|October 19, 2010
ECHO's "the food less
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
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.
For more information and to reserve tickets call (toll-free)
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
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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