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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Farmers Market Kitchen: Sesame Beef Skewers

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Sesame beef skewers (and a hungry dog) - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Sesame beef skewers (and a hungry dog)
Here's an idea: It's sticky and gross outside, so let's grill.

In my non-air-conditioned old farmhouse, this weather calls for dinner outside. Most days,  the sun is waning and the evening breeze has picked up by the time we get around to cooking dinner.

Last Friday I headed to the Chelsea Farmers Market, just over the hill from my house. Chelsea's is a small market, and a lot of the farms are one- or two-person operations. So, at this point in the season, many of the vendors are selling the same things I'm harvesting from my own garden.

Still, the chance to bump into folks in my regional farm community, and to partake in a few awesome specialty products — including a cool and creamy cup of goat's milk gelato from Sweet Doe Dairy — make market visits a treat every time. With hot days in the forecast, I grabbed a package of Angus beef kebab meat from Allenville Farm and earmarked it for Monday's dinner.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Cannabis
Abracadabra Coffee Releases CBD-Infused Cold Brew

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 7:31 AM

Chill Brew - COURTESY OF ABRACADABRA COFFEE
  • Courtesy of Abracadabra Coffee
  • Chill Brew
In the past year, food and beverage producers have released everything from chocolate truffles to beer laced with cannabidiol, the cannabis compound said to relieve muscle pain, upset stomach, anxiety, autism symptoms and more.  Chefs have even prepared special meals with a dose of the stuff in every course.

Now, Abracadabra Coffee, the Woodstock roastery known for sourcing single-farm, single-origin beans, is set to release its first batch of CBD cold brew, company cofounder Sarah Yetter told Seven Days.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Starksboro Farmer Eric Rozendaal Has Died at 51

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 4:34 PM

Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Eric Rozendaal with his butternut squash at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro
Eric Rozendaal, a farmer whose products included eggs, butternut squash and maple lemonade, died Tuesday morning on a family vacation in the Bahamas.  He collapsed while running  at one of his favorite places, his wife, Keenann Rozendaal, told Seven Days by email.  Rozendaal, who was 51, owned and ran Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.

He started farming at the Intervale in Burlington, and established his 108-acre organic farm on conserved land in Starksboro in 2001. Rozendaal specialized in several crops — his egg business is called Eric’s Eggs.  He was an innovative farmer who processed his squash for donuts made on the farm and for large wholesale accounts, including the University of Vermont Medical Center.

“I think he was an extraordinary visionary in that he had more ideas than anyone could keep up with,” said Julie Rubaud, his first farming partner and the mother of Rozendaal’s daughter, Louissa. “There’s a huge hole in the world right now. Above all, he was an incredible father.”  Rozendaal also has a son, Hans, with Keenann.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Mad Taco in Essex

Posted By on Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Yam and carnitas tacos at Mad Taco in Essex - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Yam and carnitas tacos at Mad Taco in Essex
As a big-city diner from Burlington, I’m accustomed to — and perhaps scarred by — the perils of eating in the presence of seagulls. The most recent offense occurred a year ago, when a gull swooped down and stole part of my pastrami sandwich at Burlington Bay.

So I was wary when I arrived the other evening at the new Mad Taco, situated at the edge of a parking lot at the Essex Shoppes, and saw gulls circling overhead. Did I dare dine al fresco?  But it was a beautiful day, so I took my chances at a picnic table outside. My tacos were delivered there: roasted yams with black beans, slaw and cilantro; pork with mole, avocado-verde sauce, onions and cilantro.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Abracadabra Coffee: Now Open Weekends on the Reg

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee - COURTESY OF ABRACADABRA COFFEE
  • Courtesy of Abracadabra Coffee
  • Sourdough doughnut and coffee at Abracadabra Coffee
In Woodstock, beloved local beanery Abacadabra Coffee opened for regular weekend hours earlier this month. Visitors can now swing by from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for espresso drinks and cold brew made with house-roasted, single-source coffees.

