The Skinny:06.06.12-06.13.12

Howdy Folks,

ok, folks…we’re shakin’ it up with Green Drinks…we’re gonna kick it ‘cash mob’ style. Here’s the scoop:

Typically, sponsors buy the first round of drinks for folks in attendance. For Montpelier Green Drinks next Tuesday, we’re asking you to join us in a cash mob for Rural Vermont. As always, it’ll be 6-8pm in City Center. The difference is that this time around, we’re asking you to shell out $4 for a super-heady pint from either Fiddlehead IPA or Trapp Family Lager. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Rural VT. So come one, come all…and support Rural Vermont!

Bummed to be losing out on the beer at no cost? Well, we wanna make it up to you: Joe Bossen, founder ofVermont Bean Crafters will be joining us and offering tasty samples of his great food products. Joe will be bringing about 50 spring-themed black bean burger sliders topped with a local radish, cabbage, chive cider vinegar slaw and some maple bbq sauce. Are you drooling yet? ‘Cuz there’s more: Joe will also be bringing a selection of his hummus: Black bean chipotle with garlic scapes, sunchoke spread, and refried pintos.

What’s the deal with Rural Vermont?

Since 1985 Rural Vermont has played a leading role in educating Vermonters and creating better public policy and laws to enable farmers to provide more farm fresh food to everyone. Rural Vermont is the only statewide organization working with and advocating for the needs of our growing community of diversified family farms. Through education, grassroots organizing and advocacy, we work to gain economic justice and opportunity for the farmers who can and will feed us all.

Thanks as always to our sustaining sponsors:

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility: “in 2012 VBSR will continue to advocate in the Vermont statehouse for policies that support socially responsible business practices–environmental protection, universal access to health care, and sustainable energy policy.  We hope you join us in these efforts!”

Seven Days is our Media Sponsor. Check them out online at & get ‘the Daily 7′ – Vermont’s top stories, delivered to your inbox.  Get the day’s most compelling stories across all media – print, radio, TV and web.  Sign up today:

Ummm….this fancy-pants graphic definitely says it all…

Specials This Week at The Skinny:

The New-Berry Classic (Burlington): Maple Mascarpone and fresh slice strawberries $9.00

The Fun Guy (Burlington): Locally foraged Oyster mushrooms, Boston Post Farm Chevre and local Asparagus.  $10.95

How Sweet It Is (Montpelier): Sweet Rowan Farmstead Cheese with Pete’s Arugula, VT Apples and Citrus infused VT Wildflower Honey.  Served on a Gleason’s Whole Wheat Crepe with a salad of local greens. $9.99

The Josh Panda Crepe (available only on Wednesdays at the BTV SP during Josh Panda’s weekly gig): Southern Fried Chicken & Garlic Mashed Potatoes wrapped in a crepe & smothered in bacon sausage gravy with a side of slaw: $11.95.

Its that time of year again,
the daysies have bloomed…
which means you can vote for the best of the best…
ie pick your Sevendaysies!

Looking at this year’s list, there are a bunch of categories we could compete in…but of all the ones there, we’ve probably got the best shot at winning in the following:

Best Vegetarian fare
Best restaurant to take the kids
Best food cart
Best restaurant if you’re paying
If you think so too Please vote for us for the Sevendaysies!

 Savoy Benefit!

Hey Montpelier, stop by for dinner tonight (Wednesday) and next Wednesday. We will be donating 10%of sales from 5-close to a real cultural gem, The Savoy Theater. Katie Trautz also starts her Wednesday night June residency playing from 7-9 every Wednesday in June!

The Skinny: 5/31/12-6/06/12

Howdy Folks,

while we’d really like to lead the newsletter off with our Jazzfest calendar (see details on our calender page), we’ve got some BIG news to share about a little business: it has always been a goal of ours to share the Chubby Muffin facility with other small food ventures. Through the winter & spring, we have worked diligently with our friends at Pirogi Union to make that dream a reality. Starting last week, Pirogi Union officially moved in! While that’s great, what ought to be much more exciting for you is that the Skinny Pancake will be managing & operating a Pirogi Union food cart this summer on Church Street. 

Our Pirogi Union Church Street cart will open for the first time this Friday 6/01. It is located in front of the Sox Market. on the second block of Church Street. This cart will be open seven days a week weather permitting and it will be open for the late night bar crowd. IN FACT, we plan to sell crepes from it late at night too! So for all of you who missed a sweet treat or vegetarian option since we were once open ’til the bars closed….we’re back!

ALSO, a huge, deep digital bow of respect & thanks is in order for Jacob Mushlin of Measure Twice School for his remarkable work transforming a commercial grade vending cart into this work of wonderment & beauty. The cart in its current formation can be seen above.

In the spirit of really small businesses new to the scene, check out these two great additions:

THE JUICE BAR, Let’s Drink To Your Health!

Thirsty…No more! The Juice Bar is in town! This mobil juice bar is dedicated to providing a wide variety of fruit and vegetable juices. Their fruits, vegetables and herbs are locally and organically sourced and change seasonally. All juices are made to order, and you can get one 7 days a week! They arelocated on Bank St. across from Dobra Tea, open 11-7. On Saturdays, you can find them at the Burlington Farmers Market. Their cart is super distinctive: it is made out of 16 recycled bike frames & partially powered by solar panels! Be sure to check them out and try some juice!
Vermont YakSak

Vermont YakSak is a one women operation creating custom made wallets and purses made out of Vermont Yak Companyyak leather. YakSak was founded in 2012 by ‘Nealy’, our very own Catering Accounts Manager and Art Coordinator. Her mission is to integrate Vermont’s farming and agriculture back into Vermont’s unique fashions. Currently, YakSaks are available at Wildlife located on Main st. in downtown and via custom orders only. Be sure to check out her facebook page and be sure to like it!

