Lunch Menu Sketch: March 20-22, 2014

The quince tree has leafed out and the nettles are growing. The chef got a sunburn from jogging in the sunshine. The risotto on last week’s menu was the big seller. All of the new crew members are coming on board. Our new Pastry Chef Hamid is showing a distinctive style in our pastry case and at the markets. Van Vleet meat is teaching me about the difference between a mock tender and the teres major (the steak we sell as a Zip Steak). The river is down and morale is up. The pizza oven is so thrilled to be hot (700 degrees Farenheit) again.

Here is the menu sketch for the coming week:

To Start
toasted pugliese with kalamata tapenade, arugula and shaved parmesan 4.5
herbed pork pâté with cornichon and whole grain mustard 6.5
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette 6.5
escarole with herbed bread crumb and garlic vinaigrette
GTF salad – parmesan, croutons, and anchovy and herb vinaigrette 9.5
a soup with artisan bread 4/6
a soup with artisan bread 4/6

Pizze
garlic /herb/tom/mozz 9.5
bacon/peppers/tom/mozz 10.5
caper/ham/besciamella/mozz 10.5
shallot/anchovy/thyme/tom/mozz 9.5
sunchoke/mushroom/tom/mozz 9.5
–add egg/anchovy 1.

Menú: 20.
arancini with aoili
grilled zip steak with smashed potatoes (11.5)
flourless chocolate torta

Secondi
ravioli of pork with nettles and cream 10.5
orrechiette with arugula, roasted peppers, olives and garlic 9.5
roasted semolina gnocchi with mozzarella and tomatoes 9.5
polenta with wild shrimp and wood sorrel 10.5
pork ragú with spaetzle and carrots 10.5
blue cheese gratinata with chard and rutabaga 9.5

Lunch Menu: March 13-15, 2014

We had a wonderful opening last Thursday. Thank you to all who paid such close attention to when we would open!

I am jazzed over this new menu idea. It gets the creative juices flowing. Spring wild things are pushing the menu with nettles and wood sorrel appearing around the woods and the farm.

P.S. The brasato is really a pork sauerbraten that I learned in Munich. I am serving it with spaetzle, a German, Austrian and northern Italian egg dumpling. The idea of serving a kasespaetzle is very exciting for those who have eaten it as a kid.

Menú: 20.
frittata with roasted shallot and sorrel
wild gulf shrimp risotto (11.5)
chocolate budino

To Start
pork pâté with cornichon and whole grain mustard 6.5
mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette 6.5
GTF salad-apple, almond, and goat cheese with a honey vinaigrette 9.5
white bean and ham soup with artisan bread 4/6
ribollita soup with artisan bread 4/6

Pizze
garlic /herb/mozzarella 9.5
bacon/peppers 10.5
caper/ham/besciamella/mozzarella 10.5
shallot/anchovy/thyme/tomato/mozz 9.5
sunchoke/mushroom/tom/mozz 9.5
–add egg/anchovy 1.

Secondi
ravioli of chicken with nettles and parsnip 10.5
orrechiette with roasted peppers and olives and garlic 9.5
polenta with egg, veggies, and oxtail jam 9.5
brasato di maiale with spaetzle and carrots 10.5
blue cheese gratinata on braising greens 9.5