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Monday, October 19, 2020

Home on the Range: Zucchini Hot Dish

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2020 at 3:15 PM

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  • Melissa Pasanen ©️ Seven Days
  • Zucchini hot dish
I have reluctantly started to clean up my vegetable and herb gardens. It's not like putting off cleanup will deter the steady march towards winter, but I have been procrastinating to prolong the growing season as long as possible.

This past weekend, I finally pulled out all my tomato plants and have tons of green cherry tomatoes. I plan to pickle some and make another batch of green tomato salsa.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Home on the Range: Green Tomato Salsa

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 2:20 PM

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  • Melissa Pasanen ©️ Seven Days
  • Green tomato salsa
Falling leaves are temporarily recarpeting  my front yard, turning it from green to  variegated reds and golds. I'm bargaining with the squirrels and birds for my share of apples from our small tree. And I'm watching the forecast carefully, hoping to pull a few more ripe tomatoes from my garden before frost.

Although green tomatoes can turn red indoors, they never taste quite the same as those ripened on the vine. Each disappointing bite only hammers home the wistful reminder that summer is definitely over.  I prefer to use them in ways that let their true tart and sturdy personality shine.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Red Onion Café to Leave Church Street, Open in Charlotte

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Red Onion Café on Church Street - FILE: LUKE AWTRY ©️ SEVEN DAYS
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  • Red Onion Café on Church Street
After 30 years on Church Street in Burlington, the Red Onion Café will move to Charlotte at the end of October.

The Red Onion will sell its beloved sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade breads from a retail location in Charlotte Crossings, the multi-use commercial building at 3488 Route 7.

Owner Mickey West announced the move in a press release Thursday. In July, West told Seven Days she was looking to relocate due to the effects of the pandemic.

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A Broccoli Bar Grows in Brooklyn

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 12:58 PM

The Broccoli Bar in Brooklyn - TREVOR SULLIVAN
  • Trevor Sullivan
  • The Broccoli Bar in Brooklyn
Only in Brooklyn would Brisket Brothers give way to the Broccoli Bar.

That’s what’s happening at 690 Fulton Street in Fort Greene, where Burlington’s Pingala Café will open the Broccoli Bar on October 10, according to Trevor Sullivan, owner of Pingala and co-owner of the new Broccoli Bar.

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Home on the Range: Farro with Roasted Squash and Sage-Brown Butter Dressing

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 12:10 PM

Farro with roasted squash and broccoli and sage-brown butter dressing - MELISSA PASANEN ©️ SEVEN DAYS
  • Melissa Pasanen ©️ Seven Days
  • Farro with roasted squash and broccoli and sage-brown butter dressing
Meal planning can be a creative challenge but it can also be a chore. Sometimes I'm lucky and the universe tells me what to make for dinner.

Most recently that occurred when the universe sent me several messages over the course of a few days.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Dining on a Dime: Conscious Eatz Food Truck

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 1:58 PM

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  • Melissa Pasanen ©️ Seven Days
  • Conscious Eatz food truck
Burlington's vegan scene got a bit bigger — and more mobile — this month.

Conscious Eatz rolled into town on September 3, spending a week down near the waterfront before parking in its current location near the top of the Church Street Marketplace at 6 Clarke Street.

Partners Jane Morgan and Tyler Weith have followed a plant-based diet for a few years. After moving back to Burlington last summer, they noticed a "major gap in vegan and vegetarian foods," Morgan said.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Vermont Restaurants and Retailers Support University of Vermont Cancer Center

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 1:41 PM

Chef-owner Donnell Collins and former co-owner Bob Conlon of Leunig's Bistro & Café, the first restaurant fundraiser participant - FILE: LUKE AWTRY ©️ SEVEN DAYS
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  • Chef-owner Donnell Collins and former co-owner Bob Conlon of Leunig's Bistro & Café, the first restaurant fundraiser participant
Things may look very different at local restaurants this fall but many are continuing their seasonal tradition of supporting the annual University of Vermont Cancer Center fundraiser.

In partnership with Farrell Distributing, 20 restaurant plus 20 retailers will donate $1 to the Cancer Center for every qualifying bottle of wine from the Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits portfolio or 12-pack of von Trapp Brewing beer sold during September and October.  (See here for a full list of participating locations.)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

USDA Shifts Vermont Farmers to Families Contract to Boston Company

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 7:04 PM

Dairy products in a Farmers to Families Food Box sourced by the Abbey Group - COURTESY THE ABBEY GROUP
  • Courtesy the Abbey Group
  • Dairy products in a Farmers to Families Food Box sourced by the Abbey Group
The Abbey Group, a family-owned food service management company based in Enosburg Falls, has failed to land a contract for the latest round of the USDA Farmers to Families food boxes in Vermont.

It had previously earned two USDA contracts worth $13.9 million to distribute boxes of staple foods to Vermonters experiencing food insecurity due to the pandemic.

Instead, the main Vermont contract was awarded to Boston-based Costa Fruit & Produce, confirmed Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Stone's Throw Pizza Coming to Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 1:56 PM

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  • Stone's Throw Pizza in Fairfax
Stone’s Throw Pizza will open its third pizzeria  — this one at 86 Ferry Road in Charlotte — in late fall or early winter,  according to co-owner Silas Pollitt.

The Charlotte branch of Stone’s Throw will be takeout only. The business will serve pizzas, salads and desserts to-go, and have a retail component that sells beer and wine, housemade pickles and kimchi, and pizza dough, according to Pollitt.

“There’s lots of brainstorming going on,” Pollitt said.  "The concept allows us to exercise the imagination a little bit.”

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Dining on a Dime: Zabby & Elf's Stone Soup

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 9:00 AM

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  • Sally Pollak ©️ Seven Days
  • Dinner from Stone Soup

Normalcy — sort of — returned to College Street in Burlington last week in the form of sweet potatoes, kale and brown rice.

The mainstays of the hot bar at Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup are back in action after a six-month moratorium. The cafe's trio of basics made their comeback along with sandwiches, soups, muffins and bread — and the changing array of items in the hot and cold bars.

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