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New England Regional

Destination: Regional Repasts

January-February 2006

Beal House Inn, Littleton, New Hampshire. 603-444-2661; A single-malt-scotch dinner; seasonal five-course wine dinners with guest speakers.

Divas Uncorked, a group of women wine lovers, hosts a March 24 weekend of sipping, swirling, and scholarship in Boston.

Elderhostel in Boston. 617-457-5502; A variety of cooking trips around New England is offered for spring and summer.

Farmstead Inc., Providence. 401-274-7177; The specialty cheese and unique edibles shop offers cheese tastings and “pasture to plate” trips that explore the lives and art of cheese-makers in New England.

Cooking class at The Inn at Essex
Courtesy of The Inn at Essex

Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s, Groton, Massachusetts. 978-448-6499; Gardens and greenhouse tours and herbal-themed dinners.

Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts, Providence. 401-598-2336; “Chef’s choice” classes and culinary events. Also visit The Culinary Archives and Museum (401-598-2805;

Mountain Top Inn and Resort, Chittenden, Vermont. 800-445-2100; Wine dinners and special dining events.

The Nantucket Wine Festival, May 17-21, and the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic, August 3-5. A wide range of tastings, treats, and talks.;

The New England Culinary Institute and The Inn at Essex, Vermont. 802-878-1100; Year-round culinary classes, demonstrations, and private dinners with a personal chef.

Notchland Inn and Cabernet Inn in north central New Hampshire together sponsor culinary weekends. 800-866-6131; Also, “March Maple Madness” celebrates spring and “the flowing of sap” with maple-theme dinners, tastings, and sugar-shack tours.