Pin It

Piecemeal Pies Sets Up in White River Junction 

click to enlarge Piecemeal Pies
  • Piecemeal Pies

White River Junction has seen no shortage of new developments in recent years. And this Tuesday, October 11, the town gained a new restaurant when Piecemeal Pies opened in the old J.J. Newberry department store at 5 South Main Street.

The shop offers savory pies and salads built on meats and produce from local farms. Once its liquor license goes through, it will also feature an array of Vermont ciders and beers — one of them from nearby River Roost Brewery. "We have such amazing orchards and cider being made here," chef-owner Justin Barrett tells Seven Days.

Piecemeal, he says, was inspired by the casual afternoon meals of meat pies and ciders that he experienced on a research trip to England in 2013. Even before that trip, Barrett was no stranger to British cookery. In New York, the chef worked at April Bloomfield's the Spotted Pig, which is widely credited with introducing America to the English gastropub.

He then teamed with Ben Towill and Phil Winser to design and open the Fat Radish. In 2013, after a Vermont stint, Barrett opened Salt Water Farm Café & Market with Annemarie Ahearn in Rockport, Maine, before returning to the Green Mountains.

In White River Junction, Barrett's opening menu includes deep-dish pies filled with pork and parsnip, rabbit and bacon, celery root and roasted garlic, and spinach and feta, among other combinations. There are also salads, such as one made with cauliflower, radicchio, raisins and pine nuts; and — while the corn lasts — a sweet soup loaded with corn picked the same day.

These offerings can be eaten in-house or brought home, as can the sweets, which include plum upside-down cake, oatmeal-currant cookies, and pies that hold blueberry and rhubarb or peaches and cream.

Piecemeal is now open for lunch and early dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays, with brunch service possible later this fall or winter, Barrett says.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Meat and Apples"

Related Locations

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

Pin It

More by Hannah Palmer Egan

About The Author

Hannah Palmer Egan

Hannah Palmer Egan

Hannah Palmer Egan is a food and drink writer at Seven Days.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Seven Days moderates comments in order to ensure a civil environment. Please treat the comments section as you would a town meeting, dinner party or classroom discussion. In other words, keep commenting classy! Read our guidelines...

Note: Comments are limited to 300 words.

foodie poll

What are you MOST interested in learning more about?

  • Food-related events, festivals and other gatherings
  • Bars and restaurants — where should I eat out?
  • Farms and agriculture — what's up with the people producing our food?
  • Issues: What are the social, environmental and economic impacts of my food choices?
  • How to cook better meals at home

View Results

Latest in Food News

Recent Comments

Social Club

Like Seven Days contests and events? Join the club!

See an example of this newsletter...

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2016 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So Champlain St Ste 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Website powered by Foundation