The gift ideas for Day 21 take us to one of my favorite places in Boston, Eastern Standard Kitchen in Kenmore Square. Just steps away from Fenway Park, it’s a great place to go before or after the game (or anytime, really!) Jackson Cannon, Bar Manager & Mixologist extraordinnaire, was my guest on Episode 28, and was so interesting & fun to speak with. A great gift would be a gift card to Eastern Standard Kitchen or their new sister restaurant, Island Creek Oyster Bar, which is right next door. The menu pays tribute to classic European and New England favorites, such as Veal Schnitzel, Beef Wellington and Mussels & Frites as well as a fantastic raw bar. Jackson has a great cocktail program going on in both places, as well as a fabulous reserve beer program at ICOB.
You can check them out at
I discovered St-Germain about two years ago, and still love it every time I taste it…especially the St-Germain Cocktail and Sangria Flora. I was so exited to have Founder & President of The Cooper Spirits Company, Rob Cooper, as my guest on Episode 30. The cocktail enthusaist in your life would love a bottle of St-Germain, or if you can find it, a St-Germain Carafe Set.
St-Germain is a beautifully crafted, French elderflower liqueur made from 100% fresh elderflowers from the foothills of the Alps. Only available in limited quantities, each bottle of St-Germain is numbered and marked with the vintage year reflecting the year in which the flowers were harvested. It can be enjoyed straight over ice but is ideal in cocktails as well as mixed with white or sparkling wine. The limited edition sets include a bottle of St-Germain, a Glass Carafe and Stirrer and a Cocktail Recipe Book.
Find out more at www.stgermain.fr
Day 7 is for the beer lover in your life…
My guest on Episode 2 was Mark Hellendrung, CEO of Narragansett Beer. Narragansett is an iconic New England beer that had disappeared until Mark resurrected it back in ’05. Brewed since 1890, ‘Gansett has played a prominent role in New England for over 100 years – during its glory days, the Rhode Island brewery produced almost two million barrels of beer per year and the company employed roughly 850 people. A great gift would be one of their metal buckets ($12), a pint glass ($5.50), a hat ($16) and a 6 pack of ‘Gansett beer.
You can find more info at www.narragansettbeer.com
If you’re feeling festive, add a copy of George Wendt’s book “Drinking With George” ($10 paperback on Amazon)….he and beer have shared a lot over the years: good times, great stories, useless trivia, and a successful show business career. In Drinking with George, Wendt invites readers to crack open a cold one and pull up a seat at the bar as he celebrates the intoxicating beverage, telling hilarious and frank tales of his own imbibing adventures—from taking a first sip of his grandfather’s Bud as a child to a beer-fueled impromptu performance with Woody Harrelson and the U.S. Women’s Synchronized Swimming Team… no, he wasn’t a guest, but I tried!
Day 5 is about Boston and some of the great guests we’ve had from my hometown…
First up is a gift card or a gift basket from The Urban Grape, a fantastic new wine shop in Chestnut Hill that is co-owned by TJ Douglas, our guest on Episode 9, and his wife Hadley. The Urban Grape is featuring several gorgeous gift baskets made by Table & Tulip – this one is a pair of Hudson “Baby Bourbon” and “Four Grain” Bourbon bottles nestled in a lush mood moss accented with succulents in your choice of silver metallic box or reclaimed wood box. Check it out at
To that, how about adding a gift card to Russell House Tavern, one of the hottest restaurants just over the Charles River in Cambridge? Executive Chef Michael Scelfo and Bar Manager Aaron Butler were also guests on Episode 9. The Russell House Tavern is a New American Tavern serving seasonally-inspired, classic dishes from New England, specializing in artisanal fare served alongside carefully hand-crafted cocktails and a distinctive collection of all-American wines and craft beers.
Sound like perfect gifts to me…
We are thrilled to announce the all-star lineup for our debut show on May 20th!
We will be broadcasting live from the beautiful White Elephant Resort on Nantucket with these wine & culinary luminaries:
- Dennis Toner, Founder & President of the Nantucket and Tanglewood Wine Festivals
- Dominique Demarville, Chef de Caves, Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin
- Michael LaScola, Chef & Co-Owner, American Seasons
- Carolyn Wente, CEO, Wente Vineyards
We will have so much to talk about with our guests – wine, champagne, food, the Wine Festival events….you can email or call in with questions for them as well.
Make a note in your calendar to tune into VoiceAmerica.com at 5pm on Thursday, May 20th for Cocktails for Everyone!
“Cocktails for Everyone!” is thrilled to announce that we will be broadcasting our first show LIVE from the beautiful White Elephant Resort on Nantucket. Make sure to pour yourself a glass of wine, a beer or a fun cocktail and tune in to VoiceAmerica.com on Thursday, May 20th at 5pm EST. Check back to see which wine and culinary luminaries will be joining us in Nantucket….cheers!