Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

Last night we attended a lovely dinner at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton, CT. It’s an adorably charming little restaurant that was converted from (surprise!) a one-room schoolhouse built in 1872 after the Civil War. The restaurant is owned by chef Tim LaBant and his wife Julia, both of whom grew up in Wilton. They are promoting the restaurant’s catering services, and so they invited several area event coordinators to come for dinner and sample the menu. It was fantastic!

They treated us to seven courses, including two desserts, wine, and coffee. Chef LaBant’s specialty is using only the freshest ingredients, often purchased from local farms, and his dedication to quality certainly comes through in his dishes. A few of my favorites from last night included artichoke soup with morel mushrooms, gnocchi with pesto and asparagus, and of course the chocolate hazelnut torte with a malted milkshake accompaniment. Perhaps the most interesting dish, however, was what we affectionately referred to as “the corn trio.” It consisted of a cornbread biscuit garnished with cherries, caramel-drenched popcorn, and corn ice cream. Yes, you read that correctly – corn-flavored ice cream. And yes, it did taste just like corn (sweet corn, of course). :-)

The Schoolhouse at Cannondale provides offsite catering services for small to medium-sized events, and also hosts events onsite at the restaurant. It is a perfect location for a shower, birthday party, anniversary party, rehearsal dinner, or intimate wedding celebration. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and for brunch on Sunday. If you’re ever in the Wilton area, you should definitely stop in for a delicious meal in a quaint New England setting.

[photo source: The Schoolhouse at Cannondale]

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