Food

Let’s Get a Creemee!

by Larry Floersch According to some sources, the creemee, incorrectly called soft serve ice cream in other parts of the country, was invented by accident in 1934, when Tom Carvel, the founder of the Carvel brand of ice cream, had a flat tire on his ice cream truck and had to sell his melting ice […]

North Branch Vineyards Expands Production

North Branch Vineyards Expands Production

by Phil Dodd John McCann was so busy establishing grape plants in the rocky soil at his new five-acre vineyard in Middlesex this spring that he fell behind bottling last year’s wine. However, it’s a sign of his success at North Branch Vineyards, the Montpelier business he runs with his wife Kate, an award-winning math […]

The Wayside Restaurant Turns 100 Years Old—and Aims for More

The Wayside Restaurant Turns 100 Years Old—and Aims for More

by Michael Bielawski When Effie Ballou opened the Wayside Diner in July of 1918, Horace F. Graham was governor of Vermont, the doughboys were fighting World War I in Europe, and a global pandemic of “Spanish Influenza” swept through the state, killing 1,772 Vermonters, with the most deaths occurring  in Washington County. It was also […]

Good Heart Grow Food Art

Good Heart Grow Food Art

by Suzanne Podhaizer For Kate Spring, who owns Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester with her husband, Edge Fuentes, her life as a writer has always “very much intertwined” with her interest in agriculture and the environment. At St. Lawrence University, she pursued a combined major in English and environmental studies, in which one topic informed […]

Looking Ahead to Spring at NECI on Main

Looking Ahead to Spring at NECI on Main

by Nat Frothingham The calendar and the weather are at odds again. The calendar is telling us it’s spring, but the weather is telling that an almost vengeful winter with snow, ice, and freezing rain is still very much with us. Despite the weather, a few days ago, in expectation of spring Chef Jean-Louis Gerin […]

Banchan Brings a Taste of Korea to Montpelier

Banchan Brings a Taste of Korea to Montpelier

by Suzanne Podhaizer At Banchan, a new Korean restaurant in Montpelier, the first thing visitors receive is a pot filled with roasted corn tea. In the cup, the liquid is amber, with a sweet and nutty flavor. The dining room walls are painted pale green and deep teal, both of which are reminiscent of the […]

Bear Naked Puts the Growl in Growler on River Street

Bear Naked Puts the Growl in Growler on River Street

by Mike Dunphy It takes a minute to get the joke behind the logo of Bear Naked Growler, a beer filling-and-swilling station that opened in September on River Street. The mischievous grin of the bear has less to do with the jug in his paws than the sign strategically positioned across his loins and the […]

Embracing My Inner and Outer Potato at Buddy’s Famous

by Mike Dunphy “Haters gonna hate; Potatoes gonna potate,” reads a sign above the pick-up window at Buddy’s Famous, the new burger joint that opened in the marinara-colored, clapboarded bay house on Barre Street, so long the domain of Angeleno’s Pizza. Whether it’s a call to embrace your inner potato and settle into a chair […]

Starting on October 2 — A New Décor and Added Offerings at La Brioche

Starting on October 2 — A New Décor and Added Offerings at La Brioche

by Nat Frothingham Changes are coming, almost immediately, to La Brioche, Montpelier’s busy coffee shop, bakery and café at the downtown corner of State and Main. La Brioche will close as early as Monday, Sept. 25 and re-open a week later on Oct. 2 with a new décor and a complete makeover. During a spirited […]

Know What is in Your Food: a Q&A with Cookbook Author Tracey Medeiros

Know What is in Your Food: a Q&A with Cookbook Author Tracey Medeiros

compiled by Marichel Vaught Tracey Medeiros knows local food and, more importantly, local food that is good for you and good for the environment. Aside from being a food stylist, recipe developer and tester, she is the author of three cookbooks — “The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook,” “The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook” and “Dishing Up […]