Where “everything served is art.”
Just ask Beth Weinberg Sarandrea, who, along with husband Jimi, opened the specialty coffee and cocktail restaurant and gallery in the winter of 2010. Beth is a photographer, mixologist and barista, while Jimi is a killer chef. When they noticed Killington was missing a good coffeehouse, the duo artfully paired their talents to bring art in all forms to the community.
(Some of Beth’s photographs dot the walls, and her handcrafted martinis are works of art themselves … using mixed media such as fresh sage, passion fruit purée, hibiscus syrup and maple thyme simple syrup.)
“We have a bright, relaxing artful atmosphere for our community to get together, meet a friend, have a meeting, do some work, or just relax with a gourmet coffee, snack, cocktail or full meal, browse our art gallery or shop for a gift,” Beth says. “No other place in Killington combines all this under one roof.”
Her team of trained baristas focuses on providing an artful, quality product, and pride themselves on making everything delicious and artsy … right down to the hand-glazed pottery plates on which they serve the food.
An hour before the ski lifts open, Liquid Art opens for breakfast, serving up sandwiches, crepes, homemade bread and more. This is a perfect place for relaxing and reading – in fact, there’s a free book exchange. All you have to do is bring one to share, and pick out another to take with you.
If you have work to do and need a change of scenery, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. You’re sure to be inspired by the artsy atmosphere and pleasant aromas. Sit by the fireplace and enjoy the sweet sounds of acoustic tunes from Sublime to Thievery Corporation.
The coffee is locally roasted just up the road in Waterbury, VT and the signature cocktails will make this your favorite spot for sipping – or supper. The food’s just as good as the drinks. And the entire menu is available from open until close.
“We offer healthy fare – you will not find any fried food at our restaurant,” Beth says. “We hold monthly wine dinners, make homemade ice cream, have unique specialty cocktails and a fabulous customer service oriented team to help you enjoy your time spent with us.”
She recommends the following must-try items for first-time visitors. For breakfast, the savory crepes. For coffee, the blackberry mocha latte. For lunch or dinner, the sausage polenta lasagna (which, she adds, is completely gluten-free and delicious). Cocktails? Try the Strawberry Shortcake or Firetini, a habanero-infused creation sure to spice up your night.
While you’re visiting, call to see if they’re hosting any events during your stay. In addition to the five-course wine dinners each month, there are open-mic acoustic nights on Wednesdays and Art Jam on Tuesdays, where free demonstrations help you create projects from mosaic tiles to wind chimes. Or, if you’d like to host your own small event, upstairs is a beautiful spot for celebrating.
“Killington has an amazing community,” Beth gushes. “The people in this town make it a fabulous place, and we love it here.”
Take a piece of Killington home to commemorate your Vermont visit. All the photography, paintings, pottery and jewelry that create such a lovely ambiance at Liquid Art can be yours.