Bistro on Main – Manchester, CT

9 May

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week. I’m loving the abundant sunshine and warm weather we have been having.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a blogger event at Bistro on Main in Manchester, CT. Now, my intentions were to relaunch the blog with a new look much sooner than now (and it’s still not done) but I’m having some domain-related issues so I’m sticking with the old look for now.

Bistro on Main is such an amazing concept as a restaurant and I’m so grateful that I was able to hear their story. They are owned and operated by the Manchester Area Conference of Churches and they aim to provide excellent food (which they do!) and support those who may not always have the support from the rest of society. They employ and train those who may have been unemployed, homeless, or dealing with any other type of obstacle that may prevent them from working.

They employ those who graduate from their MACCchefs program and offer transitional employment with most going on to other jobs in the restaurant industry after a year or so at Bistro on Main. The entire idea is one that immediately made me feel passionate and just listening to chef Ben Dubow speak about how strongly he feels for this cause made me feel even more passionate.

The food itself follows a French bistro theme, using many local ingredients, which is something I think we all can appreciate. Ripe Bar Juice also provided the amazing mixers for the cocktails, and the maitre’d Mary Quinn was a master mixologist.

This was only my second visit to a French restaurant and I was so excited to try all kinds of new dishes, which I most definitely did because I felt like they were going to have to roll me out of there by the end of the night!

I think that food speaks better in pictures than in words so, shall we?

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Mary’s twist on a cosmo – so good!

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Because cheese, always. 

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Braised beef slider with french onion crema. Absurdly delicious. 

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MONTMARTRE FROMAGE GRILLE – Grilled cheese with three types of cheese and apples. SO good.

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TRIOS PETITS CANARDS MAC ET FROMAