Chef/Owner Eric Warnstedt has long been praised as one of Vermont’s most celebrated chefs, heading up one of the region’s most honest farm-to-table restaurants. Hen of the Wood Restaurant in Waitsfield, Vermont was the first restaurant to receive the Snail of Approval from Slow Food Vermont. Eric Warnstedt and William McNeil opened Hen of the Wood in 2005. Their goal was to provide a true Vermont dining experience and showcase the region’s foods. Receiving high scores on our site visit in all the categories of Good, Clean & Fair, it was no surprise to Slow Food Vermont members that Hen of the Wood garnered the Snail of Approval Award of Excellence in 2013.
Since 1983 chef–owner Doug Mack has offered farm to table menus emphasizing all local products at Mary’s. Much of the acclaimed restaurant’s produce is sourced on-site from the Inn’s greenhouse and farm. According to Mack, “Farm–fresh food from our own on-site farm as well as other small, local farms is the framework upon which our culinary magic is built. You can follow the seasons of our gardens by the ingredients on our menu. We are delighted to receive the Snail of Approval from Slow Food Vermont, because at Mary’s we have always believed in the concepts of good, clean, and fair.”
Heike grew up in Germany, and fell in love with hearty whole grain breads, seeking out the best loaves from artisan bakers in her area, eventually apprenticing at Biodynamic bakeries in Berlin. Today, she is that baker discriminating eaters seek out! Heike bakes all of her traditional German loaves by hand using her own levain made from freshly milled organic whole wheat, rye and spelt flours. The loaves are slow fermented, baked in her wood-fired oven in her farmhouse in Fairfax, and delivered twice weekly, with her pastries being delivered only one day a week. Heike’s devotion to flour, salt, water and yeast are second only to the passion you can taste in her incredible loaves made in the good, clean & fair tradition of Slow Food. Heike holds many classes a year sharing her technique with eager students. We are so proud to have her be a part of the Snail of Approval family!
Eden Orchards and Eden Ice Cider began on a trip to Montreal in 2006 when Eleanor & Albert Leger first tasted ice cider and wondered why nobody was making it on our side of the border. They had dreamed for years of working together on a farm in the Northeast Kingdom; it was a dream that had vague outlines including an apple orchard, cider and fermentation of some sort. In April 2007, they bought an abandoned dairy farm in West Charleston, Vermont, and got to work. Since then they have planted over 1,000 apple trees, created 5 vintages of Eden Vermont Ice Ciders, and have introduced a new line of Orleans Aperitif Ciders. Their goals to create healthy soils and trees in their own orchard, to support Vermont apple orchard partners who do the same, to minimize their carbon footprint, to contribute to the economic and environmental health of their employees and Northeast Kingdom community, and most of all to make world-class unique ciders that truly reflect our Vermont terroir are all the reasons why it was a perfect fit to add Eden Ice Ciders to the Snail of Approval list of Awardees! They were also most recently delegates to Slow Food’s Conference of World Food Communities – Terra Madre in Turin, Italy, where they showcased ciders of the Northeast to over 200,000 attendees!
Known for its strong, unique flavor that’s been used in spirits and foods for centuries, the juniper berry is the perfect inspiration for Juniper Bar, their ingredient-driven cocktail bar, specializing in mixology and Vermont distilled spirits and brews. Their evening menu is a celebration of individual and community effort, of small local producers growing and raising food, brewing beer, distilling spirits, and making wine. Farms, breweries, bakeries, distilleries, and gardens are not only scattered across our rural state, they’re also right here within Burlington’s city limits. Chef Doug Paine is passionate about serving the most local, seasonal food possible, and is one of the most good, clean & fair options where you can possibly eat in Burlington!