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Guy Fieri at Foxwoods

Guy Fieri at Foxwoods »

By: Owen McDonald

America's favorite chef brings a bold new restaurant to the shoreline When was the last time you met a really nice guy? Could have been your neighbor's... more

The Clean Plate Club

The Clean Plate Club »

By: Lindsay Rizza

Do you have a young aspiring Jacque Pepin, Rachel Ray, or Guy Fieri in your family? Getting your picky eaters grades 1-5, ages 5-12, or excited enthusiasts... more

Mbar Mystic Cool Chocolate Mint Cocktail

Mbar Mystic Cool Chocolate Mint Cocktail »

By: Marisa Sabowski

Mbar Cool Chocolate Mint Cocktail By Marisa Sabowski, Bartender at MBar, Mystic, CT 8-10 Chocolate Mint leaves 2 oz Foggy Harbor Vodka (local from... more

Chef Matthew Bouffard of Chamard Vineyard

Chef Matthew Bouffard of Chamard Vineyard »

By: Owen McDonald

Clinton's Chamard Vineyard is home to true Lyonnaise dining When humans first potted wine around 11,000 BC somewhere along the Fertile Crescent, we can... more

Picnic Pointers With Summer Sizzle

Picnic Pointers With Summer Sizzle »

By: Leslie Singer

Local celebrity chefs gear up for culinary outings Be it the gear, the food, or the location, picnics are all about personal style. Whether it's the beach,... more

DIY Limoncello

DIY Limoncello »

By: Chef Ron Hook

DIY Limoncello Adding homemade zest to your summer bar A liqueur—intended to be sipped slowly after dinner or a compliment to dessert—is commonly... more

The Cocoa Cure

The Cocoa Cure »

By: Emily Cahill

The Cocoa Cure Upscale Connecticut chocolatiers reinvent confections From artisanal hot chocolate to handcrafted truffles, local cocoa connoisseurs are... more

Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers »

By: Leslie Singer

Edible Flowers The Lotus Eaters were way ahead of the gourmet curve It's said that scent is the most powerful of the five major senses. Like clean... more

Bittersweet Symphony

Bittersweet Symphony »

By: Renée Allen, CSS, CSW, FWS

Tart tastes rock the world of cocktails—and wine, too Bitter spirits? Yes, that's a thing. And so are bitter wines. Actually, bitter beverages have a lot... more

Oyster Club Cooks Up Small Things in a Big Way

Oyster Club Cooks Up Small Things in a Big Way »

By: Owen McDonald

Oyster Club is cooking up small things in a big way It’s a lovely day in Mystic, Connecticut. Attractive people walk briskly through the cheery harborside... more

Bar Bouchée Chef Jeff Cave Talks Authenticity

Bar Bouchée Chef Jeff Cave Talks Authenticity »

By: John Gaffney

Bar Bouchée Chef Jeff Cave Talks Authenticity Dressed for early afternoon prep in cargo pants and long sleeve t-shirt, chef Jeffrey Cave launches into a... more

White Bean Sausage Stew

White Bean Sausage Stew »

By: Chef Ron Hook

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Vietnamese Spring Roll

Vietnamese Spring Roll »

By: Staff

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Grilled Lamb and Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Lamb and Chimichurri Sauce »

By: Chef Ron Hook

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Champagne Supernova

Champagne Supernova »

By: Renée Allen, CSS, CSW, FWS

Traveling through time and taste in the land of bubbly By Renée Allen, CSS, CSW, FWS When it comes to symbols of celebration, there is no image more... more

Chef Michel Nischan’s Visionary Crusade

Chef Michel Nischan’s Visionary Crusade »

By: Jessica Ryan

Activist chef Michel Nischan’s visionary crusade The name Michel Nischan is familiar to many in Connecticut. The chef and restaurateur co-founded The... more

Connecticut River Shad — Revivifying a Fishery

Connecticut River Shad — Revivifying a Fishery »

By: Wick Griswold

Connecticut River Shad – for thousands of springs, people have hauled these silvery swimmers out of the river to bake, broil, saute, salt or pickle in brine.... more

Feeding Fairfield

Feeding Fairfield »

By: Sherri Daley

Feeding Fairfield is our guide to great Gold Coast eating Long before Tarry Lodge opened its doors, Westporters were whispering behind trembling menus, "I... more

The Heart and Soul of Chef Jacques Pépin

The Heart and Soul of Chef Jacques Pépin »

By: Emily Cahill

The master gourmand on food, and the art of living With the holidays swiftly approaching, it’s hard to imagine a more inviting scene than sharing food and... more

Il meglio dell’Italia via Alforno and Cafe Allegre

Il meglio dell’Italia via Alforno and Cafe Allegre »

By: Tom Soboleski

Il meglio dell'Italia means "the best of Italy." At two shoreline eateries, Alforno and Cafe Allegre, the finest Italian cuisine is always on the menu. In a... more