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Re: “The Inn at Shelburne Farms

Wow!! We've been going to Shelburne Farms for dinner for at least 10 years now and I dare say the meal we had the other night was as good as any we've ever had there. Let's be honest here, when you drive on to the Vanderbilt estate, you instantly feel like a million bucks. There is perhaps no greater thrill than watching the sun go down (cocktail in hand, of course) from an Adirondack chair over looking the beautiful gardens and Lake Champlain. It almost doesn't matter how good the food and service is, it's already a special night! But this year, the food and service rival anywhere in the area, at least based on our first experience of the year. The salad with fiddleheads, ramps, mushrooms and cheese was great, as were the claims of my dining companions with their starters (one a fresh take on pasta carbonara that included a ham they had cured and hung dry over the winter).

I had a taste of a few entrees and was most surprised by how great the cornmeal crusted lake trout was. Less surprising was the delicious Lamb Cassoulet. If you've dined at the Inn in years past, you know they very well may raise and prepare some of the best lamb in the world, it lacks that gaminess that turns so many people away from the dish. The Beef and Pork (both raised on the farm) were also exceptional.

Also noteworthy was the seamless service and ramped up wine list. They've always had a great list, but it was apparent they'd added a lot of fun, new, interesting wines that come from producers more in line with Shelburne Farms own ideals and values.

Bravo, Shelburne Farms, it's gonna be a good year, I can tell! I'm already dreaming about when I get served a tomato that's still warm from the sun here later in the year.

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Posted by Crusader2175 on 05/14/2014 at 2:17 PM

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