Monday, July 2, 2018

Greenwich Wine and Food Festival 2018 Headliners

The 8th Annual Greenwich Wine+Food Festival!

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, located at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT, is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Year-to-year, it will benefits multiple charitable organizations, including Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Greenwich Parks & Recreation Fund, and more. 

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo will welcome returning chefs Adam Richman and Mary Giuliani, who will join previously announced chefs Scott Conant and Alex Guarnaschelli.  

The 2018 event takes place September 21-22 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich.

In addition to Celebrity Chefs and the Grand Tasting and multiple competitions, each year the festival features amazing entertainment, such as 2017's Train, 2016's Ziggy Marley, 2015's Little Big Town...

and this year the festival headliner features

Tim McGraw!

The lineup of celebrity chefs continues to grow. Festival favorite Adam Richman, beloved for his Travel Channel series “Man v. Food,” will return to lead a culinary demonstration, mingle with guests at a book signing and host the ever-popular Burger Battle. He’ll be joined by celebrity caterer and author Mary Giuliani, executive chef and author Kevin Des Chenes, and celebrated chef and educator Lindsay Perkins.

Here's a list of the celebrity chefs to date!

 Daniel Boulud
Alex Guarnashelli
Adam Richman
Scott Conant
Mary Giulani
Kevin Des Chenes
Lindsay Perkins
Brian Reilly
Luke Veneer
Bill Taibe
Matt Storch
Robin Selden
Debra Ponzek
Stephen Lewandowski
Geoff Lazlo
Rui Correia
Franco Arturo Camacho
Mogan Anthony
Stavros Karipides
Carlos Baez
Mike Pietrafeso
Steve Maronian
Lisa Maronian
Ian Vest
Brad Spence
Jes Benston
Nick Martshenko
Samantha Benjamin

Suni Unger, “We are thrilled to announce this strong lineup of award-winning chefs. Their passion for their craft shows in everything they do at the festival, from culinary demonstrations to interacting with foodie guests,” added Unger. 

The 2018 Most Innovative Chefs, who will be announced in the coming weeks, and the Festival Ambassador Chefs, who have lent not only their culinary talent but also their enthusiasm for food to the Festival over the years, will provide their gourmet cuisine at the Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner, which will honor Alex Guarnaschelli for her innovation and substantial contributions to the culinary world, and welcome Scott Conant and Richman as special guests. Ambassador Chefs will also prepare an exceptional dinner for VIP ticket holders on Saturday.

 This year’s Ambassador Chefs include:

•Mogan Anthony (Village Social) (Friday)
•Jes Bengtson (Terrain Cafe) (Saturday)
•Carlos Baez (The Spread / El Segundo) (Saturday)
•Arturo Franco Camacho (Shell & Bones Oyster Bar / Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill) (Saturday)
•Rui Correia (Douro) (Friday)
•Stavros Karipides (Famous Greek Kitchen) (Saturday)
•Geoff Lazlo (Geoff Lazlo Catering) (Saturday)
•Stephen Lewandowski (Harlan Social / Harlan Publick) (Saturday)
•Lisa & Steve Maronian (Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes) (Friday)
•Nick Martschenko (South End / South End Uncorked) (Friday)
•Mike Pietrafeso (Ada's Kitchen & Coffee / Roost) (Saturday)
•Debra Ponzek (Aux Delices) (Friday)
•Brian Reilly (Mecha Noodle Bar) (Saturday)
•Robin Selden (Marcia Selden Catering) (Friday)
•Brad Spence (Amis Trattoria) (Saturday)
•Matt Storch (Match / Match Burger Lobster / nom-eez) (Friday)
•Bill Taibe (The Whelk / Kawa Ni / Jesup Hall) (Saturday)
•Luke Venner (Elm) (Friday)
•Ian Vest (Back 40 Kitchen / Mill Street Bar and Table) (Friday)

Tickets for the Festival  are available at or by calling 203.588.1363.

Also available are tickets to the Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner, Saturday All Day Pass-(General & VIP). 

