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Friday, March 1, 2019

School Daze: A Throwback Dinner at Butch + Babe's

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 5:10 PM

Cafeteria-style dinner at Butch + Babe's - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Cafeteria-style dinner at Butch + Babe's
Preschoolers, school kids and grown-ups who thought their school-lunch days were a thing of the past dined on chicken nuggets, veggie tots and butterscotch pudding on Wednesday at Butch + Babe’s in Burlington.

The Old North End restaurant hosted a cafeteria-style dinner to benefit the Burlington School Food Project. The event raised $150 for the district’s food program, but its primary purpose was to raise awareness, according to Butch + Babe's owner Kortnee Bush, who is a former Burlington School District cook.

“Hunger is what this is about,” Bush said. “People don’t realize how hunger is a real problem in the state and locally.”

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Honey Road's Chigazola Tobin Is a James Beard Semifinalist

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 3:23 PM

Cara Chigazola Tobin - COURTESY OF HONEY ROAD
  • Courtesy of Honey Road
  • Cara Chigazola Tobin
Cara Chigazola Tobin, chef-owner of Honey Road restaurant in Burlington, is a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef in the Northeast. It's the second year in a row that Chigazola Tobin has received that nomination. 

Nominations for the award, which is given in a number of categories and is considered the most prominent culinary, beverage and restaurant honor, were announced Wednesday by the James Beard Foundation

“It’s super exciting,” Chigazola Tobin told Seven Days on Wednesday afternoon in the bar of her restaurant. “Opening a restaurant was such a dream, and it was hard — and there were times when I was like, ‘What am I doing?’ ‘’

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Dining on a Dime: Red Hen Baking Co.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 12:21 PM

Hummus sandwich and chili at Red Hen Baking Co. - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Hummus sandwich and chili at Red Hen Baking Co.
On road trips that start by heading south on the highway from Burlington, our custom is to stop at Red Hen Baking Co. in Middlesex for a baguette and hummus.

Many people know about the bakery’s excellent baguette: crusty outside, chewy within, wholesome through and through.  But I’m guessing fewer people who make a Red Hen pit stop forego croissants, cookies, pastries or brownies in favor of hummus. The house-made chickpea spread is a  favorite of ours: not too smooth, seasoned with garlic, lemon juice, salt and toasted sesame oil — and just right for baguette-dunking on the road.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Restaurant Chefs Serve Lunch to Highlight Role of School Food

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 1:39 PM

Chef Jaclyn Major of Butch + Babe's scoops meatballs in the IAA cafeteria - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • Courtesy of Burlington School District
  • Chef Jaclyn Major of Butch + Babe's scoops meatballs in the IAA cafeteria
Two culinary pros served lunch to Burlington kids on Tuesday to highlight the important role school meals play in the community.

At Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington's Old North End, Butch + Babe's chef Jaclyn Major  spooned turkey meatballs smothered in Bove's marinara sauce onto students' trays. A few miles away, Jordan Ware, chef at Hen of the Wood and a 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist, stir-fried meat and veggies for teens at Burlington High School.

Major and Ware didn't create the dishes they were serving. But they will do just that in a few weeks. On Wednesday, February 27, they'll team up in the Butch + Babe's kitchen to host Love School Lunch, a cafeteria-inspired meal for both kids and adults. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Burlington School Food Project, a farm-to-school program that provides breakfast, lunch and supper to students in the Burlington School District.

Both Butch + Babe's and Hen of the Wood have ties to the  Burlington School Food Project. Kortnee Bush, owner of Butch + Babe's, worked in the cafeteria at Burlington's Hunt Middle School before opening her restaurant. And Ware's sister works in food service at Burlington High School.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wet Kitty! El Gato Cleans Up From Sprinkler Deluge

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Tree Bertram cleans up at El Gato Cantina in Burlington - COURTESY OF EL GATO CANTINA
  • Courtesy of El Gato Cantina
  • Tree Bertram cleans up at El Gato Cantina in Burlington
It's raining cats and ... cactus?

