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Chefs Venner and Anderson Host Pop-Up Dinner @ elm in New Canaan

15 Apr
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Executive Chef Luke Venner of elm in New Canaan teams up with EC Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s for a one-of-a-kind pop-up dinner experience! Pic courtesy of elm.

Popping up on April 20 from 5:30-9 at elm in New Canaan is a special dining experience that brings together two of CT’s best and most celebrated chefs. Chef Luke Venner of elm won’t have to come very far for this collaboration, but his former executive chef at Millwright’s in Simsbury, Tyler Anderson, has to travel a bit. But, that road trip will be so worth it . . . and will be so worthy of you taking a trip, too. Continue reading

South End proposes to expand + take over Picador spot in New Canaan

15 Jan

Earlier in the week, NewCanaanite.com wrote that Nick Martschenko, Executive Chef and owner of South End, was proposing renovations and a new restaurant in place of Picador in New Canaan. They said that, according to building plans submitted to New Canaan, the restaurant would be called South End Uncorked.

We contacted Chef Martschenko regarding this and he told us that everything is still in the preliminary stages, even the name. “I am still developing the concept and decor,” he shared. “Actually, the deal is still not 100%.” He is referring to negotations with the owners of Picador, who currently own the space. This spot in New Canaan has a history of great restaurants like the always-evolving Picador and, of course, the wonderful and much-missed Harvest Supper where we spent many a night eating and drinking.

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Eclectic brings the luncheonette and take-out to New Canaan

22 Oct


We’re big fans of restaurants that don’t fit into a mold and aren’t your typical spot.  Enter in Eclectic Luncheonette of New Canaan.  Opened for just a week, Eclectic is owned by Robert Milano, who is also the chef.  He got his start in cooking 10 years ago when he was a short order cook for a swim club and worked his way up to sous chef at the Royal Green Restaurant in Stamford.  He even earned a degree from The International Culinary Center so he could focus on his dream:  owning his own restaurant.

And now the dream has come true.  Eclectic is open with 22 seats, serving lunch at the restaurant and is also bringing great quality take-out.  Stop by for your mid-day snack from 11:30 am to 6 pm and check out their signature salads, make your own salad, sandwiches, soups, melts, and soufflés.  Here are some of the standouts that we noticed on the menu that we’re excited to try:

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Reasons to Go Loco for Locali Pizza Bar + Kitchen, Coming to New Canaan

9 Oct

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Update:  Locali will be open for business staring at 5 pm on 11/29.

Take one Chopped competitor who is Executive Chef at Village Social Kitchen + Bar in Mt. Kisco, NY, add in a brand new New Canaan restaurant, throw in a handcrafted Neapolitan wood-burning pizza oven, and sprinkle in dashes of Mediterranean dishes and you’ve got the recipe for success.  We are referring to Locali, located at 32 Forest Street (where Kouzina used to be), which will be opening up soon.

Let’s look a little closer at Locali Pizza Bar + Kitchen and why it promises to be a great new addition to the local restaurant scene:

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Warm Your Soul at South End with a Paired Wine Dinner – New Canaan, CT

25 Jan

After the closing of Pine Social in New Canaan, we were skeptical if another restaurant coming into that spot would also be successful.  When we saw the menu and got information from South End, though, we began to change our minds.  What finally made us change our minds is actually eating there.  The food was fresh, locally sourced, and the menu was very fun and playful.  For example, the tomato and mozzarella salad was one of the most unique interpretations that we’ve ever tasted with basil gelato and a tomato gelee.  While some people have complained about the menu being confusing, that’s actually one of the things that we liked most about it…it’s like an adventure.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out this New Canaan newcomer (or if you’re a well-seasoned vet), then we’ve got a great chance for you to try out the food.  On February 5, they’ll be hosting a four course wine dinner that will warm up your spirit in the bitter cold of February.  You could even think of this as an early Valentine’s Day present, if you’d like…

“Warm Your Soul” Wine Dinner

February 5, 6:30 pm

$75 pp (includes wine, plus tax and gratuity)

Course 1:  Chilled Lobster Salad

Artichokes bariguole, roasted tomato, soft herb salad

Paired with Chardonnay, Stuthlmuller from Alexander Valley, California

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