Gourmet Cupcake Class with East End Cupcakes

Saturday, May 9th from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Join Alysia Zoidis of East End Cupcakes (Portland, Maine) as she teaches participants how to make gourmet cupcakes and frosting from scratch.  Alysia was runner up on the hit Food Network TV show, “Cupcake Wars” in 2012. 

The class will  begin with the basics, a vanilla cupcake with vanilla butter cream frosting.  Then it’s off to more unique flavors, a bacon cupcake with maple frosting followed by a lavender cupcake with chocolate ganache.  (Um…yum!)  There will be plenty of sampling and did we mention, wine?  It is sure to be a sugar and flour filled, tasty, fun afternoon!

Stay for the weekend and book our Cooking Class Getaway Package.  Live locally?  Join us just for the class, only $45.  Space is limited.  Reserve today!

East End Cupcakes

East End Cupcakes

2014-2015 Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule

Join Chef Michael in his Hartstone Inn kitchen for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages are $357 – $575 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our five course Chef’s Tasting Dinner Menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Classes are held on Saturdays some Sundays from 1-3 in the afternoon.

Live locally?  We’d love to have you join us for class as well!  This years class topics include French Specialties, Maine Seafood, Spanish Tapas, Hartstone Brunch and more! 

Click here for the complete schedule of classes and for specific class dates and topics.

Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule

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.

Cooking Classes at Cellardoor Winery

At the Hartstone Inn we consider the pairing of fine food and the wine that compliments it, a way of life!  A popular activity recommendation for our guests is touring and tasting at the Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville.  Not only is it worth a visit to sample the wine and see the beautiful vineyard, but they offer cooking classes too!  We feel fortunate to share this beautiful mid coast region of Maine with so many talented food and wine artists.  If the dates or topics on our cooking class schedule don’t work for you or, why not stay with us, join us for an elegant dinner in our restaurant and enjoy a cooking class at Cellardoor Winery, located just down the road!

Cellardoor WInery Cupcake ClassCupcake Cooking Class

Calling all of lovers of cupcakes and owners of sweet tooths. Along with our friends at East End Cupcakes in Portland, we’re hosting a very special sweet treat of a cooking class just in time for Mother’s Day. Join us as we get our hands dirty (floury?) in the kitchen as East End’s queens of confections take us through the A to Z of baking cupcakes. You’ll get to relax, sip on wine, and, of course, dig into some seriously decadent treats.

When: Saturday May 17, 11AM – 1PM
Where: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville
How Much: $55 per person | Advanced reservations required

Lobster Lover’s Cooking ClassCellardoor Winery Lobster Class

This is certainly a twist on your traditional lobster cooking class! Join Chef Lani Stiles of Megunticook Market as she takes you through this crustacean-inspired class, from cooking and cracking lobster to preparing it in unique and inspiring ways. Enjoy a four-course dinner as you dine on the fruits of your labor and sip Cellardoor wines that have been paired with each dish. Seats for our cooking classes are limited, so early reservations are recommended.

When: Thursday July 3 & Thursday August 14, 5:30-8:30 PM
Where: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville
How Much: $90 per person. Advanced registration required. Please call 207-763-4478 to reserve your seat!

View more events at Cellardoor Winery here.

Upcoming Cooking Classes: Caribbean Cuisine and Chocolate Desserts

You know what they say, if you can’t stand the cold – get in the kitchen!  The Hartstone Inn kitchen that is and join Chef Michael Salmon for a cooking class.  Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food and wine.  Weekend packages are $357 – $575 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class.  Enrollment into the cooking class alone is $45 per person.

Chef Michael Salmon

Caribbean Cuisine
Saturday, January 25th & Sunday, January 26th  from 1-3pm

Chef Michael was named Caribbean Chef of the year in 1996.  Join in preparing some of his favorite dishes and creations using tropical fruits and local ingredients. We will start with a Caribbean Papaya-Kahlua Colada and follow with: Batakons and Plantain Chips, Caribbean Hot Sauces with Tropical Fruits, Scabechi (Aruban Pickled Fish), Keshi Yena with Roti Bread, and Jerk Seared Tuna with a Mango Salad.

Chocolate Desserts
Saturday, February 8th & Sunday, February 9th from 1-3pm

A class for Chocolate Lovers…bring your sweet tooth!  Chef Michael will share his famous soufflé recipe with a Chocolate twist. “Death by Chocolate” is a chocolate ganache tart made with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, and a brownie crust.  It is heavenly.   Next, we will make a Chocolate-Almond torte with Almond Macaroons and finally a Chocolate Créme Brûleé.

