- Courtesy Of The Inn At Baldwin Creek
- Inn at Baldwin Creek
...and all through the inn, dinner guests were a-sipping drinks, all donning grins. When at the buffet table chef Doug Mack did appear, holding pans heaped with food and good holiday cheer. There were slabs of baked ham, glazed and glistening with maple, warm Brussels sprouts, rice pilaf and pestoed gnocchi on the table. The chicken pot hand pies meant to warm and delight, and the beef dressed with cognac and cream was just right. And then, for dessert, came a clatter of sweets — gingerbread cookies, cupcakes, peppermint truffle treats. Throughout the evening, spirits rose high in the hall, until dash away, dash away, dash away all.
Christmas Eve Buffet: Monday, December 24, 4-10 p.m., Mary's Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek, Bristol. $28-60, plus tax and tip. Info, 453-2432, baldwincreek.net.
More food events
Festivus: The Farmhouse Tap & Grill digs deep in its cellared beer collection to celebrate a "festivus for the rest of us" with rare holiday brews from Anchor Brewing, Fantôme Brewery, Mikkeller beer and others. Friday, December 21, 5-11 p.m., the Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington. Cost of food and drink. Info, 859-0888, farmhousetg.com.
Christmas at the Farm: Visitors to Woodstock's working farm-museum get a taste of Christmas, circa 1850. Sleigh rides and interactive displays bring history to life. Saturday, December 22, through Sunday, December 23, and Wednesday, December 26, through Tuesday, January 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock. Museum admission, $4-16. Info, 457-2355, billingsfarm.org/events.
Winter S'morstice Celebration: Locals gather outdoors 'round an open fire for live music and dance, then partake in giant s'mores, courtesy of Red Hen Baking and Nutty Steph's. Saturday, December 29, 4:30-8 p.m., Camp Meade, Middlesex. Free. Info, 496-2108, campmeade.today.