NEWS RELEASE — Seven Days
April 2, 2013
Marketing & Events Manager
April 2, 2013 – Burlington, Vt. – Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce the event schedule for the 4th annual Vermont Restaurant Week, a celebration of the state’s vibrant local-food culture.
For 10 days, April 26 to May 5, 2013, more than 100 restaurants throughout Vermont will offer special prix-fixe dinners at three price points — $15, $25 or $35 per person. Lunch specials at select locations are $10 or less. In addition to the great dining, there will be foodie events throughout the week.
The Sweet Start Smackdown kicks off Restaurant Week on Wednesday, April 24. The festive dessert competition among 10 of the state’s most talented pastry chefs takes place at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. Combined scores from celebrity judges and attendees will determine which concoction will be awarded Vermont’s Signature Sweet.
On Sunday, April 28, Palace 9 Cinemas in South Burlington screens Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a film that examines the relentless pursuit of perfection by 85-year-old Jiro Ono, owner and head chef of Ono’s in Tokyo. Film fans will also sample sushi snacks, DFV wines, Shipyard brews and Vermont White Vodka during the cocktail hour before the movie.
What’s the real cost of local food? A foursome of food experts grapples with that question on Wednesday, May 1 at Burlington’s Signal Kitchen. Bluebird restaurateur Sue Bette, Jericho Settler’s Farm co-owner Christa Alexander, food-system pragmatist Sean Buchanan of Black River Produce and Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery co-founder Alison Hooper each brings a unique perspective to the discussion. Seven Days co-founder Pamela Polston moderates.
On Tuesday, April 30, at Nectar’s in Burlington, teams of rowdy food-trivia fanatics compete for prizes at the Culinary Pub Quiz.
Round out your Restaurant Week adventure at Salsa Saturday. This “Cuatro de Mayo” finale features a homemade salsa competition, salsa dance lessons and salsa tunes by DJ Hector Cobeo. Sample treats from Vermont Butter & Cheese, Vermont White Vodka and, of course, salsa!
Most of these events are timed to wind up before dinner. As always, the heart of Restaurant Week is the fare that results from the collaboration between Vermont’s innovative chefs and farmers.
Affordable childcare is also part of the deal. Parents can enjoy a quiet dinner for two — or with friends — knowing their kids are safe and supervised at the Greater Burlington YMCA. Professionally trained childcare providers will be on duty the evenings of Friday, May 3, 6-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 4, 5:30-8 p.m. The cost is $10 per child for Y members, $18 for nonmembers.
Seven Days’ Vermont Restaurant Week 2013 is presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union and sponsored by Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, G.Housen (distributor of Shipyard Brewing Co. beers and DFV Wines), and Vermont White Vodka, with media support from WCAX-TV and WNCS The Point.
For any questions regarding Vermont Restaurant Week, please contact Seven Days marketing & events manager Corey Grenier at [email protected]