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The Essex Resort & Spa is known as a culinary destination and offers two main restaurants for your dining pleasure. The resort’s signature restaurant, Amuse, offers sophisticated dining in a surprisingly casual setting. Each day, the restaurant updates its menu with new courses based on the freshest local ingredients — many harvested from the Forbes Travel Guide recommended resort’s own organic garden. Choose from the seasonal menu during breakfast, dinner or Sunday brunch. Breakfast and brunch feature classics such as buttermilk pancakes or Belgian waffles, any variety of eggs you could desire and a morning buffet with omelet and French toast stations. The dinner menu lists dishes such as lobster risotto, jalapeño-Brie fondue and Misty Knoll chicken roulade. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a seat at the chef’s table to interact with the chef and have at least five unique courses prepared right before your eyes.
The hotel's other restaurant, The Tavern, is a place to sit back and enjoy traditional pub fare. Recently renovated, this relaxed spot has an expanded bar area and seasonal patio seating alongside the resort’s vegetable and herb gardens. Serving lunch, light afternoon fare and dinner Monday through Saturday, The Tavern offers feel-good choices like the Essex Garden Burger (housemade veggie burger, Cabot cheddar, cilantro sauce, whole wheat bun, petit salad, ginger pickle) or The Tavern Club (Misty Knoll turkey, Vermont Smoke and Cure ham and bacon, Cabot cheddar, sourdough, herb mayo, lettuce, tomato, housemade chips). But you'll likely want to go straight for the standout "Steakhouse" portion of the menu to try the various dry-aged, grass-fed local beef. The house-aged ribeye is a favorite.
Also, if you’re primed for a long day out, the hotel's nearby bakery and café carries a range of breakfast sandwiches, to-go lunches and many different housemade sweets — even wedding cakes for the spontaneous romantics out there.
Last but not least for foodies (or wannabe foodies), you can learn to prepare your own delicious meal by signing up for a class or two in The Essex Resort & Spa’s Cook Academy. You’ll observe top techniques while cooking a three- or four-course meal (paired with wine, of course). It’s yet another fun, creative dining experience at this luxury Vermont resort.