Eat. Drink. Toast. Be Merry.

CRISPLa Mer Concierge is thrilled to recommend to all of its friends and clients, a new and exciting restaurant in Osterville.

House-made, organic, handcrafted, fresh, wood-fired, grass-fed, and local – all describe the ingredients used in the made-from-scratch pastas, pizzas, and salads on the menu at Crisp Flatbread.

Newly renovated, the comfortable and inviting stylish décor, outstanding comfort food, and creative menu make the dining experience one you want to repeat.

Owner Jamie Surprenant (co-owner of Five Bays Bistro in Osterville and Falmouth’s Anejo Mexican Bistro) had a vision for this Main Street location, “I wanted to make this a neighborhood gathering place where everyone could come for great pizza.”

The friendly and personable staff and talented Chef/co-owner Jimmy Supka, have quickly built a following of regulars, and the offerings go way beyond great pizza.

The Food

Flatbread and Charcuterie specials are offered daily based on what is in season and available from local farms. The 900-degree wood-fired oven serves up the pizzas in just three minutes, with a perfect soft-centered hot crust.

One of the most popular flatbreads on the menu is the Duck Bacon (cured in-house for 24 hours), paired with goat cheese, house-made mozzarella, dried tart cherries, shallots, garlic, basil, and a pomegranate drizzle. The Short Rib Flatbread is another favorite; root beer braised short rib with chipotle BBQ, cave-aged Gruyere and caramelized onions.

The gluten-free pizza, pasta and beer are also very popular.

Drinks

A beautiful marble-topped bar with two TVs is the perfect spot to order from an interesting selection of wine (by the glass or bottle) and local and imported beers.

Desserts

The do-it-yourself S’mores Kit completes the outdoor patio fire pit experience.

All of the desserts are house-made, including Tiramisu, Fudge Brownies and Apple-Cranberry Crisp.

The Fun continues outdoors…

La Mer Concierge clients and guests will certainly enjoy gathering with friends and family on the inviting patio this spring and summer. The comfortable seating for outdoor dining, community fire pits and ping-pong table, all make for a fun place to be.

Crisp Flatbread Inc.
791 Main St.
Osterville, MA
508-681-0922
crispflatbread.com

Open daily at 4 pm
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday
11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Get Away to Luxury on a SeaDream Mega-Yacht Voyage

This fall marked our third voyage aboard SeaDream, which took us on a Mediterranean voyage of a lifetime. We set sail from Rome and meandered through the waters to northern Italy for a brief stop in Portofino for some shopping and postcard-worthy photos. From there, we headed to the southern coast of France toward Costa Del Sol in Spain. Along the way, we were witness to some of those most breathtaking sights, sounds and flavors to be found in the region. From architectural wonders to cuisine to rival the greatest dishes on the planet, we were treated to a voyage of unparalleled quality.

SeaDream’s motto, “It’s yachting, not cruising,” epitomizes the on-board lifestyle that has branded SeaDream as the one to choose when it comes to discerning travelers with exacting specifications. Upcoming itineraries for SeaDream include: Asia Pacific, Northern Australia, Baltic and Black Sea.

sea-dream-yachtGetting away from it all doesn’t have to mean leaving it all behind – especially when it comes to yachting. And nobody knows more about yachting with a luxury experience than SeaDream. The line’s duo of luxury mega-yachts offer all the comforts of home – including limited passenger numbers – as a typical SeaDream voyage has capacity for roughly 56 couples who are catered to by just under 100 crew-members. With worldwide destinations that include the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Northern Europe and Costa Rica, there’s a voyage for everyone.

Highlights from upcoming voyages for 2015:

  • Multiple voyages visiting the unspoiled Grenadines, including the tropical Tobago Cays & Grenada
  • Voyages calling on Anegada (British Virgin Islands); 11 miles of stunning beaches & striking coral reefs
  • Ibiza & Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Islands known for their nightlife – SeaDream stays late in both ports
  • Meander through Italy’s Amalfi Coast and fall in love with Capri, Positano and more
  • Visit the best of the Greek Islands, from Mykonos to Rhodes and many in between

If you can’t wait until 2015 for some of these destinations, there are still plenty of options in 2014 – contact us for information on those voyages – which include the Baltic and Northern Europe.

