A TON of great events happening this week! Check it out!Monday, April 12th, 2010
- 2nd Annual Vermont Food Summit - Everyone eats. The simple fact, but a complicated issue. Every day we make choices about the food that we eat, whether conscious or not, that shapes who we are and the world that we live in. We all bring different perspectives to the table, and vote with our fork three times a day. So when there was an idea of having a week at UVM dedicated just to food, we knew that it would have to be a campus and community wide effort to make it happen. The Vermont Food Summit is a student-organized event with one goal, to bring the University community together around the topic of food. Whether you are a future farmer, always crave French friesbring your coffee mug for refills, can make a mean banana bread, or believe that food is a right, you have something important to contribute to the Vermont Food Summit. There are many levels of engagement for the week, from presenting at the Open Space Forum to judging the food at the Battle of the Campus Chefs. And if there is an area of food that you feel is missing, create it! (check out the Food Lounge!) Throughout the week, we encourage you to look at your plate of food a little differently. Think about who made it, where it came from, what it’s being served on, where is it going to go when you finish. Eat a meal with someone new, try a new recipe, read an article about food, sign up for a CSA share, or sign a petition to increase food justice. And again, just have fun, it’s food after all! Check out the website for a full week of events!
- Battle of the Campus Chefs - The ultimate competition, eight chefs pair up with student groups to create a dish that will be judged by a panel and the audience. This kick-off event for the Summit will prove to be entertaining and delicious, all for a good cause! Different students groups will work with their chefs to create an appetizer, salad, or dessert that will be judged on categories such as use of local ingredients, originality, taste, and so on. The winner receives a trophy to bring back to their dining hall and the title of "UVM Top Chef"! The audience will count for half of the votes, so come and support your favorite campus chefs and students groups by eating the best that they have to offer! Admission to the event is a $4 donation to Campus Kitchens at the door. 6-8 pm in the Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM.
- Raw Food Workshop - Instructor Linda Wooliever helps folks whip up a healthy tomato and macadamia "mozzarella" linguine. Monday, April 12, 6:30–7:30PM at Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier. $8-9.
- Bite Into Biscotti - A double bake gives great biscotti their crisp crunch, and in this class on authentic Italian biscotti, you'll experience both a classic and chocolate recipe for biscotti. $60. Register at 800-652-3334 or www.kingarthurflour.com.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
- Green Drinks - Activists and professionals for a cleaner environment raise a glass over networking and discussion.Tuesday, April 13, 6–8PM at The Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Free.
- 'Celebrity Wait-a-Thon' - Local VIPs such as Tim Kavanagh and Josie Leavitt spout off menu specials and deliver the plates at this benefit for Ronald McDonald House charities. All tips will be donated. Tuesday, April 13, 4PM at T Bones Restaurant and Bar in Colchester. Cost of food.
- 'Intro to Nutrition Response Testing' - Expose the underlying causes of common health concerns through this noninvasive analysis — and learn what to chow down for your body to heal itself. Tuesday, April 13, 5:30–6:30PM at Healthy Living in South Burlington. Free.
- Spaghetti Supper - Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Pine Hall Road, Barre, VT. Adults $6, children under 3 free, children ages 4-12 and adults over 65 $5. Open to the public.
- Healthy Eating on a Budget - Check out this workshop led by Hannaford Nutrition Coordinator, Brigitte Harnon, and learn the basics of what a healthy diet includes, meal planning, shopping tips and more. Sponsored by the Milton Recreation Dept. For more information or to register call 893-4922. Held at the Milton Elementary School, Music Room #118, 42 Herrick Avenue, Milton, VT.
- Exploration of French Cuisine - This tasting will feature French dishes, classic and creative, from the minds of Ozzy and Mariasha and inspired by all the great Chefs of the nation. Expect roasty, toasty bones and mirepoix in everything and plenty of butter. So, don your elastic-waisted pants or skip lunch; do whatever is necessary to prepare yourself for the second installment of Blue Cats Exploration of French Cuisine. $45/person. 802-363-3639 or bluecatcafe.wordpress.com.
