Greenwich Wine and Food Festival returns to Greenwich September 21-22nd

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The fantastic Greenwich Wine and Food Festival presented by PepsiCo returns to Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on the harbor in Greenwich Ct., September 21-22, 2018.  The festival is amazing with food, wine, beer, and spirits tastings, celebrity chefs and demonstrations, a casino gaming tent, and capped off by a fantastic outdoor concert.  All this is the beautiful setting of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

Friday night will feature a  special dinner with The Opening Night Master Chef Wine Dinner, held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park on Friday, September 21, will honor Alex Guarnaschelli for her innovation and substantial contributions to the culinary world.

Saturday September 22nd is a fun filled day starting at 12:30 pm with the Grand Tasting Tent with 150 different food and beverage vendors!  It is quite the treat.  It is a great way to sample wine, spirits, beverages and check out the culinary delights from great local restaurants.

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Celebrity chefs abound at the festival with The Celebrity Green Room, presented by Ethan Allen, will host celebrities and culinary experts in a luxury lounge while being interviewed by Serendipity contributing editors Chef Matt Storch and Chef Robin Selden.

12:30-12:50pm – Adam Richman  1:00-1:20pm – Scott Conant 1:30-1:50pm – Alex Guarnaschelli  2:00-2:20pm – Samantha Benjamin (The Dessertist), Kevin Des Chenes (restauranteur and author) and Lindsay Perkins (Lindsay Culinary, LLC)    2:30-2:50pm – Christian Petroni (Fortina, Winner of Next Food Network Star), Bill Taibe (Jesup Hall, Kawa Ni, The Whelk) and Serena Wolf (author and Domesticate-Me.com)  and more!

From 1pm to 6pm there will be two kitchen demonstration stages with celebrity chefs presenting great cooking demos.

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From 4:30 pm to 8:30pm there will be more great activities leading up to concert time!  There will be “The South of The Border” presented by Don Julio featuring the flavors of Mexico.   Bud and Burgers will have burger samples from competing restaurants as well as plenty of Budweiser on tap.   There is also a great “Tailgate Party” during this time with great samples from   featuring samples from Blue Point Brewing Company, Cafe’ Bon, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Filippo Berio, Half Full Brewery, Hoodoo Brown BBQ, Izzi B’s Bakery, Jameson, Kettle One, KOW Steaks, Mike’s Organic Delivery, Pepsi Zero, The Blind Rhino, The Dough Girls, True Color Sparkling Wine, Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquors, Walter’s Hot Dogs and Woodford Reserve.  There is something for everyone!

The festival will end with an outdoor concert.  At 6:30 pm vocalist and multi instrumentalist Caroline Jones will kick off the concert. She has released her first album this year “Bare Feet” and has spent much of 2018 touring with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.  I have seen her in concert and she is not to be missed!

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At 8:30 pm Tim McGraw will be the main act on stage.  McGraw’s career spans over 20 years and  is considered a top  country music artist. He has numerous Grammy, CMA and AMA awards to his credit.  His crossover into a blend of country and pop music has made him a fan favorite all over the country.

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This event is not to be missed and comes along once a year !  For more information click the link below.

https://serendipitysocial.com/greenwich-wine-food

Greenwich Wine and Food Festival presented by PepsiCo

 

Winfield’s: fine dining in a elegant tropical atmosphere

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It was a cold and damp January evening outside, but inside Winfield’s at the Greenwich Hyatt, I felt as if I was on vacation in a tropical locale.  Was I in Miami? The Caribbean or Mexico?  I was in fact inside a restaurant that is a tranquil tropical oasis filled with tall palm trees, tropical plants, garden umbrellas, a waterfall and running stream, a gazebo bar, and soaring Mayan pillars that support the glass roof.  It is a very special indoor space and is located inside the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich Ct. The restaurant has just launched a new menu which were eager to try.

I felt I was in a tropical paradise and dining on delectable food and sipping classic cocktails. There are many nice dinner selections and plates to share with a broad assortment for all tastes.  There is also healthy options by creating your own entree by selecting the meat/fish/tofu and then choosing the sauce and the sides.

Starters:  We shared some of the appetizers in order to get a sample of what Winfield’s has to offer. We tried the Poached Shrimp with grilled lemon , the Mediterranean trio of roasted red pepper hummus, baba ghanoush, egg plant caponata and grilled pita bread.  Both were delicious with nice presentations and great choices for the vegetarian in your party.

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Poached Shrimp with grilled lemon

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Mediterranean Trio

We so sampled  the Maryland Crabcake with roasted butternut squash and brussel sprout relish with lemon pepper aioli.  The crabcake was perfectly cooked and the compliment of squash and spices made for an interesting taste treat.  A very nice presentation on a unique plate.

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Maryland Crabcake

If pizza is your favorite try one of  the several flatbreads offered. The margarita pizza flatbread with fire roasted red and yellow tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella is a sure winner.

Main Course:   I  selected the Pan Seared Salmon with asparagus and Mediterranean couscous.  This was a light healthy choice and so delicious.

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Pan Seared Salmon

If pasta is your favorite, try the Pumpkin ravioli, with shaved brussel sprouts, and dried cherries in a butternut squash sage cream sauce.  A real satisfying dish with an interesting combo of ingredients, though I wish the cream sauce was a little lighter.  A real comfort food.  For steak lovers, we tried and enjoyed the NY Strip Steak with potatoes and roasted asparagus.  The steak was cooked as ordered and was delicious.

