September 21, 2020
Dear extended members of the goat herd,
Sorry for the lateness of this missive, I started building a ramp for my aged mutt and had to finish it. Felt like a good weekend project for a windy fall day.
Dinner service is back, brunch is back, slowly, slowly we are getting back to normal. Weather is supposed to be good this week, so come enjoy the patio while you still can!
We are excited to be hosting a pop up with Jeremy Senaris this Sunday night. Jeremy, of Masterchef fame, will be treating his guest to “Lasahan”, his take on modern Filipino food. I am pretty excited. I don’t know why I am telling you about this, as his event is sold out. But if this is a success, he will be returning.
People have been asking about Thanksgiving. We will be open for our regular hours that week, so we won’t be open Sunday Night or Monday, but we will be offering Family Suppers, Thanksgiving Style. We are going to offer these in two forms to be picked up on Sunday Night only. We will offer a “hot and ready to eat” version or a ready to cook version for those who want to enjoy this on the Monday. Stay tuned for a menu.
Our new hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 2 pm and open for dinner on Thursday to Saturday from 5pm to 9 pm. Brunch will be served from 10 to 2 on Sundays.
I feel like I should write more, although I have been told my letters can be a bit wordy, but I would rather go back to writing menus. So, maybe this week, I will let the food do the talking.
This week’s Mise en Place will be Cassoulet. This classic dish from south wester France consists of beans braised with sausage, pork belly and duck confit. Cassoulet is one of my favourite dishes to cook. Mise en place is for all of you who love to cook and for those who want to learn to cook, but don’t have time to do all the prep or don’t want to venture out to get all the groceries. Check out our website for details on how this works. Look under the “Family Suppers” tag
For the teachers, teacher’s aids, school custodial staff, school support staff and yes, even mean ol’ school principals we are offering a special promotion for September. We understand that you are feeling a lot of stress this time of year, especially this year because of the covid, and we want to help. Sometimes a little comfort food helps take the edge off: a hot bowl of soup, some creamy mac & cheese, a nourishing salad. So, for the month of September, we are offering anyone working in education a %10 discount on their meals.
To reopen, there have been changes to ensure the safety of you and our staff. Our front of house staff are all wearing masks. Please stack your tables dishes neatly for your server so that they have fewer points of contact with you. Our tables are spaced to ensure social distancing. We are not allowed to move or combine tables. If you are coming with a large group, please book in advance so we can arrange the tables for you, otherwise we may have to split up your group. We are also asking guests to sign in with contact info and the date and time of their visit. This is just to facilitate contact tracing. Your information will not be used for anything else and will not be given to anyone unless requested by Manitoba Health. Sign in sheets will be destroyed after a month. We are trying to figure out a way to include plexiglass physical barriers, which would allow us to increase capacity, without making the dining room feel like a weird dystopian prison. Any ideas would be appreciated. Please be patient as we implement these measures and be kind to our staff as they adjust to them. Guests not following procedures may be asked to leave. When waiting at the front for your table, please keep social distancing in mind. Wait outside if the weather is nice. You can also give our servers your cell# and they can text you when your table is ready.
We love to cater! We are booking up some dates. We are doing a really fun wedding in someone’s back yard in September. We have been asked to do multi-course dinners, casual summer weddings and cooking classes. If you have an idea, give us a shout, we’d be happy to create an event for you. We can do anything from breakfasts and lunches for your office meetings to full service weddings. We like to customize menus so that we can provide you with exactly the event you are looking for. Let us know what you need, and we can design a custom menu for your event. If you would like to receive a copy of the catering package, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also do custom cakes and other baked treats.
Thank you again for your continued and enthusiastic support. We need your help now more than ever. While you are all helping us, we hope we are helping you to feed yourselves and your families with tasty nutritious meals. If there is anything else you would like us to provide, please let me know. Take care of yourselves, take care of each other, stay home and stay safe. Mind, be kind.
And again, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
With lots of love,
Alex and Danielle