New England is an area rich in history, culture and of course, cuisine. This is truly the area where America began.
From the Native Americans, who inhabited this land long before the European settlers arrived, who ate local corn, a wide variety of squashes and venison; to the rich industrialists who made Newport, RI their playground and feasted on oysters and caviar; to the Portuguese whalers who brought the cuisine of the Azores to Massachusetts; to the lobster fishermen of Maine, New England s history creates its own Culinary Learning Journey.
Fly into Providence, RI or Boston, MA on Sunday, October 28, 2012 and join fellow ICA members for an unforgettable adventure sharing the history and cuisine of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine. We ll return you to the airport on the afternoon of Friday, November 2, 2012 or extend your stay for a weekend in Boston, Providence, Newport or at a glamorous casino in Connecticut. All locations are close by.
Our adventure begins where the American adventure begins – on a Native American Reservation. Dinner tonight will be the real-deal.
We’ll be dining with authentic Mashantucket Pequots who will show us how to prepare their cuisine and give us a taste of their local harvest in an authentic setting. While the dinner is sure to be entertaining and quite a rustic adventure our accommodations are purely sublime. Bring some extra wampum since the casino will be available after dinner on Sunday. We ll also have time for a behind the scene tour of the kitchens of a major casino.
Monday morning brings us through the color-soaked country roads to visit local farmers just in time for the late autumn harvest; we ll be picking apples and pumpkins. We will visit with local cheese producers and visit Maple Lane Farms to sample their black currants and hydroponic young lettuces (the largest grower of black currants in the country).
Before we head over to the shore and Mystic Seaport to learn what the Portuguese whalers brought from their homeland to the cuisine of New England. Mystic, CT and New Bedford, MA (pictured here) were the whaling capitals in the 1800 s. Are you ready to do some whale watching? A visit to the world famous whaling museum is included.
Portuguese communities still exist all along the waterfront of New England. We will certainly stop along the water for one of their special meals. No culinary tour of New England would be complete without a visit to Sid Wainer s where we will get a tour and a tasting & weather permitting, visit their farm. A tour of Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum in Providence will also be included. Will we be seeing a cranberry bog? Absolutely! Will we be tasting Ipswich clams? Of course.
Being in Salem, MA for Halloween can only
direction so bring your scary witch or warlock attire for this evening s event. The ICA is so fortunate to have several incredible caterers in Massachusetts and we ll surely get to visit several along the way. So jump on the trolley, or your broomstick if you brought it, and get ready to tour Salem with us on Halloween.
Of course Boston is on our MUST SEE list so be prepared to walk around bean town including the beautiful North Shore area. Are you getting thirsty? Fortunately a tasting of Sam Adams beer is just around the corner, and they have invited us for a look-see, but more importantly, for a taste!
Boston is where our American heritage was born Beacon Hill, The Freedom Trail, Old North Church, Bunker Hill. It will be exhausting . but Ye Olde Oyster House is right near Durgin Park.From Boston, we head northeast . To the coast of New Hampshire and Maine.
Have you ever attended an authentic clambake? You will on this trip! As we make our way further north, history and cuisine will once again blend together for us. We ve all tasted maple syrup, but how many of us understand the entire process of it s production. New England is the home of maple syrup production, though we will be there several months before the actual sap starts to flow. Freshly made maple cookies, anyone? or how about some warmed syrup poured over vanilla ice cream? YUM!