Saturday, June 17, 2017

Equilibrium Grille and Taproom- Middletown, NY

I've heard some good things about this new brewery in Middletown and we decided to pop in and see what it was all about on a Saturday afternoon. 

The design is nice, taking an old factory or warehouse and utilizing the exposed brick and wood. There are two levels, a bar on the first floor and the dining area, with its own bar, on the second. Good idea as the first level could be a bit louder and the dining are is quieter. 

It was quite a bit crowded, but we only had to wait ten minutes or so for a table. I started with a flight of four for eleven bucks, a bit pricey but the best way to get a feel for the offerings. 

They had six brews listed, but one had just kicked. I list in order of my preference. The Photon, their signature IPA at4.8%, which had a nice clean, and ever so slightly fruity taste. Next was the Mmm...Osa which is the Photon with oranges added. Nice fruity taste without being overpowering. The third was the MC2 which is the Photo ramped up to 8% as an Imperial IPA. The best was the Optimization, a double at 8% which had the hint of a sour taste to it. 

The food was excellent. We both ordered blue cheese burgers (twelve bucks) and mine was cooked to a perfect medium while Teresa's came the perfect medium-well that she ordered. She had a side salad while I opted for the fries, which were crispy on the outside with a soft inside and seasoned properly. 

Overall, a nice experience and I think they will do quite well. Stop by and check them out sometime. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Announcement


Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli to Join Celebrity Chefs 
Scott Conant and Adam Richman 

Greenwich, CT – The 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, presented by Serendipity magazine ([] with beneficiaries The Friends of James Beard Benefits and Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation, has announced this year’s class of Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs who will be honored at the event’s Master Chef Wine Dinner at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park by the water’s edge on Friday, September 22.  The dinner will also honor famed restaurateur and author Scott Conant (“Chopped”, “Top Chef”), with Travel Channel star Adam Richman (“Man v. Food”) attending as a special guest.

This year’s list includes:
  • Carlos Baez (The Spread in South Norwalk, CT) 
  • Lisa and Steve Maronian (Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes in Cos Cob, CT)
  • Mike Pietrafaso (Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee in Riverside, CT) 
  • Brad Spence (Amis Trattoria in Westport, CT)
  • Ian Vest (Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich, CT)
  • Marc Weber (On the Marc Catering in Stamford, CT)

“We are thrilled to return for our seventh year, welcoming back Festival favorites Adam Richman and Alex Guarnaschelli, and for the first time, Scott Conant,” said Suni Unger, Founder & CEO of Unger Media and the Founder & CEO of The 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. “This year’s group of Most Innovative Chefs truly represents the incredible breadth of talent cooking at the top restaurants in Westchester and Fairfield Counties and pushing the culinary envelope on a daily basis.”

The Master Chef Wine Dinner will shine a spotlight on this year’s awarded Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs, who will interact with guests while preparing and serving their creative cuisine, alongside Festival Ambassador Chefs, who have not only been honored in the past but continue to champion the Festival’s mission.  The evening will also feature carefully selected wines, creative cocktails and a live musical performance by platinum-selling southern rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters (“Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior”). 
Tickets for Friday evening’s event, as well as Saturday, September 23’s full day of food, beverage and world-class music are now available.  Visit to purchase tickets, and for updates on musical and culinary talent as well as the full event schedule. 

The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted.  Animals are also not permitted. 

The 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is a multi-day event that celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape, and showcases innovation in the food and beverage industries. The mission is to strengthen our communities’ non-profit partners, local businesses and renowned food culture. It will benefit multiple charitable organizations, including The Friends of James Beard Benefits and Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation. The Festival is partnered with Serendipity magazine. Sponsors to date include 1893 Cola, 90+ Cellars, Aitoro, Budweiser, Coldwell Banker, Dacor, Delamar, Empire City Casino, Hospital for Special Surgery, NuKitchens, PepsiCo, Rudy’s Executive Transportation, Starr Tent, Stella Artois, Tea House Collection, Whole Foods Market, W├╝sthof and Barbara Zaccagnini *  For more information, visit