A Little Lunch In Saint John

One of the delights of going home is the food.
Preparing Beans
I’ve told you about all the amazing produce my father grows on the island both in the garden and wild in the forests. I’ve talked about my friend Diane the chef who somehow always squeezes in time to share a meal when I’m home no matter how busy she is. And I’ve shared photos of me cooking everything from striped bass to bagels over fire, lots of fire.
Chicken In A Pan
But lately, I’ve been leaving the island and getting to explore the ever-evolving food scene in Southern New Brunswick.

I’ve been quite lax about sharing some of the great meals and experiences I’ve had down east, so I’m trying to catch up.
Craig Pinhey

On my latest trip home, my new friend suggested I paddle to shore and meet him for lunch at the .

Craig is a Sommelier; beer, wine & food columnist for , , , , &  ; and judges wine competitions hither and yon (best to check his site – for full details because I’m sure to miss something).  But the extra cool part about Craig is that he lives directly across from the island… and I mean a straight-line, right angle to the shore from Lady’s Beach. Add to that, we met on Facebook through my high school Chemistry lab partner and you can see how we were meant to lunch together.
Chef Jesse Vergen
Craig arranged for us to have a Chef’s Choice lunch at the , prepared by Chef Jesse Vergen.  Little did I know when saying “that sounds great!” that Jesse was the last person to live in Foxcroft before it was torn down. (Foxcroft was my step-mother Marilynn’s labyrinthine home on the shore of the Kennebecasis.)  The world is a tiny place. And Quispamsis, even tinier.  No point in being keeping a low profile at this point, so out came my camera!

The next post will be a break down of each dish, but for now I’ll leave you with the pretty.

Lunch At the Saint John Ale House

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

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  • November 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Lunch At the Saint John Ale House

    As I mentioned in the previous post, I had the opportunity to lunch with my friend Craig at the Saint John Ale House when I was in New Brunswick last. Chef Jesse Vergen prepared us a Chef’s Choice lunch which was overflowing with local ingredients, gre…


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