Specials This week at the Skinny:

Get Shorty (Montpelier): Braised Winding Brook Short Ribs, Pete’s Kale, Jasper Hill Alpine Cheese and caramelized onions wrapped in a savory crepe.  Served with a side of local greens. $12.95

Wascally Wabbit (Burlington): Fresh Tracks Farm Braised Rabbit with local dandelion greens, sauteed fennel, Champlain Orchards Apples and fresh cherries wrapped in a Gleason’s Grains whole wheat crepe and a dollop of VT Butter & Cheese Works Creme Fraiche.  11.95

A special note on Wednesday nights in both Burlington & Montpelier:

 For the next two weeks, the Montpelier Skinny Pancake will be donating 10% of dinner sales to the Savoy Theatre in an effort to help keep this historic theatre afloat!Katie Trautz will also be taking up a month-long residency with the Montpelier SP in June! More on their importance to the community & their current struggles can be found here:
In Burlington, we have decided to continue to offer the Joshua Panda Crepe only on Wednesday nights during his weekly performance. A superlative crepe for a superlative performer: Southern Fried Chicken & Garlic Mashed Potatoes wrapped in a crepe & smothered in bacon sausage gravy with a side of slaw: $11.95.

  Discover Jazz Fest starts this Friday June 1st
Don’t miss out on 10 days of live music!


For 29 years now Burlington, Vermont has been celebrating live music through hosting the annual Discover Jazz Festival. For the last four years, we’ve been hosting music during this annual event; our listings are below. Here’s their mission: To broaden awareness and appreciation of jazz through quality live performances of national and regional scope; present educational activities that illuminate the art form for students of all ages and backgrounds; showcase Vermont and regional jazz artists, including students; and create a vital city-wide community festival that contributes to the national jazz dialogue.” The Jazz Fest has a lot to offer the whole family, including free live music on Church Street, educational and community events like ‘Meet the Artist’, ‘Listen and Learn’ and ‘Jazz in Film’. Check out their website for all listings of music and venues.

The Skinny: 5.22.12-5.29.12

Howdy folks,

as I am sure you are all painfully aware, the mythical beast that is Joshua Panda turns a ripe old 27 years of age this
week. I say, ‘painfully’, because 27 is a dangerous age for a rock star. Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Pigpen, Kurt Cobain, Amy Whinehouse, Freaky Tah & Fat Pat are all members of the infamous 27 Club. Now, we’re optimistic about Joshua. He has a responsible manager &, at times, a reasonable head on his shoulders. But then…in quiet moments of self-reflection, I find cause for concern…his compendium of work is already so substantial…he just seems primed to join this prestigious, albeit misbegotten guild of the great ones.

Thus, it is with both a heavy heart & an optimistic eye that we invite you to celebrate the life & times of Joshua Panda this Wednesday for his regular gig with Edward Grasmeyer The First at 7pm at the Burlington Skinny Pancake. In awareness & acknowledgement of these momentous days, everyone who comes this Wednesday will be entered in a chance to win some steezy Joshua Panda schwagg (t-shirt, CD, and….?). If you ask nicely, he might even sign his name to this memorabilia of inestimable value.

And, in related news: we have a bucket-list obligation to fulfill here:
In honor of his birthday, and after many-a-cajole from the man himself, we will be running this special in BOTH Burlington & Montpelier: 

The Joshua Panda Crepe 
Southern Fried Misty Knoll chicken with garlic mashed potatoes wrapped in a savory crepe, covered with Winding Brook Farm bacon sausage gravy & served with a side of slaw. $11.95

Josh plays in Burlington every Wednesday evening from 7pm to close at the BTV SP. Come on out, enjoy his music & this signature dish and join us in celebrating the life & times of a living legend…before its too late.

Presented by Main St Landing
Burlington Green Drinks 
next Tuesday–

Ok, folks…you’ve got a full week’s notice here…so mark your calendars now.Tuesday, May 29th from 6-8pm in the Main St Landing’s Atrium. 125 pints of beer bought by our sponsors at no cost to you! Enjoy the setting sun from the balcony at MSL, food & beverage provided by Have Your Cake Catering & the company of about 100 other environmentally-minded individuals.

Remeber…BRING EVERYONE YOU KNOW!  Getting a big critical mass in a small city like we do each month is nothing to shake a stick at….and yet we’d all love to see more. So…bring your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, etc. The more the merrier!

This month’s sponsor is:
The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center

  A bit about them: The Community Sailing Center has a variety of sailing and paddling programs for youth and adults. Come check out the great ways that you can get out on Lake Champlain this year, including: affordable boat rentals, kids camps, adult programs, lessons, classes & clinics…even corporate outings!

  Speaking with my Skinny hat on: we’ve taken our crew out for a sail as a group &          its a great team-building activity.

  Speaking with my Benjy hat on: the fact that affordable canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and sailboat rentals are available right on the Burlington waterfront is          seriously awesome.

And now…let’s have a big round of applause to our sustaining sponsors:

The Main Street Landing Company: June’s Movies at Main Street Landing to benefit Women Helping Battered Women – every Tuesday night – 7 p.m. – FREE!!  6/5 Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 6/12 Rear Window, 6/19 Caddyshack, 6/26 Lawrence of Arabia. In the Film House – 3rd Floor of Sixty Lake Street – grab some dinner at Skinny before the movie.  Supporting our community through cultural enrichment.


The Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce:2nd Annual Greens Feed Golf Tournament Thursday, July 12, 2012 4:00pm until 7:00pm. The tournament will be held on the Links at Lang Farm in Essex Junction. The 9-hole (shotgun start) tournament pits foursomes from area businesses against each other for a great cause! There will be anon-course beverage cart to keep your team hydrated, as well as an after-party with Big Fatty’s BBQ. $120 covers greens fees and dinner
for the whole foursome. $10 to just join in on the after-party BBQ.

