Support Culinary Entrepreneurs During the Month of August

Academy Eats: A Taste of VA begins August 1 and we hope you’ll patronize one of these eateries to support fellow Vermont Academy alumni as you gather with friends and family. Be sure to post photos of your visit using #AcademyEats and share your photos with us at
Check out the venue list below, organized by region, or view them on a map. Where noted below, be sure to take advantage of Wildcat Savings during August 2021! 

Do you own a restaurant, diner, bar, bakery, tasting room, etc.? Fill out this brief form to have your venue added to the list! New submissions will be added to the Academy Eats map.


Devin Finnigan ’01 (Owner and Chef)
Address: 300 Goose Cove Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
Description: Fine dining restaurant on the coast of Maine.

Neil Handwerger '94 (Owner)
Address: 38 Main Street, Stowe, VT  05672
Description: Breakfast, lunch, bakery in the Heart of Stowe Village.

Scott Aiello '90 (Owner)
Address: 17 Broadway Avenue, Denville, NJ 07834
Description: Classic New Jersey luncheonette, open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We serve everything from eggs to cheesesteaks.

Harwich Inn and Tavern
Aubrey Bachand ’11 (Executive Chef)
Address: 77 Route 28, West Harwich, MA 02671
Description: We are a neighborhood restaurant and bar filled with charm and character! We serve delicious food prepared daily and cold drinks in our "Cheers-like” atmosphere! We offer a spacious outdoor patio and tiki bar, and you can enjoy corn hole and live entertainment nightly!

Sean Parker-O’Grady ’07 (Bar Manager)
Address: 223 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Description: Long-standing family-owned and family-friendly establishment serving thin-crust pizza plus pasta and other hearty Italian fare.
Wildcat Savings: Ask for Sean at the bar.

Sean Dwyer Enright '89 (General Manager)
Address: 5430 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Description: We are a James Beard nominated, chef-owned restaurant with a firm commitment to scratch preparation. Our constantly evolving menu features fresh pasta and breads, innovative cocktails, and exquisite service alongside a variety of composed dishes. We have a quarter-acre vegetable farm adjacent to the restaurant where we grow a wide selection of produce. For what we can’t grow ourselves, we work with local farmers and purveyors to highlight the diverse bounty of Western Pennsylvania.

Dean Kitagawa ’91 (Owner)
Address: 325 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Description: Philadelphia pizza joint from scratch.


Austin DeLonge ’06 (Owner)
Address: 1302 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60622
Description: We have a full-service bar and a 9 hole indoor mini-golf course! We partner with a neighboring restaurant for food.
Wildcat Savings: Free golf!


David Gibbs ’84 (Owner/Partner)
Address: 13456 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Description: Wine bar specializing in old/rare wines.
Wildcat Savings: 15% Discount

James Harris ’06 (Owner)
Address: 110 S Ridge Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Description: Dynamite Cookies is a cookie shop attached to Tin Plate, operating out of a historic building that was carefully restored after 138 years. Dynamite Cookies specializes in beer and cookie pairings, taking pride in their limited offering of sourdough cookie flavors.
Wildcat Savings: 20% Discount

Christian Lee ’02 (Owner)
Address: 4205 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland, OR 97217
Description: The Rambler is a neighborhood bar and restaurant situated in the Historic Mississippi Avenue District of Portland, Oregon. Our focus is on comfort, quality, and hospitality. We are located in a converted 1920's bungalow, still retaining the charm of a family home while adding a full bar, dog-friendly front and back patios, and a great food menu. Come check us out!

Peter Janiak ’92 (Executive Chef)
Address: 100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 
Description: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards is a 100% certified sustainable winery located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, St. Francis is renowned for its award-winning wines and world-class hospitality.

David Gibbs ’84 (Owner/Partner)
Address: 13447 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Description: Intimate sushi restaurant specializing in wild-caught Japanese market fish.
Wildcat Savings: 10% Discount

James Harris ’06 (Owner)
Address: 110 S Ridge Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Description: Tin Plate is an artisan pizza restaurant housed in a historic building that was carefully restored after 138 years. Serving unique pairings such as Bolognese pizza, and Corn Elote pizza, Tin Plate stands apart from a typical slice shop.
Wildcat Savings: 20% Discount