Tuesday, January 31, 2017

David Burke Prime's Table Side Smoked Manhattan and Aged Steak Flight

Social Media Promotion

Oscar Worthy Presentation at David Burke Prime

As my foodie fortune would have it, I was included in an invite to sample David Burke Prime's new specials at their Foxwood Resort Casino location joining my friends Greg and Wendy from CTLifestyles.

With just one look at Prime's spacious entryway, you know you are in for a great dining experience that highlights a wonderful meal in an entertaining fashion. A life-size model steer greets you upon arrival, lighting is a soft amber tone, and there are large comfortable cowhide covered banquettes and comfy white leather over-stuffed chairs for seating.

Open at Foxwoods since 2008, Prime is operated by the Craveable Hospitality Group, who manage ten restaurants in the Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and Aspen area. I can certainly see how they penned the motto "Eat, Drink, Crave" - as they are known for "transforming each meal into a cherished memory" by offering impeccable service and creative food and beverage offerings.

We started with some delicious sparking rosé to go along with this amazing seafood tower featuring lobster , shrimp, clams, oysters, Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo lump crab meat, served with sauces like old bay mustard sauce, sweet chili cocktail, mignonette, and more!

Seafood Tower at David Burke Prime
Foxwoods Resort Casino

And it just kept getting better and better from there!

Next our mixologist extraordinaire gave us the premiere performance of Prime's new amazing cocktail, the Smoked Rosemary Manhattan.

Below are some pictures of the preparation process and a link to a video  HERE

And the finished product! 
A theatrical Manhattan Cocktail like none other before!

The Smoked Rosemary Orange Manhattan
at David Burke Prime
Foxwoods Resort Casino

This cocktail tastes just as amazing as its preparation shows!  And I love these new jumbo ice cubes as they hold the 'chill' longer and allow the cocktail to shine and not hamper the flavor with melted ice. The Smoked Rosemary and Orange Manhattan was so subtly smooth with the added aromatics of the rosemary and the citrus essence from the fresh orange. Made with premium rye - it's a definite win-win!

In addition to the table side cocktail presentation we were also treated to a table side preparation of a Caesar Salad, complete with white anchovies, Prime's signature crab croutons, and thickly grated cheese.

Caesar Salad at David Burke Prime
Foxwoods Resort Casino

Next was another fun little treat! A clothesline of candied bacon! The Clothesline Bacon appetizer consists of  extra thick-cut candied bacon, black pepper maple glaze, and flambéed table side, as well!

David Burke Prime's Clothesline Bacon
Photo Source @davidburkeprime Instagram

Next was the star of the show  - the Aged Steak Flight! This fabulous new special allows you to sample not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different styles of aged beef. This special Steak Flight includes a sampling of the 30-day bone-in Kansas City strip, 40-day ribeye, 60-day sirloin, and 75-day rib-eye. These hand-selected beef cuts are aged in their patented Himalayan salt lined aging cooler which allows them to develop the deep intense flavors that only aged beef offers.

David Burke Prime
Aged Steak Flight

Prime's Aged Steak Flight

As is typical with aged beef - the longer it is aged the more intense and earthy the flavor. As we worked our way around the plate sampling the different aging times, we couldn't all agree on a 'hands down' favorite. Each cut was delicious in its own right - and each of us had different flavor preferences. Suffice it to say - they were all great!

After all that sampling - we somehow found room for dessert! We nibbled on the Cheesecake Lollipop Tree complete with sour apple cotton candy (say what!!) .... before digging in to our final table side presentation of Toffee Monkey Bread made with banana, pecan brioche, bourbon-butterscotch ice cream. No descriptive adjectives needed. So good!!!

Toffee Monkey Bread at David Burke Prime
Photo Source: @DavidBurkePrime Instagram

Another favorite - the Molten Chocolate Cake, made with a deep, rich chocolate cake, a chocolate ganache filling, and served with a side of creamy coffee gelato.

David Burke Prime
Molten Chocolate Cake

We finished the night with a tour of the dry aging room and the wine tower. Both spaces were equally incredible and that wine tower alone is worth a visit on your next trip to David Burke Prime at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

Aging Room at David Burke Prime
Lined with Himalyan Salt - this process is patented!
Photo Source: @DavidBurkePrime Instagram

The Wine Tower at David Burke Prime
(The view looking up!)

We had a wonderful time at David Burke Prime and we know you will too! Prepare to be pampered and delighted by the service, food, and libations. It's truly an incredible place to visit and I'm certain you will be as entertained as we were!


David Burke Prime is located in the Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods, on the restaurant level.

David Burke Prime

350 Trolley Line Boulevard
Mashantucket, CT 06338
Phone: 860.312.8753


Disclaimer: We were invited to this premiere of the new specials offered at Prime by members of their marketing and management team, however, all opinions are our own.

Fresh Salt Hosts Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point 

To Host Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner

Attendees at Fresh Salt's upcoming wine pairing dinner will enjoy a distinctive culinary journey featuring one of the world’s finest wines from the renowned Napa Valley winery, Robert Mondavi. You know this dinner is going to be extra special as the winery is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary!

The dinner will take place on Saturday, February 1lth and will feature the exquisite creations of Chef d’ Cuisine Gesé Rodriguez.

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. featuring Potato Wrapped Shrimp, Scallion-Potato Cake topped with Tuna Tartar, Mushroom Croquettes, and Prosciutto-Mascarpone Tart, served with a Prima Perla Prosecco, Italy DOCG Treviso.

The five-course dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pan-roasted Barramundi Fillet, which includes Lobster Risotto, Grilled King Oyster Mushroom, and Sweet Pea Sauce, paired with Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Fumé Blanc 2014.

For the second course, Chef Rodriguez will feature Porcini-crusted Veal Loin with Sweet Potato Ravioli, Caramelized Fig, Baby Zucchini, and Bourbon-Chestnut Sauce, paired with Robert Mondavi Special Selection Pinot Noir 2015.

 With the third course, guests will enjoy Scallop & Bacon – Pan-seared Scallop, Braised Pork Belly, Cauliflower-Potato Puree, Honey-roasted Baby Carrot and Plum-Merlot Sauce, paired with Robert Mondavi Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014.

The fourth course will showcase a delicious cut of Wagyu Flat Iron Steak with Crispy-fried Yucca, Morel Mushroom and Foie Gras-Grand Marnier Butter, paired with Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014.

The evening concludes with the fifth and final dessert course, a Vanilla-Poached Pear layered with Mango Curd, Cream Cheese and Vanilla Sauce paired with Robert Mondavi Moscato d’Or, Napa Valley 2014.

The Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner at Saybrook Point’s Fresh Salt is $109/person plus tax and service charge.

Reservations are necessary and may be made by calling the Fresh Salt reservations line at 860.339.1327.

Seaside Wine and Spirits will be in attendance, and offer guests the opportunity to place orders for their favorite wine of the evening at specially reduced prices.

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT  06475

Call  860.339.1327 to reserve

About Saybrook Point 

Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at www.saybrook.com.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Shell and Bones Clam Chowder Recipe

Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho's Award Winning 

New England Clam Chowder Recipe!

Did you know that there is a National Chowder Day?  Now, rumor has it that France started this delicious holiday. (The French really know how to celebrate food, don't they!) But we New Englanders take our Clam Chowder to a whole-nother-level!

In any case, I hope you celebrated the holiday and had yourself a heaping hot steaming bowl of one of the best dishes that New England has to offer!

If you weren't able to partake - or if you want to keep the celebration going, I have an award winning New England Clam Chowder recipe for you!

Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho, of Shell and Bones Restaurant in the historic City Point neighborhood of New Haven Connecticut, is known for his attention to classic dishes, and this chowder recipe is no exception.

I first sampled it at ChowdaFest 15 - and waited in line for it at ChowdaFest 16. Its creamy deliciousness was so worth it! Chef Arturo never shies away from bold flavors and this chowder screams deliciousness!

With ingredients including whole fresh clams, bacon, thyme, golden potato and light cream, the recipe won the Big Taste of Greater New Haven 2015 and 2016, and was created by Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho and he has graciously shared it with us!

Shell and Bones New England Clam Chowder
Photo Source @ShellandBonesOysterBar Instagram

Now you can create this delicious dish at home! 

