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RAW “Taste” Series Not Over Yet

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raw1 (2)Dinner included “l’ombre et lumiere” and “gargouillou,” dishes made famous by food legend Michael Bras and recreated Monday by On20 executive chef Jeffrey Lizotte and staff at Real Art Ways.

While the sold-out dinner was scheduled to be the last in RAW’s food-as-art inspired “Taste” series featuring  the film collection “Inventing Cuisine” and tasting plates by the area’s most popular local chefs, it’s not.

raw2 (2)“We are going to keep it going,” said RAW executive director Will Wilkins who was part of the crowd that at what was to be the last of the three-event series. “There are still a few more documentaries in the collection and we have other chefs who would like to come in and it has been so popular that we plan to resume it after Labor Day.”

Lizotte had it all under control as he prepared food for 100 included the vegetable mosaic “gargouillou” and the monk fish and black olive oil “l’ombre et lumiere” (light and dark) dish.

“Food is art and this series is wonderful,” said Lizotte. “I don’t think there is anything like it around.”raw3 (2)

raw4 (2)Among those at the dinner, hosted by food writer Rand Richards Cooper, was popular former staffer LB Munoz.

“I don’t work here anymore but I still want to support the programs,” said Munoz, whose date for the night was dad, Roberto Munoz.

On 20 Lizotte Tapped As A “Best” By Food & Wine

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lizotteOn20 is well-known as one of Hartford’s premiere dining spots,  an award-winning restaurant with an impeccable gourmet pedigree and a drop-dead view of the city from its location on the 20th floor of The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company building at one State Street.

Now its executive chef, Jeffrey Lizotte, is being tapped by prestigious magazine and online site,  Food & Wine, in its fourth annual The People’s Best New Chef competition.

So get your online voting finger ready.

Lizotte is the only nominee from Connecticut and one of only 10 in New England, a press announcement notes. The People’s Best New Chef, an extension of the Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs award, honors talented up- and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for less than five years.

Lizotte,  a Connecticut native and Hartford resident, was named executive chef at the tony Hartford restaurant just over a year ago when then executive chef Noel Jones stepped down.

The field of 100 nominees for The People’s Best New Chef includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist; the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef. The People’s Best New Chef finalists and winner will be revealed on April 2 online at foodandwine.com; the winner will also be featured in the July 2014 issue of Food & Wine. 

Restaurant devotees will determine The People’s Best New Chef winner on line here  beginning today and continuing through 5pm EDT on Monday, March 31.

“I’m honored that Food & Wine included me in this roster of talented chefs nationwide and thrilled at the opportunity to possibly bring this award to ON20, to Hartford, and to Connecticut,” says Lizotte.

Lizotte trained at various restaurants in New York and France before joining ON20 and being named Executive Chef in 2012. In the time since, he has been recognized as the state’s Best New Chef by Connecticut Magazine and one of the Hartford region’s most influential chefs by Hartford Magazine

It’s On The Racks, CT Magazine’s 2013 Best of CT

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That time of the year again folks. The September issue of Connecticut Magazine is out and so is its coveted   “Best of Connecticut” list for 2013.

 The Hartford area has fared pretty well when it comes to who made the statewide “best of” list in categories including fun, dining, gift shops, spas and more, all part of the 16th annual edition compiled by magazine editors.

The Hartford area made its biggest mark when it comes to dining. Manchester’s Cosmic Omelet was named best “eggs” in the breakfast category with Daybreak Coffee Roasters in Glastonbury and JoJo’s Coffee Roasting Co. in Hartford making the list for best “coffee bars.”

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Hartford Courant

Firebox in Hartford was named best “farm-to-table” in the menu/cuisine category while the city’s Trumbull Kitchen was named best for its “gluten free” menu.

Tulmeadow Farm in Simsbury made the best “ice cream” list while Hartford DISH made it into one of the new categories, “Dog-Friendly Dining.”  But it’s not what you think.

The category highlights restaurants who may not serve Rover his own entrees tableside, but the family dog “is welcome to enjoy the atmosphere and a table scrap or two at the outdoor seating area on warm sunny days.”

The landmark Rein’s Deli in Vernon once again named best “deli” in the dining out “ETC.” category. Named best “Greasy Spoon” was Middletown’s Mo’s Midtown.

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Hartford Courant

Best new chef is Hartford On20’s Jeffrey Lizotte and best pastry chef, Millwright’s Kristin Eddy in Simsbury. Best tearoom went to Hartford’s Tisane and in the best “diners” category; Corey’s Catsup & Mustard, O’Rourke’s in Middletown and Parkside Café in Bristol all got the magazine’s nod.

Mondo in Middletown made the best “pizza” list and when it came to the best “neighborhood restaurant,” Hartford’s First & Last Tavern fit the best bill.

In the sandwich variations category, Plan B burger Bar with many locations including West Hartford and Simsbury made the “burger” grade, and on the best “barbecue” list, Smoking with Chris in Southington also pleased the editors.

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Hartford Courant

The list also includes a “Family” activity category and in the Hartford area Riverfront Miniature Golf in Farmington was a best place to go along with the Brownstone Discovery Park in Portland and Crocodile Cove Water Park at Lake Compounce in Bristol.

In the antiques category, shops including Antiques on the Farmington in Canton, the Flea Circus in Canton and Irreplaceable Artifacts in Middletown were all award winners.

And as far as services, Vinnie’s Jump & Jive community dance hall in Middletown was cited as an award winning place to learn how to dance.

For the entire list go here.