5 Foodie Pleasures to Savor Before Summer’s End
There are just some things that taste better in the summer. While you can certainly eat ice cream any old time (and I do, thankyouverymuch), there’s something special about catching the drips from a cone before it completely melts under the hot summer sun, or enjoying a picnic under a shady tree. Below are five summer gastronomic delights to experience before autumn’s chill arrives.
I'm partial to a warm lobster roll with drawn butter as opposed to the gloppy mayo-drenched variety that you find in Maine seaside-stands, so the king lobster platter from Knapps Landing in Stratford really floats my boat. The meat from four butter-poached lobster claws is stuffed into a brioche roll and served with fries and a garlic-y pickle. Sit on the deck and watch the boats drift from the mouth of the Housatonic River into the Long Island Sound.
One of my favorite ice cream joints in Connecticut is Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown. The bucolic setting, lowing cows, and super-fresh, hand-made ice cream in a variety of outrageous flavors make this the perfect spot for getting in the last licks of the season. Plus, the drive along rolling hills and winding country roads almost feels like you're turning back time.
The Beer Garden at Harbor Point in Stamford is a brew-lover's paradise. With a focus on craft beer (they have 24 varieties on tap) as well as a selection of more than 30 bottled beers you're sure to find suds that suit your taste. Specialty cocktails and a full bar are also available. Add a rotating roster of gourmet food trucks, a waterside location, and live music and you've got all the ingredients for a memorable night out.
Let our friends at 109 Cheese and Wine create the perfect picnic basket for a romantic tete-a-tete. Relax with a bottle of expertly chosen wine, exquisite cheese, and a number of gourmet snacks. It's a vacation packed into a one-day getaway!
There's no doubt that farm-to-fork dining is at it's best when it's prepared and enjoyed on an actual farm. Throughout the summer a number of local farms have been offering gastronomic experiences, but the collaboration between Millstone Farm and the celebrated Schoolhouse at Cannondale restaurant is among the longest running and most popular. Their final dinner of the season will take place on September 18, and if you haven't already attended, I can assure you it's a not-to-be-missed event - four courses made with local foods, served family-style, BYOB (no corkage fee), under the stars. Perfection!
Knapps Landing, 520 Sniffens Lane, Stratford
Ferris Acres Creamery, 144 Sugar Street, Newtown
The Beer Garden at Harbor Point, 15 Harbor Point Rd, Stamford
109 Cheese & Wine, The Marketplace at Copps Hill, 109 Danbury Road, Ridgefield
Farm to Fork Dinner Reservations via the Schoolhouse at Cannondale Millstone Farm, 180 Millstone Road, Wilton