Archives for the month of: October, 2010

Mmmm… you can almost smell the Misty Knoll turkey, ready for carving.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and The Essex Resort & Spa is proud once again to present its annual feast!

Here’s a sneak preview of the menu:

Old-Fashioned Buffet
Carving Station: Vermont Misty Knoll turkey with gravy
Carving Station: maple-glazed ham
Mashed potatoes
Cornbread stuffing
Tzimmes (honey-braised carrots)
Cranberry-apple-walnut compote
Green beans almondine

New-Fashioned Buffet
Carving Station: Venison with wild rice, pear & golden raisin stuffing with jus lié
Brussels sprouts succotash
Vermont bacon, sweet potato & blue cheese tarts
Roasted red onions with pomegranate
Currant jelly

Raw Bar
Oysters with corn relish, mignonette & cocktail sauce
Smoked seafood platter: sliced hot & cold salmon, trout, Bay scallops
Peel-and-eat shrimp

Fresh fruit & Vermont cheese platter with venison sausage
Balsamic beet & goat cheese salad
Duck confit with mixed greens
Roasted pumpkin & arugula salad
Fall vegetables a là grecque
Celeriac remoulade

Housemade Desserts
Action Station: Crêpe Suzettes
Mini pumpkin tarts
Maple-pecan bars
Holiday sugar cookies
Chocolate mousse domes
Coconut-lime layer cake
Tiramisu cups
Apple pie

The price is $32 per person, with seatings available in Butler’s Farm, The Tavern, and our Atrium on Thursday, November 25.
The Tavern: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Butler’s Farm: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Atrium: 12 – 6 p.m.

Please dial 802.878.1100 for reservations. (Thanksgiving reservations are not available through

Written by Tom Brooks, Director of Food & Beverage, The Essex Resort & Spa

(reprinted from Burlington Free Press, Friday, 29 October)

In keeping with this week’s theme of Strange Foods, I thought first about the ‘typical’ items—chocolate-covered insects, scorpion lollipops, and the like.

And then I remembered a recipe from my days as a private chef. It sounds absolutely horrific but is actually quite tasty. The amazing thing is that Crazy Canapés contain two extremely common ingredients and a third that’s not uncommon either.

These couldn’t be easier to make. The tricky part is convincing yourself to actually try them, but you’ll be very surprised how good they taste. And remember– way back in history someone had to be the first to try lobster, right?

If nothing else, these Crazy Canapés are certain to be a conversation starter.

Crazy Canapés
1 cup chunk light tuna
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup horseradish
4 slices white bread

Combine all three wet ingredients in a bowl, adding more or less peanut butter and horseradish to your taste– just make sure that the mixture is thin enough to be spreadable. Spread the mixture onto the bread, either cutting into rounds or trimming the crust and cutting into triangles. Place the canapés onto a sheet pan and broil until the mixture becomes slightly browned on top.

Remove from oven and arrange neatly on your fanciest silver serving tray (it’s all about the presentation, after all!). Serve.

The annual Great Pumpkin contest is back!

All you need to do is stop by, take a look at ol’ Bertha here:

…and guess the weight.

Fill in an entry form at the Front Desk, and you’re qualified.

The owner of the closest guess wins an overnight stay for two at The Essex.

Hurry! The winner will be announced November 1.

Are you ready for Halloween?

Maybe you’re planning a scaaaary Halloween party…

If so, The Bakeshop at The Essex Resort & Spa has delicious homemade treats perfect for the occasion:
• ‘Spider’ Brownies
• Pumpkin and Ghost Cookies
• Orange French Macaroons
• ‘Ghosty’ Lemon Bars
• Assorted scary cupcakes

And be sure to place your order for all your holiday cakes and pies at the same time.

Call 800-727-4295 for a full list of goodies, pricing, and to schedule pick-up.

Book your holiday party now at The Essex, and you’ll see why we’re called ‘Vermont’s Culinary Resort’.

Gather your colleagues for an evening of culinary excellence, celebration, and team-building.

Have fun with a Gingerbread House bake-off, enjoy a holiday-themed Cook-Along class, or let us do all the work as you relax with a custom dinner in one of our private culinary kitchens.

Big budget or small, 2 people or 200, there’s no place like
The Essex Resort & Spa

…and we’ll even send you home with the recipes and the funny hats!

Email or call 802.764.1411