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VPR Cafe: Wines And Simple Foods For Holiday Gatherings

Melissa Pasanen
Burlington Free Press
Kevin Cleary, chef and co-owner of Vin Bar and Shop shows off a tray of garlicky shrimp and chorizo on a skewer.

Taking your cooking up a notch during the holiday season can be tempting, but doing so often leaves stuck in the kitchen, instead of enjoying the company of your guests.

“Basically, don’t make things over complicated,” said Melissa Pasanen, a contributor to the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press. “Stick to three or four [foods] and make them simple…You’re allowed to do short cuts, just make sure you do them with good ingredients.”

After picking a couple of simple appetizers, Pasanen says find a few nice wines that complement the food.

Find out more about food and wine pairings in Pasanen’s full piece, "Pros offer tips on throwing a wine and appetizer party."

The VPR Café is made possible by Otter Creek Kitchenware in downtown Middlebury, offering over 70 lines of kitchenware.  

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