Maine Fare 2014

Maine Fare
JUNE 20 & 21, 2014 / BELFAST, MAINE

Join farmers, fishermen, artisan producers, chefs, and food lovers for two days full of tasting and exploring Maine’s abundant food system!  Cooking demonstrations with Maine chefs, farm tours, an open air market, food trucks, food forums and more! 

Visit www.maine-fare.org for more information.  For a complete schedule of events, click here.

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Michael Salmon’s Foodie Adventures: Our home in Catalonia.

 

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 From my perspective, the most difficult task of coordinating a great foodie adventure is to find the perfect place to call home for the week. Endless inquiries, several scouting trips and I’m happy to say we’ve found it in Spain.  The requirement is – first and foremost a kitchen the chef can cook in with a good variety of equipment, ample counter space, gas range with a minimum of 6 burners, a full size oven and if we’re lucky a place to grill. It sounds like a simple task,  but looking at kitchens through out Spain, Tuscany and France I know first hand Americans are very lucky.

Would you like a tour?

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Catalonia Grilling

We know adults on vacation require an en suite bathroom, that’s non-negotiable

and so this becomes the second most difficult part of my task.  

We look for 8-9 bedrooms with baths and all rooms must be of the same luxurious standards,

the option for twin beds is an added bonus and allows us to accommodate friends traveling together.    

A variety of room sizes allow us to price the rooms at three prices; Master, Deluxe and Traditional.

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Over the years we’ve learned our travelers have a variety of interests, to ensure everyones comfort

we look for several comfortable sitting areas – inside & out,

WiFi and Laundry facilities.

Relax

 

A location nestled in the Pyrenees was a nice change from the Tuscan Country Side and the Loire Valley.  It’s an amazing feeling to 

enjoy the warmth of 70 degrees and see fresh snow on the mountain tops.  We have access to hundreds of miles of  secluded hiking trails

right out the front door or simply walk to the pool – your choice… Inside or Out!

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Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook

 

Try Something New!

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Here’s a Spanish favorite from our Catalonia Foodie Adventures that will be

perfect for your summer parties.

Banderillas

 

For us, the first stop is the market for olives, sausage, ham and vegetables to grill. During cocktail hour we roast the vegetables over an open fire, chop them and create a buffet of tasty ingredients. Foodies spear a combination of their favorite ingredients for their banderillas to enjoy with a glass of sangria.

Banderillas

 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Banderillas, they are very popular in Tapas Bars, especially in the North of Spain.  They are called Banderillas because of the resemblance to the large sharp darts, of the same name, used in bullfights.  Various ingredients are cut into small pieces and threaded onto toothpicks.  Pairing the correct ingredients together is important to achieve the correct blend of flavors.  The idea is to get all of the ingredients off from the toothpick and into your mouth at the same time, so that the flavors merge together.

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Various items that may be used:

Shrimp, cooked Chorizo, Pickled Cucumber, Spanish Olives, Roasted Peppers, Serrano Ham (use Italian prosciutto if you can’t find Serrano Ham), Tuna, Figs, Artichoke Hearts, Anchovy wrapped Capers, Cooked Mussels, Pickled Herring, Pearl Onions, Mushrooms, chunks of Potatoes, wedges of hard-boiled Eggs, Asparagus Tips, Boiled Ham, etc… 

 

A Banderilla Dressing can be made by blending together: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup finely minced parsley, 1/4 cup finely minced dill pickle or cornichon (not sweet) and 4 large cloves of garlic, minced in a food processor until smooth. 

 

Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

Cooking Classes at the Hartstone Inn, Camden Maine 

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook.

Fun For Foodies in Catalonia, Spain.

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I am writing this post from Catalonia, Spain where we are winding down an amazing first week in our newest destination.  The weather has been 7 glorious days of sunny mid- 60’s to low 70’s.  After a long Maine winter it’s wonderful to see lush green fields in the valleys of the Pyrenees and to choose from an overwhelming assortment of fruits and vegetables that are oozing with flavor.

