Thursday, January 22, 2015

Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Menu at Parallel Post



PARALLEL POST AND GIRL SCOUTS OF CONNECTICUT 

UNVEIL GIRL SCOUT COOKIE INSPIRED DESSERT MENU 



Savor Sweet Treats Accented with Nostalgic Samoas®, Thin Mints® and More Starting Friday, January 23 in Honor of the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Season

Parallel Post will debut their limited-time-only dessert menu featuring the iconic Girl Scout cookie collection by working together with Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  For the first time in Parallel Post’s history, an exclusive dessert menu will be prepared with Girl Scout Samoas®, Thin Mints®, Do-Si-Dos®, and Trefoils®. To commemorate the kick off of the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie season, Parallel Post’s Executive Chef Chris Molyneux and Pastry Chef Madelyn Rendon teamed up to conceptualize and perfect recipes to best accentuate the unmatched sugar, chocolate, caramel, coconut and mint flavorings of select Girl Scout Cookies.

“We are delighted that Parallel Post has conceptualized our cookies in such an original way,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are especially honored for their support in purchasing these cookies from our girls as they continue with this special dessert menu through February. Those dining at Parallel Post will not only get a sweet treat, but will learn more about what the Cookie Program gives girls – the skills she needs to thrive, succeed, and become a young entrepreneur!”

In addition to Parallel Post’s existing dessert menu offerings, the exclusive Girl Scout Cookie-inspired dessert options (priced at $5) will include:

The Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake made with Trefoils® Girl Scout Cookies, a raspberry-infused cheesecake with a Trefoils® crumb crust;

raspberry-infused cheesecake with a Trefoils® crumb crust
Photo Source: ROGER HO-YEN

A Trifle made with Samoas® Girl Scout Cookies, a layered white chocolate custard garnished with Samoas®, whipped cream and a dash of chocolate sauce;

a layered white chocolate custard
garnished with Samoas®, whipped cream and a dash of chocolate sauce

Photo Source: ROGER HO-YEN

The Banana Cream Pie made with Do-Si-Dos® Girl Scout Cookies, an old-fashioned favorite dessert prepared with a Do-Si-Dos® pie crust topped with vanilla whipped cream and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes.

Do-Si-Dos® pie crust
topped with vanilla whipped cream and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes

Photo Source: ROGER HO-YEN 

Those seeking a lighter treat can cool off with the Ice Cream Sundae made with Thin Mints® Girl Scout Cookies, a vanilla bean ice cream sundae sprinkled with chopped Thin Mints® (priced at $4).

 a vanilla bean ice cream sundae sprinkled with chopped Thin Mints®
Photo Source: ROGER HO-YEN


As avid supporters of the local community, Parallel Post is honored to support Girl Scouts of Connecticut and to celebrate their statewide initiative of empowering girls through business and leadership skills. This limited engagement menu series of jaw dropping desserts will be available through Saturday, February 28. However, Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s cookie season won’t officially end until the end of March.  Don’t forget to support your local troop!

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF CONNECTICUT & THE COOKIE PROGRAM
We’re more than 55,000 members strong—girls and adults—who believe that every girl can change the world.  We’re part of a sisterhood of 2.8 million around the globe.  It all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl.  We continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. At Girl Scouts, we believe that there’s a chance for every girl to do something amazing.  We are Girl Scouts of Connecticut.  For more information, please visit www.gsofct.org.

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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Taste of the Town in Darien CT for Winter 2015



Darien Restaurants Warm Up the Winter Time Chill




Thursday February 19 thru Thursday, February 26, 2015



Darien Taste of the Town makes its newly branded debut this winter during a week-long celebration of Darien’s thriving restaurant scene. Food enthusiasts can take advantage of specially created prix fixe menus and special offers from the area’s favorite restaurants. This year’s event will coincide with some of Darien’s vacation days and will also take place over a weekend, providing stay-cationers and families more opportunities to partake in Darien Taste of the Town.

“This is great way of keeping our town active and supporting our businesses during the cold days of winter,” says Darien Chamber of Commerce President Susan Cator, “Enjoy the very best of dining in Darien and support our local restaurateurs who continuously and generously invest in our community.”


Participating restaurants will offer a special prix-fixe lunch / dinner menu or special offers throughout Darien Taste of the Town week. Menus/ offers exclude tax and gratuity. 

Pricing:
1)  Lunch $12.14 Dinner $18.14
2)  Lunch $20.14 Dinner $30.14

Participating restaurants as of 1/20/15 include:


Details, offers and participating restaurant updates:            www.darienctchamber.com

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bruno DiFabio to Open Amore Cucina & Bar in Stamford CT

World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio Prepares To Open
In The Very Place He Made His First Pizza Over 30 Years Ago!



