Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Sugar Shack Shimmies

Local Food: There's no surer sign of spring in Vermont than sugaring in full swing and a sugar shack warm from the heat of boiling sap. Maple syrup is the first "harvest" of the year, and it is celebrated in a simple dish called poudding chômeur, developed by women factory workers in Quebec and brought to Vermont by immigrant families. A literal translation would be "poor man's pudding," a frugal mixture of northern staples from the cupboard that combine to form a creamy dessert. Served piping hot, Steven's version of this tradition brings the flavors and fragrance of the sugar shack to your table. Enjoy it with a latte or spiced cider.

Around the Galaxy: Thank you to over 40 people who pre-ordered The Town That Food Saved at Galaxy and thereby contributing over $200 to the Hardwick Area Food Pantry. If you haven't gotten your copy yet, Galaxy is well stocked. On Saturday, April 10th at 3:30, Galaxy will host a discussion of the book at Claire's.

Music Notes: Old-time stringband The House Carpenters will play Thursday, March 25, at 7:30. Be sure to come out and support local musicians Katie Trautz, Ted Ingham and Dan Haley.

Local Art: Hardwick resident Alex Botinelli brings an exhibit of paintings and mixed media work to Claire's beginning Tuesday, March 23. Her art explores the relationship between composition, form and color. The opening reception with Alex is Monday, March 29, from 4-6 pm.

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