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A Frugal Foodie’s Fantasy

BY ADAM | 17 June 2009

Martha’s Vineyard has a wide ranging menu of choices for fine food and drink that will delight the most discriminating palates.  Being a frugal mother of four, however, I rarely partake.  (After all, patience and table manners are not virtues often seen amongst the younger members of my brood).

I can’t blame it all on the kids, however.  I am torn by a proud, but confused heritage.  My Italian ancestry has resulted in an appreciation for superior fare that is difficult to ignore; but thanks to my mother’s Scottish roots, the one thing that I like better than a great meal is a great deal… hence why I don’t eat out often!   The Vineyard is not known for it’s inexpensive dining options (although they exist– more on this in future posts).  This is why I am excited and anxiously anticipating two upcoming events that will satisfy both of these competing instincts…

Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant Week is starting this Sunday.  It runs June 21-25 and 22 restaurants are participating by offering special 3 course menus priced from $25-$45.  There are some incredible restaurants involved, and the values are great!  If it is too late to make it for the fun this year, fear not…  this is scheduled to be an annual event!

If you are more of a long range planner, mark your calendar for the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival the weekend of 10/16/09.  Opportunities will abound for learning about, as well as sampling, extraordinary dishes from talented chefs, and wines from all over the world.  So where’s the “deal”?  I’m glad you asked!  The Festival organizers are offering significant early bird discounts to anyone purchasing tickets to events before Sept. 1!  Check out the celebrities and schedule of events.  It’s going to be loads of delicious fun!  If you need overnight accommodations, the Colonial Inn is offeringMartha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival Packages.

I am already working on lining up a babysitter, so who knows?  Maybe I’ll see you there!

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