A Strong Local Voice


I’ve been active in our community’s life as a business owner, parent, volunteer and town meeting member. I’ve employed more than 400 local people, taught children to cook, coached youth soccer and volunteered for many local and state-wide organizations. 

Our community faces real challenges and the choices made in Montpelier matter. Many of the issues I care about - creating jobs, achievement in schools, a vibrant local agriculture and raising healthy kids - need a committed, experienced Brattleboro champion. 

Some of My Community Experience:

  • District-3 Town Meeting Member
  • Brattleboro Civilian Police Communications Committee, Member
  • Brattleboro Area Chamber, Board Member
  • Vermont Fresh Network, Board Member for six years - 2 years as Chair
  • Landmark Trust (Scott Farm), Treasurer
  • Advisory Council to WRCC Culinary Arts Program, Member
  • Healthy Communities Coalition, Member
  • Sunrise Rotary, Member
  • Strolling of the Heifers, Advisor and Caterer
  • Feast on the Farm, co-creator – I have served more than a thousand diners great local food on local farm fields.


Work Experience:

I have worked in the food-service industry for almost 20 years. As a business-owner in Brattleboro, I employed and supervised more than 400 employees. After the Riverview Cafe closed, I started two new businesses, Rigani Catered Wood-fired Pizza (with Dan and Karyn Tyler) and Entera Catering. We now employ 3 full-time employees and ten part-time. Most of our employees were part of the team at Riverview Cafe.

Two years ago I began teaching a culinary class at Kindle Farm. I have also volunteered hundreds of hours teaching kids to cook in Brattleboro schools.


About Me:

I grew up in Marlboro and graduated from BUHS in 1989. Four years studying philosophy and religion at Wesleyan University led me on an unusual path; I decided I wanted to be a chef. I moved to Burlington and attended New England Culinary Institute. After a stint in New York City, I moved back to Brattleboro with my wife, Susie Webster-Toleno (BUHS ’88), who is a minister and hospice chaplain. Together, we’re raising our sons, Owen and Malcolm, who attend BAMS and Green St. School. A decade of business experience and activity around state-wide policy issues led me to believe that business can be an important catalyst for change. Last year I finished a two-year MBA at Marlboro College.

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commented 2013-11-06 21:46:27 -0500 · Flag
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commented 2012-09-22 18:29:39 -0400 · Flag
With the primary over, it’s time to plan for the general election. What issues are on the horizon?
@WKVT1490AM tweeted link to this page. 2012-08-15 07:48:57 -0400
The Aug. 28 primary is fast approaching. Candidate for District 3 Representative, Tristan Toleno, returns to the... http://t.co/3TRDbBzP
published this page 2012-06-10 22:39:00 -0400