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Western Connecticut has its own distinct geography, flora and fauna, and many of the area’s restaurants focus on bringing that wonderful stuff to your table to showcase local flavors. Here’s our list of the five best Western Connecticut food experiences:
1. A visit to the Silo, a unique country kitchen store, museum and art gallery, as well as a cooking school - in other words, a cultural center where you can immerse yourself in a complete food adventure. Located in New Milford, the Silo sits on a 200-acre farm, where you can take seasonal classes in cuisines from such distant lands as Mexico, Tuscany and Morocco, and learn from such celebrated chefs as Suvir Saran, Rick Rodgers and Daniel Rosati.
2. If you wish to share your high-quality dining experience in a relaxed, farm-to-table setting, then a trip to Community Table, in Washington, Connecticut, is a must. Using locally sourced ingredients, executive chef Joel Viehland, who worked at critically acclaimed Noma in Denmark, prepares seasonally-inspired, light and healthy meals without sacrificing flavor.
3. If you’re looking for artisanal breads, “rustic” desserts and products made with local ingredients like seasonal organic fruits and vegetables, go to Bantam Bread Company in Bantam.
4. And in Litchfield, you’ll find Arethusa Farm Dairy, which produces natural, fresh milk and yogurt products. The farms’ purebred cows, of the Holstein and Jersey varieties, roam on the pastures of the Litchfield Hills and benefit from outdoor exercise to make the very best dairy products. Be sure to sample the delectable handmade ice cream.
5. We’d also recommend making a stop at the Pantry in Washington Depot. A mainstay of the area, this outpost features picnic boxes of gourmet and specialty foods, and also serves up a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea at its café tables.