Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mecha Noodle Bar in New Haven - Time to #EatRamen

Social Media Promotion:  

Slurping Encouraged at Mecha Noodle Bar!

You have to love a restaurant whose tag line is "Slurping Encouraged", right??? So, when Wendy and Greg from Connecticut Lifestyles contacted me about attending a foodie meetup at New Haven's newest restaurant, Mecha Noodle Bar on Crown Street I said, YES, count me in!

Rounding out our food squad were Natasha from Natasha Explores World and Ron from Ron's Food Trips. But I have to be honest and admit that this was my very first time visiting a "noodle" bar so it was a doubly fun experience for me! I loved the interior decor - with some neat ceiling sculptures created by varying lengths of wood planks that cast a beautiful ambient shadow around the room.

We arrived at around 6:00 p.m. on a rainy Tuesday night, and already there was a line to be seated! Seating is on a 'first come-first served' basis and no reservations are accepted so be sure you plan accordingly when you visit. Luckily, a large table opened up within a few minutes and we were seated very quickly. In addition to a large bar area there's also a community table to sit at which looked really fun and seating appeared to turn over quickly. Overall, this is really THE place to meet up with friends or family or a group from work. The best part of meeting with a group? You can share and sample a bunch of items from their menu.

That's my favorite way to visit a restaurant, especially one with a cuisine that I'm not familiar with - because the shared plate ordering gives me the opportunity to try a lot of different things and find out what I like! Lucky for me - I loved just about everything we tried - so it was a win win!

Cocktails were fun at Mecha Noodle Bar with names like Yuzu 2.0, Love Potion No. 9 and Stevie's Wonder! Of course, being a total 60's child I had to go with the Love Potion, and yep! Loved it!

Love Potion No. 9.
Madame Ruth made this batch with mizu shochu, aperol, lychee,
lemongrass, and garnished with a lime

Left: Stevie's Wonder
Right: Love Potion No. 9

And here's something out of the box - or should I say in the box...called Way of the Warrior!

Way of The Warrior
 mizu shochu, bushido sake,
st. germain, velvet falernum

Next we moved on to some appetizers and small bites from their "Snacks" menu, trying the Kale Salad, KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), Saigon Egg Rolls, Red Oil Dumplings, Mushroom Dumplings, and Firecracker Wings.

Red Oil Dumplings
pork, shrimp, sichuan vinegar, cilantro

Kale Salad
 fresh and crispy kale, miso vinaigrette, avocado

Roasted Mushroom Dumplings
brown butter miso, arugula

Saigon Egg Rolls
 ground pork, lettuce wrap, nuoc mam, mint

Firecracker Wings
togarashi, tomarind, sichuan peppercorn

Korean Fried Chicken - KFC
 gochujang, pickled daikon-carrots, kewpie

Favorites? OMG - The dumplings! Both the Red Oil and Mushroom were absolutely delicious. Another favorite believe it or not was the Kale Salad. I usually tire quickly with Kale finding it a bit fibrous...but these were tender and oh soooo good - I would definitely order this salad again!

Next we moved on to the Ramen each ordering a different kind, from the Paitan Chicken, to the Spicy Miso, and the Vegetarian selection. Greg even ordered a "Chef's Choice" - filled with a bit of everything!

Here's a look at my Spicy Misu. It definitely packed a little heat on the palate - but not so hot that it couldn't be enjoyed.

Spicy Misu Ramen
red miso, chashu, mushrooms, chili oil

We ended the night with bubble teas and hot sake - and packed up some leftovers.

Mecha Noodle Bar is a great addition to New Haven dining. It's a fun and casual spot to gather with friends and enjoy some great food and drink and good company. A parking garage is right next door, and you may even be able to find some on street parking!

 Mecha Noodle Bar is close to much of Yale and a few blocks from the 9th Square.

 Best of all - it's easy on the wallet with items ranging from $6.00 to $14.00. Service was fast paced, knowledgeable and friendly and offered up some great recommendations on items to try.

 Be sure you visit them soon! And, remember - slurping is encouraged!

Mecha Noodle Bar

201 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven Menu:

Disclaimer: I was invited to visit Mecha Noodle Bar by members of their marketing and management team, however, all views and opinions are my own.

© Home Place 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Silver Oak Wine Dinner at Foxwood's VUE 24

Social Media Promotion:  

Vue 24 and Silver Oak Cellars Wine Pairing Dinner
at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Around this time of year the hustle and bustle of the holidays starts kicking in and I begin to feel a little overwhelmed and a wee bit overextended. So, when Foxwood's Resort Casino's marketing team reached out to us with an invite to their upcoming Silver Oak Napa Valley Wine Dinner at Vue 24, I jumped at the chance!!

It just so happened to fall on the Thursday before my birthday so it offered the perfect opportunity to relax over a delicious dinner and discover some new California wines, that just may end up in someone's Christmas stocking! (shhhhh - it's our little secret, right??)

Vue 24 is located on the 24th floor of Foxwood's Grand Pequot Tower - and the panoramic views from their dining room are unparalleled. We arrived just in time to catch this beautiful sunset.

In spite of not being true "wine connoisseurs" we love these wine pairing dinners! You see, these dinners are quite informative to even the novice wine lover - and allows an opportunity to learn more about wines in general. What a great way to receive some tips for pairing wines for upcoming dinner parties or holiday gatherings!

This was the first time we sat in the lounge area of Vue 24 and there was quite a different vibe. A bit more casual and relaxed than the formal dining area, it was none the less an intimate and fun area to partake in a luxurious dinner and dining experience.

Hors d'oeuvres  were pre-set when we arrived along with a delicious 'not too sweet - and not too dry' - a Brut, Roederer Estate, from Anderson Valley, California. We toasted to a great evening of delicious wine, fun conversation, and amazing food!

Winemaker Notes: All the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate, and each year, the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in Center of France oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor.   Source:

Our starters for the evening included some delicious crostinis and cracked wheat flatbread with salmon, goat cheese, and beef with pickled onions. So tasty and the perfect start!

First Course Vue 24 Silver Oaks Wine Pairing Dinner

For our first course we had some delicious Pan Seared Atlantic Scallops with a Crispy Cured Pork Belly Spiral, prepared with Roasted Braeburn Apples, Petite Greens and a Connecticut Cider Beurre Blanc sauce drizzle.

Pan Seared Scallops at Vue 24

This was paired with a Napa Valley California Chardonnay from Napa Cellars.

Winemaker Notes: Classic Napa Valley Chardonnay characteristics unique to this region with aromas of fresh floral notes, toasted apple strudel, tangerine rind, and pear blossoms to excite the senses.  Source:

Main Course Boeuf Duo (loosely translated to Beef Duo)

Our main course was a delicious, perfectly cooked Shallot Butter Roasted Filet Mignon along with a melt in your mouth Cabernet Braised Short Rib prepared atop a Vanilla Scented Parsnip Puree, with green Cress garnish, and a Demi-Glace.

Chef Michael Yaffe never disappoints at these events, developing the most delicious sauces with each course and offering patrons items that are not typically offered. The parsnip puree was a big hit at our table, and we overheard others voicing the same pleasure!

Shallot Butter Roasted Filet Mignon,
 Cabernet Braised Short Rib i
s hidden beneath the greens!

The main course was accompanied by our host winery's Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California. We loved this pairing - the Cabernet Sauvignon hit all the right notes with those delicious cuts of beef. It was bold and flavorful and our table voted this the best match of food and wine.

Winemaker Notes: An elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage that presents an opaque garnet hue and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029. Source:

Finishing Dessert Course at Vue 24:

For our dessert course we were treated to a wonderful Pecan and Cranberry Tart with a Raspberry Sauce Garnish prepared by pastry chef extraordinaire, Franck Iglesias, who operates CAKE by Franck at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Pecan Tart at Vue 24

The dessert course was paired with my favorite of the night (you KNOW I love my wines sweet) a Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole. This wine paired nicely with the sweet and tart flavors of our dessert.

Winemaker Notes: A sweet, fragrant, lightly sparkling wine has vivid aromas and flavors of peach, apricot, grapefruit and sage on a light body with a delicate finish typical of Moscato d’Asti. Source:

If you have the opportunity, be sure to attend a wine pairing dinner at Vue 24 to enjoy some informative background and history about your soon to be favorite wines, wineries, and vineyards - and enjoy the delicious foods and flavors that one of Foxwood's finest restaurants has to offer.

