Archive for March, 2011

Ah, Spring!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

While I am writing this, I am pleased to say that we just dodged a bullet, a “snow bullet.” The weather predictors were warning about 7 inches of snow and fortunately it turned out to be a mere inconvenient dusting. Looking at the 8 day forecast on early morning TV, I see days of 30’s and 40’s, and one in the 50’s. Spring is here, but we all know in Connecticut that we must get through the next two months of Mother Nature’s fickle ups and downs. We’ll make it; winter is behind us.

Spring brings the anticipation of fresh local vegetables, al fresco dining on the patio, and a busy calendar of charity events. As you know by now, I like to take La Tavola on the road to assist several worthy causes. Here’s a list of popular events where you can sample tastes from many of Connecticut’s best restaurants (La Tavola among them) while supporting some worthwhile causes.

Presented by Hartford Hospital at the Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville

From the event web site, “With the Flavors culinary galas, the American Liver Foundation taps into our new food-savvy culture and offers an immersive environment in which guests can experience new tastes, sights and sounds – almost as if they were starring in their very own food show with a local celebrity chef!

Each Flavors event spotlights premier regional chefs and creates a high-end, exclusive, gourmet experience for a limited number of guests. Nowhere else will you witness firsthand these culinary experts creating a menu that goes above and beyond the usual restaurant fare. Flavors gives chefs the perfect opportunity to expand their creative juices, and they do so with gusto!” To purchase tickets to Flavors, or to help in any other way, phone 203-234-2022.

Marquee Catering and Events, Hartford

From the event web site, “Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Hartford invites you to savor the finest food, spirits and wines. Join Chef Billy Grant of the new Bricco Trattoria, Restaurant Bricco, and Grant’s Restaurant, voted ‘Best Restaurants’ by Hartford Magazine, and over 35 of Connecticut’s hottest chefs for an evening of culinary excellence.

Taste of the Nation Hartford’s local grantees are all working to fight hunger in Greater Hartford:

  • Foodshare
  • Hartford Food System
  • End Hunger Connecticut!
  • No Kid Hungry Connecticut Campaign

    Taste of the Nation
    Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger.

    Share Our Strength
    Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit, is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting children with the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. Through its No Kid Hungry Campaign, —a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015—Share Our Strength ensures children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs, invests in community organizations fighting hunger, teaches families how to cook healthy meals on a budget, and builds public-private partnerships to end hunger, both nationally and at the state level.

    June 2, 2011 STAGES, where wine and food star
    Palace Theater, Waterbury, to benefit the 2011 Annual Fund

    I have participated in this event for several years, and it is always one of my favorites. We Waterburians are all very proud of our beautiful Palace Theater, and this event not only helps keep the theater operating, but it also give me the chance to work with some of the area’s best chefs. This year, the event committee asked me to coordinate the chefs and the menu, and I am honored to take on the challenge.

    This years’ event web site is still a work in progress, but take a look at last year’s web site to get an idea of just what a special event STAGES is.