Small Bites: February Food News

The latest statewide food news from cuisine editor Susan Laughlin

Respect Your Elders

Traditional Liqueur: Luxardo Maraschino Originale

Having created the recipe in Italy in 1821 and endured through several wars, the Luxardo family is now in its sixth generation of producing this versatile maraschino cherry liqueur. The vintage spirit is offered in the original packaging of a tall, slim, green bottle wrapped with straw. The liquid is clear and blends well with whiskey, bourbon or gin for a variety of cocktails throughout the seasons. The liqueur can also be used as a flavoring agent for no-bake desserts. See the cocktail recipe below for inspiration.


20 ml Luxardo Maraschino Originale
40 ml whiskey
15 ml Martini Rosso
2 dashes Fernet-Branca
2 dashes bitters

Chill a coupette glass and prepare orange zest garnish. Add ingredients into a mixing glass and stir until optimum dilution is achieved. Remove ice from coupette and strain drink into glass. Garnish with fanned orange zest and serve.

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Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 750 ml, $29.99
Fratelli Fernet-Branca Italian Liqueur, 750 ml, $27.99
Flag Hill Straight Bourbon, 750 ml, $39.99
M & R Sweet Vermouth, 375 ml, $5.29
Found at New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets around the state.

Lesson in Deliciousness

French Delight

Learn how to make croissants from scratch at Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester. Master Chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy worked for a year to capture the essence of this Parisian delicacy. Take away the knowledge (and croissants) in two hours with this hands-on class. $65;

February 23, 6-8 p.m.; $65;

Event of the Month

Wine Lovers’ Paradise: Big Tasting with Pine State Trading and Southern Wine & Spirits of New England

Part of the Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa in New Castle, this tasting is nothing less than a playground for food and wine lovers. Guests will be able to choose from a vast array of wines and chef stations featuring the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine of SALT Kitchen & Bar. Enjoy live jazz by recording artist Chris Klaxton. See more festival events below.

February 17, 6-8:30 p.m.; $49.95;

2017 Winter Wine Festival

This monthlong event is hosted January 20 to February 26 by Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa. Speak with wine luminaries, attend vintner’s dinners, enjoy the Big Tasting and discover jazz brunches, flight nights and Shell Shocked, an oyster and wine celebration. It’s all hosted at the grand hotel in New Castle.

Flight Nights
Mon-Thurs (Feb 6-9, 13-16, and 20-23), 5-7 p.m. in the SALT lounge. Enjoy featured flights of three wines, discounted antipasti and small plate offerings from the chef’s bar.

Bubbles and Jazz Brunch
10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, $44.95 plus service charge and tax.

  • February 5: Mionetto Prosecco, Italy
  • February 12: Gruet Sparkling, New Mexico
  • February 19: Sofia Sparkling, California
  • February 26: Gramona Cava, Spain

Grand Vintner’s Dinners
Four-course dinners begin at 7 p.m.

  • February 4: John Anthony Vineyards of Napa with winemaker Geoff Whitman and Executive Sous Chef Lee Michael, $104.95 plus tax and gratuity
  • February 10: Billecart-Salmon champagne with winery ambassador Clement Calleja and Executive Chef Ken Lingle, $175.95 plus tax and gratuity
  • February 11: Masterwines with owner Mel Master and Chef de Cuisine Bill Barcikowski, $104.95 plus tax and gratuity
  • February 18: Kendall-Jackson Vineyard Estates with master winemaker Randy Ullom and Executive Chef Ken LIngle, $104.95 plus tax and gratuity
  • February 25: Domain Chandon and Newton Vineyard of Napa with winery ambassador Rich Buchanan and Executive Chef Ken Lingle, $104.95 plus tax and gratuity

Shell Shocked: An Oyster and Wine Celebration
February 3 and February 24. Hosted in SALT’s lounge, 5-10 p.m. Savor oysters that have richer flavors due to being harvested in the winter months. Add crisp Italian varietals, sauvignon blanc, sparkling wines and even pinot noir to enhance the minerality and brininess of this delicacy. Mix and match. No reservations necessary.

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