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Side Dishes: Long Trail Ale, Vermont Milk Company, Handy Family Enterprises

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It’s hard to believe that Vermont, producer and exporter of extraordinary quantities of maple syrup, is still the only state in the Union without an International House of Pancakes. But that lamentable omission will soon be remedied. Last week, Handy Family Enterprises was granted an Act 250 permit to erect an IHOP restaurant on Route 7 in Rutland, right next to a Handy-owned Ponderosa. There’s one coming down the pike in South Burlington, too.

Although the Southern Vermont edition of the more-than-breakfast joint was originally slated to open in 2007, an 11-month permitting delay has kept it from dishing up its “Rooty Tooty Fresh ’n’ Fruity” combination plate until ’09.

Let’s just hope that when IHOP arrives, the flapjacks come with cruets of authentic Vermont maple syrup, not the butter-pecan or “maple-flavored” facsimiles. Right.


Hormonal imbalance? Looks like the grassroots activists campaigning against artificial bovine growth hormones are really bugging Monsanto. Last Wednesday, the massive Missouri-based agri-tech biz announced that it will attempt to divest itself of POSILAC, known to consumers as one variety of rBST.

Although the company claims the hormone is selling well and the decision to sell was based on other factors, Monsanto shares rose by 2.3 percent after the announcement. That speaks louder than PR flaks. Perhaps the sale of POSILAC will give the seedy company more time to increase its worldwide monopoly on plant DNA.

Question is, with mainstream companies like Wal-Mart rejecting milk from injected cows, who’ll want to buy Monsanto’s cast-off?


Give a pint, get a pint? There’s nothing like a carton of “Forbidden Chocolate” or “Purely Pistachio” ice cream to help revive a dizzy blood donor. At least that’s what the folks at Friendly’s figure.

The company has teamed up with the American Red Cross to hand out ice cream coupons to New-England-area donors during the month of August. One caveat: The coupons must be redeemed at Friendly’s Restaurants by September 30, and they won’t be accepted at grocery stores.


Note to would-be criminals: If you’re going to rob your parents’ restaurant, make sure they’ve got the video surveillance cameras turned off. And ditch your court-ordered GPS tracker before you go.

These tips could have helped St. Albans resident Miles Lawler, 18, who pleaded not guilty to felony burglary for allegedly stealing wads of dough from his parent’s pizza joint, Pie in the Sky, located in the Highgate Commons Shopping Center. If convicted, he’ll probably get more than 50 lashes with a wet noodle.


Looks like Asia Gourmet in Essex is another casualty of the economic downturn. Patrons have reported that the restaurant is closed, and the phone number has been disconnected.


The usual services will be interrupted at the Spanked Puppy Pub in Colchester, too — but only temporarily. The bar was slapped with a 25-day suspension of its liquor license, which will begin on September 22, in the wake of a fatal car accident caused by patron Shawn Burritt, 33, of Jericho. At a hearing in May, the Liquor Control Board ruled that the bar continued to serve Burritt when he appeared intoxicated. The Spanked Puppy’s owners dispute the allegation.

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Contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the former Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose,... more


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