We are an authentic slice of Austin, Texas in Kemptville, Ontario; the food, the music and, of course, the wacko weirdo thing... We proudly offer delicious Texas style foods prepared with fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients. We are a five day a week live music venue that supports both the hyper-local and the best of today's touring acts in our house-concert style listening room. Our mission is to support small scale, sustainable farmers and producers; to promote music and arts; and to celebrate fun, community, and a creative spirit. Our flavourful and creative food is passionately handmade from scratch.
We always strive to offer outstanding flavours — such as our 100% hardwood smoked beef brisket, which marries chef Bruce’s authentic Texas heritage with honest, ethical, and artfully presented cuisine.
We are your friends, your community, your kitchen!
Short and sweet this week, but not short on quality! Please note that we are not open for regular service on Saturday and Sunday, come and join us at Riverside park with the rest of our friends for the Kemptville Dandelion Festival...Dig that weed, y'all!
How would you like to win a $1000 party for you and all your best friends? The Branch is looking to expand (beersplode?) our tap selection and is considering a number of breweries as some of our possible new selections… Starting in June, we are going to have a multiple month contest to raise funds for a bar makeover and beer tap expansion to be undertaken in January of 2014. The contest will include a monthly 'beersket' of brewery schwag from each of the participating breweries, gift certificates from The Branch and other folks to give away to voters. Vote for your favourite by filling out a vote card at the bar and dropping it and a two-nie into the jar with the logo of the beer you’d like to see on tap after the expansion; or, write in your favourite and vote in the wild card jar… You may vote as often as you’d like and all funds collected will go to the new bar expansion. On the last business day of each month (starting in June) we will tally the monthly votes and draw a random name out of all the entries for the beersket of goodies! In December a grand prize winner will be drawn from all the votes from throughout the contest to host a ‘break in the new bar’ party at the Branch… If you win the draw, you will be the 'host' of the party, you can help to choose the menu, the music, the invitation list and you'll have a budget of up $1000 bucks picked up by the Branch! Enter as often as you like...viva craft beer!
Specials, week of May 15:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:
Family Takeout Dinner, hot and ready to pick up between 4 and 6pm… The meal is designed to feed a family of four and includes a FULL POUND of our famous 100% local hardwood house-smoked beef brisket, an herb roasted half chicken, roasted potatoes, seasonal veggies, potato salad, slaw, cornbread, and our Canadian Maple BBQ sauce, the whole thing is just $44.99; call to order by 3 pm and pick up between 4 and 6 pm any Wednesday, Thursday or Friday; all you need to do is call ahead to let us know you are coming. We are also now offering a tub of mac n’ cheese for the kiddos as an option in place of the potato salad…
Wednesday & Thursday:
All You Can Eat Fajita Buffet: grilled, sliced skirt steak, roast chicken, peppers, onions and house-smoked portobello mushrooms, guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, tortillas, even some salad and cornbread are all included… every Wednesday with local residencies for live music (this month: Christo Graham! See the bio below...) and all for the ridiculously cheap price of $14.99.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:
Meat and Potatoes: Choice cuts of steak from the Wallace Beef Co-op, potato of the day, gravy and seasonal veggies (comes with cornbread and a choice of soup or salad, market price varies with the cut...)
Chef's Tasting Menu: Thursday and Friday: Three course menu is $30.
Appetizer: Dandelion Festival Salad: served warm with bacon, local dandelion greens, Clarmell farms goat chevre, red onions, garlic and warm maple-cider vinaigrette (a la carte, $6.99)
Entree, Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes: ham, chicken, homemade crepes, Swiss cheese and sherry cream sauce, seasonal green veggies (a la carte includes choice of soup or salad, $26.99)
Dessert: Apple-Strawberry Crisp; caramel sauce, whipped cream (a la carte, $4.99)
Wednesday; Christo Graham, 7pm, tip jar show, All You Can Eat Fajita Buffet, 5-9:30pm. Wednesday night resident for the month of May is local musical polymath and wunderkind, Christo Graham... from Casio-coustic to folking around with his pals at Bishop's, Christo has been on a trajectory of serious musical work since his early teens, having completed and released upwards of, I don't know, seven(!?) albums of original material before his 20th birthday! Did I mention that his music is pleasant, enjoyable and fun? That he does mean versions of tons of Beatles, Bob Dylan and other classic tunes? That it is free? See you Wednesdays!
Thursday 23 ~ David Celia, 8pm, $10. This is the good stuff! Do not miss this show! Great songs, great singing, great guitar work... Hailed as "one of Toronto's finest songwriters and guitarists" by EYE Weekly, watch his popular YouTube videos below (over 138,000 views, not too shabby!), listen, come in this Thursday!
Friday 24 ~ County Road 44 Bluegrass Band, 9pm, $5. Local bluegrass picking and singing... always fun times with these folks...
Saturday 25-Sunday 26 ~ Dandelion Festival, Downtown Kemptville and Riverside Park...No Regular service at the Branch on either day, but you can find us and the big black smoker at the park all day both days...come say hi! Go here for the full music line-up and details: http://www.thedandelionfestival.ca/
Burning Sensations: Chef Bruce and his band The Burning Sensations are playing on the 'Branch Stage' of the Dandelion Festival on Saturday afternoon at 1:15pm. Come support local music all day with a crew of talented locals from 11am-4pm on the outdoor stage right on Prescott St. near Asa Street.
Leeroy Stagger is here for his first visit on June 28...I thought you might want to plan for that...
Kemptville Songwriting Contest:
The entries are in for this year's KSC, and they sound great! The winner will be announced on the mainstage of the Dandelion Festival in Riverside Park on Saturday, May 25 at 8:45pm... Good Luck and see you there!
In other news, after years of watching from the sidelines, The Branch has (finally?) decided to bring the smoker to this year's Sunday Kemptville Kinsmen's Farmers' Market as a full season vendor. The market kicks off this week at the Dandelion Festival and continues through Thanksgiving... The Market's Annual General Meeting was held at the Branch earlier this month and a couple of very interesting changes are afoot: 1. The market hours have been extended to 12pm to 4pm and 2. As expected, some producers have opted not to come back as a result... The market is still strong, but it needs your support... the community has overwhelmingly voiced it's desire to have longer market hours, but now we need to find the producers who are willing to work them or else we will risk losing the magic ratio of producers to other vendors that will change the structure of the market and force it work under a completely different set of rules. If you are or if you know a local farmer/producer (maybe one that was hoping for longer hours at the market?) have them contact the market executive and sign up today: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 1-855-225-9001 (toll-free) Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there this week (Sunday from 11am to 2pm) and all summer long!