View our complete Hartstone Inn cooking class schedule here.

Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults

Instructed by Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes.  

Offered November 30th, 2013 from 12-3pm at the Hartstone Inn.  $55 per person or book our Cooking Class Package.  It includes two nights lodging, our five course dinner for two and enrollment for one in the class. 

You have never been to a gingerbread house decorating class like this before!  Everyone will be provided with a beautiful New England style gingerbread farmhouse to decorate. Unlike the houses that children normally decorate with candy, we will be decorating these houses using a variety of elegant lace patterns, damask and Christmas floral prints and more. Everyone will be provided with a tray full of edible sugar snowflakes, Christmas wreathes, holly leaves and berries, leaping reindeer and many more decorations to be used for creating their festive gingerbread house. Towards the end of the class, each will be covered with delicate icicles.  Every house will be attached to a base with a center hole cut out in the base. Although not essential, a small electric candle type light can be placed inside of the house, if desired.  All houses have windows that have been cut out so that the houses can be lit from the inside making them even more beautiful during the holiday season! No experience required and this will be a casual and fun class!

Note: If you are traveling by car from out of town, these houses are very strong and can easily be transported in a car.

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“Crazy for Crêpes” Cooking Class November 23rd & 24th

Our first Hartstone Inn cooking class of the season is just one month away!!  Have you reserved your space in class?berry crepe

Crazy for Crêpes
Offered on Saturday, November 23rd & again on Sunday, November 24th, from 1-3pm

Join Chef Michael as he goes crazy with crêpe recipes, both sweet and savory. After learning how to make basic crêpe batter, Michael will teach you his technique for creating the perfect crêpe at home. The crêpes will then be turned into fabulous dishes like Wild Mushroom Crêpe with Roasted Duckling and Smoked Salmon Butterflies. Chef Michael will share some ideas with you for a crêpe dinner party and then proceed into dessert crêpes: Fresh Berry Crêpes, Banana Foster Crêpes and Chocolate Ganache Filled Crêpes.

Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.  Our Cooking Class Packages start at $357 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, our five course dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class.  Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person.  View our entire cooking class schedule here.

Hartstone Inn 2013-2014 Cooking Class Schedule

Our 2013-2014 cooking class schedule has just been published and it includes many new class topics!!

Join Chef Michael in his Hartstone Inn kitchen for a cooking class weekend, covering a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food.  Weekend packages are $370 – $560 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, our five course Chef’s Tasting Menu for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class.  Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45* per person. Classes are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 in the afternoon. See schedule of classes below for specific class dates and topics.  Click on the course topics for detailed descriptions of each class and photos of the recipes to be created.  Watch the Video of our Scheduled Group Classes!

*Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults is from 12-3pm with Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes.  $55 per person. 

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Date Course Topic Course Instructor  
2013
Saturday, November 23rd, 1-3 pm Crazy for Crêpes Michael Salmon  
Sunday, November 24th, 1-3 pm Crazy for Crêpes Michael Salmon  
Saturday, November 30th, 12-3pm Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults Patricia Moroz  
Saturday, December 7th, 1-3 pm Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres Michael Salmon  
Sunday, December 8th, 1-3 pm Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres Michael Salmon  
Date Course Topic Course Instructor  
2014
Saturday, January 4th, 1-3 pm Nut Lovers Cuisine Michael Salmon  
Sunday, January 5th, 1-3 pm Nut Lovers Cuisine Michael Salmon  
Saturday, January 25th, 1-3 pm Cuisine for the Hands Michael Salmon  
Sunday, January 26th, 1-3 pm Cuisine for the Hands Michael Salmon  
Saturday, February 8th, 1-3 pm Chocolate Desserts Michael Salmon  
Sunday, February 9th, 1-3 pm Chocolate Desserts Michael Salmon  
Saturday, March 1st, 1-3 pm Soups 101 Michael Salmon  
Sunday, March 2nd, 1-3 pm Soups 101 Michael Salmon  
Saturday, March 29th, 1-3 pm Dim Sum Michael Salmon  
Sunday, March 30th, 1-3pm Dim Sum Michael Salmon  
Saturday, April 12th, 1-3 pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon  
Sunday, April 13th, 1-3 pm Lobster, Lobster, Lobster Michael Salmon  
Saturday, May 24th, 1-3pm More Pasta Favorites Michael Salmon  
Sunday, May 25th, 1-3 pm More Pasta Favorites Michael Salmon  
Saturday, June 7th, 1-3 pm Travel to Tuscany Michael Salmon  
Sunday, June 8th, 1-3 pm Travel to Tuscany Michael Salmon