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Sunset in July…First Farm to Table Dinner of the Season

In The Kitchen on June 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

The Litchfield Saltwater Grille is excited to announce the opening of the second Farm to Table Dinner Series season.  The first scheduled event is on Friday July, 8th at Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen.  Last years dinners were hosted with March Farms (Bethlehem), Miranda Vineyards (Goshen), and Sunset Meadow Vineyards (Goshen).

Each menu is created by Chef Albert Clugston III and features fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from Litchfield County Farms.  Some items such as a very special Muskmelon, Green Zebra Tomatoes, Rhubarb, Eggplant, and Squash Blossoms come from the Chef’s very own garden.  The July 8th menu includes grass feed beef from Litchfield’s Laurel Ridge Farm as well as dairy products from the highly acclaimed Arethusa Cow Farm (Litchfield).  East Coast Shellfish is always incorporated into the menu because there is such an abundant amount of fresh local oysters, scallops, clams, and fish to draw from.

The style format of each menu varies.  July 8th is a casual stationary style menu.  Check out the complete menu here… and remember menu items are subject to change in order to bring you the freshest ingredients available.  There are quite a few farm to table dinners being hosted these days and one of the most unique qualities about our dinner series is the variety of menu items offered.  The July 8th event starts with an iced down raw bar display.  Shucked to order by our raw bar chef guests are welcome to enjoy as much as they would like of Blue Point and Stonington CT Oysters, Baltimore Style Shrimp Cocktail, and Rhode Island Little Neck Clams.  Hors d’oeuvres are passed during the first hour followed by a dinner with two main stations. An Antipasto Bar Style station will include seven interesting dishes (Grilled assorted squashes from Sun One Organic Farm, and Prosciutto Muskmelon Carpaccio to name just a few).  The grill station will serve skirt steak with a green goddess dressing and Tuna skewers with a Ponzu, lime, cilantro vinaigrette.  There are so many different menu items that is hard to believe you could actually have time to try them all.

My favorite part is the strawberries with anglaise for dessert.  Mr. and Mrs. Skilton’s strawberry farm in Morris produces small strawberries that are so jam packed with flavor.  The anglaise sauce is made with local cream and poured while still warm on the strawberries then garnished with mint from The Saltwater Grille’s own garden.  The July 8th event will feature Sunset Meadow Vineyards wines by Goshen wine make George Motel. Tickets usually sell out fast so sign up early.  Sign up here…

View the complete menu here…

More info here…

Connecticut Caterers Summer Lobster Bakes…

In The Kitchen on June 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

The summer party season is in full swing! Connecticut Caterers is a family run company that has been traveling throughout the tri state region hosting Lobster Bakes for over 35 years.

For every lobster bake we cater the lobsters are shipped fresh the day of your event. These are 1 1/4 pound hard shell, cold water, Maine lobsters. Our staff sets up a cook tent outside and the Chef cooks the lobsters at your party! We bring all of the necessary tools to eat your lobster: crackers, cocktail forks, lobster bibs, and wet naps.

Clients can customize their own menu to their liking and many include the following: Local Corn on the Cob, Tri Color Fingerling Potato Salad, Honey Jalapeño Corn Bread, Garlic and Oregano Crusted BBQ Chicken, and much more! View more Summer BBQ Menu items here…

Connecticut Caterers also offers an extravagant raw bar display. We bring our own raw bar, fill it with ice, and display Blue Point Oysters, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, and Rhode Island Little Neck Clams, along with all the necessary accoutrements: mignonette sauce, cocktail sauce, and horseradish. There are still a few prime party dates available for this summer. Call Party Planner Brett Clugston at 860.567.4900 to inquire about your party date.

Lobster Bake Packages: click here…