THE OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE: Join staff from The Outdoor GearExchange and other running enthusiasts every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month for Sum
mer Fun Runs. Demo products and win prizes from our sponsors as we explore great running trails surrounding Burlington. Meet at The Outdoor Gear Exchange at 5:30pm for on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month for a 4-5 mile run. This is a great way to find some new trails, meet some new people, and geek out about running. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged to come.

Seven Days is our Media Sponsor. Check them out online at & get ‘the Daily 7′ – Vermont’s top stories, delivered to your inbox.  Get the day’s most compelling stories across all media – print, radio, TV and web.  Sign up today:
Wolaver’s Organic Ales 
( helps keep Green Drinks going in a big way. For the uninformed, Wolaver’s is: “One of the nation’s original certified organic breweries, Wolaver’s is committed to producing the best beer in the most ecologically sound way.”


 The Burlington Discover JAZZFEST
Friday June 1st – Sunday June 10th

Ok folks, you all know its coming. For these ten days music will fill the streets of Burlington, from Church St to the waterfront…so don’t miss out, discover jazz now! There’s way too much going on for us to list it here. But let this serve as a gentle reminder to call out of work sick for 10 days straight. Do it now. Tell them its just a minor surgery. And then come down and discover jazz with all of us here on the Skinny Pancake PATIO! We will have live music every evening and going till we cant dance any longer. Check out our music calender for a full listing of who will be playing.

Music This Week at The Skinny:

Chimney Choir (Folk)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation

Ok, I know…I’m biased. Chimney Choir frontman David Rynhart is an old friend from long ago when the world was black & white and most readers here were in diapers. But all the same…this is a super talented group coming in from Colorado. So do yourselves a favor & come on out…

About Chimney Choir: Chimney Choir skillfully interweaves genres resulting in a “folk meets world music sound, steeped in psychedelia” (Concerted Efforts). All multi-instrumentalists, writers and singers- Kevin Larkin, David Rynhart and Kris Drickey change instruments (sometimes within a song) and sing in three part harmony- all while balancing field recordings and computer synths with traditional acoustic instrumentation. Their critically acclaimed (feather) and (turtle) EPs were recorded in an architectural antique warehouse, which gives a hint at the unique character of their sound. This February, the band released (ladder) – a full length live album recorded in an old pipe organ chapel. The band will be touring much of the States and Europe in 2012.



Oh! Betty (Blues/Rockabilly)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation

Oh! Betty first came to the attention of many a couple of years ago, the Plattsburgh-based duo just came out with a new EP, I’m Still Standin’. The five-song sampler is has an offbeat humor to it. On the whole, it’s a little hokey. But it’s hard not to be charmed by the pair’s down-home take on blues and rockabilly and songwriter Julie Canepa’s entertaining style. For example, “State of Emergency,” a cheeky tale of love repeatedly gone wrong and the men responsible, that ends with a lesbian wedding in Vermont.Oh! Betty’s Music will keep you entertained with there fun and witty music style.



In The Pipeline…


Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival June 1st-10th!!
Sunyata (African/Latin)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
Jenee Halstead (Folk/Acoustic/Indie)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
Matt Graham Quartet (Jazz/Latin/Soul)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
Tiffany Pfeiffer (Jazz/Pop/Soul)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
Josh Panda & Ed Grasmeyer (Soul)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
Studio Chicken Trio (Jazz/Rock)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
Ambient World Project (Ambient/Atmospheric space music)
$5-10 Suggested Donation
Michael Louis Smith Trio (Jazz/ Nu-Jazz)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation
Joe Moore Band (Funk/Hillbilly)
$5-$10 Suggested Donation


The Skinny: 12.07.11 – 12.14.11

Howdy folks,

alas, there may be no snow on the ground, but ’tis the season all the same…as in, ’tis the season for  shopping AND music listening! Check out our music listing each week on our website or subscribe to our newsletter. As for shopping, I’m sure it will come as no surprise to regular readers of ‘the Skinny’ that we have a list of suggestions for ways you can BUY LOCAL this holiday season:

First stop, buy the VBSR Local First Coupon book.

Support one of these 182 local business in three counties (Chittenden, Washington, Addison) with your purchasing power & get a great deal in the process! Pictured on the right is VT’s Governor & three local business owners (yours truly on the far right) at a press conference for the Montpelier Middle School who sold 500+ copies of this ‘Local First Coupon book.’

Second stop, get a Skinny coupon with our
Annual Shop ‘N Dine Deal

To further encourage you to keep those dollars in the local economy, we’ve rolled out this once-a-year coupon.

Buy from any of the nearly 20 local, independent retailers in Burlington & Montpelier listed below & get a 15% off coupon for the ‘Cake.

Bring the coupon in with your receipt &…VOILA! You’ve kept your money local AND saved money!!! Burlington participating locations include: April Cornell, Dedalus, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Ski Rack, Tootsies, Salaam, Bennington Potters, Hempest, Stella, Isabean, Common Threads, Mens Store, Boutiliers. Montpelier participating groups include: Shoe Horn, Capitol Kitchen, Men’s Store, Salaam, Onion River Sports!

But wait, there’s more…
Here are some non brick-n-mortar shopping options for you:

Holiday Artist Market (Burlington)
Friday 12.16.11, noon – 6pm
Saturday, 12.17.11, 10am – 6pm
Contois Auditorium

With over 30 artists present, this is a great opportunity to find absolutely unique gifts. Artists from the BCA Summer Artist Market in City Hall Park join with other local artists for a truly unique holiday shopping experience! Come one, come all!

