Greenwich Restaurant Week Kicks Off With a Glamorous Party at The JHouse

All had an appetite for fun at the third Annual Greenwich Restaurant Week opening party. Chefs served upscale, fall-favorite dishes from local eateries with panache.

Lisa Hingst, Kathi Lee Gifford and Jennifer Frank with Gifft Wines. Credit: Karen Sheer

Lisa Hingst, Kathie Lee Gifford and Jennifer Frank with Gifft Wines. Credit: Karen Sheer

Geoffrey Zakarian ( the National) signs his latest book to Amy Sinclair. Credit: Karen Sheer

Geoffrey Zakarian (The National) signs his latest book to Amy Sinclair. Credit: Karen Sheer

 Jonathan Moffly on the dance floor. Credit: Karen Sheer

Founder of Moffly Media, Jack Moffy with his son, Moffly Media’s President Jonathan Moffly on the dance floor. Credit: Karen Sheer

On Thursday evening 500 hundred guests came out to enjoy cocktails, wine and an outstanding tasting selection from the area’s finest restaurants and food and drink purveyors – truly a culinary adventure.

The JHouse twinkled with thousands of lights as the crowds sipped creative cocktails by local mixologists, and sampled a variety of tasty tapas and innovative small bites – served by the chefs who created them. This third annual event was hosted by Moffly Media – Greenwich Magazine.

Trish Kirsch, Geoffry Zakarian, Caroline Steber, Amy Sinclair and Sara Tamm at the opening event. Credit: Karen Sheer

Trish Kirsch, Geoffrey Zakarian, Caroline Steber, Amy Sinclair and Sara Tamm at the opening event. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jonathan Moffly captures a photo of his father on the dance floor. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jonathan Moffly captures a photo of his father on the dance floor. Credit: Karen Sheer

Enjoying the nights festivities: Wells Noonan, Leroy Decker and Carol Swift. Credit: Karen Sheer

Enjoying the night’s festivities: Wells Noonan, Leroy Decker and Carol Swift. Credit: Karen Sheer

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Lauren Stewart, Wendy Horwitz and Gabriella Mays. Credit: Karen Sheer

Trish Kirsch, Publisher of Greenwich Magazine said,”Last night was a true celebration of our great town, our people, our chefs. Having The Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian who owns The National here and his new book, My Pefect Pantry, and Kathie Lee Gifford and her Gifft Wines, marked it a special celebration of people right here in our town who make it more than an amazing place to live.”

“A portion of the proceeds for the night went to TAG (The Transportation Association of Greenwich, Inc.), our amazing non-profit partner, specializing in transportation services for elderly disabled individuals and the disadvantaged of all ages. They also provide rides for teens on Friday and Saturday nights,” added Trish.

Allison Loop, Beth Peelle and Jeanne Deloe. Credit: Karen Sheer

Allison Loop, Beth Peelle and Jeanne Deloe. Credit: Karen Sheer

Justin Wensek, Valentina Wensek and DJ Kunjan. Credit: Karen Sheer

Justin Wensek, Valentina Wensek and DJ Kunjan. Credit: Karen Sheer

Mary Sugarman and Heather Bennett Webber. Credit: Karen Sheer

Mary Sugarman and Heather Bennett Webber. Credit: Karen Sheer

Debbie Buonanno, Kurt Studer, Barbara Straessle and Rich Millman. Credit: Karen Sheer

Debbie Buonanno, Kurt Studer, Barbara Straessle and Rich Millman. Credit: Karen Sheer

Hope Davilman, Nicole Chazen and Andrew Davilman. Credit: Karen Sheer

Hope Davilman, Nicole Chazen and Andrew Davilman. Credit: Karen Sheer

Richard Caives and Cohl Katz. Credit: Karen Sheer

Richard Caives and Cohl Katz. Credit: Karen Sheer

Cindy Morabito in from of Val's counter. Credit: Karen Sheer

Cindy Morabito in front of Val’s counter. Credit: Karen Sheer

Evan Corsello, Jeb Fiorita and Frank Gaudio, Val's Putnam Wine & Liquors. Credit: Karen Sheer

