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Do you want an out-of-the-ordinary eating experience? A taste bud adventure? Community Table in Washington will deliver on this, along with their mission – to keep everything as local and as seasonable as possible. Naturally, ingredients are almost all locally sourced and even foraged in some cases, by Executive Chef Marcell Davidsen. They also do their own salting, smoking, pickling, drying, and curing.

Keeping it local from the start (6 years ago) Community Table was designed and built by a local architect and builder. A couple of the amazing tables inside were handcrafted by local woodworkers with local wood (including one huge black walnut community table). Kent Falls Brewing and Litchfield Distillery are available at the bar. Pre-tty cool.

After our fun morning in the kitchen and bar making dessert and Palomas – recipes here – we sat with the team for a little chit chat time.

We spent a morning with the talented team at Community Table restaurant in Washington: Executive Chef Marcell Davidsen, Chef de Patisserie Matthew Neele, and Jamie Monahan, Mixologist/Bartender. We asked them to share with us (and you) a couple of their current favorite recipes. 

Enjoy our quick “how-to” videos – and written directions below (let us know if you make either one)! Tomorrow – we gab with the team, so check back… 

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)

We almost drove off the road last year when we first spotted the sign for Litchfield Distillery. Whhhaaat, we have a distillery? Yes, we do!

Located at 569 Bantam Road (Route 202), this is Litchfield County’s newest (and I believe first) micro-distillery (not including those of you making moonshine in your backyard). It’s just what Litchfield County has been waiting for, along with a Trader Joes and a Zara 😉

In the video, brothers Jack and David Baker (owners of the distillery), and head distiller, James McCoy, give us a tour of the 15,000-square-foot facility. And of course, we have to sample the 3 handcrafted spirits they’re currently producing in small batches; gin, bourbon whiskey, and double barreled bourbon whiskey.

(sip, Lora, sip!)