Friday, May 29, 2015

Parallel Post in Trumbull CT announces their 2015 Farm to Trumbull Series

JAMES BEARD-NOMINATED CHEF DEAN JAMES MAX
ANNOUNCES 2015 “FARM-TO-TRUMBULL” DATES


Parallel Post’s 3rd Annual Interactive Dining Series Kicks-Off Thursday, June 25 Featuring an Exclusive Author Book Signing Event 
to Celebrate the Locally Anticipated Launch of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook



Parallel Post announces the return of its 3rd annual three-part culinary dining series, Farm-To-Trumbull, rolling out on Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.  Inspired by the season, the event was designed to provide an intimate experience for 30 guests led by James Beard-nominated chef Dean James Max, Executive Chef Chris Molyneux, and newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Erik Waybright. 

As part of this year’s exciting kick-off event, Parallel Post is thrilled to announce their partnership with local Connecticut-based authors Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo, who will be available for a meet and greet and book signing, to honor their official national book launch of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook. Featuring Parallel Post and Chef Dean James Max’s famous Homemade Pasta with Norman Bloom Connecticut Lobster, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is much more than a regional cookbook packed with 150 recipes from the area’s top chefs and local farmers. It's a window into the world of Connecticut’s local farm-to-table movement, brought to life through vivid farmer and chef profiles, regional lore, and stunning photographs.

For $110 per person (including tax and gratuity), guests can whet their palate with welcome cocktails sponsored by the locally-renowned Fishers Island Lemonade; sampling of small bites; a family-style dinner ripe with the season’s finest local ingredients; wine pairings presented by their resident mixologist Greg Genias aka “BootlegGreg;” an all-you-can-indulge dessert bar; and a personally autographed copy of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook. For couples seeking an exclusive dinner package including the dinner and one personally autographed copy of the cookbook, the ticket will be priced $200 per couple (including tax and gratuity).

The menus for the series - much like Parallel Post’s weekly-changing restaurant menu – focuses on localism, following the philosophy that natural and sustainable products, and responsible farming, are the key components in ingredient selection.  The menu will be inspired by the farms’ fresh offerings of the day and as such, patrons will be invited to embrace their adventurous side with the Farm-to-Trumbull menu being revealed that evening including dishes infused with the refreshing spirits of Fishers Island Lemonade. 

Parallel Post believes in strengthening the farming community and engages local purveyors for a majority of its ingredients – seafood from Norm Bloom & Sons in Norwalk, Conn. and Foley Fish in Boston, Mass.; meats from Ox Hollow Farm in Roxbury, Conn.; dairy products (including cheese, milk and ice cream) from Farmer’s Cow in Lebanon, Conn.; and greens from Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Westport, Conn.

Dates for Parallel Post’s Farm-to-Trumbull 30-person dinner series include:

Thursday, June 25,  
Sunday, August 9 and 
Thursday, October 29.  

Tickets to the 3rd annual Farm-to-Trumbull dinners are available for advance purchase at $110 per person or $200 per couple. To RSVP for the June 25 dinner, please e-mail our partner Fairfield U Bookstore at FairfieldUBookstoreEvents@gmail.com or call Nancy Quinn at Fairfield U Bookstore at 203.255.7756 ext. 501.  For guests seeking to purchase additional copies of The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook that evening, representatives from Fairfield U Bookstores will be available on-site at Parallel Post.



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 entree, 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 THE CONNECTICUT FARM TABLE COOKBOOK
Authors Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo take you on a culinary journey from the shores of Greenwich in the southwest, to the rolling hills of Litchfield to the northwest to the backcountry roads and charming small towns of the northeast. Their travelogue shines a light on Connecticut’s cherished food producers including the Nutmeg State's most celebrated chefs, James Beard Awarded finalists such as Bill Taibe of Westport's leFarm and The Whelk in Westport; and perennial favorites such as Carole Peck of the Good News CafĂ© in Woodbury, whom The New York Times dubbed "the Alice Waters of the East Coast." Bringing you seasonal, local recipes made with love, the book will whet your appetite for the exciting options on Connecticut's local, sustainable dining scene—from seafood and sugar shacks to four-star farmhouse restaurants.

A culinary celebration of the very best the great state has to offer, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook is also a gorgeous coffee table book that captures Connecticut’s rich agricultural history and native food traditions through rustic images, personal stories and signature dishes from dozens of farmers, food producers and chefs whose mission is to re-connect people to local farmlands.  No matter where you live, you’ll want to make The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook your guide to good eating, Connecticut-style, where dinner is only as far as your nearest farmers’ market, farm stand, fishmonger, butchery or bake shop.  For more information, please visit www.connecticutfarmtablecookbook.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Tracey Medeiros is a food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer and tester. She writes, "The Farmhouse Kitchen: A Guide To Eating Local" column for Edible Green Mountains Magazine. Medeiros is also the author of The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook (The Countryman Press) and Dishing Up Vermont (Storey Publishing) honored as 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist and 2009 Best Books Award Finalist (USA Book News). She travels regionally as a guest-cooking instructor, sharing her commitment to the sustainable food movement while providing skillful cooking demonstrations.  Medeiros lives in Essex Junction, VT, with her family. 

