Greenwich Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 100th Anniversary

 

The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce held its Centennial Party on Thursday January 26th 2017 at Betteridge Jewelers in Greenwich.  The celebration of the 100 years of serving the community was highlighted by a lovely band playing throwback music, great appetizers by Plum Caterers, Wine by Val’s and signature cocktails by The National.

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The red carpet event was a wonderful party and a good time was had by all.  Please see the slideshow below for  more photos from the event.

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Happy 100 years to the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce !

 

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Taste of Ridgefield returns on Sunday January 29th

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Returning to the  Lounsbury House on Main Street in Ridgefield  will be the 18th annual Taste of Ridgefield which is organized and run by the Ridgefield Rotary Club.  It will be held on Sunday January 29th. 

There will be numerous food and beverage providers from the Ridgefield area and attendees to the event can enjoy samples  from each. Taste food and desserts from local restaurants and caterers and enjoy wine tasting as well.

The Taste of Ridgefield  benefits local charity and 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.  The event is held in two sessions,  12:30 to 2:30 pm or 4 to 6 pm.  Tickets to this event are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.   You can purchase advance tickets at Deborah Ann’s (381 Main Street Ridgefield)  or Squash (389 Main Street Ridgefield)  or online at http://www.ridgefieldrotary.org.

 

The Lounsbury House at the Ridgefield Community Center

316 Main Street Ridgefield Ct.

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Winfield’s: fine dining in a elegant tropical atmosphere

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It was a cold and damp January evening outside, but inside Winfield’s at the Greenwich Hyatt, I felt as if I was on vacation in a tropical locale.  Was I in Miami? The Caribbean or Mexico?  I was in fact inside a restaurant that is a tranquil tropical oasis filled with tall palm trees, tropical plants, garden umbrellas, a waterfall and running stream, a gazebo bar, and soaring Mayan pillars that support the glass roof.  It is a very special indoor space and is located inside the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich Ct. The restaurant has just launched a new menu which were eager to try.

I felt I was in a tropical paradise and dining on delectable food and sipping classic cocktails. There are many nice dinner selections and plates to share with a broad assortment for all tastes.  There is also healthy options by creating your own entree by selecting the meat/fish/tofu and then choosing the sauce and the sides.

Starters:  We shared some of the appetizers in order to get a sample of what Winfield’s has to offer. We tried the Poached Shrimp with grilled lemon , the Mediterranean trio of roasted red pepper hummus, baba ghanoush, egg plant caponata and grilled pita bread.  Both were delicious with nice presentations and great choices for the vegetarian in your party.

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Poached Shrimp with grilled lemon

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Mediterranean Trio

We so sampled  the Maryland Crabcake with roasted butternut squash and brussel sprout relish with lemon pepper aioli.  The crabcake was perfectly cooked and the compliment of squash and spices made for an interesting taste treat.  A very nice presentation on a unique plate.

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Maryland Crabcake

If pizza is your favorite try one of  the several flatbreads offered. The margarita pizza flatbread with fire roasted red and yellow tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella is a sure winner.

Main Course:   I  selected the Pan Seared Salmon with asparagus and Mediterranean couscous.  This was a light healthy choice and so delicious.

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Pan Seared Salmon

If pasta is your favorite, try the Pumpkin ravioli, with shaved brussel sprouts, and dried cherries in a butternut squash sage cream sauce.  A real satisfying dish with an interesting combo of ingredients, though I wish the cream sauce was a little lighter.  A real comfort food.  For steak lovers, we tried and enjoyed the NY Strip Steak with potatoes and roasted asparagus.  The steak was cooked as ordered and was delicious.

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Pumpkin Ravioli

Desserts:  You will want to try one of the excellent desserts. We sampled two including  the Marquis Chocolate cake (yum!), and the interesting Croissant with pumpkin spice ice cream.  Both were great and a fun way to round out an excellent dining experience.

Need to get away but can’t make it to the islands?  Then have dinner and drinks in the tropical oasis at Winfields .

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Winfield’s  at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich

1800 East Putnam Ave  Old Greenwich  Ct.

tel:   203.637.1234

web:  https://greenwich.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Winfields.html

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Chazz Palminteri: spend the evening with the Bronx Tale star and author

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Local resident and star of stage and screen, Chazz Palminteri will be appearing at the Saw Mill Club in Mt Kisco February 2nd from 7-9pm for a very special evening.  Chazz will be telling his own tale about his career and his talk will be followed by an audience Q & A as well as a meet and greet following the talk.    Wine and refreshments will be available.

Chazz Palminteri has starred  in numerous motion pictures including Bronx Tale, Analyze This, Yonkers Joe, Bullets over Broadway, and many more.  He has also had numerous roles in television over his career.   His play Bronx Tale was made into a movie starring himself and Robert DeNiro.  Bronx Tale has recently opened as a musical on Broadway.

The evening is  a benefit for the renovation of the Bedford Playhouse in Bedford New York which will reopen as a theater and a focal point for the community.

For tickets to this event and more information:

http://www.bedfordplayhouse.org/events/

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Room 112: a hip new urban cocktail lounge comes to SoNo in Norwalk

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Room 112 is the latest edition to the growing and vibrant nightlife scene on Washington Street in Norwalk.  This new SoNo lounge joins the cool landscape of SoNo’s restaurants, bars and art galleries.

Isaac Patrick Camoro is the owner and visionary  behind this new hot spot and he brings his 20 years of expertise in blending unique and exciting cocktails and is considered by many to be on the cutting edge of the cocktail craft.

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The bar is a real hip urban space and there is a blend of styles.  The soft lighting, pool table, eclectic mix of soft couches, and faux fire place  give the atmosphere of underground lounge converging with a cool rock influenced decor including posters of Mick Jagger and Prince on the exposed brick walls.There is a swirling light show, a dj booth and a raised stage(more like a perch)  for live music.  The bar is interesting and custom made and is bathed in violet light which creates a special ambiance.

Downstairs is a separate party space with another bar, seating area, games and darts.  It can be rented out for special parties.

The mixologists and the cocktails are the star of the show with some fascinating concoctions which blend top liquors, aromatics, mixers and herbs.   The results are quite remarkable and visually interesting.    Some of our favorites were the Pinacita, the Havana and the Casa de Amor.  Check out their website for all the ingredients that go into their special cocktails.  They will even blend a cocktail of your own choosing if you cannot find one on the menu.

 

Small plates will be available through Room 112s partners Harbor Harvest.  If you are looking for a fun and unique place to hang with friends or a date and sip great cocktails, check out Room 112 in SoNo.

 

Room 112

112 Washington St  Norwalk ,Ct.   tel> 203.939.1347

web: room112sono.com

 

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5 Spices: an excellent new Asian restaurant comes to Mt. Kisco

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5 Spices Tea House and Restaurant is a new Asian fusion restaurant that has just opened in Mt. Kisco and features a menu featuring cuisine from China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The eatery also features a wide range of teas that compliment the menu. The interior is modern with Asian design influences.

Starters:  We sampled a few of the items from the Starters menu including some of the soups.   We ordered the Udon Noodle Soup with chicken which is quite large and could be a meal in itself or shared.  The broth was light and not salty like so many  Asian soups.  The dish was filled with chicken and noodles and was quite satisfying.  It is also available in Wonton and Shrimp.

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Another starter we tried was Satay Chicken and Satay Beef which is a Malaysian dish that features grilled meat cooked on a wood skewer. It was cooked to perfection and was very tasty. A nice portion that again can be enjoyed alone or shared.

Our last starter was a light and delicious choice of the Lettuce Wrap with Chicken.  The fresh crisp lettuce leaf  cradles the tasty soft chicken to create a nice light appetizer.  The dish also can be ordered with Roast Pork or Duck.

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Lettuce Wrap with Chicken

Main Course:  To get a feel for the menu we sampled a variety of items from Chinese classics to some items we have never had before.    The Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken was a great choice with soft spicy noodles, veggies and a slice of fresh lime.  This was an interesting interpretation of the classic Thai dish that was pleasantly not too spicy, so feel free to indulge.

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Pad Thai Noodles

Another interesting choice was the Tofu Clay Pot  with fried tofu and mixed veggies that is cooked and served in a clay pot.  The dish was bubbling and quite hot as it was placed on the table.  It was delicious with the tofu being mild yet flavorful and soft with a light crispy edge.

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Tofu Clay Pot

As a seafood lover I could not resist trying the Seafood Delight a wonderful dish of fresh scallops, prawns,squid and stir fried with asparagus, green beans, mushrooms and carrots.  A nice healthy dish that will satisfy the seafood lover.

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Seafood Delight.

For the traditional Chinese cuisine lover, many of your favorites are here including Sesame Chicken served in a brown sauce with broccoli and LoMein.   LoMein, Fried Rice and Stir Fried Udon is all available with a choice of veggies, chicken, beef, or shrimp.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the wonderful selection of teas available.  We sampled the Jasmine green tea with a soft bouquet and smooth healthy taste.  We also tried the Mango green tea which was sweet and flavorful and did not require a sweetener. There is a variety of wonderful teas and juices on the menu to sample.

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The menu is full of fresh, healthy choices including salads, steamed veggies, and of course a full menu of classic dishes from various areas of Asia.   5 Spices is a nice addition to the dining scene in downtown Mt. Kisco.

5 Spice Tea House and Restaurant

11A South Moger Avenue  Mount Kisco, New York

tel; 914-666-8883

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Centennial Cocktail Celebration celebrates 100 years of Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, January 26th

 

The Greenwich Ct. Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th Anniversary and is hosting a very special Centennial Cocktail Celebration.  The party will be held on Thursday January 26th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Betteridge located at 239 Greenwich Avenue.

This will be a red carpet event with food provided by Plum, wine by Val’s and vintage cocktails provided by the mixologists at The National.   There will be live throwback music and you can even mingle with local celebrities.  This is an event not to miss!

Space is limited for this event.   Tickets are $100

See you there!

To register :

greenwichchamber.com

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Kisco River Eatery: A new American eatery with an Italian twist comes to Mt.Kisco

 

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There’s a new restaurant in Mt.Kisco that really has been getting quite the buzz.  Kisco River Eatery is a classic American restaurant with an Italian twist.

This warm and comfortable restaurant features lovely traditional fixtures, a stone fireplace with timber mantle, vintage photos and prints, and a dark wood bar.  The lighting is soft and gentle and casts a warm and comfortable glow which helps sets the mood for the evening.  The bar is a great place for a pre dinner drink or just to gather with friends.  There are some interesting cocktails available.

First course: There is a perfect selection of appetizers to try.  A standout is the Eggplant Stack, with fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, arugula, shaved parmesan, aged balsamic glaze and extra virgin olive oil.  This dish is a delightful blend of crispy eggplant, fresh soft cheese, and spices.  This appetizer is perfect for one or makes a nice option to share.   This dish is a hit and should be sampled.

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Eggplant Stack

If soup is something you enjoy, a wonderful choice is the Montauk Fish Soup.  The presentation of this dish delightful with a large bowl of fresh clams, shrimp, halibut, and mussels on top of a very tasty saffron cream broth.  I absolutely loved this dish, and if you love seafood, you will as well.

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Montauk Fish Soup

Main Course:  There are some excellent entree selections on the menu.  I opted for the Sea Scallops, pan seared in a white wine butter sauce with sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes.  I really enjoyed the delicate taste of fresh scallops complimented by the velvety sauce.

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Pan Seared Sea Scallops

I also tasted the pan seared Halibut with Quinoa and apple salad served over a butternut squash puree.  The fish is as fresh as it gets with and the mild taste of halibut is enhanced by the interesting blend of  other ingredients in the entire dish.  A great selection and again a nice presentation.  There is something for every taste on the menu including seafood, steaks,ribs, chicken and Italian favorites.

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Halibut over Butternut Squash

Desserts:  The desserts are all homemade and there are some of the usual favorites, including Cheese Cake, Tiramisu, Apple Blueberry Cobbler, Molten Chocolate Cake and Creme Brulee.    I was able to sample some of these dishes including a Strawberry Crepe  and all the desserts are a great way to round up your meal.

 

Kisco River Eatery is a great new edition to the dining scene in Northern Westchester.  It is the kind of restaurant where you feel instantly comfortable.  With its combination of great food,cocktails, reasonable prices and comfy atmosphere,  you will want to return again and again.

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Kisco River Eatery

222 East Main Street Mt Kisco NY                 tel  914.218.3877

web: http://kiscoriver.com

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