Friday, March 22, 2013

spring news xoxo


This year's Vermont Restaurant Week is April 26- May 6.  During Restaurant week, Kismet will be offering daily $10 lunch specials,  a $35 three course dinner tasting menu,
 and a one night only five course tasting menu with wine pairings on April 27th, 2013!

On April 27,  at 6:00 p.m, join us for an evening with Artisanal Cellars and winemaker Matteo Giustiniani.   Kismet Chef-Owner Crystal Maderia will present a menu that both incorporates and is paired with a selection of Villa Sardi wines in a casual and creative dinner.
This 5-course dinner is prix-fixe ($70 per person, tax not included) and by reservation only. Limited to 10 guests.
Call 802-233-8646 for details and to place a reservation.
Thanks, and we hope to see you there! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

dear winter..

snow gently settles at my front door each night when i arrive home; i am happy, because i know that the sap will flow longer this way-- but i am so eager for spring at the same time...

Dear  Winter:
    thank you
    you mean so much to me
    it's time for us to say goodbye.
    Take your time,
    do what needs to be done
    so the sap may run long and fast
    and be plenty.
    I promise to embrace you 9 months from now
    when you arrive again.


Monday, March 04, 2013

roche-mere wine event

March 4, 2013


Montpelier, Vermont
This coming Tuesday March 12th, Vermont Wine Merchants, in collaboration with Kismet restaurant, are hosting a unique event, showcasing the organic and/or biodynamic wines of Roche-meré.  

The two part event begins with a free and open-to-the-public tasting from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., to be followed by a reservation only wine dinner at 6:30 pm.  
That evening, Chef-Owner Crystal Maderia will present a five-course prix-fixe menu that both incorporates and is paired with choice wines, hand-selected by Roche-meré.  Maderia's unique approach is inspired by the intention to highlight the absolute enjoyment of each individual wine through both a culinary perspective and a casual dining experience. 

Both the daytime tasting and the pairing dinner will specifically showcase the organic and/or biodynamic wines of Roche-meré Wine Selections.  Roche-meré is an importer/distributer based out of Bordeaux, France, owned and run by Theo Mellion and Michael Affato, collectively boasting over 20 years of experience.  Roche-meré hand-selects and imports deep, complex reds and whites that express specific typicity and origin, which stimulate the intellect of the experienced wine collector, but also give less experienced wine lovers wonderful discoveries, creating new-found passions.  

Vermont Wine Merchants is the sole Vermont distributer of Roche-meré Wine Selections, and will be co-hosting this event.  
Kismet is a unique ‘Farm-to-Table’ dining & flavor experience, founded in 2006, expanding to its current location in downtown Montpelier in 2010.

Wine tasting: Noon to 3pm52 State Street, MontpelierfreeFive-course wine dinner: 6:30pm, 52 State Street, Montpelier, Reservations required. $65 per person (cash only)  (tax not included)

Contact: Ted Pearcy; (802)223-8646;

Kismet is located at 52 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602, and on the web at
Phone: (802)223-8646
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 8-2 & 5-9. Sunday, 9-2

Friday, March 01, 2013

early spring

you can laugh at me if you want to
tease me
and tell me that spring is still months away

i know that I'm right.
i can feel it
the snow is wetter, and underneath
the crusty soil, deep in the ground
the roots are drinking 
and behind the dark, hardened bark
the sap is flowing.

the roots are getting sweet
the limbs are getting supple
and the light is getting longer.

so maybe the tulips arent shooting out of the ground
that's ok with me-- 
i like to know that the bees are awake
revived and ready when that happens.

but soon

I can taste it,
I promise

early spring menu:

smallish plates:
regional oysters 
Raw  or  Rockefeller 
poached chicken liver compound butter 8
sparkling pinot noir jelly

mock calamari 8
fried oyster mushrooms & house remoulade.

baked caprese 9
red wine, basil,  mapplebrook mozzarella 

carpaccio 14
capers, pickled onion, horseradish, lemon, olive oil & herbs . choice of beef or vegetarian

 house charcuterie & cheese 9
duck speck, fresh ricotta, thyme honey & fig jam

mussels 7
jacob’s cattle beans, garlic, white wine, parsley

portuguese fish cake 8
potato & poached hake, drizzle hollandaise, micro greens 
fried goat cheese & roasted beats 8
french lentils, watercress, vinaigrette 
kale caesar 7
garlic croutons  
mixed organic greens 9

* chevre *feta *blue cheese  3
*bacon  3  *chicken  4  *smoked fish  4

moroccan carrot soup 6
 pistou garnish

larger plates

en cotte 
regional assortment of fresh & house smoked seafood 
(or vegetarian) baked in white wine & saffron cream, 
with tomato, capers, potato & scallions

poached scallops
black lentils, pinot gris, watercress

brined & roasted quail
riesling stuffing, glazed carrots & parsnips

dog river spinach malfatti
spinach dumplings,  alpine cheese 
poached egg $2.50

grain & vegetable platter 
choice of grilled chicken, tofu or tempeh.

roast lamb roulade
boiled potato salad, fresh mint, sea salt

crusted pork chop
  honey polenta, maple drizzle. glazed peas.

brisket style smoked fillet
pot roasted cabbage & carrots, ripasso drippings & puff pastry