Shell & Bones Clam Chowder

1½ cups water
½ cup dry white wine
50 littleneck clams
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon bacon fat
½ cup diced bacon
1 large Spanish onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups diced celery
3 sprigs thyme, chopped
2 bay leaves
1½ pounds (about 2 cups) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut into ¼-inch dice
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Oyster crackers, Saltines, potato chips for garnish

Pour the water and wine into a large pot. Bring to a boil at high heat. Add clams, cover and cook until they open, about 5 minutes. Remove clams to a bowl. Strain liquid and reserve. When they have cooled, set aside 6 clams in the shell, remove remainder from their shells and cut into small pieces.

Melt butter and bacon fat in a pan over medium heat, add bacon and cook until bacon is crisp, 4-6 minutes. Add onion, garlic, celery, thyme and bay leaves. Saute until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes. Add potatoes, clam juice and heavy cream. Simmer until potatoes are tender, 8-10 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Add chopped clams and parsley, stir and serve.

If serving the next day, remove clams from refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. Reheat soup, return clams to the chowder, stir in parsley and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve with crackers, Saltines or potato chips. To garnish, place a reserved clam in the shell on top of each bowl. Sprinkle crispy bacon on top if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

There you have it - Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho's New England Clam Chowder Recipe to make at home ...

Or visit this beautiful water front restaurant and experience New England atmosphere at its best!

Shell and Bones Oyster Bar

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

About Shell & Bones

Shell & Bones Oyster Bar, located on the waterfront in the history City Point area of New Haven, Connecticut, offers the finest in seafood and steak, receiving accolades from Connecticut Magazine, New Haven Living Magazine and a “Very Good” review from The New York Times since opening in July 2015.  Acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho incorporates fresh and sustainable ingredients to present new takes on classic dishes, including his award-winning New England Clam Chowder, with all soups, stocks, sauces and desserts made in-house.  In addition to its cuisine, Shell & Bones offers an extensive wine and beer list and creative cocktail menu, with several beers, liquors and wines sourced locally in Connecticut.

The restaurant features both indoor and outdoor waterfront dining with an indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pits, complimentary parking and private event space.  Shell & Bones is open for dinner seven days a week, and offers Brunch Friday-Sunday beginning at 11:00am.  For more information, visit http://shellandbones.com/.  The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (ShellandBones) and Instagram (shellandbonesoysterbarandgrill).   

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Cottage in Westport CT has Expanded

The Cottage just keeps getting bigger and better!

Fairfield county restaurants are constantly improving and getting bigger and better than ever! I'm happy to announce the Cottage in Westport, CT has officially opened its additional 800 square feet of space.  The expanded space includes full service dining at their 10-seat bar with a brand new cocktail menu, local draft beers and an expanded wine program.  

Photo Courtesy Splash PR

There is also seating for large parties of 10 at a window seat banquette.  Reservations are accepted for large parties at the banquette, while seating at the bar will be walk-in only.  The bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 5:30pm to close, and open for continuous service on Sundays from 11:30am to close.

Photo Courtesy Splash PR

The Cottage

256 Post Road East 
Westport, CT 06880 
203 557 3701
For more information, visit www.thecottagewestport.com.

About Chef Brian Lewis

Brian Lewis is one of Connecticut’s most celebrated chefs, lauded for his commitment to quality and seasonally driven American cuisine featured at his new restaurant, The Cottage. He first received national recognition as the opening Executive Chef of actor Richard Gere’s The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property that featured two destination restaurants, The Barn and The Farmhouse. There, he acquired national acclaim including Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list in 2009, and an “Excellent” review in the New York Times for his thoughtful and consciously sourced cuisine. He launched his first solo venture in March, 2012 with elm, before leaving to focus on launching The Cottage in Connecticut’s Westport neighborhood.

Raised in Westchester, New York, Lewis discovered his love for cooking at a very early age. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America with honors and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in business Management from Johnson and Wales University. Early experiences working under the guidance of legendary chefs like Jean Louis Palladin and Marco Pierre White strongly shaped Lewis’ culinary style to what it is today.

About The Cottage

The Cottage is the vision of chef Brian Lewis and represents his commitment to produce Connecticut’s premier neighborhood destination for the finest, locally sourced cuisine. Located in the heart of Westport, The Cottage elevates the standard for seasonal American cooking delivered with casual simplicity and coastal charm. Lewis’ award-winning dishes are hand crafted with exceptional ingredients procured from local purveyors and farmers responsible for growing, raising, harvesting, and producing within the region. Menus change weekly to reflect the season’s best bounty, and the restaurant is open five days a week for dinner at 256 Post Road East.  For more information, visit http://www.thecottagewestport.com/.  The restaurant can also be found on Twitter (@thecottagect), Facebook (The Cottage in Westport) and Instagram (thecottagect). 

