Morrisville isn't known for having a proliferation of galleries or farm-to-table restaurants, but when Rogue Artisans Café soft-opens inside the Rogue Artisans woodshop and gallery this week, the cuisine will be as handmade and artisanal as the tables, chairs and décor. "We're an art gallery/café," says owner Jonathan Mogor, a Navy veteran who moved to Vermont three years ago. "Our whole focus is on keeping it local as much as possible."
The café — which will be open seven days a week — will offer daylong espresso service (iced lattes!), with coffee from Waterbury's Vermont Artisan Coffee & tea, alongside morning breakfasts and baked treats from pastry chef Donna Steffen. Her cookies, cupcakes and truffles also will be available into the evening.
On the savory side, chef Jason Gelineau (formerly of Johnson's French Press Café and the Stowehof Inn & resort) will layer house-roasted-and-brined meats into panini. One specialty, Spalted Maple, will stuff turkey, bacon, cheddar and apple between slices of Klinger's Bread French toast. Other stackers include the Burn Pile, featuring house-pulled pork and coleslaw served on polenta bread from Hardwick's Patchwork Farm & Bakery, and a handful of creative vegetarian options, salads and soups.
Read Hannah's complete review at Seven Days