Sunday, October 16, 2016

The 6th Annual Greenwich Wine and Food Festival

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The  Greenwich Wine + Food Festival keeps getting better!

I don't know about you, but when August arrives, I get a little sad. It means the end of the summer is coming and fall is just around the corner. As much as I love Connecticut's changing seasons, and the fall colors ARE beautiful, it means that the dreaded winter and frigid temperature are coming.

BUT.... what gets me through to September is that the GREENWICH 2016 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL is back!

Photo Courtesy Inside Out Photo Booth 
and sponsor Shreve Crump, and Low

This year the cowboy and I traveled back up to one of our FAVORITE Connecticut Events, the Greenwich Wine and Food Fest! It just so happened that this beautiful sunny Saturday proved to be one of the last really warm weekends of the year promising to be in the the mid to upper 70's. So off we headed - up to Greenwich Connecticut to partake in some great food and drink on the Grand Tasting Day!

Although there's more to the Festival than just the Grand Tasting Day and Tent, it's my favorite part of the festival. If you're not familiar with this Greenwich festival it's a multi-day event that includes specialty tasting dinners and sampling events in the days leading up to the Festival. AND the best thing of all is the entire affair benefits The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing healing to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses, as well as The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation and Wholesome Wave Organization.  

Here are some of the sights, products, demos, and flavors we sampled under the big top Grand Tasting Tent - and some of the celebrity sightings we made. The best thing about this festival is you can get up close and personal with the demonstrating chefs and most are more than happy to pose for a picture with you. 

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival: Food Tastings

There are so many great restaurants and food products under the big top that it's hard to feature all of them, so here are just a few of those appearing. Of those in attendance, most are from Fairfield County and surrounding areas in New York.

Apple Salad from B Good

Brown Dog Fancy Mustard

Fjord Fish Market Ceviche 

DeCiccio  & Sons Cannolis

Jalapeno Jam by Fourth Creek

Tuna by Little Pub

Beverages, Wine and Spirits at Greenwich Wine and Food Fest

There's more than wine at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, there's beer, spirit and more! From Bloody Mary's to Margaritas, to all sorts of mixers and mixes, and coffee too!

Shearwater Coffee Roasters

The cowboy enjoying some Stella Artois

More at Greenwich Wine + Food Fest

There are also some pretty neat products found at the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival! 

Luxury Products from the Delamar Greenwich Spa

Bottle Openers and Cork Screws from M & W Coastal

Totes from Seabags Maine

Celebrity Sightings at the Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

In addition to the local celebrity chefs at the Festival, there are some pretty well know television chefs too!

Adam Richman

Emma Frisch, Nicole Gaffney, and Alex Guarnaschelli

Marcus Samuelsson

Greenwich Wine + Food Fest Competitions

In addition to the great food, wine and entertainment, the festival hosts several competitions!

Burger Battle 

Photo Courtesy Serendipity Social

  • Cask Republic won the Judges Choice.
  • Bareburger won the People’s Choice vote.

Top Bartender Showdown:

Photo Courtesy Serendipity Social
  • Eastend won the Judges Choice.

The Ultimate Sandwich Takedown


  • Judy’s Bar + Kitchen won the Judges Choice.

Entertainment for the evening was 
Ziggy Marley and Old Crow Medicine Show!

Photo Courtesy Serendipity Social

Photo Courtesy Serendipity Social

We can't wait to see what Serendipity Social has in store for us next year for the 7th Annual Greenwich Wine and Food Festival!

Hope to see you there!

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The festival is presented by Serendipity magazine, along with Pure Leaf, PepsiCo, Citi®, Empire City Casino, and Stamford Lincoln.  Other official sponsors include Coldwell Banker Preview International, Cabot, Stamford Tent, Barbara Zaccagnini, Whole Foods, Westy Self Storage, Rudy’s Executive Transportation, Dacor, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, Granoff Architects, Shearwater Organic Coffee and Wusthof.  

Disclaimer: We were invited to attend the Festival by members of the event's management and marketing team, however all opinions are our own.

© Home Place 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Art of Wine and Food at New Britain Museum of American Art


Here's your chance to dine on some of the most delectable dishes paired with sought-after wine and spirits at the New Britain Museum of American Art during their 13th Annual Art of Wine & Food on Thursday, October 13, starting at 6 p.m.

