The Weekly Newsletter
Menus and Stories for May 30 - June 4, 2005

EARLIER hours! Now open at 8am.
We figured that since WE'RE,there is no reason not to open up the doors and let you come in too.

Kris comes in early already and has now started to bump up her production of coffee-friendly morning foods. (I just had a terrific piece of Blackberry Coffeecake with a bit of Ginger in it. YUM!)

The cooks have started adding morning Fritattas and Quiches to their list, and the shopsters are stocked and ready with hot coffee and tea.

You could always have a Vanilla Granola Parfait, made with Kris's Granola of the week and fresh fruit of the day. Look in the "Help Yourself" case.

What else might you need? Let us know. We'll try to accommodate. Bring your paper and sit with us as we get the day's lunches ready. We'll keep the music low and promise not to ask you any hard questions while you wake up.

A poppy from home.
This beauty was about 6 inches across. Dazzling! And the best part is, there are about ten more waiting to pop open any moment now.

"Un po di Toscana"
Here's the beginning of a dinner from the other night. Guests started with three kinds of Tuscan hors d'oeuvres and then sat, family style, for an evening of Italy.

Might be a nice thing for you, too. Think so?

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 30 Honey and Ginger Glazed Chicken 9.75
Tuesday May 31 Indian Vegetarian Sampler 10.00
Wednesday June 2 Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin 10.50
Thursday June 3 Chicken Gorgonzola with Linguini 9.75
Friday June 4 Salmon with Lemon Tarragon Sauce 11.25

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A summer table
Pick up our salads for dinner, why don't you? Pull out the summer dishes, unfold that old tablecloth, set something up on the deck, and invite a few friends over for the evening.

Many of our salads are just fine the next day and would be terrific tucked in a basket for a parkway jaunt. YOU know your favorite spots. It's picnic time. Get out and enjoy these beautiful days.

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, June 1

Seafood Scampi with Rotini Pasta
Full sized pan: 38.25
Half: 19.00

Willow helps garden at the YW
We are part of a lovely little garden at the YWCA. Modeled after Alice Waters' "Edible Schoolyard" in Berkely, we helped build an edible playground behind the YW a few years ago. Some of us here volunteer to keep it going. Lately, a new group, our brand new "Local Exchange" (a local branch, that is) of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, adopted the garden as a service project. We spent a few hours last week weeding, planting, and straightening out the beds, helping get them ready for the summer.

Peas are in. Tomatoes are too. The strawberries are going great guns, and the herbs are vibrant.

Thanks for helping, little Willow. We couldn't have done it without you.

New: magnets and silly things
We could not resist adding our supply of hilarious gum from the folks who brought out the "Be Nice or Leave" items. They make magnets and a bunch of other things too.

Come see them all. Need a light-weight, quick present for someone? A refrigerator pick-me-up? Something silly for the boss? We've got just the thing for you. (The "Puzzle for Morons" is one of my personal favorites.)

A Note from Laurey
May 28, 2005

Oh it is raining again. I guess that’s okay, since we’ve had a whole week of gorgeous weather. Every day I get to go home, sit on my front steps, and let the garden take over. I can hardly believe how lucky I am to get this gift every single day. My dog has a new invisible fence which makes sitting out front an enjoyable activity these days. It used to be that she could only romp in her fenced-in area behind the house and if I wanted to sit out on the front step she’d have to stay behind the screen in the kitchen, whining. Now, however, with this new freedom, she leaps over the flowers, does laps around the garden beds, and humors me by bringing back things that I throw for her.

“Again? I just brought that thing BACK to you!” she glares at me as I toss a ball into the woods.

“Sheesh, what is going to take to make you stop that?” she seems to ask.

Finally, heated and fed up, she throws herself onto the ground, back legs splayed out, belly to the dirt as much as possible.

“Okay? Have you had enough yet?” she pants.

I stop, sit, listen.

We have a pair of Wood Thrushes that is building a nest in a Dogwood tree. Their call is like a flute, beautiful and sweet as they fly to collect more twigs, leaves, grass.

Tomorrow we have our very first wedding here in the Garden Room. The bride and a friend are here right now, arranging flowers, planning, tucking, primping. I hope the rain clears off for them. We’d love to open the back doors into our garden here, letting in a glimpse of the herbs, the flowers, the foliage down there.

This shop is a bit like a garden all on its own. Maybe it’s just me and this time of year, but I am often delighted to be right here, surrounded by green things. The Tailgate Market is right across the street two times a week. This morning I was here very early. As I got the coffee going I watched the farmers drive up in their rickety trucks, unload tables and baskets and boxes of things, and arrange tiers of pots and plants. Imagine being surrounded by this!

And, on a sad note, my partner’s father died just yesterday. He was a lovely fellow who had struggled, these past few years, with various troubles. Chris saw him last week and then came here for a day or two before she got a call telling her to come back. I know this end of life happens all the time. And, even it is comes as a gift, a relief, it is still a sad thing. He came to our Holy Union ceremony and sat up on the hill with us last year. I watched him watching the blending families and I could see his joy and pleasure in the deep happiness on that day of ours.

Starts. Stops. Life. On and on. Do take care of the people you love.

My glass - out of the office
Well, they're out in the world now. My little babies. Sand and heat becomes glass. Amazing. They even hold water. And flowers!

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


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Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 pm

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