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Foodie Alert! Long-Standing Bethel Farm Gets New Owners

 

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BETHEL, CT — Foodies take note! Redding and Bethel business owners have joined forces to take over running Holbrook Farm from the Holbrook family, according to MSN. Local foodies will recognize the names of the new owners— Jeff Taibe and  Stephanie Sweeney, owners of Taproot Restaurant in Bethel and Sean and Erin Reilly, owners of the Redding Roadhouse in Redding — have partnered to revamp the business.

For decades John and Lynn Holbrook, owners of Holbrook Farm, have offered fresh, locally grown produce, hosted Farm to Table dinners and provided the community with healthy, natural food choices. The Holbrooks retired in 2012 the lessee at the time, Jessica Wong, took over running the farm from 2012-2018.

John and Lynn Holbrook purchased 12 acres of land in Bethel, with only two acres in production. While the farm is not certified organic, they do use compost and natural leaf mulch to aid in fertilization and weed suppression. They do not use pesticides.

“Holbrook Farm has been clean of pesticides and herbicides for at least the last 40 years that we have owned the land. We don’t spray with pesticides, we try to use beneficial insects and companion plants and we don’t use herbicides. Weeds have a place in the ecological mix as long as they are controlled,” John Holbrook said.

Holbrook Farm is located at 45 Turkey Plain Rd. in Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, visit their website.

Local DIY Pizza Business Brings Families Together for Make-Your-Own Dinner

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RIDGEFIELD, CT — After making and tasting thousands of different types and styles of pizza, a husband and wife duo launched their Ridgefield-based DIY pizza-making company called PIY, Pizza It Yourself, to the delight of families across Fairfield County. Ed Winstanley, from Westchester County, and his wife Grace Winstanley, from the Victoria, British Columbia, originally met at IBM and started a staffing business based in New York City 10 years ago.

“We ate copious amounts pizza while living in NYC before moving to Ridgefield,” Grace said. “We’re obsessed with pizza but with a big family and staffing business, we knew it wasn’t realistic to open a restaurant. Hello Fresh and Blue Apron appeared on the scene but we didn’t see anyone addressing our favorite meal so we started packing up dough, cheeses, and sauce for our neighbors to try out. We loved that the credit was given to the chef at home— neighborhood kids saying that their Mom’s pizza is ‘the best.” Families were enjoying the experience together and wanting more pizza!”

The couple moved to Ridgefield in 2013 after looking for a “family-friendly” town in Fairfield or Westchester County.

“When we first drove through Ridgefield and met some of the locals, it was instant, we fell in love and knew we’d found our new hometown,” Grace said.

Ed who used to work in IT and currently owns a staffing business has prior experience working at a pizzeria with his brother who had a pizzeria in Vermont. Eventually, the brothers moved closer to home and Will took over Il Sorriso in Irvington, New York. Ed experimented making pizza at home until he perfected the recipes and techniques.

“My brother and I talked about pizza recipes on a regular basis and when he came over for lunch one day, he was blown away that I had made a perfect pizza in a regular kitchen oven. It was that moment we knew pizza at home could be very special,” Ed shared.

The couple said what makes their pizza so special is not only the incredibly fresh, clean and delicious dough and ingredients but the experience of making artisanal pizza at home with family and friends.

“We love bringing people together over a delicious, easy to prepare a meal. Families are busy and we’re hoping to bring back a better version of Pizza Friday sans shopping or prep work. Recent studies show the benefit of families eating together, from improved relationships to lower symptoms of depression and drug use. We hope to make a difference by strengthening the family bond, the fabric of our society,” Grace stated.

In addition to bringing family and friends together for a delicious, healthy meal, PIY also does all they can to support the local community by doing fundraisers for organizations and nonprofits.

Grace Winstanley said that the couple loves hearing about their customers’ passion for pizza night. “We enjoy hearing about their new pizza traditions— how they look forward to pizza night and how dinner is prepared with and by their kids. We have 10-year-olds who love making pizza for the family and now the parents can ask, ‘What’s for dinner?'”

PIY currently delivers fresh ingredients to families in Ridgefield, Danbury, Bethel, and Redding. For more information visit www.pizzapiy.com.

