Millions around the world began CHINESE NEW YEAR celebrations on January 23rd with fireworks,family and food! The Dragon signifies growth, change, power and optimism.
This is GOOD news for brides and/or parents-to-be planning a wedding or bundle of joy this coming year. Regarded as the most powerful of the Chinese zodiac symbols, it is the perfect time for a wedding and people born during a dragon year are said to be brave, innovative and driven.
As with most holidays, food plays a big part in the celebration. Traditional foods have a certain significance relating to the wish for a prosperous and happy New Year. One should have lots of citrus such as tangerines, oranges and pomelo (an ancestor of the grapefruit) for wealth, luck and prosperity. Sweets will ensure a sweet life in the New Year, particularly with the Nian Gao cake. This cake made with rice flour, brown sugar and oil, and often topped with dates, white sesame seeds or nuts, symbolizes reaching new heights in the New Year (maybe we should add this to our cake week tasting menu!).
The ATTC team is hoping this Year of the Dragon lives up to its’ reputation of bringing wealth, optimism and growth!
How are YOU celebrating the Chinese New Year?
We have a new addition to the team- me (Lauren) !
I’ll be updating the blog each week with fun food news and
important info about A Thyme to Cook.
So be sure to check in every Tuesday starting next week!
“January 24, 2012 – WeddingWire,
the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce A Thyme to Cook has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Catering!”
This is sooo exciting! We shout out a gigantic thank you to all of our wonderful friends who voted us to receive Wedding Wire Brides Choice Award –
~in WHITE crackers made by Chef Bill
in WHITE, a luxury
wedding collective is hosting a celebration this evening of the shoreline’s newest collaboration of luxury wedding vendors. Visit the White Dress By the Shore
to know more! Hope to see you there!
Take advantage of our fun winter offer! Now through April, save 20% on the menu cost of your next catered event. See coupon offer above and mention it when you call or email us for more details. Look forward to hearing from you!
A Thyme to Cook is so excited and proud to announce that the Connecticut Restaurant Association has chosen us as a Nominee for Restaurateur of the Year! What this means tho is you, our valued friends and colleagues are the votes we need. You can vote for us on-line at http://www.ctrestaurant.org/
Voting is open until October 24th. The winners will be announced at the CRA Annual Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner on November 9th at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Wish Us Luck! – and don’t forget to vote!
Saltwater Farm Vineyard hosted a crowd pleasing Business After Hours at their fabulous Vineyard and we were delighted to be a part of this joint venture and donate our fabulous food. It’s always great to see our local business peeps!
Co-Sponsoring it and providing the food, our stationary hors d’oeuvre tables and display, were designed by our two talented event coordinators, Gina and Dave, creating fantastic settings for several small plate presentations.
A clothes line of Wonton Crisps (imprinted with the Saltwater Farm Crane) hung above our “Hot Rocks” Station with Chef Bills homemade Naan Breads – both accompanied by pickled vegetables and chutney’s.
Butlered Hors d’oeuvres were: BLT Sushi with Wasabi Aioli; Calamari in Paper Cones with Lime Zest; Buffalo Chicken “Pops”; Skewered Watermelon, Grape, Tomato and Basil with Balsamic Drizzle; Fruit “Pearls” on Corn Lime Edible Spoons. Then we surprised some of the 250 Guests with our “Fizzy Grapes” and House Made Basil Sorbet served on Chocolate Edible Spoons.
Big Thanks to both the Mystic and Eastern Chambers for putting this great event together!
This weekend we had the pleasure of catering for one of our North Stonington peeps – Cinda and Jim threw a fun celebration for their daughter Jen, a recent law school graduate. Cinda sent along a wonderful thank you note so we thought we would share it with our friends. Thank you!!!
We just want to thank you, Linda, and your staff for providing a memorable event to celebrate Jenn’s Law School Graduation. The food was delicious and beautifully displayed. Lisa, Cindy, Jared and Kelly were very professional, personable and detail-oriented, making sure that everyone had a great time and plenty to eat. There were positive comments all around! We’re glad the weather cooperated making the event even better after all the rainy weather.
We’ve also attached a picture of Cindy, Lisa and Jared that we hope you’ll share with them. We thought it came out nice.
Once again, a big thank you for everything everyone did for our event!
Cinda & Jim
On Friday, May 20th, 2011, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, the Long Island Sound Foundation debuts their
TASTE OF THE SOUND,
a new annual fundraiser to be held at the Branford House Mansion in Groton
A Thyme to Cook joins local and regional restaurants, caterers, bakeries, hotels and inns are donating food tasting stations. Beverage vendors, caterers and distributors are donating wine, beer and specialty drink stations.
The event is a benefit for the Long Island Sound Foundation, a non-profit organization that celebrates the health of our waterways and strives to educate individuals, groups and businesses about preserving and protecting Long Island Sound and the watershed.