By Donna Cain, Innkeeper and Owner
Captain Freeman Inn Cooking School
We just completed our first season of Italian cooking schools (with a little french thrown in:) at the Captain Freeman Inn, and as owners, we could not be more pleased. This past weekend we had a sold out group for our Naples class.
My husband and I always look forward to cooking school weekends, as we join the class for wine tasting, good cheer and company and get to taste all of the the food made earlier in the class. This weekend we enjoyed a wonderful antipasto platter (while sampling different wines) that included Bruschetta with truffle oil and fresh Parmigiano Reggiano, truffle cheese and a knock your socks off Pinot Grigio white wineArtisan Salami.
Second course included an amazing roasted red pepper and fresh lemon salad and the final course a Pizza Margherita that comes with a wonderful story and my fav- Shrimp, Arugula and Pancetta Pizza. The evening ended with a wonderful Zamboli fruit dish with coffee. We always ask all of our guests how they enjoyed their stay at the Freeman, and we have we have been totally amazed at the responses from our cooking school students. All have rave reviews of the information and tips learned in class from our talented instructor Carol Edmondson. Carol believes in using fresh, local ingredients and the class is filled with good information on where to find these items. She also comes with years of experience and makes the class playful and fun.
We have already scheduled our classes at the Freeman for next year….mostly Italian with a little French mixed in!
November 10- Florence, Tuscany
February 9- Naples, Campagnia
February 23- Rome
March 7- Palermo, Sicily
March 23-Avignon, Provence
and my favorite
April 6- April in Paris
Wishing everyone a fun filled summer and hoping to see you in one of our classes next season. Bon Appetit!
By Donna Cain, Innkeeper and Owner
Harpist, Anne Paus
The Captain Freeman Inn will open it’s doors to the public on Sunday, April 29th from 2-4 for an Open House and Inn tour as part of the Brewster in Bloom festivities that weekend. The inn has completed many winter renovations which guests can see during the tour.
Ann Paus, a Brewster resident and talented harpist will be playing classical and celtic music for guests touring the inn Sunday afternoon. The inn will also be serving homemade Petit Fours and herbal ice tea for guests to enjoy while they listen to the beautiful music as they tour the inns guests rooms, common areas and gardens.
Anne will be playing her harp for guests staying at the Captain Freeman Inn over the summer on Saturdays during breakfast hours. Her music is a perfect compliment to the lovely, grand sea captain’s home.
Brewster in Bloom has many wonderful events over the weekend including a 5 K Brew Run, parade, High Tea at the Candleberry Inn and Brewster Band concert at the Baptist church. Check out all of the events at the Brewster Chamber website.
Look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday!
by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner
Beth Colt, owner and innkeeper of the Woods Hole Inn was inspired by a little red chair that she found in her local swap shop. Over the cold winter months she took a picture of this red chair perched out on a frozen pond in Woods Hole and posted it on Facebook. This simple image journeyed all over cyberspace, and landed in the in-box of a California-based photographer, who was inspired to come visit the Woods Hole Inn in the off season. Since then the red chair has become a symbol, a metaphor for connections made across invisible boundaries. For Beth, the red chair was an invitation to come explore yourself in a quiet and beautiful place. It is an open seat at the table of relaxation. It is the beckoning hand of civilization, marking the edge of the wildness of nature. It is the dialogue between artists and innkeepers, dreamers and shop-girls, lost travelers and those that welcome them into warm beds.
Beth decided to share her symbolic chair with many other innkeepers so that the many beautiful parts of Cape Cod can be seen in a unique prospective. And so this spring, the red chair will travel from Woods Hole to Provincetown and back. The journey will be chronicled on a web site that Beth is updating. In each B&B, the red chair will be treated as an honored guest. Innkeepers all over Cape Cod and the Islands will share with you the unique landscape that the red chair will be fortunate enough to enjoy.
And so, the little red chair came to the Captain Freeman for a very brief visit. Resting on the beautiful wrap around porch, overlooking the center of Brewster, life does go at a slower pace. The chairs travels in Brewster can be seen on Byron’s blog and future travels can be seen on Beth’s blog.
Here’s to taking life at a much slower pace and cherishing the special moments with friends and family.
Happy Easter everyone!
by Shannon Lane
The official Brewster In Bloom festivities don’t kick off until April 26th, but driving down Main Street one would think they have already begun! Between the bursts of yellow daffodils and forsythia, the bustling of locals taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather, and the lighthearted songs of our native birds returning home after spending their winters down south, there is no doubt that spring has sprung on Cape Cod.
The daffodils are blooming early this year at the Brewster General Store!
At the Stony Brook Grist Mill, the herring have already begun their annual trip from the ocean to freshwater known as the Herring Run. Never ones to let the fish have all the fun, the endangered North Atlantic Right Whales have also been spotted early this year playing off the shores of Race Point Beach in Provincetown. Turtles have begun their spring mating and egg laying in the marshes of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s walking trails.
The herring are already running at the Stony Brook Grist Mill in West Brewster!
Even the local gardeners seem eager to get a start on their spring planting! Many of them have been seen basking in the sun as they work on getting their yards summer ready and their gardens farm fresh, and we’re no exception here at the Captain Freeman Inn. Antonio, our trusty and wonderful handyman, has been hard at work getting the grounds of our property ready for the busy season ahead. So for those of you looking to enjoy all the natural beauty that Cape Cod has to offer without the chaos of our summer crowds, now is the time to visit!
Antonio is already getting the Captain Freeman Inn grounds ready for summer!
written by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner
Annie Fitzsimmons, travel writer for the Forbes magazine recently wrote an article on Cooking Schools in New England. The Captain Freeman Inn was chosen as one of the two best hotel cooking schools for this area. Annie feels that “the most popular lifelong learning opportunity that people seek out is arguably the cooking class. For some, it comes from a desire to throw together an easy dinner, while for others, a wish to indulge their inner Jean-Georges and learn some serious cooking techniques.For an incredible value at a charming New England B&B, Captain Freeman’s Inn on Cape Cod runs a cooking school during their quiet season, November-April.”
Chef Carol Edmondson, loved for her hands-on approach and delicious food, leads classes that explore different regions in Italy, as well as Cape Cod. You might learn to make fresh fig and goat cheese focaccia or shrimp grilled in prosciutto. One of the innkeepers favorite classes included fresh grilled tuna that was actually caught the day before the class and purchased from our favorite fish market, Nauset Fish and Lobster.
The classes have been a great success and include wine tasting and a delicious meal after of food made earlier in the class. Next year’s schedule is already in place with a wonderful assortment of cuisines from different regions of Italy. April’s class is appropriately called “April in Paris”and will include regions of Italy that have been influenced by French Cooking.
We feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful and talented chef leading our classes at the Captain Freeman Inn. Always look forward to tasting all of the delicious food and visiting with our wonderful guests that partake in the class.