At The Good Table, we take special care in choosing the vendors who supply the unique foods and details that enhance our catering events. We go to great lengths to find partners who share our values of exceptional quality, natural goodness, and thoughtful stewardship. We invite you to learn more about what makes these vendors special to us, and perfect for your next event.
A Family Dairy Farm With An Artistic Touch
The owners of Blue Ledge Farm, Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt, met as art students in Italy where they fell in love with each other and with hand-crafted cheese. After buying a farm in Leicester, Vermont and raising a herd of 100 Alpine and LaMancha goats, they soon forged their own niche in the world of artisan cheese-making. Their award-winning line-up, which ranges from very fresh to semi-aged to hard cheese has earned praise from Martha Stewart Living, Yankee, and Wine Spectator and earned a place on cheese boards at The Good Table’s catered functions. Visit their web site, www.blueledgefarm.com, to read about their delectable Maple Chevre, Camembrie, Crottina and eight other cheeses or to view paintings created by these two talented Vermonters. (Photo © Michael Warren Photography).
Biscotti Worth Dreaming About
If you want to know the secret behind superb biscotti, just ask Lene Boutin, owner of Sticks & Stones Farm. Lene is the baker who supplies The Good Table with six varieties of biscotti, including the ever-popular Double-Chocolate, Ginger-Nut, and Orange-Pistachio flavors. Using eggs from her own flock of free-ranging chickens, plus flour and butter from Vermont companies, Lene began experimenting with biscotti recipes to create gifts for the holiday season. “I was looking for an alternative to traditional Christmas cookies with less sugar and butter,” says Lene, “and played with ingredients till I found the light, crunchy texture I wanted.” Once family and friends sampled her kitchen magic, they urged Lene to retail her biscotti at the Dorset, VT Farmers Market. That’s where Barbara Moore discovered these delightful Italian confections and where she continues to purchase them for The Good Table’s special events. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gourmet Brownie That’s Down to Earth
When looking for customized gifts and dessert favors for a wide range of private catering events, The Good Table was fortunate to find this exciting young business – Vermont Brownie Company, of Winooski, VT. This gourmet brownie company makes all of their sweet treats by hand and from scratch, using ingredients that are locally sourced, natural, and preservative-free. Like its brownies, Vermont Brownie Company is just the right size for The Good Table. As a trusted partner, it’s small enough to be nimble and resourceful in meeting unique catering requests, but large enough to handle the big orders required for well-attended events
Learn more at vermontbrowniecompany.com. Or, if you’re an avid Food Network fan, maybe you’ve seen VBC win their “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”!
Cheese As Fresh and Seasonal As Local Veggies
A century after Consider Bardwell founded Vermont’s first cheese-making co-op, his legacy is alive and well in Vermont’s Champlain Valley and New York’s Washington County. The 300-acre farm that bears his name still produces some of the finest handcrafted cheeses found in either state. They make six varieties of small batch cheese from the raw milk of cows and goats that feed on certified organic pastures brimming with native grasses, wildflowers, and herbs. When The Good Table wants to add that special cachet to a cheese board, we order their Cheesemaker’s Choice, a selection of Consider Bardwell’s best tasting cheeses at the moment.
To read more about this award-winning enterprise, which even rents out a cottage for farm vacations — well-stocked with cheese — visit considerbardwellfarm.com.
Vermont Artisan Crackers Flavored With History
Our search for an all-natural cracker came to a halt with our first taste of Vermont-made Castleton Crackers. Ever since we discovered how perfectly these hand-fashioned crackers complement farmstead cheddars and goudas, we’ve served them when a special event calls for an artisan cheese board. Developed from an old-time hardtack recipe and updated with winning flavor combos (think cranberries and thyme or ale and mustard) we’ve found these handmade crackers add a touch of rustic elegance to any occasion.
Check them out at castletoncrackers.com.
Keeping American Heritage Cheesemaking Alive
Plymouth Artisan Cheese creates full-bodied cheeses following the same time-tested recipe that our nation’s first European settlers brought with them from the Old Country. Housed at the site of an early-day cheese operation founded by President Calvin Coolidge’s father, Plymouth Artisan Cheese produces their line of contemporary cheeses in small batches and ages them on site. Made from fresh raw whole cow’s milk certified free of additives and antibiotics, full of flavor, and sourced from a neighboring herd of cows, Plymouth’s cheeses provide a tasty heirloom addition to The Good Table’s cheese boards.
Read more about these heritage cheesemakers at plymouthartisancheese.com.
Lilacs and Pansies and Sage… oh my!
To add a splash of color at special events, The Good Table works closely with the Mettowee Mill Nursery, a 40-year-old family-run business located in the picturesque Mettowee Valley of Southern Vermont. Its expert nursery staff helps coordinate a colorful range of possibilities to accent any theme, using reliable favorites as begonias, pansies, daisies and sunflowers. From potted-plant centerpieces that double as a delightful take-away gift to large floor arrangements adorned with branches and white lights, Mettowee Mill has just what we need to create a charming atmosphere for catered events. After the event is over, our clients can plant their flowers in their own gardens for a beautiful reminder of their special occasion that lasts for years.
Learn more about this full-service garden center at mettoweemillnursery.com.
Set the Stage for Your Party With Spectacular Florals
For centuries, artfully arranged flowers have been used to celebrate life’s milestone events, so when The Good Table is asked for something unusual, Barbara Moore knows to call Gary Zinsmeyer. To ensure peak freshness for his arrangements, Gary orders his flowers twice a week from local growers and one of Europe’s leading juried wholesalers. These gorgeous flowers, in interesting combinations, create memorable arrangements that set the stage for a successful party. Gary recently received the coveted distinction as Best of the Gold Coast of Connecticut 2013 by Moffly Media for his wedding arrangements.
Learn more about Gary and his team at garyzofstamford.com
Fresh All-Natural Chocolates from Vermont
When it comes to sending exquisite chocolates as a corporate or thank you gift, The Good Table knows it can always source the finest confections with Lake Champlain Chocolates. While this company sells and ships its chocolates nationwide, it’s the hand-crafted approach and organic, locavore principles that attracts The Good Table to their products.
To learn more about this 30 year old, family-run company, visit lakechamplainchocolates.com.
Supporting local vendors
In addition to the companies above, The Good Table is happy to work with other local companies to source high quality products for catered events:
Mt. Kisco Ice Cream
Good Bread Bakery