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Side Dishes: Stowe pub goes gastro; small-plates café opens in Woodstock

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Mon Vert Café
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Duck-fat fries, housemade pastas and charcuterie, prosecco cocktails and Pulse Prophets.

One of these things is not like the other. But, while hot music could always be found at the Rusty Nail Bar & Grille on Stowe’s Mountain Road, now the food promises to match the tunes. New chef Michael Werneke, formerly of Highland Lodge Restaurant in Greensboro, started plying music and food lovers with his handcrafted fare on Friday, May 27.

Woodstock lost a beloved gathering place, Woodstock Coffee & Tea, last winter. Now the village’s newest eatery, Mon Vert Café, is serving the espresso crowd as well as covering every meal: morning sandwiches and pastry, afternoon panini and salads, and small plates on weekend evenings.

“I’m making dishes that have been favorites through my lifetime,” says proprietor John Cameron Reed, who used to own Una Wine Bar & Lounge in Portland, Maine. On Friday and Saturday evenings, those dishes include small plates of local meat and cheeses paired with a wine menu that rotates monthly. Oh, and he has beer, too.