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


Greenwich Wine + Food celebrates community, charity, food, beverage and more in the Connecticut and New York area with multiple events throughout the year, including theGreenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo, the Serendipity Golf Classic presented by Pure Leaf Iced Tea, and the Serendipity Fun Run presented by Aquafina. The 2018 beneficiaries include the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation and Ment’or. Greenwich Wine + Food is a part of Unger Media. 

For more information, visit


The Greenwich 2018 Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event celebrating the area’s rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beverage industries. It will benefit multiple charitable organizations including the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Foundation and Ment’or. Sponsors to date include 90+ Cellars, Alfa Romeo, Budweiser, Coldwell Banker, Don Julio, Empire City Casino, Filippo Berio, Hospital For Special Surgery, Hotel Zero Degrees, Ketel One, Kim Crawford, Lifewtr, Meiomi, NuKitchens, Pepsi Zero, PepsiCo, Pure Leaf Iced Tea, Rudy’s Limousine Service, Ruffino, Serendipity, Stamford Marriott, Stella Artois, Unger Media, Westy Self Storage and Whole Foods.*  For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cars and Causes in Hershey PA

Cars & Causes Take Center Stage This Weekend in Hershey

Enjoy a fun-filled three-day weekend with a family friendly event at the historic and magnificent Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA. 

What:  The Elegance at Hershey is a three-day weekend event at the historic and magnificent Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA. The annual event features a vintage race car hill climb, a public Cars & Coffee gathering on Saturday morning and the Sunday Concours d’Elegance – the ultimate garden party featuring the world’s most exquisite collector cars displayed in and around the gardens of The Hotel Hershey. The Elegance at Hershey brings the finest of race cars and show quality classic cars of the pre-World War II and immediate post-World War II period together for a weekend celebrating cars and causes.

 Event Highlights: 

- The Grand Ascent – 
June 8 & 9, 9 am – 4 pm; 
$10 tickets per car

A fine tradition is brought back to life as drivers pilot some of the best vintage race cars up the historic serpentine back road of The Hotel Hershey. Spectators will be treated to a rare opportunity as they view historic race cars in action from several key vantage points along the route. A limited number of tickets to ride in selected cars are available for purchase. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the race! Joining us again this year is Wayne Carini, the host of the TV series Chasing Classic Cars! And, you are in for a very special treat… Chasing Classic Cars will be filming throughout the entire weekend! In addition, Wayne will face off against Ralph Marano for the second time at The Grand Ascent and we’re calling the famous encounter Grudge Match II. You do not want to miss this!

- Cars & Coffee – 
June 9, 9 am – 1 pm; 
$10 per car, no pre-registration required

Cars & Coffee is a tradition among car lovers, offering club members and car enthusiasts an opportunity to show and discuss vehicles in a casual atmosphere. In addition, attendees will be able to view vintage cars participating in The Grand Ascent hill climb. Join us for coffee, doughnuts and car talk.

- Concours d’Elegance – 
June 10, 9 am – 4 pm; 
$35 tickets per person

Modeled after the grandest concours hosted in Europe and America, The Elegance at Hershey is the ultimate garden party featuring 75 of the world’s most exquisite collector cars displayed in and around the impeccably manicured European style gardens of The Hotel Hershey. 

The race cars from The Grand Ascent will also be on display Sunday, as well as a strolling fashion show featuring designs by Nicole Miller. Automotive art, wine sampling, life style art and much more will complete your memorable Elegance experience. Bring the family for the weekend and take advantage of all the Hershey area has to offer!

Who:  The Elegance at Hershey, a 501 (C) (3) organization based in Hershey, PA, was established in 2010. All proceeds from the event are donated to its three charities: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the AACA Library & Research Center and the AACA Museum.

Why:  By combining the very finest in cars with very worthwhile causes, we have established The Elegance as a major national philanthropic event. 

In 2016 and again in 2017, The Elegance at Hershey was named one of the 10 Best Car Shows in USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Contest. In just a few short years, The Elegance has become known as one of the hottest events to attend and is very proud to have donated over one million dollars to its three charities.

