Trained in the art of sausage making, German-born Wilfried Huller put his skills to use by opening a butcher shop in 1968. The business expanded into a restaurant and moved its current location, where mugs sing glassy songs in toasts over brimming plates of Wiener schnitzel and spaetzle. A German-style buffet sets forth an endless parade of steam, which hints at meats free of MSG, mixed with fistfuls of spices, and smoked over natural hardwood. Cool suds spill forth from bottles and taps, fueling revelry with honey-hued wheat beers from Franziskaner and Maisel. The onsite butcher shop sends homemade sausages with guests eager to enjoy them in the comfort of vacationing neighbors' kitchens.
Because its original run of shows sold out, Town Theatre is extending its performances of White Christmas for another week. Based on the 1954 film starring Bing Crosby, White Christmas follows two Army buddies and Broadway entertainers as they try to save their former commanding officer-turned-innkeeper from bankruptcy. Irving Berlin's iconic melodies—including "It's Cold Outside," "Sisters," and the titular tune—usher in holiday jolliness for kids and adults—all within the comfy confines of the oldest continuously used theatre building in the United States.
Solstice Kitchen owner and executive chef Ricky Mollohan takes pride in crafting creative seasonal menus while working closely with local suppliers to ensure ingredients are as fresh as possible. Start taste buds tingling with a table-side beef tartare served with parsley-caper salad, worcestershire, black pepper, red-wine mustard, and Manchester Farms quail egg ($14), before moving on to indulgent entrees such as olive-oil-seared wild salmon tamed with horseradish-black-pepper cream, wild-mushroom and goat-cheese risotto, port-wine reduction, and a salad made from friendly local herbs ($19). While Solstice boasts an expansive wine and cocktail list, guests who prefer a familiar libation are welcome to tote their own favorite potent to the restaurant's cozy yet modern dining room for a $15 corking fee, or the equivalent value in cubic zirconia. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays from 5:30 p.m to 9 p.m.
Foxfield Bar and Grille's flame wizards sizzle up locally grown ingredients to create sumptuous spreads, and professional pourers furnish chalices with a wide variety of cocktails, wines, and beers. A three-cheese panini ($6.50) swaddles a trifecta of provolone, cheddar, and swiss cheeses, and a plate of local shrimp and grits ($7.50) come crowned with house-made gravy—an even more delicious dressing than its cousin, garage-made gravy. A smoked salmon-and-cream-cheese bagel ($7.25) tenderly tackles appetites with the assistance of capers and red onions. In addition to specially selected wines, beers and sake, Foxfield's bartenders concoct a menu of classic and specialty cocktails such as the acai-spirit-based ave maria ($6) and the french kiss vodka martini ($7) made with Chambord and pineapple.
Trustus, which was named Best Local Theater Company of 2010 by the Free Times, is a 25-year-old theater company that stages innovative, contemporary plays fresh off New York’s stages. Reasons to Be Pretty is one of the latest works from writer, film director, and tragicomedy master Neil LaBute, whose filmography includes Nurse Betty and In the Company of Men. Reasons to Be Pretty is the final installment of LaBute’s trilogy of plays dealing with beauty and physical appearance. When Greg mentions that his girlfriend Steph has a few physical imperfections, she erupts with rage, causing him to ponder society’s emphasis on looks, love, and lacy mittens.