If you enjoy reading the Heavy Table, you should know two things about the magazine. First, this whole operation isn’t free — we pay our writers, copy editor, and photographers, and have been known to run up expenses here and there. Second, we’re lucky enough to have the support of some great local businesses who keep us up and running.
If you read and enjoy the Heavy Table, please consider checking out what our sponsors have to offer. Your patronage means the world to these businesses.
Before we introduce two of our newly committed sponsors, we’d like to thank Crispin Hard Cider. Crispin has supported the Heavy Table throughout 2009, and they’ve stepped up to work with us throughout 2010, as well.
We’d like to welcome France 44 as a sponsor of the Heavy Table. They write: “France 44 Wines & Spirits has been a family owned business for 50 years. With over 4,500 wines, 1,300 beers, an extensive collection of spirits, and two award-winning cheese shops, there is something to delight every customer that walks through the door. Free wine tastings every Friday and Saturday allow customers to taste a variety of wines and find something they really enjoy. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and willing to assist with any question including cheese and wine or beer pairing as well as good wines under $10. If we don’t know the answer, we will find someone who does.”
[The Heavy Table visited France 44 and interviewed beer and spirits buyer Matt Fisher; we also sampled a couple fascinating beers.]
We’d also like to welcome Nokomis Restaurant & Bar in Duluth, MN. With an emphasis on seasonal, fresh, and (whenever possible) local ingredients, Nokomis has been bringing fine dining experiences to the shore of Lake Superior since 2005. With a menu ranging from the subtle but perfectly balanced Whitefish Cake with mustard remoulade and brioche crouton to the adventurous Five Spice Duck with braised cabbage, spaetzle, caramelized peach, and orange sauce to desserts such as Pecan Pie with sweet curry crust, caramel sauce, and candied pecans, Nokomis serves up fare reflective of the best the Upper Midwest has to offer.
[The Heavy Table visited Nokomis in September and interviewed Chef Sean Lewis; Becca Dilley took some lovely photos.]