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Local Recipes

Enjoy Tastes of Vermont at Home

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We don’t want you to miss one delectable moment.

The talented chefs at Cook Academy and our restaurants, Junction and The Tavern, often find inspiration in local Vermont ingredients, discovering innovative ways to incorporate Vermont-only flavors in their menus.

We’re happy to share some of their favorite recipes with you. Be sure to bookmark this page and come back every month for a new mouthwatering recipe. 

Decadant Dessert Recipe

Rookie’s Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Rookie’s Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Rookie’s Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Created by our Chef Alumna Brandy Allan using a local Vermont root beer. Chef Allan recommends using this sauce to top grilled chicken or enhance a burger.

1/2 cup blended oil
2 yellow onions, small dice
14 cup garlic, minced
14 cup Rookie's Root Beer
1 tablespoon cumin, ground
1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 cup molasses
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup whiskey or bourbon
1 tablespoon espresso powder
Sweat onion and garlic in blended oil. Add Rookie’s Root Beer, and reduce by half. Add remaining ingredients, then whisk to combine. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree with stick blender and enjoy.

Champagne Mousse Cups

Champagne Mousse Cups

Champagne Mousse Cups


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated cane juice or sugar
  • 2/3 cup champagne
  • 1/2 teaspoon gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 


Whip the heavy cream and refrigerate. Combine the yolks and evaporated cane juice in a glass or stainless steel bowl and whisk thoroughly until the mixture whitens. Add the champagne and whisk together completely. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and cook, beating constantly until the mixture thickens to the consistency of a light hollandaise sauce. Remove from heat and continue whisking for about 1 minute. Set aside and allow to cool Combine the gelatin and water in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin. Heat the softened gelatin mixture until the gelatin dissolves and the liquid clears. Whisk the dissolved gelatin into the champagne mixture. Then fold in the whipped cream with the aid of a rubber spatula. Chill for 1 hour before piping the mousse into champagne glasses or chocolate cups.  Garnish with fruit marinated in champagne and Macaroons. 

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Caudalie Skin Care Event

Enjoy complimentary hors d'ouevres & a free gift when you purchase $85 or more of Caudalie products.

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Join Us at The Essex Resort & Spa on Saturday, October 5th

Don't Go Bacon My Heart Pig Roast

Pig Out for a Cause - Benefit the Children's Miracle Network! Live music, games & more from 2-5pm.


The Tavern will be alive with great beer, prizes and fun!

von Trapp Brewing Tap Takeover

Join us Thursday, October 3rd from 5-7 pm at the Tavern Tap Takeover featuring von Trapp Brewing with favorite brews and special selections on tap, plus prizes