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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
13 May 2012

omelet bar
eggs any style
vermont ham, lobster, smoked mussels, mock duck, chorizo
vermont cheeses (chevre, cheddar, pepper jack)
peppers & onions, mushrooms

waffle bar
classic / whole wheat waffles
blueberry syrup, vermont maple syrup, bananas foster sauce
whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate-covered nuts, assorted candies

selection of local and domestic cheeses, including baked brie

fruit & crudité platters, charcuterie, house made rillette, duck confit

salads
classic mixed greens with aged sherry vinaigrette
grilled asparagus salad with hard-boiled egg and lardons
roasted beet salad with vermont goat cheese and maple balsamic

raw bar
smoked mussels, house gravlax, peel-and-eat shrimp, jonah crab claws

hot items
vermont bacon & sausage
home fries with peppers & onions
tuscan eggs benedict
(polenta cake with wilted arugula and tomato-basil hollandaise)
roasted red pepper soup
hungarian-brasied chicken
broiled tilapia with fine herb beurre blanc

assorted housemade desserts

Seatings available Sunday, May 13, from 10a-3p.

$35 for adults
$18.95 for children aged 6-12
Free for children aged 5 and under

Call 800-727-4295 for reservations.

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Written by Chris Benjamin, director of food and beverage at the Essex Resort and Spa.

With the birth of the year, comes the beginning of a new decade as well. In the past decade, the trends in the beverages and liquor included micro-mixology (the beverage side of micro-gastronomy), pomegranate and other exotic fruit liqueurs, and the rebirth of classic cocktails such as the Sloe Gin Fizz, Sidecar, and Brandy Alexander. This coming decade will prove to be, I think, a continuation of these themes.

We also will see significantly different cocktails that explore flavors as they relate to texture and mouth feel. The classics will continue to be replicated and improved upon with different twists. And we know that the abundance of flavors found in the world will only increase — perhaps a smoked salmon vodka served with Frangelico and Bailey’s to duplicate the classic bagel and lox? (Although I sincerely hope no one tries to do this!)

Whatever the future holds for us, I hope we will continue to rely on the classic cocktails that bring full circle the tradition and memories we enjoy. In addition to Bloody Mary, one of the most classic cocktails served on New Year’s Day is the mimosa. The name is derived from the mimosa plant, whose flowers are very yellow and appear frothy at a distance.

The standard mimosa, of course, is served with one part champagne or sparkling wine and two parts orange juice. But, as you know, I enjoy putting a little twist on things. There are many different classic ways to improve the mimosa, and all involve a little help from the spirit land. Try adding a floater of Grand Marnier, which ratchets up the alcohol content, flavor, and texture of the mimosa. Or try making a Kir, which classically is done by adding some Chambord to the top of the drink. Or you can try another rendition of the mimosa (and some say the original that was later plagiarized) called the Buck Fizz — add a little grenadine for a slight cherry flavor and a lot of color.

Or you can go completely different and prepare the following recipe, the St. Germaine Sparkling Cocktail, which I have recently fell in love with. It goes great with Sunday brunch (we recently started serving these at The Essex, and they’re a hit).

So have a safe and happy holiday, and the best to you for a wonderful 2010. Happy New Year!!

St. Germaine Sparkling Cocktail

1 part dry sparkling wine
1 part soda water
1 part St. Germaine liqueur

Combine ingredients slowly and serve in a champagne flute. Great for parties and goes well in pitchers.

Serves 6-8

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 orange, zested
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup pure maple syrup (preferably Grade B or dark amber)
2 cups water
1-2 apples, sliced
Whipped cream

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, zest, and nutmeg in a bowl. Blend in butter with pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk and stir with a fork just until dough is evenly moistened. Do not over mix.

Bring syrup and water to a boil in a 4-quart pot at least 10 inches wide and lower to a simmer. Add sliced apples.

Using an ice cream scoop drop dough into syrup mixture, leaving space for dumplings to expand. Gently simmer over moderately low heat, covered, until tops of dumplings are dry to touch (15-20 minutes). Serve warm.

