The Hippo


May 29, 2020








Have a sweet and savory holiday
Enjoy the season with wines, gingerbread, cookies and more


 Whether you’re looking to take a cooking class to prep for that big holiday party, seeking culinary adventures like a cookie tour, or just looking for something yummy to do this season, there’s a full schedule of things to do during the holidays.

• Check out some sweet creations from local bakeries, professionals and amateur gingerbread house makers at Home for the Holidays gingerbread house competition and display on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 4 to 9 p.m. during the Holiday Stroll in downtown Nashua. The gingerbread houses will be on display at Martha’s Exchange, 187 Main St., Nashua. Visit
• More edible homes will be on display during the Gingerbread House Contest in Newfields. The deadline to enter your own gingerbread home is on Monday, Dec. 1 (cost $5 entry fee). View the homes on display on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Main Street Art, 75 Main St., Newfields. Visit
• Get ready for figgy pudding and holiday cookies at a Nutrition & the Holidays workshop with Concord Food Co-op on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Concord City Council Chambers, 37 Green St., Concord. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Visit or call 225-6840.
• The 4th annual Homeward Bound Food & Beverage Festival will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Radisson Nashua, 11 Tara Blvd., in Nashua. Guests will be able to sample dishes from local restaurants, vendors, wineries and breweries, like Djinn Spirits, LaBelle Winery and Martha’s Exchange, plus jajaBelle’s, Red Sauce Ristorante, You-You Japanese Bistro and more. The event benefits Anne-Marie House and also includes a live and silent auction. Tickets cost $90 for a couple, or $50 for individual tickets. Visit
• Sip wine cocktails during the four-course Holiday Wine Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, Chef Rich Rock and sous chef Jarrod St. Amand will prepare four holiday courses with wine cocktail pairings like a sparkling cocktail, Zorvino sangria, plus a new wine release and dessert wine created just for the dinner. Tickets cost $49.95 (tax and gratuity included). Reservations are required.
• Shop on the seacoast during the New Castle Village Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a candy store, baked goods, jewelry, silent auction, boxwood rings and trees, wreaths and greens, a visit from Santa, gift baskets and handmade ornaments. Then enjoy the luncheon with hot fish chowder and lobster rolls, and don’t forget to pick up a New Castle Cookbook. It’s all happening at the New Castle Recreation Building, 301 Wentworth Road, New Castle.
• Get ready for all those holiday parties by signing up for the Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres Cooking Class on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chez Boucher Culinary Arts Training Center (32 Depot Square, Hampton, 926-2202, The same class will be offered again on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cooking class costs $99. 
• Swing by the Loaf and Ladle Luncheon during the Christmas in the Village Fair on Saturday, Dec. 6. The luncheon is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stevens Memorial Hall. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with holiday gifts, crafts, bake shop and wassail at Chester Congregational & Baptist Church Vestry (located at the intersection of Routes 121 and 102, Chester). Visit
• LaBelle Winery, The League of NH Craftsmen and Beaver Brook Nature Center are partnering up on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, for the 3rd annual Holiday Bazaar Weekend at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, The Bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and features workshops — like wreath-making, create your own leather tree stars, and make your own shelf elf — as well as handcrafted gifts, dining in the Bistro, wine tastings and an art gallery.
• Get your gingerbread on at the Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Slusser Senior Center (164 Houston Drive, Hopkinton). Families will be able to decorate an assembled house with decorations plus light snacks and drinks for refreshment. Each house costs $20. Pre-registration and payment is required. Visit
• Fire up the oven for the adult Cookie Swap at the Goffstown Public Library (2 High St., Goffstown, 497-2102, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Attendees will taste and exchange cookies and recipes during the swap. There are restrictions for bakers — all cookies must be homemade and baked, and the main ingredient must be flour, plus no plain chocolate chip cookies, cookie mixes, no-bakes, meringues or brownies. Bakers should prepare five dozen cookies and send or drop off their cookie recipes by Monday, Dec. 1. Registration is required, and be sure to dress up for the swap, since the baker with the “gaudiest holiday garb” will win a door prize. 
• Get creative and warm up with soup and sandwiches at the Custom Creations Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 2 p.m. at Moulton Farm (18 Quarry Road, Meredith, 279-3915, Bring an object or container and staff will help you to create a decoration with greens and trimmings. The workshop costs $40 with lunch, $30 without lunch. 
