Announcing Lunch for Maine Restaurant Week
February 24th, 2012
We are excited to announce that during Maine Restaurant Week (Thursday March 1 through Saturday March 10) lunch service at Solo Bistro will resume for the first time in more than six years. Many of you have requested that we reinstate lunch, and indeed we have discussed it each spring since 2007. Thanks to the efforts of the good folks at gBritt PR, Restaurant Week is a time when many people are focused on dining out, and it seems like this might be an opportune moment to see how lunch might work out.
Solo Bistro has never had more talent in the kitchen than we have now, and we have never been as organizationally robust as we are now, so we’ll give it a go. We hope you’ll stop by for lunch (and dinner too!) during Maine Restaurant Week and let us know what you think. We’ll be serving lunch from 11:30 to 2 each day during Restaurant Week except Sunday and Monday.
You can check out our Restaurant Week menus by clicking here. We’ll still be running our regular three course $24.99 and $17.99 Wednesday Specials, too!
Hope to see you during Restaurant Week — we tasted the seared tuna option tonight, and it was fabulous!
Mardi Gras, Shrimp & Shed
February 24th, 2012
Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
So we bid a fond farewell to shrimping season! Controversy has not been absent from this decision, as can be seen in this video report. The discussion follows a now familiar meme pitting regulation, presumably science-based, against the purported experience and “common sense” of the regulated parties. It’s not made any easier by the fact that science is about hypotheses, not certainties. Few things make us as uncomfortable as uncertainty, and doubly or trebly so where one’s livelihood is concerned!
One great example of successfully coping with uncertainty is the Bath Freight Shed Alliance, of which I have written before. This group – Maine’s First Ship, the Bath Farmer’s Market, some of RSU 1’s summer and vocational programs, the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and a large (and growing) cohort of individuals and businesses, all coordinated by a few passionate visionaries – is working on a project which initially seemed, at the very best, quixotic. By focusing on small steps and achievable goals, they now have a 5 year lease from the property owner, sublease commitments to provide income on an ongoing basis, credible partners to carry out the renovations necessary, and some small grants for planning and organizational purposes. Still no certainty that they will ultimately save the freight shed, or turn it into the vibrant center of community activity they hope it will become, but it’s starting to look pretty feasible, and that’s a dramatic change from where they started!
They’re now about to take their next step, an online fundraising campaign with Kickstarter.com to fix the roof and pay for electrical supplies. Their campaign is launching imminently, and searching for “Bath Freight” on the Kickstarter site will bring it up as soon as it does launch. (If it hasn’t launched when you click on the link and search for “Bath Freight,” you can preview the project by going here.)
The world may be full of uncertainty, but you can count on finding a great deal every Wednesday at Solo Bistro!
This week Chef Lavelle is giving a nod to both the end of shrimp season and Mardi Gras with the $17.99 Wednesday Special! It Kicks off with a romaine salad dressed with a creole bacon vinaigrette. The main course will be a Maine shrimp jambalaya over Cajun dirty rice. Dessert will be a profiterole with Maine maple syrup. Just writing it is making my stomach growl!
For a wine pairing this week we’ll follow last week’s German Riesling with an excellent example of what the Finger Lakes can do with the Riesling grape, the semi-dry from the vineyards of Dr. Konstantin Frank. Konstantin Frank was a refugee from the Ukraine who had an agricultural Phd. He was convinced the Riesling varietal would do well in the Finger Lakes. Notwithstanding the skepticism of the established grape growing community in the area, Dr. Frank persevered, with some very good results! You can judge for yourself for only $6.50 a glass tomorrow!
Friday Night Jazz February 24
This Friday Mickey Felder returns to the New Space at Solo with his keyboard, accompanied by Mr. Ralph Norris on the tenor saxophone. This will be Ralph’s first visit to Solo, but he is probably the leading player of the tenor sax in Maine. Tracey MacLean calls Ralph a “wicked cool jazz hero.” Of course Mickey’s no slouch either, so don’t miss this Friday at Solo with Ralph Norris and Mickey Felder from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Be there or be square!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, THE place to go with your cher(e) ami(e)o!
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners