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Sep 24, 2013
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Winvian, Talented Chef Chris Eddy Aiding CT NOFA With Gourmet Event Sunday

Winvian, Talented Chef Chris Eddy Aiding CT NOFA With Gourmet Event Sunday

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A roasted quail entree at Winvian.

If you think of yourself as a gourmet with a conscience, and you love to connect with the world the way insiders do, which means being aware of all the “best-kept secrets,” then the perfect opportunity awaits Sunday in the form of an event at the exclusive Winvian resort and spa in the gorgeous, autumn-tinged Litchfield Hills—an event that will leave you satisfied for helping make the state a better place (by aiding CT NOFA), and satisfied for having experienced the impressive farm-to-table talents of Chef Chris Eddy and the luxury that is Winvian.

But you have to hurry. The tickets, at $125 per person, which includes a CT NOFA membership, remain on sale through noon on Thursday (Sept. 26), and those who want to get in on the event may register online. That’s how popular this fundraiser is for an organization that advocates for and promotes local organic food, farming, gardening and land care in Connecticut —thanks in no small part to the unparalleled venue and its passionate chef, who happens to have his own on-site gardens.

“Join Connecticut’s two best-kept secrets, CT NOFA and Winvian, for an afternoon filled with activities guaranteed to satisfy every locavore’s sophisticated palate,” says a release on the event, which takes place from noon to 3 p.m. and, among other things, features a wide array of chef Eddy’s signature appetizers and desserts, the “freshest tastings” from Winvian’s own farm and other local farms, a tour of Winvian’s sustainable, non-GMO gardens, a peek at Winvian's luxurious and whimsical cottages, and wine, beer and sparkling beverages.

“Chris Eddy will be cooking,” Teresa Mucci, the program coordinator for CT NOFA, said enthusiastically by phone Tuesday in offering details of the event.

The fundraiser—with complimentary valet parking—will also feature live music, an Organic Leadership Recognition Award presentation, honoring Winvian for its work promoting sustainable food and agriculture, and an auction with terrific offerings.

Among the auction items are two that will tempt Connecticut gourmets: Chef Eddy coming to the high bidder’s home and cooking an exclusive farm-to-table dinner for eight guests, and his friend and fellow farm-to-table chef, Joel Viehland of the Community Table restaurant in Washington, Conn., also donating his services by cooking a fabulous dinner for eight guests in the winning bidder’s home.

Sunday’s event came about through some food-integrity serendipity. CT NOFA’s new executive director, Eileen Hochberg—who was director of Conservation Outreach for Westchester Land Trust for eight years—actually met chef Eddy for the first time on the steps of the state capitol building in Hartford when both were there as the General Assembly considered GMO labeling legislation.

They talked about their mutual concerns and interests, which led to the idea of collaborating on a fundraiser for CT NOFA—which is transitioning from a grants-based model of funding its programs and education efforts—and “they said, ‘Why don’t we do this,’” Mucci recounted.

The this is the upscale fundraiser Sunday, of course. Its net proceeds will benefit CT NOFA, founded in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. The mission of CT NOFA, which can be reached by email at ctnofa@ctnofa.org, and by phone at (203) 888-5146, is detailed on its website:

Winvian is located at 155 Alain White Road in Morris, near the intersection of Routes 109 and 61 in the center of town.

Also see our story about  the produce from chef Eddy’s garden being sold at the Morris Marketplace, a Passport magazine story about dining at Winvian and a Litchfield County Times story about the cooking school at Winvian. For other great dining and lifestyle options in the Litchfield Hills, see our Best of Connecticut 2013, now available as an iPad app, and be sure to vote in our Readers’ Choice: Best Restaurants 2014.

 

Winvian, Talented Chef Chris Eddy Aiding CT NOFA With Gourmet Event Sunday

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