Stratton Foundation continues mission with Taste of Vermont

STRATTON — To benefit the Stratton Foundation's mission, upwards of 40 restaurants, chefs and specialty food vendors will present their best cuisine or beverage as a donation as Stratton Mountain welcomes more than 500 guests for its seventh annual Taste of Vermont on Saturday.

Participants are judged in categories of presentation and creativity. Last year, Taste of Vermont raised almost $20,000 to aid children and families living in economic hardship.

Local participating establishments include Copper Grouse, Red Fox Inn, The Perfect Wife, Wilcox Ice Cream, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, Mad River Distillers, New England Hot Fudge, and Spirits of Old Bennington, to name a few. Whetstone Station in Brattleboro will be returning for a fourth year with a bite sized meatball version of it's "Not Your Mama's" meatloaf with a bacon onion jam on top and its famous pub chips and "Stoner sauce" dip.

We are very excited to be bringing our Whetstoner session IPA for sampling for the first time this year," said Whetstone chef Nikki Peruzzi. "We are always looking for ways to support local causes."

The Stratton Foundation caters to a number of families who can't access food, education, proper health care, housing, and finances for natural disasters. The nonprofit was founded in 1996 and has since contributed more than $600,000 in grants to local organizations, according to its website.

"The Stratton Foundation is proud to hold major events to engage with homeowners and visitors, bring people together as a community, and to promote awareness and raise proceeds," executive director Tammy Mosher said.

The 2017 winners included The Gourmet Deli of Manchester for Vermont Sustainability, The Reluctant Panther for Best Tasting, Marsh Hollow for Best Presentation and Gammelgarden Creamery as the People's Choice.

Thirty Vermont towns were represented at the event.

Gammelgarden Creamery in Pownal will donate for a third year because of the exposure it allows the small business and its popular Icelandic style yogurt.

"Gammelgarden enjoys supporting the good work of the Stratton Foundation and participating in the Taste of Vermont gives our small creamery an opportunity to sample our products to a broader Vermont audience, It's also great to meet other Vermont producers and sample their products," owner Stina Kutzer said.

Taste of Vermont will run from 7 to 9 p.m on Saturday. Early access and complimentary drink tickets cost $100; for regular admission, adults are $40 and children are $20 (11 and younger). Tickets are available online and at the door.


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