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When I was 16, I was a grunge-music fanatic. I went to many, many shows in NYC of my favorite Pacific Northwest bands (Hole, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, loved Nirvana but never saw them), and dreamed of the day that I would get to hang out at a dirty bar, drinking beer and wearing a flannel shirt.
I never got a chance to go until I met my partner, who is from just outside Portland, Oregon—and once I was there, I was hooked. I visited Seattle and Vancouver, as well as Eugene (Oregon) and I just loved the whole area. Especially Portland Oregon. The videos below showcase exactly why.
It was Cristi’s birthday (that’s her aglow above on the left), and a group of us were out to celebrate it in style. In Stowe, that meant Michael’s on the Hill, which is celebrity chef-owned by Swiss-born Michael Kloueti (his wife, Laura, runs the business side of things). The couple moved to Vermont and founded the restaurant when they had children, and have spent the last decade creating a local institution.
Not only is Michael a world-renown chef, having worked in restaurants from Hawaii to New York City, but he and Laura recognize the importance of healthy, locally-grown food. The restaurant is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, Local First Vermont and Slow Food, and “the usage of local, organic products is of premier importance.”
From top right (counter-clockwise) are Starre Vartan, Healing Arts practitioner Cara Joy, Kristen Rosfeld and Kelly Cunningham.
All of that is in evidence when you sit down at your table in the circa-1820′s farmhouse with giant wrap-around porch which affords gorgeous views of the Green Mountains; everything on the menu is based on both seasonality and nearby availability, which means local meats (some in our party had the venison and local pork), seafood and fish from the nearby New England Atlantic coast, and of course, a host of harvest vegetables during the second week of October when I visited to see the last of the brilliant leaves blanket northern Vermont valleys.
Smoked Local Trout with Heirloom Bean Salad & Horseradish Cream