Cheese and Bacon? No, today’s newsletter has nothing to do with either of those things… I mean, unless you count the Branchburger… Or the Caesar salad… The fact is, I just wanted to get your attention, and any chef worth half a tablespoon knows the best way to sell anything is to add cheese and bacon. Seriously, it works every time. Got kids? Try it… even Brussels sprouts, it’s amazing. Anyway, we’ve got gift certificates on sale from now until Christmas; mention this newsletter and you get five BranchBucks back for every $50 you spend. And then, as a bonus, you’ve knocked out some Christmas shopping… and, if you like, you can even use the BranchBucks to add cheese and bacon to your Branchburger. Or for a Caesar salad… So maybe this is all actually about cheese and bacon after all… I stand corrected!
Great tunes this weekend folks; on Friday, we’ve got Gathering Sparks, Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees for vocal group of the year, making their Branch debut and we are quite excited to meet them. The trio has each garnered their own set of rave reviews in the folk community over a set of long and storied careers; now they have joined forces to become the Avengers or The Justice League of folk (depending on your taste)… Point is, it’s a supergroup. Three for one, and one for all? It’s gonna be awesome… On Saturday, our dear old friend Lynne Hanson is here for a cd release show; for one of only two appearances she’s doing on this run with her band, The Good Intentions, and apparently the other option is at some dive bar or something in Ottawa… The Natural Artsy Centre Pub and Grill or something? Anyway, it costs more and we’ve got better food (mostly), so there you go (wink)… Sunday we’ve got Gordon Lightfoot…………………….…’s birthday tribute? Hosted by my pal, Peter Johnson, aka; “three chord Gord’s biggest fan." Sign up at the event if you’d like to participate, GL songs are requested but not required…
In case you haven't seen it yet... here is the link to our episode of You Gotta Eat Here! Our segment starts at 14 minutes... there are some commercials, but the last third of the show is all us…
Along with our signature items (listed here), our in-house menu includes specials that change weekly or even more often depending on seasonal availability...
Soups of the Day are always made from scratch using fresh ingredients, cup, $2.99; bowl, $5.99
Green Salad: greens, shredded fresh veggies, seeds, choice of dressing: creamy ‘Branch’ or apple cider vinaigrette, small, $2.99; regular, $5.99, dinner sized $11.99
Caesar Salad: Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, bacon, tomato-garlic Caesar dressing, croutons, $7.99
Chips & Dips: corn chips, with sour cream, housemade salsa & guacamole, $8.99
Taco Salad (dinner size only): choice of smoked beef brisket, house-roasted chicken, or smoked tofu, with greens, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, beans, and corn chips; dinner sized only, $16.99
Entrees: all entrees come with cornbread and a choice of soup (Caesar salad, add $.99) or salad...
Texas BBQ Plate: all BBQ Plates come with housemade bbq sauce, mashed potatoes, slaw, beans, onions & pickles $22.99; choose one of the following (add a second choice for $3.99):
- Beef Brisket: OUR SPECIALTY! Heaps of tender 100% local hardwood smoked and braised beef from the Wallace Beef Co-op.
- Smoked Tofu & Portobello: with peppers and onions.
- 1/2 Chicken: (or choose either 1 piece white meat or 2 pieces dark) from Lyon's Family Farm
Pumpkin Patch Chicken: a baby pumpkin stuffed with morsels of herb roasted chicken risotto, with parmesan cheese, balsamic reduction and seasonal veggies $21.99
Fried Catfish: cornmeal battered farm raised catfish filets, served with slaw, potato salad and remoulade, $19.99
Steak Special: ask your server...
Brisket Poutine: A heaping portion of roasted potato wedges, house-smoked brisket, cheese curds and gravy $18.99
Branchburger: (does not include choice of soup or salad) 1/3 pound 100% local, naturally raised beef, thick & juicy, on a toasted bun with tomato-garlic mayo, grainy mustard, lettuce, onion, tomato; with roasted potato wedges, more aioli for dipping, and pickles, $13.99 ($10.99, with $.99 toppings Friday and Saturday, 5-7pm only) Add:
• cheese: $2.49
• guacamole: $1.50
• bacon: $1.99
• blue cheese: $2.99
• jalapenos: $.99
• fried egg: $1.99
• sautéed mushrooms or onions: $.99
• gluten-free Kaiser $.99
please note: our famous burgers are fresh ground locally, in a small facility; as such, we are comfortable serving them ‘medium’, a.k.a. ‘a little pink’. If you have another preference, please let us know and we will prepare it to your liking.
