Wednesday, January 18, 2017

rumors come. rumors go.

Rumors come.  And rumors go.  We all are subject to them at some point or another.  Through our twenty years at 
{osteria} pane e salute~yes, it
was twenty years in November!~we've had some doozies.  Our best~loved speculations are that I seem to be perennially pregnant, that Caleb is still twenty, and my most favorite of all is that we are heirs to a great fortune.  
Would that that were true. 

There have always been the rumors that we are closed, or closing. It seems like almost every season this one circulates when we leave the restaurant to turn our attention to pruning, planting, or harvesting.  We also seem to still be re~opening, probably much to the chagrin of the originating storytellers, turning up like a bad penny every other season as for the past few years we've been working the summer and winter angle, closing our doors during spring and fall.

But life does change, shifts take place, the earth moves under our feet.  In these two decades of life at pane e salute, we have gone from village bakery and cafe, to lunch eatery, to osteria.  We've gone from early days of trying to source as locally as possible per the inspiration of our one-time life in Italy to the growing of our own prime ingredients.  We've gone from the well-honed dream of owning a little village restaurant to the experiment of growing wine on our own land.  In all these scenarios, one thing has stayed constant, the kitchen and the dishes which feed us and you, feed our spirit,
and the table where we share it all.

And what an amazing twenty years it's been full of adventure, good friends,  hard work, lots of love and tales to tell.  Stories to fill an era.  Or even two.

We have always been attracted to new adventures and new stories, and pane e salute's identity has evolved so many times since 1996.  Evolution, or revolution, comes around again.  Our winter season will run through mid~April, and then we will open our hands and let go of this sweet little space in Woodstock that has served us so well and hope that another young chef, or sommelier, or baker will be smitten with these spring green walls and tiny kitchen and make it their new home.

We don't think of this as a closing.  More of a moving, a transitioning.  The {osteria} will make way for the tavernetta and we will be able to consolidate all our farming, cooking, and winery efforts in one place, up at the homefarm, that seductive spot of land on the edge of a forest.  Hart will be open once a week, either as a kind of wine bar, our official winery "tasting room", or as a petite diningroom.  We won't be open to the public like the {osteria} has been, but rather we will continue to run it privately through our email list like we have for the pop~ups this last year. 

Many of you won't be surprised by these changes.  We see them ourselves as organic and feel we have been slowly and naturally moving toward this outcome for some time now.  We encourage you to come see us at the {osteria} before mid~April if you'd like to get one more visit in here, and we also hope you will transition with us, if you already haven't, and come see us up at the homefarm.  While changes like this are always bittersweet, we plan on doing plenty of celebrating, toasting to the {osteria} as we have known and loved it, and to the new tavernetta which will herald a new narrative.


So to that end, we'll be back at it again
a couple more times this month
celebrating at the tavernetta in this little corner of the Chateauguay.  

Sunday, January 22, just a few days after three of the moons of Jupiter~Io, Europa, and Callisto~show themselves,  we'll open the doors for the bar a vin from 1~5 in the afternoon.  

We'll divide guests into two groups: 1~3, and 3~5,

so let us know if one time suits you better than another.  
Small plates, shadows of wine, good cheer. 

Hart: tavernetta~bar a vin , Sunday, January 22nd,  1~5 pm.  

Limited space. 

RSVP per usual. @


Again on Sunday, January 29th,
a couple of days before the Moon, Venus, and Mars find themselves in a cirlce, 
we'll be opening up for another afternoon
of glass raising and good winter cheer.  
Two groups: 1~3 + 3~5.  
Let us know your time preference and we'll try to honor. 

Hart: tavernetta~bar a vin , Sunday, January 29th,  1~5 pm.  

RSVP only. Limited space. 


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