Our first night in Vermont, we had an amazing meal at Hen of the Wood, in Waterbury, VT with friends who had just flown in from Germany. We started out meal with a sampling of four local Vermont cheeses, all of which were delicious. We paired this with different beers and wines that were equally fantastic - Allagash White, a local white Belgian style wheat beer that has become one of my favorites - and a delicious summer Frog's Leap Rose - a great wine from one of my favorite Napa wineries (yes Napa is in California, not Vermont, but I couldn't resist).
For my appetizer, I had the most delicious salad I've had in some time. The salad was a mixture of locally grown, farm fresh arugula, spinach, barley, pansies and walnuts with local goat cheese. So pretty. My husband and our friends had the asparagus soup which was also delightful.
We also had a lovely brunch at Shelburne Farms (see above) where I had an amazing frittata made with eggs that were locally raised on the farm (we got to meet the animals on the farm later that afternoon, including some adorable baby goats). My husband had the cinnamon carrot pancakes with ricotta that were out of this world amazing. Our table was outside, where we had a gorgeous view of Lake Champlain to the side.
And just a final note - the arugula salad from our friends' wedding was made with delicious Vermont blue cheese and Shelburne Farms' own farm-made honey - right in the honeycomb. It was amazing, along with everything else served at the wedding. They had some fantastic beer and food pairings at the cocktail hour as well, but the food was so good I forgot to take pictures of it.