We just finished six weeks in the South of France, on the Cote d’Azur, in a little village just next to Nice called Villefranche-Sur-Mer. As we have done for the past three years, we’ve been trying to improve our French language skills (while, incidentally, escaping the Maine winter. This year proved to be a great year to be away from Maine!) Here are a few pictures of our activities — when we weren’t studying our French. (Click on the small image to see a larger version)
Local Georgetown restaurants are frequently closed one or more nights during the week in the autumn, a particular problem for guests arriving in the evening after a long drive. We decided to offer the option of dinner at Coveside on several fall evenings when a number of guests were scheduled to arrive. We invited our Georgetown neighbor, Robert Masciola, to be guest chef. Rob’s family comes from the Abruzzi region of Italy and he is an accomplished cook. He (aided by his wife, Amy) prepared a memorable meal that featured vegetables from our local farm market, home-made pasta, local Five Islands Lobster, and a delectable apple caramel tart prepared by Carolyn (served with Tom’s home-made salty caramel ice cream). The menu and pictures (by Amy Masciola) are below.
Winter has settled in to the Maine coast and we are closed for the season. We reopen Memorial Day weekend — May 23, 2014. We are taking reservations for the coming summer and fall and some busy periods are getting filled. If you know your dates and room preferences, it’s never too early to reserve your space. You can check availability and make reservations directly on our website. We won’t be available to speak with you on the phone until mid-March as we will be in France; but we are always in email contact. Do let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
We invited friends and neighbors to an Easter brunch at Coveside, so Carolyn could try out new recipes and get back into baking after our lengthy sojourn in Europe. The event was a great success and the food — especially the baked goods — was wonderful. Many new ideas for breakfasts next summer! Recipes for the baked goods came mostly from Thomas Keller’s beautiful new cookbook, Bouchon Bakery (Artisan Books), and from the new cookbook from our favorite Portland bakery: Alison Pray and Tara Smith, Standard Baking Company Pastries (Down East Press).