5 Ways to Experience Winter in Stowe

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Curated by the Stowe Area Association

Looking for the quintessential New England experience this winter? Dreaming of carving fresh pow on the trails? Here are five ways to experience what National Geographic calls one of "The World's Best Ski Towns" this winter:

  1. Play at the mountain. Stowe Mountain Resort has the most skiing and riding terrain open in the east, with 82 inches of fresh snowfall this season and state-of-the-art snowmaking producing optimal skiing and riding conditions. Explore other activities at the resort, like ice skating or relaxing by an outdoor fireplace, while absorbing the natural beauty of Mt. Mansfield–the highest peak in Vermont. Take the complimentary Stowe Mountain Road Shuttle to and from your hotel room
  2. More snowy fun. Winter has arrived, and with more snow in the forecast, there are other winter activities to enjoy, like snowmobiling, sleigh rides; and, dog sledding. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing are also popular with Stowe's world-class Nordic trail system and variety of trails nearby. Need gear? Pick up equipment rentals and other sports gear and apparel in town.
  3. Festive activities. Holiday shopping is an adventure in Stowe. Find the perfect gift for your family and friends during Reindeer Quest (through December 24). #ShopStowe and win prizes as you collect snowflake stamps at Stowe shops. Enjoy a live holiday performance, children's activities, cooking and food demonstrations, New Year's Eve celebrations and other events.
  4. Eat, drink and be merry. Ranked one of the "World's 10 Best Ski Towns for Foodies" by Fodor's Travel, Stowe is home to a variety of dining establishments and craft beverage producers. Sample craft beverages on the Stowe Craft Bev Trail and other local flavors on the Stowe Tasting Trail.
  5. Plan your stay. Stowe offers quality accommodations for every taste and budget. Solidify your winter plans with the Midwinter Getaway or the Extend Your Weekend lodging offers. Not sure where to start? Visit us online at gostowe.com, call us at (800) 467-8693 or stop by the Visitor Information Center while in town. Exclusive discounts for lodging, activities, equipment rentals and events are available year-round.

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Havana 802 Brings Cuban Food to Hardwick

When Monica and John Montero moved from Miami to Vermont last year, they brought Cuban home cooking with them. Earlier this month, they began sharing it with their adopted community when they opened Havana 802 at 41 South Main Street in Hardwick.

The opening menu offers about 70 dishes, ranging from tamales and empanadas ($4-6) to sandwiches, soups and entrées ($11-15). The last category includes ropa vieja (a tomato-beef stew) and churrasco (grilled skirt steak) with chimichurri. Once a liquor license goes through, Havana 802 will serve wine and beer, too.

Monica, born to a Cuban American family in Little Havana, does most of the cooking. Her saucy grilled and stewed meats, beans and rice, and plantains (crispy or ripe) are grounded in traditional Cuban cookery, which has a mild spice-ometer compared with other Latin American and island cuisines. John, who moved from Cuba to Florida at age 4, handles business and front-of-house operations.

In recent years, Havana 802's storefront has housed three relatively short-lived restaurants: Vermont Supper Club, Claire's Restaurant and Bar, and A Vermont Place. The Monteros hope to halt the revolving door by offering unique and approachable food at an affordable price point. "Cuban food is not an expensive food," John told Seven Days just after opening in early October. "Why should we charge more than we need to?"

Havana 802
41 S. Main St.

The Monteros say they hope to add live Latin music on weekend nights and perhaps brunch later this fall or winter. For now, the restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

Read the complete article at SevenDays

The original print version of this article was headlined "Cuban in the Kingdom"

36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont

August 19, 2015

36 Hours | By JEREMY EGNER | New York Times

"Burlington, Vermont’s largest city at just over 42,000 residents, comes alive in summer. The deep aquamarine Lake Champlain thaws and Waterfront Park, built on industrial land reclaimed in the 1980s during Senator Bernie Sanders’s tenure as the city’s mayor (he announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination there in May), teems with students and families. Kayaks and skiffs dot the water’s glassy surface while runners and bikers fill shoreline paths. Abundant recreational opportunities along with the city’s high walkability factor — you can stroll from the postcard-pretty downtown to the burgeoning arts scene in the South End — mean foodie tourists can burn off calories as quickly as they pack them on. (It’s a nice thought, at least.)"

