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Dine Like Royalty at The Prince & The Pauper Restaurant in Vermont

By Marina I. Jokic

With an eclectic menu inspired by the diverse flavors of world cuisine, The Prince and The Pauper restaurant in Woodstock, Vermont has set the standard for culinary excellence for over four decades. Its assortment of internationally-inspired and local fare, craft cocktails, local brews, and exquisite desserts make them a cut above the rest.

"[With a] historical setting, romantic, sumptuous food, [and] friendly and professional service, [The Prince & The Pauper makes a wonderful dinner destination]," manager Julie Shoemaker, said. "[The restaurant is a] great setting for private events too, [and] we've hosted over one hundred wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners with [custom-made] menus to fit any budget."

Proprietors of the restaurant Heidi Talbert and Vincent Talento have invested considerable effort into making their venture truly distinctive in the area. The prix fixe dinner menu, which includes appetizer, salad and entrée. Guests have the option to order à la carte. This menu changes nightly and is inspired by Mediterranean, Asian, and American cuisines among others. The bistro menu is offered every night except for Saturday nights and special holiday time periods.

The bistro menu offers specialties such as Grilled NY Strip Steak & Hand Cut French Fries, Maine Crab Cakes, and Sesame Seared Vermont Tofu. The P&P's culinary mission it to offer the freshest ingredients. For customers with special dietary restrictions the chef prepares gluten-free and vegetarian options nightly.

Shoemaker's favorite appetizer is the house smoked salmon offered with Raifort sauce, capers, red onion and toasted rounds. The Carré d'Agneau Royale signature entrée is a boneless rack of lamb, grilled then wrapped with spinach and mushroom Duxelles and puff pastry and served with Bordelaise sauce.

"After a long day of work or touring, we welcome you and yours to come in, sit back, relax and enjoy a memorable evening," Shoemaker said. "Our staff will offer you superb food, creative cocktails and professional service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere."

The dinner and a movie special is a guest favorite. Offered most Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings to those who come for dinner at 5:30 pm. With a purchase of an Entrée customers are offered a complimentary movie ticket for that night at The Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Located just a five minutes stroll from the P&P. It's date night conveniently packaged for the customers.

Pentangle Arts has sponsored the "dinner and a movie" special for the last two and a half years, and also offers theater, concerts, education programming and camps for students. The Prince & The Pauper likes the concept of partnering with local organizations to deliver quality entertainment to their guests.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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