Author: Sheila McCaffery

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a crisp autumn evening, and guests begin to arrive at the Gorman family’s White Silo Farm & Winery for an authentic farm-to-table experience. Nestled in the foothills of Sherman, the original barn and silo are surrounded by 200 acres of farmland. Former dairy-farm pastures are now home to raspberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, blackberries and grape vines.

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a crisp autumn evening, and guests begin to arrive at the Gorman family’s White Silo Farm & Winery for an authentic farm-to-table experience. Nestled in the foothills of Sherman, the original barn and silo are surrounded by 200 acres of farmland. Former dairy-farm pastures are now home to raspberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, blackberries and grape vines.

Growing and arranging flowers IS Miriam Landsman’s life-long passion.Every year, inspired by the blooming of her climbing New Dawn roses, she hosts an outdoor tea party for mothers, daughters and granddaughters at her Cotswold-style manor house in Greenwich. In celebration of summer, friends are invited to participate in the art of conversation and the taking of tea. Creating the scene is like setting a stage reminiscent of early 19th-century England.

Growing and arranging flowers IS Miriam Landsman’s life-long passion.Every year, inspired by the blooming of her climbing New Dawn roses, she hosts an outdoor tea party for mothers, daughters and granddaughters at her Cotswold-style manor house in Greenwich. In celebration of summer, friends are invited to participate in the art of conversation and the taking of tea. Creating the scene is like setting a stage reminiscent of early 19th-century England.

Many years ago, while living in Greenwich, we would take our two children to a family-style, Italian-American pizza restaurant in Port Chester, NY, called Tarry Lodge. Fast-forward some 30 years and the Landmark building is still there, but the food scene is considerably different. Worldly and sophisticated palates now enjoy an authentic experience of Italian culture in cuisine, wine and artisanal products at Bastianich and Batali’s Tarry Lodge restaurant and Tarry Market.

Many years ago, while living in Greenwich, we would take our two children to a family-style, Italian-American pizza restaurant in Port Chester, NY, called Tarry Lodge. Fast-forward some 30 years and the Landmark building is still there, but the food scene is considerably different. Worldly and sophisticated palates now enjoy an authentic experience of Italian culture in cuisine, wine and artisanal products at Bastianich and Batali’s Tarry Lodge restaurant and Tarry Market.

A few years ago, Connecticut native Andre Kreft returned to his roots after spending his adult life in California as a graphic and visual artist. He moved to Litchfield County and founded Savor Fine Foods LLC, trading in a color palette for a taste palate. With an enthusiasm for life and all things pure, beautiful and delicious, he now bakes and sells cookies that have unusual and nontraditional flavor combinations. These happy little morsels are all made with love and natural ingredients from local suppliers.

A few years ago, Connecticut native Andre Kreft returned to his roots after spending his adult life in California as a graphic and visual artist. He moved to Litchfield County and founded Savor Fine Foods LLC, trading in a color palette for a taste palate. With an enthusiasm for life and all things pure, beautiful and delicious, he now bakes and sells cookies that have unusual and nontraditional flavor combinations. These happy little morsels are all made with love and natural ingredients from local suppliers.

For my first crab orgy 10 years ago, I invited restaurateur and chef Michael Tarantino to dinner along with 12 other friends. Michael started the ritual of making a crab sauce with pasta as a first course. (The crab shells give the sauce flavor when cooking. The meat is removed from the shells and added to the sauce.)