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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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Friday, October 5, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Philo Ridge Farm

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Meatball hero at Philo Ridge Farm - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Meatball hero at Philo Ridge Farm
When I pulled into the parking lot of  Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte the other day, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to dine on a dime at its market café. After all, I squeezed into a space (which was hard to find) between a Mercedes SUV and a Volvo station wagon. A silver BMW arrived not long after I did.

I learned not to judge a café by the cars in its lot. As it turns out, it was no problem at all to eat lunch here for $12.  The difficulty was deciding what to get.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Friend's Nepali Restaurant in Winooski

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Stuffed tomatoes at Friend's Nepali Restaurant - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Stuffed tomatoes at Friend's Nepali Restaurant
When my computer was getting fixed last week in Winooski, I ducked into a restaurant for lunch across the street from the repair shop. What a lovely surprise!

Friend’s Nepali Restaurant opened six weeks ago at 212 Main Street in Winooski. Its chef and co-owner, Ram Kadariya, started the restaurant after cooking at Central Market in Burlington.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Drink Up: Monarch & the Milkweed

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Tonka Puff at Monarch & the Milkweed - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Tonka Puff at Monarch & the Milkweed
On a recent night at Monarch & the Milkweed, there was a When Harry Met Sally moment. It happened when bartender Eddie DiDonato set my drink on the marble bar in front of me. The foamy cocktail towered over the top of the glass at an artful angle, a straw balanced on top like a seesaw.

“So what do I have to order to get one of those?” a man at a nearby bar stool asked. “It looks amazing.”

No one has to fake an orgasm, a la Meg Ryan in the aforementioned Hollywood hit, to get what I got. But it does take a whole lot of shakin'.

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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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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Nomad Coffee (South End Station)

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Early autumn lunch at Nomad Coffee in Burlington - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Early autumn lunch at Nomad Coffee in Burlington
The menu at Nomad Coffee (South End Station) is a seasonal road map as well as a choice of meals. Chef Suzanne Podhaizer presents two lunch options: late summer or early autumn. From there, the selection narrows to meat or vegetarian, brown rice or greens.

I visited the little café on Flynn Avenue last week — a time span in which the temperature dropped from the 90s to sweatshirt weather. Hoping to nudge summer along, I ordered Podhaizer’s autumn creation: roasted squash, caramelized onions, greens, cider sauce and toasted pecans. I chose lentils over chicken, and these were served hot in a mug on the side. I spooned the lentils onto my veggies bite by bite, forming a kind of mini-stew on my plate and delighting in a flavorful and healthy, all-local $10 lunch.

Podhaizer, a former food writer at Seven Days, was chef-owner of Salt Café in Montpelier for five years. At Nomad, she is collaborating with owners Andrew Sepic and Nicole Grinstead to bring food to their second coffee/espresso/tea business — the first one opened in Essex Junction two years ago.

The new café, open weekdays from  7 a.m. to 3 p.m., is at the end of a hallway in the Flynndog building. It occupies the space that formerly housed the South End outpost of Chef’s Corner. Customers order at the counter and food is delivered to your table. The restaurant opens onto an outdoor deck that has several picnic tables, quiet and lovely in late summer and early autumn.

Podhaizer continues her seasonal theme this week but she presents a new menu, offering spiced beef or black beans with mashed potatoes, roasted bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and summer squash (late summer) and chicken or lentils with winter squash, goat cheese, toasted walnuts and brown butter cider sauce (early autumn).

She told me she plans to expand the menu slowly but will continue to make weekly veggie and meat specials to eat with greens, grains or a combination of the two.

On my way home from Nomad, I stopped to talk to a man who I’d seen eating lunch there. Kim Hubbard, a program manager at the Howard Center, told me he discovered Nomad in place of Chef’s Corner, where he used to eat.

“I just like the food over here,” Hubbard said of Nomad. “I like it plated and served. It’s quiet and the people are really friendly.”  He ate last week's late summer lunch, meat version ($12): spiced beef with roasted tomatoes, corn, summer squash and red pepper-parsley sauce.

“It was quite wonderful,” Hubbard said. “They have a niche there, and I hope people find it.”

Dining on a Dime is a weekly series featuring well-made, filling bites (something substantial enough to qualify as a small meal or better) for $12 or less. Know of a tasty dish we should feature? Drop us a line: food@sevendaysvt.com.

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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, September 4, 2018

Farmers Market Kitchen: Melon-Marigold Cream Cooler

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Melon-marigold cream cooler - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Melon-marigold cream cooler
Labor Day has come and gone, but with temps in the 80s or higher for much of this week, I'm gonna go ahead and declare that summer is still very much in play.

That means continuing to enjoy lazy evenings down by the river, or on the deck, soaking in every last second of warm weather … with icy pitchers of cocktails brimming with flowers. I like to eat flowers whenever I can. It makes me feel cosmopolitan and attractive.

Yesterday's beautifying drink du jour made use of fragrant marigold and bee balm (flowers and leaves!), along with overripe melon and a few glugs of Vermont Spirits White Vodka, which is distilled from whey.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Citizen Cider

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 4:44 PM

Mushroom tacos at Citizen Cider - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Mushroom tacos at Citizen Cider
"What’s for dinner?" could be the most-asked question around. "I don’t know yet" is the standard answer — and it’s the one I got at around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning when I called Citizen Cider to ask what the  $10 special was for the weekly Supper Club.

The nonanswer, though a bit surprising from a restaurant, was nonetheless familiar. Who knows what’s for dinner until about half an hour before you start making it?

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