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Arethusa Farm & Dairy Plan New Bantam Breakfast and Lunch Spot

The former Bantam Coffee Shop along Route 202 or Bantam Road will become the latest Arethusa Farm dining destination, focusing on breakfast and lunch and utilizing Arethusa Farm & Dairy products. This will be the second dining destination for George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, who also run Manolo Blahnik.

Read the full story on Connecticut Magazine.

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Winvian in Litchfield Hills: Farm Dinner & A Little History

Ever since a friend mentioned to me his unforgettable experience  visiting Winvian in Litchfield Hills, Connecticut, I have always kept it on my “to do” list.  In fact, when my daughter and I perused the website, she prematurely decided that it was to be her future wedding venue. So, when I received an email announcing a farm dinner event, my daughter and I jumped at the opportunity. Arriving at Winvian on June 11, 2014 was reminiscent of the approach to a French chateau, along with the service, culture, and class that such an experience entails. 

In 1775, Dr. Seth Bird, an eccentric but respected physician known for bringing a coffin along on his house calls, built a home for himself and his family in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. It was a white clapboard beauty, aproned with meadows and woods, and a comfort and sustenance for the generations.

In 1948, the Smith family bought the historic Bird estate and named it Win-Vian, a combination of the first names of Winthrop Smith and his wife Vivian. They raised a son, bounteous fruit and vegetables, and livestock on the property (today the luxury Spa stands where the pigpens once did but offers a rather nicer kind of mud treatment).

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Arethusa Al Tavolo: The New Gem of Litchfield County

Arethusa Al Tavolo is the new gem of Litchfield County. Only a one hour's drive from Westport, past lush pastures and glistening lakes, Arethusa Al Tavolo takes you on a culinary journey. The restaurant is located right next door to the Arethusa Dairy Shop, founded by Manolo Blanik owners George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis, whose taste and style manifests itself in all of their ventures: The Arethusa Bar, The Dairy Farm, and Arethusa Al Tavolo, which opened in June 2013. The dairy produces milk, house made ice cream, and Arethusa cheese to take home. The restaurant highlights fresh local ingredients, and Chef Daniel Magill, who has worked with the likes of Daniel Boulud, works his magic in a dining space that is bright and airy, but with no airs. The food is the centerpiece. 

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Farmer's Cow Dairy Farm Tours for 2013

The Farmer’s Cow announces its full schedule of farm tours for 2013 beginning April through October. During these tours, visitors will be able to walk the farms, meet the farmers and the cows that make the milk, learn about farming, and sample a variety of The Farmer’s Cow fresh local products. All walking tours and events are free and no reservation is required.

Information about the events and directions to the farms is available on The Farmer’s Cow website. For more information call 866‐355‐COWS or email

Farm Schedule 2013

April 20th, 1 – 3pm: Springtime on the Farm at Graywall Farms 
49 Chappell Road, Lebanon, CT 
Experience springtime on the farm with tours guided by members of the next generation of The Farmer’s Cow farmers. Enjoy a wagon ride to see the fields being prepared to plant the crops that will feed the cows and learn about agriculture in Connecticut.

June 8th, 1– 3pm: Connecticut Open House Day Farm Tour at Fairview Farm 
199 Route 177, Woodstock, CT 
Celebrate Connecticut Day with the Miller Family at Fairvue Farm, located next to the historic Woodstock Fairgrounds. Take a wagon ride to tour the dairy barn, learn all about what a cow eats in a day, visit the “milking parlor” where 40 cows at a time are milked, and see the big tractors that work the land.

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Community Table in Washington CT

In the Litchfield County town of Washington, the two-year old Community Table and its team led by Executive Chef Joel Viehland, stands at the center of a tight network of farmers, foragers and discerning diners. Born from agrarian collaboration rather than co-opting it, Community Table was built around the notion that a restaurant serving its community must not only serves its diners, but act with respectful stewardship of the land. This translates to sourcing seasonally, locally and sustainably, as well as pickling, drying, fermenting and composting.

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Arethusa To Open Wine Bar in Bantam

As reported by the Litchfield County Times, the owners of Arethusa Dairy in Litchfield County received town approval to open a wine bar in a location adjacent to their retail operation at 822 Bantam Road in Bantam, CT.

The dairy was founded by Manolo Blanik owners George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis who own and operate the dairy which produces milk and other dairy products such as yogurt and ice cream. According to the County Times:

"Approval was given to a proposal for a wine bar in a building adjacent to Arethusa’s creamery in the former Bantam Firehouse, where its farm-fresh milk, ice cream, cheeses, yogurts and more are sold. The wine bar is envisioned as a bistro-style operation that will serve the creamery’s signature cheeses and other light fare."

Read the full story at Litchfield County Times.

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A Taste of Litchfield Hills 2011

Advance tickets are now on sale for the 26th annual Taste of Litchfield Hills 2011 at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT during Labor Day weekend. The event will be held Saturday to Sunday from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and Monday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 purchased in advance or $10 at the door and kids under 12 are free, which does not include the cost of food or drink.

The Festival touts itself as Connecticut's oldest food and wine festival live entertainment and shopping in addition to food and wine from local restaurants and purveyors. Last year the festival, held at Lime Rock Park during the Rolex Vintage Festival, featured many Litchfield and Harftord County restaurants and local vineyards such as Hopkins Vineyard, Miranda Vineyard and White Silo Winery. Vendors are still signing on, so check with the Festival's site for the most up to date informaiton.

Although I'm sad to see it moved from Lime Rock Park, Ski Sundown looks to be a dedicated location and is a great opportunity for one-stop-shopping for those interesting in trekking north to experience food and wine from beyond Fairfield County.




Litchfield Saltwater Grille’s Farm to Table Wine Dinner

 Tis the season for farm-to-table dining as the CT farms are reaching peak harvesting. We've promised to keep you in the loop on these exciting events, so here is one dinner you might want to check out. 

On Sunday, August 8. starting @ 3:00PM, The Litchfield Saltwater Grille’s Farm to Table Inspired Wine Dinner Series will host “A Neighborhood Affair” at March Farms in Bethlehem Featuring Certified Biodynamic Benziger Wines. 

This dinner will feature local produce from March Farms, Windswept Farm, Beltane Farm Artisan Cheese, Urban Oaks, Gazy Brothers Farm, Mountaintop Mushrooms, Bantam Bread, local grass fed beef and more. 

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