VUE 24 is located on the 24th floor
in the Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino

VUE 24 

Foxwoods Resort Casino
 350 Trolley Line Blvd.
 Mashantucket, CT 06338

About Foxwoods:

Foxwoods Resort Casino is 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, and exclusive retailers. 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

About Silver Oak Winery

For 40 years, Silver Oak has been producing exceptional, food-friendly Cabernets that are extensively aged to be drinkable upon release. Perfect for big dinners or impromptu celebrations, their Alexander Valley and Napa Valley Cabernet wines are as distinctive as they are delicious. For more information visit

Disclaimer: I was invited to VUE 24 by members of the restaurant's management and marketing team, however, all views and opinions are my own.

© Home Place 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets - Joy of Giving 2016

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets are getting ready for the Holiday Season!

Enjoy Extra Festive hours, Entertainment & Experience the Joy of Giving

With the holiday season getting into full swing, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets in Clinton Connecticut has even more to offer to the already great sales and exceptional savings found there. Throughout this festive season, visitors to the shopping center can also delight in a variety of special activities and entertainment for the whole family.

With the holiday season nearly upon us, we are pleased to offer extra programs and conveniences for our guests to create a memorable shopping experience,” commented Kathleen Mones, director of marketing and business development at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.It’s a very busy time of year so these holiday features will hopefully bring some added enjoyment to our shoppers during this magical time of year.

In order to accommodate the needs of shoppers with different preferences and schedules Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets will kick off the holiday shopping season by opening at 6 p.m.  on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24 and closing at 2 a.m. The center will re-open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, November 25 and will close at 10 p.m. that evening.

On Saturday, November 26, the center will open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m., and the center will open on Sunday, November 27 at 9 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

In addition to normal operating hours during the month of December, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets will offer extra festive hours on certain days.  For more information visit:

In addition to extended hours this holiday season, Simon invites everyone to celebrate “The Joy of Giving.” Giving is contagious and this year Simon encourages everyone to pass that spirit on with three special promotions:

  • Give Sparkle: with deals on accessories December 1 through December 4. 
  • Give Fun: with savings on toys, electronics and sports equipment from December 8 through December 11. 
  • Give Warmth: with hot discounts off outerwear for those cold winter days and nights on December 15 through December 18. Join Simon to experience the season’s good cheer with the best of holiday shopping and entertainment.

At Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, among the variety of activities shoppers can enjoy include:

  • Gourmet Food Trucks and Specialty Dining Options: appearing exclusively during Black Friday Weekend.  Shoppers can feast on a variety of tantalizing offerings, including Cafe Au Lait, Cannoli Truck, Captain Scott's Lobster Truck, Chow Food & Beverage Co., Covered Bridge Grill, Food Extrovert, Fryborg, Greekin Out, Munchies Food Truck, Nuts 4 Nuts, Olde Tyme Popcorn, Peace Love V, Snack Shack, Sugar Bakery Cupcake Truck, Taco Pacifico and Teriyaki Express 
  • The Sounds of the Holidays:  as a professional DJ entertains guests on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. and on Black Friday November 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Warm Up when the Weather Gets Cold: with complimentary apple cider and save big with special savings giveaways courtesy of Simon Guest Services on Saturday, November 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the courtyard outside Under Armour
  • Do You Want to Build Meet a Snowman: On Saturday, December 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Olaf will meet and pose for photos with guests as he strolls around the center. Visitors are encouraged to share their photos with the hashtag #GIVELOVE 
  • More Frozen Fun: Enjoy a spirited sing-a-long with Anna and The Snow Queen while sipping on hot chocolate during the Anna & The Snow Queen Hot Cocoa Mixer on Saturday, December 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the courtyard outside Simon Guest Services. Guests are encouraged to take pictures and share them with friends and family, using the hashtag #GIVELOVE
  • Meet Santa: On December 17 & 24, from1-4pm you can share your holiday wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus as they stroll the center. Don't forget to bring your camera for complimentary photos to share with family and friends, tag with #GIVELOVE.
  • Give Back to the Community: Share warmth this holiday season by supporting local families in need with warm coats, jackets and accessories during Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets’ Coat Drive. Donations will be graciously accepted at Simon Guest Services from Monday, November 21 through Tuesday, January 31 and will support the Dignity Memorial-Swan Funeral Home’s Annual Coat Drive for Families Helping Families of Clinton, CT
  • The True Joy of Giving: This holiday season, help a child in need with the joy of giving by picking a leaf from Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets’ Giving Tree from Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, December 11. Participants should bring the unwrapped gift and its tag to Simon Guest Services by December 12 and make someone feel especially loved during the holidays. Gifts support Clinton and Westbrook Youth and Family Services

