Plate opened on Main Street in early 2014 to rave reviews from tourists and locals alike, and the capable kitchen continues to impress with inventive California-meets-Vermont dishes to go with the fine bar program, smooth service and urban-chic atmosphere cultivated by proprietors Jamie Persky and Mark Rosman.
What stood out to our readers this year was Chef Aaron Martin’s banana pudding.
Like fluffy clouds scooped from heaven, the pudding is at once creamy, light and rich. Velvety bits of banana float suspended in the silken base, and cakey Nilla wafers add a pleasing soft bite. No dainty portion here, though — the dessert arrives in a large glass mason jar, perfect for sharing (if you feel generous) or to bring home and savor later, or for the next day’s breakfast.
We’d say this isn’t your mama’s banana pudding, but it sort of is — Martin’s mother used to make it, inspired by the springtime treat made by her own mother in southern Virginia. At Plate, it’s a year-round indulgence due to customer demand.
Plate, 91 Main St., Stowe; platestowe.com.