Capital City Farmer’s Market
Saturday, 12.17.11 10am-2pm (every two weeks November – March)
Vermont College of Fine Arts

Get stocking stuffers of fresh, local, value-added foods. While you’re at it, come talk to the New England Culinary Students at the December 3rd and 17th markets and get help with menu planning for your localvore holiday meal.  They’ll have sample menus and recipes on hand — which use many ingredients from our market.

Or…make your own with the Measure Twice Community School: 

This December Measure Twice is partnering with Waste Not Products woodshop to host our first class.  For $120 you can walk home with not one, but two cutting boards made entirely from clean scrap wood.  Rather than a regimented schedule students are welcome to attend as many sessions as they need to complete their projects. Customized design, burned-in inscriptions, and satisfaction will be made available to you.  Friends, couples and families are encouraged to come cheek by jowl as discounts are available.  Tell your friends, and come feel the noise! More info here

Finally, as a capitalist enterprise, we’d be remiss to not gently cajole you to consider some Skinny Pancake gifts…

We now have online ordering! We may have missed Cyber-Monday, but we’re still excited by this ‘Skinny-Innovation.’ Visit us at the live links below…buy a t-shirt or gift certificate online & we’ll send it your way!

T-shirts, get yer t-shirtsgreat for the localvore in your family! Printed on super-soft, organic, fair trade materials by our pals at, these shirts feature a ‘farm-to-table’ scene on the front & a list of local foodshed on the back. They come in brown & maize are just $25. Order before the holidays & we’ll throw in a Skinny Pancake bumper sticker!

Buy $50 in gift certificates, get $10 more for free! This deal is only available through the holidays. Order online at the link just above or call us at either location…we’ll send it to you.

Romantics take note: FONDUE IS BACK!

Only on Thursdays in Burlington!!!

Come enjoy our Traditional Cheese Fondue. Upon the urging of Mothers-For-Three-Food Groups (MFTFG), you will now find blanched carrots, cauliflower and broccoli along with our house made baquettes & fondue. According to MFTFG, protein is a non-essential, so there is no meat option with this dish. Fondue is still just $22/pot & comes with a small side salad.

Chocolate fondue is available seven days a week in Burlington & every Saturday & Sunday in Montpelier for a modest $16.

Can’t make it on Thursday? Come on by Sunday – Wed for our $25 three-course dinner for two! 

• Two soups or choice of one group munchie
• Choice of two savory classics*
• Choice of either Pure&Simple, Pooh Bear, Lemon Classic or Nutella
Available Sun – Wed, 3 pm – Closing




Skinny News and Updates

Howdy folks,

twas the night before Thanksgiving & all through the towns, the snow was a-fallin’ onto the grounds. Woops, wrong holiday, though one could easily mistake last weeks 10″ of snow for a not-too-distant date a month from now…

Thanksgiving…not a holiday of gifts, but of gratitude. Mustering all my articulation, it is difficult to detail the appreciation we feel for our place in this world. The enthusiasm of our patrons so often wows us. Creating good jobs for good people & experiencing the growing community around us is fulfillment defined. The opportunity we have to help build on & be a voice for a meaningful movement (local food & by extension socially responsible business practices) is quite simply ‘living the dream.’

From the bottom of our hearts here at the Skinny Pancake, thank you all so very much for the privilege of serving you.

 Small Business Saturday:

Thanksgiving…for some, ‘Black Friday Eve.’ Box stores offer “door-busting deals” that start at midnight, retailers make most of their profits in just these few short few weeks to end the year. No surprise, Burlington & Montpelier have a response to the wild drive for consumerism…both use alliteration to make the same point: BUY LOCAL.

Small Business Saturday: turns out this hot lead is actually a “national initiative” intended, “to lead consumers to Main Street Merchants during the holiday season. Last year was the inaugural program and this year promises to be bigger and better, driving millions of dollars to local merchants.” Like ‘Flannel Friday’ there is a large list of discounts at local merchants at the link above!

As for the image on the left…yup, folks…that’s for real. FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 25 -DECEMBER 24 NOON-1OPM, $8 per car. Valet service will be administered by Green Mountain Concert Services. Drop your car off at the corner of Church and Main Streets, get a ticket, and then call the number on the back when you are ready to head back home!

Finally…some of you may recall our Gift Certificate Gift” deal last year…well, we’re offering it again: Buy $50 worth of SP gift certificates and get the gift of a $10 gift certificate FREE!!! You can call us at either location & we’ll send them to you in the mail or just drop by! Just dying for a Chubby Muffin gift certificate? PLEASE, STOP! There are plenty of them…and if you buy $20 worth, we’ll hook it up with an extra $5 in the same GC or a separate one for you!!!

Food NEWS & specials at the SP:

We have BRAND NEW espresso machines at BOTH the BTV & Montpelier Skinny Pancake!!!!

This is big news for us, folks!!! Espresso machines ain’t cheap!!! Call it an early holiday present for each location. Word from Montpelier, where our brand-spankin’ new “La Spaziale Spazio EK Compact” is already up & running: “This is a paradigmatic shift in the very essence & experience that is espresso.” Ok, full disclosure, I asked someone to say that…But seriously, word is that the quality is phenomenal. Come on in to either location starting Friday & check it out for yourself!

*In honor of our friend, Vermonter Bo Muller-Moore, who is fighting the corporate restaurant behemoth ‘Chick-Fil-A‘ to trademark the term ‘Eat More Kale‘ in a case that makes David & Goliath look disproportionately close in size. Want to help a fellow Vermonter? Sign Bo’s petition here. Let’s make this into the PR nightmare it should be for these jokers.

Presented by Main Street Landing…
Burlington Green Drinks is Today!!!


…and for the first time in years, there is a slight change to our regular format, so take note: Burlington Green Drinks will be from 5:30 – 7:30 in the Main St Landing’s Atrium & Great Room. This is a shift from the Lake Lobby from 6pm-8pm. Same building, just down the hall!


