This & That

UPDATE 9/22/20: Since this story was published, there have been some changes. Due to family obligations, Chef Mazie moved out of Connecticut. Instead of Stella's and Mazie's, the restaurant is now Stella’s African Eatery. For now the hours remain the same, although Chef Stella is looking int…

Eat & Drink

UPDATE 9/22/20: Since this story was published, there have been some changes. Due to family obligations, Chef Mazie moved out of Connecticut. Instead of Stella's and Mazie's, the restaurant is now Stella’s African Eatery. For now the hours remain the same, although Chef Stella is looking int…

For many restaurants, it began out of necessity. There were supply-chain issues at grocery stores, but restaurants saw a rapid drop in business and were often overstocked. Some restaurants began operating as boutique markets and grocery stores. They offered then-hard-to-get essentials like t…

The secret is in your hand. Even if the recipe is the same, it’s the hand of the one who makes it that matters in the end. These words play a pivotal role in Jim Casey’s cooking career. “I heard this from a chef once and it’s stayed with me for a long time,” says Casey, chef-owner of Bridges…

While pursuing his doctorate in evolutionary biology at Yale in the early 2000s, Geffrey Stopper worked as assistant brewer at the beloved New Haven brewpub, BAR. “I seriously considered starting my own brewery,” he recalls, but his Ph.D. got in the way. “My science career just really took off.”

Tonnarelli cacio e pepe, a seemingly humble yet flavor-packed pasta creation, is “a true classic dish with a small twist,” says Jes Bengtson, executive chef at Amis Trattoria in Westport. “You taste every flavor and texture intended.” Eschewing traditional red sauce in favor of buttery-chees…

Until recently, Ted Dumbauld never considered producing hand sanitizer at SoNo 1420, the Norwalk distillery he co-owns. In fact, there would have been few bigger insults you could have hurled at him or any other distiller than to compare their booze to an alcohol-based cleaning product. But …

Brandon Collins stood at his station on the canning line at Black Hog Brewing in Oxford, looking out across the brewhouse. An unpaid intern with a master’s degree in chemistry, his 13 years as a protein crystallographer in the pharmaceutical industry shaping his vision, Collins started to se…

Sometimes the most obvious things are right under your nose. For Connecticut culinary colossus Tyler Anderson, that idiom takes on a literal meaning when it comes to pizza. “Recently I came to the conclusion,” Anderson says, “it’s my favorite food in the world, why the hell don’t I have a re…

Amis Trattoria, which opened in Westport in 2017, got a shot of culinary adrenaline over the summer when Jes Bengtson took over the kitchen as executive chef. Bengtson is also the executive chef at Terrain Cafe in Westport, which is owned by the same company. I’d previously been impressed wi…