Monday, November 29, 2010

Two in the Pot

Local Food: Good turkey is something to be thankful for year 'round. And with Rebel Pine Farm in Wolcott crossing two heritage breeds - the Blue Slate and Bourbon Red - we have unique and flavorful meat to fill a root vegetable pot pie. Starting with sautéed turnips, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas and onions, then adding white wine from Shelburne Vineyard to create a jus, Steven includes kale, finishing with turkey and baking. Topped with a crispy crust of cornmeal from Butterworks Farm and Grafton cheddar, this ultimate comfort food is also available vegetarian with tofu from Vermont Soy, or you can enjoy its rustic simplicity with nothing but veggies. Try the pot pie with a glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc for $9.00 or pint of Trapp Helles Lager for $5.00.

Around the Galaxy: Come to Galaxy on December 4th to celebrate 22 years of a world of reading in Hardwick! Andrea Chesman and Tracey Medeiros will be at Galaxy from 11-1 to sign their cookbooks. Sandy, Stella and Linda will cook from Andrea's book Recipes from the Root Cellar, and Tracey's book, Dishing up Vermont. Come sample recipes and meet the authors from 11-1, and join the Sirius celebration at The Galaxy Bookshop from 8 in the morning until 5 in the evening.

Music Notes: The trio of Katie Trautz on fiddle, banjo and guitar, Jay Ekis on guitar and Noah Hahn on acoustic and electric bass will join us on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30. Don't miss their unique blend of rock/folk/indie originals and covers.

Local Events: Join authors Bethany Dunbar, Caroline Abels, Ben Hewitt and Julia Shipley at the St. John's Episcopal Church at 6:30 pm on Friday, December 3 for a benefit to raise money and awareness around hunger in Vermont. In lieu of admission, please bring a non-perishable item for the Hardwick Area Food Pantry or a monetary donation to benefit the Center for an Agricultural Economy's Food Access Fund. For more information, contact Elena Gustavson at or call 802-472-5840

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Buy a gift certificate now through the new year and we will donate 10% of sales to NOFA-VT's Farm Share Program.

Book a Holiday Party at Claire's now and you'll be entered to win a $30 gift certificate. For groups of six or more we will offer a $25 prix fixe menu.

We will be closed December 24 and 25 so our staff can celebrate the holidays with their families and friends. Our annual closing will be after "blunch" service on January 2, reopening Monday, January 17.

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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