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Joel Gott Wine Dinner

Fresh Salt and Joel Gott Winery presents

Joel Gott Wine Dinner

Saturday, January 28, 2017 — 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner

Special Guest Speakers: Jeremy Doyle, Joel Gott Winery 
& Robert Rustico, Sommelier for Connecticut Distributors Inc. 

As part of their annual spring Cuisine Series, this wine dinner will feature Fresh Salt’s seasonal cuisine, perfectly paired with Joel Gott wines. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a cocktail hour with a featured drink, but don’t fill up on Hors d’oeurves. With five-courses of food and wine being served, you’ve got a long night of dining ahead.


Cheese Table

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Lamb Meatballs Pops, Crabmeat Cannoli, Lobster Arancini
Pinot Gris, Joel Gott, 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon

First Course

Duck Confit Taco

Dark Cherry-Chipotle Salsa, Crumbled Goat Cheese
Sauvignon Blanc, Joel Gott, 2015, California

Second Course

Steel Head Trout

Shiitake-Leek Tart, Passion Fruit-Ginger Sauce
Chardonnay, Joel Gott, 2015, California

Third Course

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon

Butternut Squash Ravioli, Morel Mushroom Sauce
Pinot Noir, Joel Gott, 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Fourth Course

Olive Oil Poached Halibut

Valencia Rice, Roasted White Asparagus, Fennel Saffron Sauce
Cabernet Sauvignon, Joel Gott, 2012, Napa Valley, CA

Fifth Course

Seven Sins Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Frosting, Chocolate Ganache, Black Cherry Sauce
Grenache, Joel Gott, 2014, California


Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

About Saybrook Point

Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at www.saybrook.com.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Geronimo to Go for Super Bowl LI 2017

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill  -- To Go

Whenever I go to a food festival in New Haven or Fairfield county, there's one restaurant's tasting table that I always look for! Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill

Without fail they are mixing up some delicious home-style guacamole in a ginourmous stone bowl - or serving up some of their delicious and unique chiles. And, yes, I always sneak back in line for seconds!

Geronimo Tequila Bar - Chile at ChiliFest 2015

Now, with Super Bowl LI less than a month away, Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill is making it easy for you to serve up some of their amazing guacamole and award winning chili in party-sized to-go packaging!

Geronimo Guacamole at Greenwich Wine+Food Fest 2016

It's no surprise that Super Bowl Sunday has turned into a big food “holiday” … and whether it’s watching the big game with your immediate family or hosting a party with friends - OR BOTH, it’s hard to find the time to cook up a batch of low-and-slow chile, appetizers and more, and still enjoy yourself!

That's why I think it's genius that  Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill (http://geronimobarandgrill.com/) in both Fairfield and New Haven is making it as easy as possible this year to both entertain and enjoy the game by offering fresh chips, quacamole, and their delicious chile "to go" !

Here's what's available from Geronimo To-Go

  • Chips and Guacamole, prepared to-order (extra spicy available), is offered in a quart container for $25, and a pint size for $15.
  • Geronimo’s Hatch Green Stew, two-time winner of the local Great Mac & Chili Challenge, features fire roasted Hatch chile’s simmered with onion, tender pork and posole.  A container serving 8-10 people is $60.
  • Buffalo Chile. Looking for something a bit more unique?  Their Buffalo Chile features slow braised bison (direct from South Dakota), Sierra Nevada pale ale, black beans and red and green Hatch chiles grown in New Mexico.  A container serving 8-10 people is available for $80.
  • Vegetable Chile. Vegetarian in the group?  The Vegetable Chile includes corn, garbanzo, carrot, red kidney bean and onions in a rich tomato-chile sauce.  At $50, the container serves 8-10.

Please note that 48-hour notice is required for all orders, and can be picked up the day of the event at either the Fairfield or New Haven location.

For more information, or to order, call Fairfield at 203.955.1643, or New Haven at 203.777.7700.