From the World to Your Plate – SeaDream’s Quest for Culinary Excellence
More than just being known for its world-class voyages and destinations, SeaDream is known among discerning travelers for its award-winning, gourmet cuisine. In fact, the culinary journey begins almost the moment you step foot onboard with “Welcome Aboard” cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, daily Early Riser Coffee, poolside sandwiches, afternoon snacks and tea.

SeaDream received the highest score for cuisine in the Conde Nast 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards’ ‘small conde-nast-readers-choice-award-winnerships’ category, and once you step aboard, you’ll see why. SeaDream chefs prepare each gourmet dish à la minute and each guest’s special requests and dietary needs are easily catered to by the experienced culinary team.

Depending on the itinerary and scheduled port stops, guests aboard a SeaDream yacht can join the chef for a trip to local markets to source local, fresh ingredients for dishes served aboard the yacht. It’s a special trip that’s as educational as it is cultural.

A Taste of the Sea Dream Culinary Experience
SeaDream’s executive chefs and culinary experts create onboard menus around the sustainability and local sourcing from each destination whenever possible.

The following signature menus are featured onboard:

Le Menu de Degustation
This multi-course menu is specially designed with elegant, light portions in mind so that an entire service may be enjoyed, from introductory first courses to delectable desserts to expertly paired wines. Highlights include dishes such as the Terrine de Foie Gras, a house-made terrine  of foie gras with pear seadream-luxury-cuisine-lambcompote, brioche and port wine sauce; Filets de Flétan, grilled halibut filet served with gingered white asparagus and caviar beurre blanc; and 24-Carat Gold Leaf-Topped Fondant au Chocolat with vanilla ice cream.

À la carte
Each dinner menu includes a section called À la carte, a standard “always available” offering that includes Consommé Double, Caesar Salad, Pasta, Grilled Organic Salmon, Breast of Chicken and Grilled N.Y. Strip. Guests often appreciate having the consistency of an always available section on the daily menu.

Specialty Options
Aside from the Raw Food Menu, SeaDream’s daily menus include exciting vegetarian and gluten-free selections. Sugar-free options are always available on request. For other dietary needs, guests can consult with SeaDream at any time before the voyage to ensure that we fulfill your special needs.

SeaDream’s Signature Champagne & Caviar Splash™ champagne-and-caviar-splash
A highlight of Caribbean, Costa Rica and Asian voyages, SeaDream’s Champagne and Caviar Splash is a true celebration of the yachting lifestyle as it exemplifies “Casual Perfection.” Guests wade into the surf to a surfboard dressed in white linens with premium caviar, festive bubbles and all the accoutrements.

SeaDream is the Choice for Discerning Sea Travelers

La Mer Concierge is proud to be an official ambassador of SeaDream, enabling us to offer you the best rates possible for you, your family or friends. Please give us a call and let us arrange a SeaDream voyage that will change the way you think about luxury sea travel. With the holidays coming up, it could be the best gift you give to someone – even you.

Residential Fertilizer Regulations for Cape Cod – What You Need to Know

For some time now, Cape Cod has been working out a way to regulate the amount of fertilizer (Nitrogen and Phosphorous) used on residential lawns. While the actual amount of fertilizer used on the Cape is somewhat in dispute, the goal of any regulation would be to minimize the aggregate amount of fertilizer that runs off lawns and into local waterways where it has a negative impact on water quality and the Cape’s thriving tourism industry.

Background
For almost all of history in Massachusetts, there had been no laws on the books that regulated the use of fertilizers. The state, in recent years, stepped in and gave the job of regulation to the Department of Agricultural Resources, but left Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard as exceptions to any regulations provided their planning and regulatory committees could create their own reasonable regulations by Jan 1, 2014. As of mid-September, a Cape-wide planning district had been approved, allowing towns to regulate the amount and frequency of residential fertilizer application.  Cape Cod Grass Walk

Towns that aren’t interested in the task regulating fertilizer use can use the default state regulations, which aren’t anticipated until the second-half of 2014. However,  the state regulations might not adequately address the nitrogen issues that are unique to the Cape.

