Glimmerglass Festival 2017 — Gourmet Picnics

glimmerglass-2015-picnic-order-form.jpgClick here to download a copy of the 2017 Picnic order form We’re delighted to announce the opening of Black Cat at Mt. Wellington! Just 2 minutes from the Opera! We’re looking forward to another exciting season at Glimmerglass, and now we’re right near you … pick up or take out your favorite picnics and more!

Order securely online or print & complete the attached order form.2017 Picnic order form(3)picnic S


[in Just-] (Spring is here!) ee cummings


in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman


whistles          far          and wee


and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s


when the world is puddle-wonderful


the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing


from hop-scotch and jump-rope and








balloonMan          whistles

Deconstructing Rabbit, a cooking class

The Other “Other White Meat”

And, no, it doesn’t really taste like chicken — it’s a lot more interesting. Although a mainstay of European cuisine, chefs here who dare to have rabbit on the menu often get flack from appalled diners. Nevertheless, it’s a meat source that has advantages: it’s a lean protein that’s low in cholesterol. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, rabbits are easy to raise, and they breed like, you know, rabbits. Yet many Americans suffer from “Easter Bunny syndrome” relating to rabbits as cartoon characters, imaginary friends, bedtime story heroes, annual purveyors of sugary treats and, yes, pets. Given their formidable cute factor—we have trouble thinking of them as a table offering. So we have a deplorable lack of awareness and knowledge about how to cook them.

This class not only deconstructs the myths about rabbit, but also shows you how to physically deconstruct a rabbit, understand the different parts and cook them in different ways. We’re using rabbits raised at nearby Black Willow Pond Farm (Cobleskill) – and that is also where the chicken livers come from.

We’re featuring Black Cat specialties, our Drunken Blonde Fruitcake is made into a not-so-sweet stuffing. And our Fig-Balsamic Drizzle highlights the liver & bacon flavors (as well as the salad.) We’re also using a Lebanese favorite to sweeten the Rabbit Confit a tiny bit, and that is Pomegranate Molasses.


Salad of baby greens with Black Cat’s fig-balsamic drizzle
Gigandes Beans in a savory herb marinade
Black Willow Pond Farm Chicken Livers wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon
Toasted Ciabatta Rolls

Rabbit Leg Confit with Black Cat’s Fruitcake Stuffing
Rabbit (or Chicken Breast) Provencal with Tomato and Olive sauce

Ciao Bella Mango, Lemon or Key Lime Sorbet
Coffee or Tea

In Memoriam, Christopher Hitchens … some marvelous quotes

“Nothing optional—from homosexuality to adultery—is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishment) have a repressed desire to participate.” 2007

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are god.” 2007


“The laugh here is on the polished, sophisticated Europeans. They think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious, and ignorant and so on. And they’ve taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities,” – MSNBC’s Scarborough Country, May 2004

from a Daily Beast article on his best “zingers”

2011 Glimmerglass Picnics!

We’re very excited about the 2011 Festival season, and for the 5th consecutive summer, Black Cat offers delicious boxed picnics to Glimmerglass patrons. 3 easy ways to order!

1. Secure online order form from Black Cat

2. Download the 2011 Glimmerglass Picnic brochure , complete & mail in.

3. Call Black Cat at 518.284.2575

The Menu?

A – Grilled Lemon Chicken Breast
on Baby Greens, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Fresh Berry Tartlet

B –Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
on Crunchy Asian Noodles, Cucumber Salad, Chocolate Tartlet

C –Two Jumbo Crab Cakes
Champagne Remoulade, Tri-color Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Coconut Cupcake

D – Duck Leg Confit
on Greens, Fig-Balsamic Drizzle, Nutted Wild Rice Salad, Chocolate Tartlet

E –Curried Chicken Salad
on Baby Greens with Artisan Raisin Bread, Snap Peas, Coconut Cupcake

F –Vegan / Vegetarian
Chickpea & Lentil Salad, Mediterranean Orzo Salad, Seasonal Fruit, Vegan
Carrot Cupcake
We cannot guarantee that any of the picnics are nut-free.

Healthy Foods for Healthy Schools For School Cafeteria Managers and Cooks

March 10, 2011

Dear Cafeteria Manager and Cooks!

