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Happy New Year!
"Our Maple Custard Pie is always made by hand, only three at a time!"
-Head Baker Kristiana
It's a brand new year. Start 2016 right by finding a place at The Table. This January, Head Baker Kristiana is whipping up some pies worthy of your sweet tooth.
"Our Maple Custard pie is always made by hand, only three at a time!" We use US Grade A Dark Amber Maple syrup, fresh eggs, brown sugar and European style butter. This dreamy filling is lovingly poured into hand shaped, flaky crust. It is baked slow and low with some serious TLC. Come by and grab a slice today!
BAKER'S PICK: Multi-Grain Loaf
This loaf is chock-full of premium ingredients: King Arthur Sir Galahad Artisan bread flour, water, King Arthur 100% white whole wheat, multigrain mix (whole oat berries, millet, rye flakes, wheat flakes, four seeds flax, poppy, sesame and sunflower), milk, honey, sea salt and yeast.
For those that are curious, here's more details about the wonderful breads we enjoy from The Table.
Baking success depends largely to great ingredients. The Table's bakers use King Arthur Flour. It is the oldest flour company founded in 1790 in Boston. All the flours are non-GMO, never bleached and bromated. They are made to the highest standards in the industry. Many of their products are milled locally at Lindley Mills in Graham, NC.
White wheat is a different type of wheat that has no major genes for bran color. An easy way to think of it is as a sort of albino wheat. The bran of white wheat is not only lighter in color, but it’s also milder in flavor, making whole white wheat more appealing to many people accustomed to the taste of refined flour. It is simply WHOLE flour – including the bran, germ and endosperm – made from WHITE wheat. Products made with white wheat require less added sweetener to attain the same level of perceived sweetness.
And there you have it folks!
"There is a story behind the bean and a lot of complex flavors to back it up."
Here's the low-down on coffee right from your friendly neighborhood barista, Noah:
"Ingredients matter here at The Table. Our syrups are housemade by highly-trained chefs who care a great deal about how they taste, not just their sweetness. Our milk is locally sourced by Homeland Creamery, who conducts a patient, low-temperature pasteurization process, so our customers are receiving all the possible health benefits and delicious flavor of top-notch creamery milk. However, the ingredient we are most proud of in our barista counter is, without question, the coffee beans from Counter Culture Coffee.
They source and roast coffee from all over the world, working closely with farmers to ensure they are always improving and providing the best beans possible. Because of the seasonality of coffee, we are always moving through different single origin beans. Working with single origin coffees helps to show how and why beans from different regions have different flavor profiles.
I'd like to encourage you to ask your barista at The Table, or at any coffee shop, what beans they have in the hopper or which beans they are serving. Consider tasting this coffee black, sans sugar and milk. Most likely there is a story behind the bean and a lot of complex flavors to back it up."
The Table is now serving our new Barista Series almond and soy milks along with Homeland Creamery for all milk-based espresso drinks. Try the new Almond Milk Lattes. Almond milk complements the flavor of coffee and espresso delicately, but makes a big difference. It withstands the high heat of foaming and delivers consistently smooth, velvety micro-foam--perfect for lattes! It's made with non-genetically modified almonds.
"A staple for many since childhood, PB&J is a revered classic..."
Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters from scratch in Durham, NC. Uniquely fresh, delicious and nutritious, each small batch is made to order with the best possible ingredients sourced directly from local and like-minded producers. Take home a 10 oz. jar of their out-of-this-world MISSION ALMOND from our Market shelves or try it on The Table's classic PB&J Sandwich. Find out more about Big Spoon Roasters by visiting their website: www.bigspoonroasters.com
Also for the new year, we have a new Masala Chai Tea from Smith Tea Makers. Not only can we serve you up a delicious, hot cup of it here at The Table (with steamed milk--just ask for it!), but we are also carrying it in our Market.
Masala is the Hindi word for spice. To Indians, chai means sweetly spiced tea served with foamed milk. Smith Tea Makers combines second flush Assam teas with pungent ginger root, cassia, black pepper, cloves and cardamom to create a rich and spicy brew perfect for that warm pick-me-up out of the winter blues.
"Starting your day with a warm bowl of porridge leaves the belly fully happy and satisfied."
-Executive Chef Deanna
Porridge is not just for Little Miss Muffet, as in nursery rhymes of old. Starting your day with a warm bowl of porridge leaves the belly fully happy and satisfied. The Table's nutritious porridge is made of Steel Cut Oats and a blend of Khorasan wheat, buckwheat groats, Colusari™ Red Rice, 100% whole grain quinoa flakes and whole brown flax seed. It's served with fresh cut apples and pears, sprinkled with our housemade breakfast granola, wildflower honey, cinnamon and a side of almond milk.
Macaroni and cheese is a classic comfort food. Expect some interesting, yet familiar, housemade varieties of this baked cheesy pasta from The Table's kitchen. Reuben Mac n' Cheese for example: certified angus beef and penne pasta in a Swiss cream sauce topped with Black Russian Rye bread crumbs, served with mixed greens dressed with Russian Vinaigrette. Yum!
Make sure to check the Feature Chalkboard for other daily winter specials!
Photo credit: Nathan Richards, Justin Moore, Anna Naphtali
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