Sup on Rustic French Fare in Quechee's Historic Parker House | 7 Nights Spotlight | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Sup on Rustic French Fare in Quechee’s Historic Parker House 

click to enlarge The Parker House Inn & Restaurant - TOM MCNEILL
  • Tom McNeill
  • The Parker House Inn & Restaurant

When chef Alexandra La Noue-Adler and her husband, Adam Adler, purchased Quechee's Parker House Inn & Restaurant almost a decade ago, it was in something of a rut. The stately 1857 inn had good bones and a plum spot overlooking the Ottauquechee River, but it also had a fusty interior and reputation.

The Adlers, fresh from turning around a similar inn in Maine, were undaunted. They layered a funky French provincial vibe — think patterned wallpapers and vintage Euro bric-a-brac — into the firelit rooms. They planted a kitchen garden, added a bar that opens onto a wraparound terrace overlooking the river and introduced a new American menu laced with Gallic touches.

click to enlarge The Parker House Inn & Restaurant - TOM MCNEILL
  • Tom McNeill
  • The Parker House Inn & Restaurant

Like the effervescent La Noue-Adler — who often pops out of the kitchen to mingle with guests — the menu is colorful, gutsy and original. She'll serve plump mussels in a garlicky saffron broth fragranced with rosemary spears, then deliver a cone of salty, crisp frites to soak up the juices. She might smear tart strawberry chutney across a salmon fillet and then drizzle on earthy, roasted pistachio oil. Or dress up succulent rack of lamb in a fragrant honey-lavender reduction that tastes of the inn's garden.

The rustic desserts showcase seasonal ingredients: A hand-shaped fresh blueberry and almond tart competes with a parfait delivered in a jar.

Devouring it all on the terrace on a summer evening is intoxicating — even more so when Adam Adler serves up glasses of French wine or shakes together a rose-hued martini made with fresh cranberries. The Englishman's pours are as generous as his banter.

Like many Vermont eateries, the Parker House took a beating during Tropical Storm Irene. But the Adlers mucked out and reopened within weeks, fortifying locals and tourists alike with their polished fare, creative cocktails and buoyant personas. Restoration never tasted so good.

This article was originally published in 7 Nights: The Seven Days Guide to Vermont Restaurants & Bars in April 2012.
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

Corin Hirsch

Corin Hirsch

Bio:
Corin Hirsch was a Seven Days food writer from 2011 through 2016. She is the author of Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England, published by History Press in 2014.

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.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative
newsletters:

All content © 2020 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401  |  Contact Us
Website powered by Foundation