Salem is going Meatball Crazy! March Meatball Madness

March MEATBALL Madness In Salem

In celebration of local author Adeline Lutts Myers and her new cookbook Global Meatballs restaurants around town will be showcasing some specialty meatballs and there will be two book signings and a sampling/demo at Peabody Essex Museum for Artopia! 



Friday March 6 - Sunday March 8th

(Please check with the restaurants for specific details)

Special meatball offerings at:

Bella Verona 

Adriatic Restaurant and Bar 



Finz Seafood & Grill

The Hawthorne Hotel 




Book signing with Local author of Global Meatballs, Adeline Lutts Myers

1-3 pm

Wicked Good Books, 215 Essex St.

Thursday March 19th 

Demonstration and Sampling at Peabody Essex Museum as part of Artopia. 

6-9 PM

Bartlett Gallery -Peabody Essex Museum

Global Meatball: Around the World in 100+ Boundary-Breaking

Recipes, From Beef to Bean and All Delicious Things in Between

It's easy to think of the meatball as three things: Italian, covered with red sauce and served with spaghetti. It's iconic. The reality, though, is that meatballs could be considered an international phenomenon, inspiring creative dishes around the globe! Swedes love their sweet and sour meatballs. French North Africans enjoy fragrant boulettes in their tagine.  Chinese hot pots often feature fish balls. Vegans even have meat-less meatballs! The possibilities are endless. Global Meatballshighlights these possibilities by introducing traditional recipes and pairing them with lots of creative variants. You will be encouraged to experiment and learn the techniques you need to perfect your own meatball recipe! Whether interested in comfort cooking, ethnic cuisine, or simply meatballs, this book is sure to make you into a meatball expert!

The Author:

Adeline Lutts Myers teaches cooking and writes about food in Salem, Massachusetts.  Passionate about sustainability and healthy eating, she seeks out the freshest local foods. Culinary book clubs, travel, and a growing collection of antique cookbooks keep her inspired in the kitchen. She is a graduate of Smith College and Tante Marie's Cooking School, in San Francisco. She writes a food blog, KitchenRoots, Global Meatballs is her first cookbook.


Quarry Books provides high-end, beautifully designed, visual inspiration and reference books on art, crafts, food, and lifestyle topics for aspiring artists, artisan hobbyists, food enthusiasts, DIYers, and makers. It is part of The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distributor.


Participating Restaurants & their Meatball Fest Specials


Just starting to profile dishes and restaurants please send me your meatball fest special, and any promotional verbiage asap.



282 Derby Street

Salem, MA 01970



Cilantro’s Meatball Special:         Albondigas al Chipotle - Cheese stuffed meatballs cooked in a spicy smoked chipotle sauce.


Boston Globe – Alison Arnett, restaurant critic

“Mexican cuisine is one of the world’s most complex and evocative, and the range and subtlety of flavors can be breathtaking. Cilantro and its food are appealing, especially in its quest to present a wider range of fusion food in authentic dishes. They take the high road, an upscale approach to a cuisine that is so often shorthanded. The restaurant is in a pretty room painted in deep teal with a few tasteful prints on the wall. The plates are beautifully decorated; there’s a nice little bar and the staff is very welcoming and solicitous.”

Salem honors Robin Williams - Free Community Screening of “Good Will Hunting” at Cinema Salem


Free Community Screening of “Good Will Hunting” at Cinema Salem

A free community screening of the award-winning film Good Will Hunting will take place on Sunday August 31st at 7.30pm at CinemaSalem in Salem, MA. Collected donations will directly benefit local and national suicide prevention and mental health charities. “It is a great opportunity to come together as a community and to honor the joy Robin Williams brought each of us” says Karen Scalia, owner of Salem Food Tours. “It is also a way to raise awareness and support for this important issue and these vital organizations.”

