Monday, April 9, 2012

The Bread Bowl is Back!

Local Food: Remember the classic spinach dip served in a bread bowl?  After a recent conversation with his mother-in-law, Steven was inspired to reimagine this tradition with our local tofu and greens, making for a smooth vegan appetizer.  He whisks Vermont Soy tofu with spinach from Hazendale Farm and spices it up with dried chiles from Pete's Greens.  Shallots and garlic from Eastview Farm add a bit of heat and a lot of flavor.  The dip is served warm and creamy in a mini bread bowl from Patchwork Farm and Bakery.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, April 15th we offer a $2.50 pint of Rock Art, a $4 glass of Fresh Tracks Rosé or East Shore Vineyard Cabernet Franc.  The Aviation, with Barr Hill Gin, Maraschino Liqueur and a splash of Lemon, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: Welcome Peter Behrens back on Tuesday, April 10th at 7PM. As described in the New York Times Book Review, The O'Briens "follows four generations of an Irish family from the wilds of Quebec at the turn of the 20th century through British Columbia, California, New York, Montreal, Europe and finally to Maine in the 1960s." Peter is a great storyteller. Listen to an interview on NPR with Jacki Lyden to get a hint then come to Galaxy on Tuesday to hear for yourself.

Music Notes: Dave Keller returns this Thursday, April 12 at 7:00.  If you have not yet had the chance to see him, don't miss this opportunity to check out his deep soul singing and gritty guitar licks.

Local Events: The 2nd Annual Northeast Kingdom Farm and Food Summit is this Saturday, April 14th at Jay Peak Resort from 9- 5:30. Spend the day attending workshops and networking.  New this year is an NEK Tasting and Networking Event where attendees can sample and purchase locally produced specialty foods, wines, cheese and more from 4-5:30.

Also on Saturday, April 14th, Hardwick's Second Saturday Contra Dance Series continues.  Traditional New England Contra Dance with live music and a lively caller will begin at 6:30, with mingling and a potluck supper at 5:30.  Contact Alana at 472-5584 for more information.

You can help fund a USDA inspected on-farm butcher shop at Sugar Mountain Farm! The funds will help purchase materials and equipment and make scarce meat processing slots more available to regional farmers.  Find out how you can help here.

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 been able to significantly reduce those fees.
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