We started the celebration Friday night with the "Soup Ladies" dishing up some samples of their excellent Homemade Specialty Soups, followed by Saturday's festivities including a live band on the patio and our monthly cooking demo.
I had planned on our original chef, Joe Stanislaw, to wow the crowds with his simple and delicious selections. Unfortunately, Joe is laid up following knee surgery. We had his recipes, Kim and I cooked up the menu, and we served the tasty bites in his honor. The recipes are on the website and featured Braised Pork with Red Apple Balsamic Glaze, Potatoes Anna and Braised Red Cabbage with Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic.
All sorts of wonderful new products have arrived at the store. A local woodworker brought us a selection of bowls, cutting boards and utensils. More blown glass dipping dishes arrived along with hand blown jars for the salts and herbs. Every time I turned around, someone was walking through the door with more items. A full larder is a good thing!
The new Salt and Herb Tasting room finally has its cheese. We served up three varieties to sample until those ran out - literally every crumb. I grabbed several more out of the case to use as tasters and those flew off the shelves as well.
We were so lucky to have Melissa Spencer from Attar Herbs for the début of the salt and herb tasting bar. Filling, weighing and stocking these delectables was an education the first time through. Listening to Melissa talk recipes and uses with folks was fascinating.
Next on the agenda was the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce After Hours Networking session and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new room of Monadnock Oil and Vinegar as we grow into twice the space. It was a wonderful group and Deb cut the ribbon at the entrance to what had been her bookstore for over 30 years. Kim and Korey did a fantastic job of refurbishing the space and there is a lovely tribute to Deb in our cookbook section.
The following weekend was "Peak Into Peterborough" the annual leaf-peeper's celebration. The band was back, we served up hot soup and cheeses. The weather was perfect once again.
As we race toward the holidays, the Gift Creation Station is open. November and December should be lots of fun with cooking demos and lots of excellent items to taste. If you are in the area, please stop in. If you can't come in person, visit our website and let us take care of your holiday needs!