For more information about holiday events and or holiday hours at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets visit:  or

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet Center

20-A Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 664-0700

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlet 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. 

Want to know what's up and happening at Clinton Crossing?

Click this link here for news and events =>

About Simon Premium Outlets® 

The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and popular retailers representing the best in fashion, family and home. Our 87 Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mohegan Sun Opens Second Hotel in Connecticut

Mohegan Sun Officially Unveils Second Hotel

The 400-Room Earth Tower

Photo Source: Mohegan Sun

The all-new Earth Tower is now open to the public.  
Mohegan Sun’s 400-room, 242,000 square-foot $139 million Earth Tower, celebrated its grand opening this morning, with a special ribbon cutting event. Mohegan Sun President and General Manager, Ray Pineault and Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin Brown “Red Eagle,” kicked the ceremony off by thanking all of the men and women who worked diligently over the last year and a half to design and construct a truly beautiful addition to Mohegan Sun’s property.

Photo Courtesy Mohegan Sun
Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin “Red Eagle” Brown, Mohegan Sun President and GM, Ray Pineault, Mohegan Chief, Lynn Malerba, along with Governor, Dannel Malloy, Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wyman, Senator, Richard Blumenthal and Congressman, Joe Courtney and many more, all took part in the special ceremony Friday morning to welcome the new expansion.

A second hotel at Mohegan Sun’s flagship destination was something that both the Mohegan Tribal Council and Mohegan Sun Senior Leadership have long anticipated, since putting original plans on hold back in 2008, due the economic downturn. Chairman Brown spoke to those hard decisions as well as the impact that this long awaited second hotel has already had, stating, “for us, this new hotel does represent the ability to have more room nights and stays, right here at the casino and that has already, just in these early days, proven itself out with the demand that has been placed on this new hotel. But it’s also important to the state, because it represents the 2,000 jobs as this went through the construction phase and represents 200 permanent jobs, as we extend our team members, into this facility, and keep it up and running.”

Photo Courtesy Mohegan Sun

To help usher in the new hotel and speak to the importance of the strong relationship between Mohegan Sun and the State of Connecticut, additional special guests included Governor, Malloy, Lt. Governor, Nancy Wyman, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney. U.S. State Senator, Richard Blumenthal, in particular, concluded his remarks by stating, “In Washington, when I talk to colleague’s about what is happening to the Native American tribes in their state, they look, with reverence, and some envy, at what you have done here. It is a great American success story, not just in dollars and cents, not just in spectacular building, or in entertainment and enjoyment that you have brought to countless people, but in the triumph of hope, and vision over obstacles, that would have deterred others.”

Overcoming obstacles certainly was fitting, as over the course of the last couple of years, Mohegan Sun has turned away around 1 million hotel rooms in the iconic, 1,200-room Sky Tower. And with much excitement about the new expansion, and finally being able to provide guests with such a well-executed second hotel, Mohegan Sun President & GM, Ray Pineault, thanked all of the contributions and hard work as well as commenting that, “this new hotel gives us a better opportunity to serve the incredible demand we have witnessed in our twelve hundred room, SkyTower and really allows us to welcome in even more guests in and outside of the state, with many looking to make multi-night visits.” And Mohegan Sun’s President concluded the event with, “what started out in 1996 as a 170,000 square-foot Casino with just a smaller sized free music venue, and a few restaurants and shops, is now one of the largest, most impressive, all-encompassing gaming, entertainment and resort destinations in the world.”

Earth Tower’s design was modeled after the original Sky Tower, with the help of Architect group, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates. Sitting along the Thames River, featuring 400 luxurious rooms, including 39 suites, the new hotel brings about some unique new features for guests. 

