Before & After the Show.
June Lupiani and Ali Hartman, the duo behind the beloved MKT: Grafton, are thrilled to be bring you an exceptional dining experience this summer with MKT: Weston, the official restaurant of the Playhouse. In 2015, Ali and June put their hearts into renovating and reimagining the Grafton General Store. Over the last four years, they have taken the store from shuttered to thriving by providing grocery items, specialty food items, a café, bakery, and catering services to southern Vermont. They are thrilled to bring their enthusiasm for service, knowledge of Vermont and love of food to the Weston Playhouse.
MKT: Weston’s culinary team will be led by Chef J.D. Fairman. Chef Fairman is classically trained and has spent his 30 year career developing immense skills and a refined palate. He has worked around the country creating beautiful, delicious plates that are provocative, unexpected and satisfying. You can read more about Chef Fairman here.
Make your reservation today for a seat downstairs to indulge in local ingredients, explore dynamic flavors and experience exceptional hospitality. MKT: Weston will focus on farm-fresh ingredients and local flavor, delivering food and service that strive for a standing ovation.
The menu will change throughout the summer to reflect what’s seasonal at the market and what’s current on the stage. For a sample dinner menu, click here. The restaurant setting is a crisp, rustic dining room within the Playhouse that looks out on Weston’s iconic mill and the rushing water of the falls.
“The best theatre experiences are those that make you feel full, alive, and inspired. When done well, art, like food, is designed to evoke a response. It can make you sit up straight and pay attention to the present, or it can take you far away to a formative time, relationship, or memory,” says Ali.
The MKT: Weston team is excited to deliver the same level of quality and care to your dining experience as the Playhouse provides to your theater experience.
“We’re aiming to bring to life a menu – and a meal – that is dynamic, accessible, and carefully crafted. If we do our job right, you’ll be supremely satisfied, but also eager and hungry for more,” explains June.
While dinner is the main event, we would be remiss if we didn’t deliver on a killer after party. (And if there’s one thing the MKT team knows, it’s how to throw great party!)
Once the curtain closes, join us in the Cabaret for an unforgettable late night experience of food and art. The Weston Playhouse Cabaret is one of the most intimate and engaging venues in New England with performances by the Young Company actors and MainStage talent that will blow you away.
MKT: Weston will take care of the food and drinks; you just need to be ready to fall in love with the performers, flavors and fun that await as we pair the incredible entertainment with small plates and tall drinks. Yankee Magazine calls it the “best place for a nightcap” in Southern Vermont and we couldn’t agree more. We’ll save you a seat!
If you want a more casual experience, for the first time this summer MKT: Weston will also be offering picnic baskets for enjoying on the green in front of the Playhouse. The baskets will be available for pick-up each night at 4:30 p.m. and should be pre-ordered to ensure availability, as supplies are limited. A sample picnic menu is available here.
RESERVATIONS & INFO
Open for dinner and drinks on Playhouse show evenings beginning at 5:00 pm for theatre guests. Performances begin at 7:30 pm. Walk-ins are welcome but wait time is not guaranteed. For questions and reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Box Office: (802) 824-5288.
REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS:
“Enchanting!!!!! What a night. Where does one sit at a candle lit table, with divine food before them, sipping on Italian wine while a searing thrill runs through our souls? MKT! That’s where! MKT has brought so much to us. We are so grateful for each and every one of you.” – Terri, Grafton Resident + Private Catering Client
"The team at MKT did an absolutely incredible job! It was an 11 out of 10. The food was exceptional and the service was top-notch. You thought of everything and were such a pleasure to work with. You guys delivered big time!" - Michelle, Private Catering Client
"Exceptional service with incredible food. The team was amazing and made sure we had everything we needed. They made it stress free and I cannot say enough about the amazing and creative things they are doing with food. Worth every penny. Can't wait to go back for more." - Dean, Private Catering Client
"Amazing. That's all you have to know. Simply amazing." - Jennifer, MKT: Grafton Guest
“We hired MKT to cater a special 70th birthday dinner for my mom at a home where we were staying in Grafton.Not only did they make orchestrating the whole evening seamless (communicating with her about the menu and our budget was easy and stress free), but the food they served was out of this world! For dinner, they served a four course meal - scallops, arugula salad with peaches and fresh VT cheese, filet mignon with shrimp and then almond infused angel food cake (mom's favorite) for dessert. All night and into the next day, my family and I could not stop talking about how delicious and perfect the meal was.” – Sarah, Private Catering Client
“This is truly a special place for those seeking amazing products and meals. Creative in a way that goes above and beyond your local market.” Matt, MKT: Grafton Guest + Professional Chef
“We spent the weekend in Grafton, and MKT was magical. Every bite was delicious, from the cobb salad to the chocolate chip cookie to the doughnuts to the cheeses. And the store itself is so charming, friendly, and welcoming. MKT has made its way to my "favorite places of all time" list - we'll be back as soon as can!” – Kaitlin, MKT: Grafton Guest