Happy April Fool’s Day! I was curious about the origins of this non-holiday and found many stories about where it might have come from but as with most folkways, there seem to be sources in every culture, suggesting that we humans have a need to create a jokester day everywhere we go. No one, clear story here.
What I did find was an amusing tale about the venerable BBC pulling a fast one on the public on April 1st in 1957. Since the subject is food, it seems appropriate to share it here and in honor of such a thing, we will be serving spaghetti this weekend shipped in fresh from Florida where my in-laws have an orchard……
Here’s the story:
On 1 April 1957, the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in. Many called the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this the BBC diplomatically replied, "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." You can read more on the google.
In 50 years people better know the source of spaghetti being that there are food shows demonstrating the art of homemade pasta everywhere, but has it really changed? We’ve all heard the stories about children being surprised to discover that the hamburger they are eating is made from cows! Hopefully they have an idea about where potatoes and tomatoes come from but there are plenty of opportunities to teach them situated as we are near fields and farmers and land to garden in. Another growing season is about to start. Have you joined a CSA yet? We can recommend several, Sweet Beet and Farm Farm will be using Three Crows as a pick up point this summer and the Delano Farmer’s Market in their new home in the old Excel building across the river from us will be starting in May! Glory Glory
We have music this week and good food to share- hope you can stop by. Patricia Reinert has her art up for the month, very Springy in my opinion, lots of greens.
Descriptions of musicians and links are below.
Calendar This Week
April’s Featured Artist
Dinner Specials this week: Spaghetti Bolognese, Chicken Pot Pie, Key Lime Pie
Menu subject to change at the whim of the chef
Thursday April 3
The Willie August Project
7:30 pm no cover
Inspired by the current progressive jazz movement, the small group jazz of the 1960s and 70s, and the jazz-folk-rock fusion sounds associated with the ECM record label, The Willie August Project builds its sound around extraordinarily cohesive ensemble playing, with an emphasis on collective improvisation. Each member of the group is both a fine soloist and an excellent supporting musician and listener.
Friday April 4
Mark Allan Jensen
7:30 pm no cover
From an early age, Mark Allan Jensen's talent was very evident as he picked up an acoustic guitar and began writing his own songs. Over the years Mark has become an award winning songwriter, played in Nashville at several establishments. Mark's original music is full of passion, love lost and hopes for the future. His sound is pure and clear. Adding to that, his picking style is unique, giving each note a life of its own. His lyrics are beautiful poems which have a way to reach straight into your heart and soul.
Friday Night Date Night — Dinner for Two including Wine! $40
Saturday April 5
Saturday Morning Jam 10 am-2 pm Join us!
7:30 pm $10 cover
Kevin Bowe has a long history as a guitarist/writer/producer, landing 3 platinums and songs on 2 Grammy winning albums working with Paul Westerberg, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Etta James and others. The Okemah Prophets are what happens when he’s singing and playing his own songs….their live shows are a reminder that American rock and roll will always be cool, no indie rock posturing needed here, just soul, songwriting and a crack 3 piece band to play them loud.
Enjoy the week,
Gina, Marcus and Al, the music guys