My wife and I have enjoyed wonderful meals at Hen of the Wood, A Single Pebble, Henry's Diner, Leunig's Bistro & Café; and others, of course. We regularly explore and shop at the Church Street Marketplace; and, we've explored the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. We've also been treated to a weekend 'in town' at the Hotel Vermont

Read the complete article at NYTimes.com | See the video on my homepage

Hen of the Wood Opens Stowe Bar

Will McNeil, left, and Eric Warnstedt peruse the album library at Doc Ponds in Stowe on Monday.                                                                                                                              GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

Will McNeil, left, and Eric Warnstedt peruse the album library at Doc Ponds in Stowe on Monday.                                                                                                                              GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

Both the btv foodie / Burlington Free Press and Burlington's Seven Days reported last week that Hen of the Wood owners, Eric Warnstedt and Will McNeil have opened their beer bar, Doc Ponds, at 294 Mountain Road in Stowe.

I went in search of the Bar's website, and while there's nothing yet more than the homepage, that in itself tells the whole story :

In May of 1876, there was a case in court called, “The State of Vermont vs. One Keg Of Lager Beer.”

The question at the heart of the case was whether or not people would get intoxicated on this beverage, which was considered low alcohol compared to other drinks. Several defense witnesses were doctors, one of whom testified that the lager contained 4.6 percent alcohol.

Dr. E.A. Pond told the judge and jury the “lager beer was a powerful diuretic and, taken in large amounts, was cathartic, quite nutricious and nonintoxicating. His closing remarks were that ‘a man may drink 15 to 20 glasses, and aside from feeling a little sleep or stupid, feel no effects from it; it is carried away before the system has time to absorb alcohol enough to intoxicate.’”

The keg of lager beer was found not guilty.
— docpond.com

Doc Ponds
294 Mountain Road, Stowe
bar: 2 to midnight daily ☆ kitchen: 4 to 10 p.m. daily
802.760.6066 ☆ instagram.com/doc_ponds

Rogue Café Opens in Morrisville

The counter at Rogue Artisans Café | COURTESY OF ROGUES CAFÈ

The counter at Rogue Artisans Café | COURTESY OF ROGUES CAFÈ

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.

Rogue Artisans Café
74 Portland St., Morrisville
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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

Stowe's Food Scene is Heating Up!

Three exciting developments you wouldn't want to miss

On Tuesday this week, it was reported that Stowe's Crop Bistro & Brewery reopened last Thursday with Laura and Michael Kloeti, owners of Michael's on the Hill in Waterbury Center, at the helm.



Laura Kloeti says she and her husband have big plans for the space — including ramping up brewing operations and distributing more beer for retail. But they plan to ease into the changes and keep Crop's original pub concept alive.

The Kloetis have redone the menu and installed Michael's alum Jason Bissell as the chef. The bill of fare offers starters (fried pickles, smoked trout dip), salads, charcuterie and cheese, pub standards (burgers, brats, beer-battered fish), and "specialties" (steak frites, confit duck, barbecue-braised pork shank).

Crop Bistro & Brewery
1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe

Read the complete article, by Hannah Palmer Egan at Seven Days

Courtesy of Sharon Herbert/Sauce

Courtesy of Sharon Herbert/Sauce

On Wednesday, we learned that Sauce, reported here earlier and owned by Sharon Herbert, has opened at 407 Mountain Road — which previously housed Café Latina and Thompson’s Flour Shop — has been transformed into an open, welcoming wood-framed shop with deli cases, a “hot table” and shelves stocked with all kinds of goodies.

There’s a handful of tables inside and a few more on the patio if you want to eat there. One wall, done up in chalkboard paint, bears inviting and enticing messages, imploring “Mangia! Mangia!” and touting “il dolce far niente” — the sweetness of idleness, probably referring to languidly sipping Prosecco while savoring slips of fat-streaked prosciutto and soft clouds of fresh mozzarella.

407 Mountain Road, Stowe

A familiar face is running the kitchen — chef Jimmy Kalp, who honed his skills at Frida’s Taqueria and Blue Moon Café in Stowe.

Read Hannah Marshall's complete article at StoweToday.com

courtesy of Waterbury's cork wine bar

courtesy of Waterbury's cork wine bar

And, finally, on Thursday, the Stowe Development Review Board gave conditional approval to Danielle Nichols, the owner of Waterbury’s popular Cork Wine Bar, to open a similar space in Stowe, at the site of the former Blue Moon Cafe. She wants to add outdoor seating, open up for lunch, and add a retail element to the establishment.

Nichols plans on reducing seating to 38, the same number of seats the building had before it became Blue Moon, which will allow the town to lift the parking restrictions and allow her to open for lunch and daytime shoppers. Read Tommy Gardner's complete article at StoweToday.com

Cork Wine Bar & Market
1 Stowe St, Waterbury, VT 05676
(802) 882-8227

7Days weighs in, in greater detail, on Hen of the Wood's planned Stowe, VT opening

7Days weighs in, in greater detail, on Hen of the Wood's planned Stowe, VT opening

The Vermont beer trail will gain an important new stop when the Alchemist Brewery makes its upcoming move to Stowe. But that brewery and tasting room won't be the only new kid on the beer block. This coming summer, Eric Warnstedt and William McNeil of Hen of the Wood plan to open a still-unnamed beer bar at 294 Mountain Road, most recently home to Vermont Ale House.

