Smiles and Chicken at Down Home Kitchen; Checking in With Vergennes Restaurant Group

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Sampling the sweet, sunny South in Montpelier; checking in with the late chef Michel Mahe's restaurants.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

taste test

Sampling the South at Down Home Kitchen

At about 1:30 p.m. last Friday, the restaurant was packed, as it has been most days since opening in mid-September. If the crowds are any indication, locals have been craving a taste of the South since Jimmy Kennedy stopped serving catfish at Plainfield's River Run in 2010.
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What's Cooking at Michel Mahe's Restaurants?

Before his death, Michel Mahe had been laying groundwork that would allow him to spend part of each year in Paris, but the restaurant group lacked an articulated succession plan. Nonetheless, losing a visionary head chef didn't spell the end...
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Reader Review

Sukho Thai Restaurant

Service was great, very attentive. Food arrived quickly (granted, it wasn't busy at the time). Excellent food and good quantity; can easily have two meals out of one entrée if you're not voraciously hungry. Better atmosphere than Tiny Thai because I can actually hear what my dining companions are saying because it's not too loud.
— Peeper
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food news

Cornerstone Team Expands to Northfield

Cornerstone Burger will serve gourmet burgers, and builds on the success of Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen's menu in Barre. The new restaurant will also offer other sandwiches, wings and pubby snacks, along with 15 or so beers on draft and a selection of handcrafted cocktails.
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How do you view the service when you eat out?

I can't understand why people mess it up so often — how hard can it be?
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Local Meats for Your Holiday Table

City Market / Onion River Co-op has a variety of meats to choose from for your holiday gatherings, including many options from local farms. Stop by our Meat & Seafood Department today to learn more!
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Holiday Spirits: Litigious Whiskey Grey

This fall, Smugglers' Notch Distillery bottled and labeled its Litigation Wheat Whiskey, an amber-hued sipper with notes of brandy, caramel and vanilla, rested three years in charred oak. It's named for a trademark battle the company recently settled with Italian liquor giant Campari Group.
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Home Cookin': Solstice Cake

I made this dense, moist cake with apples and almonds on the Winter Solstice last year, and we all ate a piece after dinner that night. It was a simple and cozy way to mark the longest night of the year — and has become a new tradition.
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Featured events

'50s Holiday Party
ONE Arts Center, Burlington. Friday, December 18.
Holiday Party
Fresh Tracks Farm & Vineyard, Berlin. Friday, December 18.
Holiday With the Animals
Central Vermont Humane Society, East Montpelier. Saturday, December 19.
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