Garnish with whipped cream.

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Both of you will enjoy these fantastic features:

  • One night accommodations in a Traditional Guest Room
  • Chef In Training Cooking Class onsite at Cook Academy
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  • Unlimited Spa Access
  • A Delicious Spa Lunch
  • Complimentary Fresh Start Breakfast
  • Early Check in / Late Check out when available
  • You can also click HERE to see a schedule of the great Chef-In-Training classes available.

Is there more than one BFF? Well that’s an easy solution–additional girls in the same accommodations for $230 (so that means it’s cheaper if more fabulous friends tag along!), but limited rooms are available and the rates are based on double occupancy.  Need more time away?  Adding on a 2nd night is only an extra $169.*

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Dear Friends,

With recent news of the consolidation of New England Culinary Institute (NECI) and the “closing” of their Essex Campus – we realize that there has been some confusion about what this means for The Essex Resort & Spa.  We’d like to take this opportunity to provide clarity to our friends.
First and foremost, we fully support NECI in their endeavors of closing the Franklin Street campus in the village of Essex Junction.  This is a well thought out, strategic move for NECI that supports their Culinary College theme.

This consolidation does not affect the ongoing operations of our resort food and beverage services.  NECI trained Chefs and student interns will continue to provide the exceptional cuisine we’ve been proud of for the last 20 years!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have and click below to read more about NECI’s consolidation.  We appreciate your continued support!

Jim Glanville
General Manager

NECI

The party planning season is coming around full-swing and The Essex is proud to announce their newly renovated ballroom as of this month! Whether it is a large company gathering or a pleasant wedding reception the ballroom can fit up to 130 guests. A rehearsal dinner or brunch with all of your closest family and friends would be perfect for the space!

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Featured above is our NECI Wedding Coordinator, Stacy Elwell. She is one of the party planning ladies from the entire Essex Resort and Spa! She will coordinate your visit and be a part of every aspect throughout the planning process to being a part of the harmonious event you dreamed of having.  Site tours, menu tasting with the New England Culinary Institute and outdoor adventure opportunities can be a great adventure.  Your wedding should be the time of your life!

Visit the special Weddings & Catering section on our Web site!

By Maggie Kerin

As I was writing a speech the other day, I started reflecting on whether we’re running a resort or a “university” – or both, at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa!

Here’s a partial list of educational and experiential programming I included in my presentation:

  • Our chefs conduct tours of the Institute and their gardens.
  • Our chefs are available to narrate and demonstrate at group culinary experiences.
  • Our chefs accompany group tours of farmers markets, farms, orchards, cheese factories, microbreweries, vineyards and specialty food stores.
  • Many guests come for our Cook Academy hands-on culinary classes in our theater kitchen.
  • Our new spa will offer personal training as well as group classes in all manner of lifestyle disciplines.
  • We’ve recently opened our Orvis-endorsed fly-casting pond and academy.
  • Golf instruction at our Links at Lang Farm is second to none.

Here at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa (& “University”), opportunities for newly grasped skills and life-long memories, is an important element of our rich, guest experience.

By David Hakins

4 pork loin chops
4 strips bacon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 Braeburn apples, unpeeled and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons Banyuls vinegar

Wrap each pork chop with a strip of bacon, not around the sides but around the surface area so that it crisps when in contact with the pan, season well with salt and pepper.

Preheat a 12 inch skillet over a moderate heat add butter and then chops. Cook for five minutes on the first side, then turn over and cook for 5 minutes on the second side. Remove pork chop from pan and set to rest.

Turn sauté pan up to med high and add apple wedges, sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Return chops and any liquid from them to the pan; add syrup, vinegar, and thyme continue to cook until the syrup has formed a nice glaze.

The pork should register 145 to 150 degrees on your meat thermometer when done.

Enjoy the seasons freshest flavors and check back for more great and easy recipes!

Chef Courtney Contos