Archive | March, 2012

Mainstreet Waynesboro: Chocolate Extravaganza, Builders Show, Memorial Bridge

31 Mar

One of Mainstreet Waynesboro’s premier annual events, the Chocolate Extravaganza, was held on Friday evening, March 10. It turned out to be a resounding success. We’ll take a look at the highlights in this edition of The View from the Square and also look ahead at some other activities in the greater Waynesboro area.

The Premier Chocolate Event

This year’s Chocolate Extravaganza was held at the Waynesboro Country Club. Previous locations included in Susquehanna Bank, the Elks Lodge and the Downtown Eagles Club. It was decided to move the event to the country club based on the anticipated increase in attendance and the availability of adequate floor space and band/dance area. That decision turned out to be a good one, as 196 tickets were sold and close to 200 actually attended. This was the largest crowd since the event started six years ago.

Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by the Neil Wright Band, featuring a variety of music ranging from the big band sound to the “oldies” and modern pop. This is the second year the Neil Wright Band played, and their music was again superb with the dance floor being well used.

Attendees were treated to a variety of decadent chocolate creations provided by a number of local confectioners. Those participating included the Burgundy Lane Bed and Breakfast, Despina Leos Candy Kitchen, TranquilaTEA, Waynesboro Country Club, The Waynesburger, Zoe’s Chocolate Co., Christina’s Cafe and Lisa McCoy of Have a Little Faith Bakery. Lisa, who plans to open a bakery later this year in downtown Waynesboro, treated the crowd to a sampling of the sweeter line of her anticipated baked products. She also added a nice touch by giving out doggie delicacies to those who wanted to share the chocolate high by treating their pets to something special.

Source: Record Herald

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CT Specialty Food Association awards

30 Mar

The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held its eleventh Product Awards Competition March 8 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 36 categories, with hopes of receiving the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2012.

Bridgewater Chocolate in Brookfield, Sunset Meadow in Goshen, Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, and several other area food-makers were included in the recipients of various awards in numerous categories.

A panel of 21 judges including local media personalities, food writers, chefs from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-Chef Program, and wine specialists scored products on overall taste/flavor, consistency/texture, appeal, and color.

Each judge was assigned to specific categories, responsible for evaluating an average of approximately 35 different products.

Categories included breads, cheese, confections, CT Grown, gluten-free, organic, pasta sauces, salad dressings, savory condiments, snack foods, and many others.

The competition also included a variety of wines produced here in Connecticut. All wines were required to contain 100% CT grown fruit.

The wide array of food products featured fresh breads, cheeses, many varieties of sauce, jams, relishes, flavored seeds, oils and vinegars, syrups and much, much more.

“It is always amazing to see the diversity and high quality of the foods and beverages made by producers right here in Connecticut,” said Tricia Levesque, CSFA Director. “This competition showcases the best of the best in the state. Each year we seem to find additional entrepreneurs looking to showcase the outstanding products they produce. Not only are these products perfect for everyday meals and parties, they also make wonderful gifts. There is always something for every member of the family.”

“Purchasing products from Connecticut companies helps to fuel our local economy and create jobs here in our state, which is so important in today’s economy,” Levesque continued. “It really is a win-win for everyone — consumers get the best quality foods available and Connecticut companies stay strong.”

Source: Register Citizen

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Chocolate Shop Sweeps CSFA Competition

27 Mar

Bridgewater Chocolate Shop wins a heap of AwardsBridgewater Chocolate founder Erik Landegren said he never thought he would become a chocolate guru, but his little shop on Federal Road in Brookfield just swept the chocolate category in the Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s 11th annual Products Award Competition.

The Register Citizen in Torrington reported that Bridgewater Chocolate won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in the CSFA’s chocolate category.

A caramel truffle with sea salt won first place. The coconut igloo won second place. And sea salt caramels won third place.

Source: Brookfield Patch

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