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Reichl Brings ‘Sizzle’ To Hartford Public Library

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“Gray rain. Hartford. Woke with sunny memories. Midnight ravioli: orange-tossed. Late supper atreichl4 Peppercorn Grill. Wonderful restaurant.”

reichl1 (2)That was famed author and foodie Ruth Reichl’s you-can-almost-taste-it tweet hours after she brought the sizzle to Hartford Public Library’s  “One Big Sizzling Summer Night” fundraiser Thursday.

Reichl, former editor-in-chief of the defunct Gourmet magazine, brought her food expertise, her philosophy on life  and her new book and first novel, “Delicious” to a crowd that was more than happy to celebrate almost-summer at a party that included games, food from a variety of Hartford’s best-known restaurants and a chance to meet the celebrity chef.

“Good food and good books are what you need to pay attention to in life,” said Reichl, who has nowreichl2 moved on to write yet another book. Admitting she was a little lost when she her job evaporated, Reichl said she bounced back with clever tweets that have made her a Twitter star and spending mega-time in the kitchen, with both turning into fodder for the yet-to-be-named new book.

“Cooking saved my life,” she said, explaining the new book will be a combination of how cooking every day after she lost her job helped her get through the transition. And her plan is to combine recipes, her tweets and her walk along a new path all into the new book.

reichl3 - CopyAmong those attending the fundraiser were Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and “I don’t cook” library board president Thea Montanez as library CEO Matt Poland acted as master of ceremonies for the dine-around which attracted a big crowd.

“Everything is great but I just like being able to pose with Ruth,” said Manchester resident Mindy Alvarez, a wanna-be professional chef who was thrilled when she was able to take a quick selfie with the famous author and chef.

“I love the way she makes food down to earth, nothing pretentious or part of a fad,” Alvarez said. “She cooks from her heart, and that’s the best way to do it.”

A Weekend Full Of Everything Hartford!

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The city and the state got off to a good start this week what with Erin Brady, CT’s first Miss USAcalendar_clip_art-1_opt finishing her history making reign, Hartford Stage basking in that “Gentleman’s Guide” Tony Award glow, UConn teams visit to the White House and Quinnipiac University celebrating Barbara Walters in New York City.

The rest of the week is just as good people!

It all begins tonight with a sizzle when the Hartford Public Library hosts its annual “One Big Sizzling Summer Night” gala at the library featuring guest foodie, author and former Gourmet managing editor Ruth Reichl.

onebig4“This year’s event will be unlike any you’ve seen,” promises library CEO Matt Poland.

The evening includes food, meet-and-greet, an auction and a celebration of the library and its programs.

For more information go here.

Or you could head over to Charter Oak Landing on Thursday where Our Piece of the Pie, a non-profit supporting youths, will host its annual “Sip and Sail” cruise. The fundraiser includes a reception and sail along the Connecticut River on the Lady Katharine’s Mystique. For more information go here.

wineroses3It’s rose time at Elizabeth Park and that means “Wine & Roses” on June 13. Savor the smells and the sights at the park and its historic rose gardens  by attending the annual event sponsored by the park conservancy. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Pond House Café. For more information go here.

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will present its fourth black-tie gala on June 13 at 6p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center June 13.

The “Imagine …the Sky’s the Limit” soiree will honor Dr. Edison Liu, the president and CEO of stjoeJackson Laboratory, as well as three USJ professors who will be recognized for their commitment and service to the humanities. They are: Dorothy Keller, professor of Fine Arts; Judith Perkins, professor emerita of Foreign Languages/Humanities and Shyamala Raman, professor of Economics and International Studies. For more information go here.

There will also be a party going on over at The Society Room on June 13 where  the Amistad Centerjunteenth2_opt for Art & Culture will kick off its Juneteenth Celebration “Jubilation”  .

This year author and speaker June Archer, singer and producer Jolie Rocke Broan and community leader John Motley will be honored at the event.

The gala is part of the two-day celebration that will also include a Junteenth Family Day on June 14 at the Wadsworth Atheneum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Titled “Fresh Faces of Freedom”  the day includes a variety of family activities. For information go here.

cedarAlso on June 13, Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation will host its annual “Sunset Among the Cedars,” a fundraising dinner celebrating its 150th anniversary. The evening includes dinner, entertainment and a sunset lantern release.

Proceeds benefit the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation’s mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the art, culture, history and natural beauty of the nationally recognized cemetery.

For more information go here.

On Saturday, celebrate Mark Twain by heading over to his house for “Tom Sawyer Day,” from 10MTH Exerior.28.25.04 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “Wild West” theme will feature activities including  pony rides, a rope-trick artist, magicians, music a mobile book shop and visits from Tom and Becky Thatcher as well. For more information  go here.

You can also head down to the Madison Beach Club June 14 for the Goodspeed’s “Razzle Dazzle” gala honoring Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheldon Harnick.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHarnick, known for his work on “She Loves Me” “Fiorello!” and ” Fiddler on the Roof,” being presented as part of Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary celebration, will receive the Goodspeed Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater.

For more information go here.

Finally, don’t forget Sunday is Father’s Day. Celebratedad with dad or remember him well.  Have a good weekend.