CinemaSalem’s owner Paul Van Ness has generously donated the theater to show the film, shot in and around the Boston area, which garnered Williams’ an Academy win for Best Supporting Actor. CinemaSalem will also be collecting donations all that day (August 31st) in their lobby during their regular movie screenings and anyone who donates more than $10 will receive a free bag of popcorn. 

The event will raise needed funds for suicide prevention and mental health support. Charities receiving funding include North Shore Medical Center’s Psychiatric and Mental Health Department, Samaritans, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Event sponsors include CinemaSalem, Salem Food Tours, Gulu Gulu Café, A&J King Artisan Bakers, Salem Cycles, and Salem Wine Imports, all Salem-based businesses. 

Doors open at 7:30pm and the movie screening will start at 8pm. Free passes are immediately 
available for pick up at Cinema Salem, One East India Square in Salem, during their regular business hours (4 passes max per person.) To learn more, please visit the Facebook event page. 

Leighton O'Connor's Photo Safari - Live at the ONE championship

Leighton O'Connor has five spots left to photograph the ONE Championship off of Marblehead Sunday. The weather is looking good with some wind in the forecast. Leighton reports that his Photo Safari of the Corinthian Classic went very well two weeks ago. They had lots of space on board the Sea Shuttle and 360° of unobstructed shooting. They managed to get very very close to the boats to get some great shots. We heard lunch was yummy too. For more information about this Sunday please check out Leighton's website:

Photo Safaris with Leighton O'Connor

World renowned regatta photographer Leighton O'Connor is finally going to do it.  Leighton is going to show photo and sailing buffs how to photograph sailboat regattas the right way.  Leighton has covered sailboat racing around the world including the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, BVI Spring Regatta, St. Thomas Rolex Regatta, Newport Bucket Regatta, Marblehead Halifax Ocean Race, Newport to Bermuda and Key West Race Week to name a few.  

Learn that right way to use auto focus while shooting a sailboat race. Leighton will  also cover strong composition principles, ISO, shutter speed and aperture setting. But more importantly where to position yourself on the race course to get the best action shots.  This will all take place on the 45ft power catamaran, Endeavour.  A very stable and comfortable platform for shooting races.  Endeavour will leave from Salem Willows Park Pier in Salem,  MAs. Safaris will be limited to 15 photographers but a guest may join you for an additional fee of$50.  

While Leighton provides instructions he will share stories about sailing and driving various sailboats such as Volvo 70, Gunboat, RC 44, Extreme 40 and sailing with well known skippers like Ken Reed and Russell Coutts.  You will actually be photographing a real sailboat regatta. You may have the opportunity to photograph North Shore landmarks such as Marblehead Neck, Bakers Island and Hospital Point Light House if time permits.  On the way back to the dock Leighton will provide photo critiques on a 42" flat screen TV.  

Choose from three regattas to explore the world of sailboat photography with Leighton O'Connor.

2104 Photo Safaris

August 10th - 5th Annual Corinthian Classic - Marblehead, MA -  Register

August 24th - ONE Championship  - Marblehead, MA (Formerly PHRF New England) - Register

August 31st -  28th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Race - Gloucester, MA - Register

Hunt's Photo's & Video are sponsoring these Safaris. Hunt's will be raffling off a gift card on each Safari for $50.  

The First Salem Community Read: The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

The Community Read events will take place from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 24 and are open to everyone, those who have read the book as well as those who are simply curious and would like to hear the author and others read sections from the book.

The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti can be purchased at Wicked Good Books in downtown Salem

About The Good Thief via Wikipedia

"The Good Thief" is the story of an orphan named Ren who is adopted by a pair of gentleman rogues in early American New England and led willingly into a life of crime. Ren, who is missing his left hand, is taught to lie, steal and run confidence games by his new mentor, Benjamin Nab, and they travel to the city of North Umbridge, where a mousetrap factory owner reigns supreme using his army of hired thugs ("hat boys") and the unmarried, dowdy girls who work in the factory ("mousetrap girls").

