Dear Crook's family,
As I write this, I am sitting out on the Crook's patio, taking in a beautiful, post-storm day. I hope you have enjoyed it, too. Gene's gorgeous garden is really doing its thing right now--one can practically watch the bamboo shoots growing.
He even let Justin harvest some of the bamboo, which was then pickled and placed on the windowsill behind the bar.
Food is so beautiful.
Bamboo pickles have not made it onto the menu yet, but there are some new dishes to check out. We have Grilled Asparagus from Lyon's Farm which Justin tops with country ham and a poached egg. It's classic, and heavenly. Also from Lyon's Farm are the first spring strawberries. You will find them in a salad with feta cheese and shaved radishes.
We have a few new entrees as well. The Pan-seared NC Tuna is served with ramps, spring onions, capers, and olives over roasted potatoes and red pepper purée; and be sure to try the Grilled Chicken Thighs with spring vegetables, pate-a-choux dumplings, and a rich, brown sauce with tomato:
I have had both; they are delicious.
Even though food is what we do, it's not all that we do. We are incredibly proud to be a part of the Crook's Corner Book Prize, currently in its 7th year. The submission deadline for the Prize is fast approaching. This year's judge is Charles Frazier, author of such literary landmarks as Cold Mountain and Varina. Given for the best debut novel set in the American South, the $5000 prize has helped launch an impressive list of emerging writers. As a special bonus, the winner is entitled to a free glass of wine at Crook's every day for a year. May 15 is the deadline, so if you have an eligible book, be sure to enter it. See more about the prize and submission details at www.crookscornerbookprize.com.
Another deadline also approaches. We are in the running for Best Southern Food Restaurant in the Triangle for the INDY Awards. Please consider placing your vote for Crook's on the INDY website any time before May 5th. It would be an honor to win a local award like this, and we really want one of those posters! (Remember when Gayle was on it that one time?!!)
We can't wait to serve you delicious food soon. Come and get it.
Thank you for your continued friendship and patronage. As always, you are why we do what we do.