• Visit Riverside Christian Church (27 Depot St., Merrimack, 424-1711, for its annual Ladies’ Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. with special guest speaker Kristi Stoughton. The afternoon includes light lunch, desserts and tea, worship and Christmas carols. Tickets cost $10, or $5 for ages 12 and under. 
• More gingerbread homes are on display during Vintage Christmas in downtown Portsmouth from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday, Dec. 6, to Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Discover Portsmouth Center, located at 10 Middle St., Portsmouth. Visit
• Have a very merry Tuscan Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Christmas in Tuscany from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tuscan Market, 63 Main St., Salem. The afternoon includes a visit from Santa, TV personality Jenny Johnson, a Toys for Tots collection, caroling plus food and drinks, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree at 4 p.m. Visit
• Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops run Sunday, Dec. 7, at Moulton Farm (18 Quarry Road, Meredith, 279-3915,, with three one-hour workshop sessions, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Families can decorate a gingerbread house with all the materials on hand to make a seasonal masterpiece. The workshop costs $35 per house. 
• Give back this holiday season at the Hudson Chamber’s Silent Auction & Dinner for Charity on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. at White Birch Catering and Banquet Hall (222 Central St., Hudson). The dinner and auction event benefits the Hudson Food Pantry with a buffet dinner of roast beef, baked ham and pasta primavera and silent auction. Tickets cost $25. Call 889-4731 or visit
• Baked goods are sure to put a smile on your face during Baking for Joy at Moulton Farm (18 Quarry Road, Meredith, 279-3915,, which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will join bakery staff in creating holiday treats. Baked goods can then be brought home while other treats made that evening will be shared with local food pantries and home-bound neighbors. The workshop costs $20. 
• Dine with Charles Dickens on Wednesdays, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, and Thursday, Dec. 18, during the dinner theater performance of A Dickens of a Christmas. The performance celebrates its 12th year at the Old Salt Restaurant (490 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 926-0330, this year, with three-course dinner, live music, holiday carols and Charles Dickens, played by George Hosker-Bouley, who is struggling with writer’s block and trying to figure out what he should give his children for Christmas. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show time is 6 p.m. Tickets, which include the performance and dinner, cost $39.99 (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are required. Visit or
• With a season of sugar, Dig In: Real Food Solutions has an answer with its Healthy Holiday Treats Cooking Class on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Angela’s Cafe, located at The Farm at Eastman’s Corner (244 Amesbury Road, Kensington). The cooking and wellness workshop will feature healthy recipes and strategies for well-being during the holidays (like, how to manage sugar cravings and battle winter blues). The class is free, but registration is recommended. Visit
• Give your friends and family the gift of wine this season by registering for the Holiday Winefest on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, 891-2477, Participants will make six bottles of wine to take home, including Granny Smith riesling, Italian pinot grigio, Super Tuscan, Amarone, viognier and chianti, and can enjoy food and wine tasting while making the wines. The event costs $65 for the six different bottles of wine, with everything included. Registration is required.
• Celebrate the season with the Concord Food Co-op during its Snowflake Social on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Concord Food Co-op (24 S. Main St., Concord, 225-6840, The Celery Stick Cafe will prepare a holiday dinner for the hot bar with a prime rib carving station, a hot chocolate bar and free samples of wines, desserts, cheeses and other treats. 
• Support the Culinary Arts Program at Southern New Hampshire University at The Quill’s Holiday Dinner Culinary Team Fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 11. The Quill (2500 S. River Road, Manchester, 629-4608, opens its doors at 5 p.m. and service starts at 6 p.m. The prix fixe dinner costs $35.
• Celebrate at Brookstone Park (14 Route 111, Derry, 328-9255, on Friday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. durings its The More the Merrier Holiday Celebration. The evening will include passed hors d’oeuvres, including spanakopita and scallops wrapped in bacon, salad, an entree buffet with chicken Florentine, haddock and a prime rib carving station, followed by dessert. DJ Chad Ardizzoni will provide the tunes for dancing following dinner. Reservations are required.
• The Quill (2500 S. River Road, Manchester, 629-4608, will be hosting an Italian Christmas Dinner on Friday, Dec. 12. Doors open at 5 p.m. and service starts at 6 p.m. The prix fixe dinner costs $35.
