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Taste of the League

Where: 49 S. Main St., Suite 100, Concord
When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. 
to 8 p.m.
Cost: $50
Visit: specialevents.nhcrafts.org/taste




A taste of craftsmanship
Cuisine meets crafts at Taste of the League

11/02/17
By Ethan Hogan



 The functional work of juried craftsmen and the cuisine of local food and drink purveyors will come together at the League of N.H. Craftsmen’s Taste of the League Series event, happening Thursday, Nov. 9.

The craftwork includes handmade serving plates, drinking vessels, bowls and baskets filled with locally made cuisine including entrees, craft beers and wine.
Miriam Carter, the executive director of the league, said the event aims to give people a taste of what functional fine crafts can do. 
Guests will get to eat from plates and bowls made and donated by 45 juried craftsmen. There will be a wide variety of styles, from wooden bowls and plates to blown-glass cups.
“We encourage living with craft. ... It’s part of your environment. We represent all the craftsmen who create [useable art] and make a home much more special,” said Carter.
To fill the pieces with food and drink, Carter said, the League reached out to local restaurants and breweries.
“We are grateful that people stepped up and offered to be part of it. ... We have a wonderful, wide range of [cuisine] representation,” said Carter.
Some of the restaurants featured at the event include Blackwater Mustard Co., Chen Yang Li, The Common Man Restaurant, Constantly Pizza, The Grazing Room at Colby Hill Inn, Hermanos Cocina Mexicana, In A Pinch Cafe & Bakery, North Country Smokehouse and more. Craft brews will be brought by Concord Craft Brewing Co. and wine sampling will be brought by Crush Distributors.
Guests can participate in a silent auction during the event and bid on the items they used during the course of the meal. Many of the craftsmen whose work will be featured will be there to talk about their craft.
The League’s two main exhibits will remain open during the event so guests can see the range of work done by committed members of the craftsmen community. Carter distinguishes the work of the league’s 750 juried craftsmen from common crafts by the quality of craftsmanship. 
“It’s a refinement of the work. The voice of the craftsman is distinct. The quality represents excellence in the field of craft,” said Carter.
Carter said the exhibits regularly rotate work because of the growing number of juried members who have recently joined the League.
“On the broader scope ... we are very much a part of what’s happening, [as] Concord is really becoming a cultural entity in the state. People come here to see art,” said Carter.
Carter was a craftsman herself for many years and knows the impact that location can have on art.
“New Hampshire was a beautiful place to create work. It’s inspirational to be in a beautiful place, and Concord is becoming a cultural arts center,” said Carter. 





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