Greetings from Carrboro,
I have a decidedly cavalier attitude towards time. It’s a heady mixture of denial, hubris, and fear that would make Don Quixote proud. So not surprisingly, here I am, lance lowered, charging at Christmas. Again. This has been an annual joust for quite a while. Hell, I should probably start selling tickets. It could be a kind of ironic ballet. Call it “Nutcracker: The Big Squeeze.”
You see, each year I charge toward my foe with a renewed faith that I can bend the holiday to my will. It goes like this: I trot out a new and improved lance in early December. (Oh, the cocky swagger I had when I unveiled the Amazon Prime lance that I knew – knew! – would skewer my enemy.) While polishing said lance, our hero paints over his creeping fear with a nice new coat of sugar plum-scented denial. Ascending his trusty steed, he charges willy-nilly across the field of glory. Victory is at hand! Then, well, then there’s a rather pathetic thud. And I wake up and it’s January.
But this year is different! This year I have a plan. Really. And you’re invited along for the ride. So saddle up.
To start things off, Acme is having our annual holiday seafood and bubbly dinner next Wednesday, December 20th. It’s five courses and five wines and festive beyond belief. And it makes one hell of a present, if I do say so myself. Menu is below. The price for the dinner is $80 per person. Reservations are by phone only (919 929 2263) and tickets for the dinner are very limited. We’ll plan to kick things off at 6:30. Or, of course, you could watch that Hallmark Christmas DVD again.
With Christmas Eve on a Sunday, we’ve decided to be open pretty much all day – 10am – 3pm and then 4 – 9:30pm. Just for you. Think oyster stew and eggnog and fresh baked hams. Think buttermilk biscuits and lobster pot pie and perfect hot cocoa. Think not doing dishes the day before Christmas. Enough said. And as with most special occasions, we always recommend reservations. But regardless, come on in; we’ll make sure you have a great time; that’s what we do. Small towns have their advantages.
Well, that’s all the news from Carrboro. The staff at Acme look forward to serving you soon.
The Staff at Acme
The Acme Bubbly Dinner
L’Anglois-Chateau Crémant de Loire
Shooting Point Oysters
lemon, chervil, bacon, butter
2010 Domaine Joseph Cattin Brut Grande Cuvée
creamed Brussels sprouts, almonds, chili oil
2013 Argyle Brut Rosé
leeks, scallops, watercress
2011 Elk Cove La Boheme Vineyard Brut Rosé
fennel, winter squash
Champagne Drappier Brut Carte d’Or