Monday, May 16, 2011

Get Your Grill On

Local Food: As Spring promises rising temperatures and Summer days just around the corner, the kitchen at Claire's is heating up as well. From our grill, Steven introduces chicken from Pete's Greens done to smokey, crispy, juicy goodness. It is served with two sauces: a cucumber and ramp crème fraîche, made with season-defying cucumbers from Pete's that contrast against the grilled chicken and add a tangy moistness; and chimichurri, a traditional South American sauce that can incorporate a variety of herbs and spices. Steven makes this chimichurri with basil and our own dried chiles for a kick of heat. The grilled chicken is served along with quickly sautéed greens. The contrast of hot and cold in this flavorful dish is a promise of much to celebrate as we kick in grilling for the season.

Around the Galaxy: Save June 7th for the World Premier at Galaxy of Ben Hewitt's new book Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn About Food Safety. Take a peek at it here and then call Claire's to make your reservation for before or after the event at Galaxy. Ben's first book, The Town That Food Saved, will be out in paperback at the same time. Bring your own work to read on May 24th when Galaxy hosts an open mic night.

Music Notes: Flat Top Trio join us Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 with their bluegrassin' honky tonkin' music. With a sound deeply rooted in the spirit of real country and bluegrass music based around the heartbeat of a flat top guitar, the Trio projects a sound that is unique and timeless.

Local Events: The next Vermont Vaudeville show is Saturday, May 21 at 8:00, at the Hardwick Town House. Their community-centered, live entertainment is all ages and features circus, comedy, magic, puppetry, contortion, music and more! Every show is different, admittance is always by donation and anyone and everyone is welcome.

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 use cash or a check- credit card companies charge us a fee that really adds up.

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