Monday, March 26, 2012

Crisp and Green to Fight the Chill

Local Food:  Even with the sudden return of winter, spinach promises to pop up at farms across Vermont in the weeks ahead.  Already, our neighbors are back in action at Hazendale, Eastview, Mystic Morning, and Provender farms, bringing us the tender and buttery green we have been craving.  Steven spins a spinach salad in new directions, served both at dinner and for Sunday Blunch. The salad is made with crispy bacon, sweet and spicy shallots from Eastview Farm, toasted pecans and creamy Mossend blue cheese from Bonnieview Farm.  A warm poached egg from Sunshine Acres tops the salad, along with a red wine vinaigrette.  You can also find a touch of green with the crab cake, mussels and as a complement to the Fettuccine with sage brown butter cream.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, April 1st we offer a $2.50 pint of Trapp Lager, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red.  The Bemis Block, made with Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin, Urban Moonshine Citrus Bitters and St. Germaine, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: Meet author Tovar Cerulli at the Galaxy Bookshop on Tuesday at 7. A vegan-turned-hunter explores the connection between humans and their food sources in his new book The Mindful Carnivore. Plus, be sure to be at Galaxy on Tuesday, April 10th to hear Peter Behrens read from The O'Briens. This family saga spans the first half of the Canadian twentieth century, and moves from logging camps in Quebec to railroad building in British Columbia. Peter Behrens was recently profiled in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and interviewed by Jacki Lyden on NPR. Peter is coming early for the event to enjoy dinner at Claire's. You can join Peter for dinner and conversation about his work! Click here for links to the articles,and details about dinner with Peter Behrens.

Music Notes: Josh Gould of The Butterbeans joins us for a solo gig this Thursday, March 29th at 7:00. Check out his bluegrass/Americana tunes on the guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Local Events: Mark your calendars for our next dance party The Bunny Hop on Friday, March 30 from 10-2.  Put a glide in your stride and come dance! Bring your dancing shoes and ID- 18 and over please. $5 suggested music donation.  Designated drivers who pledge to be alcohol free for the night get free non-alcoholic drinks and a $10 gift card!

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.
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