It’s always a strange moment.
Invariably, people will ask us what our favorite restaurants are when we meet them or when they discover we have a food blog. Although we spend countless hours writing about some of the best places in Connecticut and trying new places, our minds always seem to draw a blank. But, then, we remember some of the best meals that we’ve had. And, one of those places that we always mention to people is a quaint little restaurant in Ridgefield called Bailey’s Backyard. We’ve been there three times already and plan to come back three hundred more times.
You might remember back in March we interviewed Executive Chef Forrest Pasternack (formerly of Morello Bistro in Greenwich) and we saw how deeply devoted he and Sal Bagliavio (the owner of Bailey’s) are to the farm-to-table principle. Yes, we know that word gets thrown around and is quite overused. But, at Bailey’s Backyard it’s a literal interpretation. Forrest and staff hit up the local markets and visit nearby farms to build their menu on a daily basis.
It’s with that kind of attention to detail and love of all things local that Bailey’s Backyard hosts an amazing seven course Farm-to-table Dinner on 11/5. Not only will the menu feature lamb and Berkshire pork from Greyledge Farm in Roxbury, beef from Ox Hollow Farm (also in Roxbury), veggies and fruits from The Hickories in Ridgefield, and produce from Marble Valley Farms in Kent, but representatives from all four farms will be on hand. They’ll not only be tasting the rustic, playful, and creative food of Chef Pasternack, but they’ll also be telling the story of their farms and what it takes to make what they’ve literally brought to the table.
Tickets for the November 5 dinner are $75 or $95 if you’d like a wine pairing for each course. In addition, our favorite mixologist (we sang his praises in our review) Bryan Walsh will be on hand using ingredients such as pumpkin and apples to make seasonal ingredients.
We definitely recommend calling up Bailey’s Backyard and getting your reservations ASAP. Chef Pasternack’s food is not to be missed. When you make your reservations, tell them that OmNomCT sent ya.
Address: 23 Bailey Avenue
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Phone: (203) 431-0796