Vermont’s top food and drinks reach finals in national competition

The rest of the country has yet again swooned over Vermont’s top-shelf, mouth-watering grub: This month, 15 local food producers were selected as finalists in a San Francisco-based competition that honors ethics as well as deliciousness.

As expected, celebrated cheeses and maple delights from the Green Mountain State are in the running for blue ribbons from the San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation.

But so are elixers, grains, jams, honey, cider and pickles.

Those delectables are now vying for recognition among 351 other finalists cooked up by what the foundation calls producers who are “stubbornly swimming upstream” in American’s food system” — those who aim to deliver nourishment that is “tasty, authentic and responsible.”

Angela Gerace of The Tipsy Pickle displays jars of her product Oct. 6, 2021 in Burlington.

Angela Gerace of The Tipsy Pickle displays jars of her product Oct. 6, 2021 in Burlington.

Overall winners in the 12th Annual Good Food Awards will be announced in January.

The in-state finalists were announced

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Santiago Vescovi changed diet to improve for Tennessee basketball

Santiago Vescovi recited his perfect Cook Out order with a smile and without hesitation in late October.

The Tennessee basketball guard builds a tray around a big double burger with lettuce, tomato and mayo. He picks a bacon ranch wrap and white cheddar cheese bites as his sides. A banana pudding milkshake completes his guilty pleasure.

It’s an order Vescovi honed through his first two years in Knoxville, when he ate at the regional fast food joint regularly. 

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Vescovi hasn’t placed that order in at least six months, part of an offseason overhaul of his habits.

“The biggest thing was probably my mindset toward eating healthy,” Vescovi said. “That had a big impact on my whole body and the whole way I play right now.”

Eating right

There is a common refrain regarding Vescovi around the Tennessee basketball

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Selena + Chef & 9 Other Great Celebrity Cooking Shows

Celebrity cooking shows are always a fun way to get people interested in working on their own culinary skills. Over the past few years, celebs have either guest-starred on or even hosted their own shows. These shows are almost always great because they present the personality of viewers’ favorite celebrities while also being educational and providing actual real-life skills.

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Over lockdown, a lot more shows popped up, including the fantastic Selena + Chef, a show hosted by Selena Gomez, which is now on its third season. It’s definitely worth looking at some other celebrity cooking shows too, as there are a few series that stand out amongst the rest.


Selena + Chef (2020 – )

Selena Gomez cooking at the stove on Selena + Chef

Selena Gomez stars in her own unscripted cooking series, which was filmed in her home during quarantine. As

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