What’s new on the culinary scene in Massachusetts?

A round-up of foodie stories from this US State renown for its cuisine

Good Stock Farm New England Getaways. James Beard Award-winning chef Sanford D’Amato and wife Angie relocated to Hatfield, Western Massachusetts and opened Good Stock Farm Cooking School in 2014. Now, in addition to its regular schedule of cooking classes, Good Stock Farm offers more immersive three-day getaways. These experiences are full of surprises and include added amenities such as lengthier cooking class times, special wines from the cellar and local vineyards and market trips—all modeled after Angie and Sandy’s experience teaching on bike trips in France in Italy. Visitors can join 25-27 August, 15-17 September, 6-8 October and 20-22 October. www.goodstockfarm.com/classes/

The After House wine & raw bar opened in April 2017 on Nantucket, MA. This new island dining concept (sister restaurant to Galley Beach) will be Nantucket’s raw and wine bar and a true Nantucket seafood bistro. The focus will be on chilled shellfish, raw fish preparations, caviars and tinned seafood. For those looking for menu items beyond seafood, there will be local vegetarian offerings and charcuterie selections. And what’s in the name? “The After House” is a structure on the deck of a whaling ship where sailors would go to get relief from the elements. Located next to the Galley, the After House was a communal room where whale men would share stories, enjoy a meal, have a grog or just relax away from their duties on board. While the location is a bit down the road from Galley Beach, the term “Afterhouse” means “next to the Galley.”

Cookie Monstah Bake Shop opened in April 2017, Danvers, MA. Cookie Monstah Food Truck adds a bake shop in Danvers. A Boston food truck known for its cookies and ice cream sandwiches now has a permanent home up the road in Danvers. The shop serves a rotating selection of cookies, ice cream flavours, and combo ice cream sandwiches. www.instagram.com/cookiemonstahboston/

Vers opened May 2017 in Orleans and serves modern American cuisine. Chef Haffmans’ approach uses modern techniques and innovation along with classic disciplines of the culinary arts. He works with local and regional farmers, fishermen and purveyors of edible goods to share their products with guests. In turn, guests enjoy some of the freshest ingredients available in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, served by a knowledgeable and gracious staff. www.verscapecod.com/

Chart Room at Crosby’s opened May 2017 in Osterville. Chart Room at Crosby’s is an offshoot of the popular restaurant at Kingman Boat Yard in Cataumet (opened 1973). The new location will offer much the same fare as the larger location, which is known for its swordfish, lobster rolls and baked stuffed lobster. The new Chart Room will have just 49 prized seats (as compared to the original Chart Room’s 249 seats). Will be open weekends only until mid-June then remain open fully until Columbus Day and weekends through December.

Yolqueria opened May 2017 in Provincetown serving breakfast until 1pm and its taqueria menu from 4-9pm daily including a specials board for daily taco offerings — a rotating selection of authentic Mexican fillings including tacos de carne asada, tacos de pollo asado, tacos de carnitas, tacos de camarones and tacos de vegetales. http://yolqueria.com/

Ricciardelli’s opened May 2017 in Hyannis. Ricciardelli’s will feature family recipes for favourite Italian dishes and it brings a bit of North End (a reference to the popular Italian, Boston neighbourhood known for its restaurant hot spots) to Hyannis. Ricciardelli’s family hails from the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy, and many of the dishes will be based on those cooked by his family for generations. www.ricciardellis.com

Cultivar opened May 2017, Boston. GATHER | GROW Cuisine inspired by our diverse landscape. Cultivar is an independent restaurant by Chef | Owner Mary Dumont located at Ames Boston Hotel. http://cultivarboston.com/

Cleat and Anchor opened May 2017, Dennis Port. A new family-friendly American-style tavern featuring modern twists on classic New England fare will be opening by May 2017. www.facebook.com/TheCleatandAnchor/

Island Kitchen opened May 2017, Nantucket, MA. Island Kitchen, celebrating its fifth anniversary, doubled in size. Owner Patrick Ridge and his partners purchased the building adjacent to IK (formerly Grey Lady). There are patio expansions and a new outdoor bar. www.nantucketislandkitchen.com

The Charlie Noble opened May 2017 in Nantucket, MA. The Charlie Noble will specialize in fresh seafood — from crab legs to steamers, stuffies to a local fish — this new restaurant will be highly seafood-driven with a carnivore twist, adding a burger bar to the menu. The Charlie Noble will be owned and operated by island restauranteurs Denise Corson and Fred Bisaillon who also own B-ACK Yard BBQ. www.facebook.com/thecharlienoblenantucket/

Ledger opened May 2017 in Salem, MA. Blue Ox chef opened this new restaurant at former Salem Saving Bank. In the cuisine 19th-century dishes, cocktails and techniques are being elevated with 21st-century resources. www.ledgersalem.com

Keepers Restaurant opening summer 2017 in Nantucket. Nantucket natives Sabrina Dawson and Gaven Norton created a dining scene for locals by locals. The owners are taking their love for Nantucket and creating a fresh island restaurant with Keepers. “Keepers provides their guests with the creative freedom to design their own dining experience. The cuisine is innovative and not defined by a certain region or style. Instead it is a fun collaboration of our favourite dishes that we love to cook and are excited to share.” Their Chef Doug Ferrell (who went to the Culinary Institute of America and has been working in the kitchen on Nantucket for years) will feature loads of shared plates, sides and creative apps and will have a beer and wine list. In this space, you’ll find tons of young and fresh energy and lots of local flair, including the work of many island photographers showcased around the wood and brick walls. www.keepersnantucket.com

Estia Main Street Falmouth opening spring/early summer 2017, 117 Main Street, Falmouth. The highly popular Greek restaurant ESTIA in Mashpee Commons is opening a second location on Main Street, Falmouth in the old Eastern Bank building at 117 Main Street. The Falmouth location will mirror the aesthetic and menu of the Mashpee restaurant, but will be twice as large, at about 7,000 square feet. www.estiacapecod.com

For more information on visiting Massachusetts go to www.massholiday.co.uk

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