Seven Days on The VPR Cafe

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Seven Days

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.

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.

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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. 

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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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Seven Days food writer, Hannah Palmer Egan, tells us about Chelsea Green Publishing; a Vermont publisher that produces books on a wide array of food topics.

Photo: Joanna Dubaj, Public Domain; Illustration: Jake Rusnock, VPR

Seven Days food writers, Hannah Palmer Egan and Julia Clancy, look back at the food that made our mouths water in 2016.

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From having the proper tools to timing out the meal to keeping guests happy, there are many elements to juggle while whipping up a holiday feast. This week the VPR Cafe brings you helpful tips for preparing a holiday meal.

VPR Cafe: Jam Bakery

Dec 9, 2016
Oliver Parini

Ever bought a baked buttermilk scone out of a 1997 Ford Econoline Van? Julia Clancy, a food writer for Seven Days, caught up with the brains behind the operation known as Jam Bakery and visited The VPR Cafe to share the story.

Hannah Palmer Egan

Some of Vermont's prisoners are helping to prepare Vermont-raised foods for their fellow inmates as part of a new "farm-to-prison" program. Seven Days food writer Hannah Palmer Egan visited the VPR Cafe to talk more about it.

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Vermont has embraced the idea of "farm-to-table" but what about "farm-to-apothecary?" Julia Clancy is a food writer for Seven Days and she recently visited the VPR Cafe to talk about farmers in Vermont who grow medicinal herbs for use in health and wellness practices.

Brent Harrewyn for Vermont Creamery

Vermont Creamery co-founder Allison Hooper spent a semester abroad in 1980 and it may have changed our Vermont cheese selection for the better. Seven Days food writer Hannah Palmer Egan visited the VPR Cafe to talk about the cheese that came to be decades after that visit abroad and how a couple of local creameries are making GMO-free cheeses in Vermont.

VPR Cafe: Food Ethics

Oct 27, 2016
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Suzanne Podhaizer, a food writer for Seven Days, recently had a picnic with two UVM professors. The two have authored a new book on food ethics. And Podhaizer found herself facing a butter dilemma.

The concept of eating locally is fully embraced in Vermont for all the right reasons: Fresher foods, the ability to know the farmer and knowing you are leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

But how local does a food have to be to be considered "local?"

Dorset Union Store circa 1884, courtesy of Cindy Loudenslager. Photo of the store today by Brooke Wilcox.

A native of Boston, Seven Days food writer Julia Clancy grew up with the notion that Vermont general stores were more nostalgic than useful; buildings full of fudge and flannel rather than ones still used for everyday needs and as a hub of community.

Recently, Clancy took off on a summer-long road trip to visit several general stores throughout the state and found just how vital these stores still are to their communities.

Matthew Thorsen / Seven Days

There are dozens of farmers markets across Vermont. The number peaked at 87 in 2010 and has since gone down. Still, there are questions about what makes a successful market and how to keep markets thriving in the future.

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