Food

Convenience, Comfort and Community at the East Calais General Store

Convenience, Comfort and Community at the East Calais General Store

by Marichel Vaught EAST CALAIS — If you drive toward Hardwick from Montpelier on Route 14, you’ll pass by the East Calais General Store in the heart of the village of East Calais. They carry the typical general store fare — milk, bread, pantry staples, newspapers, cold beverages, ice, candy and even gas, which is […]

Woodbury’s Community Store Comes Together, Piece by Pizza

Woodbury’s Community Store Comes Together, Piece by Pizza

story and photos by Vicky Tebbetts WOODBURY — It’s hard to miss the purple flag waving vigorously above Route 14 in Woodbury, proclaiming “food” in golden letters. Late summer’s flowers tumble from planters attached to several wooden benches, framed against an impeccably redone building with a hand-lettered sign. It’s … well … pretty. But don’t […]

Food Allergies and Dining Out

by Claire Crowley For most people, a visit to a restaurant is a simple, enjoyable experience. But for people with food allergies and the restaurants that serve them, a simple meal has the potential to result in life-threatening allergic reactions, lawsuits and changes in legislation that impact the ways in which we all enjoy our […]

Honey Child, Down Home Re-Opens For Business.  Thanks Y’all

Honey Child, Down Home Re-Opens For Business. Thanks Y’all

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — Y’all have a hankering for cheese grits, catfish or fried chicken at Down Home Restaurant on the corner of Langdon and Main Streets? Well, fear not. They’ve reopened for the first full day today, August 15, after a few weeks of renovating, adding a new chef and creating extended hours. […]

New Frozen Dessert Recently Unveiled — Local Man Ron Koss Is The Co-Founder

New Frozen Dessert Recently Unveiled — Local Man Ron Koss Is The Co-Founder

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — ‘Brio Loves You Back.’ That is their motto. What is it? It is a frozen dairy dessert created by brothers Ron and Arnie Koss — who became famous in the 1980s for their other brainchild: “Earth’s Best” baby food. This product inspired part of the plot for the 1987 movie […]

At New England Culinary Institute: Dining at Dewey, An Appetizing Affair

At New England Culinary Institute: Dining at Dewey, An Appetizing Affair

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — If you are up on College Hill walking around the green at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, you can’t miss Dewey Hall located on the western side of campus. But it isn’t just another classroom building. Sometimes delicious aromas waft out into the neighborhood on a late summer’s breeze. […]

Vermont Creamery wins big at annual American Cheese Society Competition

Vermont Creamery wins big at annual American Cheese Society Competition

WEBSTERVILLE — Vermont Creamery was again recognized for excellence, taking home nine ribbons from the annual American Cheese Society Competition in Des Moines, Iowa on July 29. First place blue ribbons were awarded to Bijou, Feta and Crème Fraîche; second place ribbons went to Bonne Bouche, Quark, Fresh Crottin, Mascarpone and Cultured Butter with Sea Salt […]

Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery:  ‘A Labor of Love That Stems From a  Love of Labor’

Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery: ‘A Labor of Love That Stems From a Love of Labor’

story and photos by Marichel Vaught When one thinks of vineyards and wineries, it is often within a setting akin to California’s Sonoma and Napa valleys or the rolling Italian village landscapes. An image of Vermont’s green mountains would more likely evoke maple tapping, rather than harvesting grapes for wine. Sure Northern California produces some […]

Food Industry Scrambles to Adopt Vermont’s GMO Labeling

by Carl Etnier With a little over two months until Vermont’s genetically modified organism labeling law takes effect on July 1, corporations in the food business are scrambling to comply. It’s not just billion-dollar food conglomerates that must change their labels, but also little general stores that make and package egg salad and other food. […]

The Future of Farming

by John O’Brien Last Thursday, at lunchtime, there was a tractor and a very large manure spreader, fully loaded, parked at the Tunbridge Elementary School. Gary Mullen, an organic dairy farmer, had timed it just right; he was hauling manure from his farm to a field 2.5 miles away, a trip that led him down […]