New projects cooking for Westport’s Stacy Silva-Boutwell

WESTPORT — Stacy Silva-Boutwell has her fingers in many pies. To many in the SouthCoast and beyond this Westport resident is known as the Portuguese American Mom, with a blog, cookbook, and bakery and tea shop under her apron string. Now she has some new, exciting projects cooking, one of […]

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

To many in the SouthCoast and beyond this Westport resident is known as the Portuguese American Mom, with a blog, cookbook, and bakery and tea shop under her apron string.

Now she has some new, exciting projects cooking, one of which takes her across the Atlantic to share her gastronomic know-how with travelers through an immersive 10-day cultural and culinary experience.

Silva-Boutwell has partnered with Fall River-based travel agency Sagres Vacations to lead an intimate, hands-on tour of São Miguel, the largest island in the archipelago of the Azores, Portugal, this fall.

Taking the lead with assistance from her mother, Natalia Silva, she’ll be criss-crossing the island, from which both sides of her family hail, with the goal of offering tourists an authentic Portuguese adventure.

“I think it’s going to be fantastic,” said the longtime cook and owner of StacyCakes Tea Shoppe & Cakery in Westport.

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Silva-Boutwell will shine a spotlight on Portuguese cuisine, while her mom and a local tour guide will be on hand to talk culture and history and offer anecdotes from their own personal experiences. 

“You can’t buy that. Those personal anecdotes add so much richness to a trip,” she said.

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

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

“They’ll get that culinary adventure as well as the cultural aspect as well as a true luxury vacation,” while still getting the grassroots experience, she said. 

The tour sets off Sept. 13, in an attempt to coincide with a feast in her mother’s native village of Povoacao. There her group can experience the nightlife of the feast — where Silva-Boutwell’s uncle, well-known Portuguese singer Marc Dennis, will perform — as well as the religious procession the next day, with streets lined in a beautiful carpet of flowers and greenery.

“I think that’s an amazing experience for people who’ve never seen it,” she said.

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

On that side of the island, the group will be staying in luxury at a hotel in Nordeste, and embark on a tour of Furnas — best-known for its geothermal activity, hot springs and traditional stew (cozido) slow-cooked underground in steaming holes known as fumaroles — as well as a tea plantation. 

One of the highlights for Silva-Boutwell will be their welcome lunch. She’ll be hosting a picnic in the scenic Nordeste, where she’ll teach guests traditional Portuguese grilling techniques.

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