Week of Foodie-Focused Events – Some great ones this week! Check out Mother’s Day events!
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
- ‘Breakfast With Champions’ – An early morning feast held by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains honors women who are advocates for girls. Tuesday, May 4, 7:30–8:45AM at Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. $25.
- United Way of Chittenden County Annual Dinner – Vermont author Stephen P. Kiernan speaks of the American spirit with regard to his new book, Authentic Patriotism, at this awards supper. Preregister. Tuesday, May 4, 5:30–8:30PM at Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington. $35-45.
- Community Medical School – Dr. Richard Pratley helps listeners understand a chronic disease epidemic in an exploration of obesity and diabetes. Tuesday, May 4, 6:30–8PM at Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, UVM in Burlington. Free.
- Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux – The Vermont State Climatologist reconstructs regional weather patterns for 1680 to 1900 in “Backward Seasons, Droughts, Maple Sugaring and Other Indicators of Historic Climate Fluctuations.” Tuesday, May 4, 7:30PM at Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, UVM in Burlington. Free.
- Bill McKibben – The author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet details the dangers of global warming, as well as how humans have altered the planet enough to warrant a new (but still recognizable) name. Tuesday, May 4, 7PM at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier. Free.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
- ‘Voices for the Environment’ – Ecologist and author Amy Seidl, artist Cami Davis and Wes Sanders of Vermont Interfaith Power & Light form a panel to chat about environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.Wednesday, May 5, 6–8PM at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. 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, May 5, 3–6:30PM atRiver Arts Center in Morrisville. Free.
- Medicinal Plant Walk – Herbalist Sandra Lory points out the benefits of the plants sprouting in sidewalk cracks and community gardens. Wednesday, May 5, 5–6PM at LACE in Barre. Free.
- Kendra Gurney – An American Chestnut Foundation rep describes the destruction caused to chestnut trees by a fungus in the 1950s, and details the blight-resistant technique that will soon restore the trees to our woods.Wednesday, May 5, 7–8PM at Town Hall in Monkton. Free.
- Cinco De Mayo Wine Tasting – Blue Cat Cafe; The theme for our next tasting will be Spanish wines and tapas. A grand fiesta, complete with Spanish delicacies, Spanish music, and all the things we love about the holiday. Cost $45 and will feature great Spanish wines and a variety of traditional and more experimental tapa-type dishes. 363-3639 or bluecatcafe.wordpress.com.
Thursday, May 6th, 2010
- Food Photography 101 – Have you ever wanted to know the secrets of how food is made to look so fabulous in magazines? In this hands-on workshop you will learn the tricks of the trade of food styling and food photography. Join Zach Minot, Chef and Photographer, as he walks you thought he basics of this exciting art form. This class will cover everything you need to know, beginning with a review of basic photography principles like exposure and depth of field, and move on to the importance of lighting and image composition. You will also learn the fundamentals of plate composition and food styling as you work with real food to plate and design your own spectacular photographs. Students are all encouraged to bring their own digital or film camera (for best results, cameras should have manual modes). Whether you are a food writer, blogger or just interested in learning a new hobby, this class is for you!This class costs $35 and is hands-on. To reserve your place in class please register and pay below or call us at Healthy Living, 802.863.2569 ext 1.
- ‘Solar for Home or Business’ – Reps from DC Energy Innovations cover the green benefits of solar-electric systems. Thursday, May 6, 6:30–8:30PM at Stowe Free Library in Stowe. Free.
- ‘Fresh’ – Ana Sofia Joanes’ 2009 documentary profiles American farmers and businesspeople who are reinventing the food system. Chapel. Thursday, May 6, 7PM at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. $5.
- Movie Night – A surf-style eatery queues up a wind-and-water-themed flick weekly. Thursday, May 6, 7:30–9PM atThe Spot in Burlington. Free.
