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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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October 19, 2010

Contact: Molly Loomis
mloomis@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 110
or
Bridget Butler
bbutler@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 135

ECHO's "the food less traveled" event
Raises awareness and donations for vermont foodbank

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Food glorious food! This is the season where people begin to think of the holidays, of visits with family and friends and of delicious meals that delight our senses and fill our tummies.

This year, ECHO, as part of its Conservation Quest exhibit and Power Play events, has decided to bring the art of delicious food together with the smarts of buying local with a unique and delicious food event called “The Food Less Traveled”!

On Thursday, November 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., ECHO guests will be invited to taste a delightful array of foods created by professional chefs from several area restaurants as well as from local “amateur” chefs. The challenge to each chef is to create a food dish that uses ingredients that have traveled the least distance, called “food miles”.

“We wanted to create an event that will educate people about the value of making local food choices in terms of energy savings, economic vitality (by keeping it local) and the quality of the food consumed in freshness and taste. All of the restaurants we approached are eager to do this”, according to Molly Loomis, ECHO’s Director of Education. “Also, this event allows us to create a fun, social environment where adults can mingle and learn, which is all a part of our new life-long learning initative”.

Restaurants involved thus far include: American Flatbread, Cosmic Bakery, The Farm House Tap & Grill, The Skinny Pancake, The Spot and Sugarsnap.

Tickets, which are available in advance by calling ECHO at 802.864.1848, ext. 100, are $12.00 ($10.00 for ECHO Members) with 50% of each ticket sold going to the Vermont Foodbank and the balance to ECHO’s educational programming. “This is a wonderful way for our organization to receive much needed funds in advance of the holidays”, said John Sayles, Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Foodbank. “Our organization supports more than 280 food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and after school programs throughout Vermont and collectively we help feed as many as 86,000 Vermonters. We are coming into a critical season of need for many of our clients and we are so very grateful to ECHO and to the participating chefs for their generosity”, adds Mr. Sayles.

Moderating the evening, which will include a cash bar with local beverages and naturally, delicious fresh food, will be Cheryl Herrick, a well known food aficionado who writes and works with the Burlington Free Press, The Vermont Fresh Network and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. She is well known for her clever “food postings” on her blog www.crankycakes.com. “I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of this unique event, especially since it helps to raise needed funds for our Vermont neighbors in need”, says Ms. Herrick.

For more information and to reserve tickets call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386.

This event is made possible by the promotional support and generosity of the following partners:

Restaurants: Sugarsnap, The Farm House Tap and Grill, American Flatbread, Cosmic Bakery and Café, The Skinny Pancake and The Spot.

Organizations: Vermont Foodbank, Vermont Fresh Network, NOFA-VT

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Think! Café. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

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