Vaudeville Bistro OCT 02 2014
The Texas Hill Country has experienced an influx of talented young chefs who have been lured to the scenic area by both the rising bar of culinary awareness and availability of local fresh, all-natural foods, and well, the scenery. Jordan Muraglia, a Denver, Colorado native, is one of those chefs. His family acquired a ranch outside of Fredericksburg and Jordan couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be in close proximity to such a plethora of all-natural agricultural products. So he and his partner, Richard Boprae, moved to Fredericksburg and opened their own home accessory/design center/art gallery/bistro on Fredericksburg’s bustling Main Street on Mother’s Day of 2012. They named it Vaudeville, and it was an instant success.
A great quote on the venue’s website describes it perfectly: “Vaudeville is a multi-faceted venture which encourages a lifestyle that respects tradition while promoting a current perspective.”
Housed in one of Fredericksburg’s most charming historic buildings, replete with a lovely, landscaped courtyard and second floor veranda overlooking Main Street, Vaudeville is a lavishly designed space offering the best of life’s sensuous pleasures. The street level showroom features exquisite lines of unique home furnishings, accessories, personal care products, jewelry, and a thoughtfully selected array of books. The street level patio courtyard features an outdoor bar, inside bar, and a dining area used for the bistro’s private, special, and themed events and specialty dinners. The second floor houses fabulous objects d’art displayed in a serene, casual setting.
Downstairs, the Vaudeville Bistro serves a light breakfast of various pastries, great coffee, drinks and lunch. The bistro kitchen prepares all items from scratch, even the charcuterie. Meats are sourced locally and much of the produce and fresh herbs come from the bistro’s extensive gardens. The menu changes often and features a daily special hot entrée with perfectly paired sides. The regular lunch menu offers a selection of main course salads, truly out-of-the-box sandwiches (like a Reuben sandwich crafted from house-cured, paper thin-sliced venison with Brussels sprout slaw topper with housemade mustard), cheese and charcuterie boards and other small bites, plus sinfully delicious house made desserts. Select a beverage from a selection of fine teas, wines and beers. There is a pastry counter where you can view the mouthwatering creations and grab a few to take along. Be sure to browse the selection of very hard-to-find specialty food items (like imported olive oils, truffle oil, handmade pastas, saffron threads, kitchen gadgets, glassware and more.) The bistro level also features a wine shop with a selection of wines from around the world. And you won’t find a one of them at your local grocery store!
Intermission is from 4-6 pm daily, where you can take a respite from afternoon shopping, sip a glass of wine, and choose from a selection of charcuterie and cheese items in the bistro, or on the street level front porch for people watching.
On Friday and Saturday nights it’s After Hours time down in the bistro or on the patio area, depending on the weather, offering a grand selection of pizzas and other tapas-style plates, plus a selection of wines and beers – and the showroom is open for shopping. The Monday Night Supper Club (no membership required) is a popular event offering a highly innovative three-course menu which changes weekly. Paired wine selections are available for each course, if you wish to experience a full, carefully selected dining affair. Sunday Brunch (by reservation only) features an adventurous menu of offerings ranging from fabulous fried chicken to upscale dishes.
Sign up for Vaudeville’s newsletter to stay informed of the many special events they host – 4th of July extravaganza parties and parade viewing from the second floor veranda, Kentucky Derby Day where Bloody Mary’s and Mint Juleps flow before a fabulous pre-race dinner, and many more. 230 East Main Street. (830) 992-8234 .www.vaudeville-living.com. Closed on Tuesday.
By Terry Thompson-Anderson
Chef, Cookbook Author, Culinary/Wine Consultant