Monday, June 6, 2011

Summer School!

Local Food and Drink: With wine, everyone understands its importance. And more recently, we've learned how it works with food on the plate. But can you taste "place" in a cocktail? Find out the relationship between quality, ingenuity, and community in building a cocktail at our first Cocktail Class, in session at our bar one Friday each month from 4-5 pm starting this week on June 10. Our bartenders will take you through the nature of a particular spirit, how different distillers produce remarkably different attributes, and how best to mix a variety of flavors with the crisp produce of a Vermont summer, crafting fresh, surprising, and complex cocktails - sometimes with a kick. There's no admission and nothing you're required to buy. But if you'd like, you can enjoy one of the cocktails with a flight which samples the featured spirit for $15.

This Friday, June 10, we'll be working with our best Vodkas, from the smooth flavors of Vermont to the pungent and dry sensibility of one of the best made from potatoes in Poland. Our bartenders will take you through a NEK variation of the Lemon Drop, made with very tart rhubarb juice. We call it a Rhubarb Drop (pictured above with its key components). You'll also learn how to mix a classic martini as well as the dirty version, our Honeycomb, and a few new concoctions.

Around the Galaxy: The books have finally arrived and we are ready and excited to welcome Ben Hewitt and all of you to the world premiere of Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth About Food Safety. Join us Tuesday at 7 for Ben's insights - from small scale to the bigger picture - about an issue that is all too often in the headlines, including right now.

Music Notes: If you missed Flat Top Trio last month, Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 is your chance. With a sound deeply rooted in the spirit of their country heroes and heartbeat of a flat top guitar, the Trio personifies a sound that is both unique and timeless. The Flat Top Trio has been delighting audiences around Northern Vermont performing their original songs and a range of covers from John Prine to Merle Haggard.

Local Events: The 2nd Annual Hardwick Historic House Fair is this Sunday, June 12 at the Hardwick Town House on Church Street from 11-4. This is a free event featuring information booths on subjects including researching your property, identifying architectural styles, historic house paint colors and old varieties of flowers for the historic garden. Preservation tradespeople with expertise is framing, masonry, windows, moldings and blacksmithing will demonstrate their work and answer questions.

Kismet in Montpelier needs our help. They are continuing to struggle with the aftermath of the flood in Montpelier over Memorial Day weekend. After losing thousands of dollars worth of equipment, inventory and revenue, Kismet is not giving up and is seeking donations. Please give what you can, including words of encouragement.

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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