Food Network Names Wayside Restaurant's Maple Cream Pie the Iconic Pie for Vermont!

Wayside Restaurant's Bakery Team holds their Food Network award high celebrating a sweet victory! Over the years they have made thousands of tasty maple cream pies for locals and tourists alike. Gourmet Magazine once wrote in their Thanksgiving issue, "The Wayside Restaurant's maple cream pie is too delicious for words!"

Pie is so much more than just a dessert. There’s a feeling of nostalgia and comfort in every bite, not to mention a strong sense of place. Turns out you can learn a lot about a state's agricultural and historical traditions by eating its pie!

The Food Network recently identified pies in each of the 50 states they felt are worthy of a taste. The Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery's maple cream pie was selected as the iconic pie of Vermont.

The Green Mountain state produced 2.07 million gallons in 2019, about half of the nation's maple syrup. It's no surprise that Vermonters have developed so many delicious ways to consume it.  

Located on the Barre-Montpelier Road for the past 101 years, the Wayside has become known for its homemade pies. To learn more about the other 49 iconic pies in America go to the "50 States of Pie".

Pam Knights Communications is honored to promote the Wayside Restaurant and pleased to share these video clips with you.  

WCAX-TV: A Delicious Honor: Wayside's Maple Cream Pie Named Iconic Pie for Vermont by the Food Network, by Scott Fleishman, November 10, 2019

Food Network selected Montpelier restaurant's maple cream pie for its 50 States of Pie list
You Tube, Wilkins Harley-Davidson: The Wayside Restaurant- Most Iconic Pie in Vermont, November 14, 2019

The Inn at Grace Farm & Wedding Barn - A Unique Vermont Wedding Destination

Pam Knights Communications recently had the distinct pleasure of working with Chad and Aimee Fellows, owners of The Inn at Grace Farm & Wedding Barn in Fairfax, Vermont, to fine tune their logo, further define their brand identity, and to create an all-new website,, using the Divi platform in WordPress.

The Inn at Grace Farm & Wedding Barn in Fairfax, VT, exterior view

Unforgettably Vermont Weddings with Accommodations

Since purchasing the property in November 2016 Chad and Aimee Fellows have added features such as air conditioning, made numerous improvements, and continue to focus on weddings and group rentals, transforming The Inn at Grace Farm into an “Unforgettably Vermont Wedding” destination with accommodations.

A wedding couple enjoying the view at The Inn at Grace Farm, Fairfax VT

Million Dollar Views

Surrounded by “million dollar" views, the entire 2.5 acre property overlooks majestic mountain vistas from all directions.  According to Chad and Aimee, “The views are unforgettably Vermont and remind us of God’s majesty…and grace.  We wanted to share this with brides and grooms and their guests.  We wanted to create a place that makes that wedding day a day of celebration and commitment, a place that provides a perfect experience.”  

More than an Event Venue

More than a year-round wedding and event venue, The Inn at Grace Farm offers accommodations for up to 32 guests in two modern timber-frame buildings, plus a Tiny House, all adjacent to the Wedding Barn. The Stone House accommodates 10 in 4 large bedrooms, including an elegant bridal suite. The Inn has 5 ensuite bedrooms and a spacious lobby and dining area, perfect for an intimate gathering space for a rehearsal dinner or group social. Both have fully equipped kitchens and private outdoor fire pits.

The Inn and the Stone House at The Inn at Grace Farm, Fairfax, VT

Designed for a Friendly & Relaxed Experience

The two main buildings are joined by an entry way and vestibule that allow traffic flow between them or they can be closed off for separate quarters. This unique configuration enable the bridal couple, their families, and members of their wedding party to mingle, participate in area activities, and get to know each other prior to the ceremony, making for a friendly, relaxed, and memorable experience.

Heated Wedding Barn Accommodates up to 110 Guests

The Wedding Barn accommodates up to 110 guests or up to 160 with a tent. Couples or groups orchestrate their own events, and can select vendors from a long list provided on their website.

