Surf, Turf and Visiting Turtles
September 17, 2015
- Fall/Winter Menu Begins this Week
- September Food & Wine Features
- Oktoberfest Beer Arrives Soon!
- Turtle Crossing at Harrison's
- Harrison's is Hiring
Fall/Winter Menu Begins this Week!
This week we say goodbye to some of our summer favorites and hello to some new and returning fall/winter menu items. All-time favorite Autumn Beet Salad returns this Wednesday evening, as do Beef Empanadas with spicy Piper’s Peck pepper sauce, Risotto Balls with fresh basil marinara, and the hearty Gnocchi Fagioli. We’ve also added some new items, so be sure to check out the full menu and get ready for fall!
September Food & Wine Features
With the end of summer, life’s pace inevitably increases and our lives become more hectic again. With this in mind, we have gone back to the basics with this month’s features. Throughout September, we’re returning to the time-tested American culinary tradition of Surf & Turf (with a Harrison’s twist, of course). Choose filet mignon prepared one of four ways, one of our seafood features, or have one of both. The combination is up to you!
We’re also running wine-by-the-glass features all month with some delicious wines that we don’t typically serve by the glass. Choose from one of four featured wines to go with your Surf & Turf, and you have dinner. Simple and delicious! We have limited quantities of these wines, and to keep it exciting, we will be changing them all month.
We are serving our Surf & Turf features in addition to our full dinner menu, starting at 4:30pm daily. Keep it simple and come join us this month for these delicious food and wine features.
Oktoberfest Beer Arrives Soon!
It’s almost time for Oktoberfest and we’re preparing to celebrate at Harrison’s with some authentic German beer and cuisine! While we won’t begin Oktoberfest food features until October (very unauthentic of us!), we will very authentically tap our first keg of Oktoberfest beer on the festival’s official start date for 2015: Saturday, September 19.
The original Oktoberfump occurred in Munich on October 17, 1810 and commemorated Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. To mark the close of this royal event--a celebration involving all of Bavaria--they organized a great horse race. The decision to continue with the horse races the next year started the tradition of the annual Oktoberfest. Although the official dates of Oktoberfest were eventually changed, mostly to take advantage of the nicer weather in September, and the traditional horse races ended in 1960, this 16-day festival still continues in Munich every year and is the largest fair in the world with 6 million yearly visitors. Around the world, Oktoberfest has become a time to celebrate German culture and cuisine, regardless of your heritage.
Beer is a central feature of Munich’s Oktoberfest celebrations. In fact, Oktoberfest begins every year at 12:00pm with a twelve-gun salute and the tapping of the first Oktoberfest beer keg by the Mayor of Munich, who then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State Bavaria. We’re looking forward to starting our own celebration of German cuisine by tapping a keg of Spaten Oktoberfest, one of the few true Oktoberfest beers. Traditional German Oktoberfest beer must meet strict criteria to earn that title: It must be brewed inside the city limits of Munich, contain a minimum of 6% alcohol by volume, and adhere to the "German Beer Purity Law," or the Reinheitsgebot.
We invite you to come try this authentic brew, but don’t become a “bierleichen” (which literally translates to “beer corpse,” a phrase created to describe those people who pass out from drinking too much Oktoberfest beer)!
Some Unexpected Visitors at Harrison's
Being located next to Millbrook Marsh definitely has its perks when it comes to wildlife viewing.
Two weeks ago, we came upon a two-inch long baby turtle near our back door. Soon enough, we realized this was not a single child—over a span of three days we found about a dozen of them, all just around our compost bins. (We can’t help but wonder, were they attracted to the organic smells of our compost?) We soon found the vacated nest, a hole in the mulch just next to Harrison’s paved loading zone. We carefully transported all of the baby turtles we found down to the marshy area next to the property, where they would be away from the danger of foot and car traffic and feel more at home.
After a little research, we found out that the site of the nest was just right for a discerning mother turtle. In searching for the ideal spot to lay their eggs, female turtles often travel great lengths (sometimes up to a quarter mile) away from the water source they call home. They prefer hills and recently cultivated ground where the soil is a little looser, so the landscaped, mulched area around the restaurant was an ideal nesting place. Because of these preferences, raised garden beds are also ideal, which many unsuspecting humans have come to realize! They usually lay between 15 and 50 eggs at a time, and incubation time is anywhere from about 60 to 90 days.
If you ever do notice a snapping turtle laying her eggs in your garden, it is best to leave the eggs alone and then transplant the baby turtles once they hatch because the embryos are very fragile and can be harmed if jostled. For more knowledgeable advice, you can also call a local conservancy agency. We called Millbrook Marsh for advice on what to do if we find another nest in the future, and while they do not offer egg removal, they can provide signage to draw attention to the nest’s presence and to advise everyone to use special care in the area and to watch out for baby turtles.
Now that we know, we’ll be on the lookout for more baby turtles next summer. Keep an eye out for “Turtle Crossing” signs and drive carefully!
Harrison's is Hiring
Please spread the word! If you know someone who is interested in either restaurant or catering, send them our way. Currently we are seeking:
Catering Service Staff
Experienced Line Cook
Positions require some previous experience and can be full-time or flexible part time. Applicants can email a resume to email@example.com or fill out an application between 8am and 10am or 2pm and 5pm at Harrison’s. Thank you!