Side Dishes: Leftover Food News
The national media has recognized medium-sized “green” cities such as Burlington and Montpelier. But the September issue of Budget Travel  magazine shines a light on a smaller, grittier spot — White River Junction. The Junction made BT’s list of “10 Coolest Small Towns,” alongside Catskill, New York, Point Reyes Station, California, and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. All have fewer than 10,000 residents but “can rival larger cities when it comes to food, culture and quality of life,” brags the mag.
Which eateries propelled WRJ to the tip-top of the list? The Tip Top Café , with its funky interior and creative American cuisine; Elixir Restaurant & Lounge , best known for its inspired small plates, martinis and live music; and Revolution , an espresso bar and indie clothing boutique.
As if local restaurants didn’t have enough to worry about . . . New Moon  on Cherry Street was burglarized over the weekend. “It’s under police investigation,” owner Eileen Schonbele Beer explains, noting the police officer “did spend a fair amount of time here. They’re doing a thorough investigation because there have been a lot of places broken into,” including The Skinny Pancake .
Like it raw? On Sunday, October 5, more than 30 Vermont dairy operations will serve up cups of unpasteurized milk to visitors — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — during Rural Vermont’s  first “Raw Milk Open Farm Day.”
Due to a change in regulations this year, dairy operators can now legally advertise their “farm fresh,” i.e. raw, milk.
The goal of the event is to raise consumer awareness of the purported health benefits of raw milk, its flavor and Rural Vermont’s continuing efforts to make “regulations truly farmer-friendly.” Participants include Jersey Girls Dairy in Bethel, Fat Toad Farm  in Brookfield and Hope Roots Farm of Westminster.