Music for a Wintry Afternoon

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This year Puxantawny Phil did not see his shadow-much to the relief of the winter-weary. On Wednesday, February 2nd, the world’s most famous groundhog predicted an early spring.  Although we are already seeing sunshine and warmer temperatures, let’s face it, we are still in the throes of winter in Southwest Virginia, with spring seemingly still a long way off.  So what could be better than a little music to warm your soul and revive your spirit? On Sunday, February 13th, at 3:00 pm, come to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation for a special FREE concert, “Music for a Wintry Afternoon”.  Music Director, Goldie Terrell, and pianist, Jared Gibbs, will perform a concert of classical music for flute and piano. The program includes pieces by Bach, Fauré, Debussy, Godard, Beethoven, and an original composition by Jared. A reception will follow the concert, which is open to the public. Donations will be accepted with all proceeds going towards support of the music program at the UUC.

Goldie Terrell is music director at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Blacksburg.  She started playing music at the age of 4 when her family acquired a piano, and she took up flute at the age of 8.  Currently, she sings with the Blacksburg Master Chorale and performs often on flute, folk guitar and recorder.

Goldie earned an engineering degree from Rice University, where she also took classes at the Shepherd School of Music.  In addition, she holds a degree in computer science.  Mr. Atkins, band director at A&M Consolidated Schools, nurtured her early musical development, and Francile Bilyeu at VCU was her esteemed flute teacher.

In addition to music, Goldie enjoys hiking, sewing, canoeing, appliance and car repair, and gardening.  Her husband, daughter, and two puppies occupy much of her time.

Jared Gibbs earned a BA in music performance from Virginia Tech in 2004, where he studied with Mary Louise Hallauer and Chip McNeill.  After a brief stay in New York, during which he studied with Sal Mosca and John Esposito, Jared returned to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, earning an MA in English in 2010.  He is currently employed as an Instructor of English at Virginia Tech, and he has served as the Blacksburg Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s pianist since 2007.

Jared lives in Christiansburg with his wife, Natalie, their English Setter, Hannah, and their incipient daughter, Caroline Kate.  Besides making music, reading, and writing, Jared enjoys woodworking (and not cutting off his fingers).

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the New River Valley (UUCNRV) was founded in 1956 and is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations(UUA). UUCNRV became members of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. early in 2010 after our reorganization opened up our membership to individuals and nonprofit groups sharing a common vision- that of working together for a better community.

UUCNRV is a welcoming Congregation –their doors are open to all people, regardless of their religious beliefs, political leanings, sexual orientation, or background. They believe that freedom of conscience is the core of true religion and that diversity of belief enlivens the congregation. As one of their forefathers noted, “we do not have to think alike to love alike.”

The newly expanded UUC building is a beautiful space for performances. The dream would be to “grow” this first concert into a series, using the venue for performances by a variety of local musicians, singers, etc., as well as a place for readings by local and visiting authors, poets and storytellers. This is in addition to the exhibits of works by local artists which are already displayed on a regular basis.

UUC Mission Statement

We are a caring and diverse community bringing spirit, love, justice, learning, and reason to our congregation and to the larger world.

The UUC Meeting House is at 1301 Gladewood Drive in Blacksburg, near the University Mall on Prices Fork Road. The phone number is (540) 552–9716.

If you are interested in exhibiting your art or performing in the UUC space please contact Lisa Evanylo at administrator@uucnrv.org

For more information about The Unitarian Universalist Congregation please come along any Sunday for the 10am service or visit the website: http://www.uucnrv.org

At the UUC there’s always a welcome smile for everyone!

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Spotlight: Cabo Fish Taco

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Did you know Baja California is right in the heart of Downtown Blacksburg?

Co-owner, Gary Walker, established the first Cabo Fish Taco in Charlotte, North Carolina along with co-owners Rob and Maeghan Crenshaw. But he never really left Blacksburg. Originally from Virginia Beach, Walker attended Virginia Tech, earning a finance degree in 1994. Two years later he returned to pursue further studies in history and philosophy. Throughout his time in Blacksburg, Walker managed Boudreaux’s, established strong community ties, and always found time to catch some waves. Soon after opening Cabo in Charlotte, he launched Cabo Fish Tabo in Blacksburg, Virginia, to bring Baja California home.

