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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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Friday, May 11, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Pioneer Food Truck

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Fries and a chicken sandwich from Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co. - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Fries and a chicken sandwich from Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co.
In March, Seven Days previewed the Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co. With acclaimed chef Jean-Luc Matecat and his partner, restaurant veteran Lindsay Taylor, behind the wheel, it promised to be one of this spring's more exciting mobile openings.

Last Friday, May 4, Matecat and Taylor made their Burlington debut outside the Maltex Building on Pine Street. On Wednesday, May 9, I wandered over for a taste.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Papa Frank's

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 9:42 AM

Eggplant rollatini at Papa Frank's - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Eggplant rollatini at Papa Frank's
Before the rotary or the brewery or the hip restaurants came to town, there was Papa Frank’s. The Italian restaurant and pizzeria opened in 1984 on West Center Street in Winooski.

The casual eatery, with sloped wooden floors and a side-street view, serves generous portions of pasta with housemade marinara and meatballs, antipasto salads and Italian specialties including lasagna, chicken Parmesan and manicotti.

Moe Paquette, the owner, has worked at Papa Frank's for 28 of its 34 years. He knows his crowd.  “You can come in with your kids and not worry if they make a mess,” Paquette said. “Or come in with your college friends and still have a couple of bucks to go downtown.”

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Soupie Sales in Shelburne

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 12:41 PM

Minestrone soup from Soupie Sales in Shelburne - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Minestrone soup from Soupie Sales in Shelburne
In her first year of retirement from her career as an art teacher, Kathleen Grant had an idea for one more creative project. This one wasn’t designed for children at Shelburne Community School, where Kathleen taught for 27 years. Instead, the project was conceived for her husband, Doug Grant. All she had to do was convince him it was a good idea.

Kathleen’s plan was for her chef-husband to start a little soup business out of their Shelburne home. She is a devoted fan of his cooking who turned on a new crowd to his soup last year when she brought Doug's corn chowder to a school function.

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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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Dining on a Dime: Iconic Chicago Sandwich at Farmers & Foragers

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 7:04 AM

The new Bacon Loretta sandwich offered by Farmers & Foragers food truck - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • The new Bacon Loretta sandwich offered by Farmers & Foragers food truck
Who could ignore an email promising "other level bacon deliciousness"? I already had plans to be at the University of Vermont around lunchtime last Thursday, so I made my way to the Farmers & Foragers food truck parked, with several others, on University Place above the green. I had to try the Bacon Loretta, F&F's brand-new sandwich offering.

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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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