Monday, September 27, 2010

A Squash by Any Other Name

Local Food: Not inclined toward edible decorations, Steven prefers to harvest pumpkins for satisfying rather than scaring. This week, the plump squash from Mystic Morning Farm star in a tarte of leeks and pumpkin, paired with the smoky texture of bacon and the dry bite of Tarentaise cheese. You will also find the prolific fruit roasted with young chard alongside the crab cake. Pumpkin is also for breakfast, featured as pumpkin pancakes with hot buttered rum apples and whipped cream. And dessert is more than just pie. Look for spicy gingerbread with caramelized pumpkin and apples as a sweet finish to your meal. And if you are craving the flavor profile of pumpkin pie, you can find it at the bar in a pumpkin martini. You might also enjoy the stunning pumpkins from Ben's Pumpkins we feature in the dining room as sculpture. You can get your own pumpkins from Ben Notterman on Pumpkin Lane in East Hardwick.

Around the Galaxy: Archer Mayor returns to The Galaxy Bookshop on the publication day of his 21st Joe Gunther book, Red Herring, on Tuesday. As anyone who has been to one of Archer's many appearances at Galaxy can attest, he entertains the crowd every time. In addition to writing mysteries, Archer is a death investigator, a sheriff's deputy, a volunteer firefighter and an EMT. Come to Galaxy to celebrate Archer's success as a writer, and to kick off his bookstore tour in style. The evening begins Tuesday, September 28th at 7PM and is free.

Music Notes: Singer/Songwriters Ryan Arthur from Danville and Steve Wright of Gopher Broke will play this Thursday, September 30 at 7:30. Come out and support local acoustic rock and bluegrass music.

Local Events: On Saturday, October 2, The Hardwick Town House will present the Mellow Yellow Experience, an immersive musical theater show that transports audience members back to the time when "Baby Boomers" were coming of age. The show features live music, outrageous costumes and a stunning multi-media video light show. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00. Tickets are available at the door and are $12 for the general public and $10 for those over 65. Call Shari at 472-5920 or David Cooper at 399-2589 for more information.

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. We will return to our regular Sunday dinner hours on October 17, seating arriving guests from 5-8. 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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