The Weekly Newsletter
Menus and Stories for May 9 - 14, 2005

Toree and the Guacamole
I spent a morning with Ms. Millers' 5th graders this past week, giving them a chance to cook with the herbs they had planted with Emily Jackson, the garden teacher, earlier in the week.

They made a Dilled Cucumber Salad, some Guacamole with Cilantro, and, for the finale, tiny Strawberry Shortcakes with Fresh Mint (from MY garden.)

The students, with little guidance from us, took charge of the food presentations, wowing us all.

Nicolai and the Shortcakes

A Taste of Tuscany
Here's a look at the starters for a little dinner party we did last week. The host had won the party in an auction (for Manna Food Bank) and this was a part of the event.

I demonstrated. The guests watched and then sampled, sipping some typical wines. After a rest for them, I cooked the next course. They sat once again, ate, and, after a rest, came back for the third and then, finally, the fourth course, by which time the conversations were flowing and the assorted diners were no longer strangers. I went home, sat in my hot tub, and enjoyed the clear sky and the beautiful full moon.

The nightly dinners for the week (Call 252-1500 to order)
Dinners come with a freshly-made green salad, salad dressing of the day,
and made-right-here bread of the day. We take reservations until noon or so.
Please order by phone (252-1500), by FAX (252-02002)
or stop in to speak to one of us in person.

Dinners are ready at 4:30 and can be picked up until we close at 6:00 pm.

Monday May 9 Cider Chicken with Cheddar Potatoes 9.75
Tuesday May 10 Vegetarian Blue Plate Special 9.50
Wednesday May 11 Marinated Flank Steak with Garlic Potatoes 10.50
Thursday May 12 Homestyle Beef Stuffed Peppers 9.75
Friday May 13 Crabcakes – Laurey’s style 11.50

Our website

Casserole for the week
Casseroles are made each Wednesday.
Call to order on Tuesday if you can.
Orders will be ready on Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:00.

Wednesday, May 11
Lasagna with Italian Sausage and Chevre
It’ll make you long for the old country!
Full: 35.00
Half: 17.50

The main course from the Tuscan dinner

Adventures in catering - "the proof"
Ah, the catering life...

Karen led a big party on top of a mountain last weekend - you know, the one I was writing about in last week's newsletter. There was, as I noted, a big rainstorm going on here, and indeed, that storm was not gentle at Karen's mountain top party. At one point, she said, a huge flash of lightning hit a transformer, passed through an electric cord, blowing up our coffee maker, and burning a big hole in a tablecloth. The tent almost took flight, and, remarkably, the guests came and even enjoyed themselves.

Karen, Melissa, and Rachel stumbled back here in the middle of the afternoon, silly from having gotten to work so early (this was a breakfast party an hour from here and, with set up time, well, you can do the math, right?) They were still damp and pretty muddy, though in very good spirits.

This falls into the "above and beyond" category, I think. Thanks so much, guys.

This week's glass
A little color, a bit bigger, a bit thinner. Coming along, all in all.

Say, come by the shop and take a look at the art on display in our windows. The staff art show will be up for about two weeks. And it is REALLY good stuff. We DO have a creative bunch here.

A Note from Laurey
I write to you on Friday this week, since I am going to crew for my sister’s horse race tomorrow morning and won’t be here to do my usual musing and jotting. It feels sort of odd to be writing on a Friday, an alteration of my little strange Saturday morning routine. Sigh. I do like routines, silly as that is to admit.

Karen is out in the shop, setting up for our art show this evening. I’m nervous in a funny way, since some of my glass is out there and this will be its first “viewing,” my first real art show. Karen has some of her odd sculptures here, but she received an MFA and was a fine art student in college, so she has a good lot of experience with strangers looking at her work.

Donna, who has just recently stopped working here to go start a gardening company along with Melissa, who also used to work here, is out there now too, setting up her wood and iron pieces. Its quite fun. (By the way, “The Dirty Hoe” is the name of their business and they’ve been nicely busy weeding, planting, planning and doing all that work that people don’t have time to do.)

Deb brought in some of her beautiful floral watercolors, and Rachel has a window filled with her pen and ink drawings. Both are lovely and both make me appreciate these two in a different way. Looking at someone’s art is, after all, looking into a deeper place than we usually see around here.

But I’m sitting here in my office, feeling sort of like I’d like to pull my things back here with me, back onto my shelves. When I make these pieces I get so carried away, mesmerized by the demand of this art. It is not easy to keep the piece turning while inflating it, shaping it, coloring it, centering it, and not letting outside concerns creep in. And then, when I actually end up with something that is not broken or horribly ugly or terribly out of symmetry, I feel a certain tenderness almost. After all, these pieces would not even exist without my stumbling manipulations and, as a matter of fact, just yesterday morning there was nothing there and now – look! - six new pieces of glass sit, waiting to show themselves to strangers. So here I sit, not taking them away from their shelf, exposing them – and me – to whatever the viewers might say, if they say anything at all.

And then, in a few hours, it’ll be all over. The guests, if they come, will have gone home, and I’ll be camping with Chris, getting ready to haul hay and water and power bars and Gatorade and all that for what looks to be a beautiful spring day for a 50 mile horse race in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Okay – I have to go now. I’ll write next week and tell you all about it.

Ms. Miller's class (check out the aprons!)

Contact Info:
Laurey's (yum!) Catering
Gourmet-to-Go (and to stay!)
67 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801


Monday - Friday 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 pm

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