Food Notes: Orford Restaurant Relocates to Lyme Inn

Valley News Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ariana’s Restaurant, an Orford fixture, re-opened in the Lyme Inn last week. In the inn’s Bar Room, Ariana’s will offer a more pub-like dining experience, including a full bar with specialty cocktails. The Front Room aims to preserve the casual-yet-sophisticated ambience of its original Bunten Farmhouse Kitchen location. The menu continues to focus on locally and sustainably sourced ingredients that are compatible with a variety of special diets.

Not That Kind of Chilly

The 16th annual chili contest at the East Corinth Congregational Church, which will benefit the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department, will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Chili chefs of all levels may bring a pot of their best-loved recipe to the vestry on Saturday, where diners will sample and vote on their favorites. The winner — aka the ECCCCCC, or East Corinth Congregational Church Chili Contest Champion — will receive a commemorative apron, and will also be able to select a bowl of their own favorite chili entry.

Vegetarian chili will be available, as will beverages, salad, cornbread and dessert. Price is by donation; preschoolers eat for free. For more information contact the church at 802-439-5417 or visit their Facebook page.

On a similarly spiced note, the West Lebanon Congregational Church hosts a Mexican Night Dinner on Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Main dish items will include chili, enchiladas and tacos, with dessert items including homemade cookies and ice cream.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for kids aged 5-12 and free for ages 4 and under, with a maximum price of $25 for a family of four or more.

Take-out is available starting at 5. To learn more or to place an order between 1 and 4 that afternoon, call Norma Hazelton at 603-298-8057.

Les Aliments

Blake Hill Preserves, in Windsor, kicks off its 2018 “masterclass” series with two Lemon and Champagne Marmalade Masterclasses on Feb. 3, one from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and the other from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Classes will cover preparation, cooking, “setting” and safe canning practices. The $45 cost includes a recipe sheet, a jar of the lemon and champagne marmalade and a 15 percent discount in Blake Hill’s specialty preserves shop for that day.

To learn more or reserve a spot, call 802-674-4529 or email mball@blakehillpreserves.com.

The Hanover-based French Club with Madame G hosts a cheese tasting at the Howe Library, Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Gloria “Madame G” Finkelstein at 603-381-4311.

Of Note

Justin Dain, executive chef of PINE at the Hanover Inn, is re-creating this evening the James Beard House Dinner he produced in New York City last November. The menu for the five-course dinner, which starts after a reception at 6 p.m., can be found at pineathanoverinn.com/james-beard-dinner. The cost is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuities.

For more information and to view the menu, visit pineathanoverinn.com/events/james-beard-house-dinner-nyc.

EmmaJean Holley can be reached at ejholley@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.