Slow Food Metro North has chosen to honor Tarry Lodge, Westport, owned by the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, an industry leader in sustainability, for their support of the local foodshed. Tarry Lodge sources local ingredients to be spotlighted on their seasonal menus and is committed to sustainability initiatives ranging from a no bottled water policy to a food composting program.
The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held it’s twelfth Product Awards Competition on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. One hundred eighty-four specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 35 categories, with hopes of receiving the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2013.
The Good Food Award finalists for 2013 have just been announced and Winding Drive’s Wild Elderberry Jelly has been selected as one of 19 finalist in the Preserves category. Winding Drive, based in Woodbury, CT, is a vendor at the now year-round Westport Farmers’ Market and I was intrigued when I saw this native fruit in their lineup over the summer. I love the notes of currant and Concord grape in this jelly and how the clean fruit flavors predominate thanks to a restrained hand with the sugar.
There were great expectations for Chef Brian Lewis’ restaurant, Elm, when it opened in March of this year in New Canaan. Those of us who find occasion to dine there will agree that they’ve raised the bar to the level of NYC, minus the sides of attitude and pretense. The space is modern and comfortable, service professional and warm, and food always a rewarding gastronomic adventure. Chef Lewis works magic with vegetables, many of which are sourced from Millstone Farm in Wilton where his staff works in return for organic produce. So it comes as no surprise that Esquire Magazine has named Elm one of the Top New Restaurants of 2012. This well-deserved accolade is bestowed on only 20 restaurant, so we congratulate Chef Lewis and his team on this affirmation of their top-quality work.
Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey in Wilton has been selected this month as one of the finalists for Martha Stewart Presents American Made from nearly 2,000 nominees. And with your support, Marina can win!! Marina’s a pioneer in the artisan honey movement and her single nectar source honeys (think blueberry and pumpkin blossom) are coveted by chefs and discerning consumer alike.
If you’re a fan of The Chew, tune in on Monday, September 17, 2012 to see what the crew brought back from a recent visit to her apiary.
The timing of the opening of this boutique specializing in single varietal, single origin extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) from around the world is brilliant. At Olivette, you taste before you buy.
Co-owner and General Manager Alina Lawrence said “This is a tasting room. You’re not going to go home and find out you didn’t like what you bought.” Gleaming stainless steel olive oil drums (fusti) line the walls and counters, each labeled in detail to provide tasters with complete product transparency, something unheard of in supermarket olive oil.
The fourth Annual Green Coast Award winners were announced Wednesday, November 16, at the fourth Annual Fairfield County Green Faire at Grand Restaurant and Lounge in Stamford, Connecticut. Fairfield Green Food Guide is proud to be named a 2011 Green … Read more
DINE WITH DESIGN A Culinary Experience to Benefit The Philip Johnson Glass House Saturday, June 11th, 12-3 pm NEW CANAAN, Conn. (Thursday, May 5, 2011) – The Philip Johnson Glass House, in association with Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s … Read more
New Haven schools Director of Food Services Chef Tim Cipriano is featured this week on the White House’s “Champions of Change” website in recognition of his successful effort to introduce healthy and locally produced food into city schools. Chef Tim … Read more
Congratulations to all the specialty food producers who placed in this year’s competition. I was glad to see that a few of my top picks from the judging won awards. Hors d’Oeuvre: Can’t Beet It, LLC, South Windsor, CT won … Read more