Sunday, June 3, 2012

03 June 2012

It's been a quick, yet fun, weekend. The weekend started with First Friday in Canton's Historic Downtown Loop. There were some cool classic cars, an old time rock-n-roll band, and lots of people walking down Main Street. We visited and chatted with some great friends and had a rare dinner at R&M Sandwich Shop. Donna and her team were very busy, and it is always great to see the downtown restaurants doing gangbuster business from the Main Street events.

Last night, Jeff, Cory, John and I went to see Xanadu at Actors Express in Atlanta. It was not quite the scale of Xanadu on Broadway, but they adapted the show really well to the small stage. The production provided moments of hilarity and high camp. We had a really good time and laughed a lot. The production ended with a sing-a-long to Xanadu. The crowd was very engaged and entertaining!

Today was busy as well. We got up early and intended to have breakfast at Keithsburg Cafe, but they were swamped! Great to see a small independent restaurant doing great. So, we wound up at The Fork & Tavern, and our girlfriend, Jennifer Dunn, joined us for an early brunch. After brunch, we went to Home Depot to get some mulch for the garden and washers for some minor plumbing repairs. Jeff proceeded to mulch the garden, and it looks very nice. I went into the office for a couple of hours to catch up on some work. I spent most of the time compiling a master strategy for Canton's Main Street program. The board of directors had a planning session a few weeks ago, and we are presenting the resulting strategy to City Council on Thursday. Hopefully, we will get approval and a commitment for funding so we can continue our efforts to revitalize Canton's downtown core. We have worked very hard, and countless volunteer hours have been committed to our program. Now it is time for the City of Canton and our Council to walk their talk and support Main Street in a meaningful manner. I am optimistic and hopeful!

After working most of the afternoon, I pulled together a simple Sunday Supper. I am off to Chicago next week for NeoCon, an annual trade show for the commercial furnishings industry. I have been attending this show for over 25 years, and we will be launching some new product and brand initiatives for our carpet client, J&J Industries. I am confident our hard work and strategic branding efforts will prove successful for them, and it is always fun to spend some time in the Windy City with friends and colleagues. Plus, it is a fabulous food city! Since I will not be able to cook Sunday Supper next weekend, I wanted to fit one in tonight. I had a couple of grass fed filets from MountainValley Farm in the freezer, so I thawed and cooked them. I paired the steaks with some charred and truffled organic cauliflower, fresh English peas and a tomato and basil salad from our garden. We also enjoyed a bottle of Shotgun Second Reload from Frogtown Cellars in Dahlonega. There's nothing like Georgia grass fed beef and local wine! For dessert, I whipped up a quick cream scone with organic raspberries and frozen vanilla yogurt.

All in all, it was a healthy and delicious Sunday Supper. I hope your weekend was equally magic and delicious!

The Menu:

- MountainValley Grass Fed Filets
- Charred Organic Cauliflower with Truffle Oil,
  Lemon and Pepper Flakes
- Fresh English Peas
- One Britt Tomato and Basil Salad over Holland Rusk
- Cream Scone with Raspberries and Frozen Vanilla Yogurt
- Shotgun Second Reload by Frogtown Cellars
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