Frost Ice Bar and Lounge brings winter's chill to Samoset

By Bane Okholm | Jan 16, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm Chef and Master Ice Carver Tim Pierce gouges a drink luge into a block of ice at the Samoset Resort Jan. 15.

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 bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Frost Ice Bar and Lounge
Chef Tim Pierce and Purchaser Nate Shaw-Chapman rough up the surface of a block of ice at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Jan. 15. (Video by: Bane Okholm)
Chef Tim Pierce, left, leads purchaser Nate Shaw-Chapman toward ice carving equipment at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Chef Tim Pierce digs into an approximately 300-pound block of ice at the Samoset Resort Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Chef Tim Pierce, left, and Samoset Food and Beverage Director David Day fit blocks of ice together at Rockport's Samoset Resort Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Chef Tim Pierce smooths ice blocks with a hot metal plate at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Chef Tim Pierce roughs out the beginnings of a drink luge at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Chef Tim Pierce carves a drink luge into a block of ice at Rockport's Samoset Resort Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Chef Tim Pierce manipulates a block of ice at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Shot glasses made of ice accompany beverages from Frost Ice Bar and Lounge sponsors Ripe Bar Juice, Cold River Vodka, and Vermont Spirits at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Jan. 15. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Comments (7)
Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Jan 17, 2013 13:38

Can't wait!!! Looking forward to a nice chilling experience!!!



Posted by: Carol Hawkes | Jan 17, 2013 12:38

I miss you all!!! What great idea!!!!

 



Posted by: Kim Trumbull | Jan 17, 2013 09:00

This looks awesome... wish it was open in February when I'll be visiting mid-coast Maine!



Posted by: Reade Brower | Jan 17, 2013 08:16

This is soo wicked cool! What a great treat for the mid-coast to look forward to.

 

 

 

 



Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jan 16, 2013 19:14

Way to go Connie Russell!!!



Posted by: Melissa Elwell | Jan 16, 2013 16:24

Go Tim!!

 



Posted by: Kate Miller | Jan 16, 2013 15:32

what a great idea for winer fun!



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