When:  Friday, June 8: 9 am – 4 pm; Saturday, June 9: 9 am – 4 pm; Sunday, June 10: 9 am – 4 pm

Where:  The Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA 17033

Tickets:  Friday & Saturday $10 per car; Sunday $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased on site and day of. If you purchase tickets online, be sure to bring the printed tickets with you.

Event Website

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Spring Menu 2018 at Saybrook Point Inn - Fresh Salt

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New Chef  de Cuisine 


New Spring Menu


Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn

Fresh Salt - Spring Menu 2018

Join me in welcoming Chef de Cuisine Lou-Anne Langlois, a Connecticut native, to Saybrook Point Inn's restaurant, Fresh Salt.

Chef de Cuisine Lou-Anne Langlois
Photo Courtesy of Saybrook Point Inn

Chef Langlois has designed several new dishes for the Spring Dinner Menu and we couldn't wait to sample some of her new creations. So, on a recent spring night, Wendy and Greg from Connecticut Lifestyles and the cowboy and I decided to take a ride to Old Saybrook and visit Fresh Salt!

Fresh Salt Entrance

If you're not familiar with Fresh Salt, it's the main restaurant at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa and is situated overlooking the marina and scenic Long Island Sound. Talk about a restaurant with a view!

Here are some of the items on the new menu!

For a fresh new salad there’s the Petite Candy Beet Salad, featuring Candy-Striped Beets, Beltane Farms Goat Cheese, Watermelon Radishes, Beet-Micro Bulls Blood Mix, finished with a Roasted Pistachio Dressing. 

In the mood for an appetizer? Try the Hoisin Pork Belly Sliders, with Shaved Jalapeno-Lime Coleslaw, Pickled Onions, Tahini Aioli, Caramelized Onion Naan Bread. 

While pondering our order, we started with some of Fresh Salt's signature cocktails before moving on to our appetizers. 

Cocktails at Fresh Salt
Saybrook Point Inn

For appetizers, we sampled the Fried Oysters, Crispy Duck Wings, RI Clam Chowder, and the evening's special, Gazpacho. They were all so good, but you definitely must try those duck wings and fried oysters when you go!

Five Spice Crispy Duck Wings
Sticky Sweet & Spicy Glaze

Fried Oysters
Fennel-Anjou Pear Salad, Horseradish-Lemon Dressing
Chipotle-Lime Aioli

Special of the Night

Rhode Island Clam Chowder

As far as new entrees go, we heard the Grilled Grand Banks Swordfish Loin is quickly becoming a new favorite entree at Fresh Salt, served with a Green Bamboo Risotto, Baby Bok Choy, a Ginger Soy Glaze, topped with Grilled Pineapple-Scallion Salsa. So, of course the Cowboy tried that!

Grilled Grand Banks Swordfish Loin
Green Bamboo Risotto, Baby Bok Choy
Ginger Soy Glaze, Grilled Pineapple-Scallion Salsa 

They've got some great new pasta dishes too! 

Try the Pan-Seared Stonington Driver Scallops with Fresh Tagliatelle Pasta, Asparagus Tips, Tasso Ham, Spring Onions, Roasted Shallot-Parmigiano Cream, Lemon Zest, and Fresh Chives. Arctic Char, served with Beluga Lentils, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Leeks, Blood Orange-Ginger Sauce, Meyer Lemon Oil, and a Baby Arugula-Blood Orange Salad is another not-to-be missed new menu item.

Of course, neither Wendy or I could resist the pasta dishes, so Wendy went with the Scallops and I went with the Carbonara. Both were absolutely incredibly delicious. The carbonara was creamy rich and sooo good! Wendy's scallops were so sweet and flavorful and the pasta was unbelievably good! Fresh Salt has it going on!

Pan-Seared Stonington Diver Scallops
Fresh Tagliatelle Pasta, Asparagus Tips, Tasso Ham
Cipollini Onions, Roasted Shallot-Parmigiano Cream
Lemon Zest, Fresh Chives

Linguine Carbonara
Sweet Peas, Country Ham, Tomatoes
Garlic-Cream Sauce, Egg Yolk

A Creamy Forkful of Carbonara
Fresh Salt-Saybrook Point Inn

Greg was the evenings traditionalist and went with Fresh Salt's Filet Mignon, perfectly prepared and rested.

