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Dining & Cook Academy

Burlington’s Best Dining and Renowned Cooking Classes

As VT’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.

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New Year's Eve Menu Junction Restaurant

Seatings include 6 course dinner, plus added goodies, live music and followed by a Champagne toast at the Ice Bar fireside in the courtyard. Call the restaurant host at 802-764-1489 to book.

  • 5:30pm ($75 per person)
  • 7:30pm ($95 per person)
  • 9:30pm ($95 per person)

Junction   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 menu at Junction evolves nightly, blending locally-sourced ingredients with some of the world’s most coveted delicacies. Guests can put themselves in the Chef’s hands with a full-table five-course tasting menu, or create their own three-course tasting menu from the small plate, large plate, and cheese/dessert offerings.

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.

Cook Academy 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.


Junction Sample Menu.

Tavern breakfast menu

Tavern brunch menu (Sundays 7am-3:30pm)

Tavern lunch menu

Tavern dinner menu


Doggy Room Service Menu

Cook Academy class schedule

The Essex Resort & Spa's Culinary Leadership Team:

Chef Shawn Calley - Director of Culinary Operations (and two-time Top Chef award winner!)

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute of America, Chef Calley is a native of Michigan who came to Vermont five years ago to further his love for locally-sourced, European-inspired cuisine. The former owner of Vermont's renowned Hearth and Candle Restaurant, Chef Calley focuses on blending the ingredients from The Essex's own gardens into his own culinary creations.

Chef Alexander Casimir - Executive Chef

Chef Casimir is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute and brings flair and energy to the culinary team serving Junction and The Tavern restaurants of the Resort. Like Chef Shawn, he has endless ideas on interesting culinary creations and guest experiences.

Chef Brandy Allen - Executive Sous Chef

Chef Brandy oversees the Essex Resort's Cook Academy team. Her creative and fun cooking classes span from basic culinary skills to advanced techniques. She is often seen doing culinary demonstrations in the resort's main lobby.

Chef Kevin Valentine - Executive Sous Chef

Chef Kevin has honed his culinary skill at popular Vermont restaurants and brings to the Resort's culinary team a passion for presentation. The food not only must taste delicious, it must be a feast for the eyes and nose as well. That type of attention to detail is amonth the things that sets the Essex Resort's culinary team apart from others.

Open Table

Diners' Choice Winner for 2014!

A Culinary Passion


Cook Academy

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