Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Plan b - Farm to Chef Week in Connecticut

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Plan b in Milford for Farm-to-Chef CT Week

Last week I posted about the Locals 8 Restaurants Group launch of Farm to Chef Week. This is a REALLY big event happening throughout the state that does so much to feature Connecticut's wonderful farms and farmers - and Connecticut's amazing restaurants and chefs! 

Connecticut's Farm-to-Chef Week is held each year to showcase Connecticut Grown ingredients featured in menus creatively developed by chefs and food professionals all throughout our beautiful state of Connecticut. The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture 

Each Farm-to-Chef menu includes four or more items using Connecticut Grown farm products such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs; meats, poultry; shellfish, and other proteins; dairy; eggs; maple syrup and honey; wine; and more. 

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture created Farm-to-Chef Week in 2010 as part of its ongoing Farm-to-Chef program to help connect local farms and food service professionals. Each September they select a week when they know the harvest will be in. This year it runs September 16th - September 22nd, 2018.
Learn more about Farm-to-Chef here:

Plan b - Farm-to-Chef Menu

We had already decided to head out to our local Plan b in Milford CT to sample their farm fresh menu! Some of the local farms that Plan b sources from are 

  • Beltane Farm in Lebanon CT, 
  • Clatter Ridge Farm in Farmington CT
  • Deercrest Farm in Glastonbury CT
  • Gresczyk Farms in New Hartford CT
  • The Farm in Woodbury CT
  • Urth Farms in New Britain CT
  • White Eagle Farm in East Windsor CT
  • Windsor Farms in East Windsor CT
Plan b Burger Bar in Milford CT

Of course we started with some of Plan b's signature cocktails, the Party on the Patio and the Kentucky Lemonade. So good, and a perfect start to a mid-week date night! Love that plate of pickles to help get the party started!

Plan b Signature Cocktails

The cowboy and I decided to go for the whole enchilada and ordered each of the four offerings on Plan b's menu!
For an appetizer they have an Eggplant Rollatini made with local ricotta stuffed eggplant baked in a pomodor sauce, with smoked mozzarella. Served with garlic toast points.

Plan b Farm to Chef Eggplant Rollatini

The Salad features a Pickled Green Tomato and Watermelon Stack made from crispy-fried pickled green tomatoes, sliced fresh watermelon, thick slices of feta cheese, and drizzled with a sherry cream vinaigrette. 

Plan b Pickled Green Tomato and Watermelon Salad

For the entree there was a Sausage Orecchiette Pasta made with sauteed house-made sausage, cherry tomatoes, arugula pesto and goat cheese cream sauce.

Sausage Orecchette pasta

Dessert was simply amazing! An Apple Pie Bread Pudding made with cinnamon sugar dusted bread pudding with a bourbon caramel and  topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream 

Plan b - Farm to Chef Apple Pie Bread Pudding

What a wonderful way to end the summer and to support our local farmers and great local restaurants!

Remember, this special Farm-to-Chef menu only runs from September 16th to September 22nd. Be sure to visit a Plan b or a Locals 8 Restaurant Group location soon and enjoy your own Farm-to-Chef favorites!

Plan b Milford

1638 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 713-8700

This menu available at all Plan b Connecticut locations. Plan b is a member of Locals 8 Restaurant Group. For other Locals 8 Farm-to-Chef menus see HERE

About Plan b

They had one simple idea: food can bring people together in a bunch of different ways. Neighbors with neighbors. Locals with local ingredients. And bourbon lovers with bourbons worth loving. People go there to be there. For good beer. Cool surroundings. And one burger to rule them all.

Gathering is what they do. b Restaurants is where they share it.

About Farm to Chef

Farm-to-Chef is a free program administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture that connects local culinary professionals with producers of Connecticut Grown products. The program also helps the public locate restaurants and other dining facilities that serve Connecticut Grown foods.

Since its launch in 2006, the program has received widespread acclaim from both participants and observers, and has served as a model for programs in other states.

Disclaimer: We were invited to this Farm-to-Chef Connecticut tasting by members of Locals 8 management and marketing team, however, the opinions expressed are entirely our own. 

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