Monday, April 30, 2012

Turn Up the Volume

Local Food: Those of us who are hesitant about the turnip just haven't tried the Hakurei variety - a small, delicately flavored version of Japanese origins. These sweet salad turnips are smooth and snow white, and mature early, typically just after radishes, but with milder flavor. Their sweet and punchy flavor is best enjoyed raw and fresh, which Steven uses to add tender and crisp texture to a mesclun salad.  He also includes Hakurei from Hazendale Farm and Pete's Greens alongside the pork belly sandwich with kimchi featured on our Blunch menu.  The rich and hearty pork butt also gets a touch of the turnips, along with sprouts from Peace of Earth Farm.  The spicy green tops of the turnips can be cooked to add a hint of mustard flavor to any plate.

Coming soon: Steven will be serving his cool green gazpacho with Hakurei turnips at the Burlington Wine and Food Festival in June.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, May 6th we offer a $2.50 pint of Wolaver's, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Big Barn Red or Seyval Blanc. The Bemis Block, made with Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin, Urban Moonshine citrus bitters and St. Germaine, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: Celebrate artist Tara Goreau, creator of the mural now installed at Galaxy. Tara will be putting the finishing touches on the mural on the afternoon of May 5th starting around 1. Stop by after you finish Greening Up, and then from 4-5 celebrate Tara and the mural with a little party. Be sure to have Tuesday, May 15th on the calendar when Madeleine Kunin will discuss her book The New Feminist Agenda at Galaxy.

Music Notes: First Crush join us Thursday, May 3 at 7:00.  Enjoy the Montpelier based indie pop duo as they spread their love-sickness!

Local Events: Green Up Vermont Day is this Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  Meet at the Hardwick Fire Station.  Help beautify our community by participating in Vermont's Annual Green Up campaign.  Trash bags and gloves will be available for pickers and 30 "treasure bottles" will be hidden along the roadways for a little extra incentive.  With a bit of luck everyone should be able to "pick" a prize.

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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