Monday, October 18, 2010

Tart it up

Local Food: At any time of year, Steven's tarts are a local showcase. Right now, with our long, warm fall just turning to cold and damp, and before the hens slow down their egg laying, they are quite a treat. Start with eggs from Windhorse Farm in East Hardwick, whipped with half & half from Strafford Organic Creamery. Add the last of the year's broccoli from Pete's Greens, then leeks and squash from Hazendale Farm. Top the tart with Hartwell cheese, a velvety and mild variety from Ploughgate Creamery. The pâte brisée crust is made with butter from Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery, and it is all baked until the cheese on top melts and develops a slight crispy texture.

Around the Galaxy: Come to The Galaxy Bookshop on Tuesday at 7PM to hear Tim Simard talk about his new book Haunted Hikes of Vermont. Just in time for Halloween hiking, the book is filled with both fanciful legend and practical trail information. Come on Tuesday, pick up a copy of the book and head out for a hike if you dare.

Music Notes: The Eames Brothers return this Thursday, October 21 at 7:30. Don't miss their "uplifting, soulful, mysterious" music that flows from "stinging electric shuffles to sparse delta blues."

Local Art: We welcome new art on our walls for the months of October and November by Kathy Stark. Join her Monday, October 18 from 4-6 for her artist reception.

Local Events: This week is particularly fruitful for those Vermonters interested in food politics and global activism. On Monday at the Town House, the New England Region of Witness for Peace, Buffalo Mountain Co-op, the Highfields Institute, and the Center for an Agricultural Economy welcome Kiado Cruz, an organizer with the Autonomous Network for Food Sovereignty in Oaxaca, Mexico. On Tuesday evening, Saint Michael's College in Colchester inaugurates the college's new Environmental Studies major with a special address by Indian scientist and food activist Dr. Vandana Shiva (note that the location has been changed from the Arts Center to the chapel). Read a recent interview with Dr. Shiva published by Rodale Press. And the focus is closer to home next week when Theresa Snow, founder of Salvation Farms, discusses hunger in Vermont and her work with the Vermont Food Bank on October 25th at 6:30PM at Sterling College.

This Saturday, the Wacky Worm Sisters of Down to Earth Worm Farm in Greensboro will host an Indoor Composting with Red Wigglers Workshop at 1:00pm. The workshop is free. Please RSVP to 533-9836 or

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, Sundays 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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