September has been a busy month so far, but I was able to participate in a local event that deserves special recognition. On Sunday, September 12th, I had a tent at the 10th Annual Celebration of Connecticut Farms event at Laurel Ridge Farm in Litchfield. The event was hosted by the Connecticut Farmland Trust and was a celebration dedicated to showcasing local Food and Wine. The event was a huge success and sold out just as expected. I had the opportunity to meet internationally renowned chef, TV personality and industry legend Jacques Pepin and spend time with a great number of chefs and owners of some of Connecticut’s most popular restaurants. All of the proceeds from the event go to the Connecticut Land Trust’s mission of preserving local farms and promoting sustainable food sources. With all of the fresh and local ingredients I work into all of my recipes, I was honored to be part of the celebration. See the Connecticut Farmland Trust’s website for more information about what they do and who they help.
I invite everyone to look for me this coming Thursday, September 30th on “Better Connecticut” on WFSB at 12:30 p.m. I will be on the show to promote Connecticut Restaurant Week, which is taking place October 4-10. La Tavola is one of dozens of restaurants throughout the state participating this year and the event happens to coincide with Connecticut’s 375th anniversary. For those looking for more information on restaurant week, visit the Connecticut Restaurant Associations Website. I will be showcasing one of my favorite recipes on “Better Connecticut” that will be part of La Tavola’s restaurant week menu selections. Please tune in as I am sure it is going to be a very fun afternoon. Visit Better Connecticut’s website for more information on the show. If you’d prefer to see me live, I’ll be participating in two great Connecticut events before the holidays as well.
On October 7th, I’ll be helping the Morris Foundation raise money to benefit local citizens with substance abuse and behavior health problems by participating in their “In Good Taste” fundraiser at Villa Rosa in Waterbury. All of the proceeds from the event go to help the Morris Foundation and wealth of services they provide to a great number of people in need. The event is a showcase of what Waterbury has to offer for food, wine and pastries and is sure to draw a large crowd. I’ll be showcasing some of my recipes at the event and can’t wait to get a taste of some of the other local restaurants in the area. If you are interested in attending or donating to this event, you can find information about it on the Morris Foundation’s Website.
After the Morris Foundation’s event, I am honored to be asked to showcase some of my popular recipes at the 4th Annual Foxwods Food & Wine Festival, November 5-7th. I will be cooking alongside some well known and well respected chefs. I am looking forward to meeting and spending time with such well know chefs as Aaron McCargo Jr. from Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House and Sunny Anderson from Cooking for Real. I know the event is going to be a huge success and can’t wait to showcase some of my greatest recipes and sample some of those of local and national food celebrities. I know it will be a weekend filled with great food, great wine and lots of great times with friends. If you love good food and good wine, this is one event you don’t want to miss. More information on the Food and Wine Festival, including other chefs who are participating can be found here.