The Hippo


May 24, 2020








Participating restaurants and businesses
Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631,
Arnie’s Place (164 Loudon Road, Concord, 228-3225,
The Barley House (132 Main St., Concord, 228-6363,
C.C. Tomatoes (209 Fisherville Road, Concord, 753-4450,
Cheers Grille & Bar (17 Depot St., No. 1, Concord, 228-0180,
Cimo’s South End Deli (250 South St., Concord, 856-8020, find them on Facebook)
The Common Man of Concord (25 Water St., Concord, 228-3463,
Concord Country Club (22 Country Club Lane, Concord, 228-8936,
Constantly Pizza (39 S. Main St., Concord, 224-9366,
The Crust and Crumb (126 N. Main St., Concord, 219-0763,
Duprey Hospitality (2 Pillsbury St., Suite 500, 568-5851)
Edible Arrangements (57 N. Main St., Concord, 223-2555,
El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant (22 Loudon Road, Concord, 224-9600,
Faro Italian Grille (70 Endicott St. N., Laconia, 527-8073,
Granite Restaurant & Bar (96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9005,
Granite State Candy Shoppe (13 Warren St., Concord, 225-2591,
Hermanos Cocina Mexicana (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669,
The Hungry Buffalo (58 Route 129, Loudon, 798-3737,
Makris Lobster & Steak House (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665,
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (35 Warren St., Concord, 224-2821,
Michele’s Sweet Shoppe (123 Nashua Road, No. 14, Londonderry, 425-2946,
Mitchell’s Fresh (Concord,
New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137,
New Hampshire Distributors (65 Regional Drive, Concord, 224-9991,
Newick’s Lobster House (317 Loudon Road, Concord, 225-2424,
O Steaks & Seafood (11 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7925,
Pats Peak Banquet Center (686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245,
Red Arrow Diner (112 Loudon Road, Concord, 415-0444,
Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101,
Smokeshow Barbeque (89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 227-6399,
12th annual Taste of New Hampshire
When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord
Cost: $35 per person or $300 for 10 tickets
Tickets are available for purchase in advance at the 99 Restaurant & Pub (60 D’Amante Drive, Concord) at Cimo’s South End Deli (250 South St., Concord)or at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire (55 Bradley St., Concord). Tickets are also available at the door on the day of the event.

Granite State of dining
Dozens of local eats at Taste of New Hampshire

By Matt Ingersoll

 More than 30 restaurants will congregate in Concord for the annual Taste of New Hampshire event to showcase their offerings — formerly known as Taste of Concord, this is the first time the event will be open to restaurants in southern New Hampshire beyond the greater Concord area. 

The 12th annual event is happening at the Grappone Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 19, and will include live music, cooking demonstrations, a silent auction, raffles and the return of the Top Slider Chef competition, in which several of the appearing restaurants will be participating.
“It’s become such a great go-to event for the fall,” said Jon Clay, development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire, which benefits from the fundraising of the event each year. “Once you get inside the event is free range. You can literally sample around from all of the restaurants that will be there. Some will have appetizers to sample, or some might have desserts. … It’s basically a huge party with a couple hundred people celebrating.”
Longtime returning restaurants include Arnie’s Place, the Smokeshow Barbeque and Cimo’s South End Deli, but a number of them are attending for the first time, according to Clay, both outside of Concord — like the Faro Italian Grille — and even from within the Capital City, like the Red Arrow Diner.
“We did have a couple from outside the area [in the past], but this year we decided to expand the circle if you will, due to the number and locations of the restaurants and to us opening more clubs in the state,” he said.
This year’s Top Slider Chef competition includes Alan’s of Boscawen, Arnie’s Place, The Barley House, Cheers Grille and Bar, the Hungry Buffalo and Makris Lobster & Steak House.
“There will be a voting station … where the guests of the event will be able to vote on who had the best slider,” Clay said. “The votes are tallied at the end of the night and the winner gets a special plaque. Arnie’s has been dominant over the years, but they were actually beat out last year by the Tarte Cafe & Bakery … so everything is very good and people have a lot of fun with it.”
Clay said a variety of items are going to be available at the silent auction, like VIP tours of local breweries and restaurant gift certificates.
Also included will be beer and wine sampling from New Hampshire Distributors, Horizon Beverages, Southern Wine and Spirits and M.S. Walker, as well as live music and cooking demonstrations by chefs from some of the participating restaurants.
“It’s usually a pretty high-class meal that’s cooked live,” Clay said.
Chris Emond, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire, said the event is an effective fundraiser for the club, but it’s also good for the restaurants.
“For the restaurants who are giving up that night to bring their food and staff, they’ll report back to us and say that it’s great for people to find out they exist and it gives them recognition,” he said. 

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