Christy Colasurdo is the former Special Sections Editor at New York Magazine, an award-winning writer, and co-founder of a farm-to-table food delivery company. Colasurdo writes regular features for Westport, Fairfield Living and other regional magazines, and is a contributor to CTbites.com, the definitive guide to the CT food scene. She is also the author of Restaurant 2000 and Bar Excellence (Rizzoli). She lives in Westport, CT, with her family, and serves on the Board at Wakeman Town Farm & Sustainability Center.

ABOUT FISHERS ISLAND LEMONADE
Fishers Island Lemonade originated at The Pequot Inn, Fishers Island’s only bar, which was established over 100 years ago.  Originated by a family recipe, the craft cocktail contains whisky, natural lemon and honey flavor at 9% ABV.  Whether on the beach, the ferry, the 7th green, sailing, or at your favorite watering hole, this classic summertime giggle water will quench your thirst during any occasion.  For more information, please visit www.filemonade.com.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Herb Day at the Ellington Farmers Market

Meet your herbs - at the Ellington Farmers Market!



This Saturday, May 30, 2015,  the Ellington Farmers Market is hosting a "Meet Your Herbs" Day. It is a nice opportunity to get fresh herbs and learn about their medicinal benefits.Saturday,

The goal of the Ellington Farmers' Market Association is to provide their community with a variety of products that are grown, harvested,  produced or handcrafted in the state of CT, connect residents to food production and help them create healthier eating habits, enhance the quality of life in the Ellington area by providing a community activity which fosters social gathering and interaction and to preserve Ellington’s unique agricultural heritage by supporting local farmers.

Location: Arbor Park (next to Chuck Wagon restaurant area) on Main St. in Ellington, CT. Parking is available along the side and back area of the park.

Opening hours: 9:00 am (closes by noon) on May 30, 2015

Free Talk Times:


9:30 - 10:30 - Cathy T (at the Square Gazebo) - "Combining Herbs in Container Plantings". Herbs are easy to grow and many perennial herbs return in container gardens. Cathy T will go over her usual steps for success, tips, and information about herb growing in containers and how to use some to cure ailments. She will have a limited supply of herbs, tropicals, and perennials for sale.

 10:30 - 11:30 - Stacy Wood - Herbs and Elixirs. Spring detox will be the topic by herbalist Stacey Wood at 10:30 am in front of Whole Harmony Artisan Tea booth. She will give advice on how to feel your best this summer using herbs and elixirs. Her teas are wonderful.

Tips for the Market:



  • Bring a bag to put your items in as you walk and shop.
  • Insert an ice pack in the bag (great seafood available there).
  • Arrive early, look around before going to the free talks.
  • Bring your pet if you want - they are welcome at the park.
  • Plan your happy hour apps or dinner just by getting fresh food at the market.
  • Stay a while, there is musical entertainment to enjoy as well.



Monday, May 25, 2015

That's Amore! - Amore Cucina and Bar in Stamford CT


Social Media Promotion

We finally had the chance to travel to Stamford CT for a promotional sampling at Amore Cucina and Bar!

Of course, we started with some cocktails at the bar, and I selected a Lemon Drop Martini with a bright citrus flavor to cleanse the palette and start the evening off right!



We hit the ground running and started right in on some of the delicious pizzas that Amore is well known for. The super hot oven cooks pizzas quick - reportedly in 90 seconds! Chef Bruno DiFabio joined us for a few minutes while me munched on freshly toasted bread with marinara and pizza and explained his connection to the restaurant, his award winning pizza skills, and the special yeast that hosts each pizza that is made.

Chef DiFabio is a six-time world pizza champion! For more on Chef DiFabio read HERE

Above: The cowboy gets some pizza tips from Chef DiFabio


The cowboy loved the bread, and especially the sauce. I swear he has tomato gravy running through his veins sometimes!



But Amore is so much more than pizza! Here's some of the other items we sampled

A beautiful creamy risotto. Why doesn't mine every come out like this?!

Amore Risotto


This Chicken Scallopino was delicious.

Amore Chicken Scallopino

My absolute favorite of the night - the white clam pasta!

