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Autumn 2012 Out to Eat Menus | Web Exclusive!

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

Blue Paddle Bistro's butterflied shrimp nestled against sweet potato-chipotle grits. Photo by Jim Westphalen.

Before you make reservations, check out these sample menus from the restaurants featured in the Autumn 2012 edition of Out to Eat.

If you dine at one of these exceptional establishments, please write to us and let us know!

Please note, these are sample menus and are subject to change based on season and availability.

New Website Connects the Dots Between Food and Tourism

Written by Vermont Life on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

A news release from DigInVT:

DigInVT web grabThe state of Vermont, the Vermont Agriculture and Culinary Tourism Council and Vermont Fresh Network have debuted diginvt.com, an interactive website that connects visitors and Vermonters alike to nearly 400 authentic Vermont food experiences around the state.

Designed to promote agriculture and tourism, diginvt.com responds to the public’s growing interest in Vermont as a leader in culinary tourism and the development of a local food system that satiates people’s cravings for authentic food experiences. Visitors to diginvt.com will find it easier to learn about locally grown Vermont products, as well as the farmers, producers and chefs behind the food. Offering opportunities to create self-guided Vermont food tours and discover food and farm events, the site engages visitors to keep their experiences fresh.

Diginvt.com is the first project developed by the Vermont Agriculture and Culinary Tourism Council, a consortium of 13 food producer groups, nonprofit associations, tourism organizations and state agencies who share the goal of promoting tourism that emphasizes experiencing culture through its food and drink.

“Prior to creation of the DigInVT website, no single source and centralized hub existed where food enthusiasts interested in local food could find information about Vermont’s robust cultural tourism opportunities,” said Megan Smith, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “Diginvt.com is that one stop, comprehensive resource and it’s poised to bring new visitors to the state’s delectable food experiences, events and establishments that are integral to rural economic development.”

The site was designed and developed with funds from the Vermont Agriculture Innovation Center and John Merck Fund, which was secured by Vermont Fresh Network. “As a funder and a lead organization, we are proud of what this group has accomplished,” said Chuck Ross, secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture. “This website will position and serve Vermont to attract some of the estimated 160 million Americans whose travel includes cooking classes, food and wine tours, or farm visits; supporting our farms and food establishments that maintain our cherished working lands.”

Developed over two years by Richmond-based Bluehouse Group and branded by Jager Di Paola Kemp Design in Burlington, diginvt.com welcomes your visit.

No Matter How You Spell It …

Written by Melissa Pasanen on . Posted in Taste of the Landscape

Global visitors to Vermont from New Zealand and France enjoy creemees at Vermont Cookie Love in North Ferrisburgh.

Summers in Vermont are packed full of outdoor food  events and music festivals along with fairs, parades and farmers markets; not to mention the  lure of hiking, canoeing, biking, swimming-hole-jumping and boating. And then  there are all those out-of-town guests who come in droves to share these  lovely opportunities with us.

One quintessentially Vermont experience I try to share with all visitors is the experience of a creemee. (Yes, that’s how I spell it although I know there are other schools of spelling thought.) It’s sort of like soft-serve ice cream elsewhere, a bit like the Midwest’s frozen custard ― but really a Vermont creemee is a class unto itself: cool and soft and sweet, it means summer like nothing else.

And, of course, a maple creemee is really the peak of the Vermont creemee cone.

I had heard a rumor for years that the best maple creemee was to be had at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in East Montpelier, but had never made it there. This summer on a searingly hot day, with a French teenage exchange student in tow, we trekked to the state capital to show off our capitol and then headed over to Morse Farm. I have to say, the rumors were correct and it was indeed the best maple creemee I’ve had so far: deeply mapley and super-creamy.

Our exchange student stayed for three weeks, during which we had ample opportunity for him to try a number of creemees. On his last day when we also had a friend visiting from New Zealand, we were coming back from Fort Ticonderoga and stopped at one of my family’s favorite sweet destinations: Vermont Cookie Love on Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh. They have not only amazing fresh-baked chunky cookies but also a seasonal creemee stand where they use a creemee mix from a three-generation family farm, Kingdom Creamery in the Northeast Kingdom. (They will top them with crushed cookies, a very good idea.)

We needed to get home for supper and the evening’s planned activities, but we all sat down and savored our creemees. No matter how crazy the Vermont summer gets, you must always make time for creemees.

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