What’s good here?

staffServers often get asked, “What’s good here?” So, in honor of National Wait Staff Day, we polled our wonderful staff regarding what they enjoy at the Raven. Here are their responses:

Ian: “Loss of Breath” Grilled Cheese Deluxe & Peanut Butter Banana Yerba Mate Chiller
Todd: “Mother’s Sinful” Sicilian Hoagie, Mushroom Brie Soup & Stewart’s Root Beer
Carol: “Loss of Breath” Grilled Cheese Deluxe & Caramel Hazelnut Latté
Alyssa: “Mother’s Sinful” Sicilian & Espresso
Katie: “Valentine” Vegetarian Sandwich & Caramel Hazelnut Iced Coffee
Brittiany: Grilled Peanut Butter & Jelly, Mushroom Brie Soup & any Flavored Latté Over Ice
Mike: “House of Usher” Turkey Sandwich & Blake’s Flannel Mouth Hard Cider
Jeanette: Hummus Pita Pizza & Chai Chiller
Storm: “Bon Bon” Olive Feta Melt, Mushroom Brie Soup & Vanilla Hazelnut Yerba Mate Chiller
Erin: “Oval Portrait” Spinach Salad & Super Green Fruit Smoothie
Eric: “Landor’s Cottage” Salad & Atwater Vanilla Java Porter
Kristen: “El Dorado” Mesquite Chicken Salad & Raven’s Brew Wicked Wolf Coffee

In conclusion, I’m pretty sure our Mushroom Brie Soup and Caramel Hazelnut-flavored anything is off the hook! Come visit your favorite server and give them a BIG FAT TIP in honor of the day.

Let’s Sit Outside

patiosWhat’s better than hanging out at the Raven, consuming delicious food and libations? Doing it outside, of course!

Both of our patios are officially open for your dining pleasure! Our upstairs outdoor seating area overlooks the Black River & Desmond Marine, and is located on our second-floor balcony. We also have our Sidewalk Cafe erected for the warm season, located in front of the building on Military Street. And, while we are a seat-yourself establishment, please check in with the bartender inside to be seated in the Sidewalk Cafe.

The Sidewalk Cafe is particularly prime real estate while enjoying a latté or cocktail and partaking in the following upcoming Downtown Port Huron events:

Vantage Point Flower Market
Every Tuesday & Saturday
Vantage Point

The Blue Water Fest 2017 
7/19/2017 (All Day) to 7/23/2017
Downtown Port Huron

MainStreet Memories Car Show
7/29/2017 – 10:00 AM
to 7/29/2017 – 4:00 PM
Downtown Port Huron

Rotary International Day Parade
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Parade Start Time: 6:30pm
Downtown Port Huron

What do you call a group of ravens?

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Our t-shirts feature collective nouns that describe a group of Ravens. There are four, and they change depending on the the group of ravens’ activities.

    • CONSPIRACY: When it comes to intelligence, these birds are in the same league as chimpanzees and dolphins. People imagine that if any species were capable of such dark collaboration, it would be them.
    • CONSTABLE: This refers to the group of ravens often seen flying around the Tower of London. Historically they were thought to be watching over the monarchy in residence there.
    • UNKINDNESS: Ravens are clever and very adaptable. While they mostly feed on carrion, occasionally they will team up to hunt live prey. As you can imagine, it’s a gruesome sight to see.
    • STORYTELLING: Ravens disseminate information to others in their group. For example, scientists have found that if they assist or are friendly to an individual raven, the other ravens in their group become friendlier towards that member.

These threads are $17 when purchased at the Raven. They’ll also be available online via CafePress.

Big, Black & Beautiful

wingburn_lgWhat could be more Ravenesque than giant black wings? Absolutely nothing.

I was watching one of my favorite serials called Supernatural, and an epic battle culminated in an angel dying, which burned giant beautifully macabre black wings on the concrete where he lay. I instantly started plotting how and when I’d reproduce them. The idea was perfect for three reasons:

  1. As an artist, they took my breath way.
  2.  As the owner of the Raven, a big black bird, they made sense.
  3. The best way to photograph the reenaction of the scene is from above, with the subject lying down. The Raven has a second-floor balcony that’s the perfect vantage point.