- Black & Gold: Dinner & A Movie - 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Sugar Maple Ballroom, UVM; part of the Vermont Food Summit Series. Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. Against the backdrop of Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle, the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers. For the first half of the evening, watch a screening of the documentary Black Gold, a film about the multi-billion dollar coffee industry. Afterwards, discuss the importance of fair trade in the "locavore" movement with the Burlington Fair Trade Council and Jeff Roberts, Professor of The Culture of Food at NECI in Montpelier.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
- Slow Food Vermont Board of Directors Meeting
- Community Night at Bluebird Tavern - Enjoy a delicious meal at Bluebird Tavern, and 10% of your bill goes to Feel Good, a non-profit that raises money for The Hunger Project.
- 'Lunch & Learn' - Instructor Anita Nadeau introduces flora lovers to the largest family of flowering plants: the orchid family. Wednesday, April 14, 12–12:45PM at Gardener's Supply in Williston. Free.
- Lamoille Valley Year-Round Farmers Artisan Market - Farmers and food producers fill Vermonters' totes with local and organic dining options, including eggs, cider, seeds and cow cheeses. Wednesday, April 14, 3–7PM at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Free.
- 'Returning Red-Wings' - Kids ages 3 to 5 put their eyes to the sky to catch sight of this vibrant blackbird. Wednesday, April 14, 10–11:30AM at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. $5.
- Sue Morse - A nature photographer and founder of Keeping Track debunks myths about white-tailed deer, elk and moose in a slide show lecture. Cafeteria. Wednesday, April 14, 7–8:30PM at Camel's Hump Middle School in Richmond. Free.
Thursday, April 15th, 2010
- Knife Skills - Learn to chop, dice and mince like a professional! This introductory class will teach you the what’s what of everything cutting, from how to hold your knife to how to care for it. You will learn multiple cutting techniques and will get to try out a number of different kinds of knives in all shapes, sizes and weights. And all that hard work will pay off in the form of a full stomach, when we create a delicious soup from our trimmings. This class costs $45 and is hands-on. To reserve your place in class, please register and pay online at www.healthylivingmarket.com or call 863-2569 ext 1.
- The Lightest Layer: - We'll transport you to France as we perfect the art of crepe-making. The class will make classic crepes and get plenty of cooking practice. You will learn the proper batter consistency, and see ways to use finished crepes in both sweet and savory dishes. $60. Register at 800-652-3334 or www.kingarthurflour.com.
- Movie Night - A surf-style eatery queues up a wind-and-water-themed flick weekly. Thursday, April 15, 7:30–9PM at The Spot in Burlington. Free.
- 'Tax Relief Spaghetti Dinner' - Folks send off their 1040s and celebrate with pasta, meatballs and more to benefit the local Destination ImagiNation team, a kids' creative-problem-solving program. Thursday, April 15, 5–7PM at Grand Isle School in Grand Isle. $8 for adults; $5 for kids under 10.
- Tom Stearns - The founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds marvels at Hardwick's progress with food systems as economic development in a talk about sustainable farming and value-added agriculture. Thursday, April 15, 6PM at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Free.
- 'Vergennes From Yesterday to Today' - Long-time educator Ann Sullivan narrates a slide show of the town's history, starting in 1912. Thursday, April 15, 7PM at Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes. Free.
Friday, April 16th, 2010
- Norwich Culinary Weekend - Hosted by King Arthur Flour and the Norwich Inn. Guests will experience a weekend full of culinary pleasures, featuring a Beer and Cheese Reception at the Inn, baking classes at King Arthur Flour’s Baking Education Center, and an evening wine dinner prepared by renowned Chef James Macguire. The package is $799 per couple or $479 per person. Locals may attend the Saturday reception and dinner only with advanced reservations. For more information and to register, contact the Norwich Inn at 649-1143 or email@example.com.
- Make Your Own Baby Food - Making your own baby food is easy. Join us for this food demonstration and taste testing. Participants will be entered to win a free baby food mill. Presented by Northwestern Medical Center and featuring VT Department of Health, WIC Nutritionists. Free. Pre-registration required, call 524-1234 to register.
- Couples Cooking: Fondue Party - Mix up some chemistry in the kitchen with your partner in this class designed specifically for couples. In this addition of Couple’s Cooking join Chef-couple Nina Lesser-Goldsmith and Zach Minot as they guide you through the process of creating a fun and creative fondue feast. You will make cheese fondue as well as chocolate fondue and prepare all the necessary fixing to accompany them. Then dig in, because the eating is the best part! This class costs $65/couple and is hands-on. To reserve your place in class, please register and pay online at www.healthylivingmarket.com or call us at Healthy Living, 863-2569 ext 1.