Of course, with anything government-related, there are plenty of questions left to  be answered. Some of the more common ones we’re seeing include:

How will the use of fertilizers be regulated?
Each town will have the opportunity to decide its own limits on fertilizer usage. Those amounts and frequencies will have to be approved by the Cape Cod Commission to ensure some sort of fairness and minimum standards have been met.

If each town enacts different regulations, how will landscapers who service multiple towns be able to comply?
Being able to comply will be far easier than most people think. Calculating the timing and amounts of fertilizer used based on a homeowner’s address can be managed with appropriate software used by landscaping companies. The landscapers we work with are all licensed and apply the appropriate amounts of fertilizer and are ready to continue to do so under any new regulations.

What would stop a homeowner from buying fertilizer at a local Home Depot and applying on their own and potentially violating their town’s regulation?
Not much. In fact, some lawn care companies fear homeowners will be their newest competition. Retailers aren’t forced to track the quantities they sell to residential buyers, leaving the door open for homeowners to violate new regulations in the name of a greener lawn.

What’s the difference between leach fields from a septic tank and residential fertilizer in terms of environmental harm?
This comparison has been referred to as the “sleeping tiger” by some residents. There’s growing evidence that the major threat to waterways on Cape Cod is NOT residential fertilizer, but residential septic systems that leach into the water. One solution that would eliminate ALL water contamination cause by leach fields is the installation of a sewer system. The cost of this has been casually mentioned in the billions of dollars. However, mitigating residential fertilizer runoff into our waterways is still a big step toward keeping our water clean.

As usual, we’ll keep you up-to-date about progress on this issue.

Until more new breaks on this topic, you can read Barnstable County ordinance 13-07 that establishes a fertilizer district for the Cape, here: http://www.capecodcommission.org/resources/dcpc/ordinances/Ord13-07Cape-wideFertilizerMgtdcpc.pdf

Image Credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

The Outermost Inn: The Ideal Martha’s Vineyard Escape

Image courtesy of The Outermost Inn

Image courtesy of The Outermost Inn

Enjoy a weekend escape to The Outermost Inn once, and it’s sure to become an annual tradition for many years to come. 

Imagine a day spent strolling along pristine beaches, letting the gentle breezes and fresh ocean air relax your mind and refresh your senses.  In the evening, take in a sail and watch the sun dip lower and lower in the sky, flooding the Vineyard Sound with golden light.  Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by one of the Vineyard’s finest chefs, then drift off to dream in a quiet, cozy room.

All of this and more can be found in one place on beautiful Martha’s Vineyard: The Outmost Inn.  Built on the island’s western tip and surrounded by meadows and natural landscapes, this getaway seems a world away from the busier tourist towns of Edgartown or Vineyard Haven. Since we discovered it several years ago, it has become a favorite of ours as well as many LaMer Concierge clients.

Hosts Hugh and Jeanne Taylor have lived on the Vineyard year-round since 1971, when they built their home. The property was reconstructed over 20 years ago to accommodate seven guest suites, each with sweeping views.  In the evenings, Hugh can often be found at the piano in the sitting room entertaining guests or encouraging others to play a song or two.

Breathtaking views like this are just a stroll from the Inn.

Accommodations at The Outermost Inn are simple, yet comfortable. Each of the airy rooms features hardwood floors, plenty of closet space and large windows that bring the outdoors in. Our favorite is the Lighthouse Suite, which features a private stairway, separate living area and a wonderful outdoor sitting space. The views of Vineyard Sound are spectacular. Whether you’re staying for an evening or a week, it immediately feels like a home away from home.

After a day on the island, there is nothing better than enjoying a drink on the Outermost Inn’s sloping lawn, watching the sunset over the cliffs and taking in the nostalgic beauty of the Gay Head lighthouse. Depending on the season, you can often see island deer wandering across the lawn.

