The nightmare before New Year’s

This week, Kathy sat straight up in bed and told herself it was a nightmare. Thank heavens! But just to memorialize the dream, she took a little poetic license (er … hack saw) to Clement Moore’s classic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” We share it here to give you a laugh, and as a gentle reminder, dear reader, to reserve for New Year’s. And just to wet your whistle, the New Year’s Menu follows the poetry session.

‘Twas the night before New Year’s, when ‘round Nora’s Table
All the creatures were stirring the eggnog quite able.
The steaks were all hung in the walk-in with care
In hopes that the customers soon would be there.

The servers were nestled all snug in their aprons,
With visions of big tips from every patron.
And Nathan in his black shorts, and I in my clogs
Had just finished the menu and were drinking some nog

When out on the street there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my stool to see what was the matter.
Away to the front door I flew like a flash,
Ran into nine diners and exclaimed with a gasp.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the luster of mid-day to Fifth St’s pale glow.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But six more four-tops with eight children to rear.

Then a little old driver, so lively and quick,
Parked her Prius in front and got out with a kick.
More rapid than eagles, the diners they came,
And I whistled and shouted and called them by name!

“Hey Robin and Terry, Howdy Tom and Michelle.
Wow, here’s Mike and Sylvia and Gary and Nell.”

So up to the tables these diners did fly,
They got right to ordering and weren’t a bit shy.
They slurped and they burped on crab, oysters and mole
Scarfed down the lamp chops, scallops, pasta and filet.

And then in a twinkling, Andrew drew near
With a worried expression he wore ear to ear:
“I’m out of the fish and the beef’s about gone
We’re left with just Champaign and one little prawn.”

And then in a twinkling, I heard in the back,
The sound of Jim Hanna just opening his pack.
He pulled out more rib eyes, six filets and  oxtail
And before I could thank him, he left with a wassail.

Now Ashley and Kelly and Angel and Stu
Are collapsed on the bar; it’s a quarter to two.
Our last table is singing as they walk into the night,
“What a great meal, and a fabulous night!”

And Now….The Menu

Our small plates:

  • Charcutrie, cheese and pickle plate: Our house made duck pate, plus salami, several very special Northwest cheeses, and our own pickles, with crostini
  • Baren Point Oysters on the half-shell with kari leaf mignonette
  • Soft-yolk raviolo filled with goat cheese, our own fresh ricotta and porcini mushrooms
  • Duck and chicken crepinette with sweet cherry chutney
  • Dungeness crab curry with grilled naan
  • Scallops in porcini cream sauce with almond risotto
  • Veal saltimbocca on pappardelle pasta

Our entrees:

  • Mountain Shadow lamb chops on fenugreek cream sauce, pearl onions, baby carrots and roasted chestnuts on tor dahl
  • Seared duck breast on poblano mole with fig and goat cheese tamale
  • Boulibase of Dungeness crab, scallops, mussels and Oregon sea bass with sweet red pepper rouille
  • Rib eye with gnocchi and winter vegetables
  • Filet mignon with foie gras butter, potato galette and candied red onions

Our desserts:

  • Peppermint profiteroles with chocolate sauce
  • Marsala trifle
  • Poached pears with crème anglaise and almond Florentines

Order ala carte, as you like it.

Our hours, and our departure

We are closed this week on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We wish you the best of times with your family. And just remember, the definition of dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it. Throw another log on the fire, throw your arms around those you love, and just let the wonder of it all wash over you.

We are open Saturday Dec. 26….escape the left-over turkey, and come see us. We are closed our usual Sunday and Monday, Dec. 27-28. And then we open for three glorious nights, culminating on New Year’s: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Dec. 29, 30 and 31.

And then….we close for a month. Now don’t whine. We’ll be back, tan, rested and ready for another great year of feeding our friends.

If we don’t see you in the next two weeks, we’ll see around Nora’s Table on February 3. Many blessings on the New Year.

Oh yes, the t-shirt

For our final word, we are  happy to announce the arrival of the Nora’s Table t-shirt, should you need a last-minute stocking stuffer. It’s black, and comes in men’s and women’s styles, small, medium and large. It says Nora’s Table, Hood River on the front, and the back let’s you sport your love of, what else: Nathan’s very own drawing representing our love of pork. Wear it proud. $15.


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