Chef Christian Bassett finalizes an array of local food specialties.

There is real passion in the kitchen of the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern. Chef Christian Bassett and his enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff regularly experiment with new raw foods, preparation and presentation techniques. At a recent luncheon for a small group, Bassett presented a variety of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers on platters rather than a plated and served meal.  Guests could graze the array or pass the platters. It was memorable and an appealing way to start conversation.

The chef plans more unusual events beginning in February. His Chef’s Table events will be ticketed and open to the public by reservation. The Annual Ice Bar on Feb. 7-9 will include live music and a delectable variety of seasonal, local foods. Wine, beer and whiskey dinners may be offered in the future.

Bassett is known for his fusion techniques and from-scratch philosophy. He sources as much as possible locally and creates menu specials to make use of seasonal products. The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern participates in the FEEDKIDS program through Full Plates Full Potential to raise money towards relieving children’s hunger.

It is exciting to find culinary innovation in the Midcoast, and it’s delightful to sample some of the offerings. Daily specials are offered, and the Friday specials are featured on Instagram.

Markets
Brunswick Winter Market
Ft. Andross, 10 Maine St.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Midcoast Winter Market

Turtlerock Farm, 39 Burbank Ave., Brunswick Landing
Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. thru April

Bath Winter Market
Bath Freight Shed, 27 Commercial St.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. thru April

Events
Jan 10
Now You’re Cooking
Wine Tasting, No charge
5-7 p.m., 49 Front St., Bath 443-1402

Jan 12
Bow Street Market
Tasting with Sebago Lake Distilling
3-5:30 p.m., 79 Bow St., 865-6631, No charge

Wolfe’s Neck Center
Winter Growing Talk & Tour
1-4 p.m., 184 Burnett Rd., Bath, 865-4469, $20 per person

Jan 15
Brunswick Inn
Tuesday Plat du Jour Dinner, 3-course, $45 per person fixed price menu
165 Park Row, Brunswick, 844-684-9427, reservations suggested

Openings
The Odd Duck FSE (Food, Spirits, Entertainment)
11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 844-8709
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunchfast; 4-9 p.m. for dinner

Sande Updegraph is a Coastal Journal contributor. She can be reached at [email protected]

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