Warnstedt warns potential guests not to expect a third Hen of the Wood. "It's just a beer bar," he says. The building will retain its three levels but otherwise be restored to suit the owners' original lounge design by Doug Walker, the man behind the reconstruction of Waterworks Food + Drink. Custom-made high-tops and a few booths will fill out the "vibey lounge," Warnstedt says.

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Hen of the Wood Owners to Open a Pub in Stowe, VT

Sally Pollak, Free Press Staff Writer | Follow her on Twitter | 1:26 p.m. EST March 5, 2015

Eric Warnstedt, chef and co-owner of Hen of the Wood, at his Burlington restaurant in the fall of 2013. Warnstedt and his business partner Will McNeil plan to open a beer bar in Stowe in June.  (Photo: RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS FILE)

Eric Warnstedt, chef and co-owner of Hen of the Wood, at his Burlington restaurant in the fall of 2013. Warnstedt and his business partner Will McNeil plan to open a beer bar in Stowe in June.  (Photo: RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS FILE)

Hen of the Wood owners plan to open a beer bar on the Mountain Road in Stowe, co-owner Eric Warnstedt said.

The bar will have 26 taps and should be open by the end of June, he said. There will be a small cocktail menu and wine, as well as "noshy" foods, Warnstedt said.

The bar, still unnamed, will be in the space vacated by the Vermont Ale House near the foot of the Mountain Road. The bar will have a patio out front and a beer garden in the back. The business owners still need to sign a lease, Warnstedt said.

The beer bar will bring something distinct to Stowe while its owners are mindful "not to step on anyone else's toes," Warnstedt said. Two Stowe restaurants in particular, the Bench and Piecasso, are run by his friends, he said.

"At the end of the day it's a beer bar," Warnstedt said.

Hen of the Wood, one of Vermont's best known restaurants, opened in Waterbury about a decade ago. A second Hen restaurant opened on Cherry Street in Burlington in the fall of 2013.

Contact Sally Pollak at spollak@burlingtonfreepress.com or 660-1859
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Still Unnamed!
294 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
Phone coming soon

SauceBrings Italian Take-out to Stowe, VT

By Alice Levitt, Seven Days (Follow her on Twitter)

Courtesy of "Sauce"

Courtesy of "Sauce"

Sharon Herbert has always been a food lover, but until now, her career path has involved mountains more than marinara. She worked full-time in Burton's bags and luggage department while completing her degree at the New England Culinary Institute, from which she graduated last spring. Now, Herbert is working toward an early-April opening of Sauce Italian Specialties at 407 Mountain Road in Stowe.

Herbert's concept could scarcely be more different from the tapas and pastries of the space's previous occupant, Café Latina. The New Jersey native hopes to recreate the Italian markets she grew up enjoying — with mentoring from the owner of her favorite market back home. "Every time I went home, I would load up a cooler full of everything," she says. "When my parents came up [to Vermont], they would always bring trays, and we would sit around and enjoy."

Read the complete Seven Days article.

Sauce Italian Specialties
407 Mountain Rd., Stowe, VT 05672
Phone coming soon
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New Fine Dining in the Mountains: The Restaurant at Edson Hill has Opened

Courtesy of Edson Hill

Courtesy of Edson Hill

January 20, 2015

Alice Leavitt covered the recent opening of a new Stowe, VT restaurant in this Seven Days article. (Follow her on Twitter)

When Seven Days last spoke to Chad Hanley, in 2010, the French-trained chef had recently returned to his native Jeffersonville after years cooking in the kitchens of Roy Yamaguchi and Masaharu Morimoto. Back then, a cooking gig at the Brewski wasn't making much use of Hanley's skills for haute cuisine. He'll need those refined touches when the Restaurant at Edson Hill, located at the newly reopened Stowe inn, debuts on Thursday, January 22. 

Hanley was already catering at the inn for previous owner Billy O'Neil, who sold the business last summer. New "head of estate" Carl Christian made major renovations in the fall, including a remade restaurant space.

Besides Hanley, the restaurant's team includes noted Vermont bartender and Sumptuous Syrups co-founder Don Horrigan. They'll preside over an elegant dining room and the more casual Tavern at Edson Hill, each serving what Hanley calls "a rustic New England take on food."

Read the complete article in Seven Days.

