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May 10, 2012

Side Dishes: Hot Dog Lady's Last Hurrah & German Gospel Brunch

Hot+Dog+LadyThought you'd had your last frank from Church Street's famous Hot Dog Lady? Not if you can make it to Burlington's Starr Farm Nursing Center tomorrow between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thanks to donated hot dogs from McKenzie, Lois Bodoky will serve up her last dogs in Vermont before moving to California next week.

The blue-eyeshadowed, bouffanted glamour girl retired her cart in 2005, but she wanted to serve one of her classic meals to benefit her old stomping grounds, the Church Street Marketplace. Each $3 lunch will include a hotdog, drink, chips and a cookie.

The plaque pictured here is located on Church Street near Homeport.


Looking for another quirky meal this weekend? Nutty Steph's Granola & Chocolate Factory and Red Hen Bakery & Café, which share the building at 961 Route 2 in Middlesex, are partnering on a brunch concept new to Vermont. The Camp Meade Gospel Brunch is Nutty Steph's owner Jaquelyn Rieke's solution to the demand for another eating and drinking event at her store. Bacon Thursdays have proved so popular, she says, she's had no choice but to expand. She kicks it off just in time for Mother's Day.

Gospel brunch brings together two of Rieke's passions: Old school gospel music from artists such as Otis Redding and Al Green (played on tape decks, of course), and German-style brunch, which Rieke labels "the perfect spread."

The $10 brunch consists of cheese, fruit, plenty of condiments, loaves of fresh, crusty Red Hen bread and meats including smoked salmon, ham, roast beef and prosciutto, set on buffet tables on both sides of the building. Fine pastry and espresso will also be available on the Red Hen side, while Nutty Steph's side and the outdoor patio will serve a range of mimosas with fresh slices of organic citrus fruit.

This Sunday is the kickoff, but look for Gospel Brunch to be a permanent part of the Nutty Steph's and Red Hen schedules.

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