New Haven Restaurants Chip In to Preserve Farmland Send
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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A number of New Haven restaurants will be participating in Connecticut's largest and oldest event to raise funds to save our state’s dwindling amount of farmland. Caseus Fromagerie Bistro, Heirloom at the Study at Yale, Miya's Sushi, the New Haven Public Schools, Skinny Pines Catering and Zinc will be serving food at the Celebration of Connecticut Farms on Sunday, September 11th from 12:30p until 4p at Jones Family Farms in Shelton. The event features some of the state’s best chefs preparing amazing dishes that highlight Connecticut grown ingredients. This year it will be co-hosted by Tony Award winning actress Christine Baranski, WNPR's Two Time Peabody Award winner Faith Middleton, and celebrity TV chef and author Jacques Pépin.

“Since 2001, the Celebration has raised hundreds-of-thousands of dollars that have been used to help the Connecticut Farmland Trust continue its work to prevent farms from being lost to development. We're thrilled to have so many participants from the Elm City participating this year,” says Dawn Adiletta, Interim Executive Director of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. “This is the must-attend event for anyone serious about wonderful cuisine and the freshness that only locally raised foods can provide. Having so many New Haven restaurants is just another reason for people to come.”


“I am excited to be participating in the Celebration of Connecticut Farms again this year,” says Chef Denise Apel, Chef and owner of Zinc. “For many, it may be a surprise to find out how many different types of wonderful foods Connecticut farms produce. This is an excellent opportunity to expose foodies around our state to our restaurant and help preserve our rich agricultural heritage at the same time.”


Tickets for the 2011 Celebration of Connecticut Farms are $150 per person ($75 is a tax-deductible donation). In addition to the delicious food and drink, the Celebration will include musical entertainment by Bone Dry, a silent auction, and farm tours. To purchase tickets and for a list of participating chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries, visit


About the Connecticut Farmland Trust

The Connecticut Farmland Trust (CFT) is a non-profit organization that was formed to preserve and protect Connecticut’s working lands through the acquisition of farm property and easements. The group works with farmers, landowners, land trusts, town officials and state agencies to protect agricultural land. Since its start, CFT has protected nearly 2,100 acres of farmland on 26 family farms, assisted partners in the preservation of over 800 additional acres, and has become the state's leading private resource on farmland conservation.

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