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Elm in New Canaan: One of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America for 2012!

3 Oct

Congratulations to Elm and Chef Lewis, announced from their FB page!

Well, that pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?  In their 28th year (here are this year’s results) of seeking out the hottest and best new restaurants all across America, Esquire is out with their latest list that has Elm in New Canaan on the list.  To those who have dined here, they’d probably say that this is no surprise.  Chef and owner Brian Lewis has been featured in countless articles and reviews, praising his style and his love of all things local and seasonal.  His gig before Elm was cooking up a storm at Richard Gere’s The Farmhouse at Bedford Post.

As for options eating here, there are so many to pick from:  dinner, chef’s tasting, bar dining (snacks), Sunday brunch, and even Sunday supper.  Perhaps one of the coolest things to do here is go with Chef Lewis on a journey to the farm through his tasting menu.  For $45 you’ll get three courses, paired beautifully for you.  If you have more of an appetite or feel a bit more daring, check out five courses for $75.  Now, this is great, but even more exciting (at least to us, we’re in serious awe of talented chefs) is the Chef’s Tasting Counter.  Saddle on up and enjoy each bite of your tasting menu while you watch all the action go down in the kitchen.  Yes, you’ll see your dishes cooked and prepared right before your hungry little eyes.

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Seasonal + Local End of Summer Wine Dinners @ Rizzuto’s 4 Locations

4 Sep

When we were in Seattle and Portland we learned about FLOSS during one of our food tours.  Yes, we took food tours.  Did you expect anything else from us?  So, yeah, we learned about FLOSS:  fresh, local, organic, seasonal, sustainable.  Both cities subscribe to this and it’s a way of life for a great deal of the restaurants and even the food carts.  Well, Rizzuto’s is bringing some of that FLOSS into Connecticut.

Check them out for their special End of Summer Wine Dinners at all four of their locations in Stamford, Westport, Bethel, and West Hartford.  You’ll get a special cocktail and appetizer reception, followed by four courses that are paired with wines.  If you buy the tickets online, you’ll only pay $39.95 for this family style meal.  If you buy your tickets at the restaurant, you’ll pay $47.95.  Just remember that tax and–more importantly–gratuity are not included.  Remember your servers and reservations. :)

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