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August 13, 2013

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Inn adds raw, joins Restaurant Week

ROCKPORT – The only restored Grand Hotel on the North Shore has added a raw bar, and will be serving a special menu for Boston’s Restaurant Week.

From breakfast to dinner, the Emerson Inn by the Sea features classic New England fare and new American seasonal cuisine, using farm-to-table produce, dock-to-chef sustainable seafood and fish, local grass-fed meats, farmhouse cheeses and specialty artisan products.

Throughout the summer, a breakfast buffet is served in the Grand Cafe dining room for guests and the public from 8 to 10 a.m. From 3 to 9 p.m., enjoy raw bar, casual fare, small plates and cocktails on the verandah or in the parlor. For those who prefer fine dining, service starts at 5 p.m. in the oceanview Grand Cafe dining room.

The inn is also participating in Boston Restaurant Week from Aug. 18 to 30. Guests can enjoy a four-course dinner for $38.13 per person (plus tax and gratuity; beverages not included) or order from the menu during these two weeks. Boston Restaurant Week sponsors choose a charity partner. This summer Community Work Services, transforming lives through employment since 1877, will benefit from a $5,000 donation from American Express and the Greater Boston CVB, sponsors of Restaurant Week. Additionally, each participating business donates a $100 gift certificate which will be auctioned online with all proceeds going to Community Work Services.

Visit or call 978-546-6321 for more information.

Essex calling for artists

ESSEX — Local artisans wishing to showcase their ways are wanted by the Essex Merchants Group and Essex Cultural District. The group plans a “Shop, Stroll, Explore” day in town from 10 .am. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 (rain date is Sept. 22). Individual stores will sponsor artisans who show their wares along the sidewalks of Main Street. For information about exhibiting, email or call 978-768-3441.

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