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Vermonters create Dinner Specials: Indian & Farm-to-Table Cuisine!

This June, visit the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast near Ludlow, VT to enjoy two spectacular dinners specially prepared for you by Vermont cooks!  The first will be authentic, homemade Indian cuisine; the second will be a Vermont farm-to-table dinner sourced with fresh, organic ingredients from local farms and fields.  Our specials page will tell you how to book your dinner reservation along with your room or one of our spring specials and packages.  Read on to find out more…but be warned in advance that your mouth may water!

June 7th, 2014: Authentic Indian Food with Lini Mazumdar of Anjali Farm and Lotus Moon Medicinals

lini-at-vermont-farmers-market-indian-cuisineOn June 7th, prepare your taste buds for a trip to India…while spending the evening at our Vermont Inn.  Lini Mazumdar has won the Amateur Chef Competition at the Taste of Vermont’s Stratton Festival in both 2013 and 2014.  She lives and works on Anjali Farm with her husband and is passionate about sourcing organic ingredients and Vermont local foods as the season permits.  Experience her talent firsthand through the Golden Stage Inn’s special Authentic Indian Cuisine Experience.  Arrive around 6:00 pm to enjoy appetizers & beverages, and to meet Lini and watch her cook in the Golden Stage Inn’s open kitchen!  Dinner will be served around 8:00 pm, and recipes will be provided for you to take home with you.

 

 

The evening’s menu will consist of:

  • Daal (Indian stewed lentils)
  • Basmati Rice
  • Spiced vegetables
  • A meat dish
  • Raita (seasoned yogurt dip)

Here are some sample dishes from her website to give you an idea of what you might see at our first Vermont dinner evening:

  • Basmati Rice with peas and onions
  • Red Lentil Daal with carrots and cilantro
  • Braised greens and garlic-y potatoes
  • Carrot and apple Raita
  • Chicken with ginger-cumin tomato sauce
  • Aromatic mixed grain pilaf
  • Green mung bean Daal with ginger & garlic
  • Homemade Paneer with spinach or peas
  • Fresh beet-root Raita
  • Ground lamb with mint, potatoes and peas
Fresh tomatoes from Anjali Farms during Vermont Farm Trail's 2011 Dinner

Fresh tomatoes from Anjali Farms during Vermont Farm Trail’s 2011 Community Harvest Picnic

Lini Mazumdar also specializes in herbs, as she is a certified Herbalist through the Southwestern School of Botanical Medicine.  She is a certified Ayurvedic Nutrition Consultant and caters Indian food for local Vermonters.  She has created organic Vermont herbal products for sixteen years.  Since moving to Vermont, she has cooked her delicious and healthful Indian cuisine using Vermont local foods and fresh, organic ingredients.  Her passion for plants, organic practices, and medicine translates into the health-inspiring and palate-delighting dinners she creates.  Learn more about her business, Lotus Moon Medicinals.  Anjali Farm has hosted Vermont farm-to-table events and dinners, including…

  • Vermont Farm Trail’s “Community Harvest Picnic” with Chefs Amy Chamberlain, Mike Noyes and Jason Tostrup in 2011
  • Mach’s Traveling Pizza Oven Night in 2009
  • “A Chef’s Harvest” with Chef Michael Noyes in 2007
  • and The Vermont Fresh Network’s very first on-site farm dinner in 2005!

June 21st, 2014: Vermont Farm-to-Table Dinner with Chef Nicholas Matush

By late June, farmer’s markets in Vermont will be packed with fresh local produce.  The best way to enjoy the bounty?  Kick back for a delectable five-course meal created by one of Vermont’s very best local cooks.  Nicholas Matush creates stunning dinners using Vermont local foods including meat, dairy, vegetables and more. You may even get a taste of Mad Pickler products, grown and pickled at Nick’s homestead in Springfield, VT!

Nicholas Matush graduated from New England Culinary School’s satellite campus in the British Virgin Islands.  His passion for food extends beyond the kitchen to the farm and soil.  He strives to create meals that please not only the palate, but also the artistic and aesthetic senses.

