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New Canaan Nature Center Harvest Festival Returns this Saturday . . . Got Your Tix?

27 Sep
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Drink up at this year’s Harvest Festival: Nature on Tap!

The New Canaan Nature Center is celebrating the start of fall with their annual Harvest Festival. This event that we’ve been to two times is this Saturday, October 1, from 7-10. Tickets (21+ only) are $75 in advance, $90 at the door, or $250 for two tix with VIP parking.  Continue reading

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

New Canaan Taste of the Town Stroll Adds Lobster Roll Battle to Annual Festivities Benefitting Food Pantry

12 Aug

Best picture EVER! Photo from New Canaan Chamber of Commerce FB page.

Mark it and mark it well: August 20 is when New Canaan hosts its annual Taste of the Town Stroll. And, while they are still keeping what has made this event a success year after year, they are adding in an awesome new event: the Lobster Roll Battle! To take part, come on down at 5 pm to New Canaan’s popular Pop Up Park. At that time, local New Canaan spots Baldanza, Cava, Fishtails, Fjord Fish Market, and Silvermine Market will compete to see who makes the best lobster roll in New Canaan. The judges are First Selectman Rob Mallozzi III, Executive Director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Tucker Murphy, and Executive Chef of Elm, Luke Venner. Adding some more fun and excitement to all the action will be our buddy, Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods who will be hosting this culinary battle. 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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Community Plates looking for bin runners @ the new Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in New Canaan

15 May
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Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just want to make healthier food choices, Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is a brand new option for you in New Canaan.  Not wasting any time after their recent opening, they have joined up with the Community Plates food rescue network.  So, starting on May 19, seasoned food rescuers and newcomers will be able to set up bin runs using the GoRescue App.

For those who are new to the mission of Community Plates (learn more from a recent blog post), it’s a network of restaurants and stores that donate food that would normally go to waste.  Food runner volunteers then sign up for a bin run, pick them up, then deliver them to a local shelter or pantry.  In the case of Mrs. Greens, runners would take the bins to either Norwalk, Darien, or Stamford, depending on the sign up.  

To become a new runner, just sign up here and join us and countless others who are taking steps to wipe out hunger in Fairfield County…and beyond.  Just check out what they’ve already accomplished in just the past three years:

They’ve rescued 4.3 million meals!

3.44 of those 4.3 million are from the Fairfield County division alone!

And, just in April of this year, food rescuers helped to provide almost 300,000 meals for people who needed food right here in Fairfield County.

Now, with Mrs. Greens in the mix, we can make those numbers even higher and lower the number of people in need of food throughout the place we call home.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Hits New Canaan and 3 Other CT Towns

28 Apr
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day will be taking over New Canaan and three other CT towns...

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day will be taking over New Canaan and three other CT towns…

The food revolution will be televised…and will make its way to New Canaan on Saturday, May 17, from 9:30-11:30.  That’s when Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution will take the town and its Pop Up Park (off of Elm) by storm.  The idea behind Jamie’s Food Revolution Day is helping the children of the world to not only eat healthier, but to fight obesity, find ingredients for meals from local and sustainable sources, and for families to spend more time together cooking and eating.

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Eclectic brings the luncheonette and take-out to New Canaan

22 Oct

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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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Signed, Sealed + Delivered: Art’s Yours at Silvermine Arts Center

1 Oct

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Want to add some color, some pop, and some culture to your house?  Look, it’s time you took down your Backstreet Boys, N’ Sync, Wolves howling at the moon, Ferrari, and Sports Illustrated posterss and be big girls and boys!  But, we know what you’re thinking…art is too expensive to own.  Maybe sometimes, but not at Silvermine Arts Center‘s “Signed, Sealed, & Delivered Collector’s Party” on 10/5 from 5-7 pm.

For just $50, you’ll be able to buy a 4″ x 6″ original work of art from Silvermine Guild artists, School of Art faculty, and even some special international artists.  If you buy three, the fourth painting is free, too!  Also, for $100 extra, you’ll a raffle ticket for a 10″ x 10″ painting at the end of the night.  When it’s time, raffle numbers will be called out and that will be your cue to get the painting of your choice!

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Ole Smoky Moonshine Tasting + More @ Burger Bar & Bistro in Norwalk, CT

24 Sep

Burger Bar & Bistro in Norwalk is hosting an event on October 5 starting at 1 pm that is sure to be not only unique, but also very exciting.  They’ve teamed up with Ole Smoky ® Tennessee Moonshine (the first legal moonshine in Tennesse, btw) to help raise money for Bully Breed Rescue, an organization based out of New Canaan that we’ve written about before.  Entrance to the event is $20, but that gets you a helluva lot…

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