Filet Mignon 
Roasted Garlic-Chive Mashed Potato, Grilled Asparagus
Connecticut Blue Cheese-Rosemary Butter

Believe it or not we somehow found room for dessert - and there were also some new additions to the menu. We tried the Almond Crunch Sundae, the Brownie Sunday, the Berry Tart, and the Crème Brûlée.

Almond Crunch Sundae
Vanilla Gelato, Candied Almonds
Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Whipped Cream

Fresh Berry Tart

Brownie Sundae
Fresh Whipped Cream
Chocolate & Caramel Sauce

Crème Brûlée.

After dinner we explored the beautiful grounds of the Saybrook Point Inn and enjoyed the gorgeous sunset and cool saltwater breezes before saying goodnight to Fresh Salt after a wonderful meal.

Enjoying the beauty of the Saybrook Point Inn
Bonnie from Home Place and Wendy from CT Lifestyles

The Lighthouse Suite at Saybrook Point Inn

Be sure that you visit Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn and try some of the great offerings on their spring lunch, dinner, or breakfast menus! 

You'll be glad you did!

Saybrook Point Inn 

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

About Saybrook Point Inn

Saybrook Point, is located along the scenic shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. The Main Inn includes a collection of 82 classically-appointed guestrooms, many featuring water views and private balconies. The Main Inn also hosts SANNO, a relaxing and restorative full-service spa, Fresh Salt, a casual fine-dining experience, an elegant ballroom with a variety of intimate gathering spaces, perfect for private parties, meetings and receptions, and The Health Club, which is a state-of-the-art fitness center. Saybrook Point also features two luxury guesthouses, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales both offering exquisite guestrooms that convey the story of famous Old Saybrook residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, is a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serving as a focal point for the Inn and home to the lively outdoor Marina Bar. Located at the very end of the Marina dock, is the unique waterside Lighthouse Suite, featuring breath-taking views and is available for seasonal overnight stays. More information is available at  

About Chef Lou-Anne Langlois

Chef Langlois is no stranger to the New England coastal cuisine scene. Some of her earliest memories are intertwined with the sweet aroma of her mother’s homemade, creamy béchamel sauce, with touches of cloves and nutmeg. Langlois, conveys the warm feeling that comes with a special home-cooked meal in each of her carefully crafted dishes. One of her specialties and personal creative culinary favorites is fresh seafood. Langlois has always placed an emphasis on ocean-to-table, as well as locally sourced ingredients, which is easily acquired at Saybrook Point. With her addition to the Fresh Salt culinary team, we look forward to her passion in the kitchen, as well as some new touches to Fresh Salt's classic New England menu

Disclaimer: Portions of our visit were sponsored by Fresh Salt's management and marketing team.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The 2nd Annual Sun Tequila Tasting at Mohegan Sun

The 2nd Annual 

Sun Tequila Tasting 

Takes Place 

Friday, July 20th 

at Mohegan Sun!

Tequila Fest returns to Mohegan Sun!

One of my FAVORITE events of the summer returns to Mohegan Sun with their second annual Sun Tequila Tasting!

What: Tequila lovers can discover a variety of premium flavors and aromas when Mohegan Sun’s Tequila Tasting returns this summer.  

When: Friday, July 20th, 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Where: Earth Ballroom in the new 125,000 square-foot Expo Center with outdoor patio

Get ready to toss back some tasty tequila during Sun Tequila Tasting on Friday, July 20th. Salted, sugared or with lime, Mohegan Sun has it all! 

Sample tequilas and margaritas at their mixology stations and pair your favorites with complementary Mexican fare. 

Savor the flavors and the memories at our photo booth, dance to the beats of a live DJ and more!

Tickets for this 21+ event are $50.00 per person and are on sale now through the Mohegan Sun Box Office and Ticketmaster. 

To learn more about Sun Tequila Tasting, please visit their website at

Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
General Information: 1.888.226.7711

Hotel Reservations: 1.888.777.7922


Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States.  Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, two world-class spas, a golf course, over 90 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. 

