Chef Wiggins Back At Vance

3v Chef Wiggins returns to Vance Vineyard and Winery with a new restaurant and new offeringsFredericktown may not be on your radar as a food and wine destination, but it should be.  The town can lay claim to this coveted designation having one of the nicest wineries in the area, Vance Vineyards & Winery, as well as a culinary gem in The Lakeside Restaurant.Upon entering the grounds of Vance Vineyards & Winery you’re immediately awestruck by the main building.  It is an imposing structure that properly informs the guest that they are about to enter a serious facility.  Beyond the main, red-painted double doors, lie deep brown, wood floors supporting the tasting room and dining room that is accented by a white grand piano.  A magical view of the enormous lake and well-kept vineyard beyond draw the viewer into the visual experience.Vance Vineyards & Winery boasts nearly 20 wines available on their wine list from dry white and red, to sweet, dessert and fruit wines.  Previous vintages have been award winners including their Gold Medal “Mollie,” Grand Champion Dry Traminette, Norton, Chambourcin, “Sweetie Pie” and “Sweet Dreams” wines.5vHoused in the same grand building is The Lakeside Restaurant.  It is curated by Sullivan University culinary graduate Chef Trent Wiggins.  Trent is a local fixture, owning a popular downtown Fredericktown eatery named Johnny T’s, as well as for his involvement with pit bull rescue, his great love of the outdoors, and his obsession with early Ford Broncos.  A single quote wraps up Trent’s simple philosophy, “Food stimulates all five senses… and is legal.”The Lakeside Restaurant menu offers a full selection of appetizers, salads, entrees, sandwiches and desserts, many of which rotate seasonally and are house made.  Features like fried chicken and a pork loin sandwich with cranberry sauce as well as a “Munchkin Menu” for kids round out the delicious fare.The food and wine at Vance Vineyards & Winery pair extremely well.  The Fiery Shrimp appetizer exhibits a yin and yang of spicy and sweet that is enhanced by the light-bodied, semi-sweet Blush wine. The stuffed mushrooms taste much lighter than most and are pleasantly accented by additions of sausage and sage.  The dish paired nicely with the house recommended dry Chardonnay.   A real gem on the menu is the 12 ounce rib eye that stood up nicely to the solid structure of the Norton, Mollie and Chambourcin wines.  Vance Vineyards & Winery is a complete hospitality center presenting an indoor banquet/meeting room and a hearth room with piano bar, as well as fully featured outdoor amenities including a breathtaking veranda and covered lakeside event plaza. The facilities are available year-round for hosting weddings, meetings and special events. Vance Vineyards & Winery 1522 Madison 212 Fredericktown, MO 63645 573-783-8800 info@vancevineyards.com2v1v4v

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