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Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Truck Plows Into Bessery's Butcher Shoppe

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 3:38 PM

Bessery's Butcher Shoppe - COURTESY OF BRIAN BESSERY
  • Courtesy of Brian Bessery
  • Bessery's Butcher Shoppe
Bryan Bessery was in bed at his Burlington home Wednesday at about 11:15 p.m. when he heard a loud crash and “everything shook,” he said. Bessery thought something had hit his house on North Avenue, or maybe his car.

He looked outside to discover that a pickup truck had crashed through the front of Bessery’s Butcher Shoppe, his restaurant and butcher shop at 1398 North Ave. The truck came to a stop in his restaurant.

“They jumped the curb and took out the picnic tables,” Bessery told Seven Days Thursday afternoon. “It’s an epidemic in Burlington.”

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Vermont Baker Gérard Rubaud Has Died at 77

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Gérard Rubaud - PHOTO BY M.C. FARINE, COURTESY OF JULIE RUBAUD
  • Photo by M.C. Farine, Courtesy of Julie Rubaud
  • Gérard Rubaud
Updated October 11, 2018

For years, in-the-know shoppers would plan their grocery runs to City Market, Onion River Co-op and other area food stores around the weekly delivery schedule of Gérard's Bread. Dozens of lightly tangy, hearty and sweet loaves would appear in late morning and then, by late afternoon — poof! They'd be gone.

Now they're gone forever: Baker Gérard Rubaud died on Sunday, October 7, at his Westford home-bakery. Health problems earlier this summer took him away from bread production.  He was 77.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

'EatingWell' and 'Cooking Light' Magazines Are Merging

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Jessie Price, editor-in-chief of EatingWell - COURTESY OF EATINGWELL
  • Courtesy of EatingWell
  • Jessie Price, editor-in-chief of EatingWell

Update: This post was updated on September 14 to include information about layoffs at Meredith Corporation.

EatingWell
and Cooking Light magazines are merging under a plan announced by the magazines’ owner, Meredith Corporation, in a September 13 news release. The combined publication, which will keep the EatingWell name, will be “the largest subscription magazine in the epicurean category under the EatingWell brand,” according to the release.

EatingWell, based in Shelburne, will increase its print publication from six times a year to 10, editor-in-chief Jessie Price told Seven Days. In addition, the merger of the two food publications means that EatingWell’s circulation will rise from 1 million to 1.77 million, she said.

“It’s amazing news for us,” Price said. “It’s so validating of everything this brand, and everyone at this brand, has been working on every day, every week, every issue, and every year.” 

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Juice for the People to Close Friday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Mike Winters of Juice for the People - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Mike Winters of Juice for the People
Mike Winters has been an art teacher, a divorce lawyer, a juice-maker and a vegetable farmer. The latter two gigs are joined via Winters’ business,
Juice for the People, in which he makes juice using vegetables and herbs that he grows at a farm at the Intervale in Burlington.

Now Winters is ready to move on again. He is closing his juice business, which operates as a concession at City Market/Onion River Co-op in Burlington’s South End, on Friday, August 24.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fable Farm Fermentory Adds Tasting Room Hours

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 8:19 PM

Fable Farm Fermentory Wines - COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER PIANA
  • Courtesy of Christopher Piana
  • Fable Farm Fermentory Wines
Barnard's Fable Farm Fermentory has no shortage of events: Thursday nights' Feast & Field Market, and plentiful farm dinners, food-forward tasting events and arts programming, too .

But for a company that makes wine production its main business, wine tastings have heretofore been spotty at best. That'll change this week when brothers Christopher and Jon Piana begin opening their winery for regular Friday afternoon tasting room hours.

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., $20 will buy visitors petite pours of eight naturally fermented apple, grape and honey wines, plus snacks including nuts, olives and local organic cheeses.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Starksboro Farmer Eric Rozendaal Has Died at 51

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro
Eric Rozendaal, a farmer whose products included eggs, butternut squash and maple lemonade, died Tuesday morning on a family vacation in the Bahamas.  He collapsed while running  at one of his favorite places, his wife, Keenann Rozendaal, told Seven Days by email.  Rozendaal, who was 51, owned and ran Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.

