Mary's Blog and Sharon's chalkboard features - January 3, 2020
And, another fine week it has been… New Year’s Eve was outstanding. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, it is my favorite day of the year. Not only because it is our anniversary in business, this # 65, but more importantly an evening of leisure with visiting and being thankful for my fortune to have such a wonderful group of Bistro Friends and team members that I admire for the outstanding way they take care of you, me, Sharon and each other. It is so gratifying to watch my hard-working kitchen crew -- knowing the pride they take to make sure that the food that goes “in the window” is such that we will all be proud to serve it. And the front of the house team rocks too. They really do have your best interests at heart. Trust me; there isn’t a job at the Bistro that is easy. They all just make it look that way. Our work requires being personable yes, but just as important a sense of urgency and being precise. I really appreciate too all the times I’m told what a great group I have working with me. I think that the Bistro has evolved, beginning in 1954, as a family striving together to make everyone happy – you and us. Thank-you for another stellar year and we look forward to a fantastic 2020.
I spent NY day getting a good start on the Bistro’s end- of-the- year accounting, a feat in itself. Then I went to see Bombshell with my mom and sister’s Jo and Liz. It is the story of the fall of Roger Ailes, head of Fox News, due to sexual harassment. All of the actors were extremely good but John Lithgow as Roger Ailes was outstanding. I would highly recommend it. Later, as I packed up Christmas decorations, I watched a documentary on Linda Ronstadt that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve always loved her music but never knew that she performed on Broadway among many other accomplishments. What a super star! Last Sunday I went to see the exhibit HUMBLE AND HUMAN an exhibit of Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo, and the Detroit Institute of Arts in honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. a philanthropist, business leader and founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills. Wilson, who lived most of his life in Detroit, valued the beauty of the everyday that he saw reflected in the art of avant-garde masters such as Monet, Degas and others. There are fewer than 50 paintings so it was easy to spend some time at each and really appreciate each artist’s methodology. Growing up in Buffalo my siblings and I would spend Saturday’s at the Albright-Knox Gallery taking painting lessons. Thanks Mom and Dad for introducing us to the incredible world of art. I certainly brings me much joy.
Sharon and crew have some awesome Chalk Board Features per usual. Always a favorite JUMBO SEA SCALLOPS: Seared to Golden and Presented with A Carrot and Celery Root Puree, Almond Green Beans and Vanilla Butter; PRETZEL CRUSTED WALLEYE: Served with Cheddar Gratin Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus and a Drizzle of Port Wine Reduction; and, GRILLED PORTERHOUSE: Accompanied with Steak Fries, Grilled Tomatoes and Blue Cheese Compound Butter. YUM!!!
WE WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS
Mary, The Pups and Ponies!
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro