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Friday, January 13, 2017

Leunig's Petit Bijou Open at Church Street Marketplace Kiosk

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:18 AM

Beignets and hot chocolate at Leunig's Petit Bijou - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Beignets and hot chocolate at Leunig's Petit Bijou
Leunig's Petit Bijou opened New Year’s weekend in the petit kiosk on the corner of Church and College streets. Formerly home to Bluebird Coffee Stop, the spot now belongs to nearby Leunig’s Bistro & Café, helmed by co-owners Bob Conlon and executive chef Donnell Collins.

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First Bite: A Taste of One Radish in Richmond

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Pulled pork sandwich at One Radish - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Pulled pork sandwich at One Radish
On December 1, Jessica and Ryan Bunce, the owners of Burlington's Barrio Bakery, launched their second business. The breakfast and lunch spot, One Radish, is located in Richmond, in the building that used to house Parkside Kitchen, and, before that, On the Rise Bakery. There, the Bunces serve typical, comforting fare made simply with great ingredients.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Honey Road to Serve Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine in Burlington

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 8:33 AM

Lamb and cabbage sarma with sweet potato purée and crispy hen-of-the-woods mushrooms - COURTESY OF ALIZA ELIAZAROV
  • Courtesy of Aliza Eliazarov
  • Lamb and cabbage sarma with sweet potato purée and crispy hen-of-the-woods mushrooms
Honey flows freely from the heart of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. It’s revered as much for its nuanced sweetness as it is for cultural indications such as happiness and health, vitality and divinity. It’s fitting, then, that Honey Road — one of Vermont’s first major restaurant openings in 2017 — is setting up in a small state with some 2,000 beekeepers and 11,000 hives.

The restaurant aims to open in downtown Burlington by late winter or early spring (the exact location will be revealed once permits are secured). The story of Honey Road starts with the powerful partnership of two restaurant stalwarts: chef Cara Chigazola-Tobin, former chef de cuisine of Boston’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant Oleana, and Allison Gibson, the operations director and drink expert behind Vermont’s Hen of the Wood and Doc Ponds, and former dining room manager at Shelburne Farms Inn.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

A Taste of Picnic Social's Brunch in Stowe

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Avocado toast with pork belly at Picnic Social - JON BACON
  • Jon Bacon
  • Avocado toast with pork belly at Picnic Social
One of the most fun meals I ate in 2016 was at Stowe's Picnic Social, which is located inside of Field Guide, a boutique hotel on the Mountain Road. In between bites of nearly everything on the menu, my guest and I played cornhole and tabletop shuffleboard. We joked around with the staff. Best of all, the food and drinks tasted great.

So, when I found out that the spot would be adding brunch on December 10, I couldn't wait to try it out. Just an hour after brunch service debuted, I showed up with a friend to sample the wares. Only one other party preceded us, but, as we ate, more and more folks trickled in.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Dish for Veterans at Juniper in Burlington

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Seasonal flatbread at Juniper restaurant in Hotel Vermont - HOTEL VERMONT
  • Hotel Vermont
  • Seasonal flatbread at Juniper restaurant in Hotel Vermont
Philanthropic psychologist Jen Shang says that Americans use nine words to describe a moral individual: “kind, caring, hardworking, compassionate, helpful, fair, friendly, generous and honest.” Extra points for “strong, responsible and loyal,” as well.

Come holiday season, bells ring for donation boxes, and charity gift drives mark the entrances of churches and grocery stores. Opportunities abound — both at the year’s end and past it.  When and where do we act first?

“A Dish for Veterans,” a recent initiative by Juniper restaurant at Hotel Vermont, suggests that giving can start with a flatbread.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Taste of Esperanza Restaurante, Now Open in Burlington

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 3:41 PM

Pupusas at Esperanza Restaurante - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Pupusas at Esperanza Restaurante
Last Thursday, the open flag flew outside 180 Battery Street in Burlington as Esperanza Restaurante welcomed guests for its first day of business. The restaurant is now open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.

The menu was as advertised prior to opening — in November, co-owners Gerber Rodriguez and Cynthia Nabalitan told Seven Days the new spot would serve dishes from their native countries of El Salvador and the Philippines, respectively. The menu also incorporates Mexican dishes from Esperanza's predecessor, Madera's Restaurante, where Rodriguez worked for several years.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Baker Meghan Brickner Turns Travel Into Pastry

Posted By on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Apple cinnamon piroshki and Anjou-Amaretto polenta cake - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Apple cinnamon piroshki and Anjou-Amaretto polenta cake
I usually say that I don't have a sweet tooth, but last Saturday, sitting on the ledge of the fountain at Burlington City Hall Park, I ate an apple-cinnamon piroshki from the Nomadic Oven stand. With the farmers market buzzing around me, I even closed my eyes, savoring the unfurling pastry curl by curl.

 The insides of the Russian-style sticky bun were bloated with apples. Its hard-baked edges were laced with coffee cream. When I got to the core, I ate it in one slow bite — a ceremonious process akin to uncovering an artichoke heart.

I returned to the Nomadic Oven to chat with its baker-owner, Meghan Brickner. When I left her, it was with another piroshki and a slice of Amaretto-polenta cake dressed with Anjou pears.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Davis Studio Serves Up Brunch With the Art

Posted By on Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 2:16 PM

Starving Artist Café - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Starving Artist Café
At the Starving Artist Café, located inside the Davis Studio on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, hungry brunchers can dine on Whistler's Mother's Oatmeal, laced with brown sugar and pumpkin seeds, or dig into Matisse in Morocco — poached eggs with harissa-stewed tomatoes and homemade pita.

The studio, founded and owned by Teresa Davis, offers kids' art camps, as well as teen and adult classes in a variety of media, including millinery, fused glass, watercolor and photography.  Originally, the on-site kitchen was used only to feed the artists and perhaps their parents. In early September, the café opened to the public, presenting a selection of snack plates, soup, salad and a build-your-own breakfast sandwich. Brunch, with dishes named after the masters, began on September 25.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Where to Find Tasty Bites in Bennington

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Pastries at Bakkerij Krijnen in Bennington - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Pastries at Bakkerij Krijnen in Bennington
On August 16, 1777, a rebel force of a couple thousand militiamen prepared for the Battle of Bennington. The American Revolutionary War was about two years old. General John Stark led the brigade, reinforced by a crew of Vermonters including Col. Seth Warner and Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys. Long story short: the Brits lost.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tasting Menus Planned for Pop-Up Restaurant Elm in Montpelier

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:31 AM

Rye crisp with perch at Elm - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • Rye crisp with perch at Elm
During the final year that I owned my Montpelier restaurant, Salt, I dispensed with regular menus. Instead, each night I prepared a tasting menu — a parade of small bites, designed to showcase the best of whatever was in season. While tasting menus allow chefs to be playful in the kitchen, which is a professional boon, I chose the format for several other reasons, too. For one thing, after I switched, I wasted so much less food.

Think about it: Customers expect restaurants never to run out of the dishes they want, but the only way to have enough scallops for everyone who might order them is to have more scallops than people are going to eat. And when you have one of those nights when nobody orders scallops? You make scallop chowder the next day. And all of the extra scallop chowder left at the end of that night? Trash. Compost. Bye-bye.

So, yeah, tasting menus. You only cook what you’re planning to serve. And you only order what you’re going to cook. What a concept! Tasting menus have been my favorite way to dine since long before I understood the behind-the-scenes reasons for their awesomeness. So, I was excited to receive an invitation to a tasting dinner at a pop-up restaurant called Elm, located in Philamena’s at 41 Elm Street in Montpelier.

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