Plymouth summer gets infusion of fun with food, entertainment events


One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic: Artists, performers, chefs and other city dwellers fled Broadway, Hollywood and other spots to return to their roots and wait it out.

As we move into Phase 3 of reopening here in Massachusetts, that means events with star power and world-class talent are popping up practically in our own backyards.

Take Plymouth — in the coming weeks, two Broadway performers will treat the public to a dinner concert at an outdoor restaurant venue and a “Chopped” star will be holding the first of what he hopes will be many pop-up beer pairing dinners around the South Shore.

First, the beer dinner. Chef Stephen Coe lives in Plymouth (he’s also Johnson and Wales trained and headed up The Mirbeau for some time), and is known worldwide for some epic moments on the popular “Chopped.”

JULY 16, 2020 – Chef Stephen Coe gets cooking at the 2019 America’s Hometown Throwdown. Photo Pedro Blanco Photography, courtesy Stephen Coe

Coe recently began building a fleet of food trucks, one repurposed from a SWAT truck, the other dedicated to all things lobster.

JULY 16, 2020 – A visit to Plymouth offers scenic treats, as well as culinary and entertainment delights this summer. Getty Images

On July 27, Coe and his team will set up under tents in the parking lot of Mayflower Brewing Co. There, he’ll show off his “Chopped” chops by serving a four-course plus dessert beer-pairing dinner.

“The theme will be summer and we will play with summer tastes paired with Mayflower brews,” he said. Picnic tables will be set up properly distanced. Guests will nosh on summer and seafood choices like shrimp toast, pigs in a blanket and fresh-caught striper, all paired with beers.

Dessert will be a play on Mayflower’s newest beer, brewed with blueberry and lemon.

“Working with Stephen brings about a sense of wonderful excitement. Every time he calls, I know there is something new and different about to be placed on the table,” said Sarah Annis, retail and events manager for Mayflower Brewing. “Staying relevant in these difficult times has been a challenge, but Stephen’s exploration of new concepts has been wonderful for creating an interactive experience for all.”

“We recently released a new version of our kettle sour ale series called Resistance is Fruitile.  This version is brewed with blueberries and lemon, providing a slightly tart and refreshing drink to pair with the food,” said Drew Brosseau, president and owner.

“We are excited to see how Stephen pairs this release with his dessert course.”

JULY 16, 2020 – Resistance is Fruitile sour ale from Mayflower Brewing. Photo courtesy Mayflower Brewing

Mayflower Brewing has been far from quiet during this time. First, they debuted a special release for this year that commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and landing in Plymouth called Mayflower 400 Double IPA.

“We’re sad that all of the festivities that were planned for this year have been postponed, but we hope the beer helps folks celebrate on their own,” Brosseau said.

And to help raise funds for the Plymouth One Fund to help local businesses, May’s virtual concert called Couchella sold out in an afternoon. Coe, too, has been helping the community, using his food trucks to feed first responders.

The dinner requires reservations. Tickets are available at mayflowerbrewing.com for $65.

Coe will be planning other pop-up events in the coming weeks and months as well.

Broadway comes home to Plymouth

In non-pandemic times, you’d have to travel to Broadway or catch a top national tour to see Jeremy Morse and Alex Tripp perform.

But the now-married couple fled their NYC apartment for Tripp’s mother’s home in quiet South Plymouth. For a time, they thought, Broadway would wait. But as the re-openings there get pushed back, the couple decided to take things into their own hands.

On July 17, they will perform Broadway show music, pop songs and a few surprises.

“At first we did not feel like performing, because we were just so sad and missed it so much,” said Tripp, who grew up in Plymouth. “But with all of Broadway still shuttered, we just started to feel ready.”

Morse played a starring role of Ogie in “Waitress” on Broadway, and in the national tour. Alex joined him on the national tour in the chorus (which had three members) and as Mrs. Pomatter, the doctor’s wife.

Morse was set to play the Duke of Weselton in “Frozen” when the pandemic hit.

JULY 16, 2020 – Broadway performers Jeremy Morse and Alex Tripp will entertain at an outdoor restaurant venue in Plymouth. Photo courtesy Jeremy Morse and Alex Tripp

The evening will be set at the Farmer’s Table, owned and operated by Tripp’s mother, Lynn (who was Coe’s professor in culinary school), and her sister Olivia. They will serve flatbread pizza and have a cash bar.

“It’s really great to find a way to perform, and to have people enjoy performance, in a safe way,” Morse said. “We will be outside and distanced.”

While they expect tickets to sell out quickly, they plan on doing the show again. You can learn more at farmerstableplymouth.com.

Morse said they expect many of their artist friends to begin to do such things.

“People are itching to get back at it,” he said, “whatever way we can.”



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