Our Story

Paris Rinder-Goddard (son of Dale Goddard-one of the founders of Fire & Ice) continues the tradition of Fire & Ice. We believe in serving the absolute best food, local and regional when possible. We believe in serving this food in the cleanest, most beautiful setting we can. We believe in providing the best service to you, from 50th anniversaries to celebrating the softball win in our pub. We guarantee our food & service, and want to make every visit perfect.

Fire & Ice was founded by an architect, a cookbook author, a bartender and a waitress in 1974. The name comes from the work of a local poet, Robert Frost. The words seem to inspire the fire for cooking and the ice for drink mixing that goes on here. Over almost four decades now Fire & Ice has grown through many renovations to become a landmark dinner house and museum, that happens to serve great food & drink. 

Dale & Cindy Goddard (2001 VLRA Restaurateurs of the year) have retired after many years of hard work, however their mark on Middlebury's landmark dinnerhouse will live on forever. Dale & Cindy have gone fishing...

Our casually elegant and fun atmosphere includes an original 1921 Hackercraft motorboat, WWI wooden airplane propellers and nearly 1000 black and white photos (many from our family, many more gifts from our guests). We also have original paintings, antique wooden skis, snow shoes, tennis rackets and our library is filled with beautiful old books. Fishing and boating are our family traditions - look for fly rods, canoes, mounted fish, oars, paddles and, of course, photos of the ones we let get away!

We believe that a restaurant is primarily measured by its staff and its patrons. In theses two areas we are blessed with the best. Many of you reading this story have been coming since the mid-70’s. We applaud you - you make us what we are and keep us going. Please enjoy your visit, come back often and bring your friends to share our special restaurant. You will always be welcome here.

Paris & Staff thank you for your many years of patronage, and look forward to many more.  

Sincerely,

Paris, Dale, Cindy & the Fire & Ice Team!