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(10/11/13) The Skinny – 2013 Banjo Player of the YEAR Playing on the Skinny Stage Tonight!

Howdy Folks,

From our early days with just a cart on Church St, we’ve always harbored wild hallucinations of a thriving crepe-slingin’ music venue…its the quintisential “Pancake dream.” The founding fathers of the Skinny, afterall, include two college music majors. Now with our expanded location on the Burlington waterfront, a full stage & proper PA system, this one delusion of grandeur is really actually taking shape.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 1.02.30 PMBy way of example…Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play this Friday at 9pm. Nominated for Six 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association awards including Instrumental Group of the Year & Emerging Artist of the Year & including winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association 2013 Banjo Player of the year, Mike Mumford…this is a seriously legit get-up. If you’re a fan of bluegrass, you won’t find a better gig anytime soon anywhere nearby…so come on out! Friday, October 11 9:00 PM. Tickets: $8 online/$10 at the door. RSVP on FB here.

Eat Local Week continues…
And we’ve got a 1 – 2 punch of contributions a-comin’

1. WE’RE DOING A FOOD AUDIT! All this month, our Burlington waterfront & Montpelier locations are carefully tracking every scrap of food & drink that comes into the restaurants & dividing it into two categories: local raw & value added products on the one hand and non-local products. When the month is up, we’ll do the math & determine just exactly was percent of our purchasing power stays here in the local economy…and how much we ship off to Delaware, China or wherever else. The astute observer may ask…’you’re all about local, why not be 100% local all the time?’ Answer: we’re all about local-affordable! If we were 100% local, the cost of our food would be seriously higher, meaning a lot of people wouldn’t or couldn’t dine with us regularly, meaning we would actually buy less local food. So, our food philosophy calls for balance, judgement, discretion. BUT: our meats, our proteins are ALWAYS 100% local. Our cheeses are local for all but parmesan. Our crepe shells are all local so long as you allow for marco-polo exceptions (spices are not local). We expect to see that the majority of all our purchasing ends up being local. Stay tuned!

IMG_20131009_121854_7132. Local Food Art at the airport: Skinny Pancake patron-artist-saint Airbrush Ron Hernandez is at it again. “Airbrush Ron” is working in the wee hours of the morning at the Burlington International Airport, adding imagery section by section. Thus far, he has completed two murals ala the one on the right. Next up are two massive floor to ceiling food shed maps & a 10′ tall food system cycle image showing folks the path food travels from the farm to distributor, to kitchen, to fork, to compost & back again.

citymarketELW_2013_logo_stacked_1For more on Eat Local Week
(Oct 5-13),
visit them here or go to City Market

Eat Local Week Specials:
Burlington Waterfront:


This great ad from Chipotle:
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Shucks, Chipotle. You took the words right out of our mouth.
One day, when we have a bazillion dollar marketing budget we’d like to produce something like this.
In the meantime, good-on-ya, Chipotle.

A few favorite upcoming events at Main Street Landing:

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 11.55.09 AMThe Crash Reel
Friday Oct 11, 6pm
Main St Landing Film House

It’s the training season for the 2010 winter Olympics. World-class snowboarder Kevin Pearce swings up the half pipe and launches into the air. He spins into a double cork 1080. It’s one of the toughest moves in his – or any – repertoire, and he comes back down, hard and fast, towards the ramp. The tail end of his board catches the ice. He falls forward with no time to put out his arms. His full weight lands on his head and neck. Academy Award-winning documentarian Lucy Walker’s film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with vérité footage and interviews as it follows Kevin and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports. An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following his accident. Kevin’s tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “I just don’t want you to die.” Kevin’s doctors caution him that even a small blow to the head could be enough to kill him. Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion? With his now impaired skills, what other options does he have? How much risk is too much?

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 12.04.45 PMThe Slow Food Story
Saturday Oct 12, 6:15pm
Mand St Landing Film House

In 1986, Carlo Petrini founded the ArciGola Gastronomic Association in Italy and three years later in Paris, launched Slow Food, an international anti-fast-food resistance movement. An ebullient presence, Carlìn, as he is affectionately known around the globe, has become an ambassador for thinking about food differently. From the tiny town of Bra, the Slow Food movement has grown to become a revolution, that now has roots in more than 150 countries. Cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk, toast Slow Food for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundation of gastronomy. Director Stefano Sardo brings a decidedly down home approach, as he follows Carlo and his close-knit group of friends, from their earliest days as political radicals, to later struggles with unexpected tragedy. A joyous romp of a film, filled with all manner of delectable scenes of food, drink and song. The Slow Food Story shows how even the most important cultural adventures can be born of a tongue-in-cheek approach to life.

Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 8.54.14 AMFellowship of the Wheel Fun-raiser
Wednesday October 16th 5pm-close
Waterfront Skinny
Josh Panda playing at 8pm!
10% of ALL sales donated to FOTW!

FOTW is a non-profit that builds and maintains responsibly-built sustainable multi-use singletrack for human powered recreation in Chittenden County, Vermont. Over the last ten years, Fellowship staff and volunteers have built over 100 miles of trail. They are an organization of passionate volunteers. Join them. They need your support, both financial and physical. So become a member, come out for a trail day, and click About Us to learn more! Thanks to our members and local sponsors for supporting the Fellowship’s sustainable trail building and advocacy efforts.


Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 1.02.30 PMFrank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Friday, October 11 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Burlington, VT
SUGGESTED DONATION: Tickets: $8 online/$10 at the door

Tickets: HERE
A gourmet cook and one of the top bluegrass musicians in the world? All in a day’s work for Frank Solivan. After six years performing with the United States Navy’s elite Country Current, Frank Solivan formed Dirty Kitchen, a tight knit group of some of the best bluegrass players on the scene today. With the 2010 release of their self-titled album, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, the stellar reviews started rolling in. The album made Best of 2010 lists from coast to coast and continues to be in heavy rotation on radio and internet stations world wide. A year later, in 2011, Frank’s debut album was still at the top of the bluegrass and root’s music charts! As David Magee of the Bluegrass Special put it Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is “… bound for greater glory.” True to form, Frank Solivan was picked for the brand-new Putumayo compilation, Bluegrass, where his bluegrass cover of Kate Wolf’s “Across the Great Divide” was made part of this international release in 2012. This year has brought even more reason to celebrate as Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were signed by legendary Nashville record label, Compass Records.

533192_626544274056926_472856480_n-1Adam Travis & The Soul
Saturday, October 12 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Burlington, VT

Description: Blues Rock and Reggae fused together to create both a positive vibe and outlook on life
Music is my passion and songwriting is my way of expression. My goal in my lyrics is to speak inspiring truth in a new and unique way that any listener can relate to. My optimistic mindset is greatly displayed in my music and I hope to bring this joy to anyone who hears it. I will always strive to be a stronger professional songwriter and I invite you, the listener, to join the fun along the way!

untitled-7-e1378233777564Humming House
Sunday, October 13 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Montpelier, VT

At once danceable and reflective, familiar and nostalgic, Humming House is a musical experiment gone right. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for every generation. Unmistakable pop sensibilities mixed with a depth of lyrical narrative give their whimsical songs an irresistible quality that can only be described by the imagery of the name – Humming House.

joshua_panda_fullJosh Panda’s Acoustic Soul Night
Wednesday, October 16 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Burlington, VT

When Josh Panda performs with his backing band “the Hot Damned,” he shakes the shingles off the roof. But on Wednesdays here at the Skinny Pancake, Panda shows you the acoustic side of his brand of southern soul. Often joined by many of Vermont’s finest musicians and ever ready to get the crowd involved, Josh Panda has a way of making Wednesday night feel like a weekend

jayekis2Jay Ekis Saves Wednesday in Montpelier
Wednesday, October 16 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Montpelier, VT

$5 Heady Topper
So long as the weather holds, Jay Ekis will be playing with special guests out on the patio every Wednesday to make Heady Hump Day Headier…and then we’ll meet you inside for a warm evening of tunes. Come on out!

In the pipeline…

Localvore Tonight w/ Leatherbound Books
Thursday, October 17 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Burlington, VT

Laura Meyer
Sunday, October 20 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Montpelier, VT

Mandolin Orange
Sunday, October 20 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Burlington, VT
BlueGrass Brunch!

Jay Ekis Saves Wednesday in Montpelier
Wednesday, October 23 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Montpelier, VT

Josh Panda’s Acoustic Soul Night
Wednesday, October 23 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Burlington, VT