The concert date is set, April 26, and so are the restaurants and the chefs that participating in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd annual “Playing with Music” program.
You might remember it from last year. Hartford-area restaurants interpreted pieces of music with food and HSO conductor Carolyn Kuan chose music to go with menu dishes. The event climaxed with a symphony playing the music while the restaurants featured the foods.
This year’s restaurants and chefs have been announced and they are:
Apricots Restaurant and Pub- Chef and Owner Ann Howard, Grants Restaurant and Bar / Restaurant Bricco- Chef and Owner Billy Grant, Max Downtown- Pastry Chef Warren Hardman,Treva Restaurant / A Vert- Chef and Owner Dorjan Puka and Trumbull Kitchen Executive Chef Chris Torla
Remember the Windsor 75 Diner/ Restaurant and its star -studded makeover a few months ago courtesy of celebrity chef and Food Network’s ‘Restaurant Impossible’ host Robert Irvine?
Well, the restaurant is up and running with a new look and a new menu and on Nov. 6 there will be a bit of a party there at 10 p.m.
Owners George and Therese Calos are inviting fans to stop by, order up something to eat and watch the episode of the show together at their place at 35 Poquonock Ave.
And speaking of food, West Hartford restaurateur, Treva owner/executive chef Dorjan Puka, has opened his new restaurant, A’Vert Brasserie, at 35 LaSalle Street.
“We are just doing it quietly for now,” said the slightly harried Puka as he put the final touches on the authentic French brasserie Monday, just hours before the doors opened for its “soft” opening. “But after a few nights we will be ready.”
The space was formerly occupied by Thirty5 Bar & Grille, which closed seven months ago.
While everyone flusters about $47,500 in state money used for the soon-after closed Thirty5 Bar & Grille on West Hartford’s LaSalle Road, there is more news about the space.
A French bistro will soon open there, courtesy of a familiar West Hartford restaurateur.
Dorjan Puka, who, with his wife, owns the popular Treva Restaurant & Bar on Farmington Avenue, plan to open the French-inspired restaurant at 35 LaSalle Road in the next few months.
“We are hoping to have it open in three months,” said Puka. “We aren’t sure of the name yet but it will be an authentic French brasserie. ”
Puka said Treva will continue to be open as well, noting that French and Italian foods are his “favorites.”
Puka said he and his wife just returned from a two-week trip to France.
“We can’t wait to do this,” he said. “West Hartford has Italian and Mexican and Asian cuisine restaurants but no French ,” he said. “People think French food is all heavy and expensive but it is not that way. That is why we will be doing “bistro” style food. Basic good food, simple, affordable but so wonderful.”