A wedding party in front of the Stone House at The Inn at Grace Farm in Fairfax, VT

The Goal of Having a Perfect Wedding Day

After 27 years of marriage and 41 years since their first love notes in 2nd grade, Chad and Aimee Fellows’ goal is to help others have a perfect wedding day. They wanted to create a place that makes one’s wedding day a day of celebration and commitment, a place that provides an Unforgettably Vermont experience. Having attended my son’s wedding there in early June, I can say from experience that the Fellows have attained their goals.

A Testimonial for PKC Worth Sharing!

“Pam Knights Communications just finished a fantastic restructure of our website In the whirlwind of details that go along with buying an inn and wedding venue at the end of 2016, our website was pushed down the priority list.  Now in our 3rd and busiest season we wanted our website to reflect the celebrations of marriage that have happened at The Inn at Grace Farm. Pam nailed it!  She designed a website full of simplicity and imagery to capture our vision. Pam was attentive to detail and communicated effectively with us throughout the process. She offered ideas and works with a professional team to create an impressive product. As entrepreneurs we sometimes try to take on too much responsibility to stay lean, but I see the shortsightedness in this approach, especially with a website that requires structured planning on the front and back end. Pam incorporated our ideas, added her own recommendations, and was a successful visual architect in producing an outstanding result. Our inquiries for weddings and general traffic are already increasing.  Thank you PKC! We highly recommend working with Pam on your website or marketing project.” -- Chad & Aimee Fellows

Koren. In the Wild Wins Gold IBPA Award for Humor

Pam Knights Communications is pleased to announce that her client Button Street Press, the publishers of Koren. In the Wild by Edward Koren, won Gold for Humor in the 31st Annual International Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards.

In this collection of cartoons, the acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist and Vermont’s second Cartoonist Laureate Edward Koren, illustrates country life, exurbanites, locals, and the ironies of living in the boonies. His cartoons have Vermonters looking at city folk, and city folk looking at Vermonters—described by Koren as a “mash of interactions and small pieces of theater.” Koren’s humor, his signature fuzzy and humanoid creatures delight readers, country dweller or not.

Publisher Button Street Press (BSP) is dedicated to publishing and supporting books of worth, humor, kindness, and importance; and to supporting the books and authors with passion, energy, and experience BSP is an arm of the southern Vermont-based publishing company MarchMedia LLC.

For additional details see the article by Peter Cobb, Vt Artist/Publisher Take Home IBPA Gold that appeared in the VT Business News section of the Rutland Herald, May 19, 2019.

Karen & Brian Zecchinelli of the Wayside Restaurant winners of the VT Restaurateur of the Year Award!

Karen and Brian Zecchinelli Wayside VT restaurateurs of the year 2019Congratulations to Brian and Karen Galfetti Zecchinelli, owners of Vermont's Wayside Restaurant now in its 101st year of operation, winners of the 2019 Vermont Chamber Restaurateur of the Year Award honoring restaurateurs who continue to demonstrate excellence in restaurant operations and management. It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated and innovative restaurateurs!

Kudos also go to Chef-owner Sarah Natvig of The Black Krim Tavern in Randolph, VT for Chef of the Year, and to Peter McLauren of West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT for Innkeeper of the Year.






PKC 2018 PR Highlights

Brand development and strategic marketing are an important investment in the health and growth of one's business, and over time can yield some exciting results. I'd like to share some of Pam Knights Communications 2018 highlights with you.


l to r: Naulakha; Heirloom Apple Day; The Wayside Restaurant; the Pumpkin Festival

On May 30, The Landmark Trust USA in Dummerston, VT offered its 1st Annual Estate Tour with a Rhododendron Display at Rudyard Kipling's former Vermont home, Naulakha, now a year-round vacation rental property.

The Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery in Montpelier, VT celebrated their 100th Anniversary on July 29 with a customer appreciation event featuring an ice cream social and fireworks. Several VT dignitaries were in attendance.

