I think Spring is almost here. After our fifteen inches of snow from a week ago, I am finally ready for Winter to be over. We have been keeping busy, even though the Toboggan Slide stopped running a few weeks ago. I’ll tell you all about it.
I was asked to present a meal for 275 Innkeepers in Lancaster, at The Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers Conference, March 6th, and then the day after I presented a seminar for them on how to incorporate more local foods into their businesses. You can view the menu and some pictures in my previous blog.
While down there I met with Bill Moore of Lancaster Brewing company to discuss a few things and tour the brewery. We’re planning a beer/food pairing dinner here at the Inn. Should be pretty sweet. I’ve also(I think) convinced him to come to the Sullivan County Tasteful Event, July 23rd this year. I’ll tell you more about that later.
I’ve started a good relationship with a beer distributor out of Philadelphia and we now have about 150 beers on the list. My favorites of the new ones so far are the Caldera IPA, Red Racer IPA, and the Tokio Imperial Stout from Brewdog. The last one there was wicked…18.2%abv!!! It sounds like it would have a big bite, but it is surprisingly smooth considering the abv. We also just started working with the Bavarian Barbarian out of Williamsport and we now have the 2×4 IPA on draft in the Pub. We’ll soon have some of their bottled stuff.
I just met with the sommelier from Il Bucco in NYC and we’re going to be working on expanding our wine list as well. Hopefully, the Bill will pass to privatise the Liquor industry, so we can have access to more unique and interesting wines soon.
Like I mentioned earlier, I have been working on getting some breweries and wineries to come to the Tasteful event in July. So far I’ve talked to about 8 different breweries, all of whom seem interested. What more can you ask for than a day of tasting great food, beer and wine?!??!
So now that we’re far enough along into the winter to be planning Summer events, I decided to get started on my garden. I have about 100 plants worth of heirloom tomato seeds started in my basement under a highly suspicious looking, grow-light set-up. I can’t wait till the neighbors call the police about it! I’ve also got some heirloom green beans, cucumbers, and kale, all of which will get started today.
I’ve also got some Morels spores in the fridge, but I need the ground to thaw a little before I get those babies out.
I have been thinking a lot about my asparagus patch lately. I hope they survived this harsh winter, because I can start eating them this year, if they do come up.
I’m pretty sure my Blueberries and Raspberries are going to be okay, don’t know about the Rhubarb though.
I am attending an Artisan Cheese making class next week. I figure we make just about everything else around here ourselves, why not the cheese, too?
The week after that is “The Taming of the Brews” again. We have to go to defend our title of “best restaurant” from last year.
For those of you who have not been here for them, you really need to check out some of the bands we’re getting down in the Pub. The last one was Inland Traveler, and they were amazing! Seriously. This Saturday we have Via Audio playing down there. These aren’t junk cover bands, people, a lot of them are stopping here in the middle of National tours, and their original music is great! You can check them out here:
Inland Traveler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yxKOm2wKgI
Via Audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8FM-x6-YOM
Not unlike Oliver, who spends 3 seperate hours a day running around and chewing things like a maniac, then sleeping the rest of the time, I prefer to go for quality not quantity with my blogs. I’ll give you a while to digest all of this and I’ll report back shortly with some pictures or something.