More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting Connect with them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view them on YouTube and find them on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Royal Wedding - At the Roger Sherman Inn

The Royal Wedding of 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

You're Invited!
The Roger Sherman Inn Invites You 

to a Very Special Viewing of
The Royal Wedding of 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Saturday, May 19, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
$40.00 per person

I was hoping someone would do this - and the Roger Sherman Inn didn't let me down! The fairytale wedding of the unconventional Prince Harry and his American bride-to-be Meghan Markel takes place on Saturday, May 19 at St George's Chapel on the  grounds of Windsor Castle.

A live viewing of this highly anticipated event will take place at the historical Roger Sherman Inn on the grounds of 195 Oenoke Ridge in the charming town of New Canaan, CT.

The wedding airs live at 7:00 AM with the nuptials set to begin at 8:00 AM and will be shown on large screen TVs throughout the Inn.

Roger Sherman Inn's guests are invited to partake in the Royal Wedding celebration over champagne cocktails and a lavish buffet breakfast, complete with elderflower and lemon scones, the flavors of Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake. 

Joining in the festivities will be a special guest, former footman to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana of Wales, Mr. Chris Ely. Mr. Ely will share with guests his experiences from his time spent at Buckingham Palace and many of the state and private residences of the British Royal family performing estate management duties.  Upon arriving in the states, Mr. Ely was the personal butler to the elusive Mrs. Brooke Astor.     

“This is the one wedding where you can come as are - casual Saturday morning attire with a fanciful hat, perhaps?,” teases Roger Sherman Inn owner and creative soiree planner Nes Jaffre,” We host a lot of weddings at our beautiful New England inn but this will be our first daybreak wedding and we can’t wait!”

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (203) 966-4541

$40 per person (plus tax/gratuity)

Roger Sherman Inn
195 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT
(203) 966-4541

Monday, April 30, 2018

Celebrate Mother's Day at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Foxwoods Celebrates Mother's Day in a Big Way

At Foxwoods you can treat Mom to a Day of delicious food, a memorable adventure, or an exciting Broadway performance ... and more!

If you're out of ideas on what to gift your mom this Mother’s Day? Look no further than Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the Northeast’s premier resort destination. Foxwoods is where that special mom in your life can experience the perfect day of pampering she’ll never forget. 

Mom's just love to experience a special day - and you can make it happen for them!

This Mother's Day Foxwoods is offering a variety of incredible deals, from delicious dining specials at ten of the resort’s restaurants, to Tony Award-winning performances of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella to relaxing spa services at G Spa & Salon. 

At Foxwoods, there is something for every mom to enjoy this Mother’s Day!   

Mother's Day Dining at Foxwoods

  • Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar: Cedars Steakhouse & Oyster Bar will feature a mouth-watering Baked Jumbo Sea Scallops appetizer and a Filet and Lobster entrée with sautéed lobster meat, Béarnaise sauce, roasted baby carrots and herb bliss red potatoes.

  • David Burke Prime: Enjoy delicious Mother’s Day brunch specials like Chicken and Waffles, Steak and Eggs, Crab Cake Benedict, Lobster Omelet, Short Rib Hash and Confetti Donuts.

  • Festival Buffet: For an all-you-can-eat extravaganza, treat mom to buffet favorites like peel and eat shrimp, carved turkey, fried calamari, crab clusters, mussels, extravagant desserts and more at our Festival Buffet.

  • Golden Dragon: Braised Chilean Sea Bass fillets with ginger, scallion oyster sauce and broccoli will be featured on the Mother’s Day menu at Golden Dragon.

  • Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar: Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar is celebrating Mother’s Day with a brand-new brunch menu including Guy’s Big Bite Burrito, Chicken Fried Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy, NY Steak and Eggs, Maple Bacon French Toast and the Big Bite Breakfast Plate among delicious brunch cocktails like the Spiced Mimosa, Oversized Bloody Mary and more.

  • High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge: High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge is hosting “Sunday Momday” for Mother’s Day, offering  a package including two games of bowling per person in addition to fruit and cheese platters, tomato mozzarella pizza, chocolate covered strawberries and cake pops.

