About the Café
Starry Night Café opened in May 2000. It is situated within a collection of historic buildings, including a covered bridge, in a lovely countryside setting. The building housing the restaurant was originally a cider press, relocated to the site from southern Vermont and renovated to form what is now the front dining room with antique bar. The vision was to blend art and food by utilizing artisan products such as hand-blown glasses, napkin rings and plates. The wooden tables and unusual bar stools were hand-made by local craftsmen. The wooden leaves decorating the framework of the bar each depict the leaf of the tree from which it was carved. Locally blown glass orbs fill candelabras illuminating the room with elegance. The spacious octagonal dining room with picturesque views of the outer grounds and surrounding countryside, was added in May 2001 and quickly became a favorite space for intimate dining as well as larger private events. In the late Fall of 2013 Starry Night Cafe came under the very exciting new ownership of Mark & Molly Valade, setting the sails for a huge upgrade in the Spring of 2014 (see Renovations). At the heart of it all, the Starry Staff run by husband and wife, Chef Josh Krechel and Manager Amanda Seubert partner in vision and passion with new owners in creating the outmost exceptional experience in Vermont dining. Every component from the delicious offerings in the kitchen, fresh shaken cocktails of the bar, hand-picked local flowers, rotating Vermont artists and most of all staff that loves to please... creates the simply divine essence of the Starry Night Cafe!
Food & Philosophy
The philosophy for the restaurant is to offer a wholesome, classic menu using seasonal Vermont products, organically grown when available, and naturally raised meats and fish. Starry supports local farmers and producers and is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, above all, strives to provide a wonderful dining experience in an attractive, relaxed surrounding.
Chef & Staff
Chef Krechel grew up in New Jersey and at an early age discovered the fascination cooking offered. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, he moved to Vermont in 1998 where he joined the staff of Shelburne Farms for four seasons before venturing to the Starry Night Cafe in 2003. Chef Krechel offers a creative and unique touch to his cuisine, respecting the seasonality of all things and simplicity of fresh, local products.