Guacamole side - at Fairfield Location

About Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwestern Grill

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill brings the authentic taste of Santa Fe, New Mexico to Connecticut.  With acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho at the helm, Geronimo’s cuisine is 100% Southwestern, even sourcing its Chile peppers directly from New Mexico, with the menu including tacos, award-winning chile, quesadillas, Navajo frybread, tamales and more.  In addition to its award-winning cuisine, Geronimo has received several accolades for its cocktails, as the restaurant features the largest selection of Tequila on the East Coast.  With over 400 options including their own labeled Herradura Double Aged Tequila, the bar also offers more than 40 varieties of Mezcal, an extensive wine list and top-shelf liquors.  The restaurant recently became one of 40 establishments in the world to receive its CRT Award T Certification from the Mexican government’s Tequila Regulatory Council, recognizing their commitment and knowledge of Tequila.

With locations at 271 Crown Street in New Haven and 2070 Post Road in Fairfield, both restaurants feature indoor and outdoor dining, indoor fireplaces, private event space and catering services.   Geronimo is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and offers Brunch on Sunday’s.  For more information, visit http://geronimobarandgrill.com/.  The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill) and Instagram (geronimotequilabar).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sun Wine and Food Fest 2017 January 27th - 29th

14th Annual Sun Wine & Food Fest at Mohegan Sun

This year one of Mohegan Sun's premier events has even more to indulge in!

Join them for a world-class celebration of food and drink at the 14th Annual Sun Wine & Food Fest, January 27th - 29th, inside the Uncas Ballroom.

Here you'll discover a feast for all of your senses that showcases over twenty celebrity chefs and winemakers as well as 1,000 wines, craft beers, and select spirits.

This year Sun Wine and Food Fest includes signature dishes from New England’s finest restaurants. And of course there's still the high-end events including the Celebrity Chef Dine Around featuring the likes of Roblé Ali and Rocco DiSpirito, and Elite Cru & Bourbon Tastings as well as the FANTASTIC Grand Tasting on Saturday.

And me? I'll be the one following Aarón Sánchez around at Friday Night's AARÓN SÁNCHEZ'S MEXICAN NIGHT MARKET!!!!

Keep reading below for a list of the scheduled events, celebrity guests, and exhibitors that you'll find at Sun Wine and Food Fest!




$90 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Taste a variety of fine bourbons along with delectable hors d'oeuvres and cigar sampling.
For details click HERE


$90 | 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Fiesta your way into the weekend at Sun Wine & Food Fest's Mexican Night Market with award-winning chef and TV personality, Aarón Sánchez.
For details click HERE



$99 | Noon - 5:00pm
Sample over 1,000 wines and beer; there are also limited tastings of specialty spirits from our sponsors.
For details click HERE


$210 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Taste the "best-of-the-best" vintages from around the world, as well as meet the winemakers and principals behind them. Includes a Grand Tasting ticket & $50 iGourmet gift card.
For details click HERE


$199 | 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Watch celebrity chefs prepare signature dishes at live cooking stations while enjoying the pairing of premium wine or beer to complement each dish.
For details click HERE





  • Allan S. Goodman Incorporated
  • Banfi Vintners
  • Bogle Vineyards Winery
  • Brescome Barton Inc.
  • Brotherhood Winery
  • Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard
  • Connecticut Distributors Inc.
  • Evaton
  • FitVine Wine
  • Gallo Family Vineyards
  • Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
  • Hartley & Parker Limited Inc.
  • Highland Imports
  • High Stakes Wine
  • Langworthy Winery
  • Latitude Beverage Co.
  • MYTHIC Wines
  • Notorious Wines
  • Opici Wines
  • Pernod Ricard USA
  • Preson Ridge Vineyard
  • Piufacile Import Wholesale
  • Slocum & Sons
  • Treasury Chateau & Estates Wines
  • World Wide Wines


  • Absolut Elyx
  • Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.
  • Michter's Limited Production American Whiskeys


  • Constellation Brands
  • Fishers Island Lemonade
  • Guinness
  • Harpoon
  • Samuel Adams
  • Smirnoff Ice Electric
  • Soundview Brewing Company
  • Two Roads Brewing Company
  • Yuengling Traditional Lager


  • Aralia Olive Oils
  • Cavedoni Balsamic
  • Channel 3 Kids Camp
  • Crabtree & Evelyn
  • Crafty Drinker Candle Co.
  • Deep Sea Cosmetics
  • Demca Demo
  • Designs By JJ
  • Gunter Wilhem
  • Hills Home Market
  • Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun
  • Maple Craft Food
  • Patrizia's Delights
  • Pearl Odyssey
  • Rescom Exteriors
  • The Drunken Palette
  • Traveling Vineyard
  • Tre Olive
  • Uber
  • Witchypoo


