And, another fine week it has been! Water main break and all. I got a call late Monday night that Novi was on a boil water alert until further notice. And, that there was a good chance of losing water pressure, the latter of which would have closed down the Bistro. Sharon talked to the Oakland County Health Department early Tuesday morning, found out the exact procedures we needed to adhere by and with everyone’s effort we had the doors open at 11 AM sharp. Now, we just needed to keep our fingers crossed that the pressure would hold, which it has. Our “hardship” has been minimal… buying ice, bottled water and lots of hand sanitizers. It has pretty much been business as usual. I’ve had lots of people comment to me how difficult it must be to run a restaurant under these conditions. My reply: “It is a minor inconvenience.” The experience has made me think about the people of Flint who have lived with tainted water for over 2 years. And, being ignored for the first one. How does something like that happen in today’s world? Greed, apathy for your fellow humans’ quality of life and dishonesty. What a shame for Flint and a disgrace that our federal, state and city officials brushed a government-made disaster under the rug. I also think of the hurricane victims who are still recovering and maybe doing so for months and years. Yes, at the most, this week has been a minor inconvenience.
Also on Tuesday I had a major hack of my email account. Every contact on my list got a message that I was in a foreign country and lost my phone. I’m alive and well and apologize if you got one. I still have not gotten back to “normal” and have lost all my contacts. Even the repair store couldn’t get them back. Anyone have any ideas? I also want to thank everyone who called checking on me!
Halloween is Tuesday night and a holiday of superstition, ghosts, costumes, haunted houses and trick or treating. It is thought to have originated with the Celtic fest that marks the end of harvest and beginning of winter or, the darker half of the year. It is always celebrated on October 31st, the day before All Saints Day. The word means Hallowed or Holy Evening. The holiday reaps in 6 billion dollars a year and is second largest only after Christmas and accounts for ¼ of US yearly candy sales. BOO!!!
Sharon and Crew have some awesome Chalkboard Features Per Se. For a Starter there is a Gluten Free White Flat Bread – a Cauliflower Crust topped with Roasted Forest Mushroom, Garlic, Four Cheeses and EVOO. Bistro Plates Include Tuscan Pasta: Six Cheese Sacchettini Tossed with Hot Italian Sausage, Butternut Squash, Roasted Garlic and Brown Butter Sauce; Jumbo Sea Scallops Seared to Golden and Presented with Honey Crisp, Bacon, Cashew, Caramelized Onion and Arugula drizzled with a Maple-Soy Glaze and Everyone’s favorite Sautéed Lake Perch over Creamy Parmesan Risotto, Crisp Brussels Sprout Slaw and Hazelnut Butter Sauce. YUM!!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO AND WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS.
XO, MARY, NIKI, PICO, PICASSO AND Z