  • Junior’s: For the perfect mix of land and sea, Junior’s will be offering Mother’s Day specials such as Broiled Lamb Chops, Baked Stuffed Atlantic Cod, King Cut Prime Rib and the “By Land and By Sea” combo.

  • Sugar Factory: For the mom looking to satisfy her sweet tooth, head over to Sugar Factory for a sinfully sweet three-course prix fixe dining expereince including an appetizer, entrée, dessert along with a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa. 

  • Veranda Café: Veranda Café will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a Scallop Risotto featuring pan seared sea scallops and creamy parmesan Arborio rice. 

  • VUE 24: VUE 24’s prix fixe Sky Brunch additions – including a choice of an appetizer, main course and all-you-can-eat dessert buffet – will feature a Grilled Garlic Shrimp Salad appetizer with a champagne citrus marinade, baby heirloom tomatoes, arugula and basil aioli. For the main course, enjoy a Surf and Turf entrée with grilled petit sirloin, butter basted Stonington lobster, roasted pearl onions, sweet pea mix, horseradish cream and lemon butter.


  • Cinderella: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Tony Award-winning production of Cinderella will be hosting two special performances at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m on May 13. Perfect for the whole family, this classic love story features a contemporary spin on the beloved fairy tale with costume and set designs that will transport audiences back to the fond memories of childhood. 

  • Olga Tañón: Latin music sensation Olga Tañón will be performing her GRAMMY Award-winning hits like “Así Es El Amor” and “Como Olvidar” for a special performance on Mother’s Day at 8:00 p.m. 


  • G Spa & Salon: No Mother’s Day pampering is complete without a trip to the spa! G Spa & Salon is offering a Replenishing Pure Fiji Manicure and Pedicure with a complimentary mimosa as well as Mother’s Day Mini Getaway specials including a Mini Massage, Mini Facial and Manicure from Monday through Friday.


  • Lake of Isles : There’s no better place for relaxing family time than the golf course and Foxwoods’ Lake of Isles is the perfect Mother’s Day escape. Designed by Reed Jones, the stunning North Course seamlessly blends into the scenic natural surroundings, creating the perfect golf getaway.

Extreme Adventures 

  • HighFlyer Zipline: Perfect for the adrenaline-seeking mom, Foxwoods HighFlyer Zipline is a 60-mile-per-hour, 3,750-foot-long thrill ride that glides above the forested wonderland of Mashantucket, Connecticut, connecting the resort casino campus and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

For more information on all of Foxwoods’ Mother’s Day specials, please visit


350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338

About Foxwoods Resort Casino

Since 1992, Foxwoods Resort Casino has offered guests The Wonder Of It All as the premier resort destination in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to quick service, world-renowned spas, award-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, exclusive retailers and free-to-play online casino games at Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit

Thursday, April 26, 2018

ROIA Restaurant in New Haven

Social Media Promotion:  Feature Story:  

ROIA Restaurant Celebrates Five Years in New Haven

If you follow my Connecticut food and travel adventures regularly, you know that my number one criteria for dining out is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience. Eating out is an occasion to be relished and appreciated!

ROÌA Restauran
261 College Street
New Haven, CT

Breaking bread with friends, both old and new, while drinking in the sights and sounds of my surroundings is what every successful dining excursion must include. 

Chef's Sample Small Bite

And while I typically aim my camera at the beautiful sights that decorate the plate in front of me, sometimes the details and the ambiance of the decor at my location demand equal attention from the camera lens. 

Follow along with me at just such as place, as I indulge in the stately elegance found at ROÌA Restaurant - along with some exceptionally notable cuisine.

Magnificent architecture, old world charm, convenient location, delicious food, outstanding service... the ROÌA has all this, and so much more!

ROÌA is located on College Street, adjacent to New Haven's legendary Shubert Theater, in the area formerly occupied by the equally historic Taft Hotel's grand dining room.

Dining at ROIA Restaurant and Cafe

Named for the river ROÌA that begins in the French Alps and winds its way down to the Ligurian Sea to the little Italian town of Ventimigilia the menu blends a bit of both France and Italy's cuisines, highlighting seasonal harvests and fresh catches from the sea.