- 'Julie & Julia' - Meryl Streep cooks up a storm as Julia Child in Nora Ephron's 2009 film charting the early days of the legendary chef, and one blogger's journey throughMastering the Art of French Cooking. Friday, April 16, 6:30–8:30PM at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Free.
Saturday, April 17th, 2010
- 'A Taste of Art' - Folks learn about the children's summer camps and adult workshops available at this art center. Snacks and clay art projects paint a picture of the programs. Saturday, April 17, 12–4PM at Green Mountain Seminary in Waterbury Center. Free.
- Geothermal Energy Roundtable - Members of the green team work out a path to a cleaner, more sustainable and more energy-independent future at this discussion hosted by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Cathy Zoi of the U.S. Department of Energy. Saturday, April 17, 1PM at Burlington City Hall Auditorium in Burlington. Free.
- 'Comida Para la Gente' - Spanish food and beats from DJ Raul and Grupo Sabor enliven an annual celebration hosted by UVM's Alianza Latina. Saturday, April 17, 6:30–11PM at Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM in Burlington. Donations.
- 'Raised Bed Gardening' - Local homesteaders Markey Read and Tim King get their hands dirty in a workshop covering the construction and maintenance of this growing method.Saturday, April 17, 10AM at Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg. $10.
- 'Wild About Fruits' - From planting to pruning, green thumbs brush up on the care of berries, apples, cherries and more. Preregister. Saturday, April 17, 9:30–11:30AM at Gardener’s Supply in Burlington. $10.
- Benefit Dinner - Ginge and the Giants and Damaged Jackals provide musical accompaniment to a meal of cashew burgers and spaghetti with miso beet sauce, all benefiting the Plattsburgh Community Garden Group. Saturday, April 17, 4:30–7PM at North Country Co-op in Plattsburgh. $5-10 donation.
- Burlington Winter Farmers Market - Vendors sell everything from ethnic cuisine to pottery to artisan cheese and anything else they can produce in the cold at this monthly event. Saturday, April 17, 10AM–2PM at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington. Free.
- Chocolate Tasting - Can solid chocolate be described as fruity, buttery or spicy? Eaters give their sweet tooth a workout sampling these rich treats. Saturday, April 17: 2PM, 4PM at Lake Champlain Chocolates in Burlington. Free.
- Montpelier Winter Farmers Market - Root veggies, honey, cheese and prepared international foods change hands at a biweekly, off-season celebration of area edibles, accompanied by live music and crafts. Alumni Hall Gymnasium. Saturday, April 17, 10AM–2PM at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Free.
- Rutland Winter Farmers Market - Wintertime produce joins handcrafted soaps, wood creations and other novelties at this weekly local bazaar. Saturday, April 17, 10AM–2PM at Old Strand Theater in Rutland. Free.
- 'Soup 'n' Chocolate Supper' - Diners sate themselves on all-you-can-eat soup, chili, salad, bread and chocolate desserts. A silent auction benefiting the White Church preservation fund augments the affair. Saturday, April 17, 5–7PM at Brick Meeting House in Westford. $5-8, or $25 maximum per family.
- Sugar on Snow - Hardened maple syrup edibles usher in spring at an outdoor party. Saturday, April 17, 12–4PM at Palmer's Sugarhouse in Shelburne. $4; free to watch.
- 'Leaping Lambs & Shear Delights' - Fleece lovers have fun with fiber as they visit new lambs, watch sheep get a haircut, sample sheep's milk cheese and more. Saturday, April 17, 10AM–1PM at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne. $4-7.
- Ron Koss - The coauthor of The Earth's Best Story: A Bittersweet Tale of Twin Brothers Who Sparked an Organic Revolution discusses the organic food company. Saturday, April 17, 3PM at Phoenix Books in Essex. Free.
- Farmhouse Dinner - Prepared by Chef Charlie Menard at the Round Barn in Waitsfield, dinner will consist of three courses showcasing local food and cheeses. $35/person plus tax and service. Call 496-2276 for reservations.
- Bake and Soup Sale - Pies, breads, doughnuts, baked beans, cookies, chili and several kinds of soup and chowder. East Middlebury United Methodist Church.