Dinner at the Outmost Inn is truly a remarkable experience as well.  Since joining the Inn two  years ago, Scott Cummings has quickly becoming one of the island’s best-known and most-acclaimed chefs.  In fact, it’s easy to see why reservations must be made weeks—and sometimes months—in advance. From the first course to the last, every selection is fresh and full of flavor. Herbs and vegetables are harvested from the Inn’s private garden, often picked within hours of being served.

Dinner at the Outermost Inn is a delight, thanks to Chef Scott Cummings.

Dinner at the Outermost Inn is a delight, thanks to Chef Scott Cummings.

While you are sure to be pleased with any menu choice, we recommend starting with the Local 02539 Oyster, which is truly a phenomenal opening course.  Served with a beautiful ratatouille, the wild striper is a delicious main dish, as is the Elysian Fields Lamb Cannon.   If you enjoy a sweet end to dinner, we cannot recommend the Chef Cummings’ Blueberry Lemon Parfait highly enough. The trio of cheese is also a perfect finishing course.  The wine list is excellent, and we do suggest giving the Inn’s special cocktails a try as well.

Enjoy a weekend escape to The Outermost Inn once, and it’s sure to become an annual tradition for many years to come.

To make the most of your Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard getaways, let La Mer Concierge handle the details.   Contact us and we’ll make arrangements for all of your travel, including dinner reservations and more.   Call (508) 428-8302 or email Curtis@LaMerConcierge.com

Elevate Your Mood at Verde Floral Design

At Verde Floral Design, Jeff Sawyer and her team of artisans create arrangements balancing color, mood and always a dose of the unexpected.

At Verde Floral Design, Jeff Sawyer and her team of artisans create arrangements balancing color, mood and always a dose of the unexpected.

 

No matter the season (or the reason), it is always fun to stop in at Verde Floral Design to see their latest window display, enjoy a glimpse of their artistic accessories or even just relax among beautiful things.

Take a stroll through Mashpee Commons and you just might be lucky enough to see a charming wirehair fox terrier sunning herself on a sidewalk.  Her name is Daphne, and she is perhaps the most charming mascot (and sales representative) any shop could wish for.

Daphne is part of Verde Floral Designs, a store founded and run by a remarkable woman, Jeff Sawyer.   Jeff, formerly a brand manager for a major financial services company, and her husband Tom bought a home on Cape Cod 20 years ago and spent weekends traveling back and forth between here and the city. It was their dream to retire here, spending their days golfing.

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A basket of daffodils embodies the happiness of spring.

Get to know Jeff, however, and you’ll instantly see why days on the links wouldn’t (and didn’t) work well for her.  She is someone who is always on the go, dreaming up ideas and looking for new ways to create something unexpected.

“I always loved flowers,” she says. “When Tom  and I would travel, he would find the closest boatyard and I would find the nearest florist.  When we spent several months in California, in fact, I actually volunteered to work in a shop so I could see what it was like.”

After completing a course in floral design in Boston and working in the industry for several years, Jeff decided to open her own shop.  But of course, this marketing and brand expert knew she had to make hers authentically unique.

“I read a Rutgers study that talked about the ability of flowers to affect mood,” she says. “It is found that upon receiving flowers, one’s mood is elevated for up to three days.”

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Jeff’s ability to capture the joy of a life well lived brings comfort to families remembering a loved one.

The Verde brand of “mood elevation” seems simple, but is incredibly powerful. It’s also immediately seen, felt and experienced the moment you come into contact with Jeff, her team or her store.  When you walk into Verde, you instantly know this is a place where you’d like to spend your time drinking in the colors, seeing the unique arrangements and relaxing to the music in the background.  Even a phone call or visit to the store’s website just makes you happy.

At La Mer Concierge, we choose to work with Jeff and her team at Verde Floral Designs frequently. They have not only created remarkable centerpieces for dinners and other events we have organized for our clients, they have also been kind enough to create one-of-a-kind baskets for us and our clients.  Verde designs are always tasteful and unique, created to set the mood for a party, wedding, corporate retreat or other special occasion.  The shop also creates permanent botanical arrangements for homes and businesses, able to match almost any décor.  And if you aren’t quite sure what you’re looking for, Jeff is always there to help.