Why would we make such a draconian (not really) change? To make room for “Movies At Main Street Landing.” Every Tuesday into infinity there will be a free classic film projected on the big screen. Yesterday was ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Next week is ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ followed by a month of Christmas-themed films. Much more information here.


What’s still the same? EVERYTHING ELSE. You can still enjoy one or more of the 125 pints of beer bought by the sponsors at no cost to you. There will still be a fascinating sponsor-of-the-month (Green Mountain Club this month!), FREE PIROGIS, and really great people. And now when you’re done, you can head down the hall & take in a classic flick!

This month’s sponsor is Vermont’s very own
Green Mountain Club


A bit about them: “The Green Mountain Club is the non-profit that founded Vermont’s Long Trail in 1910 and continues to steward Vermont’s hiking trails a century later through the support of club members and volunteers. Guided by our mission and tasked through a 1971 resolution by the Vermont Legislature, we strive to preserve and maintain our hiking trails for the benefit of the people of Vermont while fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains.”

And…they’ve got a call to action: “The Green Mountain Club is a non-profit made up of individuals like you who value the “charm of solitude” we are lucky enough to enjoy in the Green Mountains. Join the club and help ensure another century on the Long Trail for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts!”


The Main Street Landing Company provides us with their incredible space. They are introducing FREE “Movies at Main Street Landing” starting in November. Every Tuesday @ 7:00 p.m. in the Film House at Sixty Lake Street. This November, they’ll be showing: 15th – The Wizard of Oz, 22nd – Raiders of the Lost Ark, 29th – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Donated funds raised from the month of November will go to The United Way. For more information call Mariah Riggs, Director Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center 802-540-301, [email protected]. Please note: starting in November, Green Drinks will relocate to the other end of the building due to this completely awesome initiative on the part of MSL! 

Burlington Young Professionals are raffling off a Harley Davidson to benefit Chittenden County Children’s Advocacy Center! Purchase a raffle ticket to win a beautiful Wide Glide from Green Mountain Harley Davidson in Essex Jct. Only 275 tickets will be sold at $100 each. Tickets may be purchased on this page and at various Chamber events, and at Green Mountain Harley Davidson. 50% of the net proceeds will be donated to The Chittenden County Children’s Advocacy Center at CUSI. Click here for more information.

THE OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE: “Going only where their legs can take them, the crew at Powderwhores shows the world’s finest skiers hiking for gnar lines, deep powder, and the freshest tracks imaginable. Powderwhores bring to Burlington their newest film “Breaking Trail,” being shown at the Outdoor Gear Exchange on 37 Church Street on December 1st at 7:30pm. Tickets are $8 gen public / $5 for students and are available at the Outdoor Gear Exchange, and online at  Food will be available from Pirogi Union and cash bar by Skinny PancakeEvent to benefit The Catamount Trail Association.  Presented by Outdoor Gear Exchange, Darn Tough Vermont, and PointFM.  Ticket includes an entry to win a free pair of skis from Black Diamond!”

Seven Days is our Media Sponsor. Check them out online at & get ‘the Daily 7′ – Vermont’s top stories, delivered to your inbox.  Get the day’s most compelling stories across all media – print, radio, TV and web.  Sign up today:

Wolaver’s Organic Ales ( helps keep Green Drinks going in a big way. For the uninformed, Wolaver’s is: “One of the nation’s original certified organic breweries, Wolaver’s is committed to producing the best beer in the most ecologically sound way.”

Our pals at Bluebird Tavern are moving!

We’re excited to see this local-foods-sister-in-arms move from their former location on Riverside Avenue to right downtown! Also, having shut down a restaurant for renovations 18 months ago, we sympathize oh-so-deeply…turning the tap of that cash flow off, even for a moment, is kinda scary!

Word is they’re re-opening at 86 St Paul St (former Green Room) next week. Here’s to their continued success! The photo on the right is from their new space. More on their move can be found here.

Photo credit to Alice Levitt of Seven Days.

 New fundraisers…

Friends of Burlington Gardens are working to raise funds for 2012! “We need your support to meet the growing needs of our community & school gardens in Burlington & throughout the state. Your gift will help more people grow more food for themselves, their families & neighbors. Together, we will strengthen our food system & build healthy, resilient communities. Thank you!” The Skinny Pancake has made the following challenge: if Friends of Burlington Gardens get 100 new or increased donors before December 16th, we will donate an additional $500 to their campaign! Click here for more info on how to donate!!!

Much much much more info here:

Mad props to our Music Coordinator, Alaina Janack!

Alaina had her first article published in Seven Days newspaper this week. She reviewed local performer Paddy Reagan’s album ‘Bleating Heart.’ Check it out!

In lieu of a show at the Skinny, Alaina recommends you check out ‘This Way’ a five-piece Americana collective from Portland, ME, playing this Saturday eve at Red Square. Check their website for more info…

Farmer Flood Relief: Part II

Howdy friends,

and HOLY MOLY! There is ALOT of organizing & event planning going on right now in VT! The coordination, cooperation & generosity of businesses, non-profits & individuals is AWESOME. Beyond the incredibly reassuring nature of all this community-engagement, the fact is that there are going to be many wonderful gatherings that come out of this whole mess. Below is another run-down on what we’re doing & what you can do too…

First, what we’re doing:

  1. RAISING MONEY NOWespecially for folks outside of VT, here’s a way you can contribute & get a nice gift in the process. We’re selling our organic, fair trade ‘local foodshed’ t-shirts for $50 (ordinarily $25). We will donate $40 of the sale to a farmer disaster relief fund…we’re finalizing which fund & will let you know next week. The remaining $10 will be used to re-invest in another shirt to keep this fundraiser going…which, for the record, is well below our cost of reproducing the shirts! These fine t-shirts, pictured on the right, come in maize or brown. Please contact us here with a phone #, size request & shipping address. We will call you back to get your credit card info. By next week, we should have online ordering set up!
  2. VENDING FOR FUNDRAISERS: We’re stepping up to the plate for fundraising events that need a food vendor & donating the proceeds. Just what you need? Write us at[email protected]. As with the t-shirts, we can afford to donate all our sales less our costs to these events & plan to do this often over the next few months.
  3. CATERING FOR A CAUSE: from Thanksgiving through January 15th, we will be donating 10% of all holiday catering events to farm-related disaster relief work. Got catering? Contact us at[email protected].
  4. ORGANIZING: at least three different music/food related fundraisers in Burlington, Montpelier & Waitsfield. All three promise to be fun & very fundraising…none are ready to be announced. But rest assured, you’ll know as soon as its ready to go.

Music & food events you can attend to help raise funds:


PHISH: of course, you surely know about the Phish show this Wednesday Sept 14th, their first VT performance since 2004’s Coventry festival. Please do not buy tickets from scalpers…in this case, it is grossly unethical to profit from the event! Hope to see you all there!


Clothing & Food Drive in Burlington:

Thanks to the Main Street Landing Company’s efforts, there is a very successful clothing & food drive going on! From now through Sunday, 09.11.11, bring food and clothing (including infant clothing) in good condition to the Union Station at One Main Street – the Main Lobby and the Lake & College Lobby outside of the Endangered Species Wall. These donations will be collected and distributed throughout the State where there is need.

Three more funds you can donate to directly:

VT Irene Flood Relief Fund (a fund to help small businesses):

Local businesses are the beating heart of our Vermont communities. The little shop downtown, the restaurant on the corner, the repair shop down the street — these are the places we work and the places we gather. They are vital to the economic health of our towns and the our state.

Hundreds of small businesses were in the path of the raging floods spawned by Hurricane Irene. Getting them back up and running must be a top priority in our recovery efforts – particularly with the critical fall and winter tourism seasons on the horizon. With this pressing need in mind, we have established the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund.

NOFA-VT’s Farmer Emergency Fund
(a fund to help VT farmers)

The Farmer Emergency Fund was established in 1997 to assist organic farmers adversely affected by natural and unnatural disasters like the recent flooding and damage from Irene. We anticipate many requests for funds after this disaster, so all donations are welcome.

Grants and zero-percent-interest loans are awarded to farmers in need as funds are available.

Mad River Valley Community Fund: The MRV Community Fund has activated a special flood relief fund. We appreciate your donations toward local people and businesses affected by the floods in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.


Hurricane Irene: How We Can Help Our Farmers

As you all surely know, Vermont sustained severe & widespread damages due to flooding from the rains of Irene. In a 12-hour period, the entire state received the equivalent of two months of rainfall resulting in flash floods everywhere.

While the Skinny Pancake emerged unscathed, many of our farming friends did not. The 12 farms on Burlington’s Intervale appear to have lost nearly everything, right as their crops were coming to harvest, when they had the most time & money invested in their foods. The same goes for farms near rivers throughout VT: Dog River Farm in Montpelier, Small Step Farm in Waitsfield (pictured midst-flood on the right) and many, many more.

What to do about it?

First, let’s be very clear: if Irene brought destruction through flooding, Vermont will bring re-construction through a ground-swell of support. Help is on the way. That groundswell has already begun & is growing every day. Volunteers around the state are hard at work helping their neighborhoods repair & rebuild. Fundraising efforts are in the works…’The Skinny’ will DEFINITELY be a clearing house for spreading the word on any & all fundraising efforts that occur, as will our facebook page, twitter & in person. And, of course, you can expect to see the SP actively involved in fundraising efforts.

Bottom line, this is the worst natural disaster to affect Vermont in the lifetimes of everyone reading this email. The damage extends far beyond the local foodshed–entire towns have been compromised. Here at the Skinny Pancake,  we are determined to conduct by far the largest charitable effort in the history of our company & we could not be working harder on it. Me (Benjy), my brother and co-owner Jonny, and Montpelier GM Jeremy Silansky have formed an internal task force to coordinate our contributions. We have decided to focus our efforts on that which we know best, the local foodshed. It is where our ties are the deepest and it is where we can help the most. This is our #1 priority in the coming months. But if I learned one thing from my 9-months volunteering in New Orleans after Katrina, it is that we need to let community organizers take the lead. Thus, we are in communication with several communities & have strongly indicated that we are overwhelmingly prepared to contribute our money, resources & organizational capacity to help in fundraising upon their cue.

What you can do right now:

  • BUY LOCAL: if you are a Vermonter, go to your farmer’s market this weekend. Many farmers harvested all the food they could, literally until flood waters forced them to leave their land. Some of that food is perishable. Buy it, eat it, love it!
    • To the Intervale Center’s Disaster Relief Fund here. The fund will be used by farmers to compensate for crop losses and equipment damage. After you choose the amount you’d like to give, you can designate your contribution to the “Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund.”
    • To the Mad River Valley Community Fund here. The MRV Community Fund has activated a special flood relief fund. We appreciate your donations toward local people and businesses affected by the floods in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
  • Get your hands dirty: there are many independent volunteer efforts going on. For example, in Moretown, local organizer Megan Schultz writes, “Things you can bring to Moretown (or wherever you are lending a hand): Deconstruction tools (crowbars, etc) BUCKETS BUCKETS BUCKETS, MASKS!, medium/small boxes (and tape if they’re broken down) Sponges, bleach, rubber gloves, rags, garbage bags etc… Qs? Call me:8029171729 Thanks & XO.”
  • Come visit if you are from out of town or get your out-of-town friends to visit. Vermont is open for business! Footage from a week ago will continue to run in the media and scare people away when, in fact, Vermont will be as beautiful a place to visit as ever this fall.