For the past ten years, the Rural Health Education Network of Delaware, Otsego, Montgomery and Schoharie counties (RHENDOMS) has been bringing educational programs into your schools to help establish a community environment that promotes living and creating a healthy lifestyle.  Many of you have School Wellness Committees that have benefited from our resources and assistance, and many schools have incorporated our programs for kids such as Nutrition Detectives, Yoga Kids, Girls on the Run, Dental Health Education, Up Close Cardiac Surgery, and Nutrition Workshops for elementary, middle and high school students, faculty and staff.

With this letter, we are inviting you to participate in an exciting new educational opportunity, at no charge to you or your school, which will help you to meet the challenges that your food service faces with the enactment of the Child Nutrition Act of 2010.  In cooperation with the Black Cat Café in Sharon Springs, NY, you will experience how real, nutrient-dense foods can be purchased, prepared and served in your schools in ways that are healthier, tasty and even less costly than you have been use to in the past.

Tony Daou of the Black Cat Cafe offers the venue, where Cooking Classes and Dinner Club events (over 100 in the past 6 years) are regularly offered.  Tony & his wife Vanessa, an RN, originally started the Black Cat Café together to share their experience with and love for delicious food, simply prepared with the finest, healthiest ingredients.  Tony is a big fan of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, promoting food cooked from scratch with fresh, natural ingredients that meet school meal nutrition standards AND the local budget. Tony will show us how to improve incrementally, step-by-step, and will serve us a delicious meal prepared in front of us. Learn more at their blog: where he’ll keep us updated.

In order to make this evening most relevant to your school cafeteria, we ask that you provide us with a copy of your school cafeteria menu and a recipe or two that you would like to see made into a healthier option.  Tony will work with these before we gather to ensure that the evening provides you with the most helpful and useful resources possible. After this event, we want you to feel prepared to create healthier food options in your own schools.   Please join us for this stimulating opportunity and take away great ideas on how to add new healthy food choices to your school menu.

Linda H. Keller, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Rural Health Education Network of Delaware, Otsego, Montgomery & Schoharie Counties

Healthy Foods for Healthy Schools


School Cafeteria Managers and Cooks

Date:                    Thursday, April 28, 2011

Time:                     2:303:00 PM registration/networking

3:005:00 PM cooking demonstration/tasting

Place:  Black Cat Café, 195 Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY

Seating is limited to 25 people!

First come, first served.

RSVP by April 8th

Call Doris Hill at (607) 547-7696 to make your reservation and for more information.

Facebook Event page here.

Sponsored by RHENDOMS and by

The Black Cat Café in Sharon Springs, NY

RHENDOMS is administered through the Bassett Healthcare Network, Research Institute and funded through the New York State Office of Rural Health, Rural Health Network Development Program.

Jamie’s Food Revolution — in schools upstate

Tony’s been asked by Bassett’s Rural Health Education Network (Delaware, Otsego, Montgomery & Schoharie)  to speak to our schools’ cafeteria professionals.

Of course, as a long-time fan of Jamie Oliver, Tony will draw on the exciting resources Jamie provides, check it out here.

Black Cat has always been known for using the best, freshest ingredients in the simplest,most delicious combinations.

Jose Cuervo Xmas Cookies, courtesy of a dear friend

My friend Steve sent me this great recipe for Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

1 cup of water                 1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar                 1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar   4 large eggs
1 cup nuts                         2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila

Sample the Cuervo to check quality.  Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer.  Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.

Add one peastoon of sugar.  Beat again.  At this point it’s best to make sure the Cuervo is still ok, try another cup just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy.

Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the stupid fruit up off the floor.

Mix on the turner.

If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaters just pry it loose with a drewscriver.

Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt, or something.  Check the Jose Cuervo.  Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

Add one table.

Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink.  Whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the wishdasher.

Cherry Mistmas !

Thistle Hill Weavers Open House

Here’s an opportunity to visit the renowned weavers!  Rabbit Goody’s Annual Open House — Tour the mill!  Meet the weavers!  See the showroom with bed hangings, window treatments, and more!

Find great gifts—pillows, shawls, placemats, towels & overruns:

Dec. 4, Friday, 4 to 7 pm

Dec. 5, Saturday, 9:30 to 5pm, Hourly Tours

Dec. 6, Sunday 10 to 4 pm,

Special Children’s Tour at 2pm

518-284-2729 · Baxter Road, off Route 34A

Cherry Valley, NY