablespoons butter
6 cups chicken broth–I used homemade but store bought is just fine
3/4  to 1 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste

In a heavy bottomed pot (at least 4 quart) over medium heat, cook onions until tender and translucent, about 8-10 minutes.

Add asparagus an chicken broth and boil covered until asparagus is very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Puree soup in small batches in a blender or food processor or with an immersion (stick) blender until smooth.

Stir in sour cream to taste and re-season with salt and pepper.  You can use low or reduced fat sour cream if desired.

And that’s it!  Serve immediately.  Makes about 8ish one cup servings and keeps refrigerated for about a week.  Enjoy!

*I used one bunch of whole spears and the peeled ends of three bunches that we had for dinner the night before because I am too frugal to throw things away

Topside Easter and More

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you all know about a few things the Topside Grill has going on 🙂 This Sunday is Easter… No plans or don’t want to cook? No problem, come visit us in our newly renovated dining room. Reserve now!! Our full menu is available as well as a few specials such as Roast stuffed turkey dinner, Honey Glazed Virginia Ham, Roast leg of Spring Lamb, Chicken Pot Pie and more!
Also, don’t forget that every Tuesday night is Oyster Night! Blue Point Oysters on the Halfshell only $1.50 each! $2.00 each for Oyster Rockellers and Oysters Casino. Also featuring Oyster Stew, Fried Oysters & Oyster Royale!
Every Sunday the Topside is open for brunch!! Eggs Benedict, Kahlua French Toast, omelets, Hash, quiche, and more. $5 Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s, Margarita’s and Passion Flower (pineapple, pomegranate, and vodka…the healthy cure for a hangover). Every week 11:00 – 3:00
Don’t forget about Mothers Day coming up May 8th, we ARE Open 🙂
Hope to see you soon!!!!


Doug Silva
General Manager
Topside Grill
50 Rogers St.
Gloucester, MA
(978) 281-1399

Thursday Night Blues Party has Andrew Clark performing

A special treat for you this week as we drag in Mr. Andrew Clark, the Tootin’ Torquemada of the Tenor, kicking and screaming his way to your hearts. Singer, gunslinger, and beefcake model, AC is sure to  get your aorta begging for mercy. Behind him, playing eggbeaters and fearful of his life will be our favorite Irish dish, Mr. Benny Benson.We love these guys. Of course, Greg T. and myself will be there, too, desperately trying to  staunch the flow. Roomer has it that some special guests on tenor and barium sax will be showing up. It’s also Steak nite, where the kitchen puts out a very good slab o’ meat designed with your mind in mind. Great prices, too. Also, there’s a new Whine list, with some amusing little numbers for your delectation. Czech it out!



40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930



Frank Hawks ~ Friends For Morgan Huke Benefit Concert

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that I will be performing at a benefit concert this Friday for an old  friend of mine who is experiencing some serious health issues.  Morgan Huke has been involved with the music scene in Boston and New England for over 40 years and many of his longtime friends are getting together at the Regent Theater in Arlington to raise money to help Morgan through this time.  Many of the performers are well known musicians such as James Montgomery, Charlie Farren, Jon Butcher, Andy Pratt, Erinn Brown, Diane Blue, Lisa Marie, Lydia Warren, Elle Gallo and many, many others.  I will performing with “Interns of Summer”, scheduled to hit the stage from 8:00 – 8:30pm.  The show starts at 7:00pm and goes until everyone performs (somewhere around midnight).
The Regent Theater is located at: 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA
Tickets can be purchased in advance either on-line or by calling the box office: (781) 646-4849.
Tickets are $20.00 in advance or $30.00 at the theater on the day of the show.  There is a nominal service charge for advanced purchase.
Frank Hawks

Secret Shopper Gig At Mark McDonough’s Restaurants- Press Release


Press Release-

Love Food? Know Food? Win this Contest and Eat Well – FREE
Do you love food?  Do you think you “KNOW” food? Then you could become a secret shopper and eat for free at local restaurants. Serenitee Restaurant group is running a contest to find 20 new secret shoppers to go out to eat and write about their experience.
Serenitee Restaurant Group employs a small army of secret shoppers to constantly monitor the quality of the food and service at its restaurants.  Periodically, new recruits are sought to grow the foodie army and bring fresh new eyes to the focus on service.  With summer approaching, new shoppers are needed to polish up service and skills before the tourist volume pours in.
Secret shoppers are given a $50 gift certificate to go out to dinner with friends to act as a secret restaurant critic.  Taking mental notes on the flavors and points of service, they fill in a two page questionnaire about their experience and email it to Serenitee owner Mark McDonough.  “We are constantly changing our recipes and retraining servers based on feedback from Secret Shopper reports.  It is one of the most important management tools we use to make sure we are giving great food and service.”   
And there’s a Grand Prize.  The participant turning in the quiz with the best, most detailed and most accurate answers will also earn a free seat at The Alchemy Bistro May Foodie Dinner on May 5th at 6pm .   This special monthly event is a limited seating extraordinary culinary journey with Chef Jeff Cala.  Attended by culinary artists, food writers and amateur aficionados, and anyone who just loves food, Foodie Night is a guided tour of plate and flight in an intimate and convivial atmosphere. Seating is limited to 16 guests.
Here are a few sample questions from the foodie quiz:

  1. Which popular alcoholic beverage is made from the agave plant?
  2. What type of wines do you pair with cream sauces?
  3. What are your pet peeves around bad service?

