The Hippo


Apr 19, 2019








Weekly Dish
News from the local food scene


• Set your DVR: The Food Network show Restaurant: Impossible made over The Country Cow Restaurant and Bar in Campton earlier this spring, and now, the episode featuring the makeover is scheduled to air on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The episode, titled “Holy Cow!,” will air at 10 p.m. Visit
• More fro-yo for New Hampshire: The frozen yogurt craze isn’t over yet. Just last month, a new shop, Bee Bee Frozen Yogurt, opened in the Bedford Grove Plaza (7 Colby Court, Unit 8, Bedford, 676-7343, Additionally, New York-based company Hoopla! Frozen Yogurt is planning on opening five or six new shops within the next year, owner Larry Wilson said. “We are a high-end frozen yogurt concept with 24 flavors per location. We have 70 different toppings, and we go only with premium products,” he said during a phone interview. That includes toppings like Ghirardelli chocolate, and a “bottoms bar,” where customers can add a graham cracker or cookie base, or start with a warm cake or brownie prepared in the in-house bakery at each location. Those “bottoms” can be added to any waffle bowl, cone or bowl, Wilson said. The new company opened its first store about a year ago in the Hudson Valley and is currently looking to open new stores in the greater Concord, Manchester and Nashua areas. Although Wilson couldn’t disclose the first location, he did say that a shop in Nashua is in the works. “We love the culture, love the people, love the market [in New Hampshire],” Wilson said.
• FEEDNH gives back: Great NH Restaurants (which includes T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s and Copper Door restaurants) has introduced its new non-profit and charitable trust,, which benefits Families, Education, the Elderly, and the Disadvantaged in the Granite State. “Our goal has always been to be an active member of our community and giving back means so much to our organization. Our team is always looking for ways to do even more, and launching this new initiative is a great milestone for our 30th anniversary,” Great NH Restaurants’ owner and CEO Tom Boucher said in a press release.’s first benefit event will be its first annual golf tournament in partnership with Martignetti Companies of NH, on Monday, Aug. 25, at the Manchester Country Club. 
• Give clothes, eat cake: Next time you’re craving a sweet, do something sweet by bringing a clothing donation to any Frederick’s Pastries location (109 Route 101A, Amherst; 25 S. River Road, Bedford; 119 Main St., N. Andover, Mass.). All three stores will be collecting clothing donations (including new socks, new underwear, new sneakers, new or gently used shirts, long-sleeve T-shirts, jeans, pants, shorts, jackets, sweatshirts in boys’, girls’ and teen sizes) for Catie’s Closet, which provides clothing and basic necessities to school children who are homeless and in need in Hudson, Nashua, and Lowell, Mass. Visit or
• Brewfest returns for a sophomore year: The Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition will be back for another year on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Holman Stadium in Nashua. The festival features samples from breweries, a wing competition with entries from local restaurants, live music provided by Rock 101 FM, a Monster Energy BMX Stunt Show, Cornhole Championship Finals, plus games and bounce houses. General admission tickets cost $25, including a souvenir tasting glass (limited to the first 1,000 entrants). Tickets cost $20 in advance, $5 for designated drivers or festival-goers under age 21, and kids under 12 years old receive free admission. The festival benefits the Police Athletic League and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Visit
• Wine events for fall: Break out your calendar and save the date for Strawbery Banke’s annual Vintage & Vine Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth). The evening features samplings of wines from around the world and cuisine by local seacoast chefs, including presentations on Puddle Deck lawn with Justin Bigelow from Mombo Restuarant, Brandon Blethen from Robert’s Maine Grill, Kenneth Lingle from SALT, Rajesh Mandekar from Tulsi, and Johnny Espeland from The District. Tickets cost $45 for grand tasting general admission, $90 for VIP admission, and $15 for designated driver admission. Visit Then, check out what the Lakes Region has to offer at the fourth annual Barrel Tasting Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5. Wineries offer tastings straight from the oak barrels. Guests get to sample what local wineries are making, and also tour and visit the six participating wineries, including Coffin Cellars, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery. To participate, guests can purchase  commemorative wine glass, available at all six participating wineries for $12. Visit

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