Blue Paddle in the News!
Runner-Up, Best Chef ~ Readers' Picks, Daysie Awards (July 2013)
Congratulations, Chef Phoebe, for your BIG win!
Out to Eat - Restaurants to Enjoy
Vermont Life Magazine
Autumn 2012 Issue
Written by Melissa Pasanen
Photographed by Jim Westphalen
The Paddle is the featured restaurant in the Autumn 2012 issue. Paddle friends, Jud and Ellen Hill are pictured in the outdoor photo. It's a really nice little review of Chef Phoebe's awesome food! Now on news stands ...
Filming at The Paddle
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Blue Paddle Bistro with Carol Ann Jones & Will Patton
Recently, a film crew from out west came to film a pilot for a series to be pitched to The Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel. The show is about independent singer/songwriters and the American venues where they perform and the community that supports these local businesses.
It was a wonderful night - great music and met some new friends!
Local favorite, Jon Sochin, accompanies carol Ann Jones & Will Patton during filming ...
Robert Wuagneux, left, relaxes with the film crew before the show.
Vt. restaurant taking a shot at being on Anderson Cooper
Sunday, May 13, 2012
WPTZ, Channel 5
As many of you know, we are trying to get Anderson's favorite 85 year old food critic, Marilyn, to visit us in South Hero! Our local TV station, Channel 5 (WPTZ) has been great in helping us spread the word.
Here's the little story they aired:
To nominate The Paddle for a visit by Anderson's 85 year-old food critic, Marilyn (she's a hoot!), just fill out this form:
Thanks, ahead of time, for your consideration!
-Mandy & Phoebe
Blue Paddle's Eggs Benedict with Duck
Channel 3, WCAX
Friday, April 6, 2012
The :30 news segment
Watch Chef Phoebe prepare her Duck Hash Benedict:
She's a natural for the television!
Seeing and Smelling the Taste: Chef Phoebe R. Bright of The Blue Paddle Bistro
Vermont Woman Newspaper
February/March 2012 Issue
Double click on article to enlarge ...
FEMA Gets in on Parade Action
Monday, July 4, 2011
WPTZ, Channel 5 News Broadcast
South Street, South Hero & Blue Paddle Bistro
To raise money for Local Motion's Island Line Trail (bike path/ferry between Colchseter & South Hero), The Paddle organized & hosted a BBQ Boogie. Music by Carol Ann Jones & The Superchargers.
The bike path was ruined due to the flooding that occurred late spring.
Thank you to everyone who generously donated to The Friends of the Island Line Trail; $1,500 was raised!
Click here to see WPTZ's coverage of FEMA and the Blue Paddle ...
Island Hopping - Paying a Visit to South Hero
(Click on photos & story
below to enlarge.)
Vermont Magazine: "There's a very simple, very natural thing about having breakfast or else dining out in South Hero; if you're going to do it, Blue Paddle Bistro is where you go. The bistro opened six years ago, but its owners, Mandy Hotchkiss (left) and Phoebe R. Bright, are no mere newcomers to the restaurant trade. The connection with canoes is explained by the fact that Mandy, besides being an accomplished restauranteur (as is Phoebe), at one time managed a wooden canoe manufacturing company ..."
Honk 4 Beaver
American Road Magazine
Summer Issue, 2011
Volume IX, Number 2
This article just came out in the most recent edition of the quarterly magazine, American Road. Quite a surprise to us - we have no idea who wrote this little story ... but we like it!
Beaver Patrol: Wildlife lovers help toothy critters cross busy US 2
Burlington Free Press, April 23, 2011
For Earth Day, Phoebe, Mandy & Tamara Samson bring attention to the wildlife crossing area near the Sandbar State Park on US Route 2. The story was picked up by the Associated Press and we have reports that our customers read about us all over New England, and as far away as California! POSITIVE OUTCOME: The State of Vermont Transportation Department recently called us - within the month permanent Wildlife Crossing sings, with mile markers, will be installed!
Click here for the Free Press story.
To watch news videos, visit this page ...
Blue Paddle crew rowing strong
Burlington Free Press, August 1, 2010
Owners overcome odds in health, business on way to successful enterprise
Click here for story on line ...
Support from one Grand Isle to another
WCAX Channel 3, Aired July 19, 2010
Our "card" was shipped off, via FedEx ... and Grand Isle, LA mayor David Camardelle talks with us on the phone.
Click here for full story and video on line.
Grand Isle County in touch with Louisiana sister city
Burlington Free Press, July 19, 2010
Click here for Claire Glass' story ...
Well Wishes Work Their way South
The Islander, July 13, 2010 issue; written by Courtney A.S. Pratt
Click here & scroll down to Page 12 to see a nice article Courtney wrote about our Grand Isle, LA "card". Photo credit: Tonya Poutry
From Me to You
CNN iReport, posted by thepizaman, July 12, 2010
This report was vetted by CNN - there's a chance it might be chosen to make their news cast today! At any rate, the pizzaman told me that his report was on the CNN web site's home page today for a few hours.
Click here to see thepizzaman's latest report!
CNN producer note
thepizzaman went to
a town called South Hero to cover what he says is the widespread effect
of the oil disaster. The Grand Isle County area in Vermont provided
assistance during Hurricane Katrina and wanted to help again in the wake
of the oil disaster, so they decided to send a giant card with their
signatures and well-wishes to Grand Isle, Louisiana.
- nsaidi, CNN iReport
Bike-Tour organizer does it all for fun
The Orange County Regsister, July 2, 2010
The six-man group at dinner at the Blue Paddle ...
Click here to see the photo that was published in this California newspaper!
Our Thoughts are With You
CNN iReport, posted by thepizzaman, June 25, 2010
This is a report of support and a way of helping the people of Grand Isle, LA. Phoebe Bright and Mandy Hotchkiss ...
Click here to see the entire CNN iReport (video, photos and story).
Grand Isle County helps Spill-Hit Grand Isle, LA
Burlington Free Press, June 19, 2010
A restaurant in Grand Isle County is encouraging Vermonters ...
Click here to read full Burlington Free Press article ...
A Message of Hope to Grand Isle, Louisiana
FOX 44, Aired June 17, 2010
Click here for full story on line.
Grand Isle, VT sends well wishes to Louisiana counterpart
NECN & WPTZ Channel 5, Aired June 16, 2010
Marc Tomasik (Grand Isle Home Services), Phoebe & Mandy (Blue Paddle) talk about why they created a "creating card" for their sister city.
Click here for full story & video on line.
Grand Isle County sends support to Grand Isle Louisinana
WCAX Channel 3, Aired June 16, 2010
Phoebe takes a quick break from the kitchen to share her feelings about this Louisiana's barrier island and it's plight ...
Click here for full story & video on line.
Locals Reach Out to Louisiana Town Affected by Oil Spil
WPTZ Channel 5, Aired June 15, 2010
Grand Isle supports sister city in gulf ...
While watching President Obama's speech on the oil crisis, guests of the Blue Paddle and server Kelly Langston are interviewed ...
Click here for full story & video on line.
Blue Paddle Bistro hosts Vermont Brownie Company v. Bobby Flay
Our local Vermont Brownie Company was chosen for a "Throwdown!" by Bobby Flay ... and The Paddle was asked to be one of the program location sights! The nice folks from the Food Network visited us last fall to film. We would like to congratulate our friends, Katherine & Shawna, of the Vermont Brownie Company for being chosen by Bobby Flay to compete against him. (P.S. We are proud to serve their yummy brownies in our restaurant!)
Old and new are a fine blend in South Hero
Montreal Gazette, July 30, 2009
Click here for full story online (be sure to scroll down -- section about Blue Paddle Bistro is down a few paragraphs...)
In the fall of 2008, the Blue Paddle was hired to cater Karl Lagerfeld’s first Vermont photo shoot for Chanel. The shoot took place at his new home in Grand Isle. Deemed a success by the Chanel folks, The Paddle was asked, again, to cater another Lagerfeld shoot in March 2009. His second shoot featured the Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms. In addition, Chef Bright was requested to personally prepare dinner at the Willard Street Inn for three nights during their stay in Burlington.
Blurt – Seven Days Staff Blog: "Stalking Karl Lagerfeld"
So Monday morning I had some allergy testing, got a flu shot and received a phone call from one of my editors. Not the usual, "What were you thinking?" editorial call. No, from on high, I was told that I must make a pilgrimage to Grand Isle, perhaps the least notable of the Lake Champlain Islands. I didn't have to take the ferry to Plattsburgh (pretty much the only thing one can do on Grand Isle), so what was I supposed to do there? Stalk Karl Lagerfeld. Click here to read full posting!
Grand Isle Preps for Chanel Photo Shoot
High-fashion hysteria hit the Green Mountains in recent weeks with the news — first reported in Women’s Wear Daily — that Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld had purchased a house on a Lake Champlain island. Then a woman who had just sold her home on Grand Isle to an unnamed corporate buyer called to tell Seven Days she’d received mail addressed to Lagerfeld. Click to read full Seven Days article...
Fashion Legend Working in Vermont
... The restaurant hired to cater that shoot says Lagerfeld has been kind and gracious. Mandy Hotchkiss, owner of the Blue Paddle Bistro in South Hero, explains, "We're absolutely thrilled. It's the first time we've ever done something like this. And it's been quite an experience." Click here for full WCAX news story.
WCAX Covers Karl Lagerfeld in Vermont