Evan Corsello, Jeb Fiorita and Frank Gaudio, Val’s Putnam Wine & Liquors. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jen Danzi, Chuck Taylor and Amanda Danz. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jen Danzi, Chuck Taylor and Amanda Danzi. Credit: Karen Sheer

Marcia O'Kane with Kathie Lee Gifford. Credit: Karen Sheer

Marcia O’Kane with Kathie Lee Gifford. Credit: Karen Sheer

Brita Darany von Regensburg with Geoffrey Zakarian. Credit: Karen Sheer

Brita Darany von Regensburg with Geoffrey Zakarian. Credit: Karen Sheer

Amy Sinclair with Geoffrey Zakarian with his latest book.

Amy Sinclair with Geoffrey Zakarian who brought copies of his latest book, ‘My Perfect Pantry.’ Credit: Karen Sheer

Live music by Swirl. Credit: Karen Sheer

Live music by Swirl. Credit: Karen Sheer

DJ Kunjan set a vibrant mood. Credit: Karen Sheer

DJ Kunjan set a vibrant mood. Credit: Karen Sheer

The lovely Kathie Lee Gifford. Credit: Karen Sheer

The lovely Kathie Lee Gifford. Credit: Karen Sheer

The Chefs and the food made the event a success:

Chef Gregori Peña from The National. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Gregori Peña from The National. Credit: Karen Sheer

Yellowfin Tuna Crudo with Yuzu Kosho, Persimmon and Coriander from The National. Credit: Karen Sheer

Yellowfin Tuna Crudo with Yuzu Kosho, Persimmon and Coriander from The National. Credit: Karen Sheer

Tim Passano and Bill Taylor from Little Pub. Credit: Karen Sheer

Tim Passaro and Bill Taylor from Little Pub. Credit: Karen Sheer

Roasted Duck Tacos with Mango Salsa from Little Pub. Credit: Karen Sheer

Roasted Duck Tacos with Mango Salsa from Little Pub. Credit: Karen Sheer

Cedric Lamouille (executive chef) and Victor Martinez, from Saltaire. Credit: Karen Sheer

Cedric Lamouille (executive chef) and Victor Martinez, from Saltaire. Credit: Karen Sheer

Butternut Squash Risotto with Florida Gulf Shrimp from Saltaire. Credit: Karen Sheer

Butternut Squash Risotto with Florida Gulf Shrimp from Saltaire. Credit: Karen Sheer

Helen Guerrera (President at Citarella) and Andros Farfan. Credit: Karen Sheer

Helen Gurrera (President at Citarella) and Andros Farfan. Credit: Karen Sheer

A Thanksgiving stuffing selection with cranberry sauce at Citarella. Credit: Karen Sheer

A Thanksgiving stuffing selection with cranberry sauce at Citarella. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Conor Horton from JHouse serving both beef and scallops with complementary sauces. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Conor Horton from JHouse serving both beef and scallops with complementary sauces. Credit: Karen Sheer

Sliced Beef with a Red Wine Reduction and Asparagus. Credit: Karen Sheer

Sliced Beef with a Red Wine Reduction and Asparagus at JHouse. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef and owner Christina Mattinson from Dough & Co. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef and owner Christina Mattinson from Dough & Co. Credit: Karen Sheer

Yummy Mini Cupcakes from Dough & Co. Credit: Karen Sheer

Yummy Mini Cupcakes from Dough & Co. Credit: Karen Sheer

Sandwich with House-Made Porchetta, Rosemary Mustard, Frise and Prunes from Table 104 Osteria. Credit: Karen Sheer

Sandwich with House-Made Porchetta, Rosemary Mustard, Frise and Prunes from Table 104 Osteria. Credit: Karen Sheer

