A Holiday Open House in Salem

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Halloween isn’t the only time of year that Salem gets into the holiday spirit. The city is all lit up, and has been hopping with winter-y events.

We stopped by Pamplemousse’s open house this past Thursday night. Here are some pics from the event.

Pamplemousse (our favorite kitchen store on the planet) is at the heart of Essex Street.

Let’s go in, shall we?

(I love this little guy.)

We ran into a bunch of good friends. Lisa (left) from Marblehead’s yummy Ataraxis Tavern was there. So was Gwen (right) from Boston Bead Company.

Lisa somehow managed to persuade this rather shy mouse to pose for a picture.

The guys from Cody Brewing Company were on hand with samples of their Banana Nut Bread Dunkelweizen (say that three times fast!).

They even sell some really good Gluhwein (German spiced wine).

There were samples of wine, and all sorts of snacks.

I haven’t heard what the final number was, but the place was packed while we were there.

There’s Lisa with our friend John, one of Salem’s resident Vikings.

I also got to meet Rick Welch from Cima Collina, who is the man responsible for keeping Pamplemousse stocked with one of my favorite wines, Howlin’ Good Red.

If you haven’t tried it, it’s totally yummy and reasonably priced. Cima Collina also donates a whopping 25% of the sales of this wine to The SPCA of Monterey County. Not necessarily local to Salem, but they do great work for our four-footed friends in California.

We also ran into our good friends DJ Vudu and his lovely lady, Shaina.

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed our holiday pics! Thanks again to the ladies from Pamplemousse for hosting such a great party!

Stay tuned for more holiday recipes and revelry soon!

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.