In 2005, Cabo opened its doors at 117 S. Main Street, one of the oldest structures in the Town of Blacksburg. Built in 1848, the restaurant originally served as the First Presbyterian Church. It was quick to change its character to a live music venue, then transitioning into various restaurants, with previous businesses including South Main Café and Baileys. When the property became vacant, it became a highly attractive property to house Baja/Mexican style cuisine and a beach bar atmosphere. Walker described the original renovations to include an updated kitchen, increased bar space, redesigned atrium, and built-in addition. The historic structure continues to change!  Keep an eye out as Cabo changes its brick façade, along with a new roof, and construction of a rooftop patio.

You might be wondering what defines Baja California Mexican style cuisine. It is freshness. All the ingredients are delivered fresh and dishes prepared right in front of you. It is unique. The name suggests there are Fish Tacos that cannot be found anywhere else in town.  It is light and healthy.  Vegetarian options are plentiful as you can get any menu item without meat. Oh, and the drink menu complements every dish. Pick one of the thirteen margaritas or join the tequila club. Cabo has the most elaborate tequila choices—72 and counting!

While you are enjoying your meal, you will be sure to relax in the beach style ambiance. All the furniture is handmade and the wood is burnt in using a blow torch. Even the fish head lights and the detailed fish coat rack are made by hand! Above the coat rack, take a peek at the custom-made Robert August surfboard, but beware — the board can be missing and only a “Gone Surfing” sign is left behind. On June 18, 2011, Cabo will be undergoing a radical transformation for the Summer Solstice Fest as 26 tons of sand are brought in to fill the parking lot!

Don’t sit down to think about what you are cooking for dinner tonight. Drive over to Cabo Fish Tabo and try Fish Tacos, Shrimp and Crab Dip, or Rasta Pasta! Where else can you get true Baja California cuisine while experiencing a piece of Blackburg’s history?

“What is Your Blueprint … How Will You Live Your Life?”

29 Dec

Each year as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Virginia Tech, area kindergarten through 12th grade students are invited to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. poster contest.

In partnership with Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. the 2011 winning posters will be displayed Jan. 3 through Jan. 31 in six downtown locations:

* Community Arts Information Office at 149 College Avenue
* The Center of Dance Academy at 460 Turner Street, NW # 101 Collegiate Square
* Kent Square Lobby at 106 East Washington Street
* Mish Mish at 125 North Main Street
* Main Lee Art at 201 South Main Street
* Next Door Bake Shop at 460 Turner Street, NW, #204 Collegiate Square.

According to Silvia Ramos-Cotton, associate director of Diversity Education and Training in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, “This year 16 schools in the New River and Roanoke Valleys participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. poster contest. We have had a consistent increase in participation from year-to-year, which indicates our youth’s desire to reflect on the impact and relevance of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.”

The purpose of the poster contest is to encourage students to think critically about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and develop goals that reflect how they will live out the principles of non-violent social change to address problems they witness in their communities.

Posters are judged on how effectively the artwork expresses individuality through unique ideas; how the artwork illustrates imaginative and meaningful ideas; and how well the artwork relates to the theme.

In 1967 Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech titled, “What is Your Life’s Blueprint,” where he challenged a group of students to reflect on how they lived their lives and recommended that they develop a blueprint, or action plan for their legacy. This year’s theme, “What is Your Blueprint … How Will You Live Your Life?” is derived from that speech.

The poster contest is sponsored by Virginia Tech, the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Inc., Black Student Alliance, The Center of Dance Academy, and the Black Organizations Council.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion have successfully partnered for the past two years to present the Annual Principles of Community Mixer.

A map of the downtown businesses in Blacksburg displaying winning posters can be seen here:
2011 MLK Art Crawl Map
A complete list of the 2011 poster contest winners is available right here:
2011 MLK Poster Winners

Congratulations to all of the young artists! Thank you to our participating downtown businesses for displaying the beautiful posters. Stop by and take a look!

The Gift of Art

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“Our aims are to make quality art events affordable, attractive and accessible to our members and to the public; and to encourage and support one another while fostering creativity and joyfully exploring the arts.”

