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Of Land and Local Art Exhibit and Speaker Series

October 9, 2014

Of Land and Local is a multidisciplinary, state-wide exhibition designed to initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding the Vermont landscape.  Vermonters' shared history in land and our pride for the local lay the groundwork for this annual exhibition. There are exhibitions in five locations throughout the state. Opportunities to critically engage with contemporary artwork as it reflects on and exists within the Vermont landscape will offer viewers the chance to contemplate the significance and strength, as well as the vulnerability and fragility of our surroundings.

Vermont Fresh Network in partnership with Lake Champlain International, will take the stage at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn on October 25th to share in our work to get more Lake Champlain Fish on restaurant menus across Vermont. Hear the history of the Lake's abundant fisheries, and the barriers in the way of sustaining them. Accompanying this exploration of the Lake as a food source, two acclaimed chefs: Chef Doug Paine of Juniper Bar and Restaurant and Bleu Northeast Seafood and Chef David Hugo of the Inn at Shelburne Farms will prepare "taste of the lake" hors d'oeuvres featuring delicious Lake Champlain fish.

Below is a complete listing of the of Land and Local speaker series at Shelburne Farms, and visit the full website for Of Land and Local events across the state -


Friday, October 24, 5:30-7:30pm
Local in a Global Food System
Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VT
Vermont is known world-wide for our strong local food system, yet historically and even today we rely on outside markets to feed our small population and sustain our food businesses. So what does local really mean to our food producers of yesterday and today and what are their strategies for accessing both local and global markets to ensure the success of their companies?
Roger Allbee, Former VT Secretary of Agriculture and current CEO Grace Cottage
Mateo Kehler, Cellars at Jasper Hill
Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farms
Sean Buchanan, Black River Produce

Saturday, October 25, 4:30-6:30pm
Taste of the Lake Reception
Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VT
Local fish on Vermont restaurant menus is not something we see every day but Lake Champlain International and Vermont Fresh Network are hoping to change that. Come hear about the work this partnership is doing to promote the bounty of our lake and enjoy local fish prepared by Chef David Hugo of the Inn at Shelburne Farms and Chef Doug Paine of Juniper at Hotel Vermont.
James Ehlers, Lake Champlain International
Meghan Sheridan, Vermont Fresh Network
Doug Paine, Juniper
David Hugo, Inn at Shelburne Farms

By donation with a range of $10 to $40 - All proceeds from this event go to support Vermont Fresh Network and Lake Champlain International's campaign to integrate local fish into Vermont restaurants.

Thursday, November 6, 6-8pm 
Food Culture in a New Land
BCA Center, Burlington, VT
Everyone has that favorite dish that was served at the holiday table or family gatherings and often times those dishes are deeply rooted in food culture, passed down from generation to generation. What does food culture mean to us and what happens when populations take root in a new land? Join us to hear historical, modern and first hand perspectives on how diet and food culture is sustained and adapted by immigration.
Burlington High School Student
Teresa Mares, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont
Jill Mudgett, Ph.D, Adjunct Faculty at Johnson State College, CCV & VPR Commentator

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