Monday, June 25, 2012

Kale at Your Fingertips

Local Food: Though many of us know to "eat more kale," few know the secret to including the abundant green in a fresh salad. Just a light massage of the kale loosens and lightens it up so you can enjoy all the benefits kale has to offer. Working it with his fingertips, Steven takes kale from Harvest Hill Farm and forms a tender, mellow base to the salad. He adds grilled tofu from Vermont Soy and Tempeh from Rhapsody, scallions from Mystic Morning Farm, and nutty barley from Golden Crops in nearby Quebec. Slivers of sweet golden beets from Pete's Greens add a touch of  color and sugar. The hearty salad is tossed with herbed and watermelon vinaigrette, with mint from Steven's garden and basil, cilantro and parsley from Sandiwood Farm, along with a punchy bite from grilled garlic scapes from Michael Parker.

At the Bar: Remember our Sunday and Monday drink specials. Sunday, July 1st we offer a $2.50 pint of Wolaver's, a $4 glass of Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc or Big Barn Red. Our Cucumber Gin and Tonic with Caledonia Spirits Gin, is offered for $5.

Around the Galaxy:
On Thursday night at 6, Rob Mermin & Rob Gurwitt celebrate Circus Smirkus: 25 Years of Running Home to the Circus. Then on Tuesday, July 3rd, Gish Jen discusses World and Town, now out in paperback.

Music Notes:
 Dave Keller returns this Thursday, June 28 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 Circus Smirkus 25th Anniversary Big Top Tour begins Sunday, July 1st in Greensboro with shows at 1 pm and 6 pm.  Tickets are $19 for adults, $13 for children (2-12) and free for those under two.  For more information, contact

Mark your calendars for First Friday in Hardwick and shop local!  Celebrate Hardwick, have a good time with the entire family, see friends and neighbors, and support local business on Friday, July 6th from 5-10.  There will be live music, massage, face painting, snacks, and the chance to visit Main Street businesses during extended hours.  Support Hardwick's economy and enter the raffle to win prizes!

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 until July 4th.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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