Food Facts & Lore

Wintirfyllith Food Fest

October, being the 10th month according to our modern-day calendar, should rightly be called December. Or, if we were Saxons back in the early Middle Ages, we’d find our inspiration upon observing that this time of year brings the first full moon of winter, and call this month “Wintirfyllith.” Alas, it was the 8th Month on the Roman calendar and kept its name after January and February were added.

A focus on the autumn harvest and feasts might have inspired another name, like say, “gourdober” or “pumkinary,” but this was not history’s trajectory. All naming is somewhat arbitrary, of course, as are the daily food holidays. However, this does not prevent us from enjoying a playful discussion about this month’s food fest lineup.

October is national Seafood Month and National Pasta Month. Calamari Fra Diavolo and Fettuccine Bianco, both on the 158 Main Dinner Menu, would be suitable selections in this case. Not everyone loves seafood, but nearly everyone loves pasta. The JPD Menu offers a cornucopia of Pasta Dinners and every one is served with a House Salad and Garlic Bread. Have one with a glass of wine and make a toast to Wintirfyllith.

Worthy of notice this month is October 9, also known as National Moldy Cheese Day. The Cobb Salad suits our purpose as it is garnished with a delectable Bleu crumble. You can find this one on the 158 Main Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu. Or you may choose the Filet Mignon au Bleu for dinner on the 9th.

National Sausage Pizza Day is on October 11, which happens to be on a Friday this year, and that right there is the ultimate pizza night. The JPD Works, Meat Lovers or Bella are logical choices for the day’s theme. We’d like to note, also, that sausage is an exquisite addition to a Margherita pizza. October 14 is National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day. There’s none of that on our menus, but it is worthy of mention. It seems that one should be rescheduled to the 31st, as a fitting Halloween treat.

October 16 is National Bread Day. Be sure to take a fresh loaf home if you happen to stop by 158 for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. We make fresh White, Wheat, Maple Wheat, Rye, Multi-Grain, Honey Oat, Cinnamon Raisin and Baguettes. October 17 is National Pasta Day. The Chicken Parm over Linguine is an all-time JPD favorite. National Seafood Bisque Day is on October 19. You don’t mind a variation on a tasty theme, do you? That being a Saturday, you can indulge in the famous 158 Main Seafood Chowder. It is on the Brunch Menu and Dinner Menu.

October 27 is American Beer Day. It is on a Sunday this year, and there is absolutely no rule against a good Vermont Artisan Beer with Brunch. We usually have at least four on tap. Be sure to ask your server. Bon Appétit, and here’s the October Fest, day by day.

Explore 158 Main & JPD Menus

October 1: Homemade Cookies Day

October 2: National Fried Scallops Day

October 3: National Caramel Custard Day

October 4: National Vodka Day

October 5: National Apple Betty Day

October 6: National Noodle Day

October 7: National Frappe Day

October 8: National Fluffernutter Day

October 9: Moldy Cheese Day

October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day

October 11: National Sausage Pizza Day

October 12: National Gumbo Day

October 13: National Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 14: National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day

October 14: National Dessert Day

October 15: National Chicken Cacciatore Day

October 16: World Bread Day

October 17: National Pasta Day

October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 19: National Seafood Bisque Day

October 20: National Brandied Fruit Day

October 21: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 22: National Nut Day

October 23: National Boston Cream Pie Day

October 24: National Bologna Day

October 25: World Pasta Day

October 26: National Pumpkin Day

October 27: American Beer Day

October 28: National Chocolate Day

October 29: National Oatmeal Day

October 30: National Candy Corn Day

October 31: National Candy Apple Day