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The Anchor Boston brings new life to Shipyard Park

CHARLESTOWN, MA – The Anchor Boston, a new venue in the Navy Yard’s Shipyard Park since last summer, sought to “bring vibrancy to the public realm” and quickly succeeded with its two-story public gathering space, performance venue and open-air wine and beer garden where it offered free programs, live entertainment and more.

The owner, Chris Sinclair, who began doing events as a way to make money in high school, created what became The Anthem Group as a marketing agency in college and today, operates it to include catering, concessions, and most recently in the Navy Yard, a full service restaurant, bar and beer garden, The Anchor. This past Summer and Fall seasons saw the restaurant bring a host of activities and hundreds of people to an under-served area.

Sinclair believes that when a business does well, it must use that success to help the community it serves. Even when something has not been done previously, he says, that is no reason to not do it. Coming into a neighborhood that has been underserved in terms of entertainment and foodservice venues since it first opened in the early ‘80s, The Anchor brought an estimated 100,000 visitors to the new outlet.

He sees a way for his company to grow and evolve as it “leaves an imprint” on the city through a “pioneering initiative” on what had been a relatively untapped area on the city’s waterfront. The Anchor offered some 300 free public programs and events, including movies and games as it focused on what Sinclair calls “ the right things for the venue.”

The venue reached out to residents of public housing projects in the area as well as Navy Yard residents with its many programs. Going forward, it now has many residents who hope to collaborate “significantly,” he says. He hopes to replicate offerings such as a movie and paint party, as well as inviting vendors to offer their wares in a sales setting along the harbor. The group exceeded its goals for public programs for the first year, he says, and hopes to extend its season this year. Anchor’s customers and audience came from all 50 states as well as 40 countries,

For the holiday season, Anchor offered a winter garden with brightly lighted Christmas trees, both large and small, and giant “candy canes.”

Sinclair notes that the group has had numerous requests for an extension of Anchor’s season and plans to start earlier in the Spring this year. “We are working to have scenarios to improve our food and do more events, and plan even more community engagement,” he says. They may, he adds, replicate the formula for other venues. “It’s a true passion of mine,” Sinclair points out. “It was a pretty park but was largely under-used so we sought to create a multi-faceted program with arts, entertainment and hospitality.”

The Anthem Group and Anchor credit the mayor’s office and BPDA for their support and help. The group had a three-tiered jobs program that employed and trained persons transitioning from homelessness back to the workforce.






Wine(s) of the Week – DECEMBER 15th

Winter’s here, virtually, and colder weather with it. It’s time for hearty reds that warm our bodies and our spirits.
Woodbridge by Mondavi’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a line of wines designed for everyday drinking. With scents of dark cherry and blueberry, it has hints of toast and spice. Wine is one of Robert Mondavi’s passions and this one, moderately priced, fits the bill.
De Toren Z 2014 calls itself (and is) an “approachable” wine for chillier days and warms the spirit and the body. From South Africa, it brings richness and complexity to the table. Sip it and savor as it gains in age and body, bring what it makers describe as a “luxurious” win to the table.
Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend, 2017, also from South Africa, blends 37 percent Pinotage with 36 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot and two percent Cabernet Franc to create a dry red wine with deep notes of cherry and plum. Made in Stellenbosch, the home of many excellent wineries in the country, it has hints of spice on the finish.
Waterbrook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley comes from Walla Walla in Washington State, where the winery was one of the first there. The name comes from Nez Perce Indians and means “Running Water.” Ripe currant and plum combine with toasted oak and chocolate for richness and a smooth finish.
Lab of Portugal 2015 offers a price point for everyday sippers and comes from the region of Lisboa where the climate is well suited for making quality vintages. It blends Castelao (35 percent) with Tinto Roriz (25 percent), Syrah (25 percent) and Touriga Nacional, 15 percent. It’s aged in Portuguese new oak barrels for four months. Moderate pricing and quality come together to offer good value.
Chasseur De Calloux 2017 is from Cotes Du Rhone where its name means “pebble hunter” for the region where there are vast numbers of pebbles covering the vineyards. This Southern Rhone Valley wine brings us flavors of blackberry and blueberry. The wine is 14.6 percent ABV and blends 30 percent Grenache with 30 percent Syrah and 20 percent Carignan. The winery tells us it pairs well with pork and at the bottom of the label is a small drawing of a little white pig.
El Barrio 2017 Chilean Cabernet Sauvigon offers a plush, rich tasting experience with notes of black cherry and plum, with “savory nuances,” the winemakers say, of smoke and dried peppers. A moderately priced wine, it goes well with meats and features a small drawing of a cow on the label.

Newport Wine Festival is coming up this Fall with designer/cookbook author Zac Posen

NEWPORT, RI – The 13th annual Newport Mansion Wine & Food Festival returns Sept. 20-23 with designer and cookbook author Zac Posen headlining the Grand Tasting where he will cook on the MONOGRAM Culinary Stage on Saturday, Sept. 22 and sign copies of his cookbook, Cooking with Zac.

