Monday, December 19, 2011

Happy Holidays

Local Food: Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Boxing Day! Heri za Kwanzaa! Happy Solstice! Bonne Année!

However you celebrate the season, take some time to unwind at Claire's. The cold is finally upon us, and what better way to warm us up than a Cranberry Hot Buttered Rum, made with a spiced cranberry butter created by Steven. Or enjoy a Frothy Nogtini with Strafford Organic Creamery Eggnog and Dunc's Mill Maple Rum to get you in the holiday spirit. Kids can enjoy Eggnog or hot spiced cider. Beef Brisket from Snug Valley Farm arrives just in time to inspire the perfect Shabbat supper on the fourth night of Hanukkah. Celebrate the Solstice or take a break from Christmas shopping and gift wrapping on December 22, and enjoy the sounds of Hazen Union students singing some holiday carols. Stop by on Friday as your family arrives for Christmas weekend.

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 holiday with their families and friends.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. We will be closed this Sunday, December 25, and will reopen on Monday, the 26th with drink specials including $2.50 Switchback pints, $4 wine and $5 cocktail.

Around the Galaxy: It is the season for eating and giving, and Galaxy has books for both. The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat will prepare you to make the best of All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art. Or if you want to sit by the stove and plan for next year's batch of jams, pick up The Fruit Gardener's Bible to make the most of your berry patch. The book is an updated, revised and expanded edition of Lewis Hill's classic Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden, by UVM Extension professor Leonard Perry.

Music Notes: Talented Hazen Union students will be joining us this Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 to get us in the spirit with holiday tunes and more!

Local Events: Get a head start on your garden with High Mowing Seeds. Join their Community Supported Seeds program and receive 10% off seeds for next season! Put your seed dollars towards supporting an independently-owned company committed to meeting your farming needs with high-quality organic seeds. This discount is offered only through December 31, 2011.

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Buy a gift certificate now until New Year's Eve and we will donate 10% of sales to NOFA-VT's Farm Share Program. When you pay with cash or check, get 5% off!

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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