Monday, July 18, 2011

Scamorza? More than Mozzarella

Local Food: Steven's mother-in-law recently asked about Vermont cheese. "Does anyone in Vermont make Scamorza?" Mike's mom wanted to know from her California home. Similar to mozzarella, this stretched curd cheese was a favorite childhood treat shopping with her mother on Saturdays in Boston's North End. Intrigued, it didn't take Steven long to find Scamorza "affumicata" (or smoked) from Maplebrook Farm, and he uses the cheese for a touch of creaminess in a cool and crisp summer salad just right for these dog days. Provender Farm in Cabot brings us the first crop of sweet and crunchy snap peas, mixed with Pete's first heirloom tomatoes and purple beans. Provender Farm's light, leafy greens go along with scallions for a rich variety of textures, flavors and colors. The vinaigrette of garlic scape oil and red wine vinegar brightens up the plate.

Our New Hours!
Now Open for Dinner All Week
Open at 2:30
Free WiFi with coffee and bar service
Dinner seatings available 5-9, 5-8 Sundays
Blunch every Sunday from 11-2

Cocktail Class
Saturday, July 23, 4-5
Featuring Duncan Holaday of
Dunc's Mills Rum
Free Admission
Cocktail and Flight Specials

At the Bar: Cocktail Class is back, with special guest Duncan Holaday, our renowned local distiller who has just embarked on a new adventure with Dunc's Mills Maple and Elderflower rums. Duncan is founder of the oldest existing distillery in Vermont, where Vermont Gold Vodka was born and Vermont Spirits once housed. He distills his rum in the traditional way, from cane sugar, and adds Vermont maple and elderflower to this unique barrel aged local spirit. On Saturday, July 23 from 4-5 pm, learn from a master what cocktails bring out the complex flavor of each variety, and how to mix rum with the flavorful produce of Vermont. Free Admission and specials on cocktails and flights if you are so inspired.

Don't forget our Sunday and Monday drink specials. On Sunday, July 24, we offer a $2.50 pint of Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat, a $4 glass of East Shore Vineyard Cabernet Franc or Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc. The Black Raspberry Gimlet features Green Mountain Organic Gin and Larry Brochu's black raspberries, for $5.

Around the Galaxy: On Tuesday, July 26 Galaxy welcomes area translators Alex Smith and Elye Alexander. Their most recent project has brought them attention from many quarters, including The Wall Street Journal. They will talk about their translation process and The Devotion of Suspect X on the 26th at 7PM. And put August 23 on your calendar to welcome David Budbill's new collection of poems, Happy Life. The book, with a stunning cover by Lois Eby, is available now for your reading pleasure.

Music Notes: Plank House Band, "a tasty little Cornet and Banjolele duo, playing the popular music of yesterday," join us Thursday July 21 at 7:30. The Hardwick duo are also part of Vermont Vaudeville and put on a show that is not to be missed.

Local Events: Summer Music from Greensboro begins this Tuesday, July 19 at 8:00 at the United Church of Christ. Adults are $18, seniors $17 and students $10.

The Craftsbury Chamber Players perform at the Hardwick Town House on Thursday nights - don't forget the free mini-concerts for children and their friends earlier in the day at 2.

Reminders: 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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