Easter & Passover are just around the corner, and we've been vigilantly scoping out interesting holiday sweets & savories, restaurant reservations, and catering tips to share with you. Here are a few nibbles to get you started on your holiday planning, but this is just a sampling. If you have come across an holiday event or product find, please let us know by posting a comment below.
What's Easter Without Chocolate?
Belgique Chocolatier in New Canaan is Easter central with 3-feet high chocolate rabbits weighing in at approx. 23 pounds. They also make smaller sizes, as well as chocolate nests with chocolate/hazelnut speckled eggs, chocolate hens and chicks, chocolate eggs to fill with chocolates, bunnies pulling carts with chocolate eggs, etc.
Need more chocolate? Refer to our handy article, Top 10 Chocolate Shops & Chocolatiers in Fairfield County, as many of these stores have special Easter offerings.
Easter Reservations: Eating Out
If you are eating out, The Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton is throwing an Easter Sunday Brunch: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, $35pp ($25 kids) includes Champagne, Mimosa, or Bloody Mary to toast the holiday with your selection of an entrée, side & dessert (menu to be posted soon).
Bernards in Ridgefield is also doing an Easter Sunday Brunch from 11:00 – 12:30, a Three Course Prix Fixe $45 pp/ kids $25. Call 203-438-8282 for reservations.
Napa & Company in Stamford is celebrating Easter from 11:30- 3:00pm with a creative brunch c/o Chef Arik offering a la carte selections as well as a prix fix 2 course menu paired with a glass of Rose for $30pp. Call 203-353-9133 for reservations.
L'Escale in Greenwich is featuring an Easter Buffet with Chef Francois' Provencal twist at $65 pp, $25 for kids. Call 203-661-4600 for reservations.
The Cutting Board in Ridgefield has a very complete Passover Menu with all the fixins'. If you are in lower Fairfield County, check out Tabouli Grill in Stamford, offering a beautiful catering menu virtually eliminating all need for cooking this Passover.
Passover & Easter Sweets, Savories + Drinks
Michelle Klem of Cakesuite will be offering the following dessert treats: Lemon tea-cakes with pastel glaze, Coconut fluff cakes, Robin’s nest cupcakes, Flourless chocolate eggs
Peace Tree Desserts Easter menu: Lemon Thyme Honey Ricotta Cheesecake made with Beltane Farm's goat's milk ricotta , Salted Caramel Brioche Cinnamon Rolls with house-made brioche and many more wonderful organic treat baked with locally sourced ingredients. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-448-8927.
Starting this Thursday Scratch Baking in Milford will be serving treats and savories for both Easter and Passover! They are also taking orders for Easter breads, cupcakes, pies and cut-out cookies. For Passover: Date & Walnut Squares, Matzo Bark, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Macaroons, Matzo Lasagne For Easter: Cut-Out Cookies, Easter Cupcakes, Apple and Pecan Pies, Hot Cross Buns. See web site for more info.
Fairway Market in Stamford has for a limited time, Fougasse (pronounced "foo-GOSS"). This is a traditional French decorative bread, made with a light airy dough, similar to their focaccia. Drizzled with their tarragon-infused olive oil, finished with minced tarragon, this is a nice addition to the holiday table. Reheat for maximum goodness. (Seen above)
The Study Fine Wines at 1066 North Street in Greenwich (203.340.9410) offers a wonderful selection of Kosher wines for Passover including the following:
Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Marlborough, NZ) $22.99
- intense grapefruit & lime; pair with the bitter herbs!
Galil Mountain Chadonnay 2007 (Galilee, Israel) $19.99
- tropical fruit and light oak; pair with Haroseth
Segal's "Special Reserve" Cabernet 2006 (Galilee Heights, Israel) $24.99
- Old World Style, drinks like a Bordeaux
Galil Mountain Cabernet/Merlot 2006 (Galilee, Israel) $28.88
- rich & round, berry with dried herbs - both Cabs great with Brisket
Enjoy your holidays!