Nicholas Matush has worked at several fine dining and farm-to-table restaurants across the country, including Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys and Joseph’s Table in Taos, New Mexico.  Internationally, he was Sous Chef at Brandywine Bay Restaurant in the British Virgin Islands.  He was honored to be Chef Davide Pugliese’s sous-chef at the James Beard House in 2010.  Recently, he has started getting back in touch with the land, creating a pickling business called The Mad Pickler.  See below to admire some of Nick’s recent homemade meals!

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Picante gazpacho with pesto crostini

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Ramps ravioli with brown butter, fiddlehead ferns, and Mad Pickler’s herbal beets

Gypsy Mussels with kalamata olives, Mad Pickler's hot peppers, tomato, garlic and grilled Orchard Hill Country Loaf

Gypsy Mussels with kalamata olives, Mad Pickler’s hot peppers, tomato, garlic and grilled Orchard Hill Country Loaf

 

BYOB cocktail hour for both events starts at 6pm.  Tickets are $50 each, and are limited in supply.  Please order in advance to assure your spot!  We hope to do more dinners like this in the future to support local agriculture and the Vermont farm-to-table movement.  Don’t forget to look into our Road Trip Package or Foodies Getaway to make the most of your spring vacation in Vermont!

Stay Green and enjoy Vermont local food with our sustainable B&B!

Did you know the Golden Stage Inn is a member of Vermont Fresh Network and Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State?

Our VT B&B is sustainable, green, environmentally-conscious and eco-friendly

Our bed and breakfast is proud of making a commitment to being sustainable, green, eco-friendly…whatever the trendy term may be for caring responsibly about our environment! This means serving Vermont local foods and using green products at the inn. Being eco-friendly is especially important in the state of Vermont, where the natural beauty and wildlife of mountains, forests and waterways is central to VT identity. As a member of Green Hotels of the Green Mountain State, we recycle and compost as much as possible, in addition to buying recycled products when we can. Julie recently noticed that every cleaning product used at the inn is eco-friendly, a development to be proud of! Every time plumbing is redone, such as with toilets and shower heads, Golden Stage Inn uses low-flow appliances to replace old plumbing, thus conserving water. All these efforts are testament to an ever-evolving and continual effort to green our bed and breakfast business. Green Hotels of the Green Mountains must show “a commitment to pollution prevention and exemplary environmental stewardship,” as the website says. We hope you can see this stewardship each time you stay at our Southeastern VT inn!

We are a member of the Vermont Fresh Network as an inn and B&B

We are also pleased to be a part of the Vermont Fresh Network, which allows us to connect with many Vermont local food producers as we prepare breakfasts and goodies for guests. Some of our farm-to-table partners include Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Jersey Girls Farm Cafe and Market, Wellwood Orchards, and Crowley Cheese. The bacon served at breakfast is smoked just down the road at Singleton’s General Store. Most importantly, we supply our own eggs, honey, and sometimes herbs from our backyard free-range hens and honeybee hives. Summer offers fresh local fruit and vegetables from farms in the Okemo Valley…and it would be blasphemous to not have an ample supply of Vermont maple syrup on hand for your morning pancakes and waffles!

For the Golden Stage Inn, sustainability is about more than Vermont local foods, green cleaning products and memberships. Sustainability is a mentality, a conversation, and a way of life. We hope you’ll see for yourself that Vermont is committed to the environment in so many ways, and that our local connections and economies can do wonders to maintaining a safe and green world for future generations.

