Arden Courts of Hamden at 153 Leeder Hill Drive and Eli Whitney Technical High School Restaurant at 71 Jones Road are two of 76 restaurants and food venues participating in Farm-to-Chef Week Sept. 15 to 21.
In a press release Friday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy encouraged residents to eat out during Farm-to-Chef week at one of the local establishments.
“Locally-grown and produced foods are a significant force in our state’s economy – contributing between $2.72 and $4.6 billion annually and employing up to 28,000 people,” Gov. Malloy said in a statement. “Whether you’re a tried and true locavore or just someone who loves to eat great food, get out and enjoy the wide variety of foods Connecticut has to offer.”
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture created Farm-to-Chef Week to "connect culinary professionals with Connecticut products." The restaurants that are a part of the initiative will offer menus with dishes made with "Connecticut-grown products," the press release stated.
“Farm-to-Chef Week is a culinary celebration of Connecticut Grown farm products during the peak of our state’s harvest season,” Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky said in a statement. “It is a terrific way to try new ingredients—and old favorites used in different ways—prepared by some of Connecticut’s finest chefs and culinary experts. With 76 venues participating throughout the state, there is a menu and location for everyone to enjoy.”“The timing of Farm-to-Chef week coincides with the plentiful harvest Connecticut enjoys each year at this time of year – I’m delighted to know five area food service operations will share with their patrons the bounty of our state and its food producers,” said Sen. Joe Crisco, D-Hamden.
“The benefits of eating and drinking locally grown products are twofold: fresh food is by definition healthier for us, and food from nearby producers doesn’t require expensive packaging and transportation," he said, "which keep costs down and help preserve the environment.”
For more information visit the Farm-to-Chef Week website.