Promoting the arts in the New River Valley since 1950, the Blacksburg Regional Arts Association is a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Partner, a member of the Blue Ridge Arts Council, and a non-profit volunteer organization. Showing now in the Community Arts Information Office (149 College Ave), is a holiday display of art and craft by members of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association.

The Gift of Art
The work of the following artists is featured in this special exhibit- Dale Norton, Toni Bowman, Marie Collier, Paula Golden, Susan Hensley, Nancy Norton, David Pearce, Mary Ratliff, Cecilia Riegert, Robi Sallee, Lois Stephens, Donald Sunshine, Joanne Sunshine, and Gerri Young.
Items available include art in a variety of media- from carved wooden bowls, sparkling beaded jewelry, and woven rugs to photography, stained glass, and watercolors; guaranteeing that there really is something for everyone. And that includes something for everyone’s budget. You can buy your friend a beautiful handcrafted stained glass Christmas tree for as little as $12. Original holiday cards, customized jewels, and recycled glass pendants add to the mix. Give the gift of art, created by local artists; the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

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The exhibit runs from December 1-30, 2010 and all items on display are available for purchase so drop in and find a gift for someone special!

Community Arts Information Office, 149 College Ave, Blacksburg
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Mon. – Fri
10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sat. *
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sun. *
* As Staff is Available

For the first time in sixty years of service, the BRAA has a public presence! “It’s a place to gather, welcome visitors, show our art, store our stuff, and toot our horn. Our office is located at: 149 College Avenue, Blacksburg, VA 24060, in the Central Arts Information Office (CAIO,) near the Lyric Theatre and across the street from Theatre 101, and Henderson Lawn. It’s the heart of the developing Downtown Blacksburg Arts District.” says President and local artist, Nancy Norton.

Want to know more about how you can support the BRAA? Check out the website: BRAA or call: 540-552-0552.

Spotlight: Gillie’s & Bollo’s

16 Dec

Ranae Gillie, owner of Gillie’s, is originally from Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she grew accustomed to traveling throughout the U.S. from Florida to Texas. She ended up in Denver, Colorado, where she obtained a degree in Accounting and Finance from Metropolitan State College. After meeting her husband, she moved to Blacksburg, Virginia to join him in running Gillie’s.

The vegetarian friendly restaurant, on the corner of College Avenue and Draper Road, has been in operation since 1974! Even though it offers fish, Gillie’s has primarily been vegetarian. The restaurant has always offered freshly made in-store bakery items. And yes, it does have the best breakfast in town!

With its popularity rising, the store was soon running out of space. In 1994, Ranae Gillie open up Bollo’s, the coffee shop located at 206 Draper Road. Taken from Gillie’s maiden name, Bolognese, Bollo’s offers a variety of bakery items and café drinks. As an extension of Gillie’s, Bollo’s is where all the baking takes place. Ranae Gillie started as a main baker at the café offering bakery items from scratch everything from muffins, scones, éclairs, cookies, brownies, danishes and a variety of breads. It also offers vegan items every day and gluten free items on Saturdays. The café produces all the desserts and bread for Gillie’s.


Oh and what’s a café without coffee! Bollo’s offers a wide range of fair trade coffee and espresso drinks. You can even try local fair trade coffee coming from Honduras. Ranae Gillie explained her choice of coffee products as fair trade, organic and genuinely fresh tasting.

This experienced business owner loves her local community. She defines Gillie’s as a cultural center for the downtown. Every month, local artists are welcomed to display their artwork at both Gillie’s and Bollo’s. Musicians showcase their talent at Gillie’s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights playing a variety from acoustic to late night music. The community oriented business also helps organizations host fundraisers from LGBT dances to Mountain Top Removal pie auctions.

Haven’t given vegetarian dinning a chance? Join Gillie’s in celebrating the New Year. For only $35, enjoy a special five course meal set by the main cook and baker. The meal includes amuse bouch, appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. Make your reservation for Gillie’s New Year’s Eve Dinner!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be local!