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“Part of my goal when I created this business was to build an appreciation for flowers,” Jeff says. “Just like the food industry has its ‘foodies’, I want this industry to have people who are passionate about what we offer.”

No matter the season (or the reason), it is always fun to stop in at Verde Floral Design to see their latest window display, enjoy a glimpse of their artistic accessories or even just relax among beautiful things. And while you’re there, be sure to say hello to Daphne for us.

La Mer Concierge can help you plan your next party or event, create a memorable corporate retreat and ensure that your home is ready for entertaining.  We work with only the highest-quality businesses and service providers on Cape Cod, including Verde Floral Design.  Contact us today for additional information about how we can best meet your needs.  Call (508) 428-8302 or email Curtis@LaMerConcierge.com.

Keep Your Cape Cod Getaway Lyme Free

14032028_sLyme disease isn’t pleasant to think about, but can be avoided. Taking these steps will help to make sure your time on Cape Cod is full of fun and free of Lyme.

As anyone who has spent much time on Cape Cod knows, this is a place where amazing opportunities for outdoor adventures abound. Whether strolling along pristine beaches, camping in state parks, salt- and freshwater fishing or spending time on the links, there’s always something to do here.

With this wonderful outdoor living come a few downsides, however. And one of those downsides that we all need to think about—especially as we begin to plan our spring and summer Cape Cod seasons, is Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is named for the town of Lyme, Connecticut. It was in Lyme, as well as in several surrounding towns, where physicians and researchers noted an outbreak of rheumatoid arthritis cases among local children. After learning that those who mysteriously developed the disease played in wooded areas, it was eventually determined it was caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is spread by deer ticks (sometimes referred to as black-legged ticks.)

Curtis DogAccording to studies conducted by the CDC and other agencies, Lyme disease is now the most prevalent tick-borne illness in the United States. Massachusetts is one of the states with the highest incidence of Lyme disease, with Cape Cod specifically having a high incidence of Lyme disease. In addition to people of all ages, animals can also be infected, including dogs, cats and horses.

Symptoms of Lyme disease include an expanding rash, fever, headaches, joint pain and other flu-like symptoms. Left untreated, it may lead to the development of arthritis, neurological problems and even heart problems. If you believe you may be infected, it is important that you see your physician as soon as possible so that you may begin the recommended 14-21 day course of antibiotics.  Please note that if your central nervous system has been affected by Lyme disease, you may need intravenous antibiotics.

And although there is some debate about it, the CDC indicates that if you have had Lyme disease in the past, you can still be infected again—it is not a disease for which a vaccination is available or against which your body can build immunity.  In addition, some individuals with Lyme disease may have continuing ill-effects, including fatigue and muscle aches.

Given these facts, you may be thinking twice about heading outdoors this season. But since nobody wants to give up Cape Cod fun and sun, we’re here to share some great ways to avoid becoming infected. Several come from www.lymeticks.org, the website of Lyme Awareness of Cape Cod:

Protect yourself and your family

  • Wear tightly woven, light colored clothes to make it easy to spot ticks 17081714_s
  • If you have long hair, keep it tied back
  • Consider using Avon Skin-So-Soft on your skin (can be applied directly) or an insect repellant with DEET (diethyl-meta-toluamide)
  • Use permethrin on clothing, or wear clothing pre-treated with repellents which can be purchased at L.L.Bean, REI, Columbia, and other retailers
  • Do a tick check often, both while you’re out and when you return home, checking your hair, under your arms, behind your knees and in other places ticks like to hide

If you find a tick, don’t try to pull it out with your fingers, cover it with petroleum jelly or burn it with a match. Instead, follow these instructions from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Protect your animals

  • Talk to your veterinarian about medications for tick prevention
  • Keep hair clipped short
  • Don’t let your pets stay outside for long periods of time
  • Do a tick check often

Guard your yard

  • Have your yard professionally sprayed
  • Enlist the services of a exterminator to have your home and yard evaluated for pests which carry ticks

Lyme disease isn’t pleasant to think about, but can be avoided. Taking these steps will help to make sure your time on Cape Cod is full of fun and free of Lyme. (Unless you count the limes found in your favorite pitcher of margaritas!)

