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Food + Drink

Nectar of the Gods – Traveling far and wide for the best wines and olive oil

Jean-François Bizalion has been sourcing olive oil from France, Spain, and Italy for 15 years; it’s the cornerstone on which he and his wife, Helen, modeled their popular French café and market in bustling Great Barrington. “It brings a flavor to this area that is foreign,” says Bizalion, who hails from Arles, a city in [...]read moreNectar of the Gods – Traveling far and wide for the best wines and olive oil

Foodways of the Past – Historic sites invite us into their kitchens to see what’s cooking

On an August morning in 1830, the sisters are in the orchards, picking early apples. They grow a variety called transparent that ripens weeks ahead of most. The younger girls dare each other to climb to the top of the ladder to reach the highest fruit in the tree. Afterwards, they sit together in the [...]read moreFoodways of the Past – Historic sites invite us into their kitchens to see what’s cooking

Grandmother’s Recipe – Ooma Tesoro turns ten, but its marinara recipe goes way back

Michael Tesoro’s grandmother grew up in Brooklyn where her marinara sauce came to be known as the most delicious, simplest, and truest to the region of southern Italy from which she hailed. Among the myriad Italian grandmothers, it was agreed: Ooma Tesoro’s sauce was the best. The versatility of marinara—a simple sauce named for the [...]read moreGrandmother’s Recipe – Ooma Tesoro turns ten, but its marinara recipe goes way back

No Cooking Required – From North to South County, ready-made meals are good to go

If preparing delicious and healthful meals every night is getting to be too much, and pizza or Chinese take-out are becoming way too regular, Berkshire County offers two excellent and creative options. Molly Johnston, who runs Back to Basics in New Ashford, has branched out from her traditional catering services to offer meal delivery. Johnston [...]read moreNo Cooking Required – From North to South County, ready-made meals are good to go

Wilton Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

For our first annual Readers Choice Awards, we went to the source—our devoted readers—to find out the best of Wilton. Hundreds of you responded (thank you!) and now the results are in. Check out the winners here—lots of great places to go, eat, and shop, or visit. From hair color to hardware; caterers to coffee [...]read moreWilton Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

Ridgefield Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

Our second annual Ridgefield Magazine Readers Choice Awards inspired our readers to get online and vote to tell us the best of the Ridgefield area. More than 1,200 of you responded (thank you!) and the results are now in. Check out the winners here—over 100 great places to go, eat, shop, and people to know [...]read moreRidgefield Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2019

Fairfield Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2019

Our second annual Fairfield Magazine Readers Choice Awards inspired our readers to get online and vote to tell us the best of Fairfield, Southport, Black Rock, and a little bit of Westport, too. More than 1,200 of you responded (thank you!) and the results are now in. Check out the winners here—over 100 great places [...]read moreFairfield Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards 2019

Sip, Sip, Hooray

Tequila Escape serves more than tequila. But let’s talk about tequila. Angel Pena-Fernandez and Steve Kakavelis purchased 439 Kitchen + Bar this spring and spent the first month transforming it into this Latin-fusion eatery, featuring a menu stocked with fresh, natural, and often organic ingredients. And a top-shelf cocktail program. Says Pena-Fernandez, “We have about [...]read moreSip, Sip, Hooray

Blue Cactus Grill Expands to Fairfield

After nine years, Norwalk’s popular Blue Cactus Grill has expanded to Fairfield. Serving up classic, American comfort food with a Southwestern twist, the eatery is best known for their burgers and cheesesteaks. “The concept arose from my desire to want to share with the East coast some very original flavors that I came to appreciate [...]read moreBlue Cactus Grill Expands to Fairfield

Culinary Artistry – Seasonal summer specials

Celebrating its eight year anniversary on July 13, Artisan RESTAURANT, TAVERN & GARDEN located inside the Delamar Southport Hotel opened with rave reviews and has been a local favorite ever since. Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer, a pioneer in the Connecticut farm to table movement, showcases freshly sourced, local, and sustainable ingredients with a global twist [...]read moreCulinary Artistry – Seasonal summer specials

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