"The Good Thief" is the winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award and the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize.

Praise for Hannah from Entertainment Weekly

"But Tinti does have a final destination, however circuitously she might lead us there. In the sinister town of North Umbrage — dominated by a prison-like mousetrap factory run by phalanxes of homely, unmarried girls — Ren's scattered friends prove their devotion. He finally gets answers about his past, and Tinti secures her place as one of the sharpest, slyest young American novelists." A-

About Hannah Tinti (Via

Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor, and teacher.

Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award, winner of the The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award. She is now finishing a new novel.

Hannah has worked at bookstores, magazines, publishing houses, and literary agencies. In 2002 she co-founded the award-winning magazineOne Story and for the past 12 years has been its Editor in Chief. In 2009 she received the PEN/Nora Magid award for excellence in editing and in 2014 One Story won the AWP Prize for Best Small PressIn 2011, she joined the Public Radio program, Selected Shorts, as their Literary Commentator, interviewing authors and actors about the importance of literature and reading.

Hannah is also a celebrated teacher of creative writing. She co-foundedWishing Stone Workshops and the Sirenland Writers Conference in Italy with Dani Shapiro and Michael Maren. She currently teaches at Columbia University’s MFA  program and at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

She grew up in Salem, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on twitter @hannahtinti.

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice nomination request

Salem Award Nominations are open! 

Selection Criteria

By studying the Salem Witch Trials, we learn that order was restored to the Salem community by the outspoken protests of a few good citizens who spoke bravely and acted courageously in opposition to the prevailing chaos. In Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, certain individuals risked their lives to speak against the oppression of the trials and to call for order and forgiveness. 

Today, we continue to depend upon those few individuals who will not be silenced by fear and social disorder. 

In recognizing and honoring present day champions of human rights and social justice issues, we publicly acknowledge the powerful significance and practical consequence of their work and join them in fostering tolerance, compassion, and reconciliation within our community. 

In particular, the individual and/or organization to whom the Award is given must: 

  • Demonstrate a commitment through their work to human rights and social justice issues particularly within the two years preceding their nomination; 
  • Demonstrate courage in the face of bigotry and intolerance; and, 
  • Demonstrate that their efforts further the cause of human rights and social justice for an individual or group of individuals.


Nomination Form

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is awarded annually to an individual or organization that meets criteria established by the Salem Award Foundation. It is anticipated that the work and achievements of nominated individuals or organizations are in keeping with the mission of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice: to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.

The Salem Award Foundation welcomes nominations from the public at large. The annual deadline for nominations is September 15th of each year.  Nominations may be submitted electronically by 12 midnight on September 15th or by hard copy that is postmarked September 15th of the given year. The nominations are screened by a Salem Award Foundation committee with final decisions made by a vote of entire the Salem Award Foundation Board of Directors. 

Persons or organizations selected for the Award are typically notified by mid-November. A ceremony honoring the recipient is scheduled for the spring of each year, held in Salem, Massachusetts and open to the public. The Award recipient is usually invited to speak on a topic pertinent to the reasons they have been selected to receive the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Please note instructions on the electronic nomination form. While it is extremely helpful for the Salem Award Foundation to have as much information as possible on a nominee, please also note that not all items on the nomination form are required. However, we do need reliable contact information for any potential Award recipient and sufficient documentation of achievements in order to fully assess the extent to which the nominee meets the Award criteria. Persons who nominate and support a nomination will be notified of the decisions made by the Salem Award Foundation; for this reason, we also need reliable contact information for nominators. 

Thank you very much for your interest and taking the time to nominate a worthy recipient for the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. Additional information about the Award, including a list of previous recipients, and the Salem Award Foundation is available on our website:

If you would like to make a nomination for the Salem Award, please download and complete the following form, which is available in the Portable Document Format (PDF). Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this format and is available for free. 

If you have questions or problems with the application form, please contact Carolyn McGuire at