May 2014

Not Everyone Can be a Justamere Server – A poetic appreciation

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The Justamere Cafe Waitstaff Appreciate Poem!

Not everyone can be a Justamere server,

I know this much is true…

It takes a certain kind of person

To do what they can do.


So bare with me a moment

While their talents I will list

Their expertise is extensive

And without them we don’t exist


Firstly is their hustle

They just go and go and go

Breakfast, lunch and dinner…

The hardest working staff I know


Second is their humor

They are funny and absurd

My hardest day can go away

With just a silly word


Next is their demeanor

An air of grace and poise

They have a special temperament

That everyone enjoys


Fourth comes their affection

For customers and crew

You’re sure to feel so special

If they are serving you


Now it’s time to talk patience

Of this they have no lack

A taxing patron may induce a scream

But still, they will hold back


Lastly are their smiles

Which everyone must confess

Are so real and make me feel

Like they always do their best


You can’t convince me otherwise

I just will not relent

Our Jmere servers are top notch

The best money I ever spent!


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Dinner with Jennah Barry

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Join us at the Justamere Café and Bistro on Saturday May 31st, 2014 for an evening of delicious food and sweet music from singer, songwriter and musician, Jennah Barry.

With a sound described as “dance[ing] the spectrum between folk and indie rock” (The Coast (Tara Thorne)), Jennah Barry’s repertoire has something for everyone. From slow and smooth to upbeat and lively tracks, Jennah and her band have the perfect sound to welcome in the summer.

Enjoy a three course meal cooked by the Justamere’s own Chef Mark Curry while you listen to Jennah in our relaxed dining room. Dinner includes a Panko Breaded Fishcake on a bed of greens topped with mango salsa, followed by BBQ Chicken and Ribs – or – Vegetarian skewers. To finish off the meal a fresh lemon meringue pie tart will be served with coffee or tea. What better way to usher in the summer months than with BBQ and the tang of lemon meringue!

Tickets my be purchased in person at the Justamere Café & Bistro or over the phone by
calling 735-3353.
*Cancellations made before 6:00 pm May 30th will receive a full refund.*

Doors open @ 6:30pm
Dinner & Show @ 7pm – 9pm
Tickets are $50 all inclusive per person

“With a folk guitar, a slide guitar and a voice as sweet as honey, Jennah Barry’s first album Young Men is “a lot of juicy gossip,” she says, drawing on a string of loves lost and won between the South Shore and Toronto. Recorded at the Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport over the past year, Barry says producer Diego Medina gave the 11 tracks their moonlit magic, along with a few banjo licks by Old Man Luedecke. Her songs have the maturity of an old-hand at romance, tough to let go of and so easy to love.” – The Coast (Adria Young)

“…The songs on Young Men flow with ease and confidence, graced with melodies that are sweet and addictive without becoming cloying…” – Chronicle Herald (Stephan Cooke)

An Evening of Bluegrass at the Justamere Cafe

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It’s hard to compete with a setting sun, but Crowdis Bridge did it. With summer creeping around the corner, a 7pm dinner show at the Justamere Cafe still welcomed lots of sunlight into the open dining room. The tables were set, the candles were lit, and the band had already sound checked with the help of a 5 year old dining room guest belting “twinkle, twinkle”, testing the range of the acoustics.

The room filled at 7 on the dot. Few came early when the doors opened… no one needed time to settle, Crowdis Bridge settled us on their own.

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Althought the night wasn’t rushed, the music that erupted shortly after seven sent the wait staff into a blue grass state that pushed everyone to tap their feet and fill their glasses. Although the kitchen wasn’t able to hear the amazing music pushing it’s way through the double doors, they nonetheless moved to the beat of the dining room. The bread and appetizers came out shortly after the show began. Fresh baked onion-poppy seed bread, spring rolls and asian salad filled the room.

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I must say, there is great music playing in the dining room all day long, everyday. Eileen has created a fantastic play list for the run of the mill dining room listening… but you become listless to the playlist… and I just don’t hear it anymore. But Crowdis Bridge stopped me in my tracks. I tried to wipe the stupid grin off my face a few times, but it’s hard to when you’re proud of the party that you and your friends threw.

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After a few more songs came the main course. Glasses were polished and refilled and the kitchen was ready with entrees. Chef Mark Curry, Sous chef Jordan Mahoney and Dwayne Burke sent out a dining room full of Pork tenderloins, Pan Fried Haddocks and Vegetarian options in mere minutes. It went exactly like we thought it would, like we hoped it would, like we put the time into making sure it would…

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 During intermission the band mingled with the crowd. They sat with guests, chatted and shared drinks with fans. What more could you want?

The final set was accompanied by fresh coffee and tea and of course our famous coconut cream pie. Thank goodness that’s what we served, or people may have refused it – even though everyone was stuffed, no one could say no to coconut cream pie. Just ask Bernice Macdonald…

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Ryan Macmillan and Chelsey Pellerin gave fantastic service and Eileen and I couldn’t be more proud. Because of their hard work we were even able to sit down and enjoy a drink after Mark had packed up the kitchen and sent his team home. Isn’t that the sign of good team work and hard efforts? When those in charge can actually sit down and enjoy the show themselves?

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We’re so proud of the evening and can’t wait to put on more events! We’re two for two in the Justamere Dining Room Series and we hope to continue all summer and into the fall with musical guests. Stayed tuned.

Food and music compliment each other so well, and we are extremely proud to be able to bring you both. It takes hard work on all ends, but when you get to experience a successful night like we did on Saturday it makes it all worthwhile. Nothing felt better than sitting down for a beer with friends and listening to those last few songs from Crowdis Bridge. The night wound to a close, guests put their coats on, while we all sat back and appreciated the hum of a happy dining room. How sweet that music was.