Monday, November 16, 2015

Today's ride on the foodie-go-round (Vermont edition)


EXPANDING

• The Burlington restaurant group Skinny Pancake is adding yet another location -- in New Hampshire. Owners Jonny and Benjy Adler have leased space in the Hanover Park building on Lebanon Street once occupied by The Chocolate Shop and the clothing store Essentials for Men. The Skinny Pancake, known for its thin, curled French pancake prepared with locally-sourced ingredients, is targeting a spring opening for the 125-seat, 4,000-square-foot outpost. The current restaurant sprang from the crepe cart the Adler brothers used to peddle their wares on the streets of Burlington in 2003 before they opened their first restaurant, in 2007. They presently have locations on the Burlington waterfront, at Burlington airport, on-campus at the University of Vermont, and in Montpelier. The Adlers also operate The Chubby Muffin in Burlington, as well as a catering company and a summer food truck that travels to music and arts festivals around New England.

SPOTLIGHTING

• Nation's Restaurant News has just published an online profile of Mark Timms, executive chef at the Topnotch Resort & Spa in Stowe. Timms is making a name for himself outside the resort kitchen because of his efforts at bringing more attention to childhood hunger, something he says he experienced as a child in England’s foster care system. You may recall he made headlines last summer by organizing the Rising Star Chefs Food & Wine Show to bring more attention to the cause, then this fall held a gingerbread house contest at Topnotch to collect money for the children’s oncology department at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

• If you don't know the name Bill Yosses, you may want to acquaint yourself with him via a mini-interview published in the online edition of the publication Seven Days. Yosses, executive White House pastry chef during the George W. Bush and Barrack Obama administrations, is the founder of the New York-based Kitchen Garden Laboratory that facilitates garden- and kitchen-based programs in underfunded, low-income city schools. He was in Vermont to deliver the keynote address at the 2nd annual Northeast Kingdom Farm-to-School Conference at Sterling College's Craftsbury Common campus.

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