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Food Notes: White River Junction Restaurant Has a New Name



Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The White River Junction eatery formerly known as the Tip Top Cafe is now called Thyme, owner Eileen McGuckin recently announced on the restaurant’s website.

McGuckin said the name change is in keeping with her desire to offer a more conscious dining experience. Since the beginning of the year, she has been ramping up the restaurant’s focus on local ingredients, and the new name “helps me to personalize my business and to be more of a true reflection of what we do,” she wrote.

Thyme’s new website is thymevermont.com. Hours will stay the same.

Upcoming Events

Enfield Old Home Days will hold a home brewing contest and a chili cook-off at the Enfield Community Building on Friday night from 6 to 9. For both competitions, the public will judge the victor. To register for the brewing contest or to learn more about the rules, contact enfieldhomebrew@gmail.com. To register for the chili cook-off or learn more about the rules, contact kristin.harrington10@gmail.com.

The 2nd annual Vershire Healing Gardens Tour, which benefits the Vershire Women’s Wellness Circle, will take place on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 5. The tour will visit seven home gardens throughout the town, offering opportunities to meet top-notch gardeners and learn about best practices for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. For more information or to purchase tickets ($7 in advance, $10 day of, free for children under 18), contact vershirewomen@gmail.com.

Learning Opportunities

The Enfield Shaker Museum will offer a workshop on cooking with herbs on Tuesday. Designed for family members of all ages, the workshop will begin with a garden walk, then move into the Great Stone Dwelling kitchen for a lesson on how to bring basic recipes to life with common garden herbs. The workshop will run from 1 to 4 p.m. To register ($25 per person, $20 for museum members) or learn more, contact the museum at education@shakermuseum.org or 603-632-4346.

Fun fact: Claude Monet’s love for water lilies was rivaled only by his love of food. Hanover-based francophile Gloria Finkelstein will lead a vegetarian, French-infused Co-op cooking class that pays homage to the impressionist painter. The class will meet Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Culinary Learning Center at the Co-op’s Lebanon location. To register ($25 for members, $40 for members), visit coopfoodstore.com.

Blake Memorial Library in East Corinth has organized a “Secret Garden” event in East Orange, Vt., on Saturday, where Xiaohong Lu and John Paden have cultivated an impressive garden. Don Avery, of Cady’s Falls Nursery in Morrisville, Vt., will speak on conifers and perennials. The talk and walkthrough will last from 1 to 4 p.m., and will include opportunities to explore. Highlights will include unusual conifers and perennials, meadows, natural stone features and a unique water garden. For tickets ($15 in advance, $20 day of) or more information, contact the library at 802-439-5338.

Recurring

Each Wednesday, Lebanon’s Spark! Community Center on Bank Street holds a free cooking class from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The class focuses on healthy, inexpensive dishes and basic culinary techniques. For more information visit sparkcommunitycenter@gmail.com or call 603-678-8619.

On Thursday, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock will host a free “Green Drinks” social, designed to informally bring together people with a common interest in environmental issues. Though the nonprofit organization Sustainable Woodstock will provide some refreshments, organizers invite the public to bring along their own food, beverages and picnic blankets.

Green Drinks, which takes place on the third Thursday of every month at different locations, will run from 5:30 to 7. For more information, contact zach@sustainablewoodstock.org.

Dan and Whit’s general store in Norwich will hold a wine and beer tasting Wednesday night from 5 to 7. As well as a variety of wines, the event will feature beers made at the Norwich Inn’s Jasper Murdoch tavern. Part of ticket and bottle sales will go toward Windsor County Partners, a Windsor-based youth mentorship nonprofit. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Next tasting is Aug. 16. For more information, call Dan and Whit’s at (802) 649-1950.

EmmaJean Holley can be reached at eholley@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.