There are many opportunities in the works to help raise money in fun ways…parties, catered events, music & more. When you hear about them, come on out & celebrate the strength,  conviction & communities of Vermont! As we learn about them, we’ll be sure to let you know.

For the voyeurist in us all…

Ben Jervey recently wrote this excellent update on damage in Vermont, aggregating info from various sources:

Mr. Jervey is OnEarth’s blog editor, writes about climate, energy, and sustainability for numerous publications and is the former environment editor at GOOD. He’s the author of “The Big Green Apple: Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Living in New York City” and currently lives in Vermont.

Railroad Spikes, Yaks, and Bluegrass

Q: What do railroad spikes, yaks, and bluegrass have in common?

A: The best the Skinny Pancake has to offer via Rob Williams and Co.

The Phineas Gage Project: James Kinne, Erica Stroem, and Rob Williams

If you’re lost, allow us to explain.

The last Thursday of every month, VT’s finest bluegrass band, The Phineas Gage Project plays at the Skinny Pancake.  Their stickers make the claim they are “music for happy brains, ” and the PG Project ain’t lying. You’ve never heard a more cheerful version of Toto’s Africa than you will when James Kinne, Erica Stroem, and Rob Williams pick up their djembe, mandolin, and guitar. This local favorite plays bluegrass versions of songs you can sing along with and dance to, right up until last call at each and every gig.  The band’s namesake is one of VT’s favorite oddities, the foreman of a crew cutting a railroad bed in Cavendish, Vermont in 1848. Gage was wounded by a railroad tamp after a premature detonation launched the iron spike through his head, veritably blinding the man in the left eye. He remained conscious, went to the doctor to have the spike removed, and went on to travel the country as a side show more cantankerous than previously but fully functional. Now, he lives on in the name of the fresh and fun bluegrass band, The Phineas Gage Project.

Railroad Foreman, Phineas Gage with Tamping Iron

In addition to providing toe-tapping tunes Rob delivers the meat, the yak meat! He’s one of the farmers in the VT Yak Co in Waitsfield, Vermont. Throughout the year, The Skinny Pancake offers specials featuring local Yak raised in the hills of the Mad River Valley.

Yak to the Future!

The Phineas Gage Project can be found at the Skinny Pancake the last Thursday of every month.

Next Phineas Gage Gig:  Thursday, September 29th


The Jen Chapin Trio at The Skinny

Playing Friday, August 12th at 8pm

We are really excited to have Jen Chapin play at the Skinny Pancake. You might be thinking to yourself, “Jen Chapin… that name sounds familiar.   Did I see her on Conan? Do I know her from the food ethics and activism community?” Is she related to American folk legend Harry Chapin?

The answer is: Yes!

Jen is the daughter of THE Harry Chapin. In fact, the whole family is extraordinarily musical, Tom Chapin, The Chapin Sisters…  And not only are they a superstar family of folk musicians, they are a family of educators and charitable activists.

In addition to touring, Jen Chapin is a major advocate for the organization WhyHunger. Founded by Harry Chapin in 1975,  WhyHunger connects people to nutritious, affordable food and supports grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment to end poverty and hunger.  Neat, right?

Wait til’ they take a gander at  The Skinny Pancake Food Shed map!

The Jen Chapin Trio play 8pm-10pm this Friday (8/12/11) at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington.

The Skinny 08.03.11 – 08.09.11

Howdy folks,

there are a bunch of great fairs & festivals coming up in the next few weeks. Here’s a quick sampling:

The Festival of Fools:
August 5 – 7, Burlington VT

Burlington City Arts is proud to present the Festival of Fools, now in its fourth year, on August 5-7th, 2011. The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. In accord with Burlington City Arts’ mission to make the arts accessible in greater Burlington, the Festival of Fools offers free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups.

The Festival of Fools features the best international street performers from around the globe. Four main stage locations surrounding the Church Street Marketplace and City Hall Park will feature continuous street theater, performing to over 10,000 visitors to Church Street each day. The Festival wraps up on Sunday, August 7th with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival.

August 5 – 7, Plainfield VT

The RhinoFest site is a natural amphitheater tucked away in the hills of Plainfield, Vermont. This beautifully unique landscape atop Maple Hill provides every “Rhinofestivillian” with a view of our Main Stage, Side Stage, and DJ Dome from each and every campsite. Our Main Stage was constructed from fallen trees taken from the land surrounding the festival. We are sponsored by local businesses and we are proud to not accept corporate sponsorship or investment. RhinoFest was born from a group of friend’s passion of music, respect for the land, and love for community.

Entering our fourth year of fun, all festival-goers can expect that the positive vibes and amazing music of prior years will be reached and surpassed. RhinoFest 2011 will truly be a summer event that no one should miss! Rhinofestivillians, let’s celebrate!

Addison Fair & Field Days
August 9 – 13, Addison County, VT

Vermont’s largest agricultural fair always takes place during the first full week of August. Celebrating its 63rd year, this family-oriented fair is a deeply rooted community tradition. From the 4H competitions to the Tractor Pull, the Demolition Derby to the Ferris Wheel, The Fair & Field Days is both wholesome & hopping…and it is absolutely the quintessential agricultural fair…so come one, come all August 9th (Tuesday) through August 13th (Saturday).

Grand Points North Festival
August 13 – 14, Burlington, VT

Grace Potter, Taj Mahal, Wood Brothers, Anais Mitchell, Rubblebucket & much much more. All on the Burlington Waterfront. Looks like a GREAT time…

Valley Stage Festival
August 13, Huntington, VT

A phenomenal one day gathering!!! Wholesome for the whole family, always an extremely tasteful line-up & a setting that cannot be topped! This is a VT gem, folks. If you’ve been there before, you know. If not, check it out!!!

