Culinary Road Trip with Chef Scott Commings – Salem, MA

Chef Scott Commings is bringing the spirit of Halloween to this month’s Culinary Road Trip dinner on October 24, 2019! He has concocted an impressive menu that features traditional flavors from a city that is considered to have the most haunted history in the country: Salem, Massachusetts.


Salem has a rich and colorful past. As the infamous location of the 1692 witch trials, to this day many people believe that their spirits linger behind to warn the passers-by of the witch hunt from many years ago. Salem was also a major seaport throughout early American history bringing spooky legends from the sea from all over the world.

Culinary Road Trip Visits Salem

Salem is not just a city brimming with American history and culture dating back to the days of the original colonies. Not far from Boston, MA, present-day Salem is also a hub for modern-day restaurants and contemporary dishes. However, the traditional flavors of the region are still what put Salem on the culinary map today: excellent seafood, American coastal comfort food, crisp ciders, and savory baked desserts.

This Culinary Road Trip menu has been carefully crafted to capture the seasonal flavors of fall in regional favorites from Salem. The immersive menu is meant to tell the story of the city it represents with bold flavors and dramatic presentations. As no surprise, Chef Commings has highlighted outstanding Massachusetts seafood in his courses, as well as traditional pies and porridge. Check out the full four-course feast:

Truffled Pumpkin Risotto – Mini Pumpkins
Salt Cod and Potato Croquette
Paired with: Apple Cider Mimosa

Lobster Pie
(Maine lobster cooked in a flaky pastry)
Paired with: Bishop Cocktail

Slow Roasted Crispy Duck
Stuffed Baked Haddock
*served with*
Ham and Peas Porridge
Pumpkin Sage Gnocchi
Paired with: Canyon Road Pinot Grigio

Baked Apple Dumpling
Paired with: Fire and Brimstone


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The Culinary Road Trip Visits Salem event will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, between 6:30 p.m and 8:30 p.m in the Las Vegas Room at Downtown Grand. Tickets are just $65 per person and include the full dinner and paired drinks. You can purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

What to Expect at Culinary Road Trip

Dining Room

The four-course dinner is served at long communal tables in one of the beautiful ballrooms at Downtown Grand. The Salem menu will be hosted in the stunning Las Vegas Room, which features a glitzy prohibition-era bar and a vintage wooden ceiling. This gives you the chance to dine with other adventurous foodies as you dig into Chef Commings’ delicious menu.

In addition to the amazing food, each Culinary Road Trip event also features live music and entertainment while you dine. The atmosphere is energetic and festive, with the food always taking center stage. Chef Scott Commings will be on-site to oversee the dinner and chat with attendees about his unique Salem dishes.

More About Culinary Road Trip

Hosted by Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino, Culinary Road Trip is a monthly dinner series put on by Chef Scott Commings, season 12 winner of Hell’s Kitchen. Each month features dishes from a different U.S. city to highlight delicious cuisines from across the country. Each multiple-course menu is also paired with unique cocktails or wine to complement the flavors of each dish. Past cities on the Culinary Road Trip include Savannah, Seattle, New Orleans, Miami, and Nashville.

For every Culinary Road Trip dinner attended, “passengers” receive a stamp in their Culinary Road Trip passport. The more cities visited throughout the year, the more rewards each diner will get while at Downtown Grand. This may include discounts for other dining experiences at the many Downtown Grand restaurants, including Chef Comming’s Freedom Beat.

More About Chef Scott Commings

Cheff Scott

Chef Scott Commings is best known as the Season 12 champion of Gordon Ramsay’s competition show, Hell’s Kitchen. As the winner, he was awarded the head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesar’s Palace. He is now the executive chef at Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino.

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