Six-time World Pizza Champion / Restaurateur / Food Network Judge Bruno DiFabio is coming home- home to Amore Restaurant. As a teen, Bruno made his first pizza dough in this little Italian restaurant in the Springdale neighborhood of Stamford CT. Numerous awards, 11 restaurants and several Food Network gigs later, Bruno is preparing to re-open Amore Restaurant as Amore Cucina & Bar.



“My dad and prior Amore owner Al Carozza were best friends and both are from Abruzzo Italy, “says Bruno, “When I opened my first restaurant in 1993 I asked Al’s permission to name it after his Amore Restaurant.  He granted me the permission and Amore Pizza remains a Westchester County favorite to this day. Now, re-opening the original Amore Restaurant as my own is surreal. ”


For Bruno’s newest venture the responsibility that comes with continuing the tradition of the second oldest restaurant in Stamford (Pellicci’s Ristornate is the oldest) is a welcome challenge for this fearless and seasoned restaurateur. While a fresher and more hip incarnation is at play, Amore Cucina & Bar will pay homage to its predecessors by offering classic Italian fare including; Lasagna layered with slow cooked ragu Bolognese, ricotta, parmigiano and mozzarella cheese; Wood-fired Meatballs in a simple tomato marinara; and Chicken Scarpariello prepared with brick oven chicken, tangy white wine and garlic reduction, roasted potatoes and fennel sausage.

Contemporary and more vibrant interpretations of some of Bruno’s favorite dishes include;  Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Prawns with pesto broth; Fried Spaghetti Cake with Bolognese ragu, peas, mozzarella, tomato marinara and garlic cream; Fried Mozzarella and Prosciutto “Sandwich” with anchovy sauce; Long Bone Veal Chop with prosciutto, fontina, wild mushroom marsala wine reduction and arugula smashed potato cake; and Wood-fired Bronzino prepared with tomatoes, olives, avocado, lemon, EVOO and toasted faro.

Amore Cucina & Bar will feature Bruno’s popular Pizza Romana, a square pie that uses the “Poolish” dough method of a 72 hour fermentation process and is cooked in a gas-fired brick floor oven. Varieties include; West Side - spicy salami, green olives, tomato, mozzarella and passata (Winner Best Traditional, Las Vegas Pizza Expo);  Grandma- marinated tomato, extra virgin olive oil, grated pecorino romano, parsley, sicilian oregano and seasoned bread crumbs: and the Pitt Master - pulled pork, red onion, mozzarella, bbq sauce and agave nectar (Grand Champion, Hudson Valley Food Challenge).

From the wood-fired pizza oven comes Pizza Napoletana, the style of pizza that first won DiFabio The World Pizza Cup in Naples, Italy in 2008.  The dough method is "in giornata", which means it’s made and used in the same day, mixed, cut, balled, and matured during an eight hour fermentation process at room temperature in Neapolitan wooden dough boxes.   The pie is blistered / charred by the 900 degree Cirigliano wood burning oven, which gives it its great flavor, and a sixty second cook time leaves the integrity, chewy texture and essence of the ingredients intact. Signature pies include; The Fabio - zucchini, cherry tomatoes, pork belly, mozzarella, fava bean and mint salsa (Winner World Pizza Championships Italy); Bronx House - natural cased pepperoni, fresh pinched sausage, passata, shaved parmigiano, Sicilian oregano and mozzarella; and the New Haven White - chopped cherry stone clams, bacon, garlic, mozzarella, flat leaf parsley and fresh clam au jus.


Amore Cucina & Bar has been tastefully redesigned, utilizing a rustic palette of exposed brick and distressed wood. A large bar area now accommodates 30 people and features a well thought out wine list with a concentration on Italian varietals, creative cocktails and domestic and imported beer. Dining capacity for up to 60 is set amid a casual trattoria style interior of wood furnishings, subdue lighting and a sociable communal farm table. A large patio during the warmer months welcomes over 40 customers.

About Bruno DiFabio

He’s been called a “Pizza Geek”, “Dough Boy” and “The Fastest Pizza Maker in the World”, but ultimately Bruno DiFabio is a leading pizza authority who continues hone his craft.  Bruno has been coaching chefs from around the world in the art of pizza making for over 10 years, focusing on pizza technique, the scientific principles of dough making, theory, and the history of pizza. Bruno is the owner of The Academy of Pizza Science, a consulting company which focuses on empowering and providing the tools needed for new and burgeoning pizza restaurant owners to thrive in what was a $38 billion dollar industry in 2014 (reported by the National Restaurant Association). The Academy of Pizza Science is dedicated to the advancement of independent pizza makers worldwide. Bruno’s mission within the pizza industry is the same which applies to his growing restaurant empire; to continue to learn and be impassioned by the many nuances which make pizza one of the most popular food choices across the globe.  


