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Crafting Modern American Dining at Artisan in Southport, CT

6 May

People throw around big words all the time, so much so that they begin to lose their meaning. Foodie, farm to table, organic, handmade, and artisan (to name a few). It’s not that we hate these words or what they stand for, but take artisan for example…brands like Lays hijacked the word and weakened the cache it carries with machine-created artisi-ficial products. With that being said, there’s a restaurant set away in the Delamar Hotel called Artisan that actually lives up to its name.

In style, it’s sleek, modern, and comfortable, while the food is American at heart, though it is inspired and influenced by a classically trained French chef, Frederic Kieffer. Along with working at various restaurants in Paris, he has also worked at Windows on the World, C’est si Bon, Gaia, and l’escale, Artisan’s sister restaurant. And, you can add another feather to his cap:  gardener.  That’s because he manages, grows, and helps to pick herbs in the Artisan patio garden.  Rosemary, Genovese Basil, Sweet Thai Basil, chives, lemongrass, parsley, Italian Parsley, and other herbs are all at Chef Kieffer‘s disposal throughout the summer and fall.  And, because there isn’t an infinite amount of space at Artisan and the Delmar, they get a big portion of local produce from Gilberties Farm in Westport, even planting some of their own veggies and herbs there.  Now that is artisan:  cultivating and creating beautifully finished products by hand.

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Holiday Gifts and Giveaway w/ Path Coffee and Cathy’s Biscotti and Sweet Treats

18 Nov

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You’ve probably passed by it a hundred times.   It’s just a big brick building in Port Chester.   But, as you get closer the amazing aroma of roasted coffee beans assaults you.   This is where Empire Coffee and Path Coffee roasters (a division of Empire)  roasts and packs up different varieties of coffee.   Head brewers Johnny Steverson and Jason Richter are roasting up small artisan batches of coffee there at a seemingly endless pace.

Where the magic happens at Path!

Where the magic happens at Path!

And, just a few miles down 95 in White Plains is Cathy’s Biscotti and Sweet Treats.  Owned by Cathy Schauber, Cathy’s Biscotti and Sweet Treats has been creating yummy biscotti cookies and more since 2006.  And, guess what?   They’ve come together in a perfect pairing and marriage with Path Coffee for the holidays.  Yes, you can get 6 biscotti and a 12 oz bag of Path Coffee for just 22.58.  

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Wakeman Town Farm Holds First Farm to Table Event Featuring CT’s Best Chefs!

24 Jul

“Grassroots” is an event not to be missed.  It’s the kind of thing that if you miss it, you realize that you’re not one of the cool kids anymore.  It’s the kind of event that when you go, you realize how awesome food is and how wicked good it feels to keep it local.  Although the “Grassroots” farm to table dinner won’t be going on until September 15, we felt that we had to tell you about it now because tickets go on sale this Friday, August 3 and are $150 each.  Make sure that you’re following Wakeman Town Farm by e-mail newsletter if you’re a member…that’s where you’ll find the invitation.  It will also be up on their site with a link to purchase tickets via PayPal.

Here are some of the best chefs that CT has who are locavores, ready to transform local seasonal veggies (from nearby farms) into meals of yumminess:

Gnocchi from Artisan in Southport

Jason Sobocinski of Caseus, New Haven
John Naughright of LeFarm, Westport
Frederic Kieffer of Artisan, Southport
John Barricelli, SoNo Baking Company, Norwalk & Westport

The dinner will also help Wakeman Town Farm to raise money for their farm.  Their plans?  Spruce up the place, give away scholarships, create high school and college internships, and install animal shelters for their children’s program.  Another way to help Wakeman Town Farm is by becoming a member.  Here are some of the ways to help out along with the benefits:

$100 Harvester
  • Gift Certificate for 2 Wakeman Town Farm T-shirts
  • Discount on special events
  • Receive regular updates of the Wakeman Town Farm E-Newsletter
  • Early registration to special events
$50 Family
  • Receive regular updates of the Wakeman Town Farm E-Newsletter
  • Early registration for immediate family to special events
$35 Individual
  • Receive regular updates of the Wakeman Town Farm E-Newsletter
  • Early registration to special events

When we get more details such as the menu, we’ll update this.  So, help support local farmers, local chefs, and Wakeman Town Farm.  Think local, buy local, live local.

Wakeman Town Farm

134 Cross Highway

Westport, CT 06880

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