La Mer Concierge works with the best service providers on Cape Cod. Contact us today for additional information about yard care companies, veterinarian services, exterminators and more. Call (508) 428-8302 or email Curtis@LaMerConcierge.com.

Buy Local on Cape Cod This Holiday Season

Buying local has never been so easy—or so delicious—thanks to Kathleen, Gail and Fromage a’ Trois.

spinach pasta with gorgonzola cream sauce

Spinach pasta with gorgonzola cream sauce is just one of the delicious specialties found at Fromage a’ Trois in West Barnstable. 

At La Mer Concierge, we are proud to champion the effort to stay local and buy local all year round, including during the holiday season. That’s why we’re so pleased to tell you about one of our favorite places in West Barnstable—Fromage a’ Trois.

At Fromage a’ Trois, you’ll find amazing homemade pastas, crafted by hand and ready to top with one of chef Kathleen Kadlik’s homemade sauces. And, as the name suggests, you’ll also find an assortment of cheeses, including one of the store’s specialties (and one of our favorites), burrata—silky handmade mozzarella into which Kathleen, who received her training at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, incorporates amazing fillings like fig and almonds, white truffles or goat cheese with Herbs de Provence.

“We always have a lot of different things at the shop so that when people stop in their dinner is almost made,” said Gail O’Connor, Kathleen’s business partner. “They can choose from an array of pastas, a made-from-scratch sauce, amazing olive oil and aged balsamic vinegars and some of our beautiful cheese. We also now have bread that they can take home and finish off in their oven—it’s absolutely delicious.”

ravioli UOVO egg yolk & ricotta filled over grilled asparagus

This year Kathleen and Gail have put together what we at La Mer believe is the perfect gift for those on your list who are hard to buy for.  In addition to the gift certificates that are always available, you can also purchase a membership in The Pasta Club. There are three levels to choose from—the Purist, the Foodie and the Entertainer.  As a member, they will receive a postcard detailing that month’s selection, which always includes at least one pasta, a sauce and baguette.   They also offer pasta making classes.

squid ink pastaIf you’re doing holiday entertaining this year, keep in mind that Fromage a’ Trois also has everything you need to get the party started. Made-to-order pastas include fresh Uovo, squid ink, fettuccine, pappardelle and corzetti–and their fresh ravioli is an absolute must-have. All-natural, award-winning artisan salamis such as Wild Boar and Barolo made with ‘The King of Italian Reds’ and an assortment of fresh olives also make a great addition to your holiday table.for. In addition to the gift certificates that are always available, you can also purchase a membership in The Pasta Club. There are three levels to choose from—the Purist, the Foodie and the Entertainer. As a member, they will receive a postcard detailing that month’s selection, which always includes at least one pasta, a sauce and baguette. They also offer pasta making classes.

burrata up close (1)The foods at Formage a’ Trois also make perfect hostess gifts for parties you might be attending.  Imagine showing up with a delicious, beautifully wrapped burrata or a basket filled with salamis, cheeses, or any of the other treats Kathleen and Gail offer at the shop.  Trust us when we say that you would be the most popular guest at the party!

In short, buying local has never been so easy—or so delicious—thanks to Kathleen, Gail and Fromage a’ Trois. For more information about Fromage a’ Trois visit their website, follow them on Facebook or feel free to contact us.elicious, beautifully wrapped burrata or a basket filled with salamis, cheeses, or any of the other treats Kathleen and Gail offer at the shop. Trust us when we say that you would be the most popular guest at the party!

To make the most of your your Cape Cod home holiday, La Mer Concierge is here to help. Contact us and we’ll make arrangements for all of your holiday parties and get-togethers, including private chef service and more. Call (508) 428-8302 or email Curtis@LaMerConcierge.com.

