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Trumansburg, NY – Wintertime and comfort food go hand in hand, and Atlas Bowl’s Chef Brittany Loughlin knows how to deliver.
Atlas is featuring daily soup specials, often a group effort between several cooks in the kitchen.
“When it’s cold, there’s really nothing better,” Loughlin says. “We’re hoping that moving forward we can expand that availability.”
Coming soon, guests may be able to order soup and a glass of wine while waiting to meet friends for dinner, and maybe even enjoy a bowl after the kitchen is closed at the end of the evening.
Handmade pasta is also coming back to the menu.
“The process is pretty amazing to watch her back there, especially hand-making the gnocchi,” said Jonni Campbell, Atlas’ marketing coordinator.
Chef Brit has been playing around with some gnocchi variations, including with cabernet franc Finger Lakes Wine Flour, made from ground grape seeds and skins.
It doesn’t taste like wine, exactly, but the tannins lend a pretty strong flavor, Loughlin said.
“When I ate the gnocchi by itself I could taste it, so it made me want to bring out the peppery side in the dish. I’m looking forward to trying some other ones. I think that it would be really beautiful in a long pasta shape, like pappardelle, kind of undulating.”
With the new year on the horizon, the kitchen at Atlas is also making some resolutions, and all for the better.
“I’m looking forward to rolling out some more desserts. I’ve got one of my line cooks taking a step forward and taking that under his belt, we’re looking at doing some more vegan-friendly things, some more gluten-friendly things. We’re having a lot of fun and being playful with things like that,” Loughlin said.
Responding to customer feedback, Atlas is expanding its options for diners with dietary restrictions, particularly in daily specials.
A gluten-free vegan oat bar is getting transformed with the addition of peanut butter, and a flourless chocolate cake later courtesy Chris Cooper, now in charge of the dessert program.
“Moving forward, he’s playing with a butternut clove crème brulee. Beyond that, I’m not sure, we’re talking and it’s an evolution of conversation,” Loughlin said.
“He is particularly gifted with tart doughs, he’s really passionate. He’s very joyful and positive, you can taste it in his food. You can tell he gets really excited, he goes home and he looks up different things he would like to do with desserts and presents them to me ‘Hey B, maybe we can do this?’”
The other kitchen promotion of note is Matt Broshears. (You may remember both Matt and “Coop” helped us get our totchos on back in August.)
“He’ll be my right hand going forward. He’s just incredibly passionate about food, he probably puts out the most visually appealing food because he cares so much. Hopefully that will spread to our new crew,” Loughlin said.
Atlas Bowl is making sure Trumansburg is chock full of holiday cheer and festivities until the clock chimes midnight on December 31.
“December for Atlas is really very special. There are a lot of people here enjoying themselves, coming out and having a great time,” Loughlin said.
While Atlas can accommodate a variety of private party sizes and styles, revelers can also join in on the fun with a number of public events over the course of the month.
On Saturday, December 3 as part of Trumansburg Winterfest, Atlas will host free tastings from Wagner and Hosmer Vineyards 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., along with half-priced bowling from 4 – 7 p.m. Trumansburg’s Main Street will be closed for treats that include horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Claus’s arrival, tree-lighting, and entertainment by Hilby, IC Voicestream and Fall Creek Brass Band.
As part of their Vinyl Showcase series, Atlas will host two holiday-themed music events later in December. “Deep-fried Jewish Soul” will take place on December 15, with DJ Fellow Traveler spinning Jewish-inspired vinyl, and Chanukah-related food and drink specials.
The vinyl Christmas counterpart will occur following week on December 22, with “A Very Merry Selection of Holiday Favorites.” The guest DJ will be SK List, long-term guest host for Hobo’s Lullaby, and Atlas will also play host to a community cookie exchange. (“Bring your cookies, take cookies, eat cookies!” said Campbell.)
Rounding out the month, Atlas will ring in the New Year with a special menu for New Year’s Eve, with music, late night bowling, a champagne toast, and dancing until until 1 a.m.
Not sure which event to attend? Customers can also receive a holiday bonus card for a limited time. For every $50 spent on Atlas gift certificates, gifters receive a $5 bonus card to use in the month of January 2017 on food, drinks or bowling.
Atlas Bowl will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.