Food

Elm Street Welcomes Montpelier’s “Hippiest” New Joint

Elm Street Welcomes Montpelier’s “Hippiest” New Joint

by Tim Simard The first thing one notices when entering The Hippie Chickpea is the tantalizing aroma of spices, cooked meats, and roasting vegetables. In an instant, you are transported from the sidewalks of Elm Street to a languid afternoon in a café on the Mediterranean coast. That’s one of the main goals of owners […]

Despite Challenges, Local Restaurants Thrive on Relationships

Despite Challenges, Local Restaurants Thrive on Relationships

by Sarah Davin Two days after DeMena’s closing, comedian Kathleen Kanz, enjoying some recently purchased Positive Pie pizza and looking for some calm and quiet, ventured up to the restaurant’s oddly vacant deck. As she ate, a person appeared, possibly an employee, who tried the door and was seemingly surprised to find it locked. Whatever […]

Lawson’s Finest Set to Open New Waitsfield  Brewery and Taproom

Lawson’s Finest Set to Open New Waitsfield Brewery and Taproom

by Mike Dunphy Among the faces carved into Vermont’s Mount Rushmore of Craft Beer is Sean Lawson’s. Together with his wife, Karen, they transformed a tiny one-barrel nano-brewery at their Warren home in 2008 into a 30-barrel, 7,500-square-foot brewery and taproom set to open this fall along Route 100 in Waitsfield. In between, the couple […]

Wood Mountain Ferries Fish From Bait to Plate

Wood Mountain Ferries Fish From Bait to Plate

by Gail Callahan Where does Montpelier’s fish come from? For many local restaurants, the answer is Massachusetts-based wholesaler Wood Mountain Fish helmed by Ethan Wood, who pursues a “bait-to-plate” philosophy that pulls the fish from the water in the morning and gets them in Vermont kitchens by evening. David Huck, worker-owner of Woodbelly Pizza & […]

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 […]