Archive for December, 2008

We are what we need now.

21 Dec

“But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”Barack Obama

This was something that was sent to me from an Obama campain worker.  I don’t really need to add anything to this message.  Just wanted some people to think about this.

Some thoughts about what I have learned over the past 18 months:  I have learned that people are generally good and that most of us try to do the right thing most of the time.  I have learned that no matter how people label themselves…there are fundamental things we all agree on.  I have learned that if you do not talk to people, you will never, ever find good solutions to tough problems.

There are opportunities every day in every person’s life to choose hope over fear.  Even for those of you who are still waiting for President elect Obama to prove himself, you cannot deny the number of people he has inspired to action, how many people he has inspired to have the audacity of hope.  And it is true that we are who we have been waiting for.  It is my HOPE that we all take that inspiration and keep moving forward.  How far we have come in less than 50 years.  This isn’t all about Obama, he is the inspiration…it is about us and our dedication to moving forward and taking care of one another.  

With that in mind, I implore you to stay involved in your communities, meet your legislators, talk to people who have completely different views, drop some food off at the food shelf.  We have some tough times ahead but I know that if we all join hands, we will come out of this stronger than we were before.

It’s not he, them, they or you…  it is us and we.

Thank you everybody, and have happy and safe holidays.

New Years Eve, 2008

05 Dec

Since Everyone as been asking, here we go, this is the tentative menu for NYE 2008.  We are keeping things simple.  If you would like to make a reservation, please call between 3pm and 5pm daily and we will do the best we can to accomadte you.  We are taking reservations starting at 7:00pm and will be here till close.   (Sorry, no balloon drop, but there will be bubbles at midnight!)


 pumpkin, blue cheese, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil


Beef wellington

Thousand Hills cattle grass-fed beef, Larry Schultz chicken liver pate, puff pastry + porcini mushroom sauce


Bacon + eggs   

poached egg, house made bacon, brioche crouton, brown butter lemon sauce


Bibb salad

grain salad, pear, concord grape vinaigrette



smoked lake herring, roe, tarragon persilade




Duck breast

 crispy confit garnish, lentils, smoked apple kale, juniper demi



 Ribeye  gratin rutabaga, squash, celeriac,  mico sorel



whipped sweet potato, mushroom, fennel,  sage jus



 bok choy, brussles, anise/shallot cream


White corn grits

 spinach, smoked potato, black truffle, leek + spinach cream sauce



Frost! Now what do we do?

01 Dec

So, frost has come, what do we do now with buying food locally?   Hopefully we all have been canning and freezing some vegetables this year.  If not, there are some things.

1. Go to Clancy’s meat market.  (If you eat meat, and subscribe to the idea.)  Then this should be a visit that you make every saturday, or at least once a week.  They have all things local when it comes to meat.  There are a few people there that make what we do so much more enjoyable.

2. Support your local co-ops.  Mississippi Market in St. Paul, The Wedge, Linden Hills, Seward, and Eastside Markets in Minneapolis each have a huge variety of local cheeses, breads, meats, and dairy.  Many of them even have local winter vegetables, greens and other local products like soap.

3. Eat at restaurants that support local farms.  I know, this is a bit self-serving.  But supporting restaurants that support local farms enables those farms to try new things like extending their growing seasons or building greenhouses to try to grow year round.  What works in our market, may trickle down to your market.

4. Visit the Winter Foods Market at Local D’Lish. Meet the vendors of your favorite local foods at the Warehouse District’s all local, family owned grocery.

5. Harrass your local grocer.  Don’t see any local foods represented at your grocery store?  Ask for them.  Public demand is the only way they’ll get in the stores.

Any more tips?  Please, let us know!