Monday, July 4, 2011

Cherry on Top

Local Food: Hedelfingen Sweet Cherries from Champlain Orchards are here, and they are popping up all over the menu. Steven roasts the cherries to bring out their sweetness and serves them with the rich pork belly from Winding Brook Farm, along with pickled rhubarb and broccolini from Harvest Hill Farm. The maple and black pepper grilled pork loin is accompanied with a sweet cherry compote. For dessert, the tart cherries complement the silky and sweet mascarpone cheesecake. Cherries are for Blunch too, in a compote with honey from Honey Gardens and rhubarb, served with spiced pancakes and Chocorakers French Toast. Look for our cherry infused whiskey at the bar soon.

We are now open seven days a week through August!

At the Bar: Remember our drink specials every Sunday and Monday. For Sunday, July 10, we offer a $2.50 pint of Rock Art Whitetail Ale, a $4 glass of Fresh Tracks Rosé or Boyden Valley Big Barn Red. Our new cocktail, the Tomato Zinger features Green Mountain Organic Gin, sweet cherry tomatoes, lime juice and a salted rim, specially priced at $5.

Coming up at Cocktail Class: Duncan Holaday of Dunc's Mill will join us for our next cocktail class on Saturday, July 23 from 4-5. Learn about the new Vermont-made rums and the cocktails you can make with them. Admission is free, and you can enjoy a flight of the rum or a special cocktail.

Around the Galaxy: This week Galaxy celebrates the arrival of David Budbill's new book of poetry, Happy Life. The book's striking cover features Lois Eby's painting. David will read from his work at Galaxy in August and you can get your copy now. In the meantime, put the sizzle in your summer on July 12 when Greensboro's master of romance Anne Stuart & Kristina Douglas appear to introduce a hot new series plus the latest installment in The House of Rohan, Shameless.

Music Notes: Hardwick favorites The Butterbeans are back this Thursday, July 7 at 7:30. Support local music and dance to their old timey, jazz and bluegrass tunes.

Local Events: A benefit concert for the Jeudevine Library will be Saturday, July 9 at the Hardwick Town House from 7-9pm. Admission is $8, $5 for seniors and students and kids are free! Help support the fund for the new Youth Services Librarian while listening to some great local music by Laslo Cameo, Tracy Wolters and the Flood Family. For more information call the library at 472-5948.

On Sunday, July 10 Kenji Bunch and his Bluegrass Allstars play a benefit for the Craftsbury Chamber Players at 7PM in Craftsbury.

Reminders: We are open daily after 2:30 for coffee and espresso drinks, 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. 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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