Friday, February 29, 2008

CSR Model Goes National

On NPR recently, Morning Edition listeners across the country had the opportunity to enjoy a bit of the ambience of the Bee's Knees in Morrisville. In the national version of a segment previously produced for VPR, Vermont reporter Jane Lindholm highlights the sense of community behind the CSR model:

A few more "degrees of separation" bring us to the national food blog "Eater," reporting on a New York City restaurant that, like the Bee's Knees, is generating support for an expansion through CSR sales. But its all part of the family, as the restaurant's owners worked at the famed Lespinasse, where Michael Kloeti of Michael's on the Hill in Waterbury Center also cut his chops. Claire's chef, Steven Obranovich, has been Kloeti's co-conspirator for three years... that is, until Saturday night, when he leaves his post to devote himself full time to opening Claire's in May.

To read about Riverdale Garden in NYC:

And don't forget to sign up for a CSR at Claire's before the last one is snapped up!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Public Radio Goes Local - Restaurants, That Is

The new restaurant business model championed by Claire's is winning converts, and generating coverage in Vermont and nationally.

Today, VPR features a story on the CSR program - Community Supported Restaurant coupons - we launched over the Summer and that the Bee's Knees has adopted to fund their own expansion. We expect the story to be distributed nationally by NPR, but in the meantime, here's a link to the coverage in Vermont - you can read the full story or listen on your computer: