Celebrity Chef Cook-off has charm covered

October 22, 2019

I’ve been wanting to explore the Covered Bridge Inn since reading Ron’s article ( about the Hopkins’ family farm transforming into a wedding destination. We’ve all stopped for ice cream on Route 9 - who wouldn’t want to stand where the history started just a couple miles away? The oldest part of the farmhouse dates back to 1837, when William Hopkins purchased the home at auction. I’m charmed by the entire property and of course its namesake - the covered bridge Alden Hopkins built over an irrigation channel to a pond in 1985.

The farm's 4,000-square-foot cow loafing shed from 1960 has been refurbished into an event venue - the perfect place to hold Milton Historical Society’s Celebrity Chef Cook-off this Wednesday, Oct. 23. You’ll find me there taking time to enjoy Ingrid Hopkins’ blooming mums again ... plus a signature cocktail sponsored by Irish Eyes Milton and food from The Counting House, Gilligan’s Bar and Grill, Paul’s Kitchen and Cullen-ary Company, Two Meatballs, Black Hat Catering and yes, Hopkins Ice Cream!

The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $50,000 to maintain the museum, bring in new exhibits and oral histories, and provide programs to the community. Visit for details about the 4th annual fundraiser.

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