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Farm-to-Chef Week Starts Today: Sunday, Sept. 16

More than 65 eateries, farmers' markets and establishments are participating, including Miranda Vineyards in Goshen and Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar at Tollgate in Litchfield.


It doesn't get fresher than this unless you were picking the crops yourself.

Starting this Sunday, Sept. 16, the 2012 Farm-to-Chef Week kicks into gear by offering locally-grown and produced foods at more than 65 locations in the state. An initiative of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Farm-to-Chef Week attracts a variety of restaurants, hotels, school cafeterias, university dining halls, and health care facilities that create a special farm-themed menu featuring one or more Connecticut Grown ingredients.

In a press release issued Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy encouraged Connecticut residents to visit participating locations.

“As well as providing nutritious, fresh food for residents, locally-grown and produced foods contribute $3.5 billion to the state economy and represent about 20,000 Connecticut jobs,” Malloy said. “Our state’s farmers produce an astoundingly wide variety of foods, and Farm-to-Chef Week is a great opportunity for people to get out there and really enjoy everything Connecticut has to offer.”

Participating locations (which you can find by clicking on that link) often create new and unusual dishes using local foods, and they all set their own prices for their Farm-to-Chef menus. Businesses that serve alcohol will also offer one or more Connecticut grown wines.

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Local Participants

Miranda Vineyard
Click Here For Farm-to-Chef Week Menu
Days / Hours of Operation During Farm-to-Chef Week:
Saturday 5 p.m.
Reservations Are: Required
42 Ives Road
Goshen, CT  06756
860-491-9906
www.mirandavineyard.com

Mockingbird Kitchen and Bar at Tollgate
571 Torrington Road
Litchfield, CT  06791
860-361-6633

Naugatuck Valley Community College
Click Here For Farm-to-Chef Week Menu
Days / Hours of Operation During Farm-to-Chef Week:
Wednesday, Sept. 19 12:30-1:30
Reservations Are: Recommended
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT  06708
203-596-8739
www.nv.edu

W.F. Kaynor Technical High School Restaurant
43 Tompkins Street
Waterbury, CT  06708
203-596-4302 x340
www.cttech.org

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“We encourage participants to go above and beyond for Farm-to-Chef Week,” explained Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky. “Some are new to buying and using ingredients from local farms, so they might start more conservatively. Others are accustomed to working with local farm products on a daily basis. In that case, we ask them to stretch creatively, incorporating Connecticut Grown proteins, dairy, maple, honey, and more unusual produce items.”

Farm-to-Chef Week kicks off this Sunday and runs through Sept. 22. More information about Farm-to-Chef Week is available on the Department of Agriculture’s website, www.CTGrown.gov.

katie September 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Great program!

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