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Get into the holiday spirit while supporting your local merchants- join  us for our special holiday shopping nights in downtown Blacksburg. For unique and unusual gifts, eclectic dining choices and a variety of special activities there is no better place to go. The activities on Ladies’ and Gents’ Nights are not restricted to the venues listed- featured below are details available at time of writing.

Downtown Blacksburg: buy local. eat local. be local.

Ladies’ Night- late night shopping/dining- Thurs 9th Dec, 4-8pm
Ladies come on downtown for Ladies’ Night- enjoy special treats and attentions. Let your local merchants assist you in creating your Wish List so that special someone in your life knows exactly what you want this holiday season! Shop for your significant other, family and friends.

Great shopping including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, wish lists, refreshments and more at participating locations:
Fringe Benefit
Matrix Gallery
Gourmet Pantry- great gifts, excellent service and a fun night out!
Main Lee Art- make a holiday ornament while enjoying a hot beverage.
310 Rosemont
Kent Jewelers- Holiday gift for everyone! Free jewelry inspection and cleaning while enjoying Hors d’œuvres
Mad Dog- wine & cheese
Community Arts Information Office- Blacksburg Regional Art Association offering “Gifts of Art”

Great Food- specials
Poor Billy’s
Ben & Jerry’s
Rita’s- buy a gift card of $10 or more and get one free treat
Next Door Bake Shop- 10% off
Café de Bangkok- 10% off meal purchase
India Garden – 10% off meal purchase
Bollo’s & Gillie’s

Great Entertainment and a place to stay!
Main Street Inn- Make a night of it. 10% off room rate
Gillie’s -acoustic favorites with Bobby Parker 7-9:30pm
Awful Arthur’s- Metal bands from Fredericksburg, Richmond, Roanoke and Blacksburg will perform at 8 p.m.
622 North- 10 Dollar Sins, classic blues, rock, R&B at 9pm
The Lyric Theatre- showing “Hereafter” at 7 & 9:30pm

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Gents’ Night- late night shopping/dining- Thurs 16th Dec, 4-8pm

Gents come on downtown for Gents’ Night- enjoy special treats and attentions. Find out what your significant other has on their personal Wish List held in each participating store. This year that special someone in your life will get exactly what they want this holiday season! Shop for your significant other, family and friends.

Great shopping– including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, refreshments and more at participating locations:
Fringe Benefit
Matrix Gallery
Gourmet Pantry- champagne, tasty treats and a store full of great gifts.
Main Lee Art- make a holiday ornament while enjoying a hot beverage.
310 Rosemont
Kent Jewelers’- Hang out with the guys and play blackjack for discounts on jewelry. Enjoy chili, wings, and beverages on us while you get your Christmas shopping done early.
Mad Dog

Great Food- specials
Poor Billy’s
Ben & Jerry’s
Rita’s- buy a gift card of $10 or more and get one free treat
Next Door Bake Shop- 10% off
Café de Bangkok- 10% off meal purchase
India Garden – 10% off meal purchase
Bollo’s & Gillie’s

Great Entertainment and a place to stay!
Main Street Inn- Make a night of it. 10% off room rate
The Lyric Theatre- showing “Inside Job” at 7 & 9:15pm
Gillie’s – bluegrass with The Java Brothers 7-9:30pm

Fashions for Evergreens

5 Dec DBI- 30 Yrs of Steppin' Out

The holiday season is right around the corner, and it is time to enjoy the designs of local businesses  at  The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center’s Fashions for Evergreens 2010 display!

Fashions for Evergreens has become a staple in the New River Valley as young and old, locals and visitors grace the foyer of the Inn at Virginia Tech to view the decorations!

For the third year running Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is participating in this fun filled activity. The theme for our tree this year is “30 years of Steppin’ Out”. Decorations on the tree include miniature replicas of the 30 t-shirts from each Steppin’ Out, garlands and ornaments made from old Steppin’ Out t-shirts and gold painted leaves from the downtown Ginko trees.

The tree was designed and created by Steve & Debbie Miller of Mish Mish, Mary Woodall of Sew Attitude, Ranae Gillie of Bollo’s & Gillie’s, Nancyne Willoughby of Fringe Benefit and Sue Drzal and Laureen Blakemore of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

The trees will be on display until the Inn closes for the holidays on Dec 19th. Voting for your favorite tree takes place through Weds Dec 8th. So hurry on over to The Inn at Virginia Tech with your family and friends to enjoy the decorations and to vote, vote, vote!

