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Got any…cheese? Carol Lake sure does and she’ll teach you to DIY!

2 Dec

Cheese.  That word makes us quiver and fall to our knees in weakness.  Cheese.  It’s what’s for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and even snacktime.  Cheese.  Are you sensing a theme here?  Cheese.

But, it’s hard to find someone that knows more about cheese and the art of making it than Carol Lake, owner of Simple Cheesemaking.  She made some amazing cheese at Dancing Dog Farm in New Hampshire and held classes, showing people how to make all different kinds of cheeses and homestead products.  Some of the classes that she has to offer are Beginner Cheesemaking; Parent & Child Cheesemaking; Simple Soft Cheeses of Italy (mooz, straciatella, bocconcini, and burrata); Simply Mozzarella; Jazz, Cheese & Wine; a Full Day Beginner Workshop; Yogurt, Butter & Kefir; and more.  

DSC_3062Although Carol has previously worked at Dancing Dog Farm, she is now in Fairfield County and offers more of a personal service.  In other words, if you want a class or want to learn how to make something, she’ll come to you.  She has already held a class at Wakeman Town Farm and will hold a class at Farah’s Farm in Wilton soon, too.  Her classes just might be the perfect present for the cheeselover in your life or just a great experience.  Think of it:  pure, handmade cheese that doesn’t have all those preservatives and artificial ingredients in them.  

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Farm to Table Dining Sprouts up in Trumbull with Parallel Post, a Dean James Max Restaurant

24 Oct

James Beard nominated chef, Dean James Max knows a few things about running successful restaurants that people can’t get enough of.  We’re talking 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, Amp 150 in Cleveland, Asador in Dallas, Brassiere in the Grand Caymans, Latitude 41 in Columbus, and the newly opened Parallel Post in Trumbull, CT.  That’s quite an impressive portfolio, but we’re definitely excited about what this means for Connecticut and Trumbull.  You’ll be able to find Parallel Post where J. Porter’s used to be at the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway right at this very moment.

The focus of Max’s new Parallel Post is on farm-to-table dining, taking in various sources from nearby farms and food producers.  More specifically, the menu focuses on Modern American cuisine, highlighted by seasonal and regional food.  Seafood comes from Norwalk’s own Norm Bloom & Sons and Foley Fish of Boston; they source meat from Ox Hollow Farm in Roxbury, CT; they bring in great cheese from Coach Farms in Pine Plains, NY and Beltane Farms in Lebanon, CT; and they have lots of greens from Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Westport, CT.

Using these local ingredients, you can look forward to dishes such as:

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