Saturday, May 8, 2010


Local Food: An early spring treat, wild fiddleheads are the early coiled shoots of the ostrich fern that grow into the lush leafy green mature plant. Foraged for only a few weeks, fiddleheads can be pickled and enjoyed throughout the year. Similar in flavor to asparagus or artichoke hearts, Steven prepares fiddleheads to provide an herby background in our papardelle pasta, a ragout served with the brown trout, and the three cheese tarte with fiddleheads, ramps and chard. You shouldn't miss the beer battered fiddleheads, served with our creamy ramp aioli.

Around the Galaxy: Luke O'Brien from NorthWoods Stewardship Center will talk about the Center's new publication, Northeast Kingdom Mountain Trail Guide at The Galaxy on Saturday, May 15 at 4:00. After a short talk, Luke will lead a walk on the Hardwick Trails. And mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 18, at 7PM when Bill Alexander will be at Galaxy to talk about his quest to bake the perfect loaf of bread, detailed in his book 52 Loaves.

Music Notes: Mark Struhsacker returns Thursday at 7:30. We invite you to enjoy his flat picking guitar style on bluegrass instrumentals and traditional fiddle tunes.

Local Events: Teacher and naturalist Gail Johnson will lead a bird walk on the Hardwick Trails. Meet at the trailhead at the Hazen Union parking lot on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00am.

2 Years! With the Spring Festival we celebrate our second anniversary. To help us mark the occasion, enter to win a $25 gift card or t-shirts. Send or email us a few thoughts, a paragraph, or a brief note describing what you like best about Claire's: our food, our role in the community, a special event you've shared with us, or any other memory about starting, working with, or dining at Claire's. Every one we publish on our blog will receive a t-shirt, and all entries will be eligible to win the $25 gift card. Everyone- Claire's family, friends, farmers, neighbors, and staff are all invited to participate.

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