August 6, 2018
The first ever Vermont Taste encouraged our community to celebrate some of the best things in life: good food, friends and family gathering together, creating a vibrant and healthy community. Proceeds from this community celebration raised $16,407 for Copley Hospital’s Charitable Care Program.
One participating restaurant likes the concept so much, that they are continuing to offer their Vermont Taste promotion through the end of the year. 10 Railroad Street in Morrisville will continue to donate a portion of each order of a featured craft beer from von Trapp Brewing, Citizen Cider or wine imported by Palm Bay International to Copley Hospital.
Vermont Taste showcases the area’s talented chefs, bakers, brewers, winemakers, distillers, roasters, and creators. Debuting in 2018, the event ran May through June and featured a mix of one-time only special events, such as dinner and a beer tasting on the production floor of vonTrapp Brewing and a paired wine dinner at Flannel at Topnotch Resort, along with on-going food and drink specials and dedicated nights at numerous area restaurants to raise money for the community’s local not-for-profit hospital.
“We are so grateful for how much our community embraced Vermont Taste,” said Leah Hollenberger, VP of Development and Community Relations for Copley Hospital. “The money raised will help change lives, ensuring that members of our community receive the medical care they need.” Last year, Copley provided 2300 charitable care visits, spending nearly $700,000.
“We wanted to create an event that encouraged people to go to their favorite neighborhood hangout or check out a new place, supporting both local businesses and the local community hospital,” said Hollenberger. “There was a lot of flexibility to Vermont Taste and we were just amazed at how supportive everyone was. I think people liked that they could participate how and when they wanted.”
A number of hospitality industry and culinary professionals helped shape Vermont Taste. Key collaboration with Farrell Distributing team members, Walter Frame; Director and Executive Vice President of Trapp Family Lodge and Bill Hunt, Director of Sales; Allen Van Anda and Jamie Griffith, founding brewers of Lost Nation Brewing; Renee and Matt Nadeau of Rock Art Brewery; Jean Marie Napoliello of Topnotch Resort and Renee Adams and Max Duquette of Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea were instrumental according to event organizers.
Farrell Distributing created a matching program that involved fourteen area restaurants. They donated a portion of every order of a featured craft beer from von Trapp Brewing, Citizen Cider or wine imported by Palm Bay International which was matched by Farrell. Participating restaurants included: 10 Railroad Street, The Bench, The Bistro at Ten Acres, Black Diamond Barbeque, Charlie B’s Pub & Restaurant, Harrison’s Restaurant & Bar, Highland Lodge on Caspian Lake, Idletyme Brewing Company, Junior’s at Stowe, Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge, Positive Pie in Hardwick, Sushi Yoshi, Tres Amigos, and The Whip Bar and Grill.
Rock Art Brewery held a special edition of Thursday Pint Night, collaborating with Mt. Mansfield Creamery to provide a sampling of delicious raw milk cheeses while viewing local artwork exhibited throughout the brewery. Lost Nation Brewing donated a portion of the entire day’s sales as did Moog’s Place. A hands-on coffee roasting workshop offered by Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea was a highlight as well.
The new initiative received additional support to help get it started. Copley Hospital is grateful to the founding sponsors of Vermont Taste. They include: Union Bank, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Community National Bank, Concept2, Sibson Consulting and Fred’s Plumbing & Heating. In-kind promotional support was provided by VT Web Marketing, Liquid Studio, Stowe Reporter, Stowe Area Association, Star 92.9, The Point, Front Porch Forum, and the Stowe Area Association.
Based on the success of the first Vermont Taste, planning is already underway for next year.
If interested in sponsoring, or helping plan and host events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont Taste benefits the Charitable Care Program at Copley Hospital. Copley’s Charitable Care Program offers discounted or free care for those in need of essential healthcare services and are uninsured, underinsured, ineligible for a government program, or otherwise unable to pay their medical bills. Copley provides 24-hour emergency services, a family-friendly Birthing Center, and inpatient and outpatient care including Cardiology, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Services, and Diagnostic Imaging on its campus in Morrisville. A non-profit community hospital, Copley serves the greater Lamoille County region and is one of the area’s largest employers. Visit http://www.copleyvt.org for more information.