Palmisano named Top Chef of the Champlain Valley

first_imgSam Palmisano of Pulcinella’s in South Burlington took home the title of the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley for the second year in a row. Palmisano competed against Chef Robert Barral of Café Provence and JJ Vezina of the Windjammer Restaurant and Upper Deck Pub in an Iron Chef competition using all fresh Vermont produce, cheese and proteins donated by area farmers. The secret ingredient was announced to the chefs and the audience at the start of the competition and each chef had 50 minutes to create an appetizer and entrée highlighting this year’s secret ingredient, honey. Chef Palmisano’s winning dish was a honeyed lamb tartare on mesclun greens in a ring of lightly roasted green pepper and for his entrée offered up a sweet and savory crusted lamb on wilted greens and gnocchi with honey sauce. For Palmisano the competition was fun but not his motivation for participating. The Top Chef of the Champlain Valley, an Iron Chef Experience benefits the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging’s Meals on Wheels and Case Management Programs and for Palmisano it is not about the competition or winning it is “all about the money, everything else is just a bonus. So excited CVAA was able to raise 25 grand.” Nearly $25,000 was raised by the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley, enough to provide over 5,000 meals to homebound seniors.Each chef presented his dishes to the panel of judges: Jozef Harrewyn, Executive Chef and Owner of Chef’s Corner in Williston, Melissa Pasanen, co-author of New York Times notable cookbook, “Cooking with Shelburne Farms: Food and Stories from Vermont”, Suzanne Podhaizer, food critic for Seven Days, and Annie Harlow, a local farm based food consultant. The crowd watched as the judges meticulously tasted and took notes regarding the flavor, presentation, execution and use of the secret ingredient. In the end their decision was unanimous, as Harrewyn remarked “Sam Palmisano is our Iron Chef!”For Palmisano the most emotional part of the evening was “seeing so many of our regulars come to support us because they believe in us and believe in what we do.” Having recently lost his last grandparent, Palmisano knows his “grandmother was one of the blessed ones and many people have not been as lucky as her, CVAA does good work to help the elderly.”The Top Chef of the Champlain Valley benefits the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging. CVAA helps seniors in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties age with independence and dignity. CVAA has helped over 50,000 seniors remain in their own homes and had delivered over 7 million Meals on Wheels in the Champlain Valley. For information about services available for seniors 60 and older call the Senior Helpline at 1.800.642.5119 or go to is external).###last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw walked an unsteady tightrope, but he’ll gladly take the win

first_imgWASHINGTON >> October has become the month of aces wild. Cole Hamels gets torched, Rick Porcello and David Price come up empty. It happened in 2015, too.Clayton Kershaw needs no introduction to the trap doors that swallow up the best starting pitchers, at least the ones not named Madison Bumgarner. If you graded him on a curve in Game 1 — not his curve, but the way he compared to everything else — he was fine.“If I had pitched a shutout for seven innings and we hadn’t won, it would have been a different feeling,” Kershaw said. He was presented with a 4-0 lead against Washington in the first two-and-a-half innings and came within 90 feet of giving it up. He left after five innings, leaving a lot of plowing for almost every hand in the Dodger bullpen. But he was the winning pitcher, 4-3, and he does not take that for granted in the postseason. Kershaw proclaimed it a “total team win.” Make that total organization. There are 11 players on this 25-man roster that weren’t on the 25-man roster that left Camelback Ranch in the spring. Two were prominent here: Andrew Toles with a single that began a three-run rally in the third, and Grant Dayton, who got a fly-ball third out from Bryce Harper with a man on in the sixth.It was such an ensemble production that Kenley Jansen wound up batting, and Charlie Culberson wound up hitting fifth. And it would have been a nauseous loss, especially when Corey Seager’s mammoth first-inning homer and Justin Turner’s two-run shot in the third ambushed Max Scherzer, the probable National League Cy Young winner.Now Kershaw can regroup until Game 4, when the Dodgers will be leading 2-1, trailing 2-1, or preparing for the next series. The fact that he only threw 101 pitches does not mean he’s a lock to pitch that game.“It sounds like an excuse,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, “but you have to look at where he is in this season. This is only, what, his sixth game since he came back (from a back injury)? He’s at a different point than he normally is when we get this far.”Kershaw had not thrown more than 91 pitches in any of his comeback starts. “He kinda lost his off-speed pitches there in the middle, made it a little more difficult,” Honeycutt said. “But the thing I always know he’s going to do is fight. He got some really big outs.”In the third and the fifth, Kershaw struck out Danny Espinosa with Nationals in scoring position. That last one, on his final pitch, came after Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon had lashed hard singles, and Ryan Zimmerman had driven a deep fly ball to right field. Zimerman, who came into the game with only two multiple-hit games since Aug. 20, was seeing Kershaw especially well, and the Nationals piled up six singles and two doubles.In the fourth, Harper popped up to Chase Utley with two out, after Trea Turner’s sacrifice fly had cut it to 4-3. Overall, Washington left nine runners on base and went 1 for 10 with men in scoring position.This came after Kershaw had muscled his way through the first inning, striking out the side, and winning a snarling duel with Bryce Harper at 95 mph. But the fire wasn’t quite there in the second, especially when Utley booted a grounder that would have been the third out. Scherzer came up and delighted the crowd by lasting for eight pitches, finally sending a flare that Seager had to run down in short left. Those excess pitches didn’t help.“He had some long counts,” Honeycutt said. “He had a lot of runners on base. And they’ve got a veteran team, so we were changing signs a lot. It seemed like they were on second base a lot. Clayton knows how important every pitch is, so we didn’t want any confusion there.”“You always want to get into a rhythm,” said Kershaw, referring to the constant confabs with catcher Yasmani Grandal. “But making sure you’re on the same page is important. Knowing the signs is even more important.“I didn’t think my stuff was that bad. I never like throwing that many pitches in five innings. I didn’t pitch that great, but we had a lot of guys contributing, especially at the top of the order. To see Corey do something like that, he doesn’t surprise me any more. He shows you that maturity doesn’t really have an age.”And a W, in October, doesn’t really need an explanation.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more