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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Burlington's Magnolia Bistro Shuts Down

Posted By on Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 1:04 PM

Magnolia Bistro is closing - FILE: KATIE JICKLING
  • File: Katie Jickling
  • Magnolia Bistro is closing
Magnolia Bistro announced Thursday morning on its Facebook page that it is “closing its doors in Burlington.” The restaurant at 1 Lawson Lane, which served breakfast and lunch, added that it is “actively seeking investors to lift us to a new city somewhere between South Burlington and Key West.”

The restaurant’s closing comes months after Magnolia owner Shannon Reilly posted profanity-laced comments on Facebook  about people with addiction issues and the city’s efforts to address the health issue.

"The junkies should detox or die," he wrote. "Sorry. So fuckin pathetic employing people spaced out on bupe. Fuckin useless. Let them die."

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Abracadabra Coffee: Now Open Weekends on the Reg

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee - COURTESY OF ABRACADABRA COFFEE
  • Courtesy of Abracadabra Coffee
  • Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee
In Woodstock, beloved local beanery Abacadabra Coffee opened for regular weekend hours earlier this month. Visitors can now swing by from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for espresso drinks and cold brew made with house-roasted, single-source coffees.

Hungry? Stay for a snack: On Saturdays, Olivia’s Bagels (that’s former Wild Roots chef Peter Varkonyi’s roving breakfast outfit) is there slinging puffy sourdough rounds, and doughnuts. On Sundays, Lebanon, N.H.-based Tacos Tacos pulls up with homespun Mexican eats.

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Clementine Catering Now at Cork Wine Bar & Market in Waterbury

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Clementine Catering's basil pesto Caprese sandwich - COURTESY OF CORK WINE BAR & MARKET
  • Courtesy of Cork Wine Bar & Market
  • Clementine Catering's basil pesto Caprese sandwich
Cork Wine Bar & Market’s Waterbury location has a new cook in the kitchen. As of last week, Elizabeth Deringer and Clementine Catering is serving locally grounded, seasonal fare such as pesto Caprese panini and rosemary-crusted pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes, in addition to the natural-wine-focused bar’s usual cheese and charcuterie plates.

Cork and Deringer are celebrating the change with a grand opening party this Thursday, June 14, from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

An Heirloom Tomato Salad With Mystery Tomatoes

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 3:59 PM


Heirloom Tomato Salad at Rí Rá - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Heirloom Tomato Salad at Rí Rá
The salad on the menu at Rí Rá Irish Pub in downtown Burlington is called Heirloom Tomato Salad. The first ingredient listed in the description is “Half Pint Farms [sic] heirloom tomatoes.”

But Half Pint Farm hasn’t harvested tomatoes since the fall of 2017, and the first harvest of this season will be in about six weeks, said Mara Welton, who owns and operates the farm at Burlington's Intervale with her husband, Spencer Welton.

Mara Welton handles farm deliveries herself, transporting produce to about 30 restaurants in Chittenden County. In the 13 years  that Half Pint has been growing tomatoes, Welton said she has never delivered them to Rí Rá.

“I’m infuriated. This is something that's been happening regularly," Welton said, meaning beyond this instance and this restaurant. “It happens on different levels and it erodes our brand, and I think it erodes every farm’s brand that is being used this way.”

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Grazers to Open in St. Albans at 14th Star Brewing Co.

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM


Burger at Grazers - COURTESY OF GRAZERS
  • Courtesy Of Grazers
  • Burger at Grazers
Last winter, the food vendor at 14th Star Brewing Co. in St. Albans, Smokin’ Butts Bar-B-Q, packed up and moved south. Now, some six months later, a new business is set to take over the brewery’s on-site kitchen.