• Breakfast with Santa at the Slusser Senior Center (164 Houston Drive, Hopkinton) will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, toast, muffins, hash browns and all the fixings plus a visit with Santa and activities for kids. Tickets cost $18 for family rate, $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 5 to 11, and breakfast is free for kids ages 4 and under. Proceeds benefit Operation Christmas. Visit
• Santa will also be visiting Chester during the Friends of the Library Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Chester Municipal Center (84 Chester St., Chester), from 8 to 11 a.m. Admission costs $6 per person, with a $25 maximum cost for a family of six. Admission includes breakfast, a photo with Santa, crafts, games, holiday stories and raffles. Additional photos with Santa cost $2 each. See
• Join the Family Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover, 742-2002, Kids can choose from an array of edible decorations and construct the houses with family members during any of the four one-hour sessions at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The workshop costs $30 per family for museum members or $40 per family for non-members (up to four people). If a family consists of more than four members, tickets cost an additional $5 per family member. Pre-registration is required.
• The Currier and Ives Cookie Tour features over a dozen stops in Fitzwilliam, Jaffrey, Rindge, Troy, Marlborough, Peterborough and Swanzey on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cookie tourists will be able to enjoy refreshments and a different cookie at each stop on the tour. Tickets cost $12 and are available for purchase in advance or on the day of the tour at The Inn at East Hill Farm (460 Monadnock St., Troy), The Little River Bed and Breakfast (184 Union St., Peterborough), The Monadnock Inn (379 Main St., Jaffrey) and the Woodbound Inn (247 Woodbound Road, Rindge) and the Swanzey Historical Museum (720 W. Swanzey Road, Swanzey). Visit
• Travel over the river and through the woods on the Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour on Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at 11 inns in the Mount Washington Valley. Each inn will be decorated for the season, from Eaton and Glen to North Conway and Snowville, and each inn will feature signature cookies and candies on the self-guided tour. Lodging packages are also available at the participating inns. Admission is only guaranteed with the purchase of a lodging package, which is the only way to purchase tickets in advance. Call 800-338-1356 or visit
• Kids of all ages can decorate a 12-inch-tall gingerbread man at the Giant Gingerbread Man Decorating Workshop at Moulton Farm (18 Quarry Road, Meredith, 279-3915, on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. in one-hour sessions. The workshop costs $15 per cookie.
• Enjoy a Holiday Afternoon Tea on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline, 249-9111, with music, tea breads and sandwiches, fudge, truffles and a selection of teas. The tea costs $29.95 per person, and reservations are required. 
• Prepare a vegan holiday dinner at Gourmet Vegan (Total Vegetarian) Cooking Class Christmas Extravaganza on Monday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Concord High School, 170 Warren St., Concord. The menu will include French onion soup with French garlic bread, tofu lasagna with vegetable marinara sauce and an English trifle for dessert. The Concord Community Education class costs $29, plus $14 to cover the cost of food. Pre-registration is required. Call 225-0804 or visit
• Guest speaker Kristen Flagg, RD, LD, will discuss how to enjoy the holidays and all those holiday treats as a part of the Healthy Aging Lecture Series on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 12:30 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway, Derry. Advance registration is requested, so call 432-6136 or visit or
• Enjoy dinner, cocktails and dancing at the Jingle Ball Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. at Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, The party will include a four-course dinner, cocktail hour and dancing until 11 p.m. Tickets cost $55. Reservations are required.
• Impress your guests after taking the Holiday Desserts Cooking Class on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chez Boucher Culinary Arts Training Center (32 Depot Square, Hampton, 926-2202, The class costs $99.
• Visit the region of Campania in Spain during The Feast of the Seven Fishes on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. at Pasquale’s Ristorante (143 Raymond Road, Candia, 483-5005, Tickets to the special dinner, with authentic dishes and vini fini, cost $65. 
• Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Cask & Vine on Wednesday, Dec. 31, as the restaurant celebrates its second anniversary with favorite wines from 2014 and special menu. Cask & Vine is located at 1½ E. Broadway, in Derry. Reservations are required for the evening, so call 965-3454 or visit
• Say goodbye to 2014 at the Bootlegger’s Ball on Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Wentworth By The Sea (588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322, The New Year’s Eve Gala transforms the ballroom into a Prohibition-era 1920s speakeasy with a champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, chef stations, open bar, and nine-piece show band Groove Alliance. Tickets cost $209.21 (includes tax and gratuity). 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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