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7th annual Homeward Bound Food & Beverage Festival

When: Thursday, Nov. 30, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua
Cost: $75, tickets must be purchased in advance and can be bought online through Nov. 29
Visit: annemariehouse.org/events/homewardbound
 
Participating restaurants and beverage producers
110 Grill, Nashua
Burtons Grill of Nashua
California Burritos, Hudson & Nashua
Cava de Vino, Nashua
Cupcakes 101, Bedford
Djinn Spirits, Nashua
Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, Lee
Fratello’s Italian Grille, Nashua
Henniker Brewing Co.
The Homestead Restaurant, Merrimack
Loyal Dog Winery, New Boston
Martha’s Exchange & Brewery, Nashua
Moonlight Meadery, Londonderry
NoLo Bistro & Bar, Tyngsboro, Mass.
Pretty Little Pie Co., Manchester
Riverside Barbeque Co., Nashua
Rockingham Brewing Co., Derry
Shade Bar & Grill, Nashua
Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, Nashua
Sweet Baby Vineyard, Hampstead
Triolo’s Bakery, Bedford
Udupi Indian Restaurant, Nashua
You You Japanese Bistro, Nashua
Zorvino Vineyards, Sandown




No tastes like home
Homeward Bound Food & Beverage Festival returns

11/23/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 An eclectic tasting menu with food and drinks from more than two dozen local restaurants will be featured at the seventh annual Homeward Bound Food & Beverage Festival in Nashua on Thursday, Nov. 30.

The event, which is always held on the Thursday after Thanksgiving, includes live music, presentations, games and a chance to win prizes that are raffled and auctioned off through a silent and a live auction.
The festival is hosted by Family Promise of Greater Nashua, with proceeds benefitting the Anne-Marie House, a transitional housing facility in Hudson for working families.
“Usually what happens is the restaurants will bring tastings of whatever menu items they feature and we assemble a menu for the evening,” said Amy Freise, director of development and marketing for the Anne-Marie House. “It’s great because people can circulate and try different things … and they might say to somebody else, ‘Oh, that looks good, where’d you get that? I want to get some of that.’ You’ll have a place to sit down and enjoy your meal, and then come back up and sample more.”
Some menu options will include shrimp risotto from Fratello’s Italian Grille, rigatoni Bolognese from Burtons Grill of Nashua, sushi and chicken wings from You You Japanese Bistro, butternut squash soup, meatloaf and mashed potatoes from 110 Grill, and chicken masala and vegetable samosas from Udupi Indian Restaurant.
Most of the restaurants, bakeries, breweries and wineries that participated in the past are returning again this year, Freise said, but three new vendors are the Henniker Brewing Co., California Burritos of Hudson and Nashua and the Pretty Little Pie Co. based in Manchester.
Guitarist Bob Pope will be providing background music for the duration of the evening, according to Freise, and there will also baskets and gifts available during the auctions.
“Some of our live auction items … are a signed Tom Brady jersey, a one-carat diamond necklace, [Boston] Celtics tickets for Paul Pierce’s retirement jersey night, and tickets to see Kenny Chesney [at Gillette Stadium] next summer,” Freise said. “Then in the silent auction we have lots of amazing baskets … [and] certificates like for a tasting for four at Sweet Baby Vineyard, [New Hampshire] Fisher Cats tickets, a Tom Brady signed football and a Big Papi signed bat.”
For the first time this year, electronic bidding will be available through your phone via 501 Auctions, a service volunteers at the festival will be on hand to help with. Guests who get outbid for an item will receive a text inviting them to continue bidding.
At the end of the evening, a graduate of the Anne-Marie House will share their success story with guests about what happened when they entered the program and where they are now.





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