On Saturday, August 6, we had a great group that experienced some of New Haven’s great restaurants. The tour began on the 19th floor at the beautiful Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. What a great view of the city! Two new stops participated on this tour.  Congratulations to Stephen Bentivegna who won the gift certificate from Scoozzi, one of the new stops. The participants enjoyed  wine tasting at The Wine Thief. Some couldn’t resist buying a few bottles to take home. To top it all off we stopped at the WAVE Gallery for an artisan chocolate. 

The next tour is September 17. Make your reservations now since the September tour sells out quickly.  For reservations 203-777-8550 or 203-415-3519

4th Annual Iron Chef Elm City Crowns Champion

The 4th Annual Iron Chef Elm City which was held yesterday, crowned Chef Prasad from Thali as the the winner. It was a very very close race, three chefs….nine dishes, came down to a 2 point spread. A packed audience enjoyed watching the heated battle with the chefs using the secret ingredient which was Hooker Beer. Using beer, they prepared an appetizer, entree and dessert, all within one hour! Delia, the Viking Center of New England in Wallingford was the perfect “kitchen stadium” for the event.

Chef Jeff of Scoozzi and Chef Mike of 116 Crown created some delectable dishes and were strong competitors, according to the judges, Lisa Waddle, Managing Editor of Fine Cooking, Wiley Mullins of Uncle Wiley’s and Jocelyn Ruggiero aka Foodie Fatale. Ann Nyberg of WTNH-8 and network CT captured great moments throughout the event. Floor commentators, Todd Lyon, restaurant and food writer and Mike Devlin, General Manager of Wave Hill Breads and pastry instructor at Gateway Community kept the audience informed as to what the chefs were creating. Gateway Community College hospitality students received great experience while assisting the chefs.  

Food was plentiful at the reception sponsored by Hooker Beer, Gelato Giuliana, Bertollotti Desserts, Calabro Cheese, Willoughby’s Coffee and Tea, Atticus Bookkstore Cafe, Chabaso Bakery and Deep River Snacks. Samplings from the three restaurants competing were also enjoyed.

Nine lucky attendees got to taste one of the chefs competition creations. Look for some of the recipes in my food column in the New Haven Register.

Proceeds from the event benefit a scholarship for a Gateway Community College hospitality management /culinary student

Check out this video


 Stephen & emcee Ann Nyberg

The audience watch Team Thali


Gateway student Dan Brelsford handles the stress of the competion.

Scoozzi appetizer

Thali appetizer

116 Crown appetizer

The Kitchen Heats up for the 4th Annual Iron Chef Elm City

Here is the link to my column in today’s New Haven Register. All of the details for the exciting Iron Chef  Elm City is there, including competitiors, bios, and video from last year’s event.

Tickets are limited, so call now. I look forward to seeing you there on April 17.


4th Annual IRON CHEF ELM CITY: April 17, 2011 11:45 am

(photos from Iron Chef 2010 courtesy of New Haven Register)

Using the “secret ingredient,”  these chefs, from some of New Haven’s top restaurants will create an appetizer, entree and dessert:

Chef Jeff Caputo of Scoozzi

Chef Prasad Chirnomula of Thali

Chef Michael Denisiewicz of 116 Crown

Emcee will be Ann Nyberg of WTNH

Food celebrity judges including:

Lisa Waddle, Managing Editor, Fine Cooking Magazine

Kevin Cottle, Corporate Chef, Jordan Caterers, Runner-Up Hell’s Kitchen

 Delia, The Viking Center of the Northeast, 4 Laser Lane, Wallingford is a spectacular venue where the event will be held. 

Attendees will enjoy a reception with samplings from CT food purveyers.

Win a chance to taste one of the chef’s creations.

Tickets: $30 (kitchen), $50 Preferred viewing, very limited availability

A portion of the proceeds support Gateway Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund

Tickets & Info: 203-777-8550


Info: 203-285-2175   203-494-4806