This year's turkeys will be from Tide Mill Organic Farm in Edmunds, Maine, a 200-year/ninth generation family operation! The birds grow up eating fresh green grass and organic grains, and enjoying fresh air and Edmunds' notoriously varied coastal weather. Processing occurs on the farm, which means the turkeys do not have to endure the stress of transport. Tide Mill Organic Farm turkey is always tender and delicious because of the respect and care with which they were raised. Turkeys will be delivered fresh or previously frozen.
This Week's Food
You've probably heard, likely because we can't shut up about it, that Family Dinner is soon expanding to Maine.
We were drawn to Portland for its incredibly diverse and vibrant food ecosystem and some truly incredible restaurants. Portland's Cong Tu Bot made it onto the NYT Top 50 Restaurants last week with the Times claiming "Happiness is a bowl of Cong Tu Bot’s chao chay on a chilly Maine morning." During the pandemic Cong Tu Bot transitioned into a daytime cafe and the throngs of people waiting outside every day are evidence that was a good call. Reservations not accepted, and per their eerily delightful website, neither are racists. "Seriously tho, no reservations and no racists please." My kind of folks and my kind of food. Hell, yes.
We have a lot to celebrate here at Family Dinner!
It is our 4 year anniversary and our one year anniversary at our space in Woburn. Add to that our expansion to Maine AND that there's a new episode of Ted Lasso dropping tonight and we are simply buzzing with excitement. (Seriously, if you haven't yet watched Ted Lasso, allow our encouraging voice to join the chorus urging you to do so. It's like hugging a puppy while simultaneously eating a warm chocolate chip cookie.)
If you have ever been to Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA you may recall the stunning grandeur of the space, the majesty of the views. (The grill at the snack shop also makes a stellar hot dog, which is its own majesty in my eyes. Extra relish, please.)
As you navigate the serpentine curves of Argilla Road toward the beach you are greeted by the expansive marsh on either side. You take it all in and slowly, steadily the rest of the world slips away, taking your to-do list and your piles of unfolded laundry with it.
It turns out that every six years, Erin's and my (Shannon's) birthdays fall on consecutive packing days, and this happens to be one of those years. And who doesn't love giving presents on their birthdays?? This year, we are gifting you not one, but TWO new add-ons! (And a short newsletter!)