Archive for the ‘Dining’ Category

Six Main Prix Fixe March 24 -26, 2014

In Chester Business, Dining, Restaurants on March 24, 2014 at 8:14 am

Six Main Restaurant


Monday MARCH 24-Wednesday MARCH 26, 2014


3 courses for $25 (not including tax and gratuity)


Celery leaf salad with fuji apple, pickled celery hazelnuts and celery seed vinaigrette

Celeriac-potato cake with celery cream sauce, braised celery hearts and fennel-asparagus salad

Celery seed beignet with roasted cashew sauce, rum raisin ice cream and candied celery chips


celery-300x200photo by Six Main

River Tavern Cooking Classes at White Gate Farm

In Classes, Dining, Near By Events on December 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

River Tavern Cooking Classes oat the Farm


Want to cook effortless, mouthwatering dishes for your guests this holiday season or anytime? Then register today for White Gate Farm’s series of Farm Kitchen cooking classes featuring our own Jonathan Rapp on January 8, 9 or 10Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday —  3:00 to 9:00 pm. COOKING FROM THE GROUND UP, is Jonathan’s simple fresh approach to cooking in season. Learn uncomplicated farm-to-table cooking by first heading out to the fields and greenhouses with Jonathan and White Gate farm manager Susan Mitchell. Gather beautiful organic produce for the evening’s four-course menu that students and chefs develop together. Then it’s back to the kitchen where the team will prep and cook. Finally, participants will sit down together with some exceptional wine and enjoy the “fruits” of their labor. Each 6-hour class includes farm tour, professional instruction, hands-on participation, a full meal and wine tasting.  Classes are limited to 10 people.  Cost: $100 per person.

For more information and to reserve a spot, please email

The Upstairs Kitchen Jan. 2013

In Chester CT Events, Classes, Dining on December 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm
Screen shot 2012-12-28 at 9.08.05 PM
Please come and enjoy classes at The Upstairs Kitchen located in Chester, above The Local Beet Food Co-op. Please sign up early all classes have been sold out!
With the New Year just around the corner it’s time to rethink about the way we eat. So” lighten up” sooth your body, mind and soul.
Anne Gallagher starts us off right with a healthy light spa menu. Next we welcome Mary Kravac on our rescheduled soup and breads class. Emrys Tetu will Super-charge your health with delicious recipes highlighting the superfoods including chocolate! With the help of The Local Beet Co-op and their top quality ingredient purchases we look forward to starting off the New Year on the right foot!
  Chef Anne Gallagher returns to Lighten up your New Year with a healthy balanced spa menu. Start the year off with learning new cooking techniques, incorporating and balancing herbs and spices with healthy natural oils and fats. Let the high quality ingredients shine through with simple and easy recipes. The menu includes miso Soup, whitefish w/veggie scales and tamari sauce, kinpira w/gomaiso and green tea poached pears w/roasted almond slices and pomegranate coulis.

Class limited to 10 participants

Wednesday evenings 6-9

Cost $85 per/person


mary krvac

   Welcome Mary Kravac  With her hardy soups and breads to accompany them. Nothing says warm and homey  like soup and bread. In this class, we’ll make soups and breads from around the world that go together like a snowy day, a fire in the hearth, a good book (and well…a cuppa soup and a hunk of bread). This just might be the best way to balance the over indulgence of the holidays and transform your leftovers into a healthy wholesome meal!
   Tuscan Leek Soup/ Pane Bianco Twisted Bread, Russo-Hungarian Tomato Cabbage Soup/Baba’s Dark Bread, Cheddar Guinness Soup/Irish Cheddar Soda Bread, Indian-Spiced Sweet Potato-Yellow Split Pea Soup/Gluten Free Rosemary Parmesan Popovers! Please join us for a warm comfortable evening to comfort the soul!
Class limited to 10 participants
Wednesday evenings 6-9
Cost $85  per/person