Amore Pasta with Clam Sauce


And, I was so happy to see Chef Jared Falco is now at Amore! His personal touch is apparent and when I commented on the underlying heat of one of the dishes he went and gathered the peppers that were used in the dish so I could see them.




This pasta with pecorino cheese was AMAZING!



And we finished the night with some delicious desserts. Tomato Jam Waffles and fried oreos with cereal milk. What sweet surprises await you at Amore Ristorante?




Make sure you visit Amore soon - I know you'll love it!





Amore Cucina and Bar
921 Hope Street
Stamford, CT 06907
Phone: 203-357-1066

Web: http://amorecucinastamford.com/    



Disclaimer: We were invited to Amore Cucina in Stamford by members of their marketing and management teams. However, all opinions expressed herein are entirely our own.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets for Spring Trends


Clinton Crossing Outlet Center - Worth the trip from anywhere!


This spring we headed out to Clinton Crossing, an outlet center located just off I-95 at exit 63 in picturesque Clinton CT, for an early evening of shopping with some local CT Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggers, Wendy from CT Lifestyles, Rosa from Lady Diana Pearls, and others.  Because I had another event to attend that evening I started off on my shopping jaunt ahead of them, but you can follow their experiences by clicking on their names and enjoying their group shopping fun!

Saks Fifth Avenue - Off Fifth

We started off at Saks Off Fifth where we learned that the store has undergone a revamping with more competitive pricing. I've always loved to shop at Saks Off Fifth, so better prices means more shopping!

Saks Fifth Avenue - Off Fifth at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets


Of course, I wandered right to the shoe section where I always have great luck and spotted these metallic cork wedges that will work perfectly as a neutral with so many outfits this summer. I'm also on the lookout for a spring hat, and although I didn't purchase this one, it's a perfect match for denims or nautical prints.

Saks Fifth Avenue - Off Fifth at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Lancome

Then I moved on to the Lancome store. I could have stayed all day in this store! The sales associates were so helpful and I loved seeing them work on a "make up mood board" featuring spring makeup trends. So good to hear that spring and summer will feature a "natural" palette of colors.

Lancome at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets


Club Monaco

Our next stop was Club Monaco where I put together an outfit featuring the 2015 trend of retro fashion, featuring looks from the 70's like wide legged trousers, peasant style white eyelet tops and natural fiber accessories. How about those striped jeans? Love them!

Club Monaco a Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets


DKNY

Then we descended on DKNY, probably the funnest stop of the day, where store manager Bill was UBER helpful and we had a ton of laughs and fashion lessons!  We learned all about the DKNY staple, the cosey that works as a sweater, or a wrap and has dozens of uses! And I put together another fun outfit accenting the pops of color that are so prevalent this spring. Love this bag and top in deep cobalt blue.

DKNY at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Here's where I made my favorite purchase of the day, the DKNY bag that holds everything! And here I am rocking it at Mother's Day Brunch!

DKNY Bag from Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet

Lindt Chocolate

Our next stop was at the Lindt Chocolate store for a hot cocoa pick me up and some chocolate goodness!

Lindt Chocolate at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet

Hanna Andersson

My last stop before I had to leave was at the ADORABLE children's store Hanna Andersson whose Swedish influences were apparent in the clothing. Here's a few little girl's outfits I couldn't help but play dress-up with!

Hanna Andersson at Clinton Crossing Preimium Outlets


Other stores that participated were J Crew and Aeropostle where more great fashion and spring trends can be found!

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Center in Clinton CT is certainly worth the trip from anywhere! It's easily accessed off exit 63 on I-95 and includes over 70 designer retail outlets. There's something for everyone at Clinton Crossing!

VIP Club

Do you know about the Premium Outlet Center's VIP CLUB?  Join their VIP club (it's free to join!) and receive exclusive coupons from participating stores each time you shop!  Join here ==> https://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/vipLounge.asp

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Center
20-A Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 664-0700

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets is located off I-95 at Exit 63 (on Route 81)

  • From New Haven/Fairfield/New York: Take I-95 north to Exit 63 
  • From Hartford/Springfield: Take I-91 south to Exit 22S (Route 9 South) to Exit 9 (Route 81 South). Turn right onto 81 South and proceed 14 miles. Center is on the right. 
  • From Mystic/Rhode Island/Boston: Take I-95 south to Exit 63. 


Disclaimer: I was invited to this shopping event by members of Premium Outlets, however, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Redpack Tomato Second Annual Toss The Flavor Promotion

Social Media Promotion

Toss the Flavor with Redpack Tomatoes!

Did you know that the month of May is National Salad Month????

And in honor of Salad Month - Redpack Tomatoes is holding their second annual "Toss in the Flavor" promotion! 


And here at the Home Place Blog we're teaming up with them to help celebrate!