“In Pizza, I realize I have thirty years in and thirty more to go, further dedicating myself completely to the study of this great craft.”

Amore Cucina & Bar is planning a soft opening the week of January 26th. 


Give Pizza Chance! 

Amore Cucina & Bar
921 Hope Street
Stamford, CT 06907
203 357 1066


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Taste of Hartford - Winter 2015



It's the BEST time of the year!

Taste of Hartford returns for Winter 2015, beginning January 19th and running through February 1st 2015.



Over 30 participating restaurants throughout Hartford will offer special multi-course, price-fixed menus for either $20.15 or $30.15. Taste of Hartford restaurant week is presented by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in partnership with CTNow.

Reservations are highly recommended, so book your tables early.


Participating Restaurants Below:

Agave Grill – RW Menu – (860) 882-1557
Bear’s Smokehouse – RW Menus – (860) 724-3100
bin228 – RW Menu – (860) 244-9463
Black-Eyed Sally’s– RW Menu – (860) 278-7427
The Capital Grille – RW Menus – (860) 244-0075
Carbone’s – RW Menu – (860) 296-9646
Casona – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 519-5590
City Steam Brewery – RW Menu – (860) 525-1600
Costa Del Sol – RW Menu – (860) 296-1714
Coyote Flaco – RW Menu – (860) 953-1299
Dish – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 249-3474
Feng Asian Bistro – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860)549-3364
Ficara’s Restaurant – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 296-3238
Firebox – RW Menu – (860) 246-1222
First & Last Tavern – RW Menu – (860) 956-6000
Francesco’s Ristorante & Lounge – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 296-3024
Front Street Bistro – RW Menu – (860) 422-7711
Hot Tomato’s – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 249.5100
Infinity Bistro – RW Menu – (860) 560-7757
J Restaurant & Bar – RW Menu – (860) 527-7764
La Fonda – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 296-8256
Majorca – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 231-1003
Max Downtown – RW Menu – (860) 522-2530
m&m Bistro – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 240-7222
NIXS Hartford – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 373-9400
Nutshell Cafe – RW Menu – (860) 956-2836
On20 – RW Menu – (860) 722-5161
Peppercorns – RW Menus – (860) 547-1714
Salute  – RW Menu – (860) 899-1350
Sorella – RW Menu – (860) 244-9084
Ted’s Montana Grill – RW Menus – (860) 692-1167
Trumbull Kitchen – RW Menu – (860) 493-7412
U.S.S. Chowder Pot IV – RW Menu – (860) 244-3311
Vito’s by the Park – RW Menu Coming Soon – (860) 244-2200
VIVO – RW Menu – (860) 760.2333
Wood-N-Tap – RW Menu – (860) 232-8277


- See more at: http://www.connecticutrestaurantweek.com/restaurant-weeks-ct/taste-of-hartford/

Rizzuto's in Bethel CT - A 10-year Anniversary Celebration!




Rizzuto’s Wood-fired Pizza Kitchen & Bar in Bethel, CT is thrilled to be celebrating their 10-Year Anniversary. Owner Bill Rizzuto opened this neighborhood Italian restaurant and gathering place in December of 2004, transitioning from accomplished hotelier with such hospitality industry greats as Disney Corporation and Hyatt Hotels, to passionate restaurateur.



Rizzuto’s Wood-fired Pizza Kitchen & Bar was inspired by Bill’s experience while dining at CafĂ© Citti in Kenwood, California, a casual wine country Italian trattoria featuring wood-fired rotisserie chicken, pizza, and fresh simple preparations of house made pasta, and rustic Italian fish and meat specialties.

“I fell in love with the restaurant model immediately and felt I could bring that concept home to Connecticut, “says Bill, a long-time Bethel resident, “We opened to a receptive audience,  fine-tuned our offerings with the help of customer feedback, and the restaurant took on a life of its own.”

In 2007 Rizzuto’s enlarged its space to include a full bar and additional high-top seating. With a new bar menu in place, including small plates, craft cocktails, local beer and the restaurant’s signature wine program, Rizzuto’s’ little neighborhood bar became the go-to place for happy hour, watching the games or catching up with friends and neighbors.

