Monday, October 31, 2011

Sweet Potatoes in a Variety of Costumes

Local Food: Despite the early arrival of winter's snow - conveniently melted away - we still have the flavors of Thanksgiving to keep us cozy. Like sweet potatoes. The versatile root vegetable provides a needed Vitamin A fix, good for healthy skin and vision, and its flavor profile is so versatile that it works in both sweet and savory plates. At Claire's, Steven mashes them with caramelized onions and sage, making the perfect accompaniment to the grilled pork loin served along with kale. Mashed sweet potatoes also accompany the vegetable fricassée, adding a subtle creaminess to the sautéed radishes, fennel, edamame and peppers. Steven mixes sweet potato fries in with the poutine to add a bit of toothsomeness. Look for them on the dessert menu too - sweet potato and dark chocolate make a decadent and healthy end to your meal.

At the Bar: Come in to enjoy our Sunday and Monday drink specials. This Sunday, November 6 we offer a $2.50 pint of Rock Art Brewery Vermont Hop Harvest, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red. Our Spiked Celery Cider, made with Green Mountain Organic Vodka, muddled celery and Champlain Orchards cider, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: The one, the only Rusty DeWees celebrates his birthday at The Galaxy Bookshop on November 15th at 7PM. Don't miss the cake and the chance to hear The Logger introduce his new book, Scrawlins II.

Music Notes: Audrey Bernstein and the Young Jazzers join us this Thursday, November 3 at 7:30. They present a stylized mixture of vintage and modern sounds, and perform an eclectic mix of jazz standards including ballads, swinging up-tempos and Bossa Nova.

Local Events: Glover artist Ben Barnes paintings of what Darshana Bolt calls "rusty automotive relics, nestled in Vermont landscapes that range from bleak to beautiful, from mountains to Mobil stations" are now on display at Claire's. Meet Ben at the Art Opening on Monday, November 7 from 4-6.

Reminders: 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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