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NECI on Main

New England Culinary Institute

Imagine the entire state of Vermont as a food experiment or as its own laboratory where food products are grown and created for this particular climate; seasonally, organically, and sustainably. Now imagine restaurants as teaching laboratories this restaurant for instance.

NECI on Main is a production lab for New England Culinary Institute. For 30 years we have been teaching students to make connections with farmers, between the landscape and our food, and between seasons and culinary traditions. Sometimes we include food items that express a particular sense of place from outside of Vermont, or culinary traditions from other cultures, and use those items or experiences to enhance the foods grown here in Vermont.

Our menu is no exception in this teaching philosophy, and reflects the best that Vermont’s farmers, and America’s next generation of young chefs offer.

On Tuesday, Aprill 22 for to celebrate Earth Day and welcome spring back to Vermont, NECI on Main has a very special prix fixe menu for the evening! This is part of a larger national intiative by the Chef's Collaborative to feature local and seasonal ingredients. The dinner is $25 per person not including tax and gratuity.

Westminster Organics Beets, VB&C Chevre, frisee & orange Salad, hazelnut vinaigrette.

Templeton Farms beef osso bucco with polenta and parsley-lemon gremolata

Creme fraiche panna cotta with rhubarb jam turnovers and maple cream sauce

Though we are happy to accept reservations for the evening, they are not required. Saunter on down for dinner!

For more information on the national event, visit http://


When We're Open

  • Sunday
  • Brunch Buffet 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Monday
  • Closed
  • Tuesday through Saturday
  • Lunch 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • Lite Fare 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Dinner 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Sunday
  • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


  • NECI on Main
  • 118 Main Street
  • Montpelier, VT 05602
  • 802.223.3188

Directions to NECI on Main

  • Take I-89 to Exit 8 (US 2, Montpelier).
  • At the second traffic light, turn left onto Bailey Avenue.
  • Turn right onto State Street.
  • Follow to the first traffic light at Main Street.
  • Turn left onto Main Street.

The NECI on Main and Chef’s Table are located at 118 Main Street, on the left near the corner of School Street.

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