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Pumpkin Ravioli

Desserts:  You will want to try one of the excellent desserts. We sampled two including  the Marquis Chocolate cake (yum!), and the interesting Croissant with pumpkin spice ice cream.  Both were great and a fun way to round out an excellent dining experience.

Need to get away but can’t make it to the islands?  Then have dinner and drinks in the tropical oasis at Winfields .

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Winfield’s  at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich

1800 East Putnam Ave  Old Greenwich  Ct.

tel:   203.637.1234

web:  https://greenwich.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Winfields.html

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Harvest Cider Dinner at the National in Greenwich on Nov. 14th

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A fun food experience comes to Greenwich Ct. on November 14, 2016.  The Harvest Cider Dinner featuring Downeast Ciders will be held at The National restaurant in Greenwich.  The National which opened in 2015 is owned by Geoffrey Zakarian celebrity chef, author and star of several shows on the Food Network.

The dinner which is a culinary event which coincides with Greenwich Restaurant Week  will be a true experience including the best of Autumn with a seasonal feast paired with cider from Downeast Ciders of Charlestown, Massachusetts.  This will be  a three course meal that is expertly prepared and served in the beautiful setting that is The National.

The dinner is $68 per person.

The menu is as follows (subject to change)

 First Course
Bibb Lettuce & Lolla Rosa Salad
Blue Cheese, Fennel, Apple, White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chicken Liver  Mousse
Persimmon-Citrus Chutney, Fennel Cracker
Connecticut Burrata
Artichokes, Rapini ,Green Olive Vinaigrette

Mains
Wood Grilled Pork Shoulder
Heirloom Polenta, Spiced Apples, Apple Cider Jus
Pan Roasted Chatham Cod
Butternut Squash, Pomegranates, Five Spice
Wood Roasted Chicken
Wild Rice, Kale, Cured Cabbage, Natural Jus

 Dessert
Local Honey Mousse
Mulled Wine Gelee, Almond
NTL Apple Pie Granny Smith Apple, Cranberry, Malted Vanilla Ice Cream

This is a great opportunity to dine at a fantastic restaurant.  For more infomation:

Reservations available on The National website, by calling 203-861-6851 or by emailing reservations@thenational-ct.comMenu items subject to change.

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 The National

376 Greenwich Avenue  Greenwich Ct     tel: 203-861-6851

web: http://thenational-ct.com/

November 14, 2016  starting at 5pm

Greenwich Restaurant Week Returns November 11-20th

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November 11-20 2016 marks the return of Greenwich Restaurant Week presented by Moffly Media. Foodies have a fantastic opportunity to try over  30 different participating restaurants.  The restaurants will be having special promotions with many having special Price Fixe menus.  It is a fabulous opportunity to try a new restaurant or revisit one of your favorites.

Greenwich Restaurant Week kicks off with an Opening Night Party on Thursday November 10 from 6pm to 9pm at The J House in Greenwich.  The party will feature tasty tapas and bites from 30 different beverage and food sponsors.  In attendance will be Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian who will be signing his new cookbook, and Kathy Lee Gifford who will be showcases her Gifft line of wines by pairing them with dishes prepared by Chef Conor of J House .  Tickets to the party are $75.  Part of the proceeds benefits the ride service, TAG.

For restaurant week the participating restaurants from the area are:  Applausi Osteria, Aux Delices, Back 40 Kitchen, Beach House Cafe, Bella Nonna, Bistro V, Blackstones, Bistro 47, Char, Coast, East End, Elms Street Oyster House, Fortina, Gabrielle’s, Harvest, L’escale. Le Fat poodle, Le Penguin, Little Pub, Lugano,Mediterraneo,Meli-Melo, Old Greenwich Social Club, Polpo, Tarry Lodge, Terra, The Ginger Man, Tredici North, The National, The J House, Winfields and Wuji.

This week only comes once a year so check the website for deals for each participating restaurants.  See you there!

for tickets and more information

http://greenwichrestaurantweek.com/

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Greenwich Art Gala: a special art show to benefit Haiti

 

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The First Annual Greenwich Art Gala is a special event in which attendees can view the art of over 20 artists. Art dealers Saya Ishii Velazquez, Suhayb Ibn M Zarroug in collaboration with Unik Ernest and Jen Danzi are bringing a world class selection of art to attract collectors from near and far. Greenwich Art Gala will be one of the first of its kind at this level to showcase art in this style with this caliber of exposure in Connecticut.  It will be held in a beautiful home in Greenwich, Ct.

The proceeds of the Gala will go to Endeyo a non-profit based in NYC that  is devoted to improving the future for children in Haiti through programs focused on education. Supporting the impoverished Bel-Air neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Edeyo’s primary school supplies life-changing opportunities through free education and the provision of desperately needed food, water, health care and social support to affected children. Since its grassroots beginning in 2007, Edeyo has grown to support a school of 300 elementary school students annually.

EVENT DAYS: May 6th- May 17th 2016

Tickets:  Bronze $25, Silver $100, Gold $500

Location:  35 Winding Lane Greenwich, Ct.

For tickets and more information:

http://www.greenwichartgala.com

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