The Vermont Winter Experience Getaway GIVEAWAY!

The snow gods have been much more generous to us in Vermont this winter than in recent years, and while we have had a few warm days, there is still some winter left here and we are living it to the fullest.

We put our heads together with a few of our friends around town to cook up the ultimate Vermont Winter Experience Getaway. In partnership with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to offer a two-night complimentary stay here at Hotel Vermont, dinner for two at Hen of the Wood – Burlington, and lift tickets to Stowe Mountain Resort!

The giveaway closes March 6th, so enter as soon as you can! ENTER HERE.

Partner Profile: Sweet Sound Oysters

Juniper Chef Doug Paine is always on the look out for new local products and providers. We have recently partnered with Sweet Sound Oysters, a company based in Duxbury, Massachusetts but owned and operated by a UVM alumni. Chef Doug blogs about our partnership with Sweet Sound:

At Juniper and Bleu, we are taking farm to table to a new level by buying fresh oysters directly from the farmer. John Brawley owns and operates Sweet Sound Oysters. John, a UVM alumni with a Ph.D. in marine biology brings us live oysters weekly from his farm in Duxbury MA.

John and his staff farm Crassostrea Virginca oysters. They are also called Eastern Oysters and are native to the east and gulf coasts of North America. Oysters carry a distinct flavor that is specific to where they are grown, called merrior. Sweet Sound‘s merrior comes from the minerals and organic matter that is carried to east side of Duxbury Bay from the Black River. They are grown on the bottom of the bay in about waist-deep water depending on what the tide is doing. The oysters are started in bags placed plastic crates to protect them from predators. When they are big enough they are spread out on the bay floor. They are harvested by dragging a net along the bottom to scoop them up and then pulled into a boat. They are then hand sorted to size and bagged for delivery.

Sweet Sound’s oysters have a notably sweet & briny character, giving them a distinct taste of place. Visit sweetsoundoysters.com for more information or stop into Juniper or Bleu to try them for yourself!

Bake for Bosnia

Bake Sale for Bosnia

This weekend, in addition to hub bub of the Vermont City Marathon, some of our employees hosted a bake sale for their families who were effected by the terrible flooding in Bosnia. They were able to raise almost $500 to spend back to family members in need. We are very proud of their efforts and are sending our thoughts and prayers to their families back home. If you would like to learn more about how you can help please send our Front Desk Host Amila an email at amila@hotelvt.com.

Sleeping Out for Spectrum

Sleeping Out for Spectrum

Our GM Hans braved the weather last night at the Spectrum Youth and Family Services Sleepout to help raise money for homeless youth in Vermont. We are thankful to Hans and many other business leaders in Burlington not just for donating but for helping to create awareness and supporting Spectrum’s great work in our community. There is still time to give to this great cause, click here to donate.

Farmer’s Dinner

Farmer's Dinner

February 1st, Juniper will be hosting a Farmer’s Dinner in conjunction with Vermont Fresh Network and in support of Jack Lazor from Butterworks Farm.

Partake in this four-course Vermont Fresh Network sponsored dinner with presentations by Maple Wind Farm, Starbird Fish, and Pete’s Greens.

Join us for $55 per person. Beverage pairings available to add on for $35 per person. Call Juniper for reservations at 802-651-5027, payment will be at the time of service.

Interested in staying over? Book now at $279 including the Farmer’s Dinner for two by visiting us at hotelvt.com or calling Reservations at 802-651-0080.

If you want to learn more about donating to Jack Lazor, who has taken ill with kidney failure and cancer, please visit them at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/jack-s-health-fund/120570