  • BBQ Bear's Smokehouse
  • COMIX Mohegan Sun
  • First & Last Tavern
  • MatuNuck Oyster Farm
  • Munchies Food Truck
  • NoRa Cupcake Company
  • Pasta Vita at Mohegan Sun
  • The Bridge
  • The Whey Station

Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
General Information: 1.888.226.7711
Hotel Reservations: 1.888.777.792

About Mohegan Sun:

A world at play and a world to its own, Mohegan Sun, created in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, is one of the world's most amazing destinations with some of New England's finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Boasting three world-class casinos, Mohegan Sun is also host to the Kids Quest/Cyber Quest family entertainment facility, a luxurious day spa, convention center and meeting facility, a state-of-the-art Poker Room as well as three major entertainment venues with seating from 350 to 10,000. People from across the globe come to see live concerts with some of today's top headliners, along with major sporting events including Mohegan Sun's very own WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun and lacrosse team, the New England Black Wolves.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Broadway Classics at Foxwoods Resort Casino

Broadway Comes to Foxwoods!

Bringing the Wonder of It All!

Have you heard the buzz???

Now celebrating their 25th year in Connecticut, Foxwoods Resort Casino is bringing three of Broadway's classic musicals to the Fox Theater!

That's right! Broadway Classics are coming to Connecticut this spring via the Foxwoods Broadway Series!

42nd Street -- Pippin --  and Mamma Mia!

The wonders of the stage to help celebrate 25 years of wonderful at Foxwoods!

It all starts with ...

42nd Street at Foxwoods
 May 13 - 18 - Tickets $55 & $35

42nd STREET tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a starry-eyed young dancer who leaves her quiet Allentown home for New York City to audition for the new Broadway musical, Pretty Lady. When the legendary leading lady breaks her ankle, underdog Peggy takes over and, against all odds, becomes a star. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production utilizes direction by Mark Bramble and choreography by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival.

Pippin at Foxwoods 

June 15 - 18 - Tickets $55 & $40

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song." Join us... for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN.

Mamma Mia! at Foxwoods 
July 14 - 17 - $65 & $45

MAMMA MIA! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than ten years on Broadway. The West End production is now in its eighteenth year. To date, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

Foxwoods Resort Casino

 350 Trolley Line Blvd.
 Mashantucket, CT 06338
For more information: https://www.foxwoods.com/broadway/#

Click HERE for showtimes and to purchase tickets 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sinatra Tribute Dinner at Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

Saybrook Point To Host 

Special Tribute Dinner to Frank Sinatra

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point is hosting a special tribute dinner in honor of the legendary performer Frank Sinatra to be held in conjunction with Old Saybrook’s Seaside Wine and Spirits on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

This creative Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner honors the iconic performer’s special relationship with the forerunner location during the property’s 1960's heydays when Sinatra and his “Rat Pack” were regulars at the Terra Mar Hotel & Yacht Basin.

Yes, that's right! Frank Sinatra kept his boat and entertained friends on a regular basis on the property where Saybrook Point Inn and Marina sits today.

At one time it was rumored that Sinatra was interested in purchasing the Terra Mar where Hollywood royalty like Jayne Mansfield and Tom Jones spent time. In fact, parts of the movie Parrish, starring Troy Donohue and Connie Stevens were filmed here. The hotel eventually fell on hard times, was raided twice for illegal gambling, and finally shut down in 1980, owing a large tax debt. Louis and Mary Tagliatela then purchased the unoccupied hotel at auction, and nine years later, the Terra Mar was replaced with the beautiful Saybrook Point Inn.

The Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner will feature a robust selection of single barrel whiskey and rye by one of America’s most iconic distilleries, expertly paired with a hearty selection of fresh seafood, steaks and poultry creatively prepared by Saybrook Point’s talented Private Event and Banquet Chef Bill Titus and Fresh Salt Chef d’ Cuisine Gesé Rodriguez.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres featuring Crabmeat Salad-Sweet Potato Pancake, Assorted Sushi, and Braised Pork Belly with green tomato jam served with a Jacked-Up Cider Cocktail.

