Monday, October 27, 2008

Books and Cooks: In Which We Eat

Hello there,

Much is afoot at Everyday Wines this week (and for the foreseeable future).

The word "artisan" has certainly been overused in the last few years of foodpress glory but there do remain some who are worthy of that distinct accolade. And one particular individual plies his trade right here n Kerrytown. Yes, we're talking about T R Durham, proprietor of Durham's Tracklements, producer of perhaps the finest smoked fish in the country. Somehow, he has managed to find enough time away from the smokery to put pen to paper and produce a book. The Smoked Seafood Cookbook. Yes, a book from T R! Can you tell we're excited?

Here is what you are doing this Wednesday evening, October 29th, from 6pm to 8pm:
You will come to the old everyday cook space, try some dishes from his book, drink some wine, mingle and laugh, congratulate Mr. Durham on his accomplishment and, if you wish, buy a book and have him sign it. It's a party and you're invited, oh you lucky one, you.

And that's not the end of it! Starting this Tuesday, Oct 28th, everyday wines will have takeaway meals from A Knife's Work. What am I talking about, you ask. Read on, read on.

Many of you found your way to lunch at everyday cook, where chefs Brendan and Jay produced remarkable meals day after day. And we all miss it, yes. Well, here's something to lift your hearts. They have joined forces again to make you lunch and dinner, with the only difference being you get to take it home and eat it. As "A Knife's Work," they will be crafting a weekly, seasonal menu, packaged in environmentally responsible materials. Every week, you will choose between two entrees, a vegetarian side, a charcuterie item, an entree side and a soup.

Great food, local people, fresh ideas. How can you go wrong? Yes, of course, we will have wine-pairing suggestions specific to these meals.

Take a look at this week's menu:
Braised Lamb Shank Biryani with Basmati Rice and Laccha
Thai Spiced Fish Mousse with Fresh Mint Tomato Salad
Roasted Pumpkin, Pear and Red Chili Salad with Beet Greens

More information about Brendan, Jay and what they are doing at

And, finally, we are happy to announce the "Works of Wisdom Art Show," Nov 7 - 9, 2008. This is at the Silver Maples of Chelsea and the proceeds benefit Neighborhood Senior Services, a non-profit serving low income seniors through Washtenaw County for more than 33 years. Learn more at

Thank you all for your support and a special thanks to those who came out to taste wine and meet Gaia last week. That was a wonderful event and we hope to see even more of you at the next one.

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