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The Masters Of Farm-To-Table Cuisine



There are a fair number of farm-to-table restaurants in our area. Here are three standouts, not to be missed.

In 2013 Bailey’s Backyard hired Chef Forrest Pasternack (pictured right) to transform the menu and utilize only the freshest local ingredients. Chef Forrest, a Ridgefield native, is no stranger to the farm-to-table concept. “I grew up with farm-to-table cookery without even realizing it,” he says. After spending eight years cooking in some of Manhattan’s top restaurants, he was eager to return to Connecticut and reconnect with local farmers. “The community has really embraced what we do,” he adds. The menu changes completely nine times a year, to accommodate the “season-within-the-season changes” says Pasternack. Each week, he visits suppliers like Marble Valley Farm (Kent) and Millstone Farm (Wilton). This summer, Dancing Dog Farm in Ridgefield will be supplying the restaurant with Asian-style veggies not found elsewhere in our area. 

Artisan, located in the Delamar Southport Hotel, has been serving inventive, New England inspired cuisine since 2011. At the helm is Chef Frederic Kieffer (pictured left), who constantly changes the menu with “the rhythm of the seasons and farmstead offerings.” “The changes are exciting,” says Chef Kieffer, “but what motivates me more than the change are the health benefits and the truth in using fresh farm produce.” Favorite local sources include Gilbertie’s (Westport), Sport Hill Farm (Easton), and Newhall Farm (Vermont). This summer, check out Artisan’s new wood-fired grill on the patio. Grilled fish and meats, plus special desserts like grilled pineapple will become summer staples.

Chef Tim LaBant (pictured below right) of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale has always been a proponent of local seasonal cooking. A native of Wilton, LaBant started out in the corporate world but soon found himself re-examining his career choice. “I’ve always been a hands-on person,” he explains. “So I had a strong desire to do something more creative. And that’s what eventually drew me to the culinary arts.” He returned to Wilton in 2005 and after running a successful catering business, he opened The Schoolhouse in 2007. The menu is his own “creative vision” and features fresh, locally sourced food. “This was the way I’d always done things,” he says. “I was more interested in getting better ingredients than in creating a ‘concept’.” 

The menu constantly changes, sometimes from day to day, depending on what is in season and available. Mill Stone Farms (Wilton) and Holbrook Farm (Bethel) are two he visits regularly. One delectable summer item is the house-made strawberry shortcake with vanilla bean macerated Connecticut strawberries. Also on tap for summer: Chef LaBant will offer a series of cooking classes open to the public. 

 


Bailey’s Backyard
23 Bailey Ave, Ridgefield
203-431-0796
baileysbackyard.com

Artisan
275 Old Post Rd., Southport
203-307-4222
artisansouthport.com

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale
34 Cannon Rd., Wilton
203-834-9816
schoolhouseatcannondale.com

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Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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Cost: 30.00

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Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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Cost: Free

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Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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Cost: 30.00

Where:
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Sponsor: Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation
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Cost: Free

Where:
Canfin Gallery
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Cost: $ 165.00

Where:
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Sponsor: GDICF Theater Troupe
Telephone: 203-501-7424
Contact Name: Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center
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Cost: 30.00

Where:
Rogers Park Middle School
21 Memorial Drive
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Sponsor: Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation
Telephone: 203-501-7424
Contact Name: Wendy Ann Mitchell
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Cost: Free

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Canfin Gallery
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Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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Bruce Museum
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Cost: $ 165.00

Where:
Danbury Irish Cultural Center
6 Lake Avenue
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: GDICF Theater Troupe
Telephone: 203-501-7424
Contact Name: Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center
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Cost: $50

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Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
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On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
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Tickets are on sale now for The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation's presentation of Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night, an interactive, hilarious comedy about a...

Cost: 30.00

Where:
Rogers Park Middle School
21 Memorial Drive
Danbury`, CT  06810
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Sponsor: Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation
Telephone: 203-501-7424
Contact Name: Wendy Ann Mitchell
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Evocation of light is ever present in the romantic and experiential landscapes of Ira Barkoff. His recent works convey the spontaneity and the maturity of the artist’s hand and dedication to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Canfin Gallery
39 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY  10591
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Sponsor: 1953
Telephone: 914-332-4554
Contact Name: Jean-Claude Canfin
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Cost: $15 - $20

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Parking Across the Street
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Sponsor: Norwalk Historical Society
Telephone: 203-846-0525
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Cost: Free

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Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
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Reindeer and elves and fairies, oh my! A local theater troupe is preparing young thespians for an awesome, educational theater class especially geared towards kids ages 3 - 12. The Greater Danbury...

Cost: $ 165.00

Where:
Danbury Irish Cultural Center
6 Lake Avenue
Danbury, CT  06810
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Sponsor: GDICF Theater Troupe
Telephone: 203-501-7424
Contact Name: Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center
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Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860-355-0300
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Cost: $32-$67; $7 senior discounts; $15 students all seats; family of 4 (any age) $85

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Telephone: 855-886-7372
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Cost: $5 suggested donation

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Tickets are on sale now for The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation's presentation of Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night, an interactive, hilarious comedy about a...

Cost: 30.00

Where:
Rogers Park Middle School
21 Memorial Drive
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Sponsor: Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation
Telephone: 203-501-7424
Contact Name: Wendy Ann Mitchell
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Evocation of light is ever present in the romantic and experiential landscapes of Ira Barkoff. His recent works convey the spontaneity and the maturity of the artist’s hand and dedication to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Canfin Gallery
39 Main Street
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Sponsor: 1953
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Contact Name: Jean-Claude Canfin
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Contact Name: Liz Gabriele
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On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

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Greenwich, CT  06830
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Contact Name: Scott Smith
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