Oven-blistered pizza, fantastical creemee creations and bejeweled fruit tarts — these are the stars of some of the mouthwatering Instagrams that make us drool.
Chefs and other food crafters gravitate to the visual medium of Instagram to share and promote their work. Happily, it's an equal-opportunity channel: We are as enamored with compelling photos of burgers oozing with cheese and colorfully messy tacos as with precisely plated high-end cuisine.
Here are 10 Vermont Instagram feeds that consistently whet our appetites. Sometimes they inspire us to cook at home or even to think about what we eat in a different way. Other times, the images prove so irresistible that they propel us out to eat.
A picture, in these cases, is definitely worth 1,000 words.
At the much-lauded Honey Road in Burlington, it can be a challenge to save room for dessert. The restaurant's pastry chef, Amanda Wildermuth, makes a compelling case with shots of seasonally inspired creations such as this chocolate sour-cherry tart with apricot and pistachio.
Named the state's 2019 chef of the year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Sarah Natvig crafts beautiful, Vermont-driven cuisine at her Randolph restaurant, Black Krim Tavern. Her husband, Chip, is both a farmer and a professional photographer; he grows many of the vegetables served at the restaurant on his Pebble Brook Farm — and then shoots the photogenic plated results.
Tessa Holmes recently relocated her catering and event business, Blossom Whole Food Kitchen and Catering, to New Leaf Organics, a farm in Bristol. Her casual, colorful farm-to-table menus burst with flavors, textures and freshness you can almost taste through her photos.
From their Bohemian Bakery in Montpelier, Annie Bakst and Robert Hunt share images of jewel-like pastries, featherlight croissants, crusty loaves and perfectly pulled espresso drinks made with house-roasted beans.
Leveling up the snack shack game, the team at Canteen Creemee Company in Waitsfield has perfected the arts of both making and shooting its fantastical range of creemee sundaes. Occasionally, they even show off savory offerings. Did someone mention fried chicken?
Thomas McCurdy of Irasburg's Ardelia Farm & Co. is more than halfway through his yearlong project of throwing 52 dinner parties. His gorgeous images are a teasing peek into the private events, which McCurdy is documenting with a purpose: By turning the photos into a forthcoming book, he hopes to inspire and empower others to host similar gatherings.
They say you don't want to see sausage being made, but it can be a beautiful sight in skilled hands. Misery Loves Co. in Winooski has a reputation for pushing the envelope with its rigorous local sourcing and imaginative food. If watching salad being made is more your speed, the restaurant puts that on Instagram, too.
To track down freshly baked, naturally leavened doughnuts of unparalleled delight, follow Ren Weiner and her Burlington-based wholesale bakery, Miss Weinerz. Her commitment to seasonal flavors is matched only by the creative energy she applies to food and environmental activism; #donutgiveup is her hashtag of choice.
Before there were wood-fired pizza ovens on every corner, Jay Vogler of Charlotte's Pizza on Earth was putting out pies of blistered dough topped with farm-fresh produce. Besides the pizzas, salivate over swirls of housemade gelato and tarts such as lemon cream or chocolate-caramel-walnut.
For those days when all you want is an excellent burger and a Vermont brew, this feed from the Chubby Muffin in Burlington's Old North End is guaranteed to make you drool with its juicy patties, melty cheese and burnished buns.