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Madam of Mystery
April 19th, 2012

 Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Spring has found its feet for sure! The ospreys are back, and not just them! Kingfishers, grouse, redwing blackbirds, robins, and now groups of swallows and swifts arriving to welcome the unofficial state bird, the “billbird,” or common mosquito, as it emerges from the many bodies of fresh and brackish water with which we are blessed in Maine. No doubt the billbird’s partner in crime, the black fly, has already made its presence felt a little inland as well. The air is still cool but the sun is warm – it really gives you an itch to get outdoors, especially before the outdoors returns the feeling!

Speaking of barely controllable urges involving a little scratch — really little for the quality — tomorrow brings another edition of the three course $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro!

Wednesday Special

This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special starts off with a cucumber romaine salad dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette. For the main we go to the Gulf of Maine in the form of an herb crusted filet of fresh Atlantic Pollock with a sundried tomato basil relish. And since a main course from the Gulf of Maine of course deserves a sweet course to cap the meal, the Pollock and its purchasers will get their deliciously just desserts in the form of lemon cake with simple icing. Simply superb!

For a wine special we’ll head for the left coast and Oregon’s Rogue Valley, with a pinot blanc from the Foris Winery. Clean and crisp without being austere, it should be a delightful gustatory companion to the food. Only $5.50 a glass. Do let us know what you think, as these wine specials are a good way to try out wines that might be worth adding to the list!

Friday Night Jazz April 20

For the first time in seven years of Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, a scheduling miscue has left the bill incomplete this Friday night. The queen of vocal jazz in Maine, Ms. Tracey MacLean, will be back in the Bistro, this much we know. The question of who will pay her musical court and on what instrument remains open. So especially for mystery fans, this Friday we’ll feature the Mistress of Mystery, the Midcosat’s own Maven of Modern Music, the marvelously melodious Ms. MacLean and her as-yet-anonymous accompanist from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the unaccompanied and the unknown are neither for long!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Shedding Karma . . .
April 10th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

There has been a lot to celebrate in the last week for Bath and its many admirers! First the Bath Freight Shed Alliance’s Kickstarter campaign reached its $18,000 goal in a nail-biter of a finish, assuring among other things that several projects crucial to bringing the winter Farmer’s Market to the Freight Shed will be funded.
Then the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that Bath had been chosen as one of the five national winners for 2012 of the Great American Main Street Award. Bath’s is the first Main Street program in Maine to receive this award and is only the fifth in all of New England, in recognition of which the Maine Senate proclaimed a legislative sentiment this morning before several car loads of Main Street Bath volunteers and staff.
Finally (in order of awareness if not occurrence) came the news that the “thank you” gift for a big donation (a dinner dance at the Freight Shed with donated local food and music from other Freight Shed supporters) at the very end of the Kickstarter campaign from Bath Natural Market owner Mark Schoninger and his wife Louanne, was being re-donated as a fund-raiser for the Bath Food Pantry! (See Chris Cousins’ article in the Bangor Daily News here.)
And what better way to celebrate Main Street Bath’s achievement and the general good karma generated by the whole Freight Shed collaboration than enjoying a little culinary karma in the form of the three course $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro?
Wednesday Special
This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special starts off with a salad of spinach and fennel dressed with an orange vinaigrette. The main course will be hunter’s chicken – cacciatora – served over bucatini, with a finale of mocha brownie and espresso ganache. Om shanti shanti!
For a wine special we’ll stay in northern Italy with a Barbera d’Asti from Elio Perrone in the Piedmont. The wine is named “Tasmorcan” after the badgers winemaker Stefano Perrone had to battle when the vines from which this wine comes were planted. Last week’s primitivo was a hit, and hopefully this week’s special will be too. Only $6.50 a glass – and, again, let us know what you think!
Friday Night Jazz April 13

This Friday brings newcomer Jamie Lebish on double bass and the return of guitarist Doug Emery after a long hiatus to the New Space at Solo. Doug is a summa cum laude grad of Berklee College of Music in Boston, of which Jamie is also an alum. They have played widely in southern Maine and we look forward to bringing them here to Bath. Emery and Lebish at Solo this Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where what goes around, comes around, and we’re glad of it!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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