Summertime Cafe at Bennington Museum

Saturdays: R&D ISLAND TASTE

June 5 to September 4,
noon to 3pm

Back by popular demand, R&D Island Taste will be serving delicious Jamaican cuisine from the Museum courtyard once more this summer.

Prepared dishes may be purchased a la carte for walk-up visitors at the Museum and may be paid for with cash or Venmo.

“It is very special for us to be able to share a little bit of the culture we grew up with. And people seem to really enjoy it!” ~ Rachel Hnam

Sundays: CORNER OF INDIA

June 13 to September 5,
11am to 3pm

We are pleased to welcome veteran Bennington-based home chef, Shanta Ghosh to serve her authentic Indian cuisine from the Museum courtyard on Sundays through the summer.

Order in person, or call or email in advance to have your order ready to be picked up. Cash only please.

Shanta grew up village cooking with her large household in Nayabasat, India, preparing large meals for visitors, farm workers, and family. Even though they were cooking for many, it always felt like a home cooked meal and the hard work paid off with the simple pleasure of seeing people full and happy. What first began as a necessity evolved into something more.

Shanta brought her love of cooking with her to Bennington, VT where she’s prepared many delicious meals with family and friends. Eventually she decided it was time to share her Corner of India with everybody. If you’ve ever had one of her flavorful dishes, you’ll very quickly agree it’s a passion worth sharing. Since then, she’s catered for large clients including The Vermont Arts Exchange, Powers Market as well as a host of private affairs. When asked why she loves cooking so much, she shared, “It’s fun and it feels like I’m doing something good. I love offering food that not everyone has the opportunity to have, it’s nice to see someone happy with such a simple thing.”