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SoNo Baking Company Opening in Westport; Java to Close

18 Dec

The SoNo Baking Company & Cafe

Dan Woog, writer for 06880danwoog.com, a blog that covers all things Westport wrote earlier today that Java Westport is closing. He then shared that there were rumors going around that SoNo Baking Company was taking its place. 

Ever the intrepid bloggers, we reached out to owner John Barricelli and he confirmed that, YES, SoNo Baking Company will be taking over the spot! 

So, Westporters can look forward to some great awesomeness, just like their Norwalk spot! Pastries, coffee, breakfast: all the works!  Westport, you so lucky! For a preview, check out our review of a killer breakfast at SoNo Baking

Local Food Authors at Ferguson Library for Food, Talk, Wine, Fundraising, and Signings – Stamford, CT

26 Nov

Three local celebrated chefs and cookbook authors are visiting The Ferguson Library in Downtown Stamford this Wednesday (11/28) at 6 pm.  First off, there’s Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook.  Next, we have Claire Crisculo, the owner of Claire’s Corner Copia in New Haven who also wrote Welcome to Claire’s:  35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant.  And, we’ve got local legend John Barricelli from SoNo Baking Company who authored The Seasonal Baker and The SoNo Baking Company Cookbook.

They’ll be dishing about cooking and their own experiences, plus they’ll be signing their books, available for purchase.  Come by early for the wine reception and appetizers from Atria Restaurant.  Tickets are just $15 and will go directly toward The Ferguson Library.  If you’re a Stamford resident or know of the library situation in Stamford, you know how vital this money is in keeping the library up and running.

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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

Wholesome Wave and a Fundraiser to Go Hog Wild Over!

17 May


Kristien and I were sitting by the fireplace of The Inn at Sweet Water Farms in the Berskshires last year, enjoying the warmth, sipping on some wine and spirits, and reading.  We had picked The Inn at Sweet Water Farms because it was named a top bed & breakfast for foodies to stay.  Why, you ask?   Lynda Fisher (co-owner) cooks an amazing breakfast for you from local food…and even rabbit from her own farm if you’re daring.  We sat there, soaking in the flames and came upon a magazine with Michel Nischan on the cover.  Hey, that’s the chef from The Dressing Room (Naughty Angel=BEST DESSERT EVER) where we just ate last weekend!  Well, turns out that Michel Nischan is so much more than a celebrated chef.

We discovered the amazing change that he and Wholesome Wave are bringing about in the world.  Michel, CEO and Co-Founder, has made the mission of Wholesome Wave to provide easy and affordable access to healthy and locally grown produce in communities that need it the most.  They realize that when communities begin to produce more of their own food, they will become more sustainable and the local economy will grow too.  In addition, Wholesome Wave has recently made big changes happen at Whole Foods Market.  As we reported to you, starting this past Earth Day, Whole Foods Market will only sell sustainable and environmentally friendly fish at their stores.  That’s a whole lot of change that will help keep our environment safe, but will also keep our food fresh, clean, and healthy.

Here piggy piggy

Because Wholesome Wave is a nonprofit organization, they need funds to help make food available to communities and support small/mid-size farms.  They have created a foodie/locavore/celebritychefophile’s heaven called The Whole Hog to bring in much needed funding.  Four of the best chefs in Connecticut will literally be using all of a free-range pig in an oinky plethora of small dishes.  These dishes will highlight cuts of the pig that you might not be used to.  They will also be offering some special previews of their seasonal dishes.  Ooooh!  Wait, don’t worry, there will also be wine to wash it down. ;)

First piggy: Tim LaBant of Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton.

Next piggy: John Barricelli of SoNo Baking Company in South Norwalk.

Third little piggy:  Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven.

Last little piggy:  Joe Wolfson of the newly opened Terrain Garden Cafe in Westport.

Host piggy:  Michel Nischan of The Dressing Room in Westport.

So, jot down this info:

Thursday, May 24

6: 30 PM

Clarke Showroom

64 South Main Street
South Norwalk, Connecticut 06854
866-838-9385

$145 per person (think of where the money is going…you’re making great change in the world)

There will also be a live auction!

Buy tickets here or call (203) 226-1112.

Have you ever attended a dinner like this with a whole-animal experience?  Also, how do you “go local” in your lives?  We’d love to hear your experiences and your thoughts.

Jason Sobocinski + John Barricelli Book Signing and Tasting for The Wakeman Town Farm, 5/6

29 Apr

Behold the awesomeness!

Yes, after a successful swag run that included white shoes at $20 at Marshall’s Shoes in Westport, I snuck into Barnes & Noble while Kristien oohed and aahed over the vast array of shoes.  Barnes & Noble, my oasis, my escape from the monotony of shoe shopping…how I love you.  Well, wouldn’t you know what we found when Kristien made her way in?

Click through to purchase/look at book at B&N

A double dose of culinary and cheeseuary awesomeness in the form of a book signing!  Yes, so just stop in at the Barnes & Noble in Westport on 5/6/12 from noon-2 pm and you’ll be able to meet Jason Sobocinski from Caseus Fromagerie and Bistro and John Barricelli from The SoNo Baking Company.  Their books will be for sale, and you’ll be able to get them signed all in support of a bookfair for the Wakeman Town Farm education center in Westport.  We checked and you’ll be able to bring in your own copies, oh intrepid foodicionados.  This is for a fundraiser, though, so consider buying both books to be signed.  Oh, but wait, did you catch that other word on the sign?  Yes, TASTING.  Muahahahaha!  You’d be absolutely dumb not to attend.  Think ahead, too…wouldn’t this be a perfect gift for your lovely wife or your mother on that special day that comes only once a year?  Or, think of your favorite bloggers named Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro…

You are probably familiar with both Jason and John, because they seem to be everywhere these days.  Jason is well known for his awesome restaurant, food truck, and store Caseus in New Haven and also for hosting The Big Cheese on The Food Network.  Also, John has received countless kudos from the media and fans for his food and baked goods (especially our ode to the stuffed french toast) and  hosts his own show called Everyday Baking on PBS.

In addition, please also consider coming in earlier than the book signing to support Wakeman Town Farm.  Starting at 10 am, there will be lots of fun events and green activities that celebrate how amazing farms are and why we love spring.  This will be a great place to take your kids, hint hint wink wink nod nod.

Barnes & Noble

5/6/12 from noon – 2 pm

Address:  Post Plaza Shopping Center

1076 Post Road East

Westport, CT 06880

Phone:  (203) 221-7955

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