A passion for food + fashion

Hurricane Irene in Quechee, Vermont

In Design, Food, Out of Town on September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

It was with total devastation that I read about and watched the footage of the Quechee Covered Bridge—and so many other treasured bridges in Vermont—being pounded away by Hurricane Irene. The above photo was taken a couple months ago from the Simon Pearce glassblowing factory in Quechee when we were visiting my inlaws at their summer place in Manchester, VT. Tiny G went absolutely nuts for the bridge…

Which now looks like this:

And with it, Irene flooded the glassblowing turbine at Simon Pearce, where visitors—like Tiny G—watched in awe as artisans created impossibly beautiful vases, bowls, barware and stemware out of molten glass.

Two of my favorite Simon Pearce vases (tall Woodbury vase & Woodbury pitcher), filled with French tulips from Lily Lodge:

And muddling strawberries for summer Champagne cocktails in our Simon Pearce Windsor Tankards:

Sadly, the Simon Pearce restaurant was also flooded so while they rebuild the Quechee glassblowing and kitchen facilities, I’ll leave you with a taste of our lunch at the Simon Pearce restaurant overlooking the river and bridge, complete with a burger comprised of Northeast Family Farms grass fed beef, Grafton cheddar cheese, basil aïoli and fries with house made spiced tomato ketchup; wonderfully chewy house made bread and local butter; and Vermont sparkling cider for me and fresh local apple juice for Tiny G—all served on Simon Pearce pottery and in their handblown glasses. My heart goes out to all Vermonters in the wake of this heartbreaking disaster. xx

  1. This makes me sad and hungry at the same time. 😦

  2. I too am devastated by the wrath of Irene upon Quechee and Simon’s store and restaurant. My parents, who are residents of Chester, VT, have taken their out of town guests to the restaurant on many occasions. My sister and I have bought many a gift card for my parents to use in the wonderful restaurant. My house is filled with many of Simon Pearce’s beautiful glass creations.
    Thanks for the great pictures! I know that Simon Pearce will come back better than ever if we will just be patient.

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