Rising Phoenix, No More Dragon? | Food + Drink Features | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Rising Phoenix, No More Dragon? 

Don't Be Glum; We'll Soon Have Dim Sum

On January 27, an accidental fire gutted lower Church Street's Five Spice Café. Damage was estimated at $750,000, and recent renovations by new owner Sam Palmisano went up in smoke. He purchased the café from Jerry Weinberg and Ginger Hobbs on November 28, 2006.

For the past two weeks, Palmisano has been running the kitchen at the new Timbers Restaurant at Sugarbush. Former head chef and local food fanatic Sebastian Carosi has moved on to other things. Rumor has it that he and wife Melissa may be pursuing their love of cheese making.

Palmisano says that Five Spice will reopen as soon as the space is reconstructed. The impassioned owner envisions the restaurant as a phoenix rising from the ashes, and says he's in the process of getting a phoenix tattooed on his back. No word yet on whether the Five Spice logo, which used to be a fire-breathing dragon, will transform into a phoenix, too.

Speaking of transformations, the Timbers menu, which used to mention that the sea salt used was 150 million years old, is looking a lot less pretentious these days. The descriptions have gotten tamer, but the dishes are still wilder than average. Current offerings include elk, rabbit, red deer and goose.

Another change: The white tablecloths, which seemed to intimidate folks coming in for après-ski dining, are gone. "Now people come in here with ski boots and jackets," reports Palmisano - which is exactly how the folks running Sugarbush want it.

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

More By This Author

About The Author

Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Bio:
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

Comments


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Latest in Category

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2021 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401
Advertising Policy  |  Contact Us
Website powered by Foundation