The lobby is home to various lounging areas along with Bean and Vine Café & Wine Bar, where guests can grab breakfast and a coffee in the morning, and relax with friends over a glass of wine or beer in the evening, all with a beautiful view. Located on the ground level, in front of the Tower, the outdoor Earth Tower Terrace will feature gas fire pits and satellite bar & food service, when weather permits. The space can also be utilized for private functions, including wedding receptions, anniversaries and more. 

Each room and suite will also be home to advanced in-room technology, including ultra-fast Wi-Fi, intelligent thermostats, dual-line telephones.

Other amenities in Earth Tower include an all-new spa, fitness center and pool.  All parking is free at Mohegan Sun as well, including hotel valet!

The access to Earth Tower is provided by way of two impressively designed connectors as well, allowing entry from the Winter entrance and from the original hotel lobby.

To learn more, visit Earth Tower!

Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), out of New York, was the architectural firm of record. KPF was also the master architect for Mohegan Sun’s 1,200-room Sky Tower, which opened in 2002.  A/Z Corporation, with headquarters locally in North Stonington, Connecticut, was the general contractor for the project and has a long history of having completed various projects at Mohegan Sun.


Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, 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, two hotel towers including the 34-story, 1,200-room luxurious Sky Tower as well as the recently opened, 400-room Earth Tower, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 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 Mohegan Sun on Facebook,  on Twitter,  on YouTube and find them on Snapchap at username Mohegansun.

Mohegan Sun 

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
General Information: 1.888.226.7711
Hotel Reservations: 1.888.777.7922

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Fresh Market's November Holiday Events

Taste of the Holidays - at The Fresh Market!
Fresh Market, a specialty grocer decks the halls with seasonal samplings and holiday meal pre-order information events for November 2016.
The Fresh Market, a specialty grocer focused on providing fresh, delicious fare, locally sourced products, convenient meal solutions and an expanding selection of household items in an inviting atmosphere

  • “Taste of the Holidays” Sampling Event: The Fresh Market warmly welcomes shoppers to sip, snack and savor on holiday flavors at its Taste of the Holidays sampling event on Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13. Shoppers can enjoy tastes of holiday staples such as TFM Pecan Pie, TFM Christmas Blend coffee and jolly amounts of other favorites from the specialty grocer.
  • "Pre-order Holiday Meal Event": During the weekend of Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20, shoppers will also have the opportunity to let The Fresh Market handle the holiday cooking by pre-ordering complete holiday meals or à la carte items. In addition, shoppers can sample some of The Fresh Market’s beloved holiday platters perfect for holiday entertaining including the TFM Holiday Cheese Ball Platter and the TFM Cookie Platter.

  • “Taste of the Holidays” Sampling Event
Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, November 13 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Early-Bird Holiday Meal Ordering and Platter Sampling Event
Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Fresh Market’s 177 store locations nationwide

For local store information, please visit:

MORE INFO: For more information, please visit and The Fresh Market on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Cheesetopia at Balducci's in CT and NY

Smile and say Cheesetopia!

...because Saturday is Cheestopia Day at select Balducci's Food Markets in Connecticut and New York.

Join Balducci’s Food Lovers Market on Saturday, November 12 for an exclusive Cheesetopia Event at their Greenwich, Scarsdale and Westport stores.

From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., shoppers are invited to sample unique offerings like Roth Wisconsin and imports from St. Mang, such as their Bavarian Made Garlic & Herb and more.

Guests may also take part in Balducci’s Chef Demonstrations - just consider Balducci's your inner chef's course on Cheese 101!

Balducci’s events are FREE and open to the public.

Take a Journey to Cheesetopia and Discover the Many Tastes of Gourmet Cheese!

  • Learn the Craftsmanship of Making Cheese
  • Indulgent Demos & Tastings
  • Speed Pairing and Plating Classes
  • Renowned, Local Tastemakers
  • Rewards Members Can Enter to Win Exciting Prizes

Visit for more information.

