by Valerie Schroth
Jan 21, 2013
12:20 PM
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Wallet-Friendly Dinner at Blue Lemon Sells Out


The Great Recession may be over—on paper anyway—but many are still struggling as the economy slowly (very slowly) picks up steam. Restaurants haven’t had an easy time of it either, and are getting creative in their never-ending quest to lure diners away from home or takeout food. Which is how Blue Lemon in Westport cooked up the idea of the Wallet Friendly Wine Dinner they’re having Thursday. It was such a hit with customers, the restaurant is repeating it the next day, Friday, Feb.1.

Chef/owner Bryan Malcarney teamed up with Stew Leonard’s Wines in Norwalk to create a five-course meal, for $59, each with its own wine. The courses are as follows: Thai Shrimp Salad with cucumber, pineapple and Bermuda onion (paired with Coppola Presents Bianco Chardonnay); Crab and Scallop Cake with toasted almonds and raspberry glaze (Echo Bay Sauvignon Blanc); Pulled Pork Slider on homemade corn bread with strawberry jalapeño jam (The Show Garnacha); Braised Boneless Short Ribs with root vegetables and Malbec smashed potatoes (Pago Cimera Malbec); and Poached Pear with Chocolate Caramel Mousse (Toscolo Dolce).

That’s less than $12 per course for food and wine,” says Malcarney. “Now, that’s wallet-friendly!”

Not too shabby—and you'll have no dishes to clean up afterwards!

Blue Lemon Restaurant, 15 Myrtle Ave., Westport, 203/226-2647,

Wallet-Friendly Dinner at Blue Lemon Sells Out

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