The Weekly Newsletter
Menus and Stories for June 6 - 11, 2005

Ready for the guests
We had our first wedding here last week. I must say, the whole thing was very sweet. The sun behaved and came out just in time to fill the space with light.

Guests sat in the Garden Room and the bride and groom, in front of the Don't Postpone Joy quilt, said their promises.

I'll tuck a couple of pictures in this note for you to see. It sure was nice!

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 June 6 Niçoise Chicken with Local Greens 10.25
Tuesday June 7 Pan-seared Trout Filet with Wild Rice 12.50
Wednesday June 8 Honey-Mustard Stuffed Pork Chop 10.00
Thursday June 9 Grilled flank Steak with Roasted Vegetables 10.75
Friday June 10 Shrimp and Artichoke Risotto 12.75

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Dinner and Conversations returns - June 30
Save June 30th for us, won't you?

We're excited about this upcoming "Dinner and Conversation" which will be a time to meet and talk with new people about interesting things (and have interestingly great food, too!)

The event is being sponsored by, and is a fundraiser for, the Center for Diversity Education. The topic will be "Coming to the Mountains - the many faces of Asheville." The food will reflect the heritage of the Greek, Hispanic, Eastern European, Native American and African communities that live here. You'll be seated with other interesting folks, and though you may not know them at the start of the evening, by the time its over you'll have had a chance to try some new tastes and make some new friends. (Don't worry - it's not heavy handed, but we'll give you some things to start the conversation off, in case you need that sort of thing.)

There will be mountain music too. The local kind.

Should be fun!

The price will be 50.00 per person (+tax), a portion of which will go to the Center. Please call 252-1500 to save your spots. We'll start at 7:00 pm that Thursday (the 30th.)

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 8
Spinach-lover’s Lasagna- full pan 28.50/half pan 14.25

A Note from Laurey
June 4, 2005

Welcome to June, friends.

It has been quite a time around here lately. Hot. Green. Humid. Summer in the mountains. Well, almost. My garden is a riot of green and thick swatches of color. I have never been much of a planner. My gardening style has always been to pack things in and let the chaos take over. But this year, for some reason, the growth spurts are amazing – more than I’ve ever seen before. Each day I come out of my kitchen and browse around, looking at the colors and the mounds of flowers, and each day the colors are brighter, the mounds higher, the clumps bigger. What was I thinking when I put all those plants in like that? Ah well, chaos is good, right?

I was very pleased at how nicely our Garden Room dressed up for its first wedding last week. I mean, in many ways this business is my child and so it was like seeing it at its first formal occasion, hair slicked back, shoes shined, tie neatly tied. I never imagined it could look so good! Actually, we’ve had many events here, so that’s not exactly true, because I’ve seen our place thumping with Bluegrass, swaying to a Waltz, and even tiptoeing to something more elegant. But this party felt different and I was very happy to see the guests so happy and so settled and so comfortable. I came and said hello and took a few pictures and then left. The groom, I’m told, joined the band after a while. The party settled in, sat down, made themselves at home, and had a lovely day of it.

Around here the expression is, “Come back!” (Sometimes they say, “Y’all come back now, hear?” but that is more of a tv phrase – I’ve never heard people actually say those words here in Asheville.) In Vermont, the phrase is more like, “Thank you, please come again,” or, more simply, “Come again.” But in a more colloquial style, one says, “Make yourself at home,” and in Goshen, my little home town, the old timers would say “Make yourself ‘ta home.” And they’d mean it.

I’m aware that in some ways this place feels like my child. And also that it feels like my home. I suppose that I am not the only restaurant owner who feels these things. These places can get to be extensions of us. I love the sound of folks sitting out in the dining room here, forks and glasses clinking, conversations bubbling around. It is, after all, what I grew up with, so it’s a very familiar sound, comforting in a sweet way.

So many people say, “Oh I’d love to have a café like this, a place for my friends to come. I could roam around the dining room and greet everyone. Oh it is so romantic!” Well sometimes it IS that way. Sometimes it IS very nice to hear the room fill up and the conversation swell. Which is not to say that it is not a hard thing to do too. But let’s, for the moment, stick with the romance, shall we? I hear the guests arriving for lunch now. And, browsing through the wedding pictures from last week, I know that those folks did feel right at home in this home-like place of mine.

Which is a very nice thing, isn’t it?

New glass - my first handle!

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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