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Soulfully Good Cafe Is A Welcome Addition To A Small Vermont Town

By S. Mathur

From a catering company in NYC to a small cafe in a picturesque Vermont town may seem like a big change, but owner Vicki Ferentinos waited a long time for the chance.

"Never had the right opportunity come together until this sweet space in Woodstock opened up and we changed our lives to pursue this dream," she said. "I have been a chef for many years and have had the opportunity to cook for many people of note and it has been very rewarding. Opening this little cafe has been a culmination of many things that worked out, a lovely welcoming town, a very supportive partner, and a leap of faith."

In true storybook style, Ferentinos was able to start the cafe with the prize money from a TV show. Perhaps not coincidentally, her prize winning dish used maple syrup.

" A few years ago I won Bravo TV's 'Rocco's Dinner Party' and with the winning money I said I wanted to open my own place, not knowing it would be in Vermont at the time," she said."My signature dish on that show was my Buttermilk Fried Chicken Salad which has a maple mayonnaise. I actually have always used maple syrup in my cooking, in my dressings, with vegetables, add a dash to soups etc. Now we get our maple syrup dropped off from a local resident, very lucky we are."

The Soulfully Good Cafe is a welcome addition to the town. Residents and visitors alike love offerings such as The Local breakfast with homemade bread and farm fresh eggs, with cheddar and bacon. The lunch menu includes salads, panini, quinoa bowls and herb rubbed flank steak. A typical lunch special is meatloaf and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, roasted carrots and vegetable barley soup. The freshly made scones and croissants add a special touch. Fresh tea and coffee complement every meal.

"Everything starts and ends with good ingredients," Ferentinos said. "Being fortunate to have moved to such a wonderful town and state we love the availability of the freshest eggs, cheeses, meats and produce. My job as a chef is to let the ingredients shine and hopefully they do."

The cafe has an upbeat, welcoming and happy atmosphere, with an outside patio for seating in warmer weather. The food is also surprisingly affordable. Some goodies like the scones, maple syrup in a signature Soulfully Good Cafe bottle, and a holiday cookie tin can be purchased online at the website, for a taste of Vermont wherever you might be.

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