 

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Chef Michael Salmon and I have been taking a foodie travel break from our home at the Hartstone Inn, Camden Maine and hosting Foodie Adventure tours in Tuscany and the Loire Valley for several years. We look forward to the trips as a chance to cook and play in a new environment, to soak in the inspiration for new ideas from the markets, the local producers and the scenic villages along the way.

We start this tour in Barcelona. First stop The Boqueria Market,

If you’re looking for anything related to food, this is the place to be! 

I love the colors, the aroma’s, the passion the vendors feel for their products

and the excitement on the visitors faces.

Take time to enjoy a fresh fruit drink and some tapas at Pinotoxo. 

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The chocolate vendors are close to the exit – a perfect last stop on the way to your next adventure.

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Stay tuned for updates as the tour continues and to see the creations coming from the evening cooking classes. 

Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Camden Mother's Day Brunch

Treat Mom to a mouthwatering, three course Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11th at 11am. 

Starter:

  • Earl Grey Pound Cake with a Lemon Mousse and Fresh Fruit

Choice of Entree:

  • Asparagus and Morel Quiche with Gruyere and Maine Lobster.  Herb Roasted New Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée French Toast with a Raspberry-Star Anise Sauce and Cumin Spiced Bacon
  • Italian Eggs Benedict – Poached eggs, prosciutto and tomato on Italian toast with a pesto hollandaise.
    Spring Greens with a Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette

Choice of Dessert:

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake with an Espresso Crème Anglaise

$23.95 per person
Call 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

Maple Manhattan

Maple ManhattanSpringtime in Maine means warmer days, tulips –  and maple syrup!  This cocktail has just a hint of maple sweetness and is a perfect addition to our specialty cocktail list.  Follow the recipe below and enjoy one at home!

Ingredients:

2 oz Makers Mark bourbon
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 dashes of bitters
cherries

Add the bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice. Add skewered cherries and drink. 

Midweek Spring Special

Hartstone InnStay one night, Sunday through Thursday in the room/suite of your choice and receive a $50 dinner credit to be used in our dining room!  Stay two nights, receive a $100 credit!  This discount can be applied to either our five course menu or off a la carte menu items.  View our current dinner menus here.

Springtime is beautiful in Camden.  Take advantage of this special offer and book your stay today!

 *Valid on new reservations through May 14, 2014

 

Easter Brunch at the Hartstone Inn

 Join us on Sunday, April 20th in our sun filled dining room for a mouthwatering, three course Easter brunch . 

Hartstone Inn Easter Brunch

First Course:

  • Honey Almond Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Grilled Peaches and Chantilly Cream

Choice of:

  • Maine Crabcake Eggs Benedict on a Croissant with an Arugula Salad.  Lemon Parmesan Dressing.
  • Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata with Rosemary Grilled Potatoes
  • Cast Iron Baked Blueberry-Raspberry Pancakes with Whipped Cream and Powdered Sugar.  Seared Ham.

Dessert:

  • Chocolate Ganache Tart with Salted Caramel
  • White Chocolate Mousse Cake with a Strawberry Coulis

11am seating
$23.95 per person
Reservations at 236-4259

Now Serving Maine Made Gin and Vodka

We have some new additions at the bar! Maine Distilleries Cold River vodka & gin, Twenty 2 Vodka and Back River Gin – all made right here in Maine!  Everything tastes better when it is Maine made!

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$168 Overnight Getaway with Dinner – 30 Days Left!

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Only 30 days remain on this HOT DEAL! 

Enjoy a discount on a mid-week winter getaway!  Our $168 Winter Getaway Special includes one night of lodging, our five course Chef’s Tasting dinner menu and a sumptuous full breakfast in the morning.  Stay in our best available suite and also enjoy complimentary chocolates and bubbly on arrival.  Stay a second night for just $95!

**Valid Sunday through Thursday only.  Offer expires April 6th, 2014.  Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

 
 

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