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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

"It's all about the team, teamwork makes the dream work." This is a rally cry from every leader in every industry. I just finished a great book called The Captain Class by Sam Walker...

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Grilling Season

It’s summer. Let’s eat outside, fire up the grill and invite some friends over. There’s no better time for enjoying food with friends than at summer parties. Here are some recipes to help you get things started...

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Bike Thoughts

It's been a while, have you missed me? Ski season is wrapped up and bicycle gear and golf clubs have taken up residence in our trunks for the next several months

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My Favorite Places of Spring.

Another favorite would have to be the Lincoln Peak Courtyard. In fact, I like the spring vibes there so much I went ahead and added a brand new bar out there. We call it the Umbrella Bar. Why? Well, because of the giant umbrella. We'll be slinging drinks and serving pizza out of the pizza oven on nice spring weekends from here on out. Trust me, it'll become one of your favorite spring spots too. 

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People and Places


This month, let's talk about people and places. Julia has the places angle covered with her field trip to the Mad River Taste Place, so let me tell you about one of the new faces we hired this winter. 

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It's been a busy few weeks for me. In a past life, I was a working chef. That's how I've met many of you. We've had a changing-of-the-guard in one of our places, and it required my putting on the chef's whites for a few weeks. Kitchen work is fun. It has been easy for me to get back in the groove, with the exception of staying up past 9 PM - I forgot what it's like to be a night owl.

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Life without a phone

In my haste to get out of the house on a combo business/vacation trip, I forgot my phone on the kitchen counter. I have to tell you it felt wonderful...

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Change: An Absolute

Change is good, change is bad, change is easy, or change is hard: we've all muttered some variation of this mantra depending on our point of view on the topic.

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Quality, Price. Speed

When it comes to bicycles the old saying is light, strong or cheap, pick any two. Apparently being all things to all people is pretty hard. In the food world we focus on speed, quality and price. It's hard to get all three in harmony. Not for lack of trying, it's just hard. Think about your personal life and mealtime. You make this call every day...

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Mid Season Food Goals Check-in

We just passed the halfway point of the ski season. Let's take a look back and see how we're doing on some the goals we had for this year...

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My Mt. Ellen Ski Day

My cooking skills outweigh my skiing skills, but I'm working on it. Follow me around the grocery store, and I can show you the best deals, quality ingredients and some cool stuff you might overlook. Follow me around the mountain, and I might still make a good guide, if not as good. I've been skiing awhile at Sugarbush and like to think I know my way around at this point. Here's a look at my favorite ski day at Mt. Ellen...

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New Food for the New Year

Since we're crossing over into a new year, I think it makes sense to run through all the new things we have going on in the food and beverage world. They're mostly little things, but when you add them all up, I hope you'll notice some nice improvements in your everyday dining experiences...

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Re-Learning to Be Better

Some formerly accepted best practices in the kitchen now cannot be supported with data. We always thought that basting a turkey would keep the breast meat moist. Wrong: the skin of the turkey is a protective barrier that repels water. Basting will make for better gravy and keeps you in touch with the bird while you monitor its progress...

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The Hungarian Goulash Recipe

These are some heady times in our Valley. Reflections, observations and at times, body-numbing emptiness abound. There are few absolutes in this world, but I'm sure of this one: a thoughtful meal with friends at the table helps everything, always...

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History and Transformation of the Glen House

Some of the attributes I look for most in my co-workers are courage and transformation. It's easy to get caught up in doing the same thing year in and year out. It takes courage to make a change, to transform...

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Things That Grow Together Go Together

Mother Nature is pretty clever. She has an uncanny knack for having the natural world blossom at just the right time...

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The Human Touch

I have smart friends. One of my highly-educated peers (she’s a PhD) wrote a nice piece on her blog after the tragedy in Orlando. It focused on the power of the human touch and how we have backed away from this once common practice. She also gave fair warning to all that a lot more hugs will be coming from her starting now...

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Where did all the lunch places go?

Hogan's Pub at the golf course and Castlerock Pub at Lincoln Peak. Both have quick, fresh and healthful lunch options as well as spectacular surroundings courtesy of Vermont's Green Mountains. I dare you to find a better view than Hogan's Pub for food and drink (outside of hiking)...

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