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November 2013 Newsletter


November 2013
Logan Turns 9!

November 17th marks our 9th anniversary! Thad, Ryan and Kevin would like to thank everyone who has enjoyed what we do for the last nine years. In celebration, Chef Thad is preparing a special tasting menu. The anniversary tasting menu will be available November 19th through 23rd, remember on Friday and Saturday only after 8pm. So make your reservations now and celebrate nine years of great food with us!
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Pasty Time!
No doubt if you are from Michigan your family has a pasty recipe, brought by your ancestors across the pond and passed down generationally. Most of us like to claim our family recipe is traditional. Like many foods that have survived through the centuries, the earliest mention of the pasty dates back to the 13th century, there are many variations of the tradition with some common denominators.

Those commonalities seem to be a round piece of pie dough folded over meat and vegetables, baked without a dish. Surprisingly the “traditional” meat used has varied from venison to fish, mutton, and of course beef, which is considered by most to be proper. The vegetables used seem a little more consistent recipe to recipe; potato, rutabaga and onion.

After a little research it is apparent, pasty filling was simple and made from what was available, not surprising for an old world food. What was surprising to learn though, is that the pasty was not just for the working class or miners. Pasties have been enjoyed by royalty as well, so much so that they were used to pay homage to King Henry III.

The pasty was even popular enough to be mentioned in some of Shakespeare’s plays. With such a long history and having been enjoyed by everyone across the social spectrum it’s no wonder Chef Thad has tapped into his Scottish roots to bring the pasty to Logan. Starting from his grandmother’s recipe, he has poured all his talent into this “traditional” dish to make it his own.

So give us a call or just stop in to Logan where Chef Thad will be preparing different pasties all through the fall and winter months.

Just A Friendly Reminder…
Logan will be closed for Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 28th, 2013

  
115 W. Washington | Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | (734) 327-2312 | logan-restaurant.com

October 2013 Newsletter


October 2013



The Rendering of a Duck

This process begins with selecting the most wholesomely grown duck possible. Chef Thad has been buying from Culver farms for years. Culver Farms is in Middlebury, Indiana but close enough to be distributed by Eat Local Eat Natural, a local farm-to-table distributor. This farm is in its fifth generation of family operation and produces all natural ducklings which are never fed antibiotics and never use phosphates. The Culver duck dynasty is quite interesting, take a look at their website www.culverduck.com to learn more.

Once receiving these wonderful animals whole, Chef Thad starts with butchering. He removes the legs, breast and liver; the carcass is later used to make stock. Those of you who are familiar with our menu know the legs are used to make duck confit.

The breasts are the most versatile part of the bird and Chef Thad uses them several delicious ways. From searing the duck breast to give it that crispy skin, to dicing it with the liver, skin, and fat in order to make ravioli filling. A unique preparation at Logan is to confit the breast, pulverized with some of the fat making rillettes (pronounced ree-Yeht); essentially a pate.

The stock made from the roasted carcass becomes the basis for many sauces,including a house favorite: hot and sour duck soup. This rich and tangy soup is often served as an amuse bouche at Logan. The yield of delicious food Chef Thad is able to produce from just one duck shows the upmost respect for the animals we harvest for consumption, a thought process that he carries throughout the Logan menu. To see what Chef Thad’s next inspired duck dish will be, please continue making your reservations!



Duck Leg Confit

Crispy duck skin, fingerling potatoes with asparagus and cippolini onions, Dijon duck reduction, pickled grapes.

Crispy Duck Breast

Butternut squash purée, crispy shallots, braised rainbow chard, Dijon duck reduction.

Duck Rillette

Whole grain Dijon, onion marmalade, port reduction, chili oil, house made poppyseed cracker.

115 W. Washington | Ann Arbor, MI | (734) 327-2312 | logan-restaurant.com

September 2013 Newsletter


September 2013

September…

Summer is winding down, the kids are going back to school and the harvest begins. Inevitable events are signifying the change of the season. September brings us wonderful, fresh, seasonally correct produce such as tomatoes, corn, and melons, all of which Chef Thad is using in his newest menu features each night. Visit us soon and you'll get to experience Chef Thad's creations using ingredients that come fresh from the fall harvest!

Happy Hour on the Patio

The fall, with its cooler evenings, is a great time of the year to enjoy the patio at Logan. With roughly a month of fall sunsets left to bask in, come to Logan and spend a few of those evenings enjoying some of life’s simple pleasures: a bit of food and a delicious craft cocktail during our happy hour between 5pm and 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

 

115 W. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104  |  734.327.2312  |  logan-restaurant.com

August 2013 Newsletter


August 2013
Yes, It's August...

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Which usually means tomato season. Unfortunately the tomatoes are running a little behind this year due to the summer weather. Chef Thad is anxiously awaiting his crop of heirloom tomatoes grown by Kenine Comstock. For years now she and Chef Thad have been working together to provide the tomato lovers at our restaurant with wonderful, locally grown organic heirloom tomatoes. So hang in there, one of the best things about summer will be at Logan soon!

“Haute Dining Destinations”
We would like to send a big shout out to the Ann Arbor area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AACVB). For years now the AACVB has been bringing food and travel writers to Ann Arbor with the purpose of increasing the world’s awareness of what Ann Arbor has to offer. We feel very fortunate to have made their list of places to showcase. Since then, Logan has had the privilege of being mentioned in many nationwide publications as a place to visit while in Ann Arbor. Most recently, Logan has been listed as one of ten “Haute Dining Destinations” in the country by J’adore Magazine. Thank you to Mary Kerr, Dennis Doyle, and all of the hard working people at the AACVB for thinking of Logan when you want to show off our wonderful Midwestern town of Ann Arbor.

115 W. Washington    |    Ann Arbor, MI 48103   |   734.327.2312   |    logan-restaurant.com

July 213 Newsletter

July 2013

2013 Current Magazine Reader’s Choice

Have you seen the June issue of Current Magazine? This issue lists all of the reader’s choice awards. Guess what? We won best fine dining! It is very gratifying to be acknowledged by our patrons in this manner. A big thank you to all of those who took time to vote for us and let the Current readers know where to go for the best dining experience in Ann Arbor.

Triple Tree Farm Needs Your Help

Triple Tree Farm is owned and operated by two families, Jeff & Grace Yoder and Briannon & Brett English. They met and came together through their shared dreams of sustainability and community. This year they have been working on a 1.5 acre parcel and sell produce at both the Ypsilanti Farmer’s Market and Cobblestone Farm Market. They have been working to buy this land with the assistance of the state, and if you have ever tried to obtain help from a bureaucracy, you know things seldom go smoothly. While they are working through the red tape they need some help. If you are interested please visit the link below and give what you can to help your local farmers.

www.gofundme.com/growypsitripletree

If you would like to know more about Triple Tree Farm please visit their website, www.ypsitripletree.com

Logan Will Be Closed During Art Fair

Yes it is true. We will be taking our semi-annual break from July 14th through July 22nd. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to those of you coming downtown to enjoy the art fair. We look forward to serving you again starting on July 23rd.
   

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