After a day of running around Stowe playing tourist, we made a reservation at Blue Moon for dinner. Blue Moon changes their menu each month and they keep it very seasonal.
I loved the aesthetic, with the exposed beams.
And everything on the menu sounded great.
I went with the smoked jowl with Fuji apples and maple labne (they kindly left off the kimche). This had all the right flavors and textures. Very balance and was rich yet not too heavy,
We also tried the parmesan custard with romaine lettuce and crostini. Excellent flavors and textures again.
The Maine crab cake with fennel slaw and kalamata olive aioli was flavored wonderfully.
One of our friends had the black bean stuffed Delicata squash with smoked tomato sauce with cheddar. They really enjoyed it.
Our other friend got the grilled swordfish with roasted eggplant caponata and asparagus, and also said it was fantastic.
Mike got the crack pepper seared venison with celeriac puree, port wine, and dried cherries. This was very earthy without being overly gamey and the cherries and port wine added a lovely sweetness to the meat.
I got the grilled tenderloin of beef with leek compote and sweet potato gratin. I was blown away by this dish. The steak was perfectly cooked and nicely beefy. The leek compote added a touch of sweet and texture. And the sweet potato gratin was a slightly crunchy, mostly soft, awesomely executed sweet potato dish. I loved it.
This was my favorite meal of the trip. Each dish was composed well and had an extra little oomph that really pushed a good looking menu into a great tasting menu. The heartiness of the meal left me quite satisfied and quite happy. Great meal.
Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10