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Members of the community-owned Hunger Mountain Co-op recently voted overwhelmingly - 1552 to 159 - to finance a $2.6 million expansion. Changes will include increased seating in the café, a larger bulk department and a few more checkout lanes. Need a few shopping tips? This Friday, gardener-herbalist Sandra Lory offers a course in "Stocking Your Whole Foods Pantry." Learn how to "choose the highest quality foods for your household, while on a budget." See the calendar for more details.

Mary's Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek is hosting cooking classes with Chef-Owner Douglas Mack and a series of "table talks." Cooking class topics in the near future include "Food for Romance," offered on both February 17 and 18 and "A Tour of Italy," which will take place on both April 21 and 22. Each "table talk" includes a three-course dinner, plus a speaker and discussion on a topic important to Vermont agriculture. All of the guest speakers in the series are well-known local foodies. Upcoming "table talk" topics are "Trends in American Agriculture" with Jeff Roberts on February 23, and "Vermont Maple Syrup and Regional Politics" with Kurt Kling on March 30. Cooking classes cost $65 per person. Table talks are $38 per person. Call 888-424-2432 to register or for more information. Or visit their website at http://innatbaldwincreek.com.

Serious about sustainability? The topic at this year's Northeast Organic Farmers Association Annual Winter Conference is "The Food Less Travelled: Choosing the Road to Food Security in Vermont." The conference, NOFA's 25th, takes place on February 10, and includes 33 workshops plus a keynote. Workshop topics vary from "Dry Bean Production" to "Baa Baa Black Sheep: Raising Animals for Fiber." The keynote speaker is Kathy Lawrence, former executive director of the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. Find more info at http://nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference.php, or call 434-4122.

Lake Champlain Chocolates got a mention in the January 29 issue of Newsweek. The occasion? A national "hot cocoa tasting." LCC's "All-Natural Traditional" flavor rated second among eight varieties. It was described by tasters as "rich and sweet, with a dark-chocolate flavor that wasn't overly sugary." The winner? Land O'Lakes Supreme Hot Cocoa.

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Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a... more

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