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Chow Down on Roadkill at the Hotel Vermont

Why let it go to waste?

Chef Doug Paine at the Hotel Vermont.
Chef Doug Paine at the Hotel Vermont.
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For those who practice sustainability and try to limit as much food waste as possible, roadkill may be the next big culinary trend. The Hotel Vermont is hosting a "Wild About Vermont" game dinner that, in addition to proteins acquired from traditional hunting and fishing methods, will feature animals killed or injured by automobiles, reports WPTZ-TV.

Will Vermonters go for the idea of eating roadkill? At least one Stowe resident thinks so: "Vermont's quirky. Let's keep it that way," Kate Paine told WPTZ. Chef Doug Paine, who is preparing the meal, didn't mention how the roadkill might be cooked or what sorts of cuts might be served, but said "you can choose what you want to eat. We're not going to force anyone to eat muskrat if they don't feel like it, but it will be offered to everyone" All proceeds from the November 7 dinner will be donated to conservation efforts for Vermont Fish and Wildlife and Lake Champlain International.

Finding ways to source sustainable food is an ever-present issue, leading to the rise of insect eating and lab-grown burgersPaine said the idea of the dinner is to "get people connected to their local food sources, but also to showcase the traditions of Vermont."

Eater has reached out to the hotel for more information. See the local news report below.