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Bottle Stop Wine and The Hopkins Inn collaborating to put on a special food and wine event was the perfect pairing. The evening affair would include four courses and dessert made by talented Chef Franz Reiter of The Hopkins Inn, with a different wine for each course picked out by Bottle Stop Wine and Spirit.

When invited to attend and report back to our readers – we were happy to oblige…

The Gooseboro Drive-In restaurant in Bantam, selling classic roadside fare (ice cream cones, burgers and dogs, fried pickles…), is one of those places that is quintessentially Litchfield County. We could do a tour of all the great “blast from a better past” longstanding drive-ins we have in the area. Hmm, good idea. Thanks, readers – perhaps we will just have to tour them all!

We’re all for learning new things – including, in our cases, cooking. So when AMEICO invited us along to their first culinary event called “Summer Dine, Wine and Design” on June 16th with Chef Anne McClelland of The First Bite, we were in! If you haven’t been to AMEICO’s fabulous store, you must go (and check out our feature of them here for more photos and info); with a full kitchen on their second floor, it’s the perfect place to meet new friends for an intimate and palatable evening!

Zaragoza

If you live in New Milford or the surrounding area, there’s a good chance you’ve already been to the recently opened Zaragoza Restaurant  – or, you know somebody who has. I feel like we all love a new restaurant in Litchfield County. And for us, we especially love when that new restaurant is a tapas restaurant!  Finally! Tapas! Dinner without the commitment to one meal. Select a bunch of small bites and share (or not) with family and friends.

As Marie Antoinette supposedly said, “Let them eat cake!” And so, we did…With my wedding planning in full gear, it was time to taste test different flavors made by our chosen baker for the big day, AmandaBakes. Note: my fiancé didn’t hesitate at all when I mentioned we were going to be meeting up with Amanda Glover to eat cake. Now, with other planning meetings…well, not so much enthusiasm. We headed up to South Farms in Morris, CT with our taste buds and bellies ready. You know, for the sake of the guests…

Whoa, we’re all over Litchfield County this week on the blog! Today we’re sharing our dinner and conversation with Carole Peck at her infamous restaurant in these parts, Good News Cafe, Woodbury. When we say sharing our dinner, understand we’re sharing Lora’s amazing photos…there were certainly no leftovers! 

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Of course the newly opened Arethusa coffee shop and bakery, “a mano,” is super farm-barn-modern-chic! White washed walls and a vaulted ceiling, exposed black girders, and a wall of black and white cow photos. Coffee on tap and neat rows of Arethusa dairy farm milk, bagels, pastries, and sandwiches – the entire aesthetic screams the good taste of Arethusa!

In case you haven’t had a chance to get there yet, come with us…we’ll show you around!

We’re one! We can’t believe it. What a year!

It took almost 24 hours for our one-year birthday party to really sink in. Is that the sign of a good party? We think so.

There were so many wonderful people together in one perfect spot (Litchfield Distillery), with the most generous sponsors providing food and libations! Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served by Farmers and Cooks Catering (the same incredible couple who own 9 Main). The wine was provided by local vineyards Miranda Vineyard, and Sunset Meadow Vineyards and beer on tap was contributed by Kent Falls Brewing. Bartley of B. Johnstone styled us for the event. We went for edgy black outfits and awesome accessories.

Read on for a recap of the evening…

Gifford’s

We’re well familiar with J.P. Gifford’s market in Kent on N. Main Street; their truffle fries are not to be resisted, but never have we dined at Gifford’s the restaurant, just a few feet away at 9 Maple Street. From their website, “Gifford’s offers seasonal New American cuisine with a menu of signature dishes and specials to please every palate.”

Knowing that we like to be hands-on in our features, co-owners Chef James Neunzig and Michael Moriarty invited us into their kitchen to attempt to cook our own lunch. I say attempt because if you’ve read any of our other cooking posts, you’ll know that cooking isn’t exactly one of our “talents.” Challenge accepted!

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March is the month for St. Patrick’s Day specials and delicious new menu items in restaurants. We did a mini tasting tour for you guys (I know…we take this job very seriously) and popped into a few of Litchfield County’s awesome eateries to find out, what’s for dinner?! And if you like this idea, we’ll do it again soon…we’re thinking April – What’s for dinner? Click on the headers for more details, hours, and all that jazz.

Comment below – what’s your fave LC restaurant? (PS – that luscious dish in our banner is from The Iron Rail in New Milford)