As you browse the farm stand and farmers' markets in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom you may likely find yourself in the company of one of the talented chefs of an area restaurant. Throughout the region many restaurants collaborate with area farmers to infuse fresh, locally harvested agricultural offerings, including local produce, grass fed beef, free range chicken and artisan cheeses into their menus. This “farm to table” culinary practice insures a market for the local farmer which will help sustain the farm for future generations. Farm to table practices also allow restaurants the ability to incorporate fresh local foods into their menus creating a one-of-a-kind local dining experience that travelers can only find in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
If you are seeking a simple and traditional taste of the Kingdom, and want to enjoy a little local color, we invite you to try one of the country diners, village cafes or family restaurants or you could partake of some real home cooking by attending a church supper, hunters’ breakfast or local bake sale. A quick stop at a country store or village market can also offer you an assortment of specialty items that are just right for a quick snack, picnic plans or a meal on the go.
And while all of these classic country options may be expected in the Kingdom some folks are delighted to find four-star gourmet and fine dining restaurants offering superb food and service tucked away in comfortably restored country landmark buildings or situated in the heart of our historic downtowns. Here, trained chefs from all over the world prepare their best dishes in establishments where the hospitality is considered every bit as important as the food.