Isole Dinner Club’s History of English Food & Literature Series: Beatrix Potter

Sunday, September 3, 2017
Time: Early afternoon program 12:00 - 3:00 PM; Late afternoon program 4:00 - 7:00 PM
Event Type: 
Special Event
Location: Farm Barn
Fee: Early afternoon program: $40 for adults & children 12+; $10 for children 5-11; Free for children under 5 | Late afternoon program: $65/person

Please join us in an engaged exploration of conservationist, illustrator, and writer Beatrix Potter as we stroll the grounds, hills and gardens of Shelburne Farms enjoying live storytelling combined with food, drink, and history. Directed by Trish Denton of In Tandem Arts, this original processional theater piece will marry Potter’s fictional and autobiographical works with playful and poetic performances intended for all ages – scholars, foodies, pundits, parents, and children alike. This event is rain or shine and attendees are expected to walk over hill and dale, so please plan accordingly by wearing comfortable outdoor clothing and walking shoes.


Isole Dinner Club

Isole Dinner Club is a Burlington, Vermont based pop-up dinner club exploring different cultures and times by fusing art, performance, and lectures with food, and libations. Curated by local chef and (aspiring) food anthropologist Richard Witting. Some past Isole dinners include ones that focus on specific cultures and places (Cuba, Argentina, Transylvania, Ethiopia, Brazil and the Golan Heights)  while others focus on different time periods (ancient Rome, Anglo-Saxon and Regency England) or on specific artists or authors (Hiroshige, Jane Austen, Shakespeare).


Richard Witting  

Richard grew up in Vermont and has spent most of his adult life working in the restaurant industry in all capacities: serving, managing, bartending, and cooking. His local cooking resumé includes Opaline, Duino Duende, Arts Riot, Dish Catering, El Cortijo, and Dobra Tea. He is the chef owner of Firefly Catering, and worked recently as an event manager for Frank Pace’s catering company. Richard also runs a monthly pop-up dinner at Agricola Farm in Panton.

In 2012 Richard returned to school to further his understanding of food by pursuing a degree in Anthropology with a specific focus on food and culture. Since graduating he has been working as an independent scholar researching and creating historic-styled dinners, combining anthropologic perspectives with interesting and sumptuous events.

Richard also is an avid forager and fermenter and has been selling wild edibles since 2001 and has taught foraging classes at Shelburne Farms.


Trish Denton

Trish is a Burlington-based interdisciplinary artist and stage director. She writes and directs theater, dance and musical performance, crafts children’s stories and folktales, and produces oral history and ethnographic projects. Originally from Detroit, Trish put herself through college as a fortune teller and went on to receive an MA from Dartmouth in folk narratives, pedagogy and performance. With her freelance practice In Tandem Arts, she works with museums, schools and other cultural institutions to produce interdisciplinary projects with a pedagogical twist.

Registration Details: 

Registration is required.  Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Early afternoon program: SOLD OUT

$40/person for adults & children 12+; $10/child 5-11 years old; Free for children under 5.  Ticket includes a selection of non-alcoholic artisanal drinks paired with a four-coursed picnic basket. Snack will be provided for children under 5.   

Late afternoon program: $65/person regardless of age. Includes a selection of alcoholic beverages paired with multi-coursed appetizers.


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