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Meat and Mingle - Sept 21 at Mad River Taste Place

August 27, 2018

Bill Cavanaugh, operations manager at the Mad River Food Hub, was one of the first recipients of a VFN Conference Program grant. He traveled to Slow Food Nations in Denver, and now is hosting the first Meat and Mingle event to support our next round of scholarships. Read about the event below. In another VFN Conference Program fundraiser, Butterfly Bakery of VT is offering a limited edition hot sauce, inspired by the ingredients and philosophy of the Slow Food Nations gathering. All profits go to our scholarships, you can order online (Batch #1781). Photo: Babette's Table.


“Meat and Mingle”: A Butchery Demo & Charcuterie Tasting  

Friday September 21st 6:00-8:00pm at the Mad River Taste Place


In collaboration with von Trapp Farmstead and Babette’s Table, Mad River Food Hub is hosting the first of a series of Meat and Mingle butchery demonstrations and tastings at the Mad River Taste Place. This will be a great opportunity to get to know the farmers and makers who are creating excellent locally raised pork and charcuterie right here in the Mad River Valley, and a great night out celebrating local food.


Starting at 6:00pm on Friday 21st September, the event will feature discussion of sustainable farming practices, demonstration of artisanal butchery, and tasting of hand-made charcuterie products.  Bill Cavanaugh of Mad River Food Hub, Erika Lynch of Babette’s Table, and Emily Virzi from von Trapp Farmstead will be on hand to “meat” and mingle while demonstrating their crafts and answering questions.


The event is free with a suggested $20 donation to benefit Vermont Fresh Network’s Conference Program which focuses connecting Vermonters with out of state food conferences and events. Vermont Fresh Network is a champion of the Vermont food and farm economy that fosters relationships between farmers, chefs, and consumers to advance the aim of increasing local food consumption.  There will also be a cash bar put on by the Mad River Taste Place with local craft beer and wine.


This Meat and Mingle event will be a fun, informal way to meet some of the people responsible for the amazing food being created here in the Mad River Valley and benefit a great new program opening up national food and agriculture conferences to Vermonters.

For more information about this event contact Bill Cavanaugh at or 802-498-7379.

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