Five weeks ago, Vicki Ferentinos and Shannon Parker-Ferentinos moved from New York City to Vermont. Last weekend, the couple began serving breakfast and lunch at brand-new Soulfully Good Café at 67 Central Street in Woodstock.
In New York, Vicki Ferentinos served hundreds of people weekly through her catering outfit at events ranging from weddings to corporate lunches. It made for a decent living, but the chef started thinking it might be nice to cook for fewer people in a more personable setting, she said.
Last fall, the duo spent a little time in Vermont; in Woodstock, a Central Street storefront caught their eye. "We liked [the space], and we thought about [opening a café there]," the chef recalled. When the space came up for rent this spring, they went for it. As luck would have it, their house in New York sold the next day. The couple packed up and moved to the Upper Valley, where they got to work sprucing up the café interior and planning menus.
At Soulfully Good, all of the pastries and breads are baked in-house daily, from single-serving foccacia, slick with blistered cheese and studded with olives or artichokes, to rustic ciabatta loaves to sweet breads laced with apples and cinnamon or cranberries. Heartier breakfast fare includes sandwiches stuffed with eggs, meats, veggies and cheeses. Lunch brings shaved-Brussels-sprout salads that commingle kale, apples and Parmesan, along with local ham-and-cheddar panini, toasted quinoa bowls, dressed zucchini noodles, and other healthy, savory treats.
For dessert, there's Rocky Road fudge, pies, cakes and other sweet pastries. All are available during breakfast and lunch every day but Tuesday, when the restaurant is closed.