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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Restaurant Chefs Serve Lunch to Highlight Role of School Food

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Chef Jaclyn Major of Butch + Babe's scoops meatballs in the IAA cafeteria - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • Courtesy of Burlington School District
  • Chef Jaclyn Major of Butch + Babe's scoops meatballs in the IAA cafeteria
Two culinary pros served lunch to Burlington kids on Tuesday to highlight the important role school meals play in the community.

At Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington's Old North End, Butch + Babe's chef Jaclyn Major  spooned turkey meatballs smothered in Bove's marinara sauce onto students' trays. A few miles away, Jordan Ware, chef at Hen of the Wood and a 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist, stir-fried meat and veggies for teens at Burlington High School.

Major and Ware didn't create the dishes they were serving. But they will do just that in a few weeks. On Wednesday, February 27, they'll team up in the Butch + Babe's kitchen to host Love School Lunch, a cafeteria-inspired meal for both kids and adults. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Burlington School Food Project, a farm-to-school program that provides breakfast, lunch and supper to students in the Burlington School District.

Both Butch + Babe's and Hen of the Wood have ties to the  Burlington School Food Project. Kortnee Bush, owner of Butch + Babe's, worked in the cafeteria at Burlington's Hunt Middle School before opening her restaurant. And Ware's sister works in food service at Burlington High School.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wet Kitty! El Gato Cleans Up From Sprinkler Deluge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Tree Bertram cleans up at El Gato Cantina in Burlington - COURTESY OF EL GATO CANTINA
  • Courtesy of El Gato Cantina
  • Tree Bertram cleans up at El Gato Cantina in Burlington
It's raining cats and ... cactus?

Last week, Burlington's El Gato Cantina took an unexpected bath when a sprinkler upstairs from the restaurant  broke, sending water pouring through the lower floors at 169 Church Street.  "It was literally raining inside the restaurant," El Gato owner Theresa "Tree" Bertram  told Seven Days, recalling the surprise Tuesday afternoon shower.

Since the deluge occurred during the afternoon lull between lunch and dinner, few customers or employees were on the premises.  "We’re lucky it’s the slow season, and that this didn’t happen during a Friday night rush," Bertram said.

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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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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hill Farmstead Top Brewery in the World for Fifth Year

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 4:13 PM


The team at Hill Farmstead, founder Shaun Hill standing fourth from left - HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY
  • Hill Farmstead Brewery
  • The team at Hill Farmstead, founder Shaun Hill standing fourth from left
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro was named the best brewery in the world for the fifth straight year by RateBeer,  which announced its annual ratings on Tuesday. The brewery on a dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom beat out more than 34,000 breweries  to win the 2018 title,  according to RateBeer.

"At this point, it's kind of like we really hope we get No. 1," said Phil Young, who works in production and retail at Hill Farmstead.  "If you're at the top, there's nowhere to go but down, so you want to stay there."

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Organic Farming Advocate Enid Wonnacott Dies at 57

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 6:07 PM

Enid Wonnacott - FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • File: James Buck
  • Enid Wonnacott
Enid Wonnacott, longtime executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and a deeply committed advocate for organic farming and the agricultural community at large, died Saturday morning at her home in Huntington surrounded by family and close friends.

Wonnacott, who was 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In early October of last year, she stepped down from the position she had held for more than 31 years due to progression of the cancer. News of her death was confirmed by Kim Mercer of NOFA-VT, who said plans to honor Wonnacott are still being determined.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Chocolate Vulvas Support Planned Parenthood

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 11:37 AM


Chocolate vulvas - COURTESY OF NUTTY STEPH'S
  • Courtesy of Nutty Steph's
  • Chocolate vulvas
"It’s a Vulvalution!” announced Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke, founder of Nutty Steph’s, a chocolatier in Middlesex.

She was talking about Nutty Steph's  effort to raise $100,000 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England through the sale of chocolate vulvas. For every $5 chocolate vulva Nutty Steph sells, the business will donate $1 to PPNNE.

“I never poured so much into a project, ever,” Fernandez Rieke told Seven Days.

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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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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Chubby Muffin

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 10:44 AM

Burger Night at  Chubby Muffin - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Burger Night at Chubby Muffin
At the northern terminus of the "restaurant district," to borrow restaurateur Benjy Adler's term, is one of his restaurants: the Chubby Muffin.

The cafe at 88 Oak Street is a couple of blocks west of the prime district on North Winooski Avenue. As its name suggests, the Chubby is known for morning muffins and coffee.  But there's more: burgers, paninis, pulled pork sandwich and hot dogs; creemees in the summer; used books for sale or trade year-round.

Wednesday is Burger Night at Chubby Muffin, when the café offers a burger and beer for $12.  The restaurant serves a special burger that night; the offer is also good for the house burger,  black bean burger, and pulled-pork sandwich with cheddar and slaw (called Southern Gentleman).

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Burlington's ArtsRiot to Expand in the New Year

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 6:07 PM

ArtsRiot entrance - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • ArtsRiot entrance
ArtsRiot, a creative and culinary force on Pine Street in Burlington, will expand in 2019.  The restaurant and music/event space has leased the neighboring  building at 404 Pine Street, according to chef/co-owner George Lambertson. That space most recently housed the South End Arts and Business Association office and gallery.

In the spring, ArtsRiot will throw an opening bash to welcome the public to its new 2,300-square-foot digs and reveal what the space will hold, Lambertson said. "We're excited to bring Burlington more programming," he added cryptically.

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