Support the Museum’s exhibitions, creative community events, and educational programming for children and families while enjoying local, carefully crafted dishes and wines in a remarkable setting. 

Guests can enjoy a broad palette of fine foods, such as chocolate cake with cinnamon mascarpone from Millwrights Restaurant, yuzu-infused watermelon, duck confit, and Dungeness crab from Foxwoods Resort Casino, New York quail egg with duck chorizo hollandaise from La Belle Farms, and much more. Each dish will have a carefully suggested wine or liquor pairing to create a unique yet wedded flavor.

Appearing will be delicious bites from

  • B Restaurants, 
  • La Belle Farms, 
  • Belvedere Café and Restaurant, 
  • Blue Plate Kitchen, 
  • Carbone’s Kitchen, 
  • Confetti Restaurant and Artisan Caterers, 
  • Cook and the Bear, 
  • Cure Restaurant, 
  • David Alan Hospitality Group, 
  • Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar, 
  • First and Last Tavern, 
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino and Cake by Franck, 
  • Grants Restaurant and Bar, 
  • Grass Roots Creamery, 
  • Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, 
  • INDIA, 
  • Millwrights Restaurant, 
  • Rooster Company, 
  • Seasonal Sweets and Catering, 
  • Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, 
  • Tisane Euro-Asian Café, 
  • Toshi Izakaya Japanese Restaurant, 
  • Vermont Creamery.

 Check out for menu items, wineries, distilleries, and our sponsors. 

This year the organization will feature New York-based photographer Deborah Feingold who has worked with the most iconic public figures and musical legends of the 20th–21st century for publications ranging from Rolling Stone to The New York Times to novels and album covers. Feingold will be signing Music, her first published photo anthology, which captures the distinct personalities of renowned musicians of the past four decades, including Madonna, Keith Richards, Prince, Mick Jagger, and many more.

Regular tickets are $150 per Member and $175 per non-Member; patron tickets are $300 per Member and $350 per non-Member. Patron ticket holders are invited to an exclusive Grand Cru tasting. All tickets are tax deductible less $75. To purchase tickets, visit and click on “Buy Tickets.” Interested participants can also contact Joe Sylvester, Development Assistant, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 230 or at

This event is generously supported by Stanley Black & Decker, WFSB Eyewitness News, SEI, Downes Construction, Hartford HealthCare and Hospital of Central Connecticut, Hoffman Auto Group, Emcor Services, Starling Physicians, and Hartford Magazine.

Event Director Vicky Cirilli of Cirilli Associates is lining up a stellar list of participating restaurants and world class wines so you can be sure this event will be a hit!

New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052


About the New Britain Museum of American Art

The New Britain Museum of American Art is the first institution dedicated solely to acquiring American art. Spanning four centuries of American history, the Museum’s permanent collection is renowned for its strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, the Ash Can School, as well as the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton. The singular focus on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievement, realized through the Museum’s extensive permanent collection, exhibitions, and educational programming, make the New Britain Museum of American Art a significant resource for a broad and diverse public.

Contact: Melissa Nardiello, New Britain Museum of American Art, (860) 229-0257, ext. 219,

SOURCE: New Britain Museum of American Art

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New London Food Stroll is Back on October 12 2016

Annual Fall Food Stroll in Downtown New London

Get ready New London - because the streets of downtown will soon be filled with strollers celebrating New London's very best in food and music.

WHO: New London Main Street and Citizens Bank with support from sponsors City of New London, The Day, Garde Arts Center and Dime Bank. Premiere local talent will perform along the stroll route.

WHAT: New London Main Street continues its most popular tradition of celebrating New London's Historic Waterfront District at its Annual Fall Food Stroll

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12th from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Participants experience a vibrant downtown New London filled with people, music, good cheer and welcoming businesses.

Using an advanced purchased button as your ticket to taste, stroll through dozens of different restaurants, shops and arts and cultural institutions in downtown New London, tasting bite-size samples of dishes or drinks that range from seafood to sweets, organic to ethnic and everything in between. Participating venues are expected to include: 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza, Bangkok City, Bulkeley House Saloon, Carmelo's Italian Cafe, Caruso's Music, Cathedral Etchings, Chaplin's and Friends Bistro (*NEW), Copperwood Grill, Daddy Jack's, The Drunken Palette, East Coast Catering at the Atrium Café, Edible Arrangements, the Eyeglass Lass, Fiddleheads Food Co-op, Flavours of Life - The Fair Trade Store, The Flava of Jamaica, Garde Arts Center, The Hispanic Alliance, Homeward Bound Treasures, Jasmine Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Le Gout Caterers at Liberty Bank, Mambo Bar & Restaurant, Muddy Waters Café, New London Antique Center, Northern Light Gems, The Oasis Pub, Octane (*NEW), Po Chi Lam Clinic, The Old Roadhouse, Refresh Organic Day Spa, The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant, Studio 33 Custom Framing and Art Gallery, State Street Saloon, The Steaming Kettle, Tony D's, Washington Street Coffee House, Wings 'N Pies and more.

JUDGING: Food served will be judged in a lighthearted competition. Awards of Excellence will be awarded to participating restaurants in the areas of Most Creative, Best Dessert, Best Seafood, Best Vegetarian, and Fan Favorite based on the dishes appearance, texture and taste. Judges include: Elissa Bass (former breaking news editor at The Day and currently CEO of, Bob Forcier (Department Chair of Hospitality and Tourism at Mitchell College), Chef Thomas Johnson (Culinary Program Manager at New London High School), Chef David Perkins (Chef Manager at Connecticut College), and Patty Startz (Business Banking Officer for Citizens Bank) who will be deciding the event's Fan Favorite dish.

Vote for your Fan Favorite on social media with #NLFoodStroll.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Advantagers, Clan O'Cleary Band at Captain's Pizza, FrankenPhil, Hart Strings Duo, Kevin Wade, No Mind, Performers from Common Ground Open Mic, Roxy 100.9 FM, Q105, Tim Quinn, WCNI, face painting by Advai-Doodlez, a social media booth and more.

WHERE: On the day of the event the Stroll's headquarters are at Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London from 10:00 a.m. A map containing stroll and entertainment locations will be available there and at

Special $2 parking from 4:30–9:30 p.m. at Water Street Garage, 161 Water Street (across from train station) with your food stroll button.

Tickets are available until they sell out at Harris Place, 165 State Street or at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street.

Winners of the food judging contest will be announced at 9:00 p.m. at Harris Place, 165 State Street, and judges will travel to each winning venue to announce their award immediately following the announcement.

Tickets are available online at

Sunday, October 2, 2016

ChowdaFest 2016 Results

ChowdaFest 2016 Results are in!

Congratulations to everyone who participated - each and every chowder was fabulous!

The votes have been tabulated - and there can be only three winners in each category.  Here they are:

ChowdaFest CT Best New England Clam Chowder

The best of the traditional New England Chowders!

  1. First Place to Pike Place Chowder who successfully defended their title as best New England clam chowder.
  2. Finishing second was 250 Market from Portsmouth NH
  3. Take Five Cookery in third.

ChowdaFest CT Best Creative Chowder

Who used the most creative ingredients!

  1. First Place goes to  Our House Bistro from Winooski VT who also defended their 2015 title for best creative chowder. 
  2. Newcomers Gaffneys, champions from Saratoga Springs NY finished in a strong second place.
  3. Smithsonian Cafe and Chowder House from Massachusetts finished third preventing any CT restaurant from the podium in this category.

ChowdaFest CT Best Traditional Chowder

CT restaurants took all three top spots in the Traditional category!

  1. First Place goes to The Clam Castle of Madison taking the top spot with their Rhode Island clam chowder. 
  2. Defending champ, Dunvilles Restaurant was the second runner up their Manhattan clam chowder
  3. A third place TIE between Chef's Table of Fairfield with their Rhode Island clam chowder and Parallel Post with their Gluten Free Manhattan Clam Chowder!

ChowdaFest CT Soup and Bisque Category

CT also took all top spots in the soup and bisque category.

  1. First Place goes to Crab Shell Restaurant of Stamford who after a two year hiatus, secured their place in Chowdafest lore by winning with their lobster bisque! 
  2. Old Post Tavern had their best finish ever, finishing 2nd with their truffle mushroom bisque. 
  3. Sam's American Bistro rounded out the top three with a spiced chocolate bisque!

Special thanks to all the volunteers who make this event a success! Starting with the big ChowdaHead himself, Jim Keenan ...

Artist Wendy Marciano who designed this year's award plaques, 

... the many volunteers who turn out, and the student organizations from Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University!

This event wouldn't be possible without each and everyone of them!

And a huge thank you 
to the many sponsors of ChowdaFest Connecticut!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

New Haven Barbecue at Bull and Swine

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Barbecue comes to New Haven at Bull & Swine on State Street!

Bull & Swine, a recently opened barbecue establishment on State Street in New Haven, does a great job of combining the major styles of BBQ into one central East Coast location! Merging the more traditional Carolina and Memphis styles that focus on pork, and Kansas City and Texas style which emphasize beef as well as poultry, owners Al Greenwood and Craig Hotchkiss have a winning combination in this homey and comfortable restaurant.

We received an invite to drop in and sample some of this New Haven's eatery's specialties a few weeks back and here are some of our favorites.

Bull & Swine Cocktails:

I just loved all the cocktails we sampled! Bull & Swine offers all sorts of specialties from gin to tequila - to vodka - to bourbons and whiskeys. The cocktails we ordered were from their specialty "nitro" menu and most were served in over-sized mason jars - each packing plenty of kick!

Bull & Swine
Specialty Nitro Cocktails

Like tequila? Me too! I especially love the smokey flavor of a good tequila. That's why 'hands down' my favorite cocktail of the night was the Smoked Watermelon Fresca made with Corralejo Silver, Xicaru Mezcal, a bit of watermelon, mint, and a splash of tonic.

Another favorite, True Blood, made with Boodles Gin, Raspberry Liqueur, Triple Sec, Lime Juice and Ginger Ale.

True Blood
Nitro Cocktail

Bull & Swine Appetizers

For appetizers we jumped in and ordered a bit of everything - from deviled eggs to grilled corn on the cob!

Here are some of our favorites!

Deviled Egg
Smoked Deviled Eggs with Chives, Dusted with BBQ Rub
Garnished with Okra

Fried Pickles &
Fried Okra
Served with a Creamy Chipolte Dip

The Sweet Heat Bacon (pictured below) was another favorite - but be prepared for the after heat! It's the perfect combo of hot and sweet made with a delicious habañero honey topping.

Pictured clockwise from top right
Fried Okra & Pickles, Deviled Eggs,
Elotes (Corn on the Cob with Sweet Pepper Butter),
Cajun Fries, Sweet Heat Bacon

Entrees and Sides

Time for the dinner! We tried everything from meatloaf, to sausage, to chicken, to brisket.

And for sides, everything from collard greens to potato salad. There's truly something for everyone at Bull & Swine - and most entrees come in half and whole portions. Perfect for when you're REALLY HUNGRY! Or for when you just want that perfectly paired portion.

Favorite sides? The Mac & Cheese and the Grits! Oh, the GRITS, yup, they were pretty dad-gumb good for being cooked this side of the Mason-Dixon Line. They were creamy, cheesy, and cooked perfectly!

Clockwise, from top right
Mac & Cheese, Grits, Corn Bread, Dill Potato Salad
Cole Slaw, Sweet Potato Mash
Center, Collard Greens

The Island Chicken, incredibly moist, jerk marinated, smoked, and then buttermilk fried to retain all that amazing flavor.

But, oh, the BRISKET! Flavorful, moist, and delicious. In spite of the array of tempting table top sauces, I ate this just as Chef Paul Cordero prepared it - with its wonderful crispy and tasty rub sans sauce. No need to slather that baby with anything!


Dessert at Bull & Swine

For dessert we went with what I called the "Holy Trinity" ! A Peach Pie, a Sweet Potato Fluff, and a pretty decent Apple Pie Crisp.

Peach Pie
Sweet Potato Fluff
Apple Pie Crisp

If you are looking for some homey barbecue in the New Haven area - stop by Bull & Swine and get that brisket! And grits. And those fried pickles!! Yum! Can't wait to go back for more!

Bull & Swine

969 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Disclaimer: We were invited to this sampling as guests of Bull & Swine's management, however, all opinions are our own.

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