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Eat, Learn, Savor

- Culinary Resort & Spa -

As Vermont's Culinary Resort, The Essex Resort & Spa is pleased to offer two restaurants for your dining pleasure along with a wide variety of fun, hands-on classes for all abilities in Cook Academy.


Foodies, rejoice: our newest restaurant, Junction, will make all your culinary senses sing. Why? Besides the quirky décor – a feast for the eyes – you’ll enjoy the scents and sounds of the open kitchen, the flavors and textures of the creative tasting menus. At Junction, you’ll feel like you’re dining in the Chef’s own home…and in a way, you are. This is our home, and at Junction, you’re always welcome.


The Tavern provides the best of traditional pub fare. The menu is inspired by the finest local ingredients, many of which come from our own organic gardens. Enjoy your meal with a selection from our award-winning wine list, our extensive list of Vermont microbrews, or a specialty cocktail.


Our onsite cooking class program, gives you a chance to work with our renowned chefs in the fun atmosphere of our intimate classroom kitchen. Our classes offer a low-pressure, hands-on culinary experience where you can enjoy learning new techniques or honing the skills you already have.


An Interactive Experience

A warm, intimate setting provides the backdrop for Junction’s memorable experience. Dishes are prepared in full view of guests from the open kitchen, and further delicious energy is brought straight into the dining room by our extraordinary team of Chefs. Each night, one of our Chefs is your host and maestro, and you will receive personal attention from the Chef at your own table…from menu guidance and wine suggestions to recipe tips and culinary secrets. A handful of dishes are even prepared tableside by the Chef himself.


The menu at Junction is evolved nightly, blending locally-sourced ingredients with some of the world’s most coveted delicacies. The menu’s inspired versatility is anchored by selections that appeal to a wide range of palates. Seafood, beef, chicken, pasta, lamb – all present and accounted for…yet with perhaps an unusual twist or unexpected side dish to transform it from a meal into an experience.

With exceptional dishes served in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, Junction is luxury without pretension. Come in your jeans…eat five-star cuisine.

Monday-Sunday | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Tavern


Enjoy the best of pub fare served in a casual setting. The Tavern at The Essex features an expanded bar area along with seasonal patio seating adjacent to the East Lawn and the Resort's vegetable and herb gardens, providing diners with a more secluded al fresco experience. The menu is inspired by the finest local ingredients, sourced from Burlington and nearby areas. Enjoy your meal with a selection from our award-winning wine list, our extensive list of Vermont microbrews, or a specialty cocktail.

A children’s menu is available. Seating is first-come, first-served. Dress is casual. Gluten-free options are available.

Monday - Thursday | Breakfast 7:00 am - 11:00 am | Lunch 11:30 am - 5:00 pm | Dinner Entrees 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Bar 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Friday & Saturday | Breakfast 7:00 am - 11:00 am | Lunch 11:30 am - 5:00 pm | Dinner Entrees 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm | Bar 11:30 am - 12:00 am

Sunday | Brunch 8:00 am - 12:30 pm | Lunch 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Dinner Entrees 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Bar 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Cook Academy


Our classes offer a low-pressure, hands-on culinary experience where you can enjoy learning new cooking techniques or honing the skills you already have. You'll work alongside one of our chefs as you prepare a delicious meal using local Vermont ingredients. Classes generally include a three- or four-course meal. Fees do not include sales tax or gratuity.

We believe that too many cooks can spoil the broth so we limit class size. Our Chef's Kitchen classroom is an intimate space for up to eight. The JK Adams classroom has space for 12 or even more.


A fun, hands-on week for your aspiring chef! Your children will have a great time learning the tricks of the trade during this week-long cooking camp. From food preparation to nutrition, our esteemed chefs will make your campers a star in the kitchen.

Campers will expand their palates. Camp Cook reinforces academic and social skills. You will learn about food safety and proper knife skills. Try out new flavors and fun ingredients. Our menus are designed for young foodies and curious cooks with sophisticated but fun, kid friendly recipes. It's not all kitchen time! Campers will pick seasonal herbs and vegetables from our vast gardens. Break time...let's go jump in the on site pool. Oh Ya, you will also help care for and collect eggs from our on-site flock of layer hens. FUN! Campers will come away with a great sense of pride, and of course, their own Cookbook!

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Our Faculty

Brandy Allan : Executive Sous Chef

Chef Allan holds an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Chef Brandy has shown her skill and talents both in “front of the house” and “back of the house” positions. She started her career at the Iconic Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina where she developed a passion for Southern cuisine. “The atmosphere was fun and a perfect place for me to work on my skills,” states Chef Brandy. The Reel Hospitality Group lured Chef back to New England. She worked at “Dakotas” in Connecticut as well as “Sweetwater’s” in Burlington. Her laid back, friendly and approachable leadership skills make cooking fun and informative.  

Kyle Wescott : Sous Chef

Growing up on a farm in Vermont, Chef Kyle's love for food started at a young age. He attended New England Culinary Institute and after completion he moved to NYC to start his career. Chef Kyle landed a job at Restaurant DANIEL as part of their off-site catering department, Feast and Fetes. At the same time he was working at DGBG Bar & Grill where he grew immensely in technique and skill. After coming back from NYC, Chef Kyle helped open Junction in the summer of 2014. His love for fresh ingredients can be seen nightly in the open kitchen of Junction. Chef Kyle continues to push himself and his staff to produce a high quality product that truly is New Vermont Cuisine.  

Anthony Ploof : Chef de Cuisine

As the Director of Cook Academy for over a year at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa, Chef Anthony oversees many aspects of the resort’s culinary offerings. This includes all private cooking classes, summer kid’s camp, corporate culinary team building, and special onsite events. Prior to his role as Director, he was the Culinary Chef Instructor and Manager for our two on-site restaurants, Junction and The Tavern. Classically trained in New York at The Culinary Institute of America, he designs his classes around Vermont’s fresh and local ingredients. Through his expertise, Chef Anthony produces beautiful and delicious food, which he uses to educate and entertain all guests and local patrons.  

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