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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

When morning gilds the skies
April 4th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Dawn today in the salt marshes outside Bath was a markedly noisier affair than it has been for some time. The birds have been filtering back for a month now, and today’s clear sunrise had them singing lustily. The crescendo of this crepuscular chorus is still a way off, but matins today morphed from tentative to definitive. The austere purity of a winter dawn is a lovely thing, but no match for the thrill of birdsong on an early spring morning!

Along with the daffodils and budding trees, there’s a little bit of renewal going on at Solo too this season, and the first evidence of this debuts in the New Space tonight in the form of a new step and landing, replacing the “temporary” platform we built three or four years ago. And what better excuse to check out the change than the three course $17.99 Wednesday Special?

Wednesday Special

 This week the $17.99 Wednesday Special heads for Mexico and Cuba. The first course will be a corn and black bean soup, which will be followed by “old clothes” with rice – ropa vieja con arroz. This hearty Cuban dish consists of slow-braised and shredded beef with onions and bell peppers in a tomato sauce served with rice. Chocolate cake with chipotle crème anglaise will round out this brief culinary circuit of the western Caribbean. Sweet!

For a wine special we’ll take a shot at a new wine we’re trying out – Masserie Pisari Primitivo, from an organic estate in southern Puglia, right down in the heel if Italy. The Primitivo grape is genetically the same as zinfandel, but the Italian style of wine making usually yields a tighter and more structured product than the more fruit-forward California style. Only $5.50 a glass – and let us know what you think!

Friday Night Jazz April 6

This Friday Ahmad Hassan Muhammad returns to the New Space with his keyboard. He first played at Solo during his freshman year at Bowdoin some six years ago, and he has been a favorite of Solo diners from the get go. So if you’re a fan of piano jazz, get going down to Solo this Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 PM for Ahmad Hassan Muhammad!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where where birds of all feathers flock together!

 Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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