The El Dorado Tavern* test kitchen was abuzz with clanging dishes and conversation this week. If you had walked in, you would have found a silent dining room, light streaming through the windows and the voices of Chef Jack Foley and his crew planning for things to come.
“I must be crazy out of my mind to open a third restaurant,” playfully suggests Foley, owner of 158 Main and Jeffersonville Pizza Department. “But I am very excited about this,” he concludes as he returns his attention to the incredibly good smelling kitchen.
El Dorado, “the golden one,” refers to an ancient South American ritual whereby a tribal chief would cover himself with gold dust and walk into a lake to wash it off as his tribes mates threw gems and gold trinkets into the water. The symbolism of this practice is linked to the energy of the creation of the universe.
According to National Geographic, “In the 16th and 17th centuries, Europeans believed that somewhere in the New World there was a place of immense wealth known as El Dorado.” Jim Griffith, a Tucson, Arizona folklorist, observes that, “El Dorado shifted geographical locations until finally it simply meant a source of untold riches somewhere in the Americas.”
21st century Americans and travelers will be pleased to find their El Dorado here, in the Green Mountains. Is not a good meal in good company a golden moment?
Sometimes, the best places are just off the beaten path.
Join us, Thursday, October 30, for our Grand Opening. We will be serving our tested and true El Dorado Tavern menu from 4 pm until 2 am. Stop by Friday, Saturday or Sunday too. A complete schedule and menu will follow. Stay tuned. - (802) 644-5432.
*(Formerly El Zorro)