Congratulations, Jan - Sept 2020 Gold Barn Honorees!October 14, 2020
All Vermont Fresh Network chefs have to know their farmers and serve products from Vermont, but there are some chefs whose commitment to Vermont-grown products is exceptional. The Gold Barn Honor gives us a chance to acknowledge these chefs.
Gold Barn Chefs are the top 25% of our culinary membership in terms of the number of Vermont farmers they partner with, the diversity of Vermont ingredients that they use, and the volume of Vermont products they purchase. It is an inspiring group and we are pleased to give them the recognition they deserve.
Look for the logo when you dine!
This month, we are appreciating the Gold Barn chefs and culinary members that have renewed their membership to date this year. (If your business is not listed, then we have not received your renewal form with updated local food expenditures. We will do another announcement at the end of the year.)
Bleu Northeast Seafood (35 member partners): Bleu has a strong commitment to freshness and to small producers. They partner with local purveyors and New England fishermen for daily seafood deliveries arriving straight from the docks.
Brownsville Butcher & Pantry (26 member partners): Brownsville Butcher & Pantry offers a unique twist on the traditional country store. The 24-seat cafe offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a rotating, seasonal menu. Both the cafe and marketplace highlight local producers and craftsmen.
Chelsea Royal Diner (10 member partners): Chelsea Royal Diner serves all grass-fed beef, their own back-yard eggs, veggies from their garden, and local produce from neighboring farms. Don't forget the homemade ice cream!
City Market (71 member partners): City Market is dedicated to supporting the local economy and strengthening the local food system. They work with thousands of Vermont vendors to feature a wide selection of local and Vermont-made products.
Cornwall Orchards B&B (17 member partners): Cornwall Orchards is a small Bed & Breakfast serving hot organic, local breakfast with good conversation overlooking meadows and woods.
Doc Ponds (24 member partners): With some menus changing daily and some seasonally, Doc Ponds is Stowe’s spot for foodies and beer nerds.
Echo Lake Inn (27 member partners): Echo Lake Inn chefs combine local ingredients with well-loved classics to provide a unique set of menu selections, ensuring everyone will find something they love.
Edson Hill (41 member partners): Chef Jason Bissell and the Edson Hill culinary team take a modern approach to classic New England fare. Guests can enjoy sensational meals, intimate ambience, and views of the picturesque grounds in Edson Hill's elegant dining room.
Farmhouse Inn at Robinson Farm (26 member partners): Embodying the essence of Vermont, the Farmhouse Inn serves homemade and locally sourced dishes featuring fresh eggs from their hens, honey from their bees, homemade maple syrup, fresh baked goods, and produce from their kitchen garden.
Hen of the Wood - Burlington (38 member partners): Hen of the Wood supports local growers that practice environmentally sound agriculture and believes in showcasing the most vibrant foods of the season and wild edibles such as Hen of the Wood mushrooms.
Hen of the Wood - Waterbury (36 member partners): Hen of the Wood serves seasonal American food that celebrates the farms of Vermont and the northeast.
Hill Farm Inn (21 member partners): Hill Farm Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast and event venue offering locally sourced food and drink, in addition to luxe lodging, unique amenities, and personalized service on 50 conserved acres.
Juniper Bar and Restaurant at Hotel Vermont (45 member partners): Juniper is a local ingredient-driven bar and restaurant serving up dishes bursting with flavor. Juniper uses lots of fresh ingredients from their farming, foraging, and fishing friends.
Let’s Pretend Catering (39 member partners): Let's Pretend Catering is a full service catering company that focuses on custom built menus working with the seasons of Vermont.
Mad River Taste Place (39 member partners): The Mad River Taste Place is a learning center, tasting gallery, retail store and gathering place focused on local, artisan food and drink. Over 100 makers are represented with a wide selection of products.
Michael’s on the Hill (46 member partners): Enjoy Vermont’s culinary bounty with seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine prepared by award-winning Chef/Owner Michael Kloeti at Michael's on the Hill.
Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (67 member partners): The Middlebury Natural Foods Cooperative is a democratic, member-owned cooperative committed to providing healthy, competitively priced foods, with an emphasis on local farmers and producers.
Morse Block Deli (41 member partners): Morse Block Deli offers sandwiches, a full service deli, taproom, and catering focused on house-made and locally sourced meats, cheeses, breads, produce, beverages, and more.
Odyssey Events (22 member partners): Odyssey Events offers personalized cooking classes with an acclaimed chef in a beautiful mountain retreat with visits to Vermont's passionate producers of fine foods and beverages.
Prohibition Pig (20 member partners): Prohibition Pig features New England's largest and best curated selection of craft beer, proper cocktails, and eclectic wines with a full menu featuring local barbecue, vegetarian, and cozy American fare.
The Gary Residence (14 member partners): The Gary Residence provides residential care in a welcoming environment that feels like home. The menus are varied and are designed to offer residents a choice of fresh local foods and seasonal selections.
The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant (24 member partners): The Reluctant Panther Restaurant features contemporary American cooking with an emphasis on locally sourced products to create a sophisticated dining experience that is unsurpassed in northern New England.
Westview Meadows (15 member partners): Westview Meadows is a retirement community where true enjoyment of life would not be complete without delightful and wholesome meals shared with friends.