12 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in food, My Favorite Places, restaurants | 8 Comments
12 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food

In Vermont, there is no shortage of incredible restaurants serving up local fare like grass-fed beef, fresh greens, Vermont cheeses, seasonable vegetables, and hoppy brews.  To put together a list of recommendations, I reached out to friends and colleagues in the Vermont food scene for suggestions. Here are 12 Vermont restaurants that are making their […]

A Wild Game Supper in Bradford Serves Local Hunters’ Harvest

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in activities, fall, food, Orange County | No Comments
A Wild Game Supper in Bradford Serves Local Hunters’ Harvest

Dan Smith stirred giant pots of rabbit and pheasant gravy at the Bradford Congregational Church on Saturday as his daughter Willow prepared side dishes of chicken and rabbit liver pate. The father and daughter—along with more than 100 volunteers—ran the kitchen, buffet line, and table service like clockwork at the 61st Annual Wild Game Supper. […]

A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Chittenden County, events, fall, food, history | 2 Comments
A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition

Chicken pie suppers are an annual tradition in Vermont. Last weekend, I went to the Jericho Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper, which is one of the oldest in the state. The 116th supper, welcomed a full house of locals and visitors who gathered in the church basement and dined on chicken pie with gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, winter […]

Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in activities, food, history, Windsor County | No Comments
Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

You know you’re in New England when you roll into Norwich. Main Street is lined with historic Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival brick and frame buildings, and the local village green is busy with bandstand concerts, community picnics, and soccer games. Settled in 1761 across the Connecticut River from Hanover, N.H., Norwich is a dream […]

On-the-Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Valley Dream Farm

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in farms, food, Lamoille County | No Comments
On-the-Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Valley Dream Farm

Anne Tisbert is a farmer, entrepreneur, tour guide, and mother. At Valley Dream Farm, which she purchased with her husband, Joe, in 1992, she rises early each day to tend to organic produce—red beets, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, and tomatoes—that grow in the shadow of Mount Mansfield in Cambridge. As any farmer knows, survival is […]

A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in agriculture, farm, farms, food, Orange County | No Comments
A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

A decade ago, Fat Toad Farm started out as a simple experiment in homesteading. Calley Hastings and her family hand-milked a French alpine doe named Jupiter in their Brookfield garage to make goat’s milk caramel sauce for friends and to sell at the local farmers’ market. Back then, the family never dreamed they would one […]

With a Focus on Local Food, The Backroom Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in culinary, farm, food, restaurants, Route 100, Rutland County | No Comments
With a Focus on Local Food, The Backroom Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

Behind a country store on Route 100 is a tiny restaurant that is quickly making a name for itself in Vermont’s local food scene. Kevin Lasko and Katie Stiles opened The Backroom a little over a year ago behind the Original General Store in Pittsfield. The restaurant seats 20 people at two large tables in […]

A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in cheese, farm, farms, food, Rutland County | No Comments
A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm

Becoming a cheese farmer was the furthest thing from Angela Miller’s mind when she purchased 300 acres in West Pawlet in 2001. While searching for a second home in the Green Mountains, the New York literary agent and her husband, Russell “Rust” Glover, fell in love with a former dairy farm on Route 153 in […]

6 Vermont Restaurants to Try in 2016

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in food, restaurants | 14 Comments
6 Vermont Restaurants to Try in 2016

  Looking for new restaurants in the New Year? Here are six Vermont restaurants to try in 2016. Whether you prefer fine dining or old fashioned diners, you can’t go wrong with these six restaurant picks. (Special thanks to Vermont food writer Melissa Pasanen for her Brattleboro suggestions.) Pizzeria Verità 156 Saint Paul St., Burlington […]