Celebrate ‘Food Is Art” A Pairing of Meal & Music to Benefit the Cultural Alliance of Western CT, June 3rd

Report by Paula Antolini
April 29, 2018 3:49PM EDT



Celebrate ‘Food Is Art” A Pairing of Meal & Music to Benefit the Cultural Alliance of Western CT, June 3rd


“You can tell by the applause: There’s perfunctory applause, there’s light applause, and then there’s real applause. When it’s right, applause sounds like vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.”  – conductor & composer Skitch Henderson (The Tonight Show)

“Food Is Art.” On Sunday, June 3rd, guests will join the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut to applaud, celebrate, and support its past accomplishments, present endeavors, and future plans at an artisanal experience designed to satisfy just about every sense.

Celebrating the art of food, simply and elegantly, “Food is Art: Nurturing the Creative Soul” will mark an inaugural year of Pairings, this year pairing a festive meal with music selected by the chef and served up in an appropriate setting. 

Executive Chef Calin Sauvron of Bethel’s Note Kitchen & Bar will oversee a dinner, accompanied by her complementary playlist, on the beautiful and creative grounds of the historic New Milford home of Skitch Henderson, the popular Pops conductor and director of the Tonight Show’s NBC Orchestra. Hunt Hill Farm, located on 44 Upland Road, will serve as the backdrop for a joining of cuisine, music, conversation, and creative context and will, for a moment, nurture the soul, energize the body, and provide food for thought.

Wine, beer, and cocktails will be served at a 4:00pm reception, with a five-course dinner to follow at 5:00pm. BYOB is accepted. Live music will be provided by The Beatniks New Orleans Duo, known for their unique musical styles, audience interaction and energy, traits they share with Skitch. Attire is smart casual.

Tickets are $100 per person. Seating is limited and can be reserved by going to http://bit.ly/food_is_art by Sunday, May 28th.

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut applauds Baldor Specialty Foods, Hunt Hill Farm, Litchfield Distillary, and Note Kitchen & Bar  for making this artisanal experience just right. Bon Appetit.  




The menu is French Quarter and Blues-inspired:


Fried Artichokes with Spicy Remoulade, Chicken Meatballs, Crab & Rice Croquettes, Molasses Pulled Pork Sliders

Muffuletta Salad (Salami, Olives, Roasted Peppers, Giardiniera, Red Onions, Provolone, Mixed Greens, Red Wine Vinaigrette)
Vegetarian Gumbo (Zucchini, Peppers, Mushrooms, Okra, Jasmine Rice)
Stewed Chicken & Grits (Slow Braised Chicken, Peppers, Onions, Okra, Zucchini. Cheddar Grits)
Banana Foster Bread Pudding 

Note Kitchen | Bar offers modern American cuisine fused with international influences and paired with wines, craft beers, artisan cocktails, and soulful music. Their menu is created using locally sourced, fresh ingredients from neighboring farms and local waters. Executive Chef, Calin Sauvron is born and raised in Connecticut. Calin began creating beautiful food very early in life. She specializes in unique food pairing and dishes with beautiful aesthetic appeal. She began her professional career at Carmen Anthony’s in Waterbury where she trained under some of the best chef’s in New England. She quickly moved on to be Executive Chef for At The Corner in Litchfield, CT. Her passion for perfection and focus on seasonal, locally sourced food allows her to continually surprise and delight. (https://www.notekitchen.com/)



Hunt Hill Farm has been a center of learning for over 45 years, offering public programs for children, youths and adults to nurture a deeper understanding of art, music, cooking, organic farming and land use. Since its inception as a non-profit by Ruth and Skitch Henderson in 1968, Hunt Hill Farm has been a favorite gathering place for our community, chefs, musicians and artisans alike. Their vison is still at the heart of Hunt Hill Farm, and still relevant today. (hunthillfarm.org/)

The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, with offices at 287 Main Street, Danbury, CT, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. The Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts and culture for all residents and visitors in Greater Danbury. Major support is provided by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support is received through public and private funding, corporate sponsors, and by the Cultural Alliance’s 290 members including more than 55 arts, history, and cultural organizations. For more information, to volunteer or to donate, call (203) 798 0760 or visit www.artswesternct.org




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