Grazers, a burger and pub-fare restaurant based in Williston, will open a branch at the Franklin County brewery on June 5, said co-owner Sam Handy. Grazers will serve a familiar — albeit scaled-back — version of its menu, offering eight burgers, a handful of appetizers, salads and sandwiches,  he said.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

With New Pastry Chef, Honey Road Gets a Little Sweeter

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 6:40 PM


Chocolate-date cake at Honey Road restaurant - COURTESY OF HONEY ROAD
  • Courtesy of Honey Road
  • Chocolate-date cake at Honey Road restaurant
Diners at Honey Road restaurant in Burlington have likely noticed additions to the dessert menu in recent weeks. They're the creations of new pastry chef Amanda Wildermuth, 29.  She had been working in that role at Monarch & the Milkweed since it opened in August 2016.

“They [Honey Road] were looking to expand, and I jumped at the opportunity to be the pastry chef,” Wildermuth said. “I think Honey Road is an amazing restaurant, and Cara and Allison have a really great thing going here.” She was referring to co-owners Cara Chigazola-Tobin and Allison Gibson.

Since assuming her position about a month ago, Wildermuth has expanded the offerings by riffing on modern desserts and giving them a Middle Eastern twist and flavor. She's also making  traditional desserts, and the pita and crackers that are served with dips that typically start a meal at Honey Road.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Windjammer Closed Until Sunday Due to Norovirus Outbreak

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 6:47 PM

The Windjammer - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • The Windjammer
The Windjammer Restaurant and Upper Deck Pub in South Burlington are closed until Sunday at noon as the Vermont Department of Health investigates a norovirus outbreak at the restaurants.

The department has been investigating the outbreak since Tuesday, when it first received reports of people with gastrointestinal illness, said Bradley Tompkins, the department’s food-borne epidemiologist. In all, there have been nine confirmed cases of norovirus and more than 50 reported illnesses, he revealed. In each case, the person who became ill had eaten at the Windjammer or affiliated Upper Deck, Tompkins said.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Willow's Bagel Bakery To Open in Downtown Burlington

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM


Tyler Bean at Willow's - LAUREN MAZZOTTA
  • Lauren Mazzotta
  • Tyler Bean at Willow's
A mini food court is taking shape in downtown Burlington, where a pizza place, a bar and a bagel shop  will soon share a building at 71 South Union Street.

The pizzeria, Folino's, opened in January on the west side of the brick building. The two other businesses — Stonecutter Spirits and Willow's — will join Folino's later this spring.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Like Meat, But Not: Sampling the Impossible Burger

Posted By on Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 2:09 PM

Mule Bar's Impossible Burger - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Mule Bar's Impossible Burger
A few weeks ago, a friend posted in my Facebook messages that Mule Bar had begun selling the Impossible Burger — "the vegan burger that bleeds," she wrote. Would I be interested in checking it out?

Yes, and I did. The burger is quite the feat of food science — five years in the making, according to the website of its parent company Impossible Foods. The ingredients indicate that the burgers are an amalgamation of plant-based proteins, fats and flavorings formulated to replicate meat.

"We recreated the precise flavors, textures, aromas and nutrition of ground beef — using only plants," company literature reads. "By understanding meat at the molecular level, we made a juicy, delicious burger that's better for the planet."

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Berda's Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 8:13 AM

Mac-and-cheese balls at Berda's Restaurant - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Mac-and-cheese balls at Berda's Restaurant
I like to pooh-pooh comfort food. "It's overdone," I'll often say. Or, "If I have to find a way to write about another plate of poutine or mac and cheese, I'm going to vomit all over my keyboard." Yes, poor me, I know.

Food-writer fatigue notwithstanding, comfort food is comforting for a reason. And since I'm a good, flag-waving American, I do keep a special place in my heart for well-done burgers and mac.

Case in point: Co-owners and cooks Shaun Trepanier and Cory Charles opened Berda's Restaurant in a storefront at the Essex Shoppes & Cinema in late December. The spot is an outgrowth of Berda's Roadside Eatery, where Charles slung local-beef burgers, dogs and duck-fat fries from a food truck in Essex Junction for the past three summers.

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