Washington, DC — The Vermont State Society is humbled by the incredible generosity of over 30 Vermont companies that have contributed their amazing products for our 2013 inaugural event.
“We’ve had outstanding support from Vermont businesses for our inaugural reception. From across the state, South Hero to Wilmington and everywhere in between, companies have gone above and beyond to make this a memorable evening,” said Julia Drost, vice-president of the Vermont State Society, who led the effort to secure contributions from around the state this past month with vital assistance from the Vermont Specialty Food Association.
Below is a taste of what our reception will be serving up:
Cheese is as fundamental to Vermonters as the air we breath: we will have a spread of a wide variety of mouth-watering cheeses from Cabot and Vermont Creamery, as well two year aged cheddar and maple smoked cheddar from Grafton Village Cheese.
The fondue station will be a highlight where some of the above cheeses will be melted for dipping with roasted potato cubes, empire apples wedges from Champlain Orchards and vegetable crudites.
There will be even more dipping and spreading action with zesty chips and salsa from Gringo Jack’s, handcrafted jalapeno pepper jelly and blackberry jam from Vermont Harvest, classic bread & butter pickles and pickled garlic from Lyman’s Specialties.
We will have a pasta bar that features an amazing array of different sauces: everything from the ever-popular vodka-tomato sauce from Bove’s, traditional basil pesto as well as cutting-edge roasted almond asiago pesto from Vermont Fresh Pasta, and tasty tiger satay sauce from Vermont Harvest.
For our meat lovers, we will have several large fresh turkeys from Misty Knoll Farms that will be featured at a carving station and served with miniature bread rolls and maple-honey mustard, a lion’s share of sausage from Vermont Smoke & Cure, and pasture-raised pork from Vermont Salumi.
Our guests attempting to keep their New Year’s resolutions will enjoy fresh greens garnished with either apple roasted shallot vinaigrette from Vermont Wholesome Foods and/or sizzling citrus and tiger satay dressing from Vermont Harvest. All will be topped with the much coveted butter & garlic croutons from Olivia’s Croutons. Thai Curry Squash soup (vegan and gluten free) will be in plentiful supply from Joe’s Soups at Screamin’ Ridge Farm.
We are particularly pleased with the incredible offering of adult beverages the reception will feature. Variety packs of beer from some of Vermont’s finest breweries including Long Trail Brewing Company, Otter Creek Brewing, and Magic Hat Brewery will be available in copious amounts. Logs of beer will be overflowing from the quintessential Trapp Family Lodge Brewery and those wishing to keep with the apple theme will be able to sip on snappy hard cider from Citizen Cider. Cases of delicious cabernet and sauvignon blanc have been graciously donated by Honora Winery. Snow Farm Vineyard’s dry and fruity Vidal Blanc will be featured, along with the vineyard’s Snow White wine which blends Cayuga and Seval grapes.
The party will receive its kick from WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey served straight, on ice, or in creative cocktails like the Nor’Easter and Champlain Sour. Vermont Spirits Distilling Co. will be on hand with their smooth Vermont Gold maple vodka cocktails such as “Ski Bunny” and “Last Run”.
For dessert, guests will not be disappointed by award-winning apple pies from Ma Bean’s Vermont Pie Company, a variety of inspired cheesecakes from Vermont Cheesecake Company, Liz Lovely’s delicious vegan and gluten free cookies, and fresh ground coffee from Vermont Coffee Company. This list would of course not be complete without Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which will be available in a grab bag of both classic and creative single serving flavors.
When wandering to the roof of our venue to take in the sweeping views of the U.S. Capitol and the inauguration stage, guests can keep warm with hot chocolate and hot apple cider from Champlain Orchards.
And don’t forget to hang on to that raffle ticket for a chance at a cuddly Vermont Teddy Bear, dinner for two at the celebrated Hen of the Wood restaurant, a two-night stay at the new Hotel Vermont, a generous gift box from Vermont Coffee Company, and a special prize from the Vermont Rural Water Association.
Upon departure, our guests will enjoy parting gifts including a sample of Vermont maple syrup donated by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, delectable maple and sea salt caramels from Red Kite Candy, and crisp apples to-go from Champlain Orchards.
Tickets and further details about the inaugural reception are available online: http://vtss.org/
About the Vermont State Society
The Vermont State Society (VTSS) was formed in 2008 by Washington, DC area residents who have a strong affinity for Vermont. VTSS holds events throughout the year to further the appreciation of, and connections to, Vermont. VTSS is a chapter of the National Conference of State Societies, a 501c4 tax-exempt not-for-profit social organization.