Monday, January 23, 2012

Feelin' Ducky?

Local Food: Muscovy duck, raised at Applecheek Farm, is among the most tender and flavorful.  Steven slowly sautées the breast to attain the much desired crispy skin and to release some of the luscious flavor from the fat. The duck is finished in the oven, roasted to your desired doneness. Crunchy purple cabbage is marinated in red wine from Shelburne Vineyard, honey, maple syrup from Caledonia Farm, raspberries and apple cider vinegar, along with apples and onions - a sweet and sour zing on the plate.  Also served with the duck is spaetzle, translated from German as "little sparrow," which is a tiny, rustic pasta, so called because of its handmade shape.  Made with eggs from Sunshine Acres, whole grain mustard and whole wheat flour from Butterworks Farm, the spaetzle is the perfect accompaniment to the moist and rich duck breast.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, January 29th we offer a $2.50 pint of Rock Art, a $4 glass of East Shore Vineyard Traminette or Cabernet Franc.  Try our Cranberry Hot Buttered Rum, made with spiced rum, ginger liqueur and Steven's cranberry butter blend, offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: Galaxy Loves You - Share the love at the Galaxy's Bookstore Warming Party on Friday, February 3rd, from 6 until midnight. Come check out the new space, browse the shelves, then dance on over right next door to Claire's for the Heartthrob party. The Galaxy is open for business! Shelves are still being restocked and a grand reopening awaits many other features of the new space - come in now and check back often to see the progress.

Music Notes: Spider Roulette joins us this Thursday, January 26 at 7:00. Check out the trio playing acoustic blues, roots and Americana.

Local Events: Valentine's Day will be here before we know it, so make your dinner reservation now.  Tell us why you love Hardwick on the Claire's Facebook page, and you will be entered to win Valentine's dinner for two! Thank you to the many folks who have already participated- we love hearing what you have to say!

With six miles of groomed trails open, now is the perfect time to visit the Hardwick Trails.  On Saturday, January 29 from 9:00am to noon, you can borrow cross country skis and snowshoes for free. Just stop by the log cabin behind Hazen Union.  If you'd like to borrow equipment on a different day, call 472-6517.

Mark your calendars for our next Heartthrob Dance Party Friday, February 3 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.

Reminders: This year, we will be open throughout January - 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 been able to significantly reduced those fees.

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