The Restaurant at Edson Hill
1500 Edson Hill Rd., Stowe

Taste Test: Phoenix Table and Bar

Reviewed by Alice Leavitt, Seven Days, June 3, 2014 | follow her on Twitter

Softshell crab and grits ☆ Photo by JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR

Softshell crab and grits ☆ Photo by JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR

Few foods are as emotionally satisfying as a perfect waffle. Jack Pickett and Joshua Bard know that much. At their new Stowe restaurant, Phoenix Table and Bar, the pair formerly behind Frida's Taqueria and Grill treat diners to not one but two excellent waffle dishes.

The pair's waffle is at once savory and just a bit sweet, crisp outside and pillowy within, whether served in a dinner or dessert context. In the past couple of years, practically every contemporary American restaurant to open in Vermont has debuted with chicken and waffles on the menu, and Phoenix Table is no exception.

Read the complete review in Seven Days.

First Bite: Plate, in Stowe

Alice Leavitt covered the recent opening in this Seven Days article. (Follow her on Twitter)

Chef Aaron Martin with owners Jamie Persky and Mark Rosman at Plate in Stowe   ☆   Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

Chef Aaron Martin with owners Jamie Persky and Mark Rosman at Plate in Stowe   ☆   Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

In one way or another, restaurants in Stowe often are descended from the town's resorts. Chefs move downtown from the mountains, and former hotel managers try out their own independent dining concepts, all bringing a bit of the slick sheen of big business with them.

91 Main Street, Stowe
(802) 253-2691

Plate, which opened on Stowe's Main Street on March 12, is an anomaly. The small dinner spot is actually descended from an even smaller restaurant called Jamie's on Main. Jamie Persky and husband Mark Rosman sold their breakfast-and-lunch destination in 2011. Now they're back with a new restaurant, right across the street, bringing a breath of fresh California air.

Read the complete article in Seven Days.

Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate will be moving next door to Plate in early July. A week or so ago, I was poking around in our new space, and ran into Jamie and Mark. I'd been looking forward to meeting them, because, I'd been told, they're both from Los Angeles, as am I. We had a nice chat in an unfinished hall and discovered several similarities and coincidences about our previous lives in L.A.. I'm looking forward to exploring those when we become neighbors in just a few weeks. If you haven't yet been, get yourself in there for a bite to eat; and, perhaps a drink with Mark at the bar.

Jack Pickett & Josh Bard Open New Stowe Restaurant

Phoenix Table & Bar is Now Open

Alice Leavitt covered the opening in this Seven Days article. (Follow her on Twitter)

Phoenix Table & Bar ☆ 1652 Mountain Road, Stowe ☆ (802) 253-2838

Phoenix Table & Bar ☆ 1652 Mountain Road, Stowe ☆ (802) 253-2838

For Jack Pickett, his new restaurant on Stowe's Mountain Road has been a long time coming. "The plumber finished last week," said the restaurateur best known for the now-closed Frida's Taqueria and Grill. "He cut his first pipe two years ago."

On April 26th, Phoenix Table & Bar, Pickett's collaboration with Frida's co-owner and chef Joshua Bard, finally opened after two and a half years of work. The first night was a benefit for the Morrisville Food Co-op, a project in which Pickett has been instrumental. Phoenix's full menu debuted with a normal dinner service on Sunday, April 27.

Read the complete article in Seven Days.

Rusty Nail to Re-open in Stowe

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Stowe’s après-ski scene will regain a familiar face next month when new owners reopen the well-loved Rusty Nail at 1190 Mountain Road.

A trio of partners purchased the 45-year-old venue earlier this month for $1.2 million and plan to have it up and running by Presidents’ Day weekend under the same name. “This has been here since 1969, and we’re going to let that history ride,” says Dave O’Connor, who will comanage the space with Dave O’Rourke.

Both Daves are currently bartenders at Crop Bistro & Brewery, the nearby restaurant co-owned by Bill Davis. Davis is the third partner who purchased the 9,500-square-foot Rusty Nail building on January 3.

O’Connor says that he and his colleagues plan to hook up almost all of the 24 taps to Vermont beers (Guinness will be the only exception) and to serve classic pub fare such as burgers and wings. They’re also plotting a robust schedule of live music, including “some national acts,” O’Connor says. The lack of a music venue in the spot, he adds, “has been a hole in the local scene.”

The most recent iteration of the Nail closed just about a year ago, but the building’s previous owner — Massachusetts urologist Stan Swierzewski — had it on the market long before that. In March 2012, the Rusty Nail was listed for $1.95 million. According to town records, the new owners paid $28,168 in delinquent taxes when they took ownership.

After riding out the remainder of the ski season, O’Rourke says, he and his partners will complete “minor renovations” to the building in the spring. Perhaps the process has already begun: Earlier this week, an observer could see workers chucking a stream of crates and equipment out the back door and into a dumpster.