 

All-New Vermont Dining Guide Enhances Guest Experiences

Dinner at Restaurant Verterra

The next time you stay at our bed and breakfast near Ludlow, Vermont…

…you may notice a small addition to our living room.  A white binder sits by the fireside – recline in one of our comfortable chairs and open it up to discover our brand new Vermont dining guide!  With more than 20 entries from nearby restaurants, pubs and cafes, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.  Guests have raved about the new Golden Stage Inn Vermont Dining Guide, saying that they love the ability to know in advance that they’ll be completely satisfied with the restaurant they choose.  During your vacation, you only have so many days to enjoy the cuisine of the area, and it’s best to be able to compare your options.  Who knows, you may go out on a limb to try something new, or discover one of Vermont’s secret restaurant Vermont local food and dinnergems!  Our new Vermont dining guide showcases the Innkeepers’ favorite picks, lets you know how far each restaurant is from the Inn, and describes the atmosphere, service, hours and overall quality.  Whether you’re looking to cater to your family, impress a loved one, or sample Vermont’s best brews and produce, we’ll help you find your match.

Vermont dining guide highlights include…

The Castle is known for its truly elegant ambiance. The perfect menu and setting for a romantic evening or celebratory dinner.

The Inn at Glimmerstone creates a seasonal menu using local meat, cheese and fish, as well as produce in the summer and fall.  During warm weather, sit outside and enjoy live music!

Mr. Darcy’s is an upbeat pub atmosphere with traditional fare and creative twists set at comfortable prices.

Downtown Grocery is a laid-back space where the food is as local as the chef.  Seasonal selections change frequently, and reservations should be made far in advance.

MacLaomainn’s, a small, intimate pub with great beer and scotch selections. Menu includes traditional Scottish classics such as neeps, tatties & haggis, and bangers & mash!

The Black Rock Steakhouse in Springfield is an exciting and novel dinner experience, as your entree is served on a sizzling “volcano” stone.  Cook your meat, fish or vegetables just the way you like.

So the next time you visit Vermont,

Remember that the food you eat here is an integral part of your experience.  The farm to table movement is strong in the area, as well as unique cuisine and creative chefs.  Keep our future foodie weekends in mind.  We have foodie getaway specials for the summer, which include a VT foods picnic basket and locally-sourced breakfasts at the Golden Stage Inn.  This spring, we will feature in-house evening dining experiences with local chefs.  Stay posted to learn about our Indian Cuisine night in April, our Scottish Supper with scotch tastings in May, and our Vermont farms gourmet dinner in June.  A small Vermont dining guide for guests to peruse is just the beginning of a wealth of foodie travel sourced at the Golden Stage Inn…bon appetit everyone!

A delicious local roast at Restaurant Verterra

All photos taken at Restaurant Verterra, where local foods are the centerpiece of the foods. Above, these delectable dishes are enjoyed near Vermont artwork and a roaring fire.

Dig in!

Sophi Veltrop, The Golden Stage Inn

Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast Episode

Wheel of Fortune to feature VT B&B Prize this evening!

About three years ago, the Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast Week offered prize stays at five premier B&Bs across the world.  This week on Wheel of Fortune, it’s Romance Week – and bed and breakfast packages are back in the spotlight!  Tune in today (Tuesday, February 11th) at 7:30 pm to see to see one lucky contestant solve a puzzle to win a five-night getaway to Rabbit Hill Inn in Northeastern Vermont.  Though our family-owned Golden Stage Inn in Southern Vermont will not be a prize on the show, we do have a surprisingly personal connection to the B&B featured as the Wheel of Fortune prize!

Back in their dating days, Julie and Michael Wood took a vacation to Northern Vermont, living spontaneously and figuring they would find accommodations at the last minute.  This was before they knew how challenging ‘last minute accommodations’  in Vermont  on a foliage weekend would prove to be.  After being sent away from so many inns, hotels and B&Bs in the Northeast Kingdom, they finally came across  Rabbit Hill Inn.  Although this inn was similar to the rest in its lack of open rooms, this was the only similarity.  The innkeepers welcomed in these wary travelers, sat them in front of a fireplace, while they called the local businesses, finding a room for Mike and Julie.   Thus started Mike and Julie’s keen interest in both Rabbit Hill Inn specifically and bed and breakfasts in general.  Every year since that event for the next 15 years, Mike and Julie visited Rabbit Hill Inn at least once per year, including one particularly special occasion … their own wedding.