Upon the success of Rizzuto’s of Bethel, Bill continued to grow the brand, opening restaurants in West Hartford in 2008, Westport in 2009 and Stamford in 2011. While each location continues to strengthen their individual identities, Bill’s focus on quality food at a great value, consistency, and genuine hospitality remains at the forefront and is the cornerstone of Rizzuto’s longevity in a now saturated restaurant market.   

“Our restaurants continue to evolve, and Bethel is no different, “says Bill, “I hope our customers feel that we are responding to their input, as well as the changing food scene around us. We will continue to work with our local farmers and artisans. I even hope to bring back the rotisserie chicken, which may not have been so popular ten years ago, but it may be time now – and change is good.”

Some things don’t ever change, however. And that is Bill’s unwavering commitment to his community throughout the years which has included field side BBQs to support Bethel Baseball Association’s Jimmy Fund and other sporting events throughout the town, as well as generous contributions (and food!) in support of the many charities he feels strongly about and his desire to give back to a community that has become an extension of his family.

“I raised my family in Bethel, coached my son’s baseball team here and watched the town and its families grow, “Bill reminisces, “The restaurant has been a blessing for me and is truly where the Rizzuto’s Restaurant Group all began. I am a lucky guy.”

To celebrate their 10-year anniversary Rizzuto’s will be offering special prix fixe menus, January 25 thru February 21. $10 Lunch (10 years!) and $20.04 Dinner (opened in 2004!)
NOTE: EXCLUDES FEBRUARY 14th, VALENTINE'S DAY.

Rizzuto's Restaurant and Bar
6 Stony Hill Road
Bethel, CT 06801

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Elm City Market January 2015 Events and Tastings!


Elm City Market to Hold Tasting Events and Contest in January 2015

All are welcome to come and enjoy tasting events throughout the month, learn about healthy food options, and participate in a New Year, New You campaign

 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 throughout January. At these events, patrons are invited to enjoy various foods while learning about healthy food options. At the end of the month, from January 19-26, customers are encouraged to participate in Elm City Market’s “New Year, New You – Eat Healthy, Take a Selfie” contest to promote healthy eating.

“We’re excited to meet and interact with our customers and teach them about healthy food options this month,” said Elm City Market Outreach Coordinator Alexa Apotria. “We’re proud to start the New Year off healthy and can’t wait to get our customers involved, too.”

 The “Superfoods Add Purpose” Tasting Event will take place on January 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Elm City Market invites customers to enjoy tastings of local super food products, learn about super foods, and take home recipes to make healthy dishes at home. Patrons can also enter a raffle to win prizes and more.

A “This or That Tasting Event” will occur from 12-2:00 pm on January 24. All are welcome to come and make their way through tons of samples. At each table, participants will have an opportunity to vote for what they like better, this or that. Elm City Market will provide interesting health facts about every food that is sampled to show participants the healthiest options.

Cheese 101: Which Cheddar is Better?, will take place at 6:30 pm on January 28. Elm City Market will offer many different cheddar cheeses and will pair them uniquely with different tastes. All are welcome to come and talk and taste cheddar, the most widely purchased cheese in the world that is always made from cow’s milk.



Source: By PDphoto.org [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



Elm City Market will also be the first stop in the Taste of New Haven's  “On 9 Tour” on January 24, which offers participants the chance to sample delicacies from eateries in and around the Ninth Square. At Elm City Market, participants will sample, smell and see local foods and produce. The tour begins at 3 pm and participants are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early.

From January 19 through January 26, customers are invited to participate in the Eat Healthy, Take a Selfie campaign by taking a selfie with their favorite healthy food in the market and posting it to Elm City Market’s Facebook wall and tagging themselves in the comments. At the end of the week, a winner will be chosen at random to receive a gift basket filled with fun, new, healthy products.

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.’

Saturday, January 10, 2015

WinterFest Skating in Hartford CT at the Bushnell Park


From January 10th 2015 - February 1st 2015 you can skate for free 7-days-a-week at the Winterfest ice rink on the east side of Bushnell Park near the Pump House.




Come after work, on your lunch break or as a part of a trip downtown to see some of the city's cultural treasures.

Don't have your own skates?

Visit the Skate Shack next to the rink for free skate rentals until 7:15, 45 minutes before the rink closes.

Want to learn how to skate this winter? Head to the Winterfest rink for FREE ice-skating lessons from Champions Skating Center instructors. Lessons are open to future skaters of all ages, and the skates are free too.

Winterfest is brought to you by the iQuilt Partnership and the City of Hartford.


Bushnell Park
100 Wells St
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 232-6710
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