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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Magic Hat Cofounder Alan Newman Buys ArtsRiot

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 3:46 PM

  • Melissa Pasanen
  • ArtsRiot
Alan Newman has purchased the Burlington restaurant and live music venue ArtsRiot.  Newman, ArtsRiot cofounders Felix Wai and PJ McHenry, as well as partner George Lambertson, announced the deal in a press release on Wednesday.

"We put everything we had into creating and growing ArtsRiot over the years, but our time has come to move on and we are excited to hand the reins over to Alan," Wai, McHenry and Lambertson wrote in the release.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Vermont Retailers Incentivize Customers to Mask Up

Posted By on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 2:26 PM

Cheese & Wine Traders team members wearing masks - COURTESY CHEESE & WINE TRADERS
  • Courtesy Cheese & Wine Traders
  • Cheese & Wine Traders team members wearing masks
The Vermont Retail & Grocers Association has launched a social media campaign to encourage customers to wear masks when shopping inside retail businesses.

Vermonters who post a photo of themselves on social media wearing a mask outside a local retailer with the tag #maskforthewin will be entered in a weekly prize giveaway.  The organization represents about 800 retailers in Vermont, as well as another 250 suppliers to the industry.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Short Order for Restaurants: Two Months Closed, Two Days to Open

Posted By on Sat, May 23, 2020 at 2:17 PM

Spot on the Dock in Burlington on Friday evening - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Spot on the Dock in Burlington on Friday evening
Jackie Oktay has been busy homeschooling her kids, converting two restaurants to takeout businesses, and keeping 40 people employed. So she missed the news on Wednesday that restaurants could open for outdoor dining on Friday. They'd been ordered to stay closed for two months as part of the state's effort to rein in the coronavirus.

Oktay, co-owner of Istanbul Kebab House in Burlington and Tuckerbox in White River Junction,  found out Thursday morning  that restaurants got the green light.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my God,’ ‘’ Oktay said by telephone Thursday afternoon. “The wheels start turning: What the heck do I have to do now?”

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Vermont Dairy Farmers Give Away 4,000 Gallons of Milk

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2020 at 6:13 PM

Elle Purrier handing over a gallon of milk Friday in St. Albans - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Elle Purrier handing over a gallon of milk Friday in St. Albans
Two problems in Vermont — food insecurity and dairy surplus — converged Friday afternoon in a St. Albans parking lot, where Franklin County farmers gave away 2,500 gallons of milk to a steady stream of Vermonters.

“We come from a lot of generations of dairy farmers up here in Franklin County, and we love our community so much,” said Meghan St. Pierre, 26, of  Pleasant Valley Farms. “A lot of folks are struggling right now.”

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

So Much Goodness to Go in the World

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 4:03 PM

Alex Honnold and Conrad Anker with Good To-Go dehydrated meals - COURTESY OF PABLO DURANA
  • Courtesy of Pablo Durana
  • Alex Honnold and Conrad Anker with Good To-Go dehydrated meals
On Friday, Good To-Go’s customer service team received emails from hungry Vermonters wondering when their takeout orders would arrive at their doors. A few senders, apparently, mistakenly contacted the  food company in Kittery, Maine, instead of Good To-Go Vermont, Seven Days’ new online directory of local takeout options for the coronavirus era.

Those who browse Good To-Go Vermont will find listings for Green Mountain State eateries offering takeout, delivery and curbside pick-up while restaurants remain closed to in-person diners in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Folks can search by town and region to find establishments serving up everything from pizza to sushi to alcoholic beverages for takeaway.

Visitors at the Maine-based company’s website,, find a different type of offering: dehydrated meals made from high-quality ingredients.
“Our target audience really is outdoor people,” said Good To-Go cofounder David Koorits in a phone interview. “People who are traveling or adventuring who need a quick and easy meal on the go.”

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

New England Culinary Institute Ends Dinner Service

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 3:47 PM

  • Courtesy of New England Culinary Institute
  • NECI on Main stopped dinner service
Last month, in an effort to consolidate resources and reduce costs, the New England Culinary Institute’s bakery and café, La Brioche, left its longtime home at the corner of State and Main streets in Montpelier and moved across the street.

