Seven Days Announces 8th Annual Vermont Restaurant Week
Seven Days, Vermont’s free and independent weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce the dates of the 8th Annual Vermont Restaurant Week, a celebration of Vermont’s vibrant food scene and fundraiser for the Vermont Foodbank.
For 10 days, April 21-30, 117 restaurants from Brattleboro to the Northeast Kingdom will offer special prix-fixe dinners at three price points — $20, $30 or $40 per person. Lunch and breakfast specials at select locations will also be available. The diversity in cuisine and participating restaurants makes it easy for all diners to find something to whet their appetite. The full menu guide can be found in the April 12 issue of Seven Days or online at vermontrestaurantweek.com.
Vermont Restaurant Week is also a benefit for the Vermont Foodbank. Last year, the event raised $20,000, which provided 60,000 meals for food-insecure Vermonters. That number was achieved through a matching grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, City Market’s Rally for Change program, which encourages customers to round up their totals at the register, and proceeds from the week’s special events.
This year those events are:
Aperitivo: A snacky social hour for Vermont foodies featuring light bites, spirited cocktails and the makers of Switchback Brewing, WhistlePig Whiskey and Vermont Creamery. Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7 p.m., Maglianero, Burlington, $7.
Feeding Frenzy: A statewide Instagram scavenger hunt. Winners receive tickets to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival and the Seven Daysies Awards Party. April 21-30.
Culinary Trivia Night — Food in the Age of Advertising: Feed your brain with seven rounds of foodie trivia and wash it down with a pint of nostalgia. Each round represents a decade — 1950s until now. This popular event is emceed by Top Hat Entertainment. Monday, April 24, 6-9 p.m., Nectar’s, Burlington, free.
The Dish — Going With the Grain: Join a panel of local experts for a lively and grain-ular discussion on the benefits and pitfalls of restoring grain production to the Northeast. Vermont grain farmers chat with bakers, distillers and brewers about what's possible, practical and sustainable for the land and its people. Wednesday, April 26, 5:30-7 p.m., ArtsRiot, Burlington, $5 suggested donation.
Bottomless Brunch Bash: Celebrate Sunday Fun-day at the Bottomless Brunch Bash! This curated tasting event brings your favorite chefs under one roof to serve up bite-size classics and inventive new creations. Come sip on mimosas, sample tasty treats and help us wrap up Vermont Restaurant Week with a bang! Sunday, April 30, 9-11 a.m. & noon-2 p.m., Essex Culinary Resort & Spa, Essex, $45 and $35.
Look for more information about events, participating restaurants and how to donate to the Vermont Foodbank at vermontrestaurantweek.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about events and email@example.com about restaurant participation.
Vermont Restaurant Week is presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union and sponsored by Vermont Creamery, Switchback Brewing Co, WhistlePig Whiskey, City Market/Onion River Co-op and Swish White River. Additional support is provided by Vermont Tourism, WNSC the Point and JumpOnIt!
Da Capo Publishing Inc., dba Seven Days, was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995, and is now owned by Polston and Routly, as well as associate publishers Don Eggert, Cathy Resmer and Colby Roberts. In addition to its six free publications, the Burlington-based company also produces several annual events, the “Stuck in Vermont” video series and hosts a ticketing website, job board and dating service. Its editorial staff has received numerous journalism awards from entities including the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Parenting Media Association, the Vermont Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association, which this year named Seven Days the winner of its General Excellence award among larger weeklies.
Seven Days has been named Business of the Year by both the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Business Association. In 2013, Editor & Publisher selected Seven Days for inclusion in its annual feature, “10 Newspapers That Do It Right.” In 2015, Polston and Routly were inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.