Meesh and I recently made our first trip out to Jericho, Vermont. Funny, we never thought we’d be spending a weekend in September there either. But if there’s one thing that can get us to jump in a car and drive four hours into the unknown, it’s when a good chef friend tells us he’s moving to Vermont to take over a fine dining restaurant. Which is exactly what happened when John Gilman told us he was leaving Church of Boston in Fenway and moving to Burlington to pursue a new project. It’s no secret that Meesh and I are obsessed with Church. It’s been our stomping grounds for some time now and we hold it dear to our hearts. We’ve always been fans of Gilman’s food, and within minutes of laying eyes on the newly minted menu he had been working on over the summer we were already coordinating our first visit to Jericho and to Caroline’s Fine Dining. Jericho is about 15 minutes away from the center of Burlington, so we got to explore a new city, and a new restaurant all in one trip!
Almsot every ingredient on the menu comes from Vermont, if not all of them. Some are literally sourced from within a mile. The dishes are various quintessential farm to table items done in an imaginative way that’s exciting and different and delicious. But I’ll stop now and jump into the food, all of which was absolutely mind blowing, and I’m not even just saying that. Be forewarned I ramble on about some of these dishes; consume what you wish.
Well first, consume this —
We ❤ Sancerre and you should too!
Then came the Amuse – Roast beet, Jasper Hill bleu and fried prosciutto. Yeah…
Grilled Baby Romaine with Vermont Ayr, preserved lemon aoli, and buttered sourdough crumble. A modern take on the traditional Caesar Salad (which will soon become obsolete) after people catch on to the greatness that is grilled romaine. The whole thing makes sense and we would only be so lucky if it somehow replaced the original nationwide.
The Warm Maplebrook Burrata with heirloom tomato, basil granola and baby lettuces is an absolute must. Like It would even be possible for something like this to taste bad. One of the best cheese dishes I have had to date, and I say that with conviction. The warm creamy cheese, the fresh tomatoes, and strikingly perfect homemade basil granola. Seriously, that granola. It is Vermont after all.
More amazingness in the form of Grassfed Beef Tartare with capers, herbs, quail egg and crispy root chips
This Truffle Risotto came with local mushrooms, english peas, goat cheese and crispy kale. The local mushrooms were chicken of the woods, and by looks, taste and texture it’s pretty obvious where they get their name.
Another favorite was the Braised Rabbit with black peppercorn papparedelle, baby carrots, brussel leaves, and cave aged cheddar. You can not come to Caroline’s and not try this. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it about every other dish I had at this dinner, it was so good.
And just when you thought it was over…
Cider Braised Apple Crostada. Duh. topped with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream and drizzled with sea salt caramel. I look at this picture and Britney Spears’s “Slave for You” starts playing in my head. Not weird, right?
If there was ever a reason to spend the weekend in the Jericho / Burlington area, this is it. Well, and a couple others, but we’ll get into those later this week.
Caroline’s Fine Dining
30 Vermont Route 15