A Nice Meal and a Roll in the Hay – Best Farmhouse Dinners in Burlington

After your farmhouse dinners, check out Glutton Guide Burlington to continue the festivities! This foodie almanac will tell you about all of the best destinations.

Many of Vermont’s farmers are gourmet savvy, and the most celebrated chefs seem to spend their off hours hanging around green houses, orchards and sugarshacks. On-farm dinners, held throughout the summer, range from relaxed affairs with paper plates and bluegrass to all-out galas with softly lit white tablecloths.

To find the one-off events that take place around the state, check with Vermont Fresh Network, an organization of food professionals that partners farmers with chefs. Or join a monthly event at Agricola Farm in Panton, a family-style feast in a rustic farmhouse. Another useful resource is Slow Food Vermont, a local chapter of the Italy-based food organization whose regular potlucks are open to the public and are an excellent way to meet local farmers, chefs and foodies.

But summertime also brings a pair of weekly dinners that are a wonderful taste of agricultural life:

Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne


Dancing toddlers and fresh, local music make this weekly barbecue a beloved summer event. Pile a plate with a burger made from the farm’s herd of grassfed cows, alongside greens, sauerkraut and housemade pickles. Bread and Butter Farm also makes grass-fed beef hot dogs and serves locally-made black bean burgers. Bring your own picnic blanket, folding chairs and beer or wine.

Summervale, Burlington


The Intervale is a swath of low-lying farmland in the crook of the Winooski river, where a dozen small, organic farms produce vegetables, fruit, chickens and honey. Every Thursday in July and August, the Intervale hosts a lively picnic celebration with pizza, beer and live music, as well as artisanal food from some of the Burlington’s most beloved producers and chefs. The event starts at 5:30pm, but arrive early to explore the Intervale. The Abenaki Heritage Garden contains the indigenous varieties of corn and beans. The Intervale Center also has maps of the property’s walking trails.

 

There’s nothing like hearty home-cooking, especially when the food is made with love like it is at these destinations! If you’re looking for more delicious local treats, check out Glutton Guide Burlington.

Satisfying Salads – Where to Eat Healthy in Shanghai

Sure, eating your weight in xiaolongbao is a rite of a passage for any visitor to Shanghai, but sometimes you just need a salad. Don’t worry: Glutton Guide  knows just where you should go to eat healthy in Shanghai. 

Hunter Gatherer 


This fast casual restaurant serves seed-to-table salads, soups, smoothies and paninis – most of it from their own organic farms, making it on the the best places to eat healthy in Shanghai. Both locations also have a grocery shop with imported staples like fair-trade chocolate and Sir Kensington’s ketchup, as well as nut butters ground to order and their own line of bottled cold-pressed juices. The second location in Xintiandi is even larger and offers a meat carvery as well as a “Chef of the Season” station featuring another one of Shanghai’s favorite cooks every time the weather changes.

Lizzy’s All Naturals


If you’re into nut butters, superfood smoothies, acai bowls and detox programs, Lizzy’s has you covered. Founded by a blonde haired, blue-eyed expat who is a walking advertisement for healthy living, Lizzy’s serves up their healthy eats on Kate & Kimi, Z&B Fitness or their WeChat store.

Sproutworks 


A Chinese maxim declares, “Only barbarians eat salad”, but Sproutworks, a salad emporium, is changing the local mindset with delicious options that span the globe. Try couscous with raisins and apples, mixed mushroom quinoa or kale & cranberry with parmesan from their mix-and-match menu.

It’s easy to eat healthy in Shanghai! Now that you’ve finished your salad, perhaps you’re feeling like something sweet? Glutton Guide Shanghai can give you recommendations for everything from Hong Kong desserts to fancy imported bakeries.