Emrys is back with superfoods that have a naturally occurring abundance of unique health properties, standing out in not just one category of nutrition, but in many. As good for you as most fruits, vegetables, and sprouts may be, there are ingredients that are even more powerful. Join Emrys Tetu to learn about some of her favorite superfood ingredients that support health, immunity, and longevity. Class includes discussion of these superfoods (some more familiar than others) and recipes that make adding them to your repertoire easy. Yes, there is chocolate on the menu!
Class limitted to 10 participants
Wednesday evenings 6-9
Cost $85 per/person

Dinners At The Farm Sept. 2012

In Dining, Near By Events, Restaurants on September 22, 2012 at 6:00 am


This  week and next is your final chance at Scott’s Farms & Greenhouses to savor the flavors of Dinners-at-the-Farm’s signature multi-course feasts featuring early autumn foods. They’re on inspiration overload with all the irresistible choices of this season’s locally grown ingredients, as they plan out the final menus of 2012. Their “thank you” offer still stands for all past and present dining guests and email subscribers for $50 off any remaining September farm dinners. To receive their special offer give them a call at 860.526.8078 and they’ll happily apply the discount with your purchase. Hurry! Dates are filling up fast. So pick a night, call your friends, or come alone and meet new ones. You (and your appetite) will be happy you did. And, remember their dinners are benefits helping to support CitySeed, Connecticut Farmland Trust, Working Lands Alliance and Region 4 Schools’ Healthy Lunch Initiative: Get Fresh 4 Schools. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you down on the farm!


The Upstairs Kitchen: Cooking Class With Emrys Tetu Sept. 26, 2012

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events, Dining on September 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm


Join Sarah Jansen founder and owner of  THE UPSTAIRS KITCHEN and guest Chef Emrys Tetu. Seasonal ingredients come together for a vegan, vegetarian menu that features classic fall components including apple, squash, kale and an end-of-summer pesto. This dinner, composed of five dishes, is inspired by traditional regional uses for September abundance. Discover new twists on the familiar and learn to create new favorites for your friends and family. Class is taught for omnivores as well as those who prefer to eat gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free meals


Limited to 10 participants

Class begins at 6pm-9pm

Cost $75 per/person

Get Fresh 4 School Benefit Picnic

In Dining, Health, Near By Events on June 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Get Fresh 4 School Benefit Picnic

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Plattwood Park, Deep River CT

Calling all families! Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs and join River Tavern and Region 4 Schools in the first annual Get Fresh 4 School benefit picnic to help support Region 4’s healthy food program. Be a part of helping to bring in fresh regionally grown foods like local hormone-free beef, dairy from Connecticut Grown farmers, fresh seasonal produce and to provide the schools’ kitchen staff with new equipment and supplies in order to offer our kids freshly cooked lunches.

As a local chef and business owner and creator of the wildly popular Dinners at the Farm events, Rapp will be donating his services and staff for the picnic to create a farm dinner style experience featuring an all local menu with seasonal ingredients sourced from area farms cooked fresh, onsite, off the back of his farm dinner cook truck. Sneak a peek at the menu.

The picnic will include live music, family friendly games, and a Local Deals Marketplace where picnic go-ers can purchase discounted products and services provided by local businesses.

Get Fresh 4 School is a new community based initiative introduced by River Tavern’s Chef Jonathan Rapp and Region 4‘s Director of Food Services, Thomas Peterlik, in response to Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools campaign encouraging schools and local chefs to partner and help promote healthier school food programs. Peterlik and Rapp were among the 500 chefs around the country invited to the White House in June of 2010 to meet the First Lady and launch Chefs Move to Schools. The two aim to work with parents, teachers, local businesses and other members of the community to help raise funds for Region 4 to: purchase healthier locally sourced foods, offer new training for cafeteria staff, purchase new cooking equipment for cooking fresh meals, create an online resource for parents and students to learn about the school food nutrition and daily menus, establish a vocational cooking program, offer scholarships and develop curriculum that will help children learn lifelong healthy eating habits.

Tickets are $25 for grown-ups, kids 12 and under are free. All proceeds from the picnic will go to Region 4’s new Get Fresh 4 School healthy food program. Purchase Tickets here.

All proceeds go to Region 4 Schools

Meet The Author of Creating Healthy Children April 26, 2012

In Books, Chester CT Events, Dining, Health on April 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Lisa Sobolewski, owner of JUSTFOOD our new raw juice bar in Chester, met Karen Ranzi while living in Costa Rica and is thrilled to kick-off JUSTFOOD’s season of events with her in Chester!

Karen Ranzi MA, renowned Raw Food Expert and author will be offering an informational talk on: Creating Healthy Children

The conversation will include such topics as:
* Pregnancy Nutrition and Lactation
* Learn healthy nutrition for infants, toddlers, older children and teenagers.
* Receive lots of fun tips to get your family on board for increasing the nutrient-dense fresh plant foods in their diets.
* Guidance on increasing your child’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being.
* Learn how to manage your child’s weight, relieve allergy symptoms, and increase attention span through solid nutritional principles.
* What to do when your child is sick.
* How to deal with party food and keeping your child on a healthy track.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 pre-registration by 4/19. After, $20
Pre-register and receive 20% off Karen’s book ($20 instead of $25)

To reserve a spot we’re accepting payment in advance.
To pay/register visit JUSTFOOD, contact, or call (203) 218-3701.
We accept payments over the phone.

*The valuable information in this conversation is for everyone, children and adults.

JUSTFOOD Opening April 4, 2012

In Chester Business, Dining, Health on April 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

Things just keep getting healthier in  Chester, CT. We are happy to be welcoming JUSTFOOD to town. JUSTFOOD, is an organic juice and raw chocolate bar (they will also be selling smoothies, healthy sweet treats, and kitchen tools.). Their Grand Opening is Wednesday, April 4, 2012. You will find them inside The Local Beet at 1 Main St.

JUSTFOOD is a contemporary raw vegan culinary service offering:
Delivery of JUSTfood, JUSTjuice and JUSTchocolate
Catering for private events and dinner parties
Raw food workshops and demonstrations
JUSTjuice cleanses
Lifestyle and health coaching

JUSTFOOD is about nourishment and how everything that we as human beings take into ourselves – physically, sensorially, mentally, spiritually – effects us and our broader connection to each other and the planet. JUSTFOOD was conceived by Lisa Sobolewski for the purpose of promoting a way of life that supports our highest nature. Lisa blends a love of nature with raw food for new experiences and original culinary creations.

JUSTFOOD products are made from whole, living food – hand selected and ethically sourced – and prepared with the essential ingredients of love, intelligence, and kindness.

Stay connected with them to hear about upcoming food demonstrations, health talks, and an array of exciting events to come!

To see JUSTFOOD creations and connect with our news please visit:
To find out about ongoing health-conscious events that serve and uplift our communities please visit:

Dining with Dorie! Meet Cookbook Author Dorie Greenspan

In Chester CT Events, Dining, Restaurants on February 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

(Photo of Dorie by Ralph Elliot Starkweather)

Award-winning cookbook author and River Tavern friend Dorie Greenspan will be cooking a special prix fixe dinner with Chef Chris Flahaven on Thursday, March 1st. The delicious four course menu will include recipes from Dorie’s latest cookbook, Around My French Table. Click here for a sneak peek of the menu. For those who don’t already have one, we’ll also have her gorgeous cookbook available for sale. The book is chock full of cooking tips, personal anecdotes and mouthwatering photos. Of note, Chris Flahaven and his wife Emily, an accomplished baker, recently assisted Dorie with the production of her first culinary app for the ipad. The prix fixe dinner is $75 per person. Dinner begins at 7:30pm. Seating is limited. For reservations please call 860.526.9417.


$5 Taco Night at River Tavern

In Chester Business, Dining, Restaurants on February 8, 2012 at 10:18 am


 $5 Taco Nights

Thursday nights are Taco Nights at River Tavern! We’ll be cooking up tasty tacos at $5 a piece with 1/2 price craft beers and traditional and inventive Margaritas like Blood Orange and Ginger. Come in at 5:00pm and get your Mexican on all night!