Best of connecticut 2014

Welcome to the 17th edition of Best of Connecticut, our annual compilation of all of what we think makes our state such a special place. This year we’ve narrowed our focus over years past, trying to concentrate more on categories that merit a debate while expanding our coverage over the entire state.

As always, we invite you to share your thoughts and tell us about places we may have missed. Best of Connecticut is a project we research and  work on year-round. Send suggestions for next year's winners, and even new categories, to Content Manager Ray Bendici or Verticals Editor Doug Clement.

Like you, we're interested in exploring where we live and finding the best it has to offer. Enjoy!

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Connecticut Politics

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A report released Wednesday on the University of Connecticut found it has a $3.4 billion annual economic impact on the state, with a future return that is expected to be brighter.

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Arts & Entertainment

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Great Places to work 2014

Love your job?
We're taking nominations for our upcoming "Great Places to Work" in Connecticut, so tell us why yours is the best. (Minimum 50 employees)

Click here to email your nomination!

 

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Health & Wellness

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History

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Education

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Sunday Funday at eleven14 KITCHEN

Event Date/Time

Dec 30, 2012

This event occurs weekly on Sunday.

Description

Sunday Funday at eleven14 KITCHEN

 

Eleven14 Kitchen Rolls Out

SUNDAY FUNDAY

Why Your Sunday Brunch Will Never Be The Same Again…

 

Greenwich, CT: In keeping with eleven14 Kitchen’s “food is entertainment” approach to dining and socializing, this innovative restaurant and its creative staff roll out “Sunday Funday”, starting this Sunday, December 30, 2012. Brunch as we know it has now turned into a day-long affaire, replete with bottomless mimosas, a bloody mary bar, DJ spun tunes, and Executive Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo’s seasonal American cuisine, featuring classic and not-so classic brunch favorites.

 

Menu items include; old fashioned ricotta-lemon blintzes; soft French style omelet wild mushrooms with aged cheddar and fingerling potatoes; the "eleven14 benedict" with house smoked salmon, confit tomato, and hollandaise; waffles “walnutine” with coconut syrup, roasted banana-rum gelato and walnut brittle; and egg white frittata with broccoli rabe, sun-dried tomato, goat cheese and onion jam.

 

Cocktails featured;

Brunch Bubbly

St. Germain Elderflower, Prosecco, Pomegranate Juice

 

E14 “Winter-rita”

Tres Generaciones Tequila, Fresh Blood Orange Juice, Hibiscus Powder

 

St. Germain Cocktail

St Germain Elderflower, Champagne, Club Soda, Lemon Twist

 

French Toast Martini

Vodka, Red Stag Spiced, Meyers Rum, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon Toast Rim

 

Café “J”

Fresh Espresso, Godiva White Chocolate, Frangelico, Liquor 43

 

Jhouse Espressotini

Fresh Espresso, B&B, Godiva White Chocolate, Liquor 43, Scoop of Espresso Gelato

 

“Brunch seems to have gone a through a few incarnations over the years, “says bartender and Sunday Funday coordinator Brandi Zorzy, “eleven14 Kitchen has created an environment that allows people to truly unwind and feel as if their weekend is now complete.”

 

Since opening its doors in May of 2012, eleven14 Kitchen, located inside the J House hotel in Greenwich, CT, has made its mark on the dining and social scene in lower Fairfield County. Its indoor-outdoor dining and bar areas and eclectic design has framed the restaurant’s approach to outstanding dishes that reflect the seasons and the prowess of a passionate team of chefs led by Executive Chef Kwaku-Dongo. Food critics have found it challenging to label eleven14’s style of cuisine, often referring to it as “surprising”, while applauding its “simplicity”. Casual fare such as a spicy shrimp tacos, share the stage with more sophisticated dishes, as seen with the grilled bone-in rib-eye with bordelaise sauce. Desserts run the gamut from large chocolate chip cookies to the tart “Grand Mere” with almond cream, poached pears and black currant sorbet.

 

“Don’t let the stunning backdrop fool ya,” says John Sheedy, General Manager of the J House, “The food is accessible, as are the price points. This is a place for everyone– where a variety of experiences can be enjoyed.”

 

Sunday Funday Details: 12–5 pm // DJ Manny Baby 2-5 PM // $25 Prix Fixe Brunch (a la carte available)

Includes classic brunch cocktail (bloody mary bar) and $20 bottomless mimosas.

 

203.698.6999

www.eleven14kitchen.com

Cost $25.00+
Location

J House Greenwich hotel
1114 E Putnam Ave
Greenwich, CT
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