Creating Magic from Seasonal Ingredients Between Master Gardener & Head Chef at Woodstock Inn & ResortNov 17, 2022 03:46PM ● By Stephanie Hatley
But Benjamin and Matthew have even more up their sleeves for the upcoming season. The new executive chef wants to intentionally focus on seasonality to create delectable entrees at the various restaurants. He explains, “The typical mindset of a chef is to conceptualize a dish and then get on the phone to order what’s needed. My plan is to turn that around. We will take what Ben grows in peak season, fill up our walk-ins, and create dishes around these parameters.” In addition to providing creative dishes for the on-site restaurants, Matthew will also use seasonal produce for catering events like weddings that are held year-round at the resort.
However, this change can’t happen without optimal communication between the chef and the gardener. Benjamin will use his expertise in growing and experience with the Vermont climate as well as his connections to local farmers to provide farm-fresh Vermont-grown produce and meats throughout the year. Matthew’s hope is “for the inn to become the culinary destination in New England.” He jokes, “There’s more to Vermont than maple syrup and apples!” The hope is that by spring of 2023, everything Kelly Way Gardens grows will be served in the restaurants and at events hosted by the Woodstock Inn & Resort.
Interested in grabbing a bite at one of Matthew’s
restaurants this winter? Consider ordering the Heritage Berkshire Pork Chop
from The Red Rooster one evening that consists of a coffee-rubbed bone-in pork chop
with sweet potato puree and maple-apple bourbon sauce, served with seasonal
vegetables from Kelly Way Gardens. Or if you’re looking for a lighter fare for
lunch, try the Apple and Butternut Squash Soup with cinnamon croutons or the
Woodstock Flatbread. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed!