- Courtesy Of Stonecutter Spirits / Kat Townsend Photography
Valentine's Day starts early this year — for women looking to make a mark. In Middlebury, Stonecutter Spirits is assembling a stellar team of women entrepreneurs to take back the Hallmark Holiday with merriment, snacks, booze and blowouts. On Tuesday, February 13, tasting room visitors can meet women makers and get their sparkle on with complimentary Champagne cocktails and drinks by Savouré Soda and bar mavens Sarah Barry (Farmhouse Group) and Chelsea Harris (Pizzeria Verità). Hot-air hair care is courtesy of Parlour Hair Studio, and sweet eats abound from chef Julia Clancy, Haymaker Bun Co. and Vermont Creamery. Best of all? Proceeds go to WomenSafe's work to end domestic and sexual violence.
Gal-entine's Day Celebration to Benefit WomenSafe: Tuesday, February 13, 5-8 p.m., Stonecutter Spirits, Middlebury, $20. Info, 388-3000, stonecutterspirits.com.
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Vermont Jr. Iron Chef Benefit: Chefs from Guild Tavern, Honey Road, Bleu Northeast Seafood and the Great Northern team up on a fundraising feast celebrating local provisions. Friday, February 9, 5:30-9 p.m., Guild Tavern, South Burlington. $125; reservations required. Info, 434-4122, vtfeed.org/jrironchefvt.
Cheese Fondue Dinner: Baguettes, cornichon pickles and fingerling potatoes served with Swiss-style cheese fondue make way for delectable desserts and cordials distilled on-site. Saturday, February 10, 5-8:30 p.m., Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits, Cambridge. $39.99; reservations required. Info, 644-8151, boydenvalley.com.