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TauntonFest, anybody?

shywoodlandcreature's picture

So we were just talking about recipes, kitchens, and CT.  And we thought: wouldn't it be great if Taunton offered to host a CTfest? Maybe next October? And invited us all to mess about in their test kitchens, maybe meet a test cook or two? Maybe even put together our own CT tasting menu?


I don't know who at Taunton would think this was an idea worth pursuing, but I'd sure be interested in hearing from anyone else who thinks this just might be a good idea.








<Edited to add a plea to Li - please fix the heading to read "anybody?" instead of "anyboyd?".  Thanks!>


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Edited 10/2/2005 8:23 pm by shywoodlandcreature

Jean's picture

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This anyboyd thinks you come up with great ideas. LOL

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CHandGreeson's picture

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I think this is a GREAT idea, but can it be before next fall? We'll have moved from New England by then and I can't imagine being able to come back for it.

But I could live vicariously...

MEANCHEF's picture

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I am in definitely, depending on the obvious, of course

PeterDurand's picture

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OK, what the hell is this obvious stuff. We all want to know once and for all.


Edited 10/2/2005 9:54 pm ET by PeterDurand

MadMom's picture

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Here's a hint...I'm definitely in.



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I know you don't live under a rock.  Do you want me to spell it out again and again so you can chastise me or would you rather quit pretending.

shoechick's picture

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Nice Idea... you know of course, they're less than a 2 hour drive to New York City....we could combine the two :) :) :)  I just spent a week in Fine Cooking's neck of the woods - October would be amazing with the trees. 


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courgette's picture

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Sounds good to me. I'm there!


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JaneRose's picture

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Great!!! You have terrific ideas. This would be a dream-come-true. Convince them!

SYSOP's picture

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I think a Taunton Fest would be awesome! Count me in. Day trip into NYC lots of cooking in the Test Kitchen. Oh wait we better ask Li first...


If there really and truly is an interest in something like this I will pursue it, so let me know.


I am thinking late summer, that way all the local produce would be at its peak!



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Edited 10/3/2005 8:48 am ET by SYSOP

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sounds interesting, and NYC is always fun. Let 'er rip!!

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Biscuit's picture

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If we do this - I'm moving Hell and High Water to be there.  Connecticut would be fun.  Hey, maybe we could take a run up to King Arthur Flour!

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Li's picture

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I might be able to arrange a tour, but I bet you'd be disappointed. Our test kitchens are just regular kitchens (granted, with more work space than I'll ever have). We don't use crazy high-end equipment because we want all our readers to be able to recreate the recipes as they were tested, so we have standard gas cooktops and regular ovens, nothing fancy. (OTOH, the prop room, newly reorganized, makes me drool.) Plus, the test kitchen is on such a tight schedule that it's unlikely I'd be able to book time for guests to actually cook there.


Meeting the staff might be fun for some of you. Our test kitchen manager and her assistant are fabulous, and I could probably arrange to get you a run through the offices to meet the editors and art directors, who are equally fabulous.


There's very little in the way of fine dining in the Newtown area, and certainly no outstanding shopping opportunities. So, in terms of Festi-ness, I'd say it would be better to arrange a NYC or New England fest, and then possibly make a half-day trip to Taunton.


Of course, all of this is contingent on permission from my boss, and on when I get back to work. I'm on house arrest now, working from home for another two weeks or so until the twins arrive, and then I'll be out for about four months. That puts me back in the office around February.


Edited to add: If Mark wants to handle this in my absence, he's more than welcome. Mark, take it away! I'll watch from the sidelines.



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Edited 10/3/2005 9:10 am ET by Li

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MadMom's picture

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Can't wait to give those babies a virtual hug!  I hope Mark runs with this.  We've had fests all over...I know at least Vancouver, Seattle, Washington DC, Madison, and now San Francisco...a Taunton fest would be such a great idea.  Also, you get people from the East Coast who might not make it all the way to the wet coast for one. 



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CookiM0nster's picture

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Brilliant idea. I'm there, absolutely.
I also like the idea of making a forray into NYC - we could stay in CT, where hotel prices are more affordable, spend a little time at Taunton, and a little time in the City.
September or early October would be perfect.

PeterDurand's picture

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I second all your ideas.

 

SYSOP's picture

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Umm I filled the pool in this summer to make more gardening space, yeah that's it I filled in the pool...


Like Li said Fine dining around the area is slim to none, we are close to NYC just over an hour drive so that could resolve that and as far as shopping goes well that trip into the city would fix that as well. Now for you gardening types we could arrange for something there...


Let me  poke around on this a bit and see what I can come up with.


I heard Anne's Farm is coming along real nice, Horse ridding lessons for everyone...


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MadMom's picture

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I heard Anne's Farm is coming along real nice, Horse riding lessons for everyone...


Good comeback, Mark!  Don't worry...we won't crash your pool, er...new garden space...but it would be so neat to meet some of the people we've been talking to and hearing about.




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AnnL's picture

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...Horse ridding lessons for everyone...


No, we don't want to "rid" the farm of horses.  But, anyone want to weed, pick up rocks, and dig planting holes, come on up!


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But, anyone want to weed, pick up rocks, and dig planting holes, come on up!


Those of us in-the-know know that Ann's got the most fabulous rocks.  They'd be worth the trip and new shocks on the car!


 


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shoechick's picture

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I had lunch at Scoozies in New Haven a couple of weeks ago and it was absolutely outstanding!  Besides Yale, is there anything else around there?

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pamilyn's picture

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Do we have to have "Fine Dining?"....I am sure you have some wonderful local restaurants??? Don't you???? Pamilyn

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Mark, how far is Ridgefield? Pamilyn

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SYSOP's picture

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RidgeField is real close maybe 15- 20 minute drive through some beautiful country.


All: Sorry have been extremely busy with a major product release happening in a couple of weeks so haven't had much time to visit here if you need anything please be sure to email me at forumhelp@taunton.com. When the dust settles around here I will revisit the Taunton Fest idea with the FC folks and hopefully we can make some more definite plans. More TK...

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pamilyn's picture

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Ridgefield has some realy nice Inn's. Three of them acctually. If we stayed there maybe we could use their kitchen. I know one of them only serves breakfast and lunch so maybe in the after noon we could use it. Just a thought. Any thoughts out there about making Ridgefield our base camp? I guess it is a hot bed of Revolutionary history, with some boutiques and antique shops. Anyone been there???? Pamilyn

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Has this fest died? No one is talking...Pamilyn

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

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I don't think it's died, more likely just on hiatus. That's pretty typical for 'fest threads. It'll resurrect itself after the holidays, or presumably when Mark has time to discuss the idea with the Taunton powers-that-be.

pamilyn's picture

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O.Kee Doooo kee

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MEANCHEF's picture

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It is suffering from prematurity and leadership.  Once someone steps up to manage this puppy, it should fly