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DUCKWORTH’S REOPENS FOR THE SEASON WITH A BEAUTIFUL NEW LOOK

Our cherished and favorite neighborhood gathering place, Chef Ken and Nicole Duckworth’s, has reopened for the season and it looks stunning. Inspired by the surrounding coastal hues of deep marine blue, Cape Ann’s rugged granite outcroppings, and the soft gray green of fog and mist, you will love the new look.

The new lighting beautifully illuminates the artwork.

The familiar, warm French cherrywood chairs makes for a lovely counterpoint to the new seaside colors.

Many of Ken’s classic dishes remain on the menu, but there are some wonderful new additions coming. And Ken has a fantastic new cooktop and oven!!!

New carpeting, fresh paint, new chair covers, lovely new bathroom. AND SAME WONDERFUL STAFF! Come see and enjoy a most fabulous dining experience at the always fun and elegant Duckworth’s. 

DUCKWORTH’S

197 EAST MAIN STREET

GLOUCESTER, MA

CALL 978-282-4426 FOR RESERVATIONS AND GATHERINGS

A fresh new sign to accompany the new interior look. Note the sign no longer says Bistrot and that is because Ken and Nicole are planning to hold more intimate gatherings and parties.

IF YOU LIKE APEROL SPRITZ THEN YOU WILL LOVE CAPPELLETTI SPRITZ

Last night at Short and Main we had the best dinner of oven roasted Cape Cod Sea Scallops, warm farm fresh winter veggies, and the always superb Louis Prima pizza. Bethany, our friendly and knowledgeable bartender, asked if I would like to try Cappelletti instead of Aperol. I did try and absolutely LOVED it!!!

I found Cappelletti to be dryer and more richly flavorful than Aperol. Aperitivo Capelletti and Aperol are both red bitter liqueurs (aperitivos). Some red bitter liqueurs are spirit based and some are wine based. Cappelletti is categorized as gentian root infused aromatized wine. It’s difficult to find a list of ingredients because the recipes are closely guarded family secrets. Essentailly Cappelletti is made of wine, bitter gentian root, carmine (cochineal), alpine herbs, and spices. Carmine is obtained from grinding beetle shells into a fine powder and is what gives Cappelletti its distinct ruby red color. Carmine has been used for centuries to color food, clothing, cosmetics, and paint pigment.

Cappelletti may be the oldest classic red bitter liqueur in production. “The producer, which goes by the full name Antica Erboristeria Cappelletti, was first established in 1909. For most of their first century they were located in the historic Piazza Fiera in the center of Trento. Today they are located 20 km south of Trento in Aldeno, surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards. As the name would suggest, the firm was and is still today focused on products from traditional herbs, roots and flowers. They achieved fame in the region for their productions of amari and aperitivi, including the classic red bitter Aperitivo Cappelletti. All production is done in house by the fourth generation of the family, Luigi and Maddalena.”

Next time you are at Short and Main, say hi to Bethany and try a Cappelletti Spritz. You won’t be disappointed

Short and Main is located at the corner of Short Street and Main Street at 36 Main Street, Gloucester. During the winter months, they are open from Wednesday through Sunday.

“MOM, I’M TURNING INTO A BUTTERFLY!”

Nicole Duckworth shares a moment from her wonderfully fun household–never a dull moment with four kids– two teenagers and two toddlers!

Nicole’s son Jude this morning, “Mom, I’m turning into a butterfly.”  

Jude this summer when he and his brother George stopped by to visit and see the caterpillars and butterflies from our garden.