In Norwalk, visit Penzeys, offering spices, herbs and seasonings from around the world. Penzeys has added another location in West Hartford.
In South Norwalk, visit Chocopologie, a café/retail store where you can watch Knipschildt chocolate makers craft handmade candies and order a Hot Chocopologie (dark chocolate and espresso) capped with lavender foam or one of many decadent desserts.
A visit to Balducci's "Food Lover's Market in Westport or Greenwich will inspire your culinary side. Starting as a produce stand run has now become a gourmet market where the passion for food has remained the focus, scouring the world to bring you the very best in new flavors. Chefs on-staff create ready to go meals worthy of the finest dining establishments.
In Westport visit the recently opened Saugatuck Craft Butchery, an old-fashion butcher shop with modern-day ideas, dedicated to only carrying pasture-raised meat from small, local farms that share the values of quality and sustainability. And is one of about ten butcher shops in American that follow a nose-to-tail philosophy (using every part of the animal).
Caesus Fromagerie & Bistro
Head to New Haven and visit Caesus Fromagerie & Bistro, a one-of-a-kind store with a selection of over 100 unique cheeses, gourmet dry goods, spices, oliver oils and preserves from local small producers and the world's most unique and gastronomically significant countries. You can also enjoy a French-inspired menu for lunch and dinner.
Stay overnight in Greater New Haven. For lodging options, ranging from hotels to inns, go to www.visitnewhaven.com.
Travel along the coast to Old Saybrook and make a stop at Pasta Vita. Born as a wholesale pasta factory, it has matured into a leading Goumet-To-Go retail operation. All items are prepared fresh daily under the supervision of "Chef Lou" with a menu of over 100 freshly prepared entrees, vegetable dishes, salads, sauces, soups, breads and desserts, including over 25 varieties of their specialty-striped raviolis.
Make plans to dine at a top chef-owned restaurant. Choices include chef Jonathan Rapp's River Tavern in Chester, chef Christopher Prosperi’s Metro Bis in Simsbury and chef Billy Grant’s Grants Restaurant and Bar in West Hartford. At Mohegan Sun, find Jasper White’s Summer Shack and Todd English’s Tuscany.