A Taste of Italy Right Here on Cape Cod

An evening out at Osteria La Civetta. Pictured left to right: Duke Bates, Curtis Newcomer, Robert Newcomer, Chef Fabio Pozzati, Delma Newcomer, Donald Bartolone

Cape Cod locals have come to appreciate the little piece of Italy that Osteria La Civetta brings to us every day. So much so, we can’t wait to share it with everyone who visits.

One of the questions our clients often ask is the perfect place to dine during an evening out on Cape Cod. Luckily, I have the perfect answer for them: Osteria La Civetta in Falmouth.

For those who have spent time in the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy, Osteria La Civetta (roughly translated, the Owl Tavern) is a welcome return to the rustic fare found there. Pastas are handmade and the recipes can only be described as absolutely, mouthwateringly traditional. They are, for want of a better description, the kind of dishes your favorite Italian nonna would create for you…if your grandmother had been a chef in European Michelin star-rated restaurants.

Meet Chef Fabio Pozzati

Executive Chef Fabio Pozzati met Osteria La Civetta owners Alberto, Giovanna and Sara Toselli through a mutual friend. Learning that they were looking for someone to run the kitchen in their Cape Cod restaurant, he chose to leave Barcelona, where he’d been working for several years, and travel to the U.S.

Giving every guest an authentic Italian experience means more than preparing traditional recipes. It means finding exactly the right ingredients. Fresh vegetables and eggs are sourced locally whenever possible. Cured meats, Italian cheeses and the flour used to make the pasta, however, are imported from Italy.

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When we go to Osteria La Civetta—which can never be often enough—we always start with the Tagliere Di Salumi E Formaggi. This appetizer of imported meats and cheeses is out of this world and here’s why: honey. Yes, you read it right: honey.

“When we serve cheese, we serve it with honey or jams,” says Chef Fabio. “The combination of particularly strong, cured cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano with the sweetness of honey is wonderful. It’s a pretty traditional thing.”

Although we always start our meal the same way, how it goes from there usually depends on the nightly specials. Although Osteria La Civetta has some dishes they serve year-round (like the amazing Involtini Di Pallo) the menu changes to reflect the best ingredient each season has to offer. According to Chef Fabio, diners will usually find 5-6 appetizers, 7-9 handcrafted pastas and 6 entrees. That does not, however, include the specials—like the regional menus offered earlier this year.

“During winter, we highlighted different regions throughout Italy, from north to south,” he says. “We wanted to show the differences in classic, traditional recipes throughout the country.”

The Highest Compliment

And for those who have traveled to Bologna, Fabio says that there is no greater compliment than when they taste one of his dishes and tell him how much it reminds them of their travels. “I really appreciate that,” he says.

Cape Cod locals have come to appreciate the little piece of Italy that Osteria La Civetta brings to us every day. So much so, that we can’t wait to share it with those who visit.

To make the most of your stay in your Cape Cod home this year, don’t miss out on a trip (or two) to Osteria La Civetta. La Mer Concierge is here to help. Contact us and we’ll make arrangements for all of your summer plans, from dinner reservations to overnight getaways. Call (508) 428-8302 or email Curtis@LaMerConcierge.com.

Plan Your Cape Cod Summer Fun Now

There’s a reason that so many people choose to summer on Cape Cod: there is always something amazing to do.   The 2012 season looks to be one of the best ones yet—which is why we recommend you start your summer planning right now.

Here’s a glimpse into just a few of the things that you might be interested in seeing or doing this year:

Kick Off the Season

Consider starting off your Cape Cod summer with a cocktail or dinner party in your home with a private chef and serving staff.   We’ll work with you to create the perfect evening that allows you to entertain friends without having to worry about all of the details.

Fun on the Water

Fishing Trips:   Cape Cod is home to world-class saltwater fishing, so spending some quality time on the water reeling in sport-fishing favorites like Striped Bass, Cod, Sea Bass and Mackerel is a must.

Sailing Classes and Charters:  Great sailing is synonymous with life on Cape Cod.  Learn to captain on your own or enjoy a daytrip or overnight excursion on a spacious, professionally chartered  boat.

