Monday, August 30, 2010

Was Ben Franklin Wrong?

Local Food: Both men and melons, according to Franklin, "are hard to know." But even with its exotic tropical antecedents, cantaloupe is nonetheless a familiar companion for late Vermont summers. And the suppleness of muskmelons from Pete's Greens makes them versatile additions to our menu. Steven portions them for savory dishes like the crab cake, adding a juicy sweetness that offsets the bitter greens and complements the subtle crab meat. You can also find cantaloupe in the cucumber gazpacho, with an array of herbs from Rowan Farm, and a kick of spice from jalapenos and cayenne peppers. Just the right cool first course for our warmer end of summer days.

Around the Galaxy: Come to Galaxy on Tuesday, September 7th at 7PM when Rowan Jacobsen, a James Beard Award winning author from East Calais, introduces his new book, American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters and Fields. Come to Galaxy to get your copy now, and read about our neighbors who produce syrup and cheese, as well as a forest gastronomer from Quebec and avocado growers in Mexico. The book is delicious to read and Jacobsen explores the flavors of the food we are so fortunate to have in ways that extend new depths of appreciation and understanding.

Music Notes: Dan Haley is Mister Casual will join us this Thursday, September 2 at 7:30. Be sure to catch Noah Hahn and Dan Haley playing an acoustic set of folk-pop with jazz leanings.

Local Events: Kathy Stark will return to the Art House in Craftsbury for September's First Friday Artist Talk. She will show examples of her work, new and old and speak about her techniques, mediums and inspirations on Friday, September 3 from 6:30-7:30. Please RSVP here.

Reminders: We are open daily after 2:30 for coffee, bar service, and baked goods, and free WiFi, with dinner reservations available from 5-9. Please note we have extended our Summer Sunday dinner hours and will seat guests until 9:00 pm. 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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