July 29, 2012

Everything Local

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Sailing out of Annapolis Harbor following Schooner Woodwind

Sailing out of Annapolis Harbor following Schooner Woodwind

Captain Jen and I love food.  Jen is, admittedly, an avid foodie.  So when I saw the Everything Local Cruise, I had to plead my case to be captain.  She came up with the perfect solution.  I would captain and she would be the hostess, even though officially she was “off”.  The idea worked perfectly.

Tracy from Black Ankle (Mount Airy), Scott from Catoctin Creek (Loudoun County, VA) Organic Spirits and Amy Daniels from Palette Pleasers did an excellent job giving an overview to the foods and beverages offered.  They gave the guests a perspective that enhanced the experience by telling them what to expect in such a way as to make us linger over the food and drink.

I am so tempted to just list the menu and go from there.  Let me just say the words “Smoked Paprika Rubbed Rockfish on sweet onion relish” and “Quinoa Tabbouleh w/ heirloom tomatoes”.

Pouring Catoctin Creek, "Mosby's Spirit" Whiskey aboard Schooner Woodwind II

Scott pouring Catoctin Creek, Whiskey

Black Ankle Vineyards brought their Viognier (White), which was a perfect accompaniment.  Their “Rolling Hills” red blend was a big success.

I know little about hard liquor and so when I found the un-aged clear whiskey (legal moonshine) mixed with maple syrup and other ingredients become a refreshing cocktail, in the cockpit (don’t worry, after the cruise was over and my job done), I was impressed.

Sailing into the sunset on the Chesapeake Bay

Sailing into the sunset on the Chesapeake Bay

Flying Dog (Frederick)  and Heavy Seas (Baltimore) had their beers represented as well.

The evening was made perfect by the light breeze that allowed us to ghost along.  Woodwind II is amazingly agile in such a light breeze as many of our guests who took the helm will tell you.  Thank you, crew, for making it happen.

At the helm of the Schooner Woodwind II, I am delighted with this sail!

At the helm of the Schooner Woodwind II, I am delighted with this sail!

Captain Ken

About Captain Ken

How do you answer the question, What do I want to do when I grow up? For me, it was, ask the question what do I love to do that I can share with others and make it a career? I taught instrumental music to elementary students for 25 years. When that was no longer an option due to budget cuts, I asked the question again? This time the answer was, with the help of my family, Schooner Woodwind.
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