Monday, October 18, 2010

Dine with Jaime and Sharon--reserve by Wednesday morning

Fueled by reality food television shows, celebrity chefs have cropped up all over the nation. This Wednesday, October 20, enjoy a meal prepared by Chef David Smith of the Old Tavern at Grafton. You will be joined by VSO celebs Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson at the VSO's inaugural Celebrity Chef Dinner. The meal includes cocktails, pan-seared scallops, bacon roasted brussel sprouts, apple crisp, and much, much more. All proceeds go to support the VSO's SymphonyKids Educational Outreach Programs in the southeastern region of the state. Keep reading to learn more about the menu and how to attend. Space reservations must be received by Wednesday morning. Call today!

Inaugural Celebrity Chef Dinner
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Old Tavern at Grafton

Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, hosts
David Smith, chef
John Cray and Kathleen Metelica, innkeepers

6:00 p.m. Cocktails in the Phelps Barn
7:00 p.m. Dinner

$125 per person ($60 is tax deductible)
Space is limited and reservations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve by calling The Old Tavern at Grafton at (800) 843-1801.

A special overnight rate at The Old Tavern will be available on a limited basis for that evening. Please inquire when making your dinner reservation.


Pan seared scallop with a gilfeather turnip puree and basil oil

Mixed baby greens with goat cheese, toasted almonds, grapefruit and a shallot-lemon vinaigrette

Grafton shooter

Elk steak with Grafton cheddar and roast garlic mashed potatoes, bacon roasted brussel sprouts and a peppercorn port reduction*

Apple crisp with maple whipped cream

*Vegetarian option: Asparagus and goat cheese ravioli with a sundried tomato cream sauce

Proceeds support the VSO's SymphonyKids Educational Outreach programs in Southeastern Vermont. The VSO believes in bringing music to all parts of the state; not just through concerts, but also through SymphonyKids outreach programs for school-aged children. Each year, VSO musicians travel to the smallest schools in every corner of the state to bring the message that classical music can be cool! Last year they reached over 24,000 schoolchildren at 162 schools in 133 communities. The Southeast Vermont Friends of the VSO has set an ambitious target -- over the next three years they aim to offer free of charge a SymphonyKids program to every one of the elementary schools in the region. Thanks to a grant from the Windham Foundation, this is underway, and ensembles from the VSO presented 15 subsidized concerts in southeastern Vermont schools last spring.