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Cyndi Palmer: "Summer of Winter" not as bad as it sounds

Two weeks remain to make sure you get tickets for this year’s Blues from the Top Festival. The Grand County Blues Society is calling the show spectacular its “Summer of Winter” – with legendary musician Johnny Winter just one of the many acts not to miss during the two-day festival.

Locals are especially encouraged to come out for the show and the GCBS has graciously given 10, two-day tickets to All Access for a two-part drawing and giveaway for local residents. Each week for the next two weeks, five names will be drawn from a hat. Each of the winners receives one general admission ticket for Saturday and one general admission ticket for Sunday.

To enter, call me at (970) 887-3334 ext. 19605 or e-mail by noon Wednesday, June 18, to have your name put in the drawing hat for the first drawing. Winners will be announced in the June 20 edition of All Access.

Those names remaining from the first drawing will be added to the hat for a second drawing the following week (enter by calling me by noon Wednesday, June 25). The remaining five winning names will be announced in the June 27 edition of All Access. Tickets for the top 10 winners (with appropriate ID) will be waiting for them at the admission gate.

With almost a literal Summer of Winter so far with late snows, people are invited to

warm up and enjoy new authentic Russian cuisine recently added on the menu at Joy’s Garden Cafe at the Stage Coach Bed and Breakfast in Hot Sulphur Springs. Irina Threats, co-owner with her husband and chef Joy-Ha and who brings her Russian heritage to the cafe, says the change has been very successful.

Although maybe not as well known as French or Chinese cuisine, Russian cuisine is known for its various specialties known throughout the world. Popular dishes which are now available at Joy’s are the pelmeni (minced meat ravioli usually filled with beef and turkey, served with sour cream), golubzy (cabbage rolls with herbed tomato sauce), kotlety (pan-fried meatballs made from primarily pork and beef, sometimes chicken and fish), and there are future plans to add the shashlyk (a form of shish kebab of marinated meat on a skewer).

Joy’s Garden Cafe also announces the addition of two popular Russian salads, the olivie and venegret. Threats says the Olivie salad is “as traditional as turkey at Thanksgiving for the American family.” The dish is a salad made of cooked, diced vegetables (including carrots, peas, and potatoes) and chicken, mixed with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, pickles and onions. Venegret, she explains, is a cold dish made with cooked beets, potatoes, carrots, pickles, and other vegetables and spices.

New Russian desserts available at the Hot Sulphur Springs eatery include the Napoleon cake and “Bird’s Milk” chocolate souffle. All the cakes are homemade by Irina, including her own creation, the “Strawberry Lovers Paradise” that has already made a hit with loyal customers. She and Joy-Ha plan to add on to the Russian offerings throughout the summer in response to how well it goes over with the public.

When out and about this week, make sure to give “Willy” a big spankin’. Not only does he probably deserve it, but the local musician celebrates a birthday Thursday (he’d probably also enjoy a celebratory shot of whiskey).

Speaking of Willy (who cooks at Fontenot’s) and necessary spankings (for me this time), the GCBS dinner and show with the Eden Brent Trio with Jimmy Yozell and local musician Andy Irvine June 28 at Fontenot’s is $15 plus dinner.

Food for thought:

” … the spring, the summer,

The chilling autumn, angry winter, change

Their wonted liveries; and the mazed world

By their increase, now knows not which is which.”

– William Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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