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.

Crop Bistro & Brewery - COURTESY OF CROP BISTRO & BREWERY

Crop Bistro & Brewery - COURTESY OF CROP BISTRO & BREWERY

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
802-253-4765

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.

Sauce
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

Winin' in Waterbury

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Side Dishes: Cork Wine Bar & Market opens in Waterbury

Waterbury’s 1 Stowe Street address has seen its share of culinary action lately. First Blackback Pub and Fly Shop merged with Stebu  Sushi. Now, upstairs from Blackback, the village has gained a wine mecca, Cork Wine Bar & Market.

The spacious Cork is the brainchild of Stowe native Danielle Nichols, 34, who spent the last 10 years as a traveling ski coach based on the West Coast. In many of the places she visited — Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Austria among them — Nichols cultivated her love for first-class wines, which eventually blossomed into the idea of a wine bar. “I loved the concept, and I thought it would be a cool thing to do in Vermont,” says Nichols, who moved back to her home turf this year. Read the complete story here.