A lifelong entrepreneur with a green thumb, Dave Neilson transformed Coastal Vineyards from an idea to a reality in 2004. Joined by his wife Linda, family, and friends, Dave continues to tend to his small but continually expanding winery, situated along southeastern New England's lengthy coastal wine trail. Like a shadow cast by Godzilla, the property's thriving vineyards cover eight acres, producing varietals including chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, and merlot.
No matter the bottle, Dave's goal remains consistent: to lure every ounce of fruity zest from each varietal, specifically by blending flavors to create unique bouquets. To accomplish this, Coastal Vineyards utilizes a combination of stainless steel and oak barrels to ensure it consistently serves up a diverse repertoire of complex flavors, which can be bought or tested in the facility's tasting room when it swings open its doors on the weekends.
Baccari's Diner dishes out homestyle helpings of classic American edibles such as pizza, pasta, and burgers from an extensive dinner menu. Delve into a basket of wings that, like gems in a jewelry store, glisten with a diverse choice of sauces ($6.95), or seek comfort for ornery appetites in the sea of sautéed onions, peppers, and cheese sauce atop the Philly cheeseburger ($8.75). Baccari's pizza spinners pile a thin 16-inch disk with a range of harmonious toppings, such as chicken, garlic, tomato, and onions on the ranch-chicken pizza ($15.95). An array of other options is available to engage picky palates, including sandwiches ($5.50–$7.95), wraps ($6.25–$7.25), and pasta dishes ($9.95–$12.95).
Front Street Gourmet furnishes home feasts with comprehensive deli offerings, spirits, and sweet confections available for carryout and catering. The daily takeout menu wraps up and sandwiches slow-cooked barbecue chicken, lobster salad, and classic cold cuts, and hefty catering trays boast Boar's Head meat and artisan cheeses to be mixed and matched by groups and famished cement trucks. At the onsite bakery, confectioners decorate desserts such as cupcakes and full-size cakes with custom artwork that conveys anything from a birthday message to a baby's first haiku. An extensive cache of international beers, wines, and spirits rounds out the epicurean inventory, and Front Street Gourmet's team of gastronomes specializes in at-home wine tastings, providing parties with staff members upon request.
A spectacular range of locally sourced delicacies and keepsakes fills Local Vines with a whirlwind of color and fragrance. Ranks of marmalade, honey, tapenade, and olives ($4.25+) strut the brimming aisles, eager to move into their new belly-homes, and hand-painted tea towels ($10.74) serve as more enduring kitchen companions. The shop's customizable gift baskets ($20+) can be loaded with seasonal epicurean favorites as carefully selected as Emeril's bedtime story, and the dulcet Puopolo dark-chocolate almond bark ($14.99/half-pound bag) baits sweet teeth into pouncing. Though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, the shop's extensive wine selection showcases a plentitude of hometown-grape heroes and imported Bacchus fuels alike, and an array of events strengthens budding oenophiles and parades potential cheese pairings. The shop's Summer Solstice shindig, which runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 25, celebrates the invention of the sun with appearances by area winemakers and samples of cheese, craft beers, and sausage.
In as little as one week, Bar Time’s experienced team of mixologists and bar owners transforms students of all experience levels into certified bartenders. In an onsite bar environment, the instructors cover bar fundamentals, teaching students to properly pour, make garnishes, and craft specialty concoctions by mixing, blending, and layering. Along with front-of-the-house skills, students learn basics of bar management, such as controlling inventory and explaining to time-travelling police that Prohibition is over.
After the 35-hour training, which is split into one week of daytime classes, two weeks of nighttime classes, or six weeks of Saturday classes, pupils are ready for professional gigs, some of which Bar Time can supply through their event staffing. Bar Time also offers event planning for soiree hosts and consulting services for budding restaurateurs who could use a crash course in the fundamentals of opening and staffing a new eatery.