The opportunity arose when my dear friend and community activist Deidre Murch was raising money to build a school in Nicaragua with non-profit outfit Random Acts, headed by Misha Collins, an actor we both have an affinity for, who plays an angel on Supernatural. All of a sudden I had a good cause to make beautiful art! So, coming up in this month I’ll be creating giant black wings in the alley behind the Raven (weather permitting). I’ll be announcing the date one week in advance. Supernatural fans, cosplayers and folks who just really want a unique photo are invited to come get their photo taken with them.

We’ll have a donation jar available to help Deidre get to Nicaragua. Stay tuned to Raven Cafe’s website, Facebook and/or Twitter for the announcement of the date!

Want to hear a secret?

19875953_10211705713711439_179934846_oDid you know Raven patrons have been sharing secrets for years in shared journals, as well as leaving notes in our coffee tables to the point of overflowing?

It was so bad I was forced to clean out the drawers, but what to do with all the beautiful artwork, thoughtful quotes and scintillating secrets? These days immortality can be achieved digitally, so in an effort to preserve the crumpled napkins we’ve started an album called “Coffee Table Tales” via Facebook. We post a few every week- enjoy!

Weekly Blends

cardsLgSomeone brave once said, “Variety is the spice of life.”

With this in mind, we’ve decided to start offering a weekly blend of the other heavenly Raven’s Brew flavors. In addition to our daily Deadman’s Reach and Resurrection Blend offerings, each week we’ll feature one of the following:

  • Wicked Wolf
  • Dharma Beans
  • Grin and Bear It Bruin Blend
  • Skookum
  • Three-Peckered Billy Goat.

All of these beans are available for purchase in our gift corner. Don’t like change, you say? “Try them, try them and you may!” Sound advice from Sam I Am in “Green Eggs & Ham”…can you tell I’m a mom? So, in the spirit of being an organized efficient mother, the blend of the week and their detailed descriptions are posted on our calendar. Peruse, plot, plan and come sip something new!

In The Know…

fce27a5e-ab57-4767-bae7-52099f8112c4Arnold Schwarzenegger says it best: “Get to the calenda! DO IT NOW!”

In an effort to keep our patrons informed about all the awesome things we have going on the following items will be posted on our website calendar:

  • Weekly Coffee Blend
  • $2 Happy Hour Special
  • Flavor of the Week
  • Live Entertainment (Music, Trivia & Movie)

When in doubt, check it out! If you use Gmail you can even add this calendar to yours by clicking the “+ Google Calendar” link in the lower right-hand corner! Me calendario, su calendario!

Here’s that link one more time! https://ravencafeph.com/calendar/ 

 

Raven Community

peanutI’m a sucker for a good animal rescue story, and while watching a particularly touching one recently via social media, I wondered if such an entity existed in Port Huron. After some digging, I found S&R Animal Rescue, a no-kill nonprofit organization of dog lovers whose mission is to provide sanctuary and ultimately re-home surrendered dogs.

Sadaat, myself and the rest of the Raven Café endeavor to improve the lives of our neighbors in our community, even the four-legged ones. In an effort to help them, we’ll be featuring a dog they have available for adoption at the bottom of each weekly e-newsletter.

The image featured is a powerful picture of a man and his dog taken 15 years apart- same man, same dog. Owning a pet is a lifetime duty. If this is not what you had in mind, re-consider getting a pet.

(Image courtesy of the Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto, CA)

Grounds For Your Garden

Taking a queue from our corporate brethren, a particularly Eco-conscious staff member suggested we start offering up our used coffee grounds to gardeners/composters- we love this idea! They’re free and available in our front foyer.

Raven’s Brew Spotlight: Raven Café

spotlightInspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe, in particular the poem “The Raven,” the café serves Raven’s Brew Coffee® because not only is it a superior product to other ones we could carry, but it happens to share the same name as us. It’s Kismet! We’ve turned many people onto the gourmet coffee that is Raven’s Brew; our regulars that drink the Deadman’s Reach® are fiercely loyal and will turn their noses up at anything else… Read More @ Raven’s Brew’s Website