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Leftover food news: Benefit for Moretown farm; new restaurant in South Royalton; Farah's resumes lunch

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Mad River Localvores know how to throw a party. Or rather, a feast. On Sunday, August 19, the group will host a 3 p.m. benefit meal at Bliss Ridge Farm in Moretown. Donations will go to the organization and to building the farm a new barn roof.

For each of the dinner’s six courses, a different local chef will partner with a local farm. Diners are encouraged to bring their own plates and cutlery for a meal that includes everything from American Flatbread’s summer sausage containing Gaylord Farm pork and Lawson’s Finest Liquids IPA, to an ice cream cookie sandwich from the Sweet Spot, made with ingredients from Knoll Farm. Purchase tickets at madriverlocalvores.org.

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All summer long, the peeps at South Royalton’s Worthy Burger have been posting pictures of their progress as they renovate a 19th-century freight house in the middle of town. Now the partners — Jason Merrill, Dave Brodrick (who also owns New York City’s Blind Tiger) and Kurt Lessard — are ready to show off their creation to the world. On August 22, they’ll host a soft opening, with a full-scale opening soon to follow.

As Merrill told Seven Days last spring, the eatery will feature burgers made from grass-fed beef from Eastman Farm in Barnard, homemade condiments — including kimchi from Iris Kim Brodrick of Laughing Lotus Farm — and a pickle wheel. The pièce de résistance will be 14 taps hooked up to craft brews, including those of Patrick Dakin, the former Norwich Inn head brewer who has also set up shop in town. Nondrinkers can look forward to housemade kombucha on tap.

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Lunchtime at the Seven Days offices is about to get more diverse. After taking the summer off from the midday meal, Farah’s Place will resume lunch service on September 1. Every day of the week but Sunday, diners can expect the same kebabs, dips and salads served at dinner, as well as owner Farah Oberlender’s tahchin rice casserole.

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