WASHINGTON -- Southern Vermont's Sharon Myers, founder of
Purple Chef Artisan Marmalades and Chutneys, was among
more than 50 Vermont businesses, including 40 food and
beverage makers, showcased at a reception in Washington
on Thursday, May 10.
Sen. Patrick Leahy and Vermont tourism partners hosted
the second annual Taste of Vermont -- a tasty affair to
tout Vermont as a great place to hold meetings, retreats
and conferences. Myers, who founded the Purple Chef two
years ago, participated to gain more visibility for her
product among buyers, writers, meeting planners and members
"It was a successful experience and I'll do it again
next year, but it was also clear that northern Vermont has
made great strides in developing the specialty food industry," she
said. "One thing that would help Southern Vermont is
a co-pack facility where a number of businesses can share
professional kitchen and storage space. Senator Leahy sponsored
such a facility in Fairfax, and we're hoping to interest
him for one here. The closest to us is Greenfield, Mass.,
and that brings up issues about being made in Vermont."
Meeting planners and VIPs, including Sen. Bernie Sanders
and Congressman Peter Welch, were treated to a sampling
of Vermont's finest specialty foods from prize-winning cheeses
to world famous ice cream.
Other Southern Vermont businesses represented were Against
The Grain Gourmet Foods, Grafton Village Cheese and Putney
Lynn Barrett, President
Primetime Concepts, Inc.
1484 Middle Road
Dummerston Center, VT 05301
802-28-3992, fax 802-258-4453