Monday, January 2, 2012

Something to Prize

Local Food: Do you remember ripping through the caramel corn to find the trinket hidden inside the box?  With maple instead of sugar, Steven makes caramel corn the prize itself. White Lightning Organic Popcorn comes via Pete's Greens (also available in their CSA share) and is a hybrid variety grown by Loraine and Steve Lalonde just across the border in Quebec.  White Lightning has a delicate, crispy and slightly nutty flavor that complements the maple syrup sauce that coats it. The sauce is made by heating syrup from Sweet Stone Maple Farm in Hardwick to a high temperature.  The popcorn complements a rich chocolate ganache - made with maple liqueur - and our famous house made maple fluff, though for this plate the fluff is toasted and brings to mind smores around the campfire.  The final touch is a salted walnut caramel sauce, creating a landscape of treats for your mouth.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. This Sunday, January 8th we offer a $2.50 pint of Trout River, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red. The French 75, made with Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: Galaxy is making the move to Main Street this month, in stages. This week you will find Galaxy in the bank building on Mill Street, and while the bookstore is starting to look different in preparation for the move, there are still new books arriving. Beginning on Saturday, Galaxy will be operating from the back of the bank building to make way for the move. Come visit, and remember you can always visit us virtually.

Music Notes: Blue Fox joins us this Thursday, January 5th at 7:00.  Check out what Pamela Polston of Seven Days calls his "deep-lazy-growly-sexy" vocals and "ultra-strength" guitar playing. 

Local Events: Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Vermont Food Venture Center this Friday, January 6 from 12:00-5:00.  The opening is hosted by the Center for an Agricultural Economy and Northern Enterprises, with guided tours, invited guest speakers and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 with Senator Patrick Leahy.

Reminders: This year, we will be open for all of January.  We 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 use cash or a check - credit card companies charge us a fee that really adds up. Thanks to many of you we have significantly reduced those fees this year.

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