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Alex Guarnaschelli dishes on challenges, days off, social media, and more (interview)

7 Sep

OmNomCT checks in with Alex . . . don’t miss her at this year’s Greenwich Wine + Food Festival! Picture courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli.

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli has become synonymous with Food Network, and there’s good reason: she’s an integral part of their food programming. Whether it’s through her culinary prowess as an Iron Chef, her show Alex’s Day Off, dishing about her favorite eats of all time on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, or throwing down her expertise as a judge on shows like Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay, Chef Guaranschelli’s resume speaks for itself. In addition, she’s executive chef of Butter in NYC which brings in stellar reviews and press. 

We recently had the chance to interview Alex and talked to her about her most difficult challenges, what she really does on her days off, the importance of social media, a sneak into her recipe creation process, and more. Don’t forget, you can see Alex at this year’s Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. She’ll be hosting a sustainable dinner along with Marc Murphy which includes local chefs, she’ll also be a judge during the Burger Battle, signing copies of her book at 2:00, speaking at 1:30 in the Green Room, and cooking up an amazing demo at 3:00 at Dacor Kitchen Two.  Continue reading

Cookouts, Movie Nights, + Even More Summer Fun @ Redding Roadhouse

25 Jul

The brand new Redding Roadhouse has tons of summer fun on the way for you.  From a charity event, to movie nights, to cookouts on the patio, to farmhouse dinners, Executive Chef Wirt Cook, his wife Karen Cook, and Ted Stonbely have you covered for things to do.  It’s all part of the new image they’re trying to shape for Redding Roadhouse, making this newly owned classic restaurant in Redding a place for locals to haunt and for people (like a couple from Greenwich) across the county state to visit, too.  And, with all their combined talent, it’s easy to see why Redding Roadhouse is turning out to be one popular spot.

Starting off Wirk Cook stood by the side of Chef Alex Guarnaschelli in the pits of Kitchen Stadium for her Iron Chef win, Karen Cook used to be the Best Cellars wine and spirits director, and Ted Stonbely (their brother-in-law) was a chef at Boulud’s Bistro Moderne.  Describing the food at Redding Roadhouse isn’t easy, but you could say it’s Farm-Meets-Modern-American.  You know, we kind of like that.

So, let’s talk about all these great things going on!

1)  What’s better than a Sunday summer brunch buffet?

2)  BLUSH wine event that will benefit American Cancer Society.  It’s going on August 10 from 3-6 pm.  Karen will be sharing her favorite summer and rose wines and Chef Cook will be preparing fresh and seasonal snacks.  Tickets are $35 per person.

3)  Cinema Nights!  Starting at 8 pm, you can sit out on the patio, enjoy your food (with some specials mixed in), and sip away on beverages.  Here is the list:

  • July 25                         The Goonies
  • August 1                      Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • August 8                      The Third Man
  • August 15                    Stand By Me
  • August 22                    Casablanca
  • August 29                    What About Bob
  • September 5               Rear Window
  • September 12             Annie Hall
  • September 19             Field of Dreams

4)  Saturday Afternoon Cookouts on the Patio!  The fun begins at 3 pm and costs only $25 for adults and $12 for kids.  Kids can get hot dogs, chicken, side dishes, and dessert instead.  Here’s the focus of each cookout:

  • July 27       RIBS
  • August 3    CLAMBAKE
  • August 10  PULLED PORK
  • August 17  CLAMBAKE
  • August 24  BRATS/SAUSAGES
  • August 31  CLAMBAKE
  • Sept 7        PIG ROAST

5)  There’s always a ton of live music at Redding Roadhouse every Friday and Saturday (and sometimes Thursday).  Check out the schedule here.

6)  And, finally, they have monthly farmhouse dinners with local farmers.  Ticketst are $65 or $85 if you’d like your multi-course meal paired with wine.  After the dinner, the featured farmer will answer any questions that you might have about the food or the farm.  The dates are July 31, August 28, September 18, and October 9.

Redding Roadhouse

406 Redding Road

Redding, CT

(203) 938-3388

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