Kennebunkport has so many great restaurants – its hard to hit them all – unless you get on board the Progressive Dinner party circuit. Several Sundays each year, you get to enjoying delicious stops at Kennebunk and Kennebunkport’s top restaurants, with a DD for your scenic trip during your 3-hour tour, starting and ending at 95 Ocean at The Nonantum Resort.
Our Progressive Dinner evening started at The Nonantum Resort where we met our new foodie friends over a glass of Champagne before boarding our private bus.
First stop was Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School where Chef Jill welcomed us to her woodsy home, with lush gardens and a stone patio surrounding her signature outdoor wood-fired pizza oven. Inside her cozy kitchen, she treated us to three crostini made with fresh toppings from her herb garden and spicy Lobster Gazpacho. Jill described the secret ingredients and her cooking school classes offered here in her Kennebunkport home, which are BYOB. Next time I’ll bring a bottle of wine to sip and share at Jillyannas.
From here we went to Old Vines for charcuterie and wine, love the cozy atmosphere at this Wine Bar in Lower Village Kennebunk. Dinner was delicious fresh fish at Bandaloop in Dock Square and a perfectly paired wine. We ended at the Nonantum for a decadent home made chocolate dessert and port.
Other stops throughout the tour might include Maine Art Gallery for appetizers and art browsing at this beautiful studio, Ports of Italy for Italian, Stripers Waterfront at The Breakwater Inn for a taste of samplings, and Salt and Honey.
Future dates for this fun evening are May and June and after Labor Day, so stay tuned for Dinner Dates in September, October, November and December. Tickets, $95-125, include one beverage at each stop, taxes and gratuity. Overnight lodging is available at The Nonantum Resort.
This progressive dinner series is a great way to showcase area restaurants and culinary experiences,” said Tina Hewitt-Gordon, GM at The Nonantum Resort. Jill Straus of Jillyanna’s Woodfired Cooking School said, “We love that The Nonantum is family owned, with a strong spirit of helping other local businesses. This progressive dinner is thanks to them.”
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