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Good Food, Better Name 

New chef adds more seats and fresh treats

Eat Good Food Vergennes has been under new ownership for only a week, but changes are already in the works. New owner, Chef Matt Birong of South Burlington, plans to "build on what has already worked" at the popular spot. He'll be expanding the menu, paring down the grocery section to make it all local, and increasing the number of seats. For now, the business hours will stay the same.

Although the new menu isn't set yet, Birong is pretty sure breakfast will include huevos rancheros and banana-Nutella French toast. Lunch will feature EGF's famous panini, plus a bunch of new options: daily soups, more salads and a variety of sandwiches on freshly baked breads.

Another big change? The name. Birong's deal with owner Tara Vaughan-Hughes - who is still running Eat Good Food Grill, Bar and Deli in Middlebury - requires that he change it within four months. To get the community involved, Birong is holding a restaurant-naming contest. For the next month, send any fabulous ideas to Eat Good Food, 221 Main Street, Vergennes, VT, 05491. The winner will score a delicious prize: $250 in store credit.

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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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