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Belted Cow Bistro Appetizer Named

One of Vermont’s Best New Dishes of 2009

Essex Junction, VT—January 13, 2010—The Belted Cow Bistro, Essex Junction, Vermont’s newest restaurant, made the list of the Top Best New Dishes of 2009 by one of the areas most eclectic food critics.  Alice Levitt, food writer for Vermont’s Seven Days Newspaper raves about Chef John Delpha’s Red Hen Bread Tartine with Smoke Pork as an incredible way to showcase his championship barbeque skills.

“The meat is beyond description,” writes Levitt in the staff blog Blurt., “Firm yet forgiving, delicate but strong. Topped with cheddar fondue and zesty pickled onions, the dish is so satisfying, dinner becomes an afterthought.”

John Delpha, chef and co-owner of The Belted Cow Bistro recently added world barbecue champion to his list of culinary achievements. In October 2009, Delpha and his teammates of I Que were named the winners of the 21st Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, commonly known as “The Jack.” Delpha has added special barbeque items to the menu each Tuesday night so that customers can sample his outstanding skills.

Delpha and I Que competed in the categories of Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Beef Brisket and Chicken, as well as "Jack Daniel’s Sauce" and Desserts. I Que not only captured the top prize but also finished second in pork shoulders/butts, second in desserts and eighth in chicken.

The Belted Cow Bistro is an American Bistro owned and operated by Chef John Delpha and wife Caitlin Bilodeau. They partner with Vermont distributors and farms to offer the highest quality local seasonal products. The 70-seat restaurant, a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, offers off-site catering and in-house banquets. Open Tuesday through Saturday dinner is served nightly beginning at 5:00 p.m. Reservations are accepted by calling 802-316-3883. Information is online at and the latest menu is available at

For more information, please contact:
John Delpha

4 park street - essex junction, vermont
reservations: 802.316.3883 | directions
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