Maine Restaurant Week – March 1-14, 2015

1505519_10151809826346755_817547889_nRestaurant Week  is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants. During restaurant week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year round to take care of their customers. During restaurant weeks, they go above and beyond. The first restaurant week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009.
At the Hartstone Inn, we offer a special three course menu for $35 during Maine Restaurant Week.

Maine Restaurant Week March 1-14, 2015
Three course menu / $35

Appetizers

  • SOUP – Green pea with smoked ham hock & soft herbed marscapone
  • SALMON – Beetroot and vodka salmon gravlax, whole grain mustard potato salad, watercress, crisp focaccia
  • DUCK – Confit duck & caramelized onion tartlet, shaved peccarino, aged balsamic & port reduction, chive creme fraiche

Entrees

  • CHICKEN – Roasted breast glazed with lemon & thyme, butternut squash purée, roasted fingerling potato, savoy cabbage, chicken jus
  • SEA BASS – Lobster risotto with spring onion & chive, wilted kale
  • BEEF – Slow cooked with Maine made root beer, horseradish creamed potato, heritage carrots, wild mushroom ragout

Desserts

  • SOUFFLE – Kahula coffee flavored, Maine sea salt caramel creme anglaise
  • CREME BRULEE – White chocolate & raspberry, home baked shortbread
  • LEMON TART – Toasted Italian meringue, vanilla ice cream

    Seatings begin at 5:30pm each night.  Call us at 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

Whoopie Pie Cooking Class and Cookbook Signing

Saturday, May 16, 2015
1pm-3pm

Did you know that the whoopie pie is Maine’s official state treat?  Nancy Griffin, author of the book “Making Whoopies” will lead a fun class on this iconic New England dessert.  Four flavor combinations will be made and then enjoyed – classic, red velvet, banana with cream cheese frosting and chocolate with peanut butter frosting.  Bring your sweet tooth as eating freshly baked whoopie pies will be the best part of class!   Each participant will leave with a signed copy of Nancy’s cookbook so they can recreate each whoopie recipe at home for friends and family.  

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

Whoopie Pies Making Whoopies book

Holiday Fashion Show & Brunch

December 6th, 2014 at 11am
$23.95 per person

The holiday season is upon us once again, which means it is time for our annual Fashion Show Brunch.  All fashions featured will be by Leonard’s of Rockport.  This event is a fun way to kick off the Christmas season.  Join us!

Hartstone Inn Fashion Show BrunchBrunch Menu

Starter:

Poached Bosc Pear with a Raspberry-Star Anise Sauce

Choice of Entree:

Eggs Benedict with Grilled Filet Medallions and a Roasted Pepper Hollandaise

Grilled Salmon Filet over Baby Greens with a Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette

Cast Iron Baked Apple-Cinnamon Pancake with Seared Ham

Dessert:

Bourbon-Pecan Tart with a Wild Turkey Crème Anglaise

Blueberry Crème Brûlée with a Lemon Madeline

Reservations required.  Please call 207-236-4259

Artisan Chocolate Making Class

Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Join Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers as she guides you through the magic world of professional chocolate making.  Kate’s beautiful and delicious, handmade chocolate treats have been featured in both Gourmet and Martha Stewart Living magazines.  The two hour class will include:

  • A brief overview of how chocolate is made, from bean to bar
  • Tasting chocolate and figuring out what you like
  • What does it take to be a truffle?  Making ganache
  • Working with chocolate: Melting and tempering, enrobing, moulding, decorating
  • Storing chocolate
  • Sampling and enjoying chocolate

This is a hands-on course, and though some of the techniques are advanced, all that’s required of participants is a willingness to have fun and a LOVE of chocolate!

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

Black Dinah Chocolatiers  Black DInah Chocolatiers

Candies & Confections Cooking Class

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Join instructor Casey Cale of Sweet! for an afternoon of candy making!  She’ll instruct the class on how to make four different, delicious confections – beautiful Sea Glass Candy, Rosemary-Cashew Brittle, melt in your mouth Fleur de Sel Caramels and Mexican-Dark Chocolate Truffles.  Bring your sweet tooth as there will be enough sampling to ensure a sugar high!  As an added bonus, Casey will show the class her clever ideas for packaging candy as pretty, homemade gifts.  Each participant leaves with a complete set of recipes so each tasty treat can be recreated at home!   It is sure to be a “sweet” afternoon! 

