Reheated: Ridgefield's Elms Closes & Gift Ideas

Amy Kundrat

Reheated is a twice-weekly round-up of bite-sized food news in Connecticut and beyond. 

In Connecticut...

Brendan's at The Elms, a Ridgefield institution for 15 years, has closed. Citing his battle with cancer for two years, Brendan Walsh has decided not to renew his lease. Walsh and his "Yankee cuisine" will be missed. Via Also, check out this recent CTBites post.

CTnow's biggest restaurant news of 2010, a great round-up for those of us who skew toward that part of the state (Hartford). List via

Last minute gift ideas for the foodies in your life?  Check out these Fairfield County cooking classes and a short list of our favorite cookbooks recommended by our readers and contributors.

Looking to spend Christmas Day far, far from your kitchen? Check out Tabouli Grill in Stamford for a Middle Eastern feast (seatings at 2 & 4 pm).

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is being celebrated throughout the county, including Stamford newcomer Tappo Restaurant. To book a table for this traditional italian meal, call Tappo at 203.588.9870.

...and beyond.

The european storms may be stranding travelers, but let's be honest, it's the lobsters we are most worried about. What do you say we carpool to Halifax and take those crustaceans off their hands? Via The Chronicle Herald.

Check out Food52's last minute and edible holiday gift guide. I'll be tucking this away for safe-keeping. Via

A Must-Have iPhone/iPad App List, via Serious Eats.

Wine, wine, everywhere ... Giving the gift of wine this holiday season, why not focus on Wines to Drink With Loved Ones via The AtlanticAnd if you're drinking, not gifting, here is a quick holiday guide for you cab lovers, via Food & Wine. Bubbles your thing? There are ten champagnes worth seeking out via the New York Times.

We could focus on the guilt, and ask ourselves "Is overeating an addiction?" via or we can prescribe to it's less fun and distant cousin, moderation and explore five natural remedies for dealing with the stress of the holiday season via Lemon Drop.

Are you a photography buff and a food lover? For all twelve of us, check out The Last Kodachrome Christmas courtesy of

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