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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  (Thurs-Mon) Foodies, rejoice: the resort's signature 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 (7 days) 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. Nightly specials Sunday through Thursday on food and a paired beverage.

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-2pm)

Tavern lunch menu

Tavern dinner menu & Tavern Nightly Specials, Sun-Thurs


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 VT in 1999 to further his love for locally-sourced, European-inspired cuisine. The former owner of Vermont’s renowned Hearth & Candle Restaurant, Chef Calley focuses on blending the ingredients from the Essex’s own gardens and livestock into his own culinary creations. Chef Calley was named VT Chef of the Year for 2015 by the VT Chamber of  Commerce.

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 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 Ashville 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 classes fun and informative.  We are honored to have Chef Brandy as part of The Essex Culinary Team.

Open Table

Diners' Choice Winner for 2014!

A Culinary Passion


Cook Academy

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