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Sergjio, the new Executive Chef at Mad River Barn

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We borrowed a shot from his website,, but you know us… we’ll get a less serious one soon :)

We are excited to announce that Sergjio Shantoja is the new Executive Chef at the Mad River Barn.  We love good food, and when we had the opportunity to interview Sergjio for the position, we were thrilled. We had heard about his success as Executive Chef at Waterworks in Winooski, and we were very excited about the prospect of Sergjio joining our team.

Prior to his position at Waterworks, Sergjio was Executive Chef at Urban Tavern Hilton San Francisco, in Union Square.  While he enjoyed the experience, he knew he eventually wanted to return east. Waterworks provided the perfect opportunity to do so while enabling him to focus his creative and management skills on the launch of an immensely successful restaurant. When the position opened at the Mad River Barn, Sergjio was intrigued. Boutique Inns like the Mad River Barn offer chefs significant opportunity for artistic freedom, across breakfast service for guests, events, and traditional restaurant operations. After several meetings over several days, we were all convinced he was the perfect person for the job.

Sergjio has already had a significant impact on operations here at the Barn. We’ve introduced the first round of changes to both our restaurant and events menus, where our focus was on broadening our offerings, including a wider variety of small plates and vegetarian offerings. We’ve also increased our purchasing of local products, and will continue to do so.

He’s also lead the effort to start local production of food here at the Barn. Over the coming weeks, you will begin to see the introduction of our herb and vegetable gardens, which will continue to expand over time. These ingredients will find their way into our menu, for both the restaurant and the pub. We’re also working on some cool props, including slate we have left over from our renovation and old cutting boards  for gorgeous serving dishes (Joanne, our designer, would be so proud).



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But best of all, is the food… We are loving the “taste testing” we are getting from the new menu (this is the time when it’s good to be us). We just tasted the new Hanger Steak with Gremolata Sauce…O.M.G.! Delicious!  We can’t wait for you to try it out!

Mad River Barn's new menu

And our becoming famous (in our own minds)  Beer & Burger Monday’s are now not only a great deal, but extra yummy!

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(Seriously, could you not just jump into that picture!)

We dragged ourselves away from our plates for a moment to ask Sergjio what makes him excited about his new position…

“Vermont is on the cutting edge of the farm to table movement and the Mad River Valley has some amazing farms. Mad River Barn is a special place with a great deal of history and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to creating menus that allow us to build our relationships with local farms and food artisans. We’re now listing the farms we work with on the menu to give them the recognition they deserve for the incredible products they produce.

Growing the restaurant business side of Mad River Barn is very exciting, and we’re starting it in many different ways, including growing our own food and herbs. I’m also excited to be living in the area with my family and enjoying the Valley, including driving around and picking what is in season and using in the menu.”

Yup… he’s just as excited as we are to bring Mad River Barn to a new culinary level with healthier, new and exciting food choices.

If you are looking for us, we’ll be in the kitchen…waiting with our plates for the next taste test…

Our best, Heather and Andrew








Outside Magazine and Vermont Life…

Oh my goodness… you guys are making us blush! We can’t believe both these amazing magazines, Outside Magazine and Vermont Life have done SHOUT OUTS about the Mad River Barn (red cheeks burning). We love it!

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Outside Magazine, the leading global active lifestyle brand magazine, is talking about Mad River in their latest issue, mentioning you could “bunk” up at our refurbished Mad River Barn. Well…you sure can! Big thank you to Outside Magazine, what an honor!

Bunk Rooms at Mad River Barn

If you haven’t check out our “BUNK” rooms, please do.  We have two rooms with six single beds in each, that are perfect for groups of friends traveling together or if you are traveling alone and don’t mind sharing a room.  We are one of the few places in Vermont to still have a hostel style place where you rent by the “bed”. Breakfast is included.

Vermont Life Magazine’s  winter issue (great cover by the way) mentions the Mad River Barn as a great Après-Ski location to eat, drink and be merry! Again, pinch us…Okay…that’s enough.

cover of winter issue of Vermont Life Magazine

Vermont Life Magazine an incredible quarterly publication, that has been covering amazing stories about Vermont’s people, place and culture since 1946, is considered one of America’s premier regional magazines. If you’ve read their stories, you’ll agree!  BIG Vermont thank them for the recognition.

Steak Dinner at Mad River Barn

Not only do with love the Apres-ski crowd but we serve some might fine dinners that can be eaten in the pub, game room or dining room. Here is an iphone picture a guest sent us from their meal sitting at the bar. They said it was one of the best steak’s they have ever had! We are so happy to hear that. We highly recommend a reservation for dinner…there are nights we get so busy…we would hate you to miss out…especially if you want to eat in the dining room.

We’ve  had great press — thanks and we heard there was another cool article along the way– we can’t wait to share that with you as well.  We so appreciate the kind words and making us blush!

Our Best, Heather and Andrew


Dinner options for President’s Week

Welcome everyone! It’s great to see the Valley so busy. With this many travelers, finding dinner options can be challenging. This post is to get you up to speed on what we’re doing this week at the Barn to feed our guests and visitors.

For dinner, you have two choices:

  • Join us upstairs in the pub, where  food is available every night until 9 pm from the pub menu. Seating in the pub is on a first come, first served basis.
  • Book a reservation for one of our nightly buffets. Seatings are available at 6:00 and 7:30 pm. The buffet menu is as follows:

- Sunday, February 16: Roast Pork Loin
- Monday, February 17: Meat Loaf
- Tuesday, February 18: Chicken Picatta
- Wednesday, February 19: Mexican night
- Thursday, February 20: Pasta night
- Friday, February 21: Roast Pork Loin
- Saturday, February 22: Prime Rib

In addition to the entree, the buffet includes pasta and potatoes, a vegetable, salad, bread, and dessert.

Reservations are required in order to ensure seating is available (802-496-3310).  Large groups are welcome! Please do arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled seating, as service begins promptly.

Have a great week everyone!

Valentines Day Specials

Going out to dinner for Valentines Day? Check out our Valentines Day Specials (available from 4 pm – 9 pm, in addition to the regular pub menu):


Crispy polenta fried with oven roasted tomatoes, parmesan and asiago cheese in a parsley walnut pesto cream sauce (8)

Crab Cakes
Blue crab seasoned with lemon and herbs, coated in Japanese style bread crumbs. Accompanied by a chipotle mayonnaise (9)


Shrimp Tortellini
Sauteed shrimp with three cheese tortellini in a vodka tomato sauce (18)

Ribeye Steak
Grilled steak with sauteed mushroom red wine demi glace and garlic mashed potato (22)

Vegan Quinoa
Sauteed vegetables with fried tofu in a light red wine vinaigrette (16)

Reservations are suggested – please call (802) 496-3310.

Prime Rib Buffet tonight (Saturday, February 8th)


  • Slow roasted prime rib, with horseradish sour cream and au jus
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mediterranean pasta
  • Broccolini
  • Fresh garden salad
  • Warm baguette
  • Blondie brownies with frangelico caramel sauce and whipped cream

Additional “kid-friendly” buffet options also available

Adults $21.95 / children $14.95 – Seatings at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Please call for reservations (802-496-3310).