The five-course whiskey dinner begins at 7:00 p.m., commencing with a first course of Ceviche Tartare Duo with Scallop-Tuna Citrus Sauce paired with Gentleman Jack.

The second course features a Lamb T-Bone with Lentil Croquette, Trumpet Mushrooms and Marsala Glace paired with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select.

The third and fourth course feature Almond-Crusted Black Pearl Salmon with Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Stack paired with Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Roast Loin of Venison with Celery Root-Cauliflower Puree, Pear Chutney and Brussel Sprout Leaves paired with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye.

The dinner concludes with a Black Jack Cake served with a warm malted barley-dusted pretzel paired with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Sauce.

Seaside Wine and Spirits from Old Saybrook will be in attendance, and guests can place orders for their favorite whiskey of the evening at specially reduced prices.

The Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner at Saybrook Point’s Fresh Salt is $94/person plus tax and service charge.  Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Fresh Salt reservations line at 860.339.1318

Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point

2 Bridge Street
Old Saybrook, CT  06475

Call  860.339.1318 to reserve

About Saybrook Point 

Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents. The pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, serves as a focal point for the Inn. More information is available at www.saybrook.com.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show Feb 23rd-26th 2017

The 36th Annual 

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show 

returns to 

Hartford Connecticut!

Save the dates for the annual CT Flower and Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center.

February 23-26, 2017 

Get ready for spring months before the weather warms up at the 36th annual “Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” on Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford.

Show Times:

One of the largest and most prestigious flower shows in all of New England, the show’s hours are:

  • Thursday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Friday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2017 theme, “Woodland Enchantment”, with creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike.

 Highlights include:

- Over an acre of gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens.

- The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2017 Advanced Standard Flower Show: more than 12,000-square feet of a design, horticulture and photography competition with more than 250 judged entries, all with the “Woodland Enchantment” theme.

- Over 300 booths of displays, activities and shopping: artisans and handcrafted gifts, fresh flowers, plants, garden ornaments, metalwork sculptures, herbs, bulbs, seeds, fertilizers, soils, gardening books, patio furniture and lawn and garden tools and equipment. Bring a 1/2 cup of soil to the UConn Co-op booth for free soil testing.

- More than 80 hours of seminars by horticulturists and experts are included in general admission (see www.CTFlowerShow.com for full schedule) including:

  • Roger Swain, The Man in the Red Suspenders, former host of PBS’ The Victory Garden and HGTV’s People, Places & Plants: “No Fruit Like Your Own Fruit” on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m.;
  • Nancy DuBrule-Clemente: “More Food from Small Gardens” and “Plants with a Purpose – More Than Just a Pretty Face!”;
  • Carol King Platt: “The Year Round Cutting Garden” and “Vertical Gardening”;
  • Helen Yetman-Bellows: “The Yogic Gardener™” Clinic”;
  • Bob Buettner:  Connecticut Florist of the Year 2010, floral design instructor, and Connecticut Florists Association Board member presenting on “Floral Arranging”;
  • Karen Bussolini: “The Year Round Pollinator Garden” and “Eco-Friendly Garden Coach; Problem Solving & Brainstorming Session”;
  • Amanda Morris: “Backyard Chickens”; and
  • Andy Brand: “Plants with Year Round Appeal”.


$18 Adults;
$16 Seniors Age 62 and Over on Thursday/Friday only;
$4 Children 5-12;
Free under age 5 
Admission payment by Cash Only.
Group rates for 15 or more people: contact 860-844-8461 or Kristie@northeastexpos.com.

Advance tickets are discounted by $2 and can be purchased no later than February 20, 2017 at the following Connecticut locations:

  • The Garden Barn Nursery in Vernon; 
  • Garden Specialties in Mystic; 
  • Moscarillo’s Garden Shoppe in West Hartford; 
  • Natureworks in Northford; 
  • Stonehedge Garden Center in Newington; 
  • Woodland Gardens in Manchester.

Show sponsors include B & P Turf Farm, Maple Meadow Farm, Bob Buettner Florist, WRCH Light 100.5, WFSB Channel 3, Bedard Enterprises, and North East Expos, Inc.

To join the email list and get more information about the 2017 Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, seminars, and driving directions, visit www.CTFlowerShow.com or our Facebook page, or call North East Expos, Inc. at 860-844-8461.

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