Manchester Restaurant Achieves 2015 Award of Excellence
It has been said that you can fulfill any dream with enough determination and heart. Chef Ed Saint Onge, owner and executive chef of Raven’s Den Steakhouse and Taproom in Manchester Center, has both heart and determination, especially when it comes to food and wine.
Despite having been open less than eight months, Raven’s Den has achieved the distinguished Award of Excellence 2015 from Wine Spectator, as published in the August 31 edition of the magazine. Further, Wine Spectator designates this new local restaurant as featuring inexpensive wine pricing.
As a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry and winner of the Vermont Chef-of-the-Year award from ACF, Saint Onge is proud of this achievement and says that he prices wines affordably because he wants wine
“to be accessible for patrons to enjoy with their meal, rather than have it sit on the shelf”.
Wine Spectator is a well-known resource for wine lovers and is widely accepted by wine connoisseurs everywhere. To qualify for the award, those on the list must present complete,
accurate wine information and must include vintages, appellations and wines available by the glass. It must also offer a well-
chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both
pricing and style. Typically, these lists offer a minimum of 90 selections. Plus, the overall appearance of the list is taken into consideration. In addition to bottled wines, Raven’s Den offers six wines on tap from their state-of-the-art wine dispensing system, which adds to the value selections.