If there’s one thing that we can say about Chef David Cingari it’s that he’s one of the kindest, most fun people you’ll ever meet. But, don’t be fooled by his booming laugh and kind heart, he’s one badass when it comes to cooking and running his super popular catering company, David’s Soundview Catering. And, while he’s been making marks on the culinary scene with his company since 1998, he’s never done looking for the next best thing. Last year he opened Cafe 1000 in Bridgeport which made its mission to feed locals and workers for breakfast and lunch. And now, David has made things even more amazing with two new additions.
The first addition is David hired the ever-smiling Francois Kwaku-Dongo, his new Executive Chef. Readers of our blog should know that name because he was the opening chef at JHouse in Greenwich, as well as the Executive Chef at l’escale. Yep, he’s got some major cred (and skills), so much so that we can’t even list them all here.
The second addition is his new space, The Landing at 232 Harbor Drive, right smack dab on the harbor. On a weekday basis, the space acts a cafe serving the local offices from 7-3, and for events, it can be dressed up however you want for weddings, parties, and get togethers over the weekend.
Lucky for us we had a chance to check out both Chef Kwaku-Dongo and The Landing with a premiere party a couple of weeks ago. As we arrived, it was easy to find a spot in the large attached parking garage. This is a major plus.
As we entered the main room, we took in the nice view of Stamford Harbor by the patio area, but then we immediately started to explore the food because we were damn hungry (as usual). There were specialty food stations set up throughout The Landing, just like they could do for your parties or events. There was BBQ, Mexican, Japanese, a salad bar, and even a coffee and dessert station. Oh, and, yes, there were passed hors d’oeuvre too . . . oh, and a bourbon bar, yeah, how could we forget that? Oh, I know, by drinking too many bourbon-based Kentucky Buck. Yeah, they were nice and refreshing with a slight tartness from the lemon that was well-balanced with the sweetness of strawberry and simple syrup, a fizzy bite from the ginger beer, and finally, that warm woodiness from the bourbon. Yep, they went down a little too easy . . . like drinking 4, 5, or 6 of them in a row easy.
And, just like that, we were off to eat. Some of our favorite bites were the delicate brisket served with cornbread and the creamy and silky polenta served up with perfectly cooked and spiced shrimp . . . that’s no easy task. We also really dug the salad bar and pondered how Chef was able to get the Chicken Palliard so damn thin. We also snagged some killer passed apps, too, like the killer Spanakopita and grilled veggie pizza with chicken. Our absolute favorite taste of the night were the edamame dumplings, served up in Chinese takeout containers! By themselves they were savory and packed a beautiful punch, but with the sauce added on there was an additional sweet-tartness that came through which we died for. And, before we left, we made sure to eat the hell out of some of the handmade chocolates and took down some of their S’mores Tartines. Oh good God were those amazing.
Before we headed out with full bellies we made sure to check out their patio that overlooks Stamford Harbor. There was a luxury bar set up right on there, pouring out wine and refreshing cocktails like their refreshing summertime Watermelon Mint Prosecco cocktail. Throughout the night this remained a popular place for people to be at, which would make it a perfect feature for any event.
All in all, the event proved that David’s team really knows how to do it up with fantastic food, decor, and service . . . but we already knew that. In terms of numbers, the main space can fit 225 people seated or 350 for a reception, while the outdoor patio can fit 125 for a seated event or 250 for a reception. Now it’s your turn to know it too, son! If you need a caterer, look no further than David’s Soundview Catering, and if you need an event space, The Landing can be whatever it is you’re looking for.