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Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

What local farms does Middlebury Chocolates get its cocoa beans from? Right. If the Jacksons feel so strongly about serving local food, maybe they should change their business model. But a couple of tacos are not going to cut it. And I agree with Christina: Many Middlebury restaurants do a good job of featuring locally sourced food while maintaining diverse, interesting menus.

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Posted by daniel on 10/01/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Barflying at Windsor Station

This place is really good. Never been disappointed

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Posted by Maggie may on 09/29/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Grilling the Chef: Matt Corrente of Two Brothers Tavern

It's awesome to see this sort of mentality and food progress being pursued in Middlebury.

"I would love to see is a farmers market delivery network." This is a perfect statement for what is needed to improve our restaurants' year round access to fresh local food; it will take a lot of planning, trust, and infrastructure from both chefs and farmers to implement something of this nature, but it can certainly be done!

Thanks for the great insights, Matt... sounds like it is time to stop back by Two Brothers and check out the menu!

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Posted by Middlebury Chocolates on 09/28/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

Hi Christina, you are absolutely right when you say that American Flatbread in Middlebury does an awesome job of utilizing local ingredients, and they do it year round, which makes it even more special. And yes, an occasional pop-up is certainly easier in many ways to integrate a broad array of local foods, especially during peak harvest season as it is right now.

I think the larger idea we are trying to get across, though, is that Middlebury has a lot of room to improve when it comes to offering local foods through restaurants, year-round or not. Personally, if we were coming from an out-of-town perspective, we would never consider traveling to Middlebury based on its food offerings right now. We are not trying to say that there aren't people doing good things, but we have a broad and notable disconnect between the food producers and the restaurants. American Flatbread is literally the only restaurant in town (as far as we know) that continually works directly with farmers throughout the year... is it wrong to want others to do that as well?

Bottom line is, we rarely eat out in Middlebury for three reasons: the food is not consistently local, the food is not consistently delicious (with a couple exceptions), and the food is very consistently overpriced. Thanks for your comments, and I hope this helps to clarify our position on the matter.

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Posted by Middlebury Chocolates on 09/28/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Isole Dinner Club Launches Lit-Inspired Supper Series

I would love to go, as Beowulf was my big translation project the second semester of my senior year in college in 1973. But, alas, I am a vegetarian, and I doubt any of the food produced to pair with the lovely mead would meet my dietary restrictions. Sigh.

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/28/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

"Our hope is that restaurants follow suit in pursuing better year-round food integration"

First of all, I think American Flatbread in Middlebury does an excellent job of that already. They constantly tweak their offerings to make it as seasonal as possible and they do not hesitate to clearly inform the public about the farms and farmers that supply them -- those are "showcased" on every specials board and menu, every night. I'm surprised that isn't acknowledged in this article.

Secondly, it's relatively easy to do an intensly local pop up theme once in a while but to sustain seasonal local food offerings while still being able to staff and pay the bills month after month and year after year, well that takes much more effort. The Lobby, Two Brothers, and 51 Main as well should be commended as trying to do just what the Jacksons suggest but on a realistic scale.

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Posted by Christina Auer on 09/27/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Drink Up: Stone Leaf Teahouse

Still no photo, Julia?

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Posted by The Oracle on 09/22/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Ethicists Consider the Rights and Wrongs of Food Systems

What are the ethical implications of dumpster diving farmed shrimp ?
Shopping for food must be exhausting for you very special holier then thou's, what with all these ethical quandaries . I am more concerned with feeding my family .

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Posted by Rich ard on 09/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Shinjuku Station Offers Takeout Sushi in Burlington

Jennifer Blair, I think it's all at 260 North St (right on the corner of North and N Winooski). I'm so glad to have their sushi back! I ran into Peter at the cart on Church St and when he told me they were opening a location in the ONE, I literally jumped up and down with joy.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 09/21/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Shinjuku Station Offers Takeout Sushi in Burlington

Um, what's the address of the kiosk in the O.N.E?

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Posted by Jennifer Blair on 09/20/2016 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Shinjuku Station Offers Takeout Sushi in Burlington

City Market made another one of their customary consumer/vendor unfriendly moves when they lost these folks. They have not had sushi reliably since and their management has repeatedly made excuse after excuse for their short-sighted, confusing move. I am glad these good folks are going to continue in business and plan, on my trips to town, to be a regular customer. Their product was always fresh, tasty and very affordable. It is truly sad that City Market can not stand by its initial promise to be responsive to its customers and vendors and continues to make arbitrary, nonsensical decisions.

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Posted by Christopher Hill on 09/20/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: $3 Tacos at La Puerta Negra

Other than to advertise cheap tacos and dance lessons, this article serves no purpose.

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Posted by Roy on 09/20/2016 at 4:42 AM

Re: “Inside the von Trapp Bierhall, Soft-Opening September 15

We've always enjoyed going to the Von Trapp Lodge for dinner, but I do wish they would expand their beer menu a bit, especially into the realm of ales.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 09/18/2016 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Niche at Rogue Artisans to Open in Morrisville

The sooner the better - can't wait!

Posted by Sandra J Bettis on 09/17/2016 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Burlington's New Foam Brewers Go With the Flow

This whole brew craze has become a bit banal to me... I mean... I'm happy for these kids and their venture... I wish them luck... but it sounds like it's been created or sustained with family money. How do they make money to live? I mean are they selling enough of this stuff to pay off the loan, the rent, the energy costs, the upscale refit of the space. I mean I am sure they are drawing paychecks from the business which will keep them in mustache wax and ironic T-shirts for the short term... and I know the markup on booze is big... but until they scale up?... in an ever increasingly competitive market can any of these places be viable?... or does the Burlington populace really drink that much?

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Posted by critikboy on 09/16/2016 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Inside the von Trapp Bierhall, Soft-Opening September 15

There are multiple ways to define stodgy and 'old fashioned' is the more oft used definition I'm familiar with. I would agree with the author that it was an appropriate choice to define a space that didn't seem to tie in with current times or their current offering(s). I like stepping into a simpler era now and then, but I'm glad the von Trapp family will now offer this new experience without losing touch with the former.

Posted by Ma on 09/16/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Inside the von Trapp Bierhall, Soft-Opening September 15

Beth Dixon, I'm sorry if my word choice offended! I didn't mean to describe the resort in a negative way, but as "traditional, old-fashioned, of an earlier time/place," to frame the new place as a contrast to the old. I have incredible respect for the von Trapps and their business(es) and no reason to portray what they do in an unfavorable light.

Posted by Hannah Palmer Egan on 09/16/2016 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Inside the von Trapp Bierhall, Soft-Opening September 15

It's a shame the author suggests that Trapp was ever a stodgy resort. Having shared this with my family and other property owners who have visited the lodge for many years, all were rather put off by the description of the lodge in this way. While the addition of the brewery and Bierhall have been a new, refreshing offering, the lodge has always had the best skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking trails around. They've hosted a variety of music genres in their meadow, and they have always had the best chefs around town. The definition of stodgy is dull and uninspiring - maybe if the author had checked the view out more than a decade ago she would have seen it was anything but uninspiring!

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Posted by Beth Dixon on 09/15/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Inside the von Trapp Bierhall, Soft-Opening September 15

I loveee this family, I used to keep their copiers up and running at the lodge, Sam called me Copier Queen lol

Posted by Sandy Marino on 09/14/2016 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Inside the von Trapp Bierhall, Soft-Opening September 15

Who was the designer of the space?

Posted by jonesbeall on 09/14/2016 at 7:48 AM

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