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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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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Brian's North End Store & Deli to Close

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 11:38 AM

El Chapo Burger at Brian's North End Store & Deli - COURTESY OF BRIAN'S NORTH END STORE & DELI
  • Courtesy of Brian's North End Store & Deli
  • El Chapo Burger at Brian's North End Store & Deli
The sandwiches were good. But financially, they weren't cutting the mustard.  After fleshing out its  culinary offerings in October 2018, Brian's  North End Store & Deli will close on March 1. "The owner [Brian Moegelin] needed to expand his auto business," store manager Tammy Lacroix-Hopkins told Seven Days on Thursday.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pending Town Meeting Approval, Healthy Living Aims to Build Store in Shelburne

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 3:54 PM

Healthy Living CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Healthy Living CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith
The town of Shelburne and Healthy Living Market & Café  could form a public-private partnership to determine if a parcel of land on U.S. 7 is suitable for development.  If given initial approval by Shelburne voters on Town Meeting Day in March, the proposed project would mean the development of a Healthy Living grocery store and a new fire and rescue department on adjacent sites at  U.S. Rte. 7 and Longmeadow Drive.

The first ballot initiative will ask Shelburne voters to approve a $50,000 expenditure — $25,000 from the ambulance fund and $25,000 from taxes — that would be used for “soft development," including permitting fees and site suitability studies, according to Jerry Storey, chair of the Shelburne Selectboard.

Healthy Living would spend the same amount on so-called soft development, said CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, as a first phase of the development.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Federal Shutdown Puts Colchester Meadery Expansion on Hold

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Groennfell Meadery Tasting Room - FILE PHOTO
  • File Photo
  • Groennfell Meadery Tasting Room
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about a Colchester business, Groennfell Meadery, whose effort to move to St. Albans and expand production is on hold due to the federal government shutdown. The meadery is waiting for three government agencies to reopen in order to proceed with its plan, said Ricky Klein, who owns Groennfell with his wife, Kelly.

Klein, 33, of  Swanton, noted that some people faced greater challenges owing to the shutdown, which was 27 days old Thursday.

“I have a regular customer who’s been going to work as an air traffic controller for three weeks without getting paid,” Klein said. “My sister is a data criminologist in Philadelphia, and she is dealing with families who aren’t sure they’re going to be able to eat next week. And here I am: I’d like to move, and this is not our fault, but the three agencies we need to be able to move are closed.”

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Hen of the Wood Restaurateurs Buy Prohibition Pig

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 3:22 PM

  • Courtesy of Prohibition Pig
Prohibition Pig is closed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. When it reopens on Thursday, the restaurant will do so under new ownership: Eric Warnstedt and Will McNeil, co-owners of Hen of the Wood and Doc Ponds, purchased the Waterbury brewpub on Tuesday, Warnstedt said.

The business partners purchased Prohibition Pig — a restaurant/bar and affiliated brewery and tasting room — from Chad Rich, finalizing the deal at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.  With the new acquisition, Warnstedt and McNeil own four restaurants — two in Waterbury, where Warnstedt founded the original Hen in 2005; a second Hen on Cherry Street in Burlington, and Doc Ponds in Stowe.

“I’ve been buddies with Chad since before all this,” Warnstedt said. “It was an easy transition to think maybe we’d be partners one day. And then it came to the idea of him maybe wanting to make some changes, and I was the logical option without shopping it.”

Warnstedt, who grew up in Florida and North Carolina, said the prospect of running a restaurant that serves Southern-style food appeals to him. Prohibition Pig features smoked meat plates, barbecue sandwiches, burgers and other pub fare.

Eric Warnstedt, right, with William McNeil - FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
  • File: Matthew Thorsen
  • Eric Warnstedt, right, with William McNeil
“I’m really excited,” Warnstedt, 43, said. “I’m born in the South, and this is everything in the world I’ve wanted to play in. Here we can play in our local world  but with this whole southern spin, which is right up my alley.”

There are no plans to make changes at the Waterbury brewpub, which employs about 50 people, Warnstedt said. The acquisition brings to 160 the number of people employed by the restaurateurs.

“It’s really just getting to know everyone,” Warnstedt said. “The Pig has been doing great for six years; let’s set up for another six years. It’s really about building up the foundation so we’re setting ourselves up there to be successful in the long term.”

Prohibition Pig occupies the space at 23 South Main Street in Waterbury that was the original home of the Alchemist, a brewpub founded in 2003 by John and Jen Kimmich. The  couple later moved out of the downtown space to launch a cannery in Waterbury, where they brewed Heady Topper. In July 2016, the Kimmiches opened a brewery and visitor center in Stowe.

“I feel like we’re really carrying the torch of what’s been happening there, from the Alchemist to Prohibition Pig to our version of Prohibition Pig," Warnstedt said.

Since Tropical Storm Irene damaged homes and businesses in Waterbury in August 2011, the town's rebuilding  efforts have come to include a revitalized downtown. Waterbury has become a food and beverage hub of the region.

“For me, I live here,” Warnstedt said. “I’m not going anywhere. I feel like I want to double-down in Waterbury. We can do a lot more to the town through the Pig. It’s bigger [than Hen-Waterbury]. There’s more going on. It’s the center of the town, physically and spiritually.”

The Burlington Free Press reported the news of Prohibition Pig’s sale earlier on Tuesday.

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