Monday, May 7, 2012


Local Food:  This time of year, Steven's labors extend beyond the kitchen, as he spends his mornings foraging for one of Vermont's hidden gems, fiddleheads. Like their equally wild cousin the ramp,  fiddleheads, or furled baby ferns, are spring's wild harbingers, and a fleeting delicacy. With a taste similar to asparagus, fiddleheads are crispy and nutty, perfect battered with beer and lightly fried along with ramps and shallots.  Grilled Brown Trout from Mountain Foot Farm pairs perfectly with sautéed fiddleheads.  They also add a hint of green to a plate of roasted roots and polenta with Landaff cheese. While fiddlehead season may be fleeting, Steven is busy preserving and pickling them for us to enjoy year round, and even at the bar.  Our Ramptini will be available soon!

Mother's Day is this Sunday- we're open for Blunch from 11-2 and dinner from 5-8.  Each Blunch reservation will be entered to win a $25 gift card for mom!

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, May 13th we offer a $2.50 pint of Rock Art, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Riverbend Red or Seyval Blanc. The Apple Cider Car, made with Green Mountain Organic Vodka, Flagg Hill Farm Apple Brandy and apple cider, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy: Galaxy welcomes former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin on May 15th at 7PM to discuss her new book, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining The Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family. The book is available now at The Galaxy Bookshop for Mother's Day giving. Also just arrived an eagerly awaited new book by Sandor Katz, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World.

Music Notes: Blue Fox joins us this Thursday, May 10th at 7:00.  Check out what Pamela Polston of Seven Days calls his "deep-lazy-growly-sexy" vocals and "ultra-strength" guitar playing.

Local Events: The Hardwick Farmers' Market starts this Friday, May 11th, with extended hours from 3-6:30.

Vermont Vaudeville presents Perfect Harmony, two nights of comedy, music and spectacle at the Hardwick Town House.  Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at 8:00, Vermont Vaudeville will show their community centered, live entertainment, great for all ages that features local talents and world touring professionals. Tickets are available at The Galaxy Bookshop.

Reminders: We will be open Wednesdays starting July 4th for the summer!
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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