Food & Drink

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The Gilfeather Turnip may not be a beautiful root vegetable — but what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for in sweetness and fame. 

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Vermont is rife with cozy coffee shops, skilled baristas, and experienced coffee roasters. Coffee is truly engrained in the culture of Vermont.

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The messages we've received through the years regarding fat in food have been hard to decipher. First, it was said that all fats were bad. Then came the breakdown of polyunsaturated fats and trans fats; some good, some bad. Suzanne Podhaizer, a food writer for Seven Days, helps us make sense of all these fats in this episode of The VPR Cafe.

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Ryan Yoder of the Yoder Farm in Danby says there is a need for diversification in agriculture, to develop outside markets and improve infrastructure.

Awesome Etiquette: B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Slippers)

Feb 23, 2017

When invited to a home with a 'shoe free' policy, do you bring your own slippers or should they be provided by the host?

VPR Cafe: Fire Cider

Feb 23, 2017
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The name 'fire cider' creates visions of an elixir used to ward off vampires or maybe an alcoholic drink that should come with a complimentary designated driver. Truth is, it's a concoction that's been used medicinally for ages.

Awesome Etiquette: The Complicated Traditions Surrounding Making A Toast

Feb 17, 2017
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When buying a round of drinks, do you automatically have the right to make the toast or can someone else jump in? It all comes down to the type of occasion it is.

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Have you ever wished you could enjoy a glass of wine at the butcher shop while choosing your cut of meat for the evening meal? Beau Butchery + Bar in Montpelier may be just the place for you.

Melissa Pasanen

It used to be that finding fresh, local greens during winter in Vermont wasn't even an option. But Vermont Life's food editor, Melissa Pasanen, explains that's not so much the case these days.

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Switchback Brewing Company is under new ownership: its employees.

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As part of their senior seminar, a group of Middlebury College students took a close look at the Vermont dairy industry. They looked into the issue of farm viability and related their findings in a series of three podcast episodes called CowTalk.

Awesome Etiquette: Charging Admission To Your Wedding

Feb 3, 2017
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Is it appropriate to charge an admission fee to cover the price of food and drink at your wedding? If so, should the guest deduct that cost from the wedding gift? And should you tell the happy couple that this approach seems graceless?

Suzanne Podhaizer / Seven Days

When seeking local produce during winter in Vermont, your choices are often limited to storage crops. With only this small selection available, Seven Days food writer, Suzanne Podhaizer, offers suggestions for keeping your menu fresh throughout the season.

A national study has found that a chemical related to the one that's polluted water in Bennington is still being used in fast food wrappers.

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Seven Days food writer, Julia Clancy, gives us the 4-1-1 on Boston chef, Cara Chigazola Tobin, her attraction to Vermont food culture and the new restaurant she's opening in Burlington. 

Awesome Etiquette: The Do's And Dont's Of Renting From Friends

Jan 27, 2017
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What's the protocol for inviting guests to stay at a house you've rented from friends?

Melissa Pasanen / Burlington Free Press

Food writer, Melissa Pasanen, shares her experiences judging apple pie contests and offers advice about entering such contests.

Awesome Etiquette: Splitting The Dinner Bill

Jan 20, 2017
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Deciding how to split the dinner bill could turn your evening out with friends from a delight into a drag.

Awesome Etiquette: When To Stop Saying 'Happy New Year'

Jan 13, 2017
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For how long do you continue to say "Happy New Year!" when greeting someone? After the first week of January? Anytime before March?

Sarah Priestap / Seven Days

Find out how the French seafood stew, Bouillabaisse, has evolved over the past few decades and how it's being prepared in 2017 at one Vermont restaurant.

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