May the best tree win!

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Traditional goodies with an Asian twist!

30 Nov Pie and Aivey

In the not too distant past, two young sisters in Thailand had a childhood dream of opening a coffee store and bakery together when they grew up. Aivey had a penchant for mixing unusual and exotic flavors to produce the very best coffees and teas; Pie just loved to bake. In Aivey’s words, “Pie bakes THE best Pies!” Several years passed, the sisters moved to America and attended university- Aivey studied at Purdue and Pie at Virginia Tech. Upon completion of her studies, Aivey came to Blacksburg to visit her younger sister, Pie. In love with our beautiful town and noticing a niche in the market Aivey and Pie opened Cafe de Bangkok, along with childhood friend, Kim, and made Blacksburg their home. Time passed and Aivey married and moved away leaving Pie and Kim to continue running the successful Thai restaurant on Jackson Street in downtown Blacksburg.

Moving on a few years and two children later, Aivey and her husband return to Blacksburg with their young family. Aivey and Pie resurrect their shared dream of opening a Bakery when they learn of the vacant location previously occupied by The Daily Grind. The dream became a reality with the opening of Next Door Bake Shop, conveniently located in Collegiate Square next to New Tech Fitness, New Image Barbers and The Center of Dance.

In Thailand Coffee Shops tend to be bright and colorful, very different from the traditional look of an American Coffee house.  With this in mind, Pie and Aivey turned to 2-year-old Emmey for help with the decor! Emmey picked her favorite colors to adorn the bright and cheerful family friendly coffee and bake shop. Pie and Aivey’s brother, Putt, designed the attractive logo for the store; and although he lives in California he plans to be a part of this family venture.

The Next Door Bake Shop offers traditional baked goods, drinks, breakfast and lunch with an Asian twist such as the turkey breast sandwich with Thai Peanut Sauce and the fresh coconut latte which are the top selling items on the menu. Cookies, muffins, tomato pies, pina colada cupcakes and much more, all freshly baked, homemade and all delicious complement the full menu of specialty drinks available. Kids can even order an Elmo drink- extremely scrumptious and full of “good for you” ingredients.

Open for little more than a few months, Next Door Bake Shop is slowly building a loyal customer base. VT classes and other local groups have started to use the cafe as their regular meeting place.  Regulars pop in on their way to and from dance classes at The Center of Dance or exercise routines across the hall at New Tech Fitness. One customer will be showing her artwork on the walls early in the New Year; another, Galen, will be performing live music on Wednesday afternoons starting December 1st  at  5:30p.m. With a play area for children, free wireless access and an imaginative and exciting menu of baked goods and specialty drinks, Next Door Bake Shop has something for everyone. Coming soon: Cookie Monster Drinks! (And guess what? You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy one!)

Hours:

Monday- Friday 7am-7pm

Saturday- 9am -7pm

Sunday- 9am- 4pm

Next Door Bake Shop
460 Turner St., NW, #204
Blacksburg, VA   24060
540-951-BAKE



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Let the holidays commence!

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Winter Lights Festival with TubaChristmas

Friday Dec 3rd – 4-8pm

Get ready for the biggest holiday event of the year in beautiful Downtown Blacksburg. The perfect time of the year to truly support your local merchants as we pull out all the stops to bring you a real Hometown Holiday!

Activities in Market Square Park 4-8pm

Holiday Market, Funnel Cakes and Kettle Corn

Free Hot Cocoa and Hot Cider from Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

TubaChristmas at 6 pm- Co-sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc & the Department of Music at Virginia Tech.

Activities around the Downtown area 4-8pm

Blacksburg Children’s Chorale singing in The Lyric- 4:15pm

Percheron Carriages of McArthur Inn- carriage rides around the downtown area (subsidized fee applies).

