New projects cooking for Westport’s Stacy Silva-Boutwell

WESTPORT — Stacy Silva-Boutwell has her fingers in numerous pies.

To a lot of in the SouthCoast and past this Westport resident is recognized as the Portuguese American Mother, with a web site, cookbook, and bakery and tea shop below her apron string.

Now she has some new, enjoyable initiatives cooking, just one of which requires her across the Atlantic to share her gastronomic know-how with vacationers by means of an immersive 10-day cultural and culinary experience.

Silva-Boutwell has partnered with Fall River-based mostly vacation company Sagres Holidays to lead an intimate, fingers-on tour of São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago of the Azores, Portugal, this slide.

Stacy Silva-Boutwell, of Westport, a blogger, cookbook author and owner of StacyCakes Tea Shoppe and Cakery, will be leading culinary tours of St. Michael, Azores, this fall and has recently launched a YouTube channel.

Taking the lead with guidance from her mom, Natalia Silva, she’ll be criss-crossing the island, from which both of those sides of her household hail, with the target of offering travelers an reliable Portuguese experience.

“I believe it’s going to be superb,” said the longtime cook dinner and proprietor of StacyCakes Tea Shoppe & Cakery in Westport.

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Silva-Boutwell will glow a spotlight on Portuguese cuisine, whilst her mom and a local tour guide will be on hand to chat society and historical past and present anecdotes from their personal personal ordeals. 

“You won’t be able to purchase that. People own anecdotes incorporate so considerably richness to a journey,” she claimed.

The mission with these culinary tours, Silva-Boutwell mentioned, is to give folks who might be unfamiliar or looking to reconnect with their Portuguese roots, a flavor of all the island has to offer you.

Tourists check out Caldeiras das Furnas, in the village of Furnas , on the island of St. Michael, Azores.

“They are going to get that culinary journey as very well as the cultural factor as very well as a genuine luxurious holiday vacation,” when continue to having the grassroots expertise, she reported. 

The tour sets off Sept. 13, in an try to coincide with a feast in her mother’s native village of Povoacao. There her team can experience the nightlife of the feast — where by Silva-Boutwell’s uncle, nicely-identified Portuguese singer Marc Dennis, will carry out — as well as the religious procession the subsequent day, with streets lined in a wonderful carpet of bouquets and greenery.

“I imagine which is an remarkable experience for men and women who’ve never viewed it,” she said.

Sete Cidades on the island of St. Michael, Azores.

On that side of the island, the team will be staying in luxury at a hotel in Nordeste, and embark on a tour of Furnas — most effective-identified for its geothermal exercise, warm springs and conventional stew (cozido) sluggish-cooked underground in steaming holes recognized as fumaroles — as properly as a tea plantation. 

One particular of the highlights for Silva-Boutwell will be their welcome lunch. She’ll be hosting a picnic in the scenic Nordeste, the place she’ll teach visitors common Portuguese grilling methods.