Hungry? Stay for a snack: On Saturdays, Olivia’s Bagels (that’s former Wild Roots chef Peter Varkonyi’s roving breakfast outfit) is there slinging puffy sourdough rounds, and doughnuts. On Sundays, Lebanon, N.H.-based Tacos Tacos pulls up with homespun Mexican eats.

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Clementine Catering Now at Cork Wine Bar & Market in Waterbury

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 at 2:04 PM

Clementine Catering's basil pesto Caprese sandwich - COURTESY OF CORK WINE BAR & MARKET
  • Courtesy of Cork Wine Bar & Market
  • Clementine Catering's basil pesto Caprese sandwich
Cork Wine Bar & Market’s Waterbury location has a new cook in the kitchen. As of last week, Elizabeth Deringer and Clementine Catering is serving locally grounded, seasonal fare such as pesto Caprese panini and rosemary-crusted pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes, in addition to the natural-wine-focused bar’s usual cheese and charcuterie plates.

Cork and Deringer are celebrating the change with a grand opening party this Thursday, June 14, from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

An Heirloom Tomato Salad With Mystery Tomatoes

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 3:59 PM


Heirloom Tomato Salad at Rí Rá - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Heirloom Tomato Salad at Rí Rá
The salad on the menu at Rí Rá Irish Pub in downtown Burlington is called Heirloom Tomato Salad. The first ingredient listed in the description is “Half Pint Farms [sic] heirloom tomatoes.”

But Half Pint Farm hasn’t harvested tomatoes since the fall of 2017, and the first harvest of this season will be in about six weeks, said Mara Welton, who owns and operates the farm at Burlington's Intervale with her husband, Spencer Welton.

Mara Welton handles farm deliveries herself, transporting produce to about 30 restaurants in Chittenden County. In the 13 years  that Half Pint has been growing tomatoes, Welton said she has never delivered them to Rí Rá.

“I’m infuriated. This is something that's been happening regularly," Welton said, meaning beyond this instance and this restaurant. “It happens on different levels and it erodes our brand, and I think it erodes every farm’s brand that is being used this way.”

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Grazers to Open in St. Albans at 14th Star Brewing Co.

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM


Burger at Grazers - COURTESY OF GRAZERS
  • Courtesy Of Grazers
  • Burger at Grazers
Last winter, the food vendor at 14th Star Brewing Co. in St. Albans, Smokin’ Butts Bar-B-Q, packed up and moved south. Now, some six months later, a new business is set to take over the brewery’s on-site kitchen.

Grazers, a burger and pub-fare restaurant based in Williston, will open a branch at the Franklin County brewery on June 5, said co-owner Sam Handy. Grazers will serve a familiar — albeit scaled-back — version of its menu, offering eight burgers, a handful of appetizers, salads and sandwiches,  he said.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Pioneer Food Truck

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Fries and a chicken sandwich from Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co. - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Fries and a chicken sandwich from Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co.
In March, Seven Days previewed the Pioneer Food Truck & Catering Co. With acclaimed chef Jean-Luc Matecat and his partner, restaurant veteran Lindsay Taylor, behind the wheel, it promised to be one of this spring's more exciting mobile openings.

Last Friday, May 4, Matecat and Taylor made their Burlington debut outside the Maltex Building on Pine Street. On Wednesday, May 9, I wandered over for a taste.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Papa Frank's

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 9:42 AM

Eggplant rollatini at Papa Frank's - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Eggplant rollatini at Papa Frank's
Before the rotary or the brewery or the hip restaurants came to town, there was Papa Frank’s. The Italian restaurant and pizzeria opened in 1984 on West Center Street in Winooski.

The casual eatery, with sloped wooden floors and a side-street view, serves generous portions of pasta with housemade marinara and meatballs, antipasto salads and Italian specialties including lasagna, chicken Parmesan and manicotti.

Moe Paquette, the owner, has worked at Papa Frank's for 28 of its 34 years. He knows his crowd.  “You can come in with your kids and not worry if they make a mess,” Paquette said. “Or come in with your college friends and still have a couple of bucks to go downtown.”

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