The quiet season has arrived in Cable. Time again for the Rookery to temporarily suspend our Fresh Fish UN-Fry. Because we're never quite sure how many guests to expect for dinner on any given night or weekend. And you know fresh fish. If we don't sell out our minimum order it certainly won't remain fresh for long!
So every year at this time the Rookery has taken to featuring different varieties of "wild" game instead. Now truth be told, it isn't really wild in the sense that we harvested it from our back 40. Not that we wouldn't if we could. But neither the DNR, nor our county health inspector, would be all too pleased with us. So we purchase our game instead from licensed wholesalers who ensure it originates from sources that comply with all USDA and related regulations.
This week, for the first time ever, the Rookery's "Wild Thing" special is young rabbit. I've yet to ever taste rabbit myself, but a friend who raises them swears they are exceptionally delicious....tender, fine grained and mild flavored. They come to us from Singerhouse Farms in Menomonie, where they are raised naturally, using absolutely no antibiotics or hormones.
Whether you're already a fan of rabbit, or merely curious, you know you're not likely to find it any tastier than you will at the Rookery. So come on out and join us this weekend. Wisconsin-raised young rabbit, roasted in an orange bourbon marinade with honey and fennel. Only at the Rookery!
Community Conversation to Feature Rookery Farm Partner
When was the last time you stopped by Cable's wonderful Forest Lodge Library? Built in 1925, and added to the State and National Registry of Historic Buildings in 2000, the log cabin library is a true gem that helps contribute to making our little community so special.
And it's not just the historic rustic building and fine selection of reading materials that makes the library noteworthy. Did you know Forest Lodge Library also offers a series of periodic community conversations as an opportunity for year-round and seasonal residents to share their expertise, experience, and interests with others in the community?
The next Community Conversation is Tuesday, November 13th beginning at 6:30 PM when the discussion will be about EATING REAL GOOD FOOD YEAR 'ROUND. And contributing to that conversation will be Gail and Maurice Smith of DragSmith Farms and Six Rivers Cooperative in Barron, Wisconsin.
DragSmith and Six Rivers supply the Rookery with much of our fresh organic produce. They also are the ones who offered our guests shares this past season in their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. We heard rave reviews from those guests about the quality and quantity of fresh produce stuffed into the boxes they conveniently picked up each Thursday right here at the Rookery.
Based on this exceptional feedback the Rookery is planning to be a CSA pickup site again next year. Whether you're already sold on the program, or simply want to learn more, next Tuesday will be a great opportunity to meet Gail and Maurice and hear their vision for offering healthy, sustainable, and locally-produced food.
Holiday Wine Tasting
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, December 8 from 3-5 PM when the Rookery will be hosting a holiday wine tasting with Bill Siebecker, our local representative from L'eft Bank Wine Company.
Bill will be bringing along a dozen wines for you to sample...several on the Rookery's current wine list, and many not. All wines will be available for purchase at special pricing to take home as gifts or share around your holiday table.
The Rookery also will be offering several delectable appetizers to accompany these fine wines. Stay tuned for more information.
Thanksgiving at the Rookery
As previously announced, the Rookery will be open on Thanksgiving Day, with special dining hours from 3 to 8 PM.
Our "Wild Thing" feature on Thanksgiving will be boneless breast of pheasant, pan roasted with vanilla & Anjou pears. We'll also be serving from our always special regular menu. Call soon for preferred seating times (715-794-2062).
Schedule Your Holiday Party Today
Reservations are now being accepted for winter holiday parties at the Rookery. Our main dining room can comfortably seat up to 36 people (with a hidden movable wall for privacy) and our private dining room behind the bar can seat 16. Or book the entire pub and restaurant for groups up to 50 in size.
Your group is welcome to select from among the creative dishes on our regular dining menu, or we'll be happy to prepare a special menu just for you.
And remember that just upstairs from the Rookery is Cable Nature Lodge
, offering seven comfortable rooms for party guests who'd prefer to drive home in the morning.