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Spring is on the way… someday.

Spring is on the way… someday.

I know that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, but this is ridiculous!  We are being patient, very patient. Those ramps and fiddleheads and morel mushrooms are under there somewhere. Beer battered deep fried fiddleheads are among the favorites here during springtime at The Wife.  Sometimes when I go away for vacation I miss the whole season. That’s not […]

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Eat Good Food!

Eat Good Food!

Last Saturday I spoke at a public, informational event at our local library called “From the Ground Up: Farm, Food, Table.”  It’s a topic that I am very passionate about.  Certainly it would be easier to conjure up the passion if I could see the ground or eat a freshly picked tomato.  Lucky for me, […]

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On the Menu – The Fresh Feed

On the Menu – The Fresh Feed

To be honored as a Fred Bollaci ‘Golden Palate’ partner, a restaurant must deliver exquisite cuisine with a health forward, localvore edge. Chef Amy Chamberlain’s Manchester restaurant,The Perfect Wife, is the perfect inaugural Vermont recipient. According to Bollaci, “I knew before we finished our recent meal at The Perfect Wife and had the pleasure of […]

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Get Lucky on Friday the 13th!

Get Lucky on Friday the 13th!

Who goes out to dinner on Valentine’s Day? Couples. Couples who are dating, couples who are married, husbands who feel obligated to recognize the holiday, and couples celebrating their first Valentine’s Day or their last. How many times have you heard your single best friend say, with her nose in a scrunch, “I don’t celebrate […]

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Where did that extra hour go?

Where did that extra hour go?

What a fabulous foliage season we had here in Southern Vermont. The leaves were gorgeous, the weather was perfect for leaf peeping and people were hungry! We had fun here at the Wife making up great specials with local rabbit, pheasant, cheeses, and root veggies. I attempted a batch of fondue for 40 on my […]

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Catering is Fun-da-mental

Catering is Fun-da-mental

A list of things to remember: Cutting board Knives Garbage cans and liners Squeeze bottles Coffee stuff This is just the tip of the iceberg of what I can’t leave without when I cater off premise. And that list has grown over time. I didn’t think I would ever forget something as important and useful […]

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Thanks for all the GREAT reviews

Thanks for all the GREAT reviews

First of all I want to thank anyone that has come into my restaurant and enjoyed a meal. I love food and love to share it. There is nothing more satisfying as a chef than to read or hear a positive comment about the food and someone’s experience in the restaurant. It just thrills me and […]

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Amber’s Shortcake

Amber’s Shortcake

Late June and early July is the perfect time to go strawberry picking in Vermont. This year you will find the local organic farms bursting with juicy berries. A great way to enjoy those berries is with a classic strawberry shortcake. Everyone loves this dessert so much we thought we’d ask our resident baker, Amber […]

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If I had a dollar…

If I had a dollar…

If I had a dollar for every time someone stopped, got out of their car and snapped a shot in front of my sign, I could retire! Don’t get me wrong, its quite flattering, I would love to see your photos – post them to our Facebook page  and make sure to tag us.

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Fresh Oysters in VT?

Fresh Oysters in VT?

Tom’s Backyard Oyster Bar. We love the idea of freshly prepared oysters served outdoors in summer—we hope you do too! Every Thursday, all summer long, Tom’s oyster bar will be out in full flavored deliciousness. If you like oysters, or are trying them for the first time, you won’t want to miss Tom’s oyster bar. […]

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