The Great Vermont Corn Maze
Ongoing, Danville VT

Granted, this is not an ‘upcoming fair or festival,’ but I can’t resist highlighting this time-honored tradition. Voted 2nd best in the nation, the Great Vermont Corn Maze boasts an ‘epic journey of adventure’ on 8.5 acres. While it is somewhat far afield for most folks on this mailing list, who knows…perhaps you’ll be passing through Danville sometime in the next few months? If so, be brave!!!

Montpelier Green Drinks is next Tuesday!

Join us on Tuesday, August 9th from 6 – 8 pm in City Center’s lobby for Montpelier Green Drinks. As always, there will be 50 pints of local microbrew, generously bought by our sponsors. We are also thrilled to welcome Pirogi Union back this month…btw, other than Green Drinks, you can get their product at both City Market & Hunger Mountain Coop!

Sponsors? Yep! This month’s sponsor is
1% for the Planet:

1% for the Planet is a rapidly growing global network of businesses, brands and sustainability advocates, collaborating to take a powerful stand for a healthier planet.  We inspire companies to become a part of the solution by embracing the environment as a core value and investing at least 1% of their annual revenue with sustainability-focused non-profits.

We connect our member companies with approved high impact environmental champions, fostering collaboration while ensuring mutual accountability.

1% for the Planet grew 40% in 2010. Our member businesses are thriving – proving that corporate investments in causes of sustainability simply make good business sense.

And of course, recognition & gratitude is due for our sustaining sponsors:

Thanks to our host sponsor, City Center Associates, for sharing their lobby with us!

Seven Days wants you to check ’em out online at You can also get ‘the Daily 7′ – Vermont’s top stories, delivered to your inbox.  Get the day’s most compelling stories across all media – print, radio, TV and web.  Sign up today:

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility is excited to bring it’s next Networking Get-Together to Hardwick’s Food Venture Center on August 18th.  The event is co-hosted by the Cellars at Jasper Hill and Caledonia Spirits & Winery, so there will be plenty of opportunities to experience award winning wines, spirits and cheeses.  VBSR would also like to remind everyone that the new edition of the BUY LOCAL Coupon Book & Resource Guide will hit stores, shelves and counters starting September 1st.  The book features coupons from over 140 businesses in Chittenden, Addison and Washington counties and will be distributed through over 20 different sites across the region.

Specials at the Skinny Pancake this week: 

Screamin’ Summer (Montpelier): A delightful medley of Sauteed Escarole, Summer Squash, Zucchini, garlic and fresh herbs from Scremin’ Ridge Farm with Pete’s Eggplant and Landaff Cheese.  Wrapped up in a savory crepe with a side of local greens. $10.95

Caprese Salad (Burlington): Pete’s Greens airloom tomatoes, Arethusa Farm basil chiffonade, Maple Brook Farms Burrata Mozzerella & balsamic reduction. $9.95.

Blue-balicious (Burlington): fresh picked blueberries from Charlotte erry Farm with a splash of lemon, & granulated sugar. Comes with a side of Cabot whipped cream. $7.50

Hear ye, hear ye: let it be known by all who walk the earth (or at least those who actually read this newsletter) that the Chubby Muffin is now serving ALL NATURAL CREEMEES!!!


That National Farmers Market Week is August 7 – 13th! This year marks the 12th annual National Farmers Market week. Since 2000, the number of farmers markets has grown from approximately 250%, from 2,863 markets to 7,175 in 2011. Here in VT, we have the highest number of farmers markets per capita. Wahoo!!!

Music this week at the Skinny Pancake:

Thursday, 08.04.11
Nicole Carey
(handmade folk)
***$5 suggested donation

The Skinny Pancake is proud to bring on back Miss Nicole Erin Carey, a Burlington native whose charming folk music is as prime as her sewing and knitting skills. Whether wielding an acoustic guitar or banjo, Carey’s sweetly unique voice singing songs inspired by the mountains, farms and birds of Vermont is a dead ringer influence from folk legends like Leadbelly or Woody Guthrie. Unlike those two, however, Nicole Erin’s rosy little tunes are from a winsome young singer-songwriter taking in the greenery and wildflowers of our sugar maple state and using its beauty as an artful ingredient. Hear what we’re so excited about right over here!

Friday, 08.05.11
Shannon Hawley
(acoustic / folk / indi)
***$5 suggested donation

If Regina Spektor and Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum had a child, and Tom Waits was her nanny, you’d have Shannon Hawley. Shannon lures audiences in with her sweet voice, imagistic lyrics, and spitfire stage-presence. Her performances are like journeys to the present moment, touching on all things that make you feel alive – all the pain and all the joy – and sometimes both at once.

“A dynamic performer, this tiny red-haired spitfire connects deeply and effortlessly to both her heart-felt lyrics and to her audience.”

Saturday, 08.06.11
Victoria Vox
***$5 suggested donation

clectic, upbeat and clever, Victoria Vox, has been warming the hearts of her audience across the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Her songs are honest, moving, but also light-hearted. She is  known among the ukulele community for her refreshingly modern and rhythmic ukulele technique. She has been included in Relix Magazine and Washington D.C.’s City’s Best lists of artists to watch and is a multi WAMA (Washington D.C. Area Music Award) winner for her 2010 release Exact Change. She’s an undiscovered gem… but won’t be for long.

Sunday, 08.07.11
Montpelier Sunday Skinny Series

4 – 6 pm: Katie Trautz & Friends
6 – 8 pm: Phinneas Gage trio

In the pipleline…

Thursday, 08.11.11
Linda Bassick
(alt / americana / blues)
***$5 suggested donation

Friday, 08.12.11
Jen Chapin Trio
(folk / americana)
***$5 suggested donation