To get a 20 question Foodie quiz please text “FOODIE” to 72727 or email owner Mark McDonough with the subject line “FOODIE” to  NorthshoreRestaurantGroup@gmail.com.  For reservations to Foodie Night without taking the quiz, please call Alchemy at 978-281-3997.
Serenitee Restaurant Group includes
Alchemy Bistro in Gloucester, a from-scratch tapas restaurant with musical brunch and art-centric events and atmosphere.
Latitude43, Oceanside in Gloucester, cosmopolitan New England seafood and authentic sushi pit.
Minglewood Tavern, adjacent to Lat43 Gloucester, boasting a wood-fired pizza oven, great live music and access to the Lat sushi menu.
Cala’s in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a great place for exceptional pub food and pizza
15 Walnut Bistro in Hamilton, farm-to-table dining, Boston quality presentation, in a comfortable neighborhood bistro atmosphere
Backstage Bistro at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, upscale menu, after theater bar snacks, prop filled room creating the perfect dinner and a show experience
Hale Street Tavern in Beverly Farms, an unpredictably casual and fun place for burgers, oysters, sushi and craft beer in one of New England’s oldest and wealthiest Yankee neighborhoods.

The “Plan B” from the “Head of the Harbor”

The “Plan B” Herring Seiner

Taken from the “Head of the Harbor”

I know I’m right on this one.

I screwed up on yesterdays post: https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/sheedys-beach-rocky-neck/

Plenty of people let me know. But I do appreciate it.

I have to make sure I do my research if I post any more Rocky Neck Photos. Especially if some of us GMG Authors become Neighbors with the Hard Partying Rocky Neckers. More on that later!



Earth Day Info and Concert – April 23rd

Earth Day Celebration – April 23rd

Celebrate and Be Celebrated this Earth Day!


It has been a long winter and now that the snow has finally melted, it is time to give the City we love a good Spring Cleaning! So here is your chance!!   In observance of Earth Day we are asking folks to turn out for a citywide clean up on Saturday, April 23rd. And after you are done cleaning, you are invited to an Earth Day Concert featuring Chelsea Berry and friends at the Cape Ann Brewery from 6 to 8 pm!
Interested participants (all ages welcome!) should plan to meet at Stage Fort Park Visitors Center Saturday morning starting at 9 am until noon to pick up gloves and City provided yellow trash and clear recycling bags. A limited number of pick sticks will be available so volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools if they want. The clean up will take place rain or shine. The Clean City Initiative will be focusing on Stage Fort Park from 9 to noon, the One Hour at a Time Gang will be working downtown, but the clean up is citywide and participants are encouraged to choose a public area in Gloucester they would like to see cleaned up. We are also asking different groups to reach out to their members and pick a problem area to clean that day. We will also have a list of suggested sites on hand, if folks need ideas.
The Concert!!
Berry Green Earth Day Concert April 23rd from 6 – 8 at The Brewery
Chelsea (Berry) will be doing an Earth Day Concert at The Brewery (from 6 to 8 pm) that night along with Pete Lindberg and Jake Pardee. Anyone can go, not just volunteers, but it is hoped that volunteers go and be celebrated for their work. All ages are welcome!
To sign up or for questions about the event, contact Sharon at skishida@beverlyma.gov or 978 605 2409 / 978 317 9701.
Thanks to the City of Gloucester for providing the trash bags and trash collection, Hiltz Waste Disposal, the Gloucester Clean City Initiative, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the One Hour at a Time Gang and to the MassDEP for their help in coordination.

Weekend Picks From Your Boy Joey,The Chamber, Rocky Neck and The North Shore Blogger Consortium Thursday April 21, 2011

Thursday April 21-

Sal Zerilli’s Fort Movie “No Pretty Prayer” Train To Boston Thursday For The Boston International Film Festival


Friday April 22-

Whiskey Barrel Aged Fisherman’s Rock-Porter At Cape Ann Brewing Friday Night April 22nd


Saturday April 23-

Earth Day Celebration – April 23rd

Celebrate and Be Celebrated this Earth Day!


Also Check Out The Weekly Catch From The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce


T H E   N E W S   F R O M   R O C K Y   N E C K


North Shore Blogger Consortium Picks-


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.


The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.