Daytrips and Overnights

Boston, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport, Oqunquit and Kennebunkport are all just a drive or short flight off of the Cape.  Let us arrange for a private car or jet service to whisk you away for a day of shopping in the city or a romantic weekend away.  Let us take care of all of the details, leaving you free of worries and able to enjoy your escape.

Sporting Events

Fenway Park:  “America’s Most Beloved” ballpark is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, so why not consider taking in a game?

Cape Cod Baseball League:  If you want to see tomorrow’s big leaguers today, you don’t have far to look.  Supported by Major League Baseball, the CCBL is a collegiate league featuring outstanding players from across the U.S.   We suggest taking in a game in Lowell Park in Cotuit—it really is baseball at its best.  And here’s a definite homerun:  The games are free.

Theater and the Arts

In truth, there are so many amazing performances on and off Cape Cod that it’s hard to know where to start.  Whether you’re ready to rock out with Aerosmith or be fascinated by the Cirque du Soleil- Michael Jackson the Immortal Show at TD Garden, see a class Broadway-style musical at the Boston Opera House or other classic Boston theater , or  see the Boston Pops right here on Cape Cod, there is something sure to suit everyone’s tastes.   Also, make sure to take it at least one of the shows or exhibits at one of our favorites, the Cotuit Center for the Arts.  Many of these shows do sell out quickly, so contact us now to assist with tickets, hotels and transportation.

Childcare Needs

Having dependable childcare means the whole family can have a wonderful time during your Cape Cod summer, day-in and day-out.   That means having someone who keeps your children active, learning and having fun while keeping them safe.   La Mer Concierge can help you arrange a full-time nanny or as-needed childcare throughout your stay.  We work with only the finest licensed professionals who have been fully screened to ensure your child’s safety at all times.

To make the most of your stay in your Cape Cod home this year, it’s never too early to start making your summer plans—and La Mer Concierge is here to help.  Contact us to learn how we can help with all of your entertainment and travel needs. 

Cape Cod Home Spring Cleaning and Repairs

Taking the time now to make sure your Cape Cod home is in its best condition means a summer season free of worry.

Winter on Cape Cod this year was remarkably mild, which means one thing:  spring came early this year.  And that means that La Mer Concierge is already helping to ready our clients’ homes for the season.   We conduct an assessment of each property, determining what work needs to be done, prioritizing jobs,  obtaining bids and pricing from local contractors and coordinating projects.

Here’s what we’re working on right now, and what you as a Cape Cod homeowner may wish to consider having completed on your own property:

Landscape

Spring clean up begins outside as the last signs of winter are removed and the lawn and gardens are prepared for warmer weather.   Now is the time to begin a comprehensive lawn fertilization program, replace any struggling perennials and begin planting annual flowers or garden items.  Trees are being pruned and readied for summer growth, and mulch that may have blown away over the winter is replaced and refreshed.  It’s also important to have the irrigation system inspected and any repairs completed as well as cleaning and prepare your pool for summer use.

Exterior Home Repairs

Cape Cod weather can take its toll on the exterior of your home, causing dry rot, peeling paint and wood weathering.  Failing to take care of these problems quickly can lead to more extensive damage and much higher costs in the long run.   We work with the best contractors on Cape Cod to ensure that painting and repairs are completed properly, from basic deck refinishing and sealing to more complex structural repairs.

Spring Cleaning

There’s no better feeling than walking into a freshly cleaned home as you begin your time away from the city.  But more importantly, a clean home also reduces the possibility of damage from pests, molds and dirt build up.  We make sure your Cape Cod home is thoroughly cleaned, from bed linens and appliance interiors to windows.  Furnace, air conditioning and water systems will be checked and batteries changed in any CO2 and smoke monitors.  Now is also a great time to line up cleaning services for the 2012 season.

Taking the time now to make sure your home is in its best condition means a summer season free of worry.   And best of all, choosing La Mer as your property concierge will save you time and give you peace of mind because we work only with experienced, bonded contractors who are the best in their field.    Because if you can’t, we can.

Remember—it’s also the right time to begin making your plans for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket daytrips, theater events, boat charters, classes and more.  Contact us to learn how we can help with all of your entertainment and travel needs.