- ‘Café Scientifique’ – Tim Wilmot of the Proctor Maple Research Center looks into the impact of global warming on maple tree health and on the syrup industry. Thursday, May 6, 6:30–8:30PM at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. Free; cash bar.
- Gregory Sharrow – In “A Sense of Place: Vermont’s Farm Legacy,” this lecturer shares discoveries about our state’s cultural heritage and folklife. Thursday, May 6, 7PM atHartland Public Library in Hartland. Free.
- 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. Thursday, May 6, 7PM at Briggs Carriage Bookstore in Brandon. Free.
Friday, May 7th, 2010
- Hardwick Farmers Market – A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Friday, May 7, 3–6PM at Route 15 Westin Hardwick. Free.
- Kombucha Cocktail Party – Fermented tea drinks, raffles and socializing mark the opening of a new health and wellness facility. Friday, May 7, 5–7PM at Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy in South Burlington. Free.
- Mother’s Day Brunch – Katy Lesser, owner of Healthy Living, joins her family members in an information cooking class, covering apple pancakes, maple breakfast sausage and corn muffins. Friday, May 7, 5:30–7:30PM at Healthy Living in South Burlington. $15.
Saturday, May 8th, 2010
- Burlington Farmers Market – Sixty-two vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to ethnic cuisine to pottery to artisan cheese. Saturday, May 8, 8:30AM–2:30PM at Burlington City Hall Park in Burlington. Free.
- Spring Plant Sale – Thriving perennials exchange hands at this benefit for Grow Team ONE and Friends of Burlington Gardens. Saturday, May 8, 9AM–4PM at H.O. Wheeler Elementary School in Burlington. Donations accepted.
- Burlington Cohousing Potluck – Community members bring a dish to share as they meet, mingle and learn about collaborative living. Preregister. Saturday, May 8, 6PM atEast Village Cohousing in Burlington. Free.
- Capital City Farmers Market – Fresh produce, perennials, seedlings, home-baked foods and handmade crafts lure local buyers throughout the growing season. Saturday, May 8, 9AM–1PM at 60 State Street in Montpelier. Free.
- Edible Spring Flowers – Who’s up for dandelion pesto? Herbal education coordinator Cristi Nunziata explains how to make candied violets and more. Preregister. Saturday, May 8, 12–1:30PM at City Market in Burlington. Free.
- Farmers’ Dinner – Area farmers break bread with diners and share the story of the meal to celebrate the farmer-chef partnerships that are the foundation of the Vermont Fresh Network. Preregister. Saturday, May 8, 5–8PM at Applecheek Farm in Hyde Park. $13-26; free for tots under 3.
- Mother’s Day Tea – Midmorning nourishment allows children of all ages to dote on their moms. Saturday, May 8, 10AM at Bradford Public Library in Bradford. Free.
- Rutland County Farmers Market – Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Saturday, May 8, 9AM–2PM at Depot Park in Rutland. Free.
- Tamasin Noyes – The author of American Vegan Kitchendiscusses veganism at this cookbook signing. Saturday, May 8, 3–6PM at Healthy Living in South Burlington. Free.
- Mother’s Day Spring Herb Walk – An easy-to-moderate stroll with herbalist Alyssa Doolittle allows folks to identify wild plants, chat about traditional plant uses, and stop and smell the roses. Saturday, May 8, 10AM at Community Garden in St. Johnsbury. $7; free for kids.
- Saturday Night Supper – Baked beans, hot dishes, salads, rolls, dessert. Adults $7, children $1. Benefits North Hyde Park Congregational Church. 888-6563.
- Roast Pork Supper – Roast pork, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetable, apple sauce, rolls, brownie sundaes and beverage. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Take out orders are available. For more information call 877-2843. The proceeds are used for church expenses, mission projects and outreach programs. United Methodist Church, Vergennes.
- Pancake Breakfast – Pancake breakfast to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk for the cure. $8 adults, $6 children. Shelburne United Methodist Church, Shelburne: 802-985-3981
Sunday, May 9th, 2010 – MOTHER’S DAY!