Pictures with Santa in the Lyric- 4:30pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Henderson Lawn- 5:30pm

Deo Gloria strolling the streets

Art Crawl round the downtown Galleries- Community Arts Information Office, Art Pannonia, Matrix Gallery, The Gallery at Mish Mish, Main Lee Art, Miller off Main- 5-7pm

Holiday Parade co-sponsored by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department and Virginia Tech Chapter of Circle K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Open House at participating businesses- including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, refreshments and more.
• In Balance Yoga will offer 20% off all class packages and 25% off all retail with Special Holiday Gift Packages on sale also!
• Gourmet Pantry-tasty treats to snack on while you shop.
• South Main Chiropractic- The clinic will have both doctors on hand to answer any health-related questions along with offering no-cost consultations during the open house. Massage Therapist-giving free chair massages.
• Main Street Inn -Peppermints and hot chocolate by the fire.
• Fringe Benefit
• Matrix Gallery
• Main Lee Art- Art Crawl Reception
• Clay Corner Inn- cookie bar and hot cider
• 310 Rosemont- Christmas cookies & holiday treats
• Kent Jewelers’-Relax with an espresso while children make beaded jewelry for the holidays!
• Mad Dog
• Rita’s- buy a gift card of $10 or more and get one free treat
• Ben & Jerry’s
• Gillie’s- holiday jazz with Mood Swing 6-8:30pm
• Café de Bangkok- 10% off meal purchase
• Next Door Bake Shop- 10% off

 

Ladies Late Night Holiday Shopping- Thursday 9th Dec 4-8pm

– including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, refreshments and more.

• Main Street Inn- Make a night of it. 10% off room rate
• Ben & Jerry’s
• Fringe Benefit
• Matrix Gallery
• Gourmet Pantry- great gifts, excellent service and a fun night out!
• Main Lee Art- make a holiday ornament while enjoying a hot beverage.
• Poor Billy’s
• 310 Rosemont
• Kent Jewelers- Holiday gift for everyone! Free jewelry inspection and cleaning while enjoying Hors d’œuvres
• Mad Dog- wine & cheese
• Rita’s- buy a gift card of $10 or more and get one free treat
• Gillie’s -acoustic favorites with Bobby Parker 7-9:30pm
• Café de Bangkok- 10% off meal purchase
• Next Door Bake Shop- 10% off

Gents Late Night Holiday Shopping- Thursday 16th Dec 4-8pm

– including free gift wrap, personal shopping assistance, special discounts, refreshments and more.
• Main Street Inn- Make a night of it. 10% off room rate
• Fringe Benefit
• Matrix Gallery
• Gourmet Pantry- champagne, tasty treats and a store full of great gifts.
• Main Lee Art- make a holiday ornament while enjoying a hot beverage.
• Poor Billy’s
• 310 Rosemont
• Kent Jewelers’- Hang out with the guys and play blackjack for discounts on jewelry. Enjoy chili, wings, and beverages on us while you get your Christmas shopping done early.
• Mad Dog
• Rita’s- buy a gift card of $10 or more and get one free treat
• Ben & Jerry’s
• Gillie’s – bluegrass with The Java Brothers 7-9:30pm
• Café de Bangkok- 10% off meal purchase
• Next Door Bake Shop- 10% off

Gourmet Local Cont’d

17 Nov

Courtesy of Gourmet Pantry and Cooking School
Mediterranean Wild Rice Salad : Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 wild rice, rinsed and picked over
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 or 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Optional: Pinch of ground or 3 pieces of whole cloves

For the dressing:

  • 2-3 Tbsp white wine vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 4 Tbsp  virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp Dijon-style mustard
  • Drops of Tabasco to taste
  • 1 large tomato, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup artichoke, marinated and chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots, scallions or onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp slivered, toasted almonds

Method:

  1. Place rice, water, chopped onion, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and ground cloves into a medium size saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil, cover and reduce the heat to simmer.
  3. Simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the rice is cooked though. Cool to lukewarm. Drain any remaining liquid.
  4. Pour rice into a mixing bowl and discard herbs.
  5. Dressing: mix vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper, mustard and Tabasco.
  6. Stir in the chopped tomato, artichoke, green pepper, shallots, and garlic. Pour the dressing over the warm rice and fold in gently, then taste and adjust seasoning.
  7. Sprinkle with slivered almonds before serving.

Note: May substitute lentils for the wild rice for a variation on this recipe.

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