Fine Dining in 10 Unique Homes Supports Chester Historical Society

In Chester CT Events, Dining on April 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of its founding, the Chester Historical Society is hosting “Historical Hospitality,” on the evening of Saturday, April 24. This will be an evening of fine dining in private Chester homes while supporting the Historical Society and the Chester Museum at The Mill.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at The Mill, with hors d’oeuvres created by Chef Chris Pardue of Chester Village West, formerly chef/owner of L’Americain in Hartford. At 7 o’clock, everyone heads off to one of ten memorable, unique homes in Chester for a sumptuous sit-down dinner, along with fine wines. Each of the dinner menus is being specially created by the homeowner (many of whom have culinary backgrounds) or catered by a professional chef.

A French professional chef will create a multi-layered Paella for dinner in the oldest house in Chester.

Here are some notes on what you can look forward to that evening…

– Homard et Crevette au Cognac in the brand-new dining room of a spacious hilltop home with many fine architectural details…

– a multi-layered Paella filled with seafood, chicken, and sausage and served with a saffron- infused rice, created by a professional French chef in the oldest house in Chester…

– dinner created by Dennis Welch, of The Wheatmarket, and served in the two-story, antiques-filled barn behind one of Chester’s best-known houses…

–  seasonal specialties such as shad and grass-fed beef in the former Chester Hotel, surrounded by the owners’ original paintings and photographs…

– beef grilled over the fire in the elegant dining room of a large, fully restored 1830s Colonial, lighted by a handcrafted period chandelier…

– a South African dinner, prepared by Jim and Jody Reilly from Simon’s Market Place and The Blue Oar, in an authentically restored late 18th century home – originally home to the first Chester post office at the mouth of the Chester Cove…

– dining graciously in a 1990 Tidewater Colonial-style home overlooking the beautiful Hadlyme Hills as well as the Connecticut River…

– a Moroccan-themed dinner in a house overlooking the Pattaconk Brook…

The event promises to be unforgettable – an opportunity to mix with friends and meet some new friends along the way, to be a dinner guest in one of Chester’s fine homes, and to support the Chester Historical Society. The cost is $100 per person (a portion of which is tax-deductible). Early reservations are recommended. Reservations are required before April 18. Call JoAnne at 860-767-7032 (M-F, 9-5) or 860-526-9875, or pay online with your credit card at About ten people will be hosted at each house. Anyone who would like to buy numerous tickets for one house should call ASAP.

The story of this Chester villa is an unusual one. You can dine here on April 24 and support the Chester Historical Society.

This private home, owned by artists, was originally the Chester Hotel in the center of town.

  1. find dining with seafoods is great, it is very tasty and special~

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