Greenwich Restaurant Week Press-Party Draws a Crowd at Harvest

Jen Danzi and James Boutelle

At Harvest Restaurant, Jen Danzi, creator of Greenwich Restaurant Week and James Boutelle of TAG enjoy the blogger and press kick-off event on Nov. 4, 2015.

Jen Danzi and CT Bites hosted a press & blogger party at Harvest on Greenwich Ave on Wednesday.

The event was a kick-off for Greenwich Restaurant week, which runs from Nov. 12-18. The brainchild of Danzi, proceeds from the week long event benefit Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), where she serves on the board.

Harvest

Hors d’oeuvres at Harvest Restaurant on Nov. 4, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

James Boutelle, executive director of TAG, said he has volunteered with the organization for 20 years and got to know Mrs. Danzi through their membership on District 8 RTM.

Fun fact. Mr. Boutelle said years ago he was in charge of motorcades for Presidents Reagan and Bush.

“When Presidents travel, that’s public transportation,” Boutelle joked, adding that the average motorcade has 85 vehicles.

Harvest owner and manager Vicente Siguenza said Harvest has been in town for about three years, and that the restaurant is always busy at dinner and is “out of control” during brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Harvest

Harvest is located at 372 Greenwich Ave. Credit: Leslie Yager

“We offer restaurant week all year round,” Siguenza said. “We offer a $19 prix fixe menu with two courses during lunch and brunch.”

Popular dishes include the appetizer of shaved Brussels Sprouts marinated with Parmesan Cheese and Truffle Oil, served over Rissotto cake.

Siguenza said the wood fire Harvest burger is very popular and is made from Slope Farms NY grass-fed and finish all-natural beef, bacon, crispy onions, smoked tomato mayo, Grafton cheddar, and everything spice fries.

Vicente Siguenza

Vicente Siguenza, owner and manager at Harvest, welcomed bloggers and members of the press on to a Greenwich Restaurant Week kick-off event. Credit: Leslie Yager

Harvest sources meat from Slope Farm in upstate New York, which is run by a former doctor in New York City. The meat is all natural, grass fed “to the finish,” which Siguenza explained is a reference a common practice of raising animals grass-fed, but finishing with grain.

Siguenza said Harvest works with several local farmers including Sky Vegetable Farm, which grows vegetables on rooftops. “We are their biggest client,” he said. “We also source vegetables from Gilbertie’s in Easton.”

Harvest also sources from the Greenwich Farmer’s Market, M&M Maple Farm in Carlisle, NY and Pickle King in New Jersey.

From November 12-18, Greenwich Restaurant Week will unfold at restaurants throughout town including L’escale, Polpo, Harvest, Terra, Mediterraneo, Le Peguin, Le Fat Poodle, Osteria Applausi, Lugano’s, Gabriele’s, Char, Famous Greek Kitchen, Firenze, Blackstones Steakhouse, Little Pub, Bella Nonna, Caren’s Cos Cobber, Bobby Q’s, Coast, The Drawing Room, Elm Street Oyster House, Jhouse,  Tengda, Mt. Kisco Smokehouse, Greenwich Cheese Company, Morello, Bistro Versailles, Meli Melo and Winfield’s at the Hyatt.


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Each restaurant will feature different specials from prix fixe menus to truffle dishes to 1/2 off bottled wine. All specials, events and contact information for participating locations can be found on the website www.GreenwichRestaurantWeek.com, as well as, on the Greenwich Restaurant Week Mobile App.

The Greenwich Restaurant Week Mobile App is available for both iPhones and android phones and is easy and fun to use.  It features useful information and provides functions such as “Click-to-Call”, “Click-for-Directions”, “Click-for-Reservations” and “Click-to-Menus”.

Mobile App: Greenwich Restaurant Week
www.facebook.com/greenwichrestaurantweek
Twitter: @greenwichrestaurantweek
Instagram: @greenwichrestaurantweek

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 6.25.26 PM There is more information on Greenwich Restaurant Week available online.

Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant is located at 372 Greenwich Ave in Greenwich. Tel. (203) 869-4080


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