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Iron Chef Judge Donatella Arpaia Talks Food + More @ Fairfield University

8 Feb

Photo: Donatella Arpaia; Credit: Anna Williams

If you’re up on the world of food culture like we are, you definitely know who Donatella Arpaia is. But, in case you need a reminder, here goes:

  • She’s a graduate of Fairfield University, class of ’93
  • She is lead judge on Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef.
  • She’s a regular on NBC TODAY.
  • She’s the owner of Kefi restaurant in NYC.
  • She’s just plain awesome. ;)

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Sláinte! Fairfield County Irish Festival @ Fairfield University

7 Jun

A few weeks ago we went to Ireland and it was one of the best trips of our lives.  The people were great, everything was beautiful, and the food (contrary to popular belief) was amazing.  We started in Dublin, then traveled to an ancient castle, flew some hawks, checked out Killarney, walked along the Cliffs of Mohr, visited the House of Waterford, and even were given an official certificate from Guinness saying that we are certified to pour the perfect pint, and so many more things we can’t even list here.  As our vacation drew to a close, we didn’t want to leave…no, not one bit.  Perhaps one of the most surreal moments happened when we were visiting the Dublin Writers Museum and a parade made its way past us.  We followed the Irish Independence Day parade around block after block, feeling a connection with all the people of Ireland as they remembered Easter 1916 when Ireland declared its independence from England.  How was it possible that two people from across the globe could make such a strong connection with a group of people they had never met before?  It just speaks to our need and love of freedom, wherever we are.

The parade through Dublin, remembering Easter 1916

The parade through Dublin, remembering Easter 1916

And, it’s with that beautiful spirit and enduring pride that the Fairfield County Irish Festival takes place for its 25th year at Fairfield University.  You can stop by June 14 (6-11 pm), 15 (noon-11 pm), or 16 (noon-8 pm)…a perfect place to take your dad for Father’s Day…just saying.  Don’t forget about dad!

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