On October 9, Scott Farm Orchard  in Dummerston, VT hosted their 16th Annual Heirloom Apple Day featuring talks and tastings with Orchardist Zeke Goodband, apple picking, live music, dry stone wall tours by The Stone Trust, and local food vendors.

That same weekend, Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center in East Thetford, VT hosted their 16th Annual Pumpkin Festival with horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin picking, live music and performances, kids activities and organic food concessions.


In September, New York Times Bestselling Author Archer Mayor of Southern VT released Bury the Lead, the 29th novel in his acclaimed Joe Gunther crime series. PKC helped to promote his many author appearances throughout VT, NH, MA and NY. Preparations are in the works for promotion of his benchmark 30th novel, Bomber's Moon, due out this fall.

In November, acclaimed New Yorker magazine cartoonist and Vermont's second Cartoonist Laureate, Edward Koren of Brookfield, VT, released a new book, Koren. In the Wild, published by Button Street Press. This collection of cartoons, featuring his signature hairy, humanoid and bold creatures coupled with his keen wit, beautifully captures the duality of rural and urban life while gently poking fun at it.


2018 was a great year for PR! Having truly unique and newsworthy angles to work with makes my job lots easier, as does developing good relationships with the media. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to promote some very exciting milestones this past year. Here are some highlights.

Stuck in Vermont:
Montpelier's Wayside Restaurant Turns 100
Stuck in Vermont, The Wayside Turns 100, episode 543

Seven Days' Eva Sollberger attended the Wayside's Customer Appreciation Event held on July 29, 2018 to produce this Stuck in Vermont video, episode 543. The 100th was widely publicized on Vermont Public Radio, WCAX, ABC 22, WPTZ, New England Cable News, CNBC, Associated Press, US News & World Report, Newsday, The Best of Central Vermont magazine, Vermont Magazine, Burlington Press Press, and The Bridge, among others too numerous to mention. To say the least we we're thrilled with the coverage!

New England Cable News:
Memorial to Victims of the Spanish Flu Taking Place in Vermont

l to r: Karen, Nicolas & Brian Zecchinelli at the dedication of the Spanish Flu Memorial at Hope Cemetary

October 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish Flu, the deadliest epidemic in history that killed 50-100 million worldwide. To honor Brian Zecchinelli's grandfather who was a Barre, VT victim, the Zecchinelli family commissioned a 4-ton Barre Granite "Reflection Bench" that was dedicated on Oct 26 at Hope Cemetery in Barre. The story received extensive coverage by New England Cable News, NBC, Associated Press, US News,The Valley News, The Times Argus, and Best of Central Vermont magazine, among others.

Associated Press:
New Yorker Cartoonist's Book Pokes Fun at City-Rural Divide

In November and December, Ed Koren enjoyed widespread national publicity for his new book, Koren. In the Wild, spurred by Lisa Rathke's Associated Press article and Jane Lindholm's VPR Vermont Edition interview. A feature article, Drawing Analogies by Maria Buteux Reade came out in the March/April issue of Vermont Magazine, and other stories in Columbia Magazine, Prattfolio, and other NPR stations are in the works.

UpCountry Magazine:
On Scott Farm in Dummerston VT More than 100 Almost-Lost Varieties are Grown with Loving Care

Scott Farm was featured In the September/October issue of UpCountry Magazine, on the cover and in an article written by Natalie Wise. The story focuses on Orchardist Zeke Goodband and the cultivation of more than 125 varieties of heirloom apples grown on the 571-acre farm in Dummerston, VT. Scott Farm, owned by The Landmark Trust USA, operates a farm market and a wedding and event venue, and offers a fruit CSA, and pruning-grafting, cider making, and baking workshops throughout the season.  A feature story is in the works for the Sept/Oct 2019 issue of Vermont Magazine.

Pam is grateful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful and interesting clients and extends a special thank you to Kelly Carlin at Scott Farm Orchard, Karen and Brian Zecchinelli at the Wayside Restaurant, Bakery & Creamery, Margot Zalkind at Button Street Press, and Kate Duesterberg at Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center, among others.