Sunday, May 4, 2014

Provincetown Starts the Season with Opening Parties all Around the Town

The Red Inn party always spills out into their lovely garden.
I call it hors d'oeuvre season... that time of the year when so many of the really great PTown restaurants treat us to tastes of some of their best dishes served at "opening" parties as a way to kick off the new season and to thank all the Townies for their support and recommendations when visitors ask about the food in PTown. There are some 90 restaurants, delis, takeouts and coffee shops here, and word-of-mouth is still probably the greatest advertising tool to bring visitors in for a meal. And we Townies definitely have some opinions on our favorite restaurants. Some of us make hundreds of recommendations for entertainment, shops, galleries and restaurants over the course of the summer.
These parties are a great way for restaurants to share a taste of some of the dishes that have made them famous, and to acquaint us all with new items scheduled to appear on their menus in the coming season,
The Red Inn's new seafood pasta dish was an instant hit.
like the spicy penne with shrimp and lobster introduced by the Red Inn at their fabulous opening party last spring, shown at the right. They always do it up in high style, erecting a tent top and a dance floor on their gorgeous grounds, right at the edge of the harbor, with a DJ spinning music and dance tunes into the night, not to mention the array of great food they always bring out.
There will be openings of various kinds, all over town, every week over the next month, and there are at least 8 new restaurants opening for their first season. Watch for announcements here, in this blog, and also in Provincetown Magazine, and in the Provincetown Banner.

Parties this week include:
• Monday, May 5th - Central House at the Crown, in the Crown & Anchor complex at 247           Commercial Street, from 5 PM till 8:30 PM
• Tuesday, May 6th - Shipwreck Lounge "Fire & Ice" 10 Carver Street, from 6 PM till 8 PM
• Wednesday, May 7th - The Red Inn, at 15 Commercial Street, from 6 PM till 10 PM
        (Remember, please! No stilettos on the dance floor)
• Thursday, May 8th - Patio, at 358 Commercial Street, from 6 PM till 8:30 PM
• Thursday, May 8th - Saki, upstairs at 238 Commercial Street, beginning at 6 PM

This dazzling outfit added to the ambience at Saki's 2013 opening.
There will be a number of other openings and parties in the next few weeks; some with food, some with music or dancing, some with folks dressed for the occasion, and all with the  friendly spirit of community that Provincetown is famous for. It's a great chance to see friends and neighbors before the craziness of the busy summer season sets in.
We're always happy to welcome back favorite restaurants and staffs each spring, and to wish good luck to new friends we'll meet as they start their adventures in new restaurants, springing up all around the town this year. May we all survive and prosper.

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