- Gluten-Free Cooking - With the success of the Low Glycemic and Low Carb Cooking classes and friends and family members discovering they have problems with wheat, I felt it was time to put my creativity to work. In this class I’ll utilize techniques that will help you forget you have to forgo gluten products. The recipes include ingredients that have been used for centuries by many cultures. The menu may include: Farinata (Mediterranean pizza), Tempura, Szechuan Noodles and Almond Crusted Lemon Cheesecake. $110 per student. The classes include dinner for the student and a guest. Preparation occurs from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at which time your guest should arrive to join us for a six to nine course meal depending on class attendance and menu choices. www.itsarthursfault.com.
- The Art of Making Soft Cheeses With Raw Milk - You'll be amazed at how easy it is to make your own mozzarella and ricotta cheeses when you join Lindsay Harris of Family Cow Farm Stand in Hinesburg as she takes you through the process of making simple and quick fresh cheeses from grass-fed, organic raw milk produced at her farm. Lindsay will also explain the benefits of drinking raw milk and eating dairy products produced from grass-fed animals. On The Menu: Raw Milk Mozzarella, Raw Milk Ricotta. This class costs $35 and is hands-on. To reserve your place in class, please register and pay online at www.healthylivingmarket.com or call Healthy Living at 863-2569 ext 1.
- Chicken and Biscuit Dinner - Delicious chicken dinner with many extras. A great way to start the summer season in The Islands. Bring out your friends and family for dinner. Adults $10, children $5. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, VT.
- Annual Polish Dinner - Hosted by the St. Thomas Church Knights of Columbus Council #7810. The meal will include homemade smoked kielbasa, pierogi (dough stuffed with cheese or stuffed with potatoes and cheese), cabbage, sauerkraut, potatoes, dessert and a beverage. The tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-10, children 5 and under will be the guests of the Knights. No reservations are needed. Simply pay at the door. Take-out dinners will be available. Why not let the Knights do the cooking and treat your whole family to this delicious meal? For further information, please call the church office at 899-4632.
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
- Intro to Square-Foot Gardening - Gardening guru Peter Burke digs deep into the details of basic plant and soil care. Preregister. Sunday, April 18, 1–2PM at City Market in Burlington. Free.
- Permaculture Workshop - An advanced agricultural design program gets into the nitty-gritty of edible forest gardens, the green design revolution, food security and more.Sunday, April 18, 2PM at Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. Free.
- 'Pruning for Production' - Beginning and intermediate fruit-tree caretakers learn to cut back to enhance their crops. Preregister. Sunday, April 18, 1–3PM at Elmore Roots Nursery in Wolcott. $10.
- Burlington Cohousing Potluck - Community members bring a dish to share as they meet, mingle and learn about collaborative living. Sunday, April 18, 6PM at East Village Cohousing in Burlington. Free.
- Sugar on Snow - Hardened maple syrup edibles usher in spring at an outdoor party. Sunday, April 18, 12–4PM at Palmer's Sugarhouse in Shelburne. $4; free to watch.
- All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast - $6 adults, $4 children under 12. Benefit of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department. Menu includes: plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee, hot chocolate, and orange juice. Funds will be used to purchase equipment. 759-2237.
- First Annual Pancake Breakfast - Hosted by the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department with funds going toward ice rescue equipment. Held at the Salisbury Elementary School, 286 Kelly Cross Road, Salisbury, VT. $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. Tickets available at the door or call 388-1407 or 734-7771.
- All You Can Eat Breakfat - Blueberry or plain pancakes, honey ham, scrambled eggs, and more. $6 adults, $3 children, $18 family. Portion of proceeds donated to charity. For takeout call 524-1492. Knights of Columbus, St. Albans, VT.
- The Whole of It: Baking With Grains - Learn the secret to making grain goodies that actually taste delicious and will have your family clamoring for more. $90. Register at www.kingarthurflour.com or 800-652-3334.
- Top That! The Art of Making Pizza - Take your pizza to the next level by learning all there is to know about how to maximize dough flavor and texture to suit your taste. $90. Register at 800-652-3334 or www.kingarthurflour.com.
- 21st Annual Spring Banquet - Join us for our annual charity fundraising supper at the King St. Youth Center! We will have a sampling of food from local businesses all over Burlington including Chicken Charlie's, American Flatbread, Domino's and Magnolia. UVM's a cappella groups will also perform! Tickets are $5 for an all-you-can-eat feast, and every penny goes to the Lund Family Center. Come to eat, or contact Holly (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer - helpers eat for free!