Last week, Burlington's El Gato Cantina took an unexpected bath when a sprinkler upstairs from the restaurant  broke, sending water pouring through the lower floors at 169 Church Street.  "It was literally raining inside the restaurant," El Gato owner Theresa "Tree" Bertram  told Seven Days, recalling the surprise Tuesday afternoon shower.

Since the deluge occurred during the afternoon lull between lunch and dinner, few customers or employees were on the premises.  "We’re lucky it’s the slow season, and that this didn’t happen during a Friday night rush," Bertram said.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Brian's North End Store & Deli to Close

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 11:38 AM

El Chapo Burger at Brian's North End Store & Deli - COURTESY OF BRIAN'S NORTH END STORE & DELI
  • Courtesy of Brian's North End Store & Deli
  • El Chapo Burger at Brian's North End Store & Deli
The sandwiches were good. But financially, they weren't cutting the mustard.  After fleshing out its  culinary offerings in October 2018, Brian's  North End Store & Deli will close on March 1. "The owner [Brian Moegelin] needed to expand his auto business," store manager Tammy Lacroix-Hopkins told Seven Days on Thursday.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pending Town Meeting Approval, Healthy Living Aims to Build Store in Shelburne

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 3:54 PM

Healthy Living CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Healthy Living CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith
The town of Shelburne and Healthy Living Market & Café  could form a public-private partnership to determine if a parcel of land on U.S. 7 is suitable for development.  If given initial approval by Shelburne voters on Town Meeting Day in March, the proposed project would mean the development of a Healthy Living grocery store and a new fire and rescue department on adjacent sites at  U.S. Rte. 7 and Longmeadow Drive.

The first ballot initiative will ask Shelburne voters to approve a $50,000 expenditure — $25,000 from the ambulance fund and $25,000 from taxes — that would be used for “soft development," including permitting fees and site suitability studies, according to Jerry Storey, chair of the Shelburne Selectboard.

Healthy Living would spend the same amount on so-called soft development, said CEO Eli Lesser-Goldsmith, as a first phase of the development.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hill Farmstead Top Brewery in the World for Fifth Year

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 4:13 PM


The team at Hill Farmstead, founder Shaun Hill standing fourth from left - HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY
  • Hill Farmstead Brewery
  • The team at Hill Farmstead, founder Shaun Hill standing fourth from left
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro was named the best brewery in the world for the fifth straight year by RateBeer,  which announced its annual ratings on Tuesday. The brewery on a dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom beat out more than 34,000 breweries  to win the 2018 title,  according to RateBeer.

"At this point, it's kind of like we really hope we get No. 1," said Phil Young, who works in production and retail at Hill Farmstead.  "If you're at the top, there's nowhere to go but down, so you want to stay there."

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Organic Farming Advocate Enid Wonnacott Dies at 57

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 6:07 PM

Enid Wonnacott - FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • File: James Buck
  • Enid Wonnacott
Enid Wonnacott, longtime executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont and a deeply committed advocate for organic farming and the agricultural community at large, died Saturday morning at her home in Huntington surrounded by family and close friends.

Wonnacott, who was 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. In early October of last year, she stepped down from the position she had held for more than 31 years due to progression of the cancer. News of her death was confirmed by Kim Mercer of NOFA-VT, who said plans to honor Wonnacott are still being determined.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Chocolate Vulvas Support Planned Parenthood

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 11:37 AM


Chocolate vulvas - COURTESY OF NUTTY STEPH'S
  • Courtesy of Nutty Steph's
  • Chocolate vulvas
"It’s a Vulvalution!” announced Jaquelyn Fernandez Rieke, founder of Nutty Steph’s, a chocolatier in Middlesex.

She was talking about Nutty Steph's  effort to raise $100,000 for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England through the sale of chocolate vulvas. For every $5 chocolate vulva Nutty Steph sells, the business will donate $1 to PPNNE.

“I never poured so much into a project, ever,” Fernandez Rieke told Seven Days.

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