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Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Davis Studio Serves Up Brunch With the Art

Posted By on Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 2:16 PM

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At the Starving Artist Café, located inside the Davis Studio on Shelburne Road in South Burlington, hungry brunchers can dine on Whistler's Mother's Oatmeal, laced with brown sugar and pumpkin seeds, or dig into Matisse in Morocco — poached eggs with harissa-stewed tomatoes and homemade pita.

The studio, founded and owned by Teresa Davis, offers kids' art camps, as well as teen and adult classes in a variety of media, including millinery, fused glass, watercolor and photography.  Originally, the on-site kitchen was used only to feed the artists and perhaps their parents. In early September, the café opened to the public, presenting a selection of snack plates, soup, salad and a build-your-own breakfast sandwich. Brunch, with dishes named after the masters, began on September 25.

Davis' son, Jonathan Davis, is the chef. "I come from a very artistic family, and cooking has always been my art form of choice," he says. Jonathan began cooking when he was 8 or 9, he recalls, but he decided not to go to culinary school on advice from his mentors. Instead, he taught himself and learned on the job. Participating in the family business was a natural fit.

"Brunch is something I've done a lot of," the chef says. "I wanted to create a menu that maintained some of the local element but is different from some of the other options you can get in Burlington." 

Sure enough, the Starving Artist Café is the only place around that serves Vincent van Goghgurt and Pablo Picasso's Palettable Pancakes. 

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Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a... more

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