Leandre Waldo, Director of Media Relations
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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Sandi Earle, Executive Chief of Sodexo dining at Champlain College, will publish her first cookbook, "My 30 Year Love Affair with Food and Vermont," the Queen City Brewery edition, on Oct. 20 at a special fundraising event from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Champlain Room in the Center for Communication and Creative Media Building on campus.
Earle has been helping feed the students of Champlain for 14 years and has been working on her cookbook for the past two years. She developed a beer-themed book by tasting beer from Queen City Brewery and thinking about what flavors and dishes would best compliment the drink. "The beer has certain characteristics that are similar to recipes I make and foods I like," Earle explains.
Work began in April to develop the drink-inspired recipes. "Some of the recipes were made here at Champlain in Sodexo, some at trustees events, at the President's house, and some in my own home," Earle says.
There are 25 recipes in her cookbook, including desserts like the Queen City Porter Chocolate Cake and foods like Earle's special BBQ sauce.
The cookbook was a collaborative effort with people from all over Champlain College. Mike Jacobs, the head of the equipment rental house on campus, took all of the photos for Earle's book. Student Emma Reed designed the cookbook and Earle's website https://www.sandiearlesfoodmatters.com. She also designed a logo, and marketing materials for the launch of the new business, Sandi Earle's Food Matters LLC. Tiffany Harbretch of the Marketing Department was Earle's editor. Earle's longtime friend Jane Milizia was her contributing editor.
The Oct. 20 release party for "My 30 Year Love Affair with Food and Vermont" is open to the public. Participants will be treated to six-ounce beer tasting glass from Queen City Brewery, and six, four-ounce pours. Eight recipes will be available to sample throughout the night. Copies of the book will be available to purchase and get signed from 8 to 10 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, where 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Vermont Family Network, and 75% of the ticket sales will also be donated.
The Vermont Family Network is one of many causes Earle has been passionate about for years. "I didn't want a cookbook that would just sit on someone's shelf. I wanted it to do some good for our community," Earle explains.
The tickets for the event will be available for $35 on the Vermont Family Network's website, on the Queen City Brewery website, as well as Sandi Earle's website and will be available for purchase at the door. The book will be available at Queen City Brewery on Pine Street and through Earle's website https://www.sandiearlesfoodmatters.com/ after Oct. 20.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.