Organic farmers, artisan bakers, cheese makers, and specialty food producers make Vermont a food-lover's haven. Moreover, Waitsfield's neighboring town of Waterbury was just named the 'Best Beer Town in New England' by the Boston Globe. Whether it's fresh farm-to-table gourmet meals in the valley of the Green Mountains or craft micro-brews, you'll find yourself well fed and happily tipsy in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. Be sure to ask for a 'Heady Topper' - it's a local IPA that isn't always on the menu because it's in such high demand and hard-to-find, know the secret ask 'do you have a heady?' and perhaps you'll get lucky. Restaurants are listed by price range; all are located in the Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury Area (within a 15 mile radius of the wedding venue).
4182 Route 100
$$$$$ Feel like splurging?
This romantic, farm-to-table fine dining restaurant has European roots. The Swiss-trained chef and owner presents an ever changing menu based on local Vermont ingredients plated in elegant dishes.
92 Stowe St.
Candles and a changing seasonal menu give this restaurant a fine dining feel, but its old-mill setting is rustic. Serving ultra-local meats, greens, and cheeses has earned the chef-owner a James Beard Award nomination.
80 Sugarbush Village
(802) 583 - 2600
A Parisian Bistrot in the Sugarbush Village since 1964 featuring romantic fireplace (for warming the bread), Italian marble bar, 1850's mirrors, "Speakeasy" booths, VT Scenes murals. Ski in for some fondue and enjoy the candlelit bistro and a roaring fire.
275 Main St.
(802) 496 - 6350
This elegant inn offers a few dinner options with upscale seasonal fare as well as small plates in the fire-lit pub and a private tasting menu in the wine cellar. Oenophiles swoon over the wine list.
3209 German Flats Rd
(802) 583 - 2800
$$$ Uncommonly good dining.
Located in a 19th century barn, this restaurant serves fresh, local, made-from-scratch New England cuisine in a romantic setting. Reservations are required.
40 Bridge Street
This rustic restaurant serves Italian and French food. Grab a seat at the bar for snacks and carefully chosen wine.
46 Lareau Rd
All natural wood-fired pizzas with a conscience. Emphasis is on organic and locally farmed ingredients - quite possibly the best pizza ever. No reservations.
4403 Main St
(802) 496 - 5514
Everything is homemade at this vegetarian oasis. The menu changes regularly, but tea lovers can count on 50 loose-leaf varieties.
48 Carroll Road
Relax in the cafe with some tapas and a drink or bring them into a movie with you. Specialties include maple doughnuts, homemade bread and fish tacos. Live music weekly.
23 S Main St
You must visit Prohibition Pig while at the wedding! Go for local food and creative coctails, but stay for one of the largest craft beer selections in New England. This bar serves hard-to-find brews from Hill Farmstead and the Alchemist...be sure to try a 'Heady'.
1 Stowe St
Pick up some wine or local cheese in the market or order a glass from the ever changing list. Cheese plates, panini and light fare round out the menu. Oysters every Wednesday.
2 Village Sq
(802) 496 - 3832
Mexican dishes made with local ingredients and served with local craft beers.
15 Stowe St
Hand tossed pizza bar and grill specializes in house-braised meats and other local ingredients. Great wings, great pizza!
1 S. Main St
Locally sourced food ranges from fried local chicken to the 'Truck Driver' a blue cheese stuffed burger topped with a farm fresh fried egg. Choose from 38 beers on tap.
1 Stowe St
Serving Farmstead beers and Delirium Tremens beers. Try them with daily Mexican specials.
40 Bridge Street
Waitsfield , VT
Two dessert purveyors are under one roof. Sweet Simone's is a full scale bakery serving espresso, cakes, and macaroons and Scout's Honor serves ice cream made from farm-fresh ingredients.
284 Maine St.
(802) 496 - 3864
This is a bakery, wine shop, and deli under one roof. Try a creative sandwich or soup or pick up hard-to-find local brews such as Lawson's Finest Liquid.