Saturday, May 30, 2015

Connecticut Celebrates Negroni Week in Fairfield County

Imbibe Magazine and Campari Present Negroni Week!

Local restaurants in Fairfield County CT are shaking, stirring and pouring Italy’s Beloved Cocktail – The Negroni in honor of Negroni Wee, June 1st through the 7th, 2015

Negroni Week, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from more than 100 participating bars to more than 1,300 participating bars around the world and more than $120,000 raised for charities.

That's right - it's a celebration for a great cause! This world-wide campaign supports worthwhile charities around the world!

This year, from June 1-7, bars around the world will mix their favorite version of the Negroni, donating a portion of proceeds from each one sold to a charity of their choice. In Fairfield County some of your favorite restaurants / bars have joined in the fun and will be pouring these sweet and aromatic cocktails with proceeds going to Community Plates, Fairfield County’s local food rescue organization.

Participating restaurants as of 5/26/15:

Amore Cucina & Bar, Stamford
Brick+ Wood, Fairfield
NEAT, Westport
Rizzuto’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Westport
Rizzuto’s Sports Bar, Stamford
Rizzuto’s Wood-fired Pizza Kitchen, Bethel
Table 104 Osteria & Bar, Stamford
Vespa, Westport

You can follow all of the Negroni Week action on Imbibe’s Instagram and Twitter feeds (@imbibe) and by following the #NegroniWeek hashtag. For more information and updates on participating Connecticut restaurants, check out:

Friday, May 29, 2015

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


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,  
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 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.

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 or call 203.380.6380.

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 Café 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

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, 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.

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

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


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.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets for Spring Trends

Clinton Crossing Spring Fashion 

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


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


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 ==>

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 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.

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


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

Friday, May 8, 2015

Property Brothers to Host Opening of Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods

You know them - you love them - and they're coming to Connecticut!  

Tanger Outlets and The Property Brothers!

Photo Source: HGTV

That's right! Stars of HGTV's hit show Property Brothers are hosting the Grand Opening on May 21st. 2015 at the brand new of Tanger Outlet center at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut.

Twin brothers, Drew and Jonathan will be there, along with National TangerSTYLE Maker and People StyleWatch Expert to Discuss Style Trends for Summer, Prom and Graduation

 Tanger Outlets, in partnership with Gordon Group Holdings, will celebrate the Grand Opening of their new center at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The event will include an official ribbon cutting hosted by Drew and Jonathan from the hit show, Property Brothers.

 As part of the May 21st grand opening celebrations, Tanger will offer shoppers a chance to meet and greet Jonathan and Drew, as well as attend an exclusive workshop where the brothers will share design-on-a-budget advice. The Scott brothers have nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate industry and have a knack for finding down-and-out fixer-uppers and turning them into perfect properties for clients on their shows.

 TangerSTYLE Maker, Briana Gurley will be available onsite and prior to the grand opening to discuss the latest trends for Tanger shoppers including formal and casual summer styles, prom and graduation looks, and best buys for Father’s Day.

 In addition, shoppers can stop by the Celeb Stylist Studio on May 21 and 22 to schedule a 10 minute styling appointment with a People StyleWatch fashion expert to create a celebrity-inspired look for less. Shoppers can then share photos from the People StyleWatch Studio tagging @peoplestylewatchmag to enter to win one of two $250 Tanger Gift Cards.

The exciting line up of outlet stores offering stylish savings at the center will include: American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Fossil, Gap, H&M, J. Crew, LOFT, Michael Kors, Nike, Skechers, Steve Madden, Talbots, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.

Be sure you're there on Thursday, May 21, at 10:00 a.m.

Tanger Outlet Center
Foxwoods Resorts and Casino
455 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338

Key Attendees Expected: Steve Tanger, President & CEO of Tanger Outlets; Jonathan and Drew from the hit show, Property Brothers; Briana Gurley, National TangerSTYLE Maker

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Parallel Post in Trumbull CT for Mother's Day 2015

Enjoy a delicious Mother's Day Feast at Parallel Post on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Savor dishes including their Baked, Strawberry Brioche French Toast; Herb Crusted Cod Lemon Fennel Confit; Anson Mills Red Pea Salad topped off with desserts from Madelyn's Sweet Corner.

In addition, all the "moms" in attendance will receive a sweet take-home gift featuring a mason jar filled with soil and seeds in honor of the blooming spring season, while children will be given a coloring activity book.

Mothers Day
Sunday, May 10
Seating from 11:30am-4pm (every 45 min.)

Pricing:  $40++ per person
*Children (ages 5-12) $16.95++ per person  *Under 5 eat free

Artisan Local Cheese Board and Bread Board
Gilbertie’s Mixed Green Salad
Assorted Toppings: Dried Cherries, Roasted Asparagus, Pine Nuts, Tomatoes, Onions, Cucumbers, Aged Cheddar, Candied Walnuts, Croutons
Buttermilk Ranch/ Balsamic
         Baked, Strawberry Brioche French Toast
Spring Vegetable Quiche
Country Scrambled Eggs
Hickory Smoked Bacon
Herb Crusted Cod Lemon Fennel Confit
Carving Board
Roasted Striploin, Chimichurri
Roasted Turkey Breast
Spring Sautéed Vegetables
Broccoli Rabe and Ox Hollow Sausage, Orecchiette
Anson Mills Red Pea Salad

Madelyn’s Sweet Corner 

Enjoy Mother's Day at Parallel Post

180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull CT 06611
Phone/Reservations  203-380-6380
Located in the Trumbull Marriott - Merritt Parkway

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Overseen by James Beard nominated Chef Dean James Max, Parallel Post is a modern-American restaurant based in Trumbull, CT. focused on seasonal and regional cuisine. 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.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival 2015

More on the Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival!

