Thursday, May 22, 2014

June Events in Talbot County

Two perennial favorite Talbot County events are taking place in June. Plan to come for one or both and then stay overnight with us. During the weekend of June 13-15, the 27th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival comes to St. Michaels. More than 100 antique boats and vintage race craft are docked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s campus. This year, the festival will feature Chesapeake Bay-built workboats. The CBMM will be offering boat rides through the festival. There will also be boatbuilding demonstrations and workshops and a maritime-themed market. There’s also a juried art show, and, of course, plenty of food and drink. There’s even a rum bar. But don’t let that last tidbit worry you. This event is completely kid friendly.There is an admission fee, which includes entrance to the fabulous CBMM. Right now, you can take in a timely exhibit about the War of 1812 (the British attacked these parts in 1814).

On June 21st, newer, less-durable watercraft are the stars of the show at the 26th Annual Oxford Cardboard Boat Races. The event is held along the shores of the Tred Avon River so that contestants can navigate their creations in shallow water (as they are likely to sink at some point). Featured races include the Fast Race; the Battle of the Brave (the longest race); and the Funny Race, where oddly-shaped craft compete for a coveted trophy. There's also a children's race, where kids compete on a shortened course.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Calling All Francophiles

The wine dinner menu is ready! Come to our special event on May 30 and enjoy all of the food and wine listed below for a mere $100. Special guests will be on hand to help you experience Burgundy wines in a completely new way.

DINNER MENU

Hors d'oeuvres 
Whipped Goat Cheese Canapé with Orange
Foie Gras with Honeydew
Gougères – French Cheese Puffs
Le Grand Courtâge

First Course 
Trout Paupiette
 Pouilly-Fuissé

Second Course 
Salad of Poached Pear
Goat Cheese Custard and Brioche Croutons 
 Meursault Domaine du Pavillion

Third Course 
Sautéed Herb Gnocchi with Chanterelle Mushrooms
 Beaune Clos de L’Ermitage

Fourth Course 
Painted Farms Fillet á la Bourguignon 
Pommard Clos des Ursulines

Fifth Course 
Cherry Sauce and Dark Chocolate Glacé
 Nuits-Saint-Georges


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Taste of France in Easton

Our Peacock Restaurant and Lounge will be hosting its next wine dinner on May 30. The wines of Burgundy are being featured and we are inviting a very special guest to complement the fine food and wine.

In his career as a diplomat, William Shepard served as Consul General to Bordeaux, France from 1983 through 1985. During that time, he visited numerous wine chateaux throughout the region (lucky guy). Due to his wine expertise, he was made a member of the Ordre des Chevaliers Bretvins. While stationed in Bordeaux, Shepard lectured at the Universities of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Poitiers and Limoges.Shepard is a member of several Bordeaux wine societies, including the Commanderie de Bordeaux. His e-book, Shepard's Guide to Mastering French Wines, has been a best-seller in the USA and the UK. Shepard regularly presents French wine tasting seminars and is the wine editor for French Wine Explorers.  

Chef Doug Potts is working on a menu right now that is inspired by the flavors of the region. We expect a sell-out, so reserve soon to guarantee your spot.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Art in Easton

Here in Easton, we are very proud of our Academy Art Museum. It may be small, but its collection is high quality. Plus, the downtown gallery often hosts one-of-a-kind exhibits, like those happening now. 

“From Bierstadt to Wyeth: American Landscapes from a Private Collection” is on display through July 13. The exhibition showcases the development of American landscape painting from the 19th to the 20th century. Many of these works have never been seen by the public, since they come from private hands. Among the well-known artists represented-- Albert Bierstadt, George Inness, Leon Kroll,, Childe Hassam, Eastman Johnson and N.C. Wyeth.
For art aficionados, there will be curator-led tours on May 28 and June 20.


Since the museum is small, there likely will be time to take in another exhibit. Check out “Wood Transformed: The Art of Vicco von Voss”. It's also on display through July 13 Von Voss was born in Germany. His art is informed by his grandfathers, one of whom was a forester and woodcarver, and the other an architect. The exhibition contains 20 new wood sculptures created in a free-form style. The use of innovative materials like bendable wood has allowed the artist to create shapes outside of the normal realm of woodworking.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Destination Weddings on the Eastern Shore

Destination weddings are all the rage these days. But you don't have to travel to Hawaii, the Caribbean, or Disneyworld to entertain a wedding/vacation all in one. In fact, some of the best destinations for weddings can be a short drive from your backyard.

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is one bucolic setting guaranteed to fill the bill for the romantic day. The Inn at 202 Dover in Easton specializes in elegant affairs for wedding parties ranging from two to 200 (the latter only if outdoor tents are employed). Because the inn is intimate, the planning, according to veteran wedding expert Raquel Shutt, is far less intimidating and more easily personalized to the bride and groom.

The owner of Wedding Savvy says two of the virtues of the Inn at 202, particularly for parties of fewer than 80, are size and layout. "The grounds are lovely," says Shutt, "while the inn is well-maintained. It just feels low-key, homey and comfortable, yet quite refined."

Moreover, menus are developed by the chef of the Inn's Five Diamond-rated Peacock Restaurant. "A lot of places make you choose from specified menus," says Shutt. "At the Inn at 202, the chef and staff work with the wedding couple to custom-design a menu they will absolutely love. Plus, they are totally flexible in terms of special requests."

A few other advantages, according to proprietor Ron Mitchell, are the lack of fees for every little thing (like cake cutting and dishes) and pricing alcohol by actual consumption rather than per person. Without the standard nickel and diming that often occurs at wedding venues, the happy couple won't have to worry about post-nuptial tiffs over unexpected wedding costs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hop On Over to the Peacock Restaurant for Easter Brunch

Our executive chef Doug Potts has created an Easter brunch designed to delight.

Among the menu highlights:

Starters: Soup and Salad of Asparagus; Chicken Ballantine Salad; Deviled Eggs
Entrees: Lump Crab Frittata; Seared Salmon Fillet; Stuffed Leg of Lamb; Petite Filet of Beef
Desserts: Chocolate Espresso Gateaux, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream: Lemon Almond Tart

Plus, we'll be celebrating the holiday with champagne, Bloody Mary's and mimosas.

So, hop to it and make reservations now.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Things to Do in Talbot County in April

As we prepare for Talbot County Restaurant Week (running today through April 6), March is going out like a lion. But hope springs eternal, and we expect April to bring plenty of sunshine and seasonal temperatures.

April usually is the start of tourist season, which means everything's open, hours are longer, and all sorts of special events are taking place. But don't worry--it doesn't get that crowded around here in the springtime.

We love Oxford, the little town on the Tred Avon River. Take the Oxford Bellevue Ferry (established 1683!) over to the tiny burg to celebrate the 20th Annual Oxford Day on April 26. A delightful parade runs from 11 to noon.  There's a flower basket competition, a dog show, and an open house at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, which will offer hands-on marine science activities and exhibits for kids and adults alike. 

For adults only--WineFest at St. Michaels on April 26 and 27. Hundreds of wines will be poured, and there will be plenty of food and entertainment for those who are imbibing. All venues will be tented or under cover in case of rain. Shuttle buses will be provided to move you through town. 

If you have any questions about these events or others, just ask us.