Crispy Fried Olives from Table 104 Osteria. Credit: Karen Sheer

Crispy Fried Olives from Table 104 Osteria. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Gustave Christman 111, Chef Nube Siguenza and Roisin Wiley from Harvest. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Gustave Christman III, Chef Nube Siguenza and Roisin Wiley from Harvest. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Nadia Ramsey from Bistro V. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Nadia Ramsey from Bistro V. Credit: Karen Sheer

Belgium Beef Stew with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Potato Gratin at Bistro V. Credit: Karen Sheer

Belgium Beef Stew with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Potato Gratin at Bistro V. Credit: Karen Sheer

Mary Sugarman and Noam from b.good with Dianne Milazzo and Angelo Milazzo. Credit: Karen Sheer

Mary Sugarman and Noam from b.good with Dianne Milazzo and Angelo Milazzo. Credit: Karen Sheer

A healthy Spinach, Butternut Squash and Apple Salad from b.good. Credit: Karen Sheer

A healthy Spinach, Butternut Squash, Pomegranate Seed and Apple Salad from b.good. Credit: Karen Sheer

Hurnan Hurtado from Mount Kisco Smokehouse. Credit: Karen Sheer

Hurnan Hurtado from Mt. Kisco Smokehouse. Credit: Karen Sheer

Hand-sliced Smoked Fish with Cream Cheese on a Bagel from Mount Kisco Smokehouse. Credit: Karen Sheer

Hand-sliced Smoked Fish with Cream Cheese on a Bagel from Mt. Kisco Smokehouse. Credit: Karen Sheer

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Tony Crudele, Lou Palma and Nick Crudele from Bella Nonna. Credit: Karen Sheer

Caprese Canapés from Bella Nonna. Credit: Karen Sheer

Caprese Canapés from Bella Nonna. Credit: Karen Sheer

Arik Benismon and Lisa Lori from Perfect Provenance. Credit: Karen Sheer

Arik Benismon and Lisa Lori from Perfect Provenance. Credit: Karen Sheer

Canapés and Roasted Squash and Grain Salad from Perfect Provenance. Credit: Karen Sheer

Canapés and Roasted Squash and Grain Salad from Perfect Provenance. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Gerald Alcin from The Ginger Man. Credit: Karen Sheer

Chef Gerald Alcin from The Ginger Man. Credit: Karen Sheer

Lobster Red Pepper & Parmesan Gourge Bites and Caramelized Onion & Truffle Goat Cheese en Croute at The Ginger Man. Credit: Karen Sheer

Lobster Red Pepper & Parmesan Gourge Bites and Caramelized Onion & Truffle Goat Cheese en Croute at The Ginger Man. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jimmy Rugora and Agron Rugora from Char. Credit: Karen Sheer

Jimmy Rugora and Agron Rugora from Char. Credit: Karen Sheer

Roasted Cauliflower at Char. Credit: Karen Sheer

Roasted Cauliflower with White Bean Puree, Winter Greens Gremolata & Sliced Speck at Char. Credit: Karen Sheer

A beautiful display at Citarella ~ the company handed out a goodie bag to all at the end of the evening. Credit: Karen Sheer

A beautiful display at Citarella ~ the company handed out a goodie bag to everyone at the end of the evening. Credit: Karen Sheer

Over 30 restaurants are featuring amazing deals and promotions through November 20th. See www.greenwichrestaurantweek.com for all participating restaurants, sponsors and events.

Be sure to make reservations in advance directly with the restaurant due to the high demand of dining out at the participating locations during Greenwich Restaurant Week. Come celebrate life, good food and cocktails! This is the perfect time to visit a few of the restaurants on your bucket list, while the venues are in celebratory mode.

The restaurants are offering special prix-fix menus with great offerings that end in $.16 for 2016.

Greenwich Restaurant Week is all about celebrating our fabulous town, resources, beauty, and most of all, the amazing food and drinks we have to choose from.


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