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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vermont Food Truck Finder 2017

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Farmers & Foragers at UVM - COURTESY FARMERS & FORAGERS
  • COURTESY Farmers & Foragers
  • Farmers & Foragers at UVM

HILLTOP TRUCK STOP

Farmers & Foragers has joined the mobile food crew on University Place at the UVM Green, where a fleet of food trucks has served deli fare, Asian food and more for many years. Featuring ingredients sourced from local producers, Farmers & Foragers offers Philly cheesesteaks VT-style, perch po'boys, and roasted squash tacos. The truck will add seasonal fare including ramen and pho when the temperature dips.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Citizen Cider to Expand in Burlington

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Apple cider tanker truck at Citizen Cider on Pine Street - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Apple cider tanker truck at Citizen Cider on Pine Street
Citizen Cider will begin work in two weeks on an expansion to its business that will bring a portion of  its hard-cider production to a second site in Burlington, cofounder Justin Heilenbach told Seven Days.

The cidery with a production facility and taproom on Pine Street will move its apple-pressing operation from Middlebury to 180 Flynn Avenue,  Heilenbach said.  Currently,  apples are pressed in Middlebury and transported to Burlington in a tanker truck filled with apple cider.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Dining on a Dime: UVM FeelGood

Posted By on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 4:27 PM

Sandwich makers at UVM FeelGood - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Sandwich makers at UVM FeelGood
It's hard to find a $4 or $5 sandwich in downtown Burlington. In fact, the price is often double that, or more. But if you head uphill to the University of Vermont, you'll find a little sandwich outpost that is pay-by-donation with a suggested price of $4 to $5.

UVM FeelGood
  makes one kind of sandwich, and it happens to be the best kind: grilled cheese. The eatery is an all-volunteer, student-run lunch counter on the ground floor of the Dudley Davis Center.  It makes grilled cheese sandwiches in a panini press — and donates all proceeds to Commitment Fund 2030, a poverty-relief  organization that distributes money to four nonprofits.

People pay what they choose and can customize their grilled-cheese sandwich with ingredients including hot sauce, pesto, apple slices, maple syrup and onions. Open three days a week for lunch, UVM FeelGood raises about $13,000 a semester, according to treasurer Sara Fergus.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Mad River Taste Place

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Cheese board at Mad River Taste Place - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Cheese board at Mad River Taste Place
Before dining on a dime in Waitsfield, I sat on a nickel.

On a made-in-Vermont swing through the Mad River Valley, I stopped for a peek at the Bundy Modern. Wow!  The stunning hillside gallery in a private home in Waitsfield is exhibiting the work of southern Vermont artist Johnny Swing through September 10.  (Read the Seven Days review here.) Many of Swing's pieces are made of money, including a low-slung couch of welded nickels that I sat on gingerly — mindful of the $150,000 price tag. Swing's chair of pennies is listed for a cool quarter mill.

With those prices in mind, I felt like I hit the bargain basement when I got to the Mad River Taste Place.  The priciest cheese, Sunrise from Mt. Mansfield Creamery, sells for $31.99 a pound. Most are in the $16 to $20 per pound price range, and all are made locally.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Long Trail Brewing Makes Vermont's First CBD Beer

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro - COURTESY OF LONG TRAIL BREWING
  • Courtesy of Long Trail Brewing
  • Ian Harbage at Luce Farm in Starksboro
First there were cannabidiol (CBD) pastries, sold in retail packages at free-thinking retailers such as Burlington's Green State Gardener. Then, restaurants began jumping on the bandwagon with CBD pastries, breakfast and lunches, and special CBD cocktail nights. Now, Long Trail Brewing (LT) head brewers Ian Harbage and Sam Clemens are piloting  a beer infused with the cannabinoid compound.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Lucky Next Door

Posted By on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 5:32 PM

Chili-lime chicken plate - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Chili-lime chicken plate
You never know what you'll see outside the plate glass window of Lucky Next Door on Cherry Street. It could be vice president Joe Biden stooping to pick up change after a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, or it might be your daughter walking down the sidewalk with friends.

I spotted the latter the other day from my window stool and banged on the glass to get her attention. She detoured right and came inside.

"We put our names in at Penny Cluse," she said, announcing her next-door destination.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Longtime Regulars Purchase Beansie's Bus

Posted By on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 7:40 AM

Chris and Tammy Corron with Haley - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Chris and Tammy Corron with Haley
They were high school sweethearts from Winooski who liked to go to Burlington to eat at Beansie's bus by the waterfront. She would order  a Michigan; he always got the fries.

"Of course we shared," Chris Corron said. "And we're still together."

Chris and Tammy Corron have been married 33 years. They have three daughters, six grandchildren — and one yellow food bus parked near the waterfront. The Corrons, who live in Williston, purchased Beansie's during the off-season.  In the spring, they started serving Michigans, French fries,  burgers, creemees and more at their erstwhile teenage haunt.

"We've been coming to the bus a long time," observed Chris, 52. "It's a tradition, it's a landmark. I wouldn't  buy just any bus."

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Pingala Café in Williston

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 2:03 PM

ELT at Pingala - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • ELT at Pingala
Kismet, the sign on the building announced — and my date with destiny came none too soon.

I'd been driving  and walking around one of  Vermont's least appealing landscapes: Taft Corners and environs. I was looking for Pingala Café, the Williston branch that opened in June.

By the time I found it — housed in a building called Kismet in one of a series of shopping development off-shoots — I was starting to think my fate would preclude an ELT.  That's Pingala's "world-famous" eggplant BLT, minus the B ($8.95).

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Farmers Market Kitchen: Amazing Awesome August Pasta

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Pasta tossed with wilted kale, tomatoes, feta and pesto. - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Pasta tossed with wilted kale, tomatoes, feta and pesto.
I made this pasta the other night and it was too lovely and simple not to share. I'll break it down more specifically below. But the recipe is basically: Set pasta to boil. Boil chopped kale with pasta for 30 seconds, spoon kale into mixing bowl. Add crumbled feta, diced tomatoes, lots of basil pesto. Toss well, add strained pasta when ready, toss well again, garnish with more cheese and basil, crushed chiles and pepper.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Vermont Gelato Has a Meltdown on the Highway

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 6:44 PM

Flavors of Vermont Gelato Co. - COURTESY OF VERMONT GELATO COMPANY
  • Courtesy of Vermont Gelato Company
  • Flavors of Vermont Gelato Co.
Last Friday, Peter Solley, owner of the Vermont Gelato Company in Brattleboro, was driving north on Interstate 89 in a van filled with his product   when the check-engine light came on and the temperature gauge dropped to zero. Solley pulled over and popped the hood to find black smoke coming from the car. Next thing he knew, the engine was in flames, Solley told Seven Days.

He was just north of Montpelier on a delivery run to Burlington when the mechanical failure occurred in his 2005 Toyota Sienna. Solley was able to pull just one of the five freezers of gelato from the back of the van, he said.

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