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

Salted Caramels  sea glass candy

mexican truffles   Cashew Brittle

“Sushi 101″ Cooking Class

Saturday, February 28th from 1-3pm

NEW ADDITION TO OUR UPCOMING COOKING CLASS SCHEDULE:

Do you LOVE sushi and would like to learn how to make it at home?  “Sushi 101″ will teach you all the basics including how to prepare rice and other ingredients needed to roll sushi.  Learn the proper methods for small to large rolls along with the correct knife techniques.  Whether you are a beginner or accomplished, you will learn centuries old ways for making Edo-style sushi with a modern twist.  It’s sure to impress your family and friends! 

Instructor Chris Wolf has been a sushi chef for 25 years. He has owned his own Japanese restaurants and mentored under three sushi masters in his career. Well versed in the art of sushi making, Wolf will show you the basics to build on.   A resident of Camden, Maine he has treated the mid-coast to tempting dishes for a long time. Join him and discover how the art of sushi making can be fun, simple and of course – delicious!  

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

Hartstone Inn Sushi 101  Hartstone Inn Sushi 101

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

Taste of Thomaston 2014

Taste of Thomaston

Saturday • October 11, 2014 • 11:00am – 2:00pm

Knox Museum’s popular food and wine tasting festival celebrating everything local, featuring signature bites and sips from Mid-Coast Maine’s finest chefs, vintners & brewers, cheese artisans, bakers, and more, returns with some much-appreciated help from FMC and Allen Insurance & Financial, for a second year.  The tasting event takes place rain or shine in two big heated tents on the grounds of Montpelier, the big white house just off Route 1 at the turn to Saint George in Thomaston.

Heading up the list of local chefs contributing some of their signature dishes to the popular tasting event are Chef Melissa Kelly of Primo Restaurant in Rockland, 2013’s James Beard Best Chef in the Northeast; Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda in Rockland, voted Maine’s Best Farm to Table Restaurant in 2013; Thomaston’s own Chef Scott Yakavenko of The Slipway, whose bouillabaisse has earned rave reviews from none other than the Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse; and award winning classically French trained Chef Manuel Mercier of The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville.

Molly Sholes of Spruce Mountain Blueberries, Elaine Waldron of Hootin Gluten Free Bakery, Nancy and Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Sean and Tracey Beaudry from The Highlands Coffee House, Ryan Jones from Thomaston Café and Bakery, among many others, will all be on hand to share their creations.

Additional local specialty products will be available for tasting from the likes of Terra Optima Farm Market, State of Maine Cheese Company, 3 Dogs Café & Sweet Sensations, and Maine Street Meats. And the entire Thomaston Farmers Market will relocate to Montpelier’s grounds for the festival.

Entertainment to date includes live jazz by Bel Isle Trio, and horse and buggy rides around the grounds by Crystal Daggett and her prize horse, Romeo. New this year will be jewelry and art on display in booths outside the tent.

Tickets are available for sale online at www.knoxmuseum.org or by calling 354-8062.

For more information contact the museum at the phone number above or email info@knoxmuseum.org.

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

Merryspring Kitchen Tour – This Wednesday, August 6th!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
10am-3pm

Merryspring
ADMISSION
ALL KITCHENS (ADVANCE PURCHASE): $25
ALL KITCHENS (DAY OF TOUR): $35
INDIVIDUAL KITCHENS: $10 EACH

Visit 9 uniquely-designed kitchens in Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Northport, Maine and enjoy tastings from talented area chefs.  Our very own Chef Michael will be in kitchen #5 in Camden in the morning!

Click here for the map included with each ticket showing the location of the kitchens.

Merryspring Kitchen Tour 2014

EXTRAS
Door prizes – Enter to win a basket of Stonewall Kitchen Gourmet Foods!

Raffle Tickets – Enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to Seabright Pizza, Francine Bistro or Shepherd’s Pie!

For additional information, click here

All proceeds benefit Merryspring Nature Center, a non-profit, privately owned park and educational center in Camden and Rockport with nature trails and gardens open to the public every day. This member-supported organization offers talks, classes, and workshops throughout the year.