Frost Ice Bar and Lounge brings winter's chill to Samoset
Rockport — Warmer temperatures in the Midcoast region may meet their match Friday, Jan. 18 with the debut of Frost Ice Bar and Lounge at the Samoset Resort.
The 15-foot bar, which is inspired by a Scandinavian trend, will be constructed out of 40 blocks of ice, each weighing roughly 300 pounds. Weather permitting, the bar will be open until Jan. 27.
According to David Day, director of food and beverage services at the Samoset Resort, shot glasses, a drink luge, stools, tables, and couches for the event will also be formed out of ice, while faux polar bear skins will protect visitors from the furniture's chill. An ice skating rink adjacent to the bar will also be open during the festivities.
Specialty drinks using ingredients from sponsors Ripe Bar Juice, Cold River Vodka, and Vermont Spirits, will be available from the ice bar.
Day said that band The Icicles will be performing on Jan. 18 and 19, with the possibility of an additional performance Jan. 20.
Chef Tim Pierce, a master ice carver, said that he started working with ice while attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
Inspiration struck while attending a competition in the early 1990s, when Pierce watched as a previous Samoset Resort chef "pulled out all kinds of really cool tools, and he was able to do all kinds of fancy things with the ice that I had never seen before, and I was like, 'Oh, I gotta start working at this.'"
Pierce, now an ice carving competition judge, said it took "lots of practice" to become master carver. Though Pierce said he has previously worked on large projects involving ice, he has never before carved such a large bar.
Pierce said that the thing he was looking forward to most about the opening of Frost Ice Bar and Lounge was "having it done."
Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.