In Connecticut:

Greenwich Store
1050 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06878
(203) 637-7600

 Westport Store
1385 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 254-5200

In New York:

Scarsdale Store
15 Palmer Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 722-0200

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Hartford Artisan Showcase Returns to Hartford

The Second Annual Hartford 

Artisan and Fine Crafts Showcase 

Returns to the Connecticut Convention Center

Regional Artists Give Live Demonstrations All Weekend

From paintings to pottery and metal arts to jewelry, unique and original art will be in abundance at the Connecticut Convention Center for the Second Annual Hartford Artisan Showcase.

This juried event features an exciting way to feature original art and high-quality crafts throughout the weekend.

The Hartford Artisan Showcase will feature the work of over 75 artists from across New England. The Showcase is the perfect opportunity for art collectors and those who simply enjoy art to discover regional artists, purchase original work, and experience art through live demonstrations.

Demonstrations at the Showcase include:

  • Tim Scull of Canton Clayworks in Canton, CT will give a pottery demo.
  • Weaving demos from New England Rug Maker out of Danbury, CT.
  • Hart Woodcrafts from Ledyard, CT will demonstrate woodworking.
  • David Hancock, Jr. a furniture maker from Thompson, CT will hand-craft chairs.

Photo and interview opportunities with all of the demonstrating artists will be available throughout the weekend.

Show Hours: 

Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Sunday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Adults - $8.00;
Children under 14 - Free.

Connecticut Convention Center

100 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103

The Hartford Artisan Showcase is sponsored by The River 105.9 and Country 92.5. For additional information, please visit or call North East Expos, Inc. at (860) 844-8461.

The Showcase is proud to participate in the 27th Annual Open Studio Hartford (OSH), a city-wide arts events designed to promote local arts. As part of OSH, a free shuttle allows attendees to easily explore private art studios, live-in work studios, galleries and more throughout downtown Hartford.

About North East Expos, Inc.

North East Expos is family-owned and operated and has, for more than forty years, produced successful shows including the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, and the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show.
For more information, please visit

About the Connecticut Convention Center

The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford is the state’s premier meeting venue and the largest full-service convention facility between New York and Boston. Overlooking the beautiful Connecticut River, it features 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as ample sheltered parking. The venue is professionally managed for the State of Connecticut by Waterford Venue Services, an affiliate of Waterford Hotel Group.
For more information, please visit

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Shell and Bones Oyster Bar and Grill

Social Media Promotion: 

New Haven Restaurant Week at Shell and Bones Oyster Bar and Grill

In the historic City Point neighborhood of New Haven, is a fairly new restaurant, Shell and Bones Oyster Bar and Grill, that opened in early spring of 2015.

Shell and Bones - Hot Apple Cider with Brandy

Overlooking Long Island Sound, at the site of the Pequonnock Yacht Club, Shell and Bones menu focuses on fresh seafood and steak - and all items are prepared on premise. Those familiar with the area will remember the location as site of the former Chart House, and more recently, Sage Bar & Grill. New owners, Daniel Kay, Marc Knight and Robert Bolduc (of Geronimo Bar & Grill) have completely renovated the ground floor restaurant, with a light and airy design and contemporary nautical theme that features the restaurant's amazing waterfront views, with a large waterside deck with firepits extending the short New England patio season well into fall.

I recently attended a social media event as a kick off to New Haven Restaurant Week - I just love that New Haven features both a spring and fall restaurant week so patrons can experience different seasonal menus and specialties. 

At this fall New Haven Restaurant Week cocktail event we were were treated to a wide array of Chef Arturo Franco Camacho's specialties.

Red Pepper and Olive Deviled Eggs

Clam Fritters with House Made Tartar Sauce
Served in a Shell!

Seafood Scallop Ceviche with Crunchy Tortilla Chips

Beef Satay


Tuna Tartare

Sun Dried Tomato Bites

Oh my goodness - everything was so delicious! We can't wait to return! 

Shell and Bones
Small Bites

Here is what Shell and Bones has on the menu for you for their Fall version of #NHRW!

Be sure you visit Shell and Bones Oyster Bar and Grill for New Haven Restaurant Week - or any night of the week, for that matter!

Shell and Bones Oyster Bar

100 S Water Street
New Haven, CT 06519
(203) 787-3466

Disclaimer: I was invited to this New Haven Restaurant Week preview event by members of Shell and Bones management and marketing team, however, all views and opinions are my own.

© Home Place 2016
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