Symposia. A Series VII, Wed, April 27 at 6pm

In the Spring the spirit waxes and POETRY blossoms! Poetry is our theme for the seventh Symposia. A Series and our guest presenter will be Mary Jo Thompson, a career public grade school teacher who, for over two decades has allowed her other passion to blossom. Her poems have been published, or will be, in multiple journals such as: the Beloit Poetry, Journal, Indiana Review, Carolina Quarterly, Great River Review, Minnesota Poetry Calendar, Poetry Motel, North Coast Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and Minnesota Monthly.

Kathleen Celebrates on Sunday!

Do wop was playing and we all wore name tags and we had to write what decade in which we became friends! One guest was from the 40's. Imagine! And forty four friends of Kathleen gathered for a leisurely Sunday get-to-gether with apps starting at 4 and dinner buffet served at 6. Lots of good conversation among all the "ages" of friends and then Connie, who has been cutting Kathleen's hair for just over half of Kathleen's life, brought out the "Birthday Surprise." Na ta ekatostiseis, Ekaterina! (May you live to be a 100!)

We Took Creative License!

When Larry and Karen decided to celebrate his 50th Birthday at the Gardens--the "neighborhood go-to" when they were newly weds, we didn't know what we were in for! In any case over a dozen musicians showed up with a LOT of gear and the place jammed and Larry, more than any one else. While guests were treated to huge trays of Boughatsas, Gyros meat and saganaki, Larry and his band played all-out for their enjoyment.

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As Touted in "100 Local Tastes" of City Pages' Restaurant Edition: "The Gardens Mousakas...a Winter Warm-up"

In over twenty years of business we have never had to consider removing Mousakas and it popular, over-achiever off-shoot, Veggie Mousakas, from the menu. After last months killer freeze in Mexico, however, the landscape was forever changed. Eggplant cannot be found for even less than double the standard price and if so, not in good condition.

For Our Gluten-intollerant Guests: Swap Out the Complementary Pita for Romaine OR Artichoke Leaves

First batch of the season! May we suggest seasoned artichoke leaves to dip into your combo plates? Known since antiquity to be an aphrodisiac, artichokes make everything taste better. Use the leaves like a scoop to enjoy with your dips and sauces. Scrape the tender meat off the end of the leaf with your teeth to add even more flavor! When artichokes aren't available we are happy to provide whole romaine lettuce leaves--these can be sliced broadly and used like wraps, or use the rigid ribs to scoop and add texture to your palate!

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TWO Ops for Celebratin Greek Independence Day w/the GREEK DANCERS OF MN!

Yes! Don't be confused, we are celebrating Greek Independence TWICE this year: as part of the Symposia. A Series IV. with Jeremy Iggers and a fundraiser for TC Media Alliance on Wed, March 23 from 6-9, $35/pp members, $40 non-members (make a donation of $10 and become a member) reserve at: Second op is the actual date, March 25, Friday, 6-9pm, $30/pp.

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You Thought St Patty's Day is a Gala Event: Now Celebrate like the Greeks Greek Independence Day Celebration: FRIDAY, March 25!

The kids have been saying it for years now, "we should really celebrate Greek Independence Day at the Gardens." This year we will. With our guests, the Greek Dancers of Minnesota returning from their debut at the Gardens just two days prior for Symposia. A Series VI, the troupe will perform dances from many of the different regions of Greece with host Dr. Angela Mortari introducing the particulars of each dance and costume. The menu, a four-course, Greek celebratory feast will include wine, fish, lamb and dessert. Seating is limited, so reserve soon. $30/pp. Time 6-9pm.

Where has all the Melitzana Gone? To Warmer Places.....

It's true....over two weeks ago and Killer Frost knocked off all the embryonic fingerlings on the eggplant crop. In January a 30-35lb case cost $16.20. Today, if you can find it, the cost is between $38 for 20 lbs and $57 for 30-35lb of wiggly, wilted, most likely browned inside, eggplant. What's an establishment to do? Espousing locally grown and seasonal...we have decided to temporarily omit Melitzana from our offerings--in house, take out, wholesale and retail.

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