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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.

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, and above all: you and the Chef will become BFFs. 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.

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


Cook Academy class schedule

The Essex Resort & Spa's Culinary Leadership Team:

Chef Shawn Calley - Executive Chef (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 Christine Frost – Executive Sous Chef, Cook Academy

Chef Frost studied culinary arts at the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu in London before returning to her native Vermont. She honed her craft in a number of local hotspots, including The Kitchen Table in Richmond, and at Shelburne Farms. Chef Frost thrives on infusing fresh, local ingredients into her creations and is pleased to be able to share her knowledge with guests at Vermont's Culinary Resort.

A Culinary Passion


Cook Academy

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