Sunday, June 6, 2010

Champignon Dreams

Local Food: Magic comes from the darkest corners of the woods. That's how we like to think of oyster mushrooms from Wild Branch Mushrooms in Craftsbury. Cultivated in beautiful bunches, the oyster is named for its shell like appearance, not its taste, which is earthy and has an almost meaty texture. Rich in essential vitamins and protein, the oyster mushroom adds a unique and healthy component to any meal. Steven folds these soft petals of earthiness into his wheatberry risotto.

With our innovative local farming, tomato season gets off to an early start. The current issue of Vermont Life Magazine sings the praises of tomatoes and includes Steven's recipe for Green Tomato Upside-Down Cornmeal Cake, equally good as an early or late season tribute.

Around the Galaxy: Thanks from the Galaxy to everyone who came to hear Bill McKibben last week. There are still signed copies of his compelling new book Eaarth on the shelves. If you were intrigued by the Sunday New York Times review of cookbooks, come see the many available in the store, and remember that you can order any others.

Music Notes: Blue Fox returns Thursday, June 10 at 7:30. Don't miss "one of the few authentic blues musicians in Vermont," according to the Times Argus Newspaper.

Local Events: History Lives Here: The Hardwick Historic House Fair is Sunday, June 13 from 11-4 at the Hardwick Town House. Learn about the history of your house and speak with restoration experts and architectural historians. For more information, visit the Northeast Kingdom Arts Council.

Reminders: We are open daily after 2:30 for coffee, bar service, and baked goods, with dinner reservations available from 5-9 (until 8 on Sunday). We serve our special Blunch menu Sundays from 11-2. Claire's is closed every Wednesday.

We appreciate it when you reserve a table with us, as it helps us plan a relaxed and hospitable experience for you and all our guests. To show our appreciation, when you call, email, or stop by to make a reservation, you will be entered into our weekly drawing for a $20 gift card for your next visit.

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