Their first memorable experience at Rabbit Hill planted the seed of a dream to someday own and run a bed and breakfast themselves.  Today, you’ll find Mike and Julie offering the same welcoming comfort to travelers far and near – even those that do not end up staying at the Golden Stage Inn.  Perhaps in the future the Inn will become a Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast prize, and maybe you’ll be the winner!

Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Partnering with the game show to create Wheel of Fortune bed and breakfast prizes is VIBBA, or Vermont Inns and Bed & Breakfast Association.  This organization is a fantastic resource for those looking to travel to Vermont and escape to the countryside.  Search for lodging based on location, use the maps to plan a sight-seeing route, or discover VT’s best kept secrets and events.  The innkeepers at Golden Stage are so happy to see one of their favorite Vermont B&Bs make an appearance on national TV.  Vermonters can tune in tonight on channel 5 or channel 31.  Missed the show? Check out this old teaser from an earlier Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast edition!

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Swedish Smorgasbord Festivities

Seasons’ greetings and a happy new year to all from the Golden Stage Inn!

 

Our Christmas Eve of 2013 was as packed with merriment as the Inn’s dining rooms were packed with people for our traditional Swedish Smorgasbord.  Guests, family and friends all came together to celebrate the night with good food and good company.  Julie-Lynn’s  parents are each half Swedish, so it has become a family tradition to celebrate this joyful time of year with a Christmas Eve Swedish Smorgasbord featuring all varieties of Swedish food, drink and decor.  The Anderson-Wood family members spent the day preparing a multi-course meal – including appetizers, main dishes, and sweets for dessert.  Their efforts certainly paid off!  Supper attendees were welcomed into the living room glowing with a crackling fire and sparkling Christmas tree.  Conversations filled the rooms while we helped ourselves to hot drinks and appetizers.  Guests brought their own beverages as well; a sure hit was the mulled wine, which the Swedes call Glogg (pronounced ‘glug’).  The decor went far past traditional New England Christmastime to include Swedish-printed tablecloths and painted horses. Paper napkins wished us “God Jul,” or “Good Yule” in Swedish, and a few Santa Lucia dolls holding Advent wreaths adorned the tables along with the miniature Christmas trees. Nana Rosemary Anderson, who took the pictures below, was even wearing her favorite blue Swedish sweater for the occasion.

Delicious almond cake and apple cake

At a little past seven, the main dishes came to the table piping hot and we served ourselves buffet style.  Everyone left with stomachs stuffed after enjoying homemade Swedish meatballs, pickled herring (or sil), beet salad, and potatoes and peppers in cream. A few American favorites such as macaroni ‘n’ cheese and baked ham made an appearance as well, and were a hit with the teenagers that were present! My personal favorite Swedish Smorgasbord dish was the red cabbage, which is simmered with apples and molasses. Papa Bert Anderson is a staunch advocate of sil and was encouraging everyone to add it to their plate, and several were brave enough to rise to the challenge. My father and a one of my brothers loved it – but reviews from other diners indicated this northern snack may be more of an acquired taste.  When the desserts came around, however, every single mouth was watering in anticipation! There was almond kaka  and apple kaka (cake), perfect for dipping in an after dinner coffee. Spice cookies and dark chocolate covered clementines finished off the array of sweets.  My family headed out once our plates had been cleared and our bellies were ready to undertake the walk back to the car.  We were invited to participate in the event not only because I recently began working for Michael and Julie, but also because we are new to the Okemo Valley area and slowly getting to know the area and its community.  The hospitality and friendship that the Golden Stage Inn family continually extends our way has been perhaps the warmest welcome we’ve received so far – and we aren’t even the guests!  Check out some photos of us and the other dinner guests enjoying this seasonal family-style Swedish Smorgasbord meal at the Golden Stage Inn’s Facebook profile.

 

Until next time; God Jul to all and may your 2014 begin with warmth and joy!

 

Swedish Smorgasboard with decor at the Golden Stage Inn

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