This year's RedPack "Toss in the Flavor" promotion will run from May 13 to June 10 on Facebook. During this period, RedPack will share their new collection of Redpack salad recipes featuring Redpack Petite Diced Tomatoes along with seasonal fruits and vegetables.

As a part of the promotion, Redpack will be giving away a Grand Prize Picnic Basket that includes all the tools you need to spin, chop, toss, dress and mix your favorite Redpack summer salad.

And here at Home Place we're offering up a Mini-Redpack Kit!

The mini-kit will include Redpack Petite Diced tomatoes, Petite Diced Tomatoes, a Redpack
Tote and some salad recipes, or similar combination.


For a second prize we're adding a two-pack of mason jars - perfect for creating those popular Mason Jar Salads!

Enter the Home Place Blog #RedPackTossFlavor Contest below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note: Home Place is not responsible for the awarding of prizes. Winners must reside in the continetal U.S. This contest runs May 14, 2015 through June 10, 2015. Winners will be notified within 48 hours of contest end and will have 48 hours to respond. Please check your that your Rafflecopter email address is current.

If you haven't already...
Enter the Redpack Facebook Contest HERE 

Disclaimer: Home Place was gifted a RedPack package similar to the one being awarded in this contest in exchange for promotion of this contest.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Harvest Wine Bar in New Haven CT for NHRW Spring 2015

Media Promotion

For New Haven's Restaurant Week Spring 2015 we headed out to Harvest Wine Bar on Chapel Street in the Elm City!

I love restaurant weeks! Three course dinners for only $32.00 is a win-win in my book!



What was especially nice about Harvest's offerings were the wide variety of offerings to choose from!  Each of the three courses that were offered had at least five or more selections to  select.

The cowboy and I were able to join friends Wendy and Greg from CTLifestyles.com for a night out on the town. After settling in with cocktails (I ordered the Flirtini pictured above) we started with our first course of appetizers.

Appetizers
Grilled Calamari crispy fried tentacles, jalapenos, cilantro, whipped avocado (L)
Macaroni and Cheesecavatelli, cabot white cheddar, toasted bread crumbs (top right)
Crispy Artichoke Salad lemon aioli, jalapenos, cilantro, red onions, ricotta salata (R middle)
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad parmesan risotto cake, truffle vinaigrett (bottom right)

Each appetizer was so good! My calamari with the whipped avocado tempered the heat from the jalapenos and was cooked to perfection!

For dinner we had everything from seafood to steak to burgers!



For my selection (see below) I ordered this AMAZING Hangar Steak served with Parmesan Truffle Fries, Seared Asparagus, and a Green Peppercorn Sauce.

The Harvest Hangar Steak
Yup! Every bit as scrumptious as it looks!

Moving on to our final dessert course (somehow we found room!) we went for a little of the sweet stuff in a big way! The cowboy and I both went with the flourless brownie sundae and Wendy and Greg went with the Nutella Crepe and Blood Orange Sorbet.


Desserts at Harvest Wine Bar
Flourless Brownie Sundae (L)
Nutella Crepe (Top Right)
Blood Orange Sorbet (Bottom Right)

While waiting for coffee I surveyed the roomy restaurant and adjoining cocktail lounge.




And I love the open concept kitchen where you can get a peek at ALL the delicious food!



We all loved Harvest Wine Bar and can't wait to return this summer to enjoy the patio and some more great food!



Harvest Wine Bar
1104 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

203.777.2500
http://harvestwinebar.com/


For more pictures from my dinner at Harvest visit the Home Place facebook page HERE

Disclaimer: We were invited to Harvest Wine Bar by members of their management team. However, all opinions expressed herein are entirely our own.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Bonefish Grill $7 Early Summer Celebration



Back by popular demand, Bonefish Grill – the fresh fish experts and winner of the 2015 Consumer Picks Best Seafood award – are offering guest favorites Bang Bang Shrimp® Tacos and Blackened Baja Fish Tacos (both served in Bonefish Grill’s original soft shell) and their original Fish + Chips

Bonefish $7 special


From May 12 through June 2, they are celebrating the return of these dishes by offering them at just $7 each.

To make the deal even sweeter, Bonefish Grill is giving guests a head start by offering their original soft shell Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos® at $7 starting May 4 – perfect for summer celebrations!

·         Bang Bang Shrimp® Tacos feature three warm tortillas filled with signature Bang Bang Shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes + sour cream.

·         Baja Fish Tacos include three blackened fish tacos in warm tortillas, finished with fresh romaine, mango salsa, lime crema + fresh herb pesto.

·         Fish + Chips are served tempura-style with tartar sauce and crispy french fries.

Click here to get your $7 offer and to find a restaurant near you, visit www.BonefishGrill.com
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