Great Food in a Great SettingPosted by Darren Drevik on Jun 3, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments
“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
– Michael Pollan
One of the great things about living in Vermont is the wealth of natural, organic and fresh food products we can access. It’s no accident the New England Culinary Institute is here. It’s not random that Vermont is the epicenter of chefs and great cooking. With fresh cheeses, meats, vegetables, unique and distinctive wines, Vermonters love of a great meal is well-known.
Montgomery, situated at the top of Vermont in the epicenter of the state’s agricultural belt, and nestled at the base of Jay Peak, is blessed with more restaurants per capital than any other town in Vermont. So it’s a given that we would have a love affair with food here at the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast. Our breakfasts are well-known around New England, from our signature blackberry-stuffed French Toast to our Eggs Benedict and Apple Waffles, the latter topped by fresh apples from our own trees on property.
But after our first year as innkeepers here, we have two dilemmas, both involving food:
First, we hear from so many neighbors that they’re envious of our guests. Since we’re not a restaurant, our breakfasts are currently the exclusive purview of out-of-town visitors. Locals can only ask our guests about how delicious our blueberry pancakes are and salivate at the descriptions.
Second, we want to do a little more than just breakfast. We love to cook. And we want to continue to focus on locally produced food, an effort that has made us the only Vermont Fresh Network member in Montgomery.
Let”s be clear: We don’t want to be a restaurant. There’s too many great ones here. We’re a B&B. We know who we are.
So Lynne and I found two good compromises. We hope you’ll think they’re good ideas, and even come to participate.
First, we’re going to offer breakfast to local residents if they’d like to join us and our guests. Serving our overnight guests will obviously always come first. But we want the folks from Montgomery, Jay, Richford, Berkshire and Enosburg a chance to sit down in our historic inn and enjoy a nice, leisurely breakfast overlooking the gardens. We suspect it’ll be enjoyable for our guests to sit at a table next to a local. Think of all the great advice and suggestions they’ll get on what to do during their stay. We’ll ask our local friends to please call ahead at least the day before and reserve a table. That’ll ensure we’re prepared, and that the service won’t suffer. Again, we’re a B&B, not a restaurant.
Second, we’re going to offer a series of six Farm to Table Dinners this summer. We’re in love with the image of setting out a long table in our beautiful gardens out back, and serving up heaping plates and bowls of fantastic creations made with all local produce, meats and wines. The first is June 21 and is just $39 a person including some great Vermont wine. We can’t wait to have you join us and experience the bounty of Vermont, cooked up distinctively and served in an informal, family style manner.
So if you’re interested in joining us for breakfast, or for a Farm to Table Dinner, please call us at (802) 326-4306. We’d love you to join us at our table. Vermont’s a great place to call home — and eat.