*Veggieburger available on request, try our house-made vegan and gluten free black bean patty!
*Paleobranchburger! Our own housemade paleo bun, all beef burger with all the fixin’s (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, grainy mustard and remoulade) with a carb free Caesar salad on the side $14.99
Sticky Toffee Cake: with caramel sauce and real whipped cream, $5.99
Nicole's Magic Mousse: super rich chocolate mousse cake with a cookie crust... how the heck is this thing vegan?! Magic, of course... Nicole Magic. 6.99
Apple Crisp: local apples, caramel sauce, real whipped cream $5.99
What’s the scoop? Add a single scoop of ice cream to any of the above (or enjoy it on its own), $1.49
*all our housemade desserts are 100% gluten free!
BBQ Bonanza!! Come check out our Wednesday and Thursday special! The meal includes a choice of our famous house-smoked beef brisket or a roast 1/2 chicken from Lyon’s Family Farm in Spencerville, mashed potatoes, BBQ sauce and slaw… it is available every Wednesday and Thursday, from 5pm to 8pm, it is hot and ready when you are, and either plate is only $15.99. That's right, just freakin' $15.99! (Dine in or take home…)
Friday and Saturday:
Burger Bonanza!! Join us this and every Friday and Saturday between 5 and 7pm for a Burg-o-rama! We chargrill a big pile of burgers over real hardwood on the Big Black Smoker, serve them (with all the usual fixings, including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, roasted potato wedges and housemade pickles, mustard and tomato-garlic aioli...) It's all for just $10.99, with any of our add-ons (cheese, bacon, blue cheese, onions, mushrooms, even a fried egg!) for just 99 cents each! Dine in or take it home, but remember, the special price is only on Fridays and Saturdays between 5 and 7pm… (as always, gluten free, paleo and vegetarian versions are also available…).
Family Takeout Dinner, $44.99: Designed to feed a family of four, our takeout dinner now comes with a roasted 1/2 chicken (from Lyon's Family Farm), 3/4 pound of our famous 100% hardwood smoked beef brisket, a side of seasonal veggies, a tub each of black beans, mashed potatoes and coleslaw, our own zippy BBQ sauce and cornbread… The full dinner is hot and ready for pickup between 4 and 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday, if you call before 3pm. Add some Mac n’ Cheese for the kiddos for just $4.99.
Friday 14 ~ Gathering Sparks, folk group, 9pm, $10. GATHERING SPARKS is the graceful collision of Eve Goldberg, Jane Lewis, and Sam Turton—musical friends who bonded over finely tuned harmonies and the craft of songwriting. The trio's inclusive approach embraces blues, gospel, folk, and pop influences tastefully played on acoustic and slide guitar, piano, accordion, ukulele, and banjo. With their love of participatory group singing and infectious mix of styles, Gathering Sparks is already making waves. Whether they are singing an a capella sea shanty, busting out kazoos for a jazzy swing tune, getting down and low with the blues, or leading a well- known classic, Gathering Sparks performances make fans out of listeners with their stellar harmonies and fine musicianship.
"The combination of three performers plumbing the depths of gospel, folk, and singer-songwriter traditions with talent and grace makes Gathering Sparks one of the most entertaining trios our audience has seen. They couldn't stop raving about them."
- Bob LeDrew, BobCat House Concerts, Ottawa
EVE GOLDBERG has lifted audiences across North America with her heartfelt and insightful songs and solid instrumental work. Her fluid vocals embrace all the styles she loves—folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz—with equal affection and mastery.
JANE LEWIS has followed her love of words from the printing press to the spotlight with soul-bending lyrics, transcendent compositions, and crystal clear vocals. Her thoughtful piano and accordion playing, mastery of harmony, and upbeat presence add a sparkle to any stage.
SAM TURTON brings a powerful delivery, ringing slide guitar, and soulful groove to his songs of personal and social awareness. Inspired by delta blues and southern gospel, Sam's passion is bringing people together in song.
As solo performers, Eve, Jane, and Sam had each carved out their own niche in the folk/roots scene. But when they came together for a one-time triple bill in 2012, there was a certain "spark" that couldn't be denied. The three loved the magic that came from the gathering of their songs, voices, instruments and styles, and a bona fide trio was born.
In April 2014, Gathering Sparks released their first recording—a six-song CD that captures the rich harmonies and instrumentation of the trio's live sound. Band members each take a turn at songwriting and singing lead on original songs in a variety of styles.
"What a delight! Great songs, great singing and lovely harmonies. I'm singing along as if I've known these songs forever."
