Special Event
Christopher Covelli Alex Mazzocca
Cape Cod Christmas
Christopher Covelli
Provincetown, MA
Alex Mazzocca
The Martin House
Provincetown, MA

Saturday, December 14, 7:00 P.M.
Members $85, guests $110

Visit Provincetown at the height of summer, when the small seaside town is teeming with sunburned tourists and flamboyant parades, and you might not guess that it is also home to two of the most romantic restaurants in the country. Among the clam shacks, talented chefs like Christopher Covelli of L'Uva and Alex Mazzocca of The Martin House turn out delicious, sophisticated creations, and their intimate restaurants re-create the serenity that has made this historic town a haven for artists, writers, and lovers ever since its establishment in 1686.

Mazzocca fits right into P-town's thriving art scene. He studied to be an artist before finding his culinary calling, and has been called "a Gauguin who can cook" by Yankee magazine. After completing art school in New York City, he attended culinary school and worked in several New York restaurants before becoming executive chef of The Martin House almost a decade ago. Since then, the restaurant has topped virtually everyone's list of the best Cape Cod eateries, and was voted one of the most romantic restaurants in America by New York magazine. Alison Arnett of the Boston Globe proclaimed that "The Martin House, with Alex Mazzocca's innovative American food, is truly a treasure." Not just a summer fling, the year-round restaurant has proved its staying power with updated New England classics that Molly O'Neill of The New York Times called "addictive, fabulous and delicious."

Christopher Covelli, who once worked under Mazzocca at The Martin House, has been called "a serious artiste" himself by the Cape Cod Travel Guide. His menu speaks several Romance languages, featuring dishes influenced by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. In the off-season, Covelli is a senior chef instructor at Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy, where he gains inspiration for his diverse menu. L'Uva offers the French-trained Italian chef, who has a second home in Spain, an opportunity to explore his many culinary passions, and critics and diners are happy to join him on his adventures. Recently awarded Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, the eatery has also been called a "gem" by Out & About magazine.


Wellfleet Oysters on the Half Shell with Cape Gooseberry Mignonette

Maple and Cider-Cured Atlantic Salmon on Pumpkin Blini

Gougères with Roast Shallot Crème Fraîche and American Black Caviar

     Coffele Classico Cavisco Soave 1999

Demitasse of Lobster and Wild Mushroom Bisque

Seared Foie Gras and Lobster Tail on Johnnycake with Quince Demi-Glace

     Domaine Schlumberger Pinot Blanc 2000

Confit of Leek Wrapped Cod Fillet with Cranberry Beurre Rouge and Celery Root Brandade

     The Fifteen Grenache 2000

Grilled Venison in Roasted Shallot and Star Anise Mirroire with Sweetbread, Chestnut, and Potato Pavé

     Censio Erte Sangiovese 2001

Fresh Ginger Crème Brûlée with Dried Cape Cod Cranberry and Pistachio Baklava, and Pilgrim Monument Gingerbread Tuile

     Ramos Pintos 20-Year Tawny Port

Christmas Biscotti Plate

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