- Mother’s Day Crop Mob – Hale and hearty volunteers join a “guerrilla act of agriculture” to help get a farm into ship shape. Food on the grill rewards a job well done. Sunday, May 9, 12–4PM at Jericho Settlers’ Farm, Richmond location in Richmond. Free.
- Healthy Living Mother’s Day Brunch – The Healthy Living Cafe presents Mother’s Day Brunch starting at 10 am, serving: Vegetarian Eggs Benedict with Fresh Asparagus, Tomatoes, Baby Spinach and Hollandaise Sauce; Creamed Spinach Baked Eggs in Puff Pastry Shell; Vegan Huevos Ranchero Cups with Healthy Living Guacamole and Chipotle Tofu; Biscuits and Gravy with Buttermilk Biscuits and House Made Sausage; Strawberries and Cream Challah French Toast; Oatmeal-Berry Brulee; Healthy Living Homefries.
- Mother’s Day Tours – Wander the common areas and guest rooms of the historic Inn at Shelburne Farms, and find out what’s new this season in the gardens. Sunday, May 9, 12–4PM at The Inn at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne. $10-12.
- Flynn Avenue Sunday Market – Residents of the Queen City’s southernmost neighborhood peruse seasonal produce and artist creations at outdoor stalls. Sunday, May 9, 10AM–3PM at 180 Flynn Avenue in Burlington. Free.
- Mother’s Day Dinner – Chef Yves Morrissette dishes out seafood, beef and eggplant entrées on this special occasion sup. Proceeds support the McIndoe Falls Community Preservation Group. Sunday, May 9, 11AM–3PMat Congregational Church in Barnet. $7-13.
- Mother’s Day High Tea – A traditional English pastime treats life givers to sweet and savory pastries, and tinkling piano notes. Sunday, May 9, 12–6PM at Brandon Music in Brandon. $8-15.
- Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk – Why buy a bouquet when you can view the flora of the meadows and woods au naturel? An easy jaunt serves up springtime blossoms galore. Sunday, May 9, 1–3PM at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. $5; free for moms and members.
- Mother’s Day Community Breakfast – Mothers eat free. Menu includes eggs any style, pancakes, bacon or sausage, home fries and toast. Adults $6., children $3. For more information contact the VFW Post 6689 in Essex Junction, 73 Pearl Street, at 878-0700.
- Mother’s Day Breakfast – Hosted by the St. Thomas Knights of Columbus Council #7810. The buffet style breakfast will include juice, fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries and coffee or tea. The cost is by donation. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Riley McLaughlin and her family. Riley is a little girl in the parish with a very rare illness. Underhill Center, VT, 8-11:30 am.
- Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet – Scrambled eggs, flapjacks, blueberry pancakes, French toast, bacon, ham, sausage, home fries, assorted pastries, fruit salad, cold cereal selection, yogurt, coffee, tea, juice. $14.95 per person, children under 11 $8.95, under 5 free. North Hero House Inn & Restaurant, 3643 US Route 2, North Hero, VT, Phone: 802-372-4732.
- Mother’s Day Grand Brunch – Menu includes items such as carved baron of beef, carved glazed ham, fresh fruit and seafood, Vermont cheese display, stuffed French toast with assorted toppings, and much more. Seatings at: 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Adults $23.95, children 12 and under $11.95, children under 5 $5. Doubletree Burlington in the ballroom, 1117 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT.
Monday, May 10th, 2010
- Burlington Walk/Bike Council – Proponents of safer transportation plan projects and goals for 2010 over pizza.Monday, May 10, 5:30–7PM at Center for Communities and Neighborhoods in Burlington. Free.
- Colchester Historical Society Meeting – UVM’s Laura Killian oversees the gathering with a presentation on rain gardens. Monday, May 10, 7PM at Historical Society Parsonage in Colchester Village. Free.