La Brioche set up shop in another restaurant operated by the culinary school, NECI on Main, at 118 Main Street.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Consider Bardwell Farm To Cease Manufacturing and Selling Cheese

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 4:45 PM

A variety of cheeses - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • A variety of cheeses
Consider Bardwell Farm, the award-winning raw cow and goat milk cheese producer based in West Pawlet, has announced that it will stop all manufacturing and selling activities after 15 years in business.

The announcement was made Thursday afternoon on the creamery's social media channels. The company explained that its "current funds do not allow us to continue manufacturing and selling our cheeses." 

On September 30, Consider Bardwell announced a recall of its Dorset, Slyboro and Experience cheeses due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes — "an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems," according to the recall announcement posted by the FDA. The bacteria was found during "routine testing of finished products and the manufacturing environment," the report said.

No illnesses had been reported in connection with the company's cheeses at the time of the recall announcement, which was a "voluntary and precautionary recall initiated by Consider Bardwell Farm," the report noted.

Today's announcement, signed by owner Angela Miller, said that based on a financial review, "We simply do not have the cash flow and resources to recover from the recall and sustain our business to move forward."

Attempts to reach Consider Bardwell Farm were not immediately successful Thursday afternoon. 

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Sorriso Closed; Mimmo's to Replace It With Third Restaurant

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 3:06 PM

Sign outside Sorriso on Shelburne Road - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • Sign outside Sorriso on Shelburne Road
A third location of Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant will replace Sorriso this month at 408 Shelburne Road on the border of Burlington and South Burlington.

Owner Domenico “Mimmo” Spano opened the original Mimmo’s in St. Albans in 1995 and launched a second in Essex Junction about 17 years ago. The restaurants are known for their pizza, pasta dishes, hero sandwiches and salads, such as the signature balsamic chicken.

The former KFC in South Burlington has been a revolving door for local restaurants over the past few years; Sorriso opened there in November 2018. Owner Amir Jusufagic closed the Italian-themed eatery last Wednesday and would comment only that “it was a business decision.”

Spano said he’s been looking for the right location for another Mimmo’s for the past 15 years, but nothing had gelled until this opportunity. He is doing some renovation to the space, ‘just making it into a Mimmo’s,” he said. The menu will be the same as at the sister restaurants. “We want our customers to have a predictable experience,” Spano said.

The new Mimmo’s will hold a soft opening event around August 22 before opening fully by the end of the month, Spano said.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Ben & Jerry's Throws a Non-Dairy Party at ArtsRiot

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2019 at 12:30 PM

George Lambertson - SABINE POUX
  • Sabine Poux
  • George Lambertson
The greatest challenge I ran into at Ben & Jerry’s Dessert’d: A Non-Expected Culinary Experience on Wednesday night was that my hands were rarely free to take photos. From 5:30 to 8:30 pm, I constantly juggled in my sticky arms some combination of dairy-free hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and frozen treats, which regenerated ceaselessly on tables in the ArtsRiot show room like the heads of a Hydra. If the intended takeaway of the night was that there's no shortage of vegan options out there, message freakin’ received.

Dessert’d (pronounced "deserted") is B&J’s road-show celebration of its foray into non-dairy frozen desserts, and it is as glorious and indulgent as one would expect from a company known for its playfulness. Vermont's Queen City was the first of four event sites to host, each of which will feature the talents of a local chef in a live dessert cooking demonstration.

And each will feature heaps and heaps of vegan “frozen desserts” — the technical term for this cream-less treat — from non-dairy Cherry Garcia to non-dairy Peanut Butter Half Baked.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

New Food Market Coming to Burlington's Old North End

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2019 at 4:49 PM

Site of food market scheduled to open in the fall - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Site of food market scheduled to open in the fall
Construction will begin in the next month to transform a former auto parts shop into a grocery store in Burlington's Old North End. The business at 242 North Winooski Avenue will be called Jake’s ONE Market, according to its owner.

“We hope to open in the fall of 2019,” said James Kerrigan, owner-operator of the market. He and his family own a related business in Quechee, Jake’s Quechee Market.

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