Executive Chef and Owner, Avi Szapiro, discovered the space while acting in a restaurant consultant capacity for the location's former owners. 

Chef Avi and Meera
Photo Source: Instagram

But Chef Avi fell in love with the space, and instead of a consultancy, acquired ownership, beginning a journey that included over a year of extensive renovations, opening the ROÌA Restaurant and Cafe in March of 2013. 

With his wife Meera at his side, Chef restored the venue to its former glory, uncovering the beautiful plaster molding and columns found within.

And while the space surrounding us as we dined was indeed beautiful, it was in the flavor of the dishes that we ordered where Chef's attention to detail would truly shine.

We started our meal with some signature cocktails, the Orange Blossom pictured below on the left and the Liqueurian to right. 

Next we ordered from the appetizer section, the Carciofi alla Judea, a citrusy artichoke dish, and the Soupe du Jour, a deliciously light butternut squash soup.

Carciofi alla Judea 
with pecorino di fossa, 
meyer lemon, parsley and pickled chilies

Soupe du Jour
Butternut Squash

View from the upper level
(Available for private parties)

Then we moved on to our main dishes, ordering one of the many specials of the evening Tajarin and Clams - with made on premise pasta. And the great thing --- Chef Avi is now including this dish on the new spring menu!

Tajarin and Clams
thin egg-yolk ribbon pasta with littleneck clams,
spring onion, ‘nduja, garlic 

I cannot begin to describe how delicious this dish was,  particularly the savory with 'just a hint of spice' sauce made with nduja sausage, a spicy, spreadable pork salumi from Italy, loosely based on the French andouille.

The cowboy, who isn't really a fan of shellfish, dug right in for a forkful and declared he was ordering this on his next visit!

Tajarin and Clams
thin egg-yolk ribbon pasta with littleneck clams, 
spring onion, ‘nduja, garlic 

For his selection, he chose the ever popular Steak Frites, a lovely grass fed beef, perfectly rested, dressed with an aromatic and flavorful tarragon shallot butter.

Steak Frites 
8 oz. grass-fed beef onglet, 
tarragon-shallot butter
(Served with arugula salad not pictured)

Chandelier at ROIA

The finale, two extraordinary desserts, a Lemon Panna Cotta and a special Pear Dessert offering.

Lemon Panna Cotta 
with poppyseed shortbread crumble

Pear Dessert
with Meringue and Pistachios

The ROÌA Restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner, a special occasion, or a fun gathering with friends. The restaurant is also available for private parties and functions, both large and small.

With its location next to the Shubert Theater, it's the ideal location for dinner and a show! 

Open for brunch on Sunday - check out their Mother's Day Brunch Menu  HERE

Be sure to stop in soon and enjoy some of Chef Avi's delicious offerings!

ROIA Hours of Operation

Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch    11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Dinner   5:00 pm to close

Brunch  10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Supper  4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

ROIA Restaurant

261 College Street
New Haven, CT

(203) 200-7045

About Avi Szapiro

A native of Bogota, Colombia Avi Szapiro was just 13 years old when he discovered his passion for cooking in the family kitchen. In 1998, Avi enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), which led to his first experience in a Michelin-starred kitchen as the apprenticeship program took him back to France and to Lyon’s Restaurant Pierre Orsi.  The training he received there fostered the love of French techniques and classics that are elements of his cooking to this day. Chef Avi's intention and main goal is to uplift and nourish his guests with each meal they have at ROIA. 

About ROÌARestaurat and Cafe

ROÌA Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown New Haven next to the Shubert Theater and adjacent to Yale University campus. ROÌA is housed in what was originally the grand restaurant of the historic Taft Hotel built in 1912. The charm and grandeur of this architectural gem have been restored to create a setting where you can enjoy great food and great company. 

Pronounced ROY-ah, ROÌA showcases Avi’s seasonally informed food, inspired by French and Italian cuisines and rooted in local sourcing.  The restaurant features food that delivers maximum flavor with a minimum of ingredients; food that combines culinary restraint with dynamic creativity.   

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