Catered Affairs, Fine Dining, Casual Tavern Fare, Libations, and Even a Chocolate Menu!
November 7, 2017, New Canaan, CT: Celebrated Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo spearheads the reinvention of the Roger Sherman Inn, a historic landmark in New Canaan for nearly a decade. The stunning New England restaurant and 17-room Inn will undergo a significant culinary transformation as it remakes itself for the 21st century.
Chef Kwaku-Dongo is introducing a seasonally-inspired menu, showcasing fresh, locally-procured ingredients. The menu is a culinary tour of New England, its coastal seafood, local family farms, and talented artisans. Using these East Coast ingredients as a foundation for flavor, Chef Kwaku-Dongo applies techniques honed in some of the most demanding kitchens in the country.
This past weekend I was invited to experience brunch a the Roger Sherman Inn located in New Canaan, Connecticut. Brunch in a historic colonial building prepared by a world-renowned chef. Yes, I did have the perfect Sunday, thanks for asking.
We started in the bar with cocktails and small plates. I chose the Espresso Martini while I snacked on foie gra pate on toast points. I had no idea I was a martini or a foie gra fan, but they seemed like the perfect pairing in this atmosphere. Wide windows overlook the vegetable garden that Chef Kwaku-Dongo hopes develop in the next few months and colonial paintings in gilded frames adorn the wood paneled walls.
Once we moved into the dining room we sampled a few of the appetizers including a pear and walnut salad, fresh fruit salad in a delicious mango sauce, and steak tartare.
This was my first experience with steak tartare and I was blown away by the flavor. This is the kind of dish you can only eat when it’s prepared by someone like Chef Kwaku-Dongo .
Our table then moved onto sharing a few of the main dishes. I enjoyed the brioche french toast with apples so much that when it came time to order our own meals that’s what I chose. I normally lean towards eggs dishes, especially eggs benedict, but the light and fluffy bread pair with apples made quite the impression on me.
I’ve don’t always eat dessert with brunch, but sometimes you need to make exceptions. While I enjoyed all the dishes, the chocolate opera cake was quite heavenly.
Chef Kwaku-Dongo explaining his upcoming menu for Valentines Day. A little chocolate sprinkled on everything? Yes, please!
My dining experience at The Roger Sherman Inn was one I’m still thinking (and salivating) about. In the future I would love to stay in the actual Inn so I can sample a few more of their cocktails!
I highly recommend stopping in for brunch. While you’re in the area take a scenic drive around the historic neighborhoods filled with colonial architecture and even drop by the local bookshop, Elm Street Books!
Now, who wants to start a Brunch and Books Club and hold the first meeting at the Inn with me?