Beautiful Marble House will once again serve as the setting for the two day Grand Tasting, Sept. 22 and 23.

Guests can also enjoy A Conversation with Zac Posen, where attendees will delight in lively and engaging conversation with Posen in the Marble House Gold Ballroom before heading out to the Grand Tasting. Also participating in weekend cooking and grilling demonstrations will be local and regional culinary figures including Lydia Shire of Boston’s Scampo, Terence Feury of Forty 1˚ North in Newport, Maura Kilpatrick of Sofra Bakery in Cambridge, Jorge Espinoza of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Jose Enrique of Jose Enrique in San Juan, and Kolin Vazzoler of Simi Winery.

Hundreds of wines from around the world will be featured throughout the many weekend events, including top selections from Opus One (Napa Valley), M. Chapoutier (France), Tua Rita (Italy), Vincent Girardin (France), Robert Mondavi (Napa Valley), and Famille Hugel (France).

Additional highlights of the weekend-long festivities include the elegant Friday night Wine & Rosecliff gala, which will feature a special selection of fine wines from these and other wineries, as well as food from at least 15 New England chefs amid seaside Gilded Age splendor. The Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff on Saturday will offer an interactive and connected evening where guests will taste specially selected, exquisite American “New World” wines that have intimate connections to some of the most prestigious “Old World” wines. The event will feature a three-course dinner and dessert reception prepared by chefs David Blessing of Newport Beach House, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, Jose Enrique of Jose Enrique, Samantha del Arroyo of Mill’s Tavern and Maura Fitzpatrick of Sofra Bakery.

Seminars will take place on Friday and Saturday at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House on Coggeshall Avenue in Newport, allowing visitors the opportunity to learn about wines from different regions of the world.  Led by vintners and industry experts, these engaging educational seminars are designed for every wine and food lover – from oysters to artisan cheese, to bubbles and caviar and beyond.

Guests will have an extra opportunity to enjoy late night bites and cocktails by some of the Festival sponsors with the return of Newport After Dark, taking place on Saturday night at Forty 1˚ North on the Newport waterfront. The Sunday Jazz Brunch on the Marble House Terrace  kicks off the Sunday Grand Tasting; tickets include an elegant brunch followed by early VIP entry to the event on the lawn.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is FOOD & WINE Magazine. MONOGRAM is the Culinary Stage Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Dole & Bailey, Forty 1˚ North, Simi Winery, Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore, Atria Senior Living, Boar’s Head, Coca-Cola, Gurney’s Newport, Chateau D’Esclans, Kobrand Fine Wine and Spirits, Dasani, Outdoor Kitchen Design Store, National Trust Insurance Services LLC, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and United. All proceeds from the event benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2018 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit www.NewportMansionsWineAndFood.org or call (401) 847-1000.


Wine of the Week – Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2017

This wine, says Bruwer Raats, the winemaker, celebrates its varietal and was crafted minus oak to preserve its original freshness and flavours. “It reflects the lifelong passion our family has for Chenin and pairs effortlessly with a variety of foods.” He particularly likes it with spicy prawn dishes, calamari, sushi and oysters, he observes. The winery is located in Stellenbosch, South Africa and is owned by Raats Family Wines.

We enjoy it with foods and all by itself, especially on a hot summer afternoon when its a welcome and delicious refresher. Visit http://www.capeclassics.com for more information.




Wine of the Week – – Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee “T” Vouvray

This Brut Cuvee “T” 2014 from Domaine Vincent Careme was made using the traditional sparkling wine method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine, made and bottled by Tania and Vincent Careme, is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.

Fresh and delicious, it’s a perfect wine for summer sipping. The winery began in 1999 and is located on 37 acres which are home to trellished bush vines, an average of 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and flint. The cellar is described as a “traditional 16th century troglodytic cave” carved in limestone rock.

The wine, with 12 percent ABV, gets a second fermentation for one month in the bottle with no added sugar. Notes of citrus and apple are prevalent and the wine is effervescent and fresh with what the winery’s owners, Vincent and Tania, call “racy” acidity. It is distributed by Cape Classics.

Wine of the Week – Petite Siréne 2015

Fruity and round, this Bordeaux, Petite Siréne 2015, is 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was added to Cape Classics’ portfolio via a partnership with Third Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Giscours in Margaux. It became the second Bordeaux winery go join Cape Classics last year and combines the aroma of berries with tannins. Selected from the best parcels in Bordeaux, the grapes – 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon – are fruity, savory and complex with “gentle” tannins. The wine won a Gold in the 2016 International Wine Competition in Los Angeles. Go to http://www.capeclassics.com/wines/petite-sirene-bordeaux-cabernet-sauvignon-merlot-2015/