Monday, December 5, 2011

Crab Baked

Local Food: When the holiday pace is a little too much - instead of getting crabby, try the new crab gratin Steven is preparing. For a gentle pick-me-up, the tender Maine crab meat is mixed with vegetables including sweet potatoes, earthy celery root, spicy red onion from Hazendale, and preserved sweet corn from Pete's, all sautéed in Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc. Steven mixes in a crème fraîche he makes from Butterworks Farm cream, and this adds a slight nutty flavor. A topping of breadcrumbs is mixed with parsley from Hatchbrook Farm and lemon thyme from Steven's own garden. The gratin is baked until crispy, brown and warm. The final touch is a salad of peppery golden frills mustard greens tossed with herb vinaigrette and bacon (which can be omitted).

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. This Sunday, December 11th we offer a $2.50 pint of Trout River, a $4 glass of Shelburne Vineyard New World Red or Lincoln Peak Starlight Rosé. The Elderberry Fizz with Caledonia Spirits Elderberry Cordial, Barr Hill Gin and ginger beer, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: This is a delicious season for cookbooks and books about food. Come in to browse through Essential Pepin or Molly Stevens' new book All About Roasting to whet your appetite. You may have recently heard the interview with Tom Mueller, author of Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil - get a taste in the Google preview and come in to Galaxy for the whole book.

Music Notes: Laslo Cameo join us Thursday, December 8th at 7:30, playing their unique blend of world cultures. Our neighbors Leslie Campos and Randy Bulpin, with their shared desire to play groove-oriented and roots based material will put on a must see show!

Local Events: Our "Glitter Ball" dance party is this Friday, December 9 from 10-2! DJ Lesson One will be spinning your favorites so bring your dancing shoes and your ID- 18 and over. Creative attire encouraged. $5 suggested donation at the door for music.

Vermont Vaudeville's next show is this Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 at the Orleans Municipal Building. They bring community-centered, live entertainment to the theater spaces in Vermont. Their all ages shows provide opportunities for performers and audiences near and far. Help support their mission to revive the spirit of Vaudeville in the Green Mountain State by producing and performing funny, amazing, broadly accessible shows.

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Buy a gift certificate now through the new year and we will donate 10% of sales to NOFA-VT's Farm Share Program.

Spend New Year's Eve with us and The Butterbeans, who will be joining us from 7-9 on December 31. Every reservation of two or more made by Friday, December 30, at noon, will enjoy two desserts as a gift from us, and all our New Year's Eve guests can enter to win the Grand Prize Drawing, a Valentine's Day dinner for two.

We will be closed December 24 and 25 so our staff can celebrate the holidays with their families and friends.

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. Thanks to many of you we have significantly reduced those fees this year.

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