You never know who's going to stop by at the Gardens! Today, a nearly full house was treated to Santa and Christmas Carol's lunch stop. The lively chatter dropped to a whisper when Santa was spied, and true to his generous nature, stopped at each table and greeted our customers. Santa seemed to be on a running theme from suit to menu: red, red, red...beets, roasted red bell peppers topped off with a Baklava sundae.
It's all arrived: the pomegranates, the quince (weren't even available last week) the "mystery" vegetable, the racks, rosemary, marjoram, chestnuts, Balsamic...we're stirring up pots and pots of new food and it's electric in the kitchen. Yes, we are singing! We've shopped and shopped and paired and written up new recipes! What are we using for tonight's meal?
Think that you're done eating?! The table has been set! Symposia. A Series, XII, this Wednesday, Nov 30 at 6pm! Guest Presenter Susan Thurston, poet, cook, educator, has challenged Anna to create a dish inspired by her favorite poem, "I Would Like to Describe," which will be revealed table side (see the hint). Challenging her own Muse, Susan has promised to create a personal poem (we're calling it Stoihi tyhis--personal lines of fortune) inspired by Anna's "reading" of each guests' coffee grounds! Limit 30. RSVP required. $30/pp.
Tomorrow! The Food Tour of Northern Greece is designed as a nod to the kindred cuisine of our northern neighbors, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey. As in all Symposia. A Series, the expanded menu allows guests of all dietary persuasion to partake in extended, leisurely dining. So, for instance, while tomorrow evening's feature is roast pig, pickled cabbage Sarmades with 100% grass fed beef, will be served as well.
The fourth such Fest celebrating the Minneapolis River Front on Nicollet Island was the biggest success of all! Free food, music, parking and networking for all!
The Gardens was there, as from the first, Anna and Rena handed out platters and platters of locally produced (Ames Farm, Garden Farme) seasonal dishes: Milopita (Cortland Apples & Craisins in Fillo) and Kolokithopita (Savory Red Hopi Squash in Fillo) as well as our 20 year old standard, Skordalia on Pita Crisps with a garnish of chopped Calamata olives. Don't miss next years!
Close friends and family members celebrated the anticipated arrival of Ellie Caliope on Saturday. Only the scattered rose petals remained on the table.
Zoran Mojsilov, resident artist with an international reputation, and his pig, Romanof, will be Guest Presenters at our next Symposia. A Series! Join us for this special event. Limit 45. $35/pp. RSVP's are required for this chef-driven, four-course, wine-paired, family-style meal.
This Saturday, guest speaker, Jill Davis will speak on Minneapolis school system. Time 8am. Free event. Fresh bakery goods for sale.
Yes, there's a "Gyradiko" in Thessaloniki, a fave of the students, that sells only Gyros: the Classic Meatloaf style, and four varieties of the "new" style Gyros: dry-rubbed, stacked and slow-roasted Pork, Chicken, TURKEY & Pheasant. Turkey Gyros is our latest effort to bring local, all-naturally raised meat to your table. Try it heaped on an open pita, a pile of fries and our Tzatziki $10.95. Available for the months of October & November after 5pm. Order by the pound: $15 and share goodness!