Top Westchester Chefs will show their cooking techniques in the New York-Presbyterian Tent and
visitor will reap the rewards of tasting samples as these culinary experts showcase their Farm-to-Table Approach

The Chefs: Peter X. Kelly, Rafael Palomino, Leslie Lampert and Bruno DiFabio

That's right! Four of the region’s top chefs will reveal some of their culinary secrets on Saturday, June 6 in the NewYork-Presbyterian Chef Demo and Farmers’ Market Tent at Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual Wine & Food Festival.

Sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian, the tent will be part of the Grand Tasting Village at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, a new signature event of the four-day festival. Guests will revel in the best of Westchester’s food and wine scene, with a special focus on the farm-to-table approach to cooking that emphasizes the use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

The tent will open at noon, followed by a chef demonstration of cutlery and cookware of J.A. Henckels International at 12:30 p.m.

The master chef cooking demonstrations will focus on a range of cuisines including Latin-American, contemporary American, farm-to-table, and gourmet pizza. The chefs will work their culinary magic on a stage with a full demo kitchen provided by Thermador as they teach the audience their techniques and provide samples of their unique dishes after each demonstration.

The demonstration schedule is:

1:00 p.m. - Rafael Palomino, Sonora, Port Chester

2:00 p.m. - Peter Kelly, Xaviars Restaurant Group, Yonkers

3:00 p.m. - Leslie Lampert, Café of Love, Mount Kisco

4:00 p.m. - Bruno DiFabio, Amore Cucina, Scarsdale (Recently judged on Chopped)

A look at the chefs:

Chef Rafael Palomino draws from his childhood in Bogotá, Colombia, his younger years in New York City—alongside such culinary legends as Larry Forgione and Charlie Palmer—as well as his time in France, with Michel Guèrard in Eugènie-les-Bains. Palomino takes part in running all of his many restaurants, including Sonora in Port Chester.

He also teaches cooking classes and has published five cookbooks (so far!) They are: Bistro Latino, Viva la Vida, Nueva Salsa, Fiesta Latina and Latin Grill!

Chef Peter Kelly’s contemporary American cuisine has been delighting diners in the Hudson Valley for more than three decades. His restaurants bring dining to a new level by providing his guests with exquisite food and superb service. In 1983, at the age of 23, this self-taught chef opened Xaviars in Garrison and began his journey to success. Kelly owns four of the most acclaimed restaurants in New York State: Xaviars at Piermont, The Freelance Café & Wine Bar, Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Bar in Congers and X20 Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers. They have all received popular praise and the industry’s most coveted awards including The New York Times highest rating (Extraordinary), The Mobil Travel Guide Four Star Award, The Dirona Award, Restaurant News Dining Hall of Fame, Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, Zagat’s Survey (29 out of 30) and New York State Restaurateur of The Year in 1998.

Chef Leslie Lampert, executive chef/owner, Café of Love and Ladle of Love in Mt. Kisco, NY, will be joined by her kitchen manager, Chef Mike Donnelly, who was classically trained at The French Culinary Institute in NYC, known now as The International Culinary Institute. A former Senior Editor at Ladies’ Home Journal Magazine, Lampert produced and wrote scores of food articles and spent countless hours in the test kitchen developing recipes for more than 17 million readers. She has also written dozens of articles on food and lifestyle for national magazines and has appeared frequently on television as a lifestyle expert including The Today Show, CNN and CBS’s 48 Hours.

Her 11-year-old, award-winning, locally sourced take-out shop, Ladle of Love, inspired the launch of Cafe of Love in 2008. The Cafe's farm-to-table philosophy supports local growers and farmers and features the freshest ingredients from the season's bounty. Both Café of Love and Ladle of Love are committed to supporting local charities and community efforts each month—from leukemia and little league—to land trust and lunch programs.

Ladle of Love won The Forbes Enterprise Award in 2006. Leslie was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008.

Chef Bruno DiFabio, a leading pizza authority, has been called a “Pizza Geek,” “Dough Boy” and “The Fastest Pizza Maker in the World.” He owns a consulting company called The Academy of Pizza Science and 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. He is a six-time World Pizza Champion and has been a guest judge on the Food Network show Chopped.

Visitors to the NewYork-Presbyterian Chef Demo and Farmers Market Tent can also browse a Farmers’ Market, new to the event this year, which will feature 10 vendors selling vegetables, meats, cheeses and baked goods from the Hudson Valley. Some of the vendors will be John Boy’s Market, Plum Plum’s Cheese, DoReMe Farms, Larchmont Charcuterie and Meredith’s Bakery.

The Wine & Food Festival will take place June 3 – 6. One of the premier culinary gatherings in the Northeast, this event draws more than 5,000 people from across the New York Metro Area. The festival will feature 100 top restaurants and 150 world-class wines selected by the experts at Zachys of Scarsdale.

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Westchester Magazine’s 5th Annual Wine & Food Festival brings together the top chefs and wine experts in Westchester County with more than 100 top restaurants and 150 world-class wines from June 3-6, 2015. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Food Bank for Westchester and Friends of Westchester County Parks.

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