Friday, November 30, 2007

It Was A Very Good Night

The much anticipated Whiskey Dinner was a smashing success last night. Simon Brooking led an astounding tasting of six single malts. Guests were greeted with a cocktail of The Dalmore 12 with a mulled orange slice and ginger ale. The first course of Smoked Sea Scallop Mousse en Croute was paired with The Dalmore 21. To follow was Stillman's Dram with the North Atlantic Salmon Roulade - both melted in your mouth. Enter Laphroaig Quarter Cask, a single Islay malt, with its signature of peat and oak - just as the Braised Short Ribs with Polenta reached the tables. A sigh of contentment... But, there's more! The Dalmore Cigar Malt accompanied the Warm Apple & Walnut Tarlet and the assembled guests thought the night was complete. But, no... a bit of Winfrey's Dark Chocolate was passed with the final treat - a tasting of Laphroaig 30 year old single malt. It just don't get any better than this. New England Wine & Spirits put a great night together and many of the whiskeys tasted are currently available there - with more to come. Simon Brooking single-handedly provided a course in single malts - their history, their production and aging, and an understanding of their complexity. The Grog did itself proud as well, with General Manager Bill Nichelmann, Chef Patrick O'Neill and Sous Chef Matt Bradley ensuring a night that will be remembered. Yes, it was a very good night.

We raise our glasses!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

December Marks Seventeen Years of Parker Wheeler & Friends

Parker has put together quite a line-up for his seventeenth anniversary of The Blues Party.

Every Sunday night, except SuperBowl Sunday, come whatever may come, Parker brings the best of the blues world together for an incredible jam session. If you haven't experienced a Sunday Night Blues Party, you have missed a great time. There is a way to fix that, though - just come by any Sunday night at 6pm. The lines get long and a little intense so you might want to come early - and eat!

On December 2nd, the featured guests are Michelle Willson, Mike Williams, Amadee Castenell, Tom West, Wolf Ginandes & Steve Bankuti - $7 cover

On December 9th, Tom Hambridge returns - $7 cover

On December 16th, Toni Lynn Washington, Bruce Bears, Cliff Goodwin, Amadee Castenell, Wolf Ginandes & Steve Bankuti join Parker - $5 cover

On December 23rd, Chris Fitz, Ken Clark & Steve Chaggaris are the featured performers - $5 cover

Finally, on December 30th, Parker puts together a before New Year's Eve bash with
Bev Rohlehr, John Colby, Chris "Stovall" Brown, and The Big Buzz Horns - $7 cover

Our New Fall Menu Is Here

The days and nights are cooler and they're here to stay for awhile. Our fall/winter menu is sure to tempt the chilled traveler or local patron looking for warmth, a blazing fire in the fireplace and good food & drink.

We heard your comments and our Black Bean Soup is back! This hearty soup is filled with ham, beef & sausage - and, oh yes, black beans. We've added a cool weather salad - our Harvest Salad with sliced almonds, sun dried cranberries, bacon & jack cheese. The romaine & mixed greens are tossed with a warm citrus vinaigrette just before serving. You can enjoy the salad plain, but it is best topped with our duck breast.

Our new Sausage Sandwich is sure to be a winner. The sweet Italian sausage is grilled and served on a toasted ciabatta - topped with our new red onion apple chutney.

It's a little difficult to dress up a turkey burger, but we have found a way... a little provolone cheese, some sauteed mushrooms and a hint of chipotle sauce with a final grilling on marble rye. This is really good!!

Our fish selection is getting better... and bigger... all the time. We've added a Pan-Seared Sea Bass with a miso wasabi glaze and it melts in your mouth. The glaze is very mild - as it should be with this fish - allowing the the mild, subtle richness of the Sea Bass to be fully enjoyed. Cedar-planking for Salmon has become the rage and we decided to make this popular Specials Menu item a permanent part of the fall/winter menu. And we get additional kindling for the fireplace as a bonus!

Comfort food comes to mind with our addition of Braised Short Ribs to our Grill selection. These beef short ribs are served over our mushroom risotto and baby spinach. This food feels good and is good!

Our Pasta section has seen the return of the Butternut Squash Ravioli, served in an apple cider and Biscotti liquor reduction with roasted apples and a hint of Parmesan. Our customers begin to ask for these in September and there might be a bit of an insurrection if we didn't bring them back. We've also added a simple Chicken/Broccoli Alfredo with penne and the classic alfredo sauce and we've brought back our hearty red sauce dish - Rigatoni Marinara with baked rigatoni and meatballs.

Eat Hearty - Eat Well

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Just In! The Menu For The Dalmore Whiskey Dinner

We've just received the menu for the single malt tasting of The Dalmore on Thursday, November 29th. Tickets are $50 and are available from New England Wine & Spirits and The Grog. Don't wait; you might be disappointed.

Course #1 Smoked Sea Scallop Mousse en Croute

Course #2 Organic Micro Greens with dried apricots, toasted Macadamia nuts and lime dressing

Course #3 North Atlantic Salmon Roulade stuffed with baby spinach and artichoke. Served with a roasted apple orzo

Lemon Basil Sorbet

Course #4 Braised Beef Short Ribs over creamy polenta with gorgonzola

Course #5 Warm Apple and Walnut Tartlet with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Great Whiskey, Great Food...what more can one wish for?

This Weekend - Downstairs at The Grog

Friday night the Evan Goodrow Band returns for a great night of soul and blues. It is said - If James Brown had a white son who cut his teeth playing the chitlin’ circuit, you might get something like Evan Goodrow, a soul-singing, blues guitar playing powerhouse. Next week he heads off for the South Florida International Blues Festival so take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy some great music locally - $8 cover.

Saturday continues our blues orientation for the weekend with the return of The Undaunted Professor Harp playing his special brand of roots music and blues - $5 cover.

Parker Wheeler's Blues Party adjusts to the seasonal time change this Sunday with shows starting at 6 pm through next spring. This Sunday's jam brings together David Hull, Robert Holmes, Thom Enright and John Colby - $5 cover.