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Vermont Gets Bitten 

Side Dishes: Plaudits from a NYT writer

Mark Bittman, a New York Times food writer and author of How to Cook Everything, recently came out in support of the Vermont dining scene on his NYT Bitten blog.

Though Bittman implies he was previously none too impressed with our restaurants, a recent visit apparently convinced him that Vermonters, just like Manhattanites, can eat well. Which eateries made him change his tune? Hen of the Wood at the Grist Mill in Waterbury and Ariel's Restaurant in Brookfield.

At HOTW, Bittman dug the pork cheeks, hanger steak and gnocchi. At Ariel's, he took advantage of Lee Duberman and Richard Fink's Sunday specials: a $20 prix fixe meal with $15 bottles of wine. "The three-course prix fixe thing seems to suit Lee, and her pork belly, chicken (especially fine), tagliatelle with vegetables . . . and strawberry semifreddo were all sensational," he enthuses.

As for the state as a whole: "Clearly people are taking food very, very seriously here, and it's a beautiful thing," Bittman declares. Nice to hear it!

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Suzanne Podhaizer

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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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