Something “Good” is Happening


Guest blogger April Stamm is a chef and food writer whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications including Pastry Scoop, an online pastry magazine, and The Nibble, a gourmet product review and foodie information site. She is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and a member of Women Chefs and Restauranteurs.  More of her writing and ventures can be found at Today, she tells us about an upcoming foodie event from ES sponsor Good Commons.

I was nervous.  Sure, we had known each other for years and were great friends, but we had never done this. What if we weren’t compatible? What if he went left and so did I—and we ended up colliding—sending carrot peels and chef knives soaring through the air?

But not to fear, my first guest chef gig at Good Commons, a private retreat center and vacation home in Vermont, was a delicious success. It was also one of the most restorative three days of my life. So, I’m jumping back in the kitchen with my friend and Good Commons’ resident chef, Matthew Wexler, to create some delicious farm-to-table meals for their Memorial Day Food, Wine & Rejuvenation Weekend.

It may sound crazy, but the body, mind, and soul-bolstering experience of Good Commons begins with the bus ride. No rushing through Grand Central, fighting the throngs of clueless tourists and aggressive Wall-Streeters. Instead we board “the Good bus”, a private jitney stocked with homemade snacks and artisanal cocktails created by an on-board mixologist.

Once in the beautiful Green Mountain State, there is a warm, comfortable luxury to everything at Good Commons.  A certified massage therapist is on hand to ease away your aches and pains, a fitness expert offering morning classes, and Wilbur the house dog, on the lookout for a bit of scone or leftover barbecue. Did I mention the outdoor hot tub and fire pit?

There’s also something less tangible but equally enticing that recharges you at Good Commons—an utter sense of welcome and love. Each person who visits Good Commons becomes a part of owner Tesha Buss’s labor of love and pride and joy, not just a guest.

So, if you, like me, need to get out of the city and be expertly pampered and luxuriously fed, all in a place that can truly lift your spirits, join us this Memorial Day or for one of Good Commons’ other summer getaways. You know, I think on this second romp Matthew and I just may get a little naughty … who knows what we can do with smoked maple syrup.

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  • Roo de Loo April 24, 2010  

    We’re excited to see what April is going to whip up at this year’s getaway – will she be able to top last year’s classic boeuf bourguignon? We have no doubt …

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