- Sharon Hampson of Sharon, Lois & Bram
Saturday 15 ~ Lynne Hanson, alt country/singer-songwriter, 9pm, $15:
“Lynne Hanson is a hard-driving performer, who assumes true ownership of her music and she's gooooood ... she had the crowd mesmerized!” - Elaina Martin, Founder and Producer, Westfest
“More in common with the assured touch of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams. Riptide could easily be the best song Welch has yet to write” – UNCUT magazine
Lynne Hanson has been described as a ‘rough around the edges, Americana folkster’ and she has been known to nakedly bare her soul in her words and heart-stinging song-writing. Growing up in the nation’s Capital and learning guitar at the ripe age of 14, Hanson was on a tear of award nomination and collection from 2005 to 2010 with a plethora of releases. After a four-year hiatus, during which she took some time to ‘take control of her personal life’, Hanson is back with some dirt-on-the-road folk-rock with her 2014 album ‘River of Sand’. With Ottawa music oracle Lynn Miles at the production helm, her new record is a self-described “candid canvas of whiskey-soaked heartbreak and personal struggle, contrasted against hope that better times are coming.”
Whether she is making you swoon all by her lonesome, or playing with her band The Good Intentions, the gritty but lively song-stylist has been known to leave a fine shine on the faces of her audiences. Taking the cordial, Clothier Street stage at the Branch on November 15, you won’t want to miss Hanson’s harrowing tales of heart-rending redemption. Call now for reservations!
Sunday 16 ~ Open Mic/Gordon Lightfoot tribute, 3-6pm, no cover, Rubber Boots Buffet 2-8pm, $14.99. For those who are new to the clan, the Sunday Open Mic/Rubber Boots Buffet is a family friendly, fun, community day that welcomes musicians of all skill levels. We mix up the music schedule a bit with guest hosts like Greg Kelly and the Ukulele Kemptville Experience (UKE), and occasional 'Birthday Tribute' events, where participants are encouraged to play songs by an artist whose birthday is on or near the Sunday in question; While all that happens, the Rubber Boots Buffet is being served... it is an all day, all you can eat comfort food extravaganza (other menus such as pub grub, kids and a dessert menu are also available) and the whole day is a place where you can meet your neighbours, come in for a beer or a pot of tea, stay for a bowl of homemade soup and a song or two and leave with, well, a whole new batch of friends. Everyone is welcome—and yes, that means you! We’d love to see you this Sunday… This Sunday is a tribute to the songs of Gordon Lightfoot, hosted by Peter Johnson. Sign up at the event and although Gordon Lightfoot songs are encouraged, they are not required…
Friday 21 ~ Dom DeLuca, 8pm, $5 suggested. Diving into singer-songwriter waters back in 2008, Dom De Luca has worked hard and, as a result, has enjoyed a fair bit of success along the way. His first record, “Birds of Worry”, nabbed him an invite to the In the Dead of Winter Music Festival in Halifax in 2009. His 2nd record, “A Bell I Gotta Ring”, earned him more radio play and a place on a few Canadian College charts. Now, with his 3rdrecord, “Hosers and Bad Bad Beer”, ready to drop in the fall of 2014, De Luca has already earned another feather for his cap as the catchy/goofy first single, “(He Thinks He's the) Only True Canadian” recently won Folk Music Ontario's Songs From the Heart competition in the sub category of humour. Introspective, romantic, with a lighter side too, Dom De Luca let's it all shine through on songs that range from blunt yet witty put downs of backward thinkers to heart on his sleeve offerings.
LeE HARVeY OsMOND, November 27:
We are very excited to announce one of our biggest musical events to date; LeE HARVeY OsMOND! The show is on Thursday, November 27th at 8:30pm, tickets are $45+hst, and advance tickets are required for this show. We are announcing this very special event only here in the newsletter and on the website (for now) to give you, our loyal fans, first crack at these limited seats… This show is going to sell out VERY QUICKLY, if you are interested, we’d strongly recommend that you call the restaurant (613-258-3737) to reserve/purchase your ticket today!
If you are unfamiliar with Tom Wilson (the creative force behind LHO), he is a veteran of the Canadian music scene and has been a writer and performer for many years. Wilson's eclectic musical style has ranged from the psychobilly/ R&B sounds of The Florida Razors, to the western/roots style of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the funk/blues inspired rock of Junkhouse. LeE HARVeY OsMOND is his most recent project, a collaborative effort with members of The Cowboy Junkies and The Skydiggers. FYI: this show is, as of this writing, ALMOST SOLD OUT.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading!
Bruce & Nicole
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