He started farming at the Intervale in Burlington, and established his 108-acre organic farm on conserved land in Starksboro in 2001. Rozendaal specialized in several crops — his egg business is called Eric’s Eggs.  He was an innovative farmer who processed his squash for donuts made on the farm and for large wholesale accounts, including the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“I think he was an extraordinary visionary in that he had more ideas than anyone could keep up with,” said Julie Rubaud, his first farming partner and the mother of Rozendaal’s daughter, Louissa. “There’s a huge hole in the world right now. Above all, he was an incredible father.”  Rozendaal also has a son, Hans, with Keenann.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Is it Summer Yet? Previewing the Pioneer Food Truck

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Lindsay Taylor, Pioneer Food Truck - COURTESY OF PIONEER FOOD TRUCK & CATERING CO.
  • Courtesy of Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co.
  • Lindsay Taylor, Pioneer Food Truck
While it's technically spring as of Tuesday, nature clearly missed the memo. But let's not let that stop us from dreaming of warmer days, in all their sunshine-y, warm-breezy, sun-dressing, food-trucking glory.

On that note, there's a new truck gearing up to hit the road in Burlington this summer and it's got a couple of foodie notables behind the wheel.

Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co. chef-owner Jean-Luc Matecat recently wrapped up two years in the kitchen at ArtsRiot. His past includes time at the Inn at Weathersfield, Pistou and other well-respected locales. Lindsay Taylor, his partner in life and business, will oversee the service operations. She has served at Misery Loves Co. and Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, among others, and is currently at Butch + Babe's.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Nomad Coffee's Pop-Update in Essex Junction

Posted By on Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Nomad Coffee in Essex Junction - PROVIDED BY NOMAD COFFEE
  • Provided by Nomad Coffee
  • Nomad Coffee in Essex Junction
In November, Seven Days reported that Nomad Coffee — which, since August 2016, had been popping up caravan style near Five Corners in Essex Junction — would be moving to Sugarbush Resort for the winter.

At the time, owners Andrew Sepic and Nicole Grinstead were seeking an indoor Essex location to inhabit for the winter but hadn't yet found one. Now, they have.  Their new temporary spot is in "literally the closest building to our old location," Sepic said.

The "big, white building" at 9 Main Street, as Sepic described it, used to house a law office. Now, the second floor holds artists' studios and Nomad's brewing equipment. There, visitors can get all of the usual Nomad espresso drinks and Sweet Simone's pastries. The only difference, Sepic explained, is that they don't serve smoothies.

Asked to describe the new locale, he chuckled. "It comes with a modern, minimalist setting right now," he said. "There are plastic folding chairs around a table made of old doors. There are mandalas painted on the carpet to warm the space up a bit."

Photos on Nomad's Instagram show a clean, spare space decorated with tree branches and Christmas lights.

How are things going at the mountain? Sepic noted that the cold weather made for a quiet holiday weekend, but said that, overall, the response to the coffee pop-up has been positive.

"It hasn't been an onslaught, but we've had some really good business days," he said. "Overall, I'm pretty optimistic that it will work out well."

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Jars of CBD-Infused Broth Recalled by Maker

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 7:00 AM


A jar of recalled chicken broth - PHOTO COURTESY OF VAAFM
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF VAAFM
  • A jar of recalled chicken broth
Jars of meat and poultry broth that were infused with CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis, have been voluntarily recalled by the Simmering Bone, the company that made them, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. 

Four jars of broth were sold at the  Vermont Hemp Fest in Burke on September 9, according to Rachel Collier, who made the broth and owns the Simmering Bone. About 50 additional jars were never put on store shelves or sold, she told Seven Days

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cannabis
Long Trail Brewing Makes Vermont's First CBD Beer

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro - COURTESY OF LONG TRAIL BREWING
  • Courtesy of Long Trail Brewing
  • Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro
First there were cannabidiol (CBD) pastries, sold in retail packages at free-thinking retailers such as Burlington's Green State Gardener. Then, restaurants began jumping on the bandwagon with CBD pastries, breakfast and lunches, and special CBD cocktail nights. Now, Long Trail Brewing (LT) head brewers Ian Harbage and Sam Clemens are piloting  a beer infused with the cannabinoid compound.

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