Photo by Grace Winstanley

39 Best Brunch Spots in Your Area

 

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DANBURY, CT — Blueberry Blintzes, Bananas Foster, Eggs Benedict, Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top spots in your area, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

BETHEL

Yelp’s Top 3 

  1. Note Kitchen & Bar, 227 Greenwood Ave.
  2. La Zingara, P.T.Barnum Square
  3. J. Lawrence Downtown, 186 Greenwood Ave.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 

Trip Advisor’s top brunch spots included two restaurants that are now permanently closed, as well as a deli which is closed on Sundays and a restaurant closed for Easter Sunday. Below are the top ranked brunch places, excluding the above mentioned restaurants.

  1. Stony Hill Diner, 14 Stony Hill Rd. (Route 6)
  2. La Zingara, P.T.Barnum Square
  3. Rizzuto’s, 6 Stony Hill Rd. (Route 6)

BROOKFIELD

Yelp’s Top 3 

  1. Maggie McFly’s, 195 Federal Road
  2. Agora of Brookfield, 834 Federal Road
  3. Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 

Trip Advisor did not have any rankings in Brookfield specifically for brunch, so below are the top ranked places for breakfast and lunch in Brookfield.

  1. Chick-fil-A, 156 Federal Road
  2. Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road
  3. Hacienda Don Manual, 265 Federal Road

DANBURY

Yelp’s Top 3 

  1. Marketplace, 33 Mill Plain Road
  2. Mothership on Main, 331 Main Street
  3. Mezon, 56 Mill Plain Road

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 

  1. Mezon, 56 Mill Plain Road
  2. Marketplace, 33 Mill Plain Road
  3. Cheesecake Factory, Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave.

NEW FAIRFIELD – SHERMAN AREA

Yelp’s Top 3 

  1. Reverie: Coffee & Craft Beer, 21 Front St., Patterson, NY
  2. McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe, 10 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling
  3.  The American Pie Company, 29  Route 37, Sherman

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 New Fairfield & Sherman Area Brunch Spots

  1.  The American Pie Company, 29  Route 37, Sherman
  2. Sonny Side Up, 45 Padanaram Rd., Danbury
  3. Rosy Tomorrows, 15 Old Mill Plain Rd., Danbury

NEW MILFORD

Yelp’s Top 3 New Milford Brunch Spots 

  1.  The Green Granary, 84 Railroad St.
  2.  The Iron Rail, 10 Railroad St.
  3. Zaragoza Restaurant, 31 Bank St.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 New Milford Brunch Spots

  1. The Green Granary, 84 Railroad St.
  2. Theo’s Downtown Diner, 14 Railroad St.
  3. Diner Luxe, 108 Danbury Rd.

NEWTOWN

Yelp’s Top 3 Newtown Brunch Spots 

  1. Farmhouse Restaurant, 43 S. Main St.
  2. Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, 1 Glen Rd.
  3. Eggs & Co., 71 S. Main. St.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Newtown Brunch Spots

  1. Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, 1 Glen Rd.
  2. Blue Colony Diner, 66 Church Hill Rd.
  3. Dere Street, 33 Main St.

REDDING AREA

Yelp’s Top 3 Redding Area Brunch Spots 

  1. Bailey’s Backyard, 23 Bailey Ave., Ridgefield
  2.  The Spinning Wheel, 109 Blackrock Tpke., Redding
  3.  The Redding Roadhouse, 406 Redding Rd., Redding

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Redding Area Brunch Spots

  1. Wire Mill, 12 Old Mill Rd., Redding
  2.  The Spinning Wheel, 109 Blackrock Tpke., Redding
  3. Black Cat Grille, 58 Redding Rd., Redding

RIDGEFIELD

Yelp’s Top 3 Ridgefield Brunch Spots 

  1. Bailey’s Backyard, 23 Bailey Ave.
  2. SUCRÉ SALÉ, 109 Danbury Rd.
  3. The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 30 Grove St.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Ridgefield Brunch Spots

  1. Luc’s, 3 Big Shop Lane
  2. Bernard’s, 20 West Lane (Route 35)
  3. Little Pub, 59 Ethan Allen Hwy.

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: Wilheln Fyles, zzi, Pauline Kletti, Erica Bramham, duncan c, Faruk Ateş, Kevin Micalizzi, mrsapplegate via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Brunch Spots in Ridgefield

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-30 at 2.38.56 AMRIDGEFIELD, CT — Blueberry Blintzes, Eggs Benedict, Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top three spots in Ridgefield, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Ridgefield Brunch Spots 

  1. Bailey’s Backyard, 23 Bailey Ave.
  2. SUCRÉ SALÉ, 109 Danbury Rd.
  3. The Hideaway Kitchen & Bar, 30 Grove St.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Ridgefield Brunch Spots

  1. Luc’s, 3 Big Shop Lane
  2. Bernard’s, 20 West Lane (Route 35)
  3. Little Pub, 59 Ethan Allen Hwy.

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: sushiesque via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Brunch in the Redding Area

 

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REDDING, CT — Eggs Benedict, Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top spots in the Redding area, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Redding Area Brunch Spots 

  1. Bailey’s Backyard, 23 Bailey Ave., Ridgefield
  2.  The Spinning Wheel, 109 Blackrock Tpke., Redding
  3.  The Redding Roadhouse, 406 Redding Rd., Redding

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Redding Area Brunch Spots

  1. Wire Mill, 12 Old Mill Rd., Redding
  2.  The Spinning Wheel, 109 Blackrock Tpke., Redding
  3. Black Cat Grille, 58 Redding Rd., Redding

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: Vegan Feast Catering via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Brunch Spots in the New Fairfield & Sherman Area

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NEW FAIRFIELD, CT — Fluffy Fruit-Topped Belgian Waffles, Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top spots in the New Fairfield and Sherman area, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 New Fairfield & Sherman Area Brunch Spots 

  1. Reverie: Coffee & Craft Beer, 21 Front St., Patterson, NY
  2. McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe, 10 Charles Colman Blvd., Pawling
  3.  The American Pie Company, 29  Route 37, Sherman

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 New Fairfield & Sherman Area Brunch Spots

  1.  The American Pie Company, 29  Route 37, Sherman
  2. Sonny Side Up, 45 Padanaram Rd., Danbury
  3. Rosy Tomorrows, 15 Old Mill Plain Rd., Danbury

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit:Leo via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Brunch Spots in New Milford

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NEW MILFORD, CT — Belgian Waffles, Vegetable Omelets, Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top spots in New Milford, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 New Milford Brunch Spots 

  1.  The Green Granary, 84 Railroad St.
  2.  The Iron Rail, 10 Railroad St.
  3. Zaragoza Restaurant, 31 Bank St.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 New Milford Brunch Spots

  1. The Green Granary, 84 Railroad St.
  2. Theo’s Downtown Diner, 14 Railroad St.
  3. Diner Luxe, 108 Danbury Rd.

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: Stijn Nieuwendijk via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Brunch Spots in Newtown

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NEWTOWN, CT — Fruit & Cheese Blintzes, Bacon, Sausage and Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top three spots in Newtown, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Newtown Brunch Spots 

  1. Farmhouse Restaurant, 43 S. Main St.
  2. Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, 1 Glen Rd.
  3. Eggs & Co., 71 S. Main. St.

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Newtown Brunch Spots

  1. Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, 1 Glen Rd.
  2. Blue Colony Diner, 66 Church Hill Rd.
  3. Dere Street, 33 Main St.

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: The Other Dan via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Danbury Brunch Spots

 

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DANBURY, CT — Vegetable Omelets, Spinach Frittatas, Country Farm Pancakes…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top three spots in Danbury, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Danbury Brunch Spots 

  1. Marketplace, 33 Mill Plain Road
  2. Mothership on Main, 331 Main Street
  3. Mezon, 56 Mill Plain Road

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Danbury Brunch Spots

  1. Mezon, 56 Mill Plain Road
  2. Marketplace, 33 Mill Plain Road
  3. Cheesecake Factory, Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Ave.

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: Henrik Ismarker via Flickr Creative Commons

Best Brookfield Brunch Spots

 

Screen Shot 2018-03-30 at 2.43.12 AMBROOKFIELD, CT — Quiche Lorraine, Country Farm Pancakes, Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato Frittata…. is your mouth watering yet? Looking for a great spot to take the family for Easter Brunch or Passover? Here are the top three spots in Brookfield, as ranked by Trip Advisor and Yelp users.

Yelp’s Top 3 Brookfield Brunch Spots 

  1. Maggie McFly’s, 195 Federal Road
  2. Agora of Brookfield, 834 Federal Road
  3. Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road

Trip Advisor’s Top 3 Brookfield Brunch Spots

Trip Advisor did not have any rankings in Brookfield specifically for brunch, so below are the top ranked places for breakfast and lunch in Brookfield.

  1. Chick-fil-A, 156 Federal Road
  2. Bagelman, 14 Candlewood Lake Road
  3. Hacienda Don Manual, 265 Federal Road

What do you think of their picks? Tell us in the comments.

We wish you a very Happy Passover season and a Happy Easter to you and yours!

Photo Credit: Kyle Van Horn via Flickr Creative Commons