Rookery Pub Fine Dining
This Week's Fresh Fish UN-Fry

Grilled Swordfish

with an avocado, jumbo crab, and red chile salad with
cilantro vinaigrette over a sweet corn and bell pepper relish  


Thursday thru Monday or until it sells out. Call ahead to reserve.




Some Interesting Facts About Swordfish


It's obvious how swordfish got their name. However, contrary to popular belief the fish do not use their sharp beak to spear. Instead the "sword" may be used to slash at prey to injure it and make for an easier catch. But mainly swordfish rely on their agility in the water and great speed (up to 50 mph) to catch prey.


One possible defensive use for the sword-like bill is for protection from its few natural predators. The shortfin mako shark is one of the rare sea creatures big enough and fast enough to chase down and kill an adult swordfish, but they don't always win. Sometimes in the struggle with a shark a swordfish can kill it by ramming it in the gills or belly.


Swordfish are not schooling fish. They swim alone or in very loose aggregations, separated by as much as 10 meters from a neighboring swordfish. They are frequently found basking at the surface, airing their first dorsal fin. Boaters report this to be a beautiful sight, as is the powerful jumping for which the species is known. This jumping, also called breaching, is thought by some researchers to be an effort to dislodge pests, such as remora or lampreys. It could also be a way of surface feeding by stunning small fish as they jump out of the water, making the fish more easily captured for food.


Swordfish feed daily, most often at night when they rise to surface and near-surface waters in search of smaller fish. They have been observed moving through schools of fish, thrashing their swords to kill or stun their prey and then quickly turning to consume their catch. In the western North Atlantic, squid is the most popular food item consumed. But fish, such as menhaden, mackerel, bluefish, silver hake, butterfish, and herring also contribute to the swordfish diet.


A decade ago swordfish were thought to be in danger, largely due to their popularity on restaurant menus. The highly successful "Give Swordfish a Break" campaign resulted in 750 prominent U.S. chefs agreeing to remove North Atlantic swordfish from their menus. Subsequently, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a swordfish protection plan and the federal government declared 132,670 square miles of the Atlantic ocean off-limits to fishing. As a result, swordfish have made a significant comeback in the North Atlantic and are now rated a "Best Choice" by Seafood WATCH. 


Grilled swordfish with an avocado, jumbo crab, and red chile salad with cilantro vinaigrette over a sweet corn and bell pepper relish. Thursday thru Sunday, or until it sells out (call ahead to reserve). Only at the Rookery!


Last Call for Fresh Organic Vegetables
Full Season Program Begins Next Week


The Rookery is proud to offer our guests a great deal on the same top quality fresh organic produce we feature at the restaurant. But don't delay! The initial delivery for the full season program will arrive next Thursday, June 14.
This special farm share program is part of a growing movement known as community-supported (or community-shared) agriculture. CSAs are an alternative, locally-based socio-economic model of agriculture and food distribution. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and other farm products.

Since we first announced this opportunity several weeks back I've heard from a few folks who were a bit disappointed with an earlier CSA experience. But this isn't just any CSA we're talking about. The Rookery has purchased produce from DragSmith Farms since shortly after we opened four years ago. And we're happy to vouch for the exceptional quality and reliability we've come to expect of them and rely upon. 


If you've ever shopped the organic section of your local grocer you should realize what an amazing bargain this is! Only $390 for a half bushel box of fresh organic produce delivered to the Rookery each week for 22 weeks (June 11-November 12) to be picked up at your convenience. Or take advantage of the shorter term vacation package: $225 for 9 weeks of fresh veggies (July 2-August 27).


The contents of each box vary by season, but will usually contain salad greens and 6-8 other vegetables, cooking tips, recipes, and other useful information. It will be delivered to the Rookery (most likely on Thursdays) where we'll keep it refrigerated until you can retrieve it. 

Simply drop off your check at the Rookery (payable to DragSmith Farms) and we'll do the rest. Or you can mail it directly to DragSmith Farms, 1346 16-1/2 Ave, Barron, WI 54812 (in which case be sure to tell them you'll be picking up your farm share at the Rookery). Any questions? Call the Rookery or speak with someone directly at the farm (715-537-3307).

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Spring Hours*Rookery Pub Fine Dining 

DINNER (5 nights)  
4:30-9 PM  Friday & SaturdayCable Nature Lodge
4:30-8 PM  Thursday, Sunday, Monday
Bar opens 4 PM
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Thankfully It's Thursday - 1/2 price draft beer, $1 off bottled beer
So Sad It's Sunday
- 1/2 price bottles of wine (excluding holidays)
Marvelous (to Make it Through) Monday - 10% off your entire bill

*Summer schedule resumes June 15
Dinner 7 nights, beginning at 5 PM
Lunch Friday & Saturday, 11:30-2:30
Patio Grill Menu & Live Music Sundays, 1:30-4:30

(715) 794-2062

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