Dining Out

Asking how to brew beer is sort of like asking how to build a house.

Peruse the shelves at Vintage MV Wine and Spirits in Edgartown and you may walk away with a fresh perspective, along with a choice bottle or two.

This spring’s Martha’s Vineyard Wine Festival offered plenty of new tastes to try, and several Island restaurants and package stores made discoveries that they’re now offering customers. The spirits we sampled inspired us to share some lively summer drink ideas.

For the last thirty-five years, Jean Dupon has owned and operated Le Grenier at 96 Main Street in Vineyard Haven, serving French cuisine in the second-story restaurant and cultivating a devoted clientele. But now he’s ready to say au revoir to all that – the restaurant industry and its fifteen-hour days. “I’m sixty-nine years old,” he says. “It’s time to relax.”

Many books address local and seasonal foods with an emphasis on quality and freshness. Few offer insight into why supporting local farmers and fishermen is vital to our existence, including the history of where we have been and what lessons we’ve learned along the way.

There are many places where you can buy chocolates. But when you mention Chilmark Chocolates, people tend to get weak in the knees.

Through the years, our land on Chappaquiddick has yielded some surprises. My peach tree began as a volunteer in a friend’s garden, a sprout from her compost pile.

Creative mixologists are using fresh garden ingredients to concoct tasty new cocktails that will truly wet your whistle.

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Dining Out