Thursday, April 16, 2015

Greenwich Wine and Food Festival 2015 Returns September 24-26



SAVE THE DATE!  



FIFTH ANNUAL GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS SEPTEMBER 24-26

Three-Day Event to Benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation

Platinum Selling Country Group Little Big Town to
Headline Saturday’s Event

More than 200 Participating Restaurants and Vendors

Ticket Sales Now Open

The fifth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity magazine (www.greenwichwineandfood.com) and benefits Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation, will be taking place Thursday, September 24– Saturday, September 26 at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Conn.  

The festival will feature a Dinner Under the Stars on Thursday, September 24, the Most Innovative Chefs Gala on Friday, September 25 and the Culinary Village, featuring Little Big Town’s performance, on Saturday, September 26.

“Our fifth year is positioned to be our best year yet, celebrating food, community, charity, culture and music,” said Suni Unger, Founder & CEO of Unger Publishing, the publisher of Serendipity magazine.  “I couldn’t be more excited to already have over 100 local restaurants and vendors committed to this year’s event, a new Thursday evening kick-off event, and Grammy and Country Music Award winner’s Little Big Town closing out the weekend with an amazing performance!”

The official weekend kickoff on Thursday evening brings the first Dinner Under the Stars to the festival. This intimate event will accommodate 60 guests to enjoy a five-course dinner, accompanied by awarded select wines.  More details on this event will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Most Innovative Chefs Gala on Friday evening will feature the 2015 Most Innovative Chef winners from restaurants across Fairfield and Westchester Counties serving an incredible tasting menu (honorees to be announced). The evening will also include elite wines, premium liquor, an exclusive auction and a live musical performance (TBA).

On Saturday, the Culinary Village, the center of the entire GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, will offer tastings and demonstrations from more than two hundred food, wine, spirits and product vendors. Culinary demonstration tents and stages will house cooking presentations by celebrity chefs and local talent. Guests will also enjoy sommelier presentations, celebrity chef book signings, the fourth annual Burger Battle, the second annual Top Bartender’s Showdown, Barbecue & Bluegrass, and a live musical performance by Little Big Town.  A special ticketed event, Saturday on Stage Dinner, will give 100 guests the chance to enjoy the headliner performance on an elevated stage while enjoying a special dinner (chef TBA), premium liquor, wine and beer.  In addition, VIP ticket holders will enjoy a VIP Big Easy Dinner, celebrating the culinary, musical and festive atmosphere of New Orleans.  This tented event will feature a traditional Louisiana jazz marching band, the Festival’s Ambassador Chefs serving up signature small plates with a New Orleans Twist, premium liquor, wines and beer, and a private, early-evening concert with the world-renowned band Funky Meters, comprised of Art Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr. and Russell Batiste Jr.  VIP ticketholders will also enjoy a premium viewing area for Little Big Town’s performance.

Visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com for more information and updates about the event schedule, participating celebrity and local chefs, musical talent and more. Ticket sales are now open (with the exception of the Thursday evening event) and are available through www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203.588.1363.  The event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichwinefoodFestival, will be announcing restaurant participants and schedule updates, as available.

The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted.  Animals are also not permitted.

GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL

The GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL is a three-day event that 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. The festival is hosted by Serendipity magazine, in conjunction with other event sponsors.

Monday, April 13, 2015

New London CT Annual Spring Food Stroll 2015

New London Main Street Presents Annual Spring Food Stroll

 
DOWNTOWN NEW LONDON'S ANNUAL SPRING FOOD STROLL
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Streets of downtown filled with strollers celebrating New London's best food with music.

WHO: New London Main Street with support from Presenting Sponsor Dime Bank, City of New London, The Day, Legrand and Garde Arts Center. 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 Spring Food Stroll on Wednesday, May 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. www.newlondonmainstreet.org. Participants experience 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, 
  • Bankok City, 
  • Berry's Ice Cream & Candy Bar, 
  • Blissworks Yoga, 
  • Bulkeley House Saloon, 
  • Carmelo's Bean & Leaf (*NEW), 
  • Copperwood Grill, 
  • Custom House Maritime Museum, 
  • Daddy Jack's (*NEW!)
  • Dev's on Bank, 
  • The Drunken Palette, 
  • Edible Arrangements, 
  • the Eyeglass Lass, 
  • Fiddleheads Food Co-op, 
  • Flavours of Life - The Fair Trade Store, 
  • Flava of Jamaica (*NEW)
  • Garde Arts Center, 
  • Hanafin's Public House, 
  • The Hispanic Alliance at Provenance Art Gallery, 
  • Hive Skate Shop, 
  • In 'N' Out Caribbean Cuisine, 
  • Jasmine Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 
  • Mambo Bar & Restaurant, 
  • MS 17 Art Project, 
  • Muddy Waters Café, 
  • Nathan Hale School House featuring Charter Oak Brewery, 
  • Northern Indian Restaurant, 
  • Northern Light Gems, 
  • The Oasis Pub, 
  •  The Old Roadhouse,  
  • Refresh Organic Day Spa, 
  • Sarge's Comics, 
  • The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant
  • Shaw Mansion, 
  • State Street Saloon, 
  • The Steaming Kettle, 
  • Studio 33 Custom Framing and Art Gallery, 
  • Thames Club, 
  • Thames River Winery, 
  • Tony D's, 
  • Washington Street Coffee House, 
  • Visual Arts Library, 
  • Wings 'N Pies, 
  • Zaria & Bella's Gift Shop (*NEW) 
  • and more.


TASTING COMPETITION: Food served will be judged in a lighthearted competition, and judges include Timothy Grills, Director of Nutrition Services, TVCCA; Jill Blanchette, Production Editor, The Day; Joan Gordon, Restaurant Reviewer, the Norwich Bulletin, and Peter Lehmuller, Ed.D. Dean, College of Culinary Arts
Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence, Johnson & Wales.
 
By analyzing taste, texture and appearance, judges will determine 
Most Creative, 
Best Dessert, 
Best Seafood taste, 
Best Vegetarian taste, 
Best All Around Taste 
Fan Favorite (decided by votes on Instagram).
 
ENTERTAINMENT: Christian Brunelle, Heartstrings Duo, CBYD, The ISAAC School "8th Notes," Noah Feldman, Jerome King, Tim Larson, Ron Lynch, Teresa McShane, Philip Oesau, Roxy 100.1 FM, Q105, Tim Quinn, WCNI and many more talented musicians. 

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 www.newlondonmainstreet.org.

TICKETS: are $30 in advance ($25 for military, students and groups) in advance and $35 on the day or (if available) and are on sale now at the following locations:
  • www.newlondonmainstreet.org, all day every day
  • The Garde Arts Center box office, 325 State Street, M-F 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • New London Main Street, 147 State Street, Suite B, M-F 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    860-444-2489.

    **Tickets purchased online can be picked up on the day of the stroll from 10:00 a.m. at Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London.

Tickets are available on the day of beginning at 10:00 a.m. until they sell out at Harris Place, 165 State Street or at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street.

Winners of the tasting 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.

WHEN: May 13, 2015, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; contest winners announced at 9:00 p.m.

New London Main Street is committed to the ongoing revitalization of New London's Historic Waterfront District. The goal of Main Street is to build community through activities and programs that enrich the cultural fabric, preserve and enhance historic streetscapes and support and expand the economic base of the city center. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Visit Miami and Shop the City by Conrad


Any Connecticut Snowbirds heading to Florida for April and May?

Here's a good reason to stay at the Conrad Hotel! It's called Shop the City by Conrad

What is it? It's a  Luxury Shopping Experience available only through the Conrad Miami!

Conrad Miami announced the launch of Shop the City by Conrad, a guest package providing extraordinary VIP shopping experiences. Conrad Hotels & Resorts understands that its guests are looking for a unique stay in the cities they visit, and Shop the City by Conrad provides a customizable shopping experience complete with local boutiques and sightseeing.
 
Photo of "Shop the City by Conrad" provided by The Conroy Martinez Group


Beginning April 1 through May 21, Conrad Miami will serve as the backdrop for the Shop the City by Conrad experience.

Guests will delight in this bespoke shopping experience, which includes a 2-night stay in the hotel’s Deluxe City View or Premium View Rooms, breakfast-for-two each morning with Miami’s famous Cuban coffee before embarking on a full day of shopping at the city’s chicest boutiques - all from the comfort of their own chauffeured vehicle. 

 
Conrad Miami has teamed up with some of the most exclusive retail brands in the city including Burberry in Miami’s Design District, Saint Laurent at Bal Harbour Shops, Tourneau in the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, and The Webster – a locally inspired multi-brand boutique on Miami Beach.

The hotel’s knowledgeable concierge is happy to offer personalized recommendations for cultural destinations based on the guests’ preferences.
 
Photo provided by The Conroy Martinez Group


“Miami is known worldwide for its shopping, and Conrad Miami is perfectly located near all the best shopping hot spots in the city,” said Stephane Mercier, general manager, Conrad Miami. “The Shop the City by Conrad package is part of our ongoing commitment to connect our guests with the local culture and excitement of Miami. This experience allows our guests to explore the best of what Miami has to offer from luxury shopping to beaches, great dining, and much more.”


 
Photo of the Miami Conrad courtesy of The Conroy Martinez Group


Situated in the heart of the city’s financial district and vibrant city center, Conrad Miami offers contemporary luxury with soaring views of the city and Biscayne Bay.

Guests will enjoy the rooftop poolside oasis, gourmet dining at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Atrio, the newly renovated rooftop tennis courts, and the personalized service for a warm weather getaway.


 
In addition to Conrad Miami, the brand will offer limited-time Shop the City by Conrad stays in select cities throughout 2015, including: Conrad Dubai, Conrad Istanbul, Conrad Tokyo, Conrad Beijing, Conrad Hong Kong, and Conrad New York.
 
The Shop the City by Conrad package for Conrad Miami starts at $405 per night for a two-night minimum.

For more information on Shop the City by Conrad and details on participating properties and retailers, please visit shopthecitybyconrad.com.

For more information about Conrad Hotels & Resorts please visit www.conradhotels.com or http://news.conradhotels.com.

 
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About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
 
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers, for whom life, business, and pleasure seamlessly intersect. A global luxury brand of 24 properties across five continents, Conrad connects guests to people and places around the corner or halfway around the world. Intuitive service is delivered through the Conrad Concierge mobile app that puts all hotel services and amenities at the guest’s fingertips. Conrad is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or www.conradhotels.com/offers. Learn more about this inspiring portfolio by visiting http://www.news.conradhotels.com.
                         

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Parallel Post Hosts Booksigning for Mixologist Greg Genias

PARALLEL POST TO HOST BOOK LAUNCH EVENT FOR
THE FIELD GUIDE TO DRINKING IN AMERICA ON MONDAY, APRIL 20 IN HONOR OF FEATURED BARTENDER GREG GENIAS

“This book is the puzzle piece that has long been missing from drinking in America.  A joy to read and an impressive mountain of knowledge to unearth.”
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of The Bar Book:  Elements of Cocktail Technique



Parallel Post is thrilled to host a happy hour book-signing mixer sponsored by HalfFull Brewery to celebrate the launch of The Field Guide to Drinking in America: A Traveler's Guide to State Liquor Law by Niki Ganong on April 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. As the book’s featured bartender representing the entire state of Connecticut, Parallel Post’s acclaimed Greg Genias aka Bootleg Greg will be at the event to sign books and serve up his infamous cocktail concoctions. Tickets are only available for advance purchase at $35++ per person for guests 21 & over (valid driver license must be presented upon arrival). To RSVP for this April 20 engagement, please e-mail parallelpostevents@gmail.comEvent tickets include:

· Half Full Brewery infused craft cocktail samplings prepared by Parallel Post’s leading house mixologist, Bootleg Greg
· An autographed copy of The Field Guide to Drinking in America 
· Passed hors d'oeuvres provided by Parallel Post 
· 10% off dinner discount at Parallel Post for event attendees following the event
· Take home gift courtesy of Half Full Brewery

Inspired by a relentless pursuit to understand America’s confusing liquor laws, Ganong spent the last three years researching each state’s history with alcohol as well as the current laws of the land. The result is a different type of guidebookone that keeps thirsty travelers informed about how to buy alcohol on the road. With colorful illustrations and arranged in a state-by-state regional format from east to west, THE FIELD GUIDE TO DRINKING IN AMERICA (Overcup Press, April 21, 2015, $19.99) tells the story of America through alcohol in a narrative filled with interesting people, places, conflicts, and values all connected by the thread of alcohol.

“I had a nagging curiosity about America’s history with alcohol,” said Ganong. “After Prohibition was repealed, each state and county was on its own to regulate how liquor was bought and sold, and this lead to confusion once outside the state’s borders. Alcohol is an intricate part of human culture, so I kept asking what have the people in this place historically done to make, sell or consume alcohol. Then we followed that line of thinking to modern times.”

THE FIELD GUIDE keeps thirsty travelers informed when they cross state lines and armchair travelers entertained as they consider the complexity and variety of state laws enacted since the repeal of Prohibition:

   Find out when bars make last call.
  Know how packaged liquor, beer and wine are sold in all 50 states and Washington, DC.
   Get tips from local bartenders, brewers, and distillers about drinking in each state.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Niki Ganong is a food and drink writer from Portland, Oregon. She is a frequent contributor to epicurean publications and is a frequent beer judge. The Field Guide to Drinking: A Traveler's Guide to State Liquor Law is her first book.

ABOUT PARALLEL POST:
Chef Dean James Max returns to his farm-raised roots in his latest venture, Parallel Post, at the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway. Offering a bold and flavorful menu featuring modern American cuisine with Northeastern regional flair, Parallel Post brings an unseen level of quality and creativity to the culinary landscape of Trumbull, Connecticut. The intimate, yet casual eatery uses seasonal, local ingredients prepared with contemporary, healthy techniques. The menu is comprised of a wide array of options from snacks to small plates, large entrees, and a multi-course tasting menu. Parallel Post serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and dinner daily from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Parallel Post is located at 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull, Conn. For more information please visit www.ParallelPostRestaurant.com or call 203.380.6380

ABOUT HALF FULL BREWERY:
At Half Full Brewery they're passionate about dreams. Big Dreams. Like, build a brewery big. And they know firsthand that when you’re chasing down a dream, with a glass Half Full, you can’t lose. Want to experience the dream and start thinking about yours? Visit their Stamford, CT facility and see what’s brewing. Operating hours, events, and information on where you can find our beers are available at halffullbrewery.com.  Come visit, and as always, look forward to more…


THE FIELD GUIDE TO DRINKING IN AMERICA

By Niki Ganong; Art Direction & Design by Cole Gerst/option-g
978-0983491729; April 21, 2015; Paperback; $19.99; 224 pp; 220 color illustrations, 52 maps, 52 color photos


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Elm City Market New Haven - April 2015 Tasting Events

April 2015 at Elm City Market: Grilled Cheese, Global Fare and Craft Beer Events


All are welcome to drop by the market for National Beer Day,
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, 
Soul de Cuba, Cheese 101, Earth Day, 
and a Global Food Cruise

Elm City Community Market, Inc., an employee-owned marketplace located in the heart of New Haven, Conn., today announced that it will be holding several tasting events and celebrations throughout the month of April.  At these events, patrons are invited to enjoy foods and celebrate special days throughout the month while learning about the history and preparation of several dishes from around the world. In recognition of Earth Day, the market’s sale flyer for the week of April 19-April 25 will include only all-natural, non-GMO, and organic/local items.

“This month, we’re helping our customers celebrate special days with new grilled cheese recipes on National Grilled Cheese Day and great discounts on National Beer Day and Earth Day,” said Elm City Market event organizer Alexa Apotria. “Customers will also get to taste dishes from around the world at our Global Food Cruise and this month’s Cheese 101.”   


Photo Courtesy of Elm City Market's Marketing Team


Special tasting events include:
 

  • April 3 On9 Art Music Design: On9 New Haven is a collaborative open-house evening in a neighborhood famous for innovative art, food, music and experiences. From 6 – 8 pm on the 3rd, Elm City Market will have a tasting event with uniquely shaped food displays to create a tasting experience that tempts all the senses, not just the palate. 
  • April 7 – National Beer Day!: Elm City Market’s beer department offers an amazing selection of local and regional craft beer. Customers will have the chance to meet local vendors and learn about the brewing process from 5 – 7 pm. They will also receive 10% off of the market’s most popular, best-selling beer brands (no tastings at this event due to liquor license laws)
  • April 12 – National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day: From 11 am – 2 pm, customers are invited to join Elm City Market in sampling different kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches, from Nutella Brie to spicy crunchy nacho bites. Deli and cheese items will also be available for purchase at a discounted rate. 
  • April 16 – Global Food Cruise Tasting Event: Elm City Market will host a storewide tasting event from 5:30 – 7:30 pm for patrons to explore a mix of décor, food and fun. Customers will enjoy exotic cultural samples from Spain, Italy, India and more. 
  • April 16 – Soul de Cuba @ ECM: Soul de Cuba returns to Elm City Market to stir up some culturally inspired dishes through the Cuban and African tradition of food and art. Patrons are invited to enjoy this cooking demonstration at 5:30 pm. 
  • April 22 - Cheese 101: Cheese in Paris!: At 6:30 pm, Elm City Market invites customers to learn about and taste a variety of cheeses from Paris, France. 
  • April 22 – Earth Day: From 4 – 6 pm, Elm City Market will offer samples of natural local products. Special guest Munk Pack Company will be in attendance to offer super foods that are a good source of fiber and make the perfect breakfast or snack. 
About Elm City Market
Elm City Market is an employee-owned, customer-centric marketplace located in the heart of New Haven, Conn. The market provides a large selection of fresh, sustainable and organic options, as well as day-to-day food staples and groceries, including meat and seafood, produce, bulk foods, baked goods, dairy, frozen foods, cheese, craft beers, vitamins & supplements, and body care.  The market employs over 75 full and part-time employees. Located at 777 Chapel Street, the store is open 7 days a week from Mon., through Sat., 8am to 9pm and Sun, 9am to 9pm.  Visit www.elmcitymarket.com or find the store on Facebook at ‘Elm City Market.’
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Community Plates Events Fairfield County Announces May 7th 2015 Event Date

Community Plates, the technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America, is thrilled to present their signature fundraiser, “Food for All”. The event highlights Community Plates Fairfield County’s goals for the coming year, celebrates its accomplishments, and pays gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters who share in the desire to put an end to food insecurity in our community.




Food for All, in keeping with Community Plates’ forward thinking and innovative methodology, is an event like none other in the area. The high octane evening features Fairfield County’s newest restaurants and artisans, in addition to Food for All’s popular craft cocktail bars spearheaded by creative mixologists. An added highlight this year is the Dessert Café, which will feature sweet treats and libations. Attendees will be treated to a special surprise upon their arrival by one of Community Plates’ legacy restaurants, setting the tone for a delicious and celebratory evening. Tickets can be purchased: http://communityplates.org/ffa15ffld/

Another fundraising element to be featured at Food for All is a photography exhibit where attendees have the opportunity to purchase works from some of the food industry’s most provocative food photographers. An eclectic array of photography which infuses various food elements and takes them into a more artistic direction will be on display for all to enjoy and purchase with 100% of the profits going to Community Plates.



“Community Plates has already picked up and delivered well over 5 million meals at a value of almost $9 million to food insecure people in Fairfield County. This means over 8 million pounds of food has been kept out of landfill and gone to where it’s needed most. Every bit of this food rescued has been completed by volunteers from all over our area, caught up in this food rescue revolution, powered by our GoRescue technology and our innovative hunger relief model. We’re focused on meeting the need of 110,000 people right here who struggle to know where their next meal is coming from, “ says Kevin Mullins, executive director and co-founder of Community Plates, “The Food for All 2015 fundraiser helps sustain and propel us toward our mission of bringing hunger to an end here in Fairfield County. Our current impact is twenty meals rescued and delivered for every one dollar donated! This type of impact would have been unheard of before and offers real hope for ending this senseless problem. Food for All is a lot of fun. The food and the energy in the room is amazing - and we do a lot of good in the process.”




Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Community Plates and their GoRescue application, the organization’s award-winning web and smartphone enabled interactive food rescue scheduling tool. GoRescue connects food-service organizations that gather and donate food that would otherwise be wasted; to food runners, who give of their time to pick-up and deliver food donations; to the receiving agencies that ensure donated food gets to those in need throughout the community. 

Event Details:
Thursday, May 7, 2015  6-9 PM
The Loading Dock375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902

Tickets: $75 ($60 each for groups of 6 or more) 
On the Web: http://communityplates.org/ffa15ffld/
Or direct: https://end-hunger-here.chirrpy.com/

Featured Restaurants (as of 4/1/15):
  • Abigail Kirsch
  • Aji 10 Latin Cuisine & Pisco Bar
  • Amore Cucina & Bar
  • Cafe Madrid & Tapas Bar
  • Dante's Restaurant & Bar
  • Fortina
  • Golden View Firenze
  • Greenwich Cheese Co.
  • Jax & Co.
  • K is for Cookies
  • LeRouge Chocolates
  • NEAT
  • Palmwich
  • Paloma
  • SOOSH
  • Strada 18
  • Table 104 Osteria & Bar
  • Vespa

Craft Cocktail Creations:
  • bartaco
  • The Fez
  • The Spread
  • Walrus & Carpenter


About Community Plates
Founded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away, and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families. Since launching in Fairfield County, Community Plates food runners have rescued over 5.3 million meals, saving over 8 million pounds of food from going into landfill. Community Plates currently operates in Columbus, OH; Albuquerque, NM; New Haven, CT; New Orleans, LA; and Fairfield County, CT with plans to open six to eight additional sites in 2015.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tuttorosso Tomato Inspirilize Giveaway



Spring is almost here and it's time to make room for light and delicious Italian inspired dishes featuring Tuttorosso Tomatoes and spring ingredients.


Tuttorosso is teaming up with Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized to host a "Inspiralize the Spring" Facebook promotion. 

Tuttorosso is so excited about this partnership that they want to share the wealth with Home Place Blog readers! That's right! THAT MEANS YOU!

They want to send one of our readers a Tuttorosso Sample Kit that features springtime recipes, and 28 oz cans of Tuttorosso Crushed with Basil, Tuttorosso NSA Peeled Plum and Tuttorosso Diced Tomatoes.

And I'm so happy that over here at Home Place we're even joining in the giveaway FUN with a second prize of a pair of Home Place stemless wine glasses.

Hand Painted Wine Goblets by PaintedByTheShore
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaintedbytheShore


Just enter below using the Rafflecopter below  - and happy spirilizing!

This giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only and runs 3-27-15 through 4-15-15



a Rafflecopter giveaway




Spiralizing vegetables is a great new way to eat light and healthy!


The Tuttorosso facebook promotion will run from March 25 - April 15, and gives fans a chance to win weekly prizes. The prizes from that campaign include Spiralizers (20/week), Inspiralized Book (5/week) and Aprons (250/week). There is also a grand prize package of a Spiralizer, Inspiralized Book, Apron, Picnic Basket and Kitchen Gadgets.

Just go to https://www.facebook.com/tuttorossotomato to enter!




To give you an idea of the recipes that Ali has developed with Tuttorosso, Here's the Spiralized Turnip Mushroom and Tomato Risotto.



Spiralized Turnip Mushroom and Tomato Risotto

Time to Prepare: 20
Time to Cook: 20
Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 large turnips, peeled, Blade C
16oz sliced baby Portobello mushrooms
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
1 (28oz) can Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 tablespoon finely minced flat-leaf Italian parsley, to garnish

Directions
Place the turnip noodles into a food processor and pulse until rice-like.
Place a large pot over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the onion, mushrooms, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 5 minutes or until onions turn translucent and mushrooms begin to wilt.
Add in the turnip rice and season with oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and then add in the tomatoes.
Cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until turnip rice softens and cooks to your preference. Once cooked, fold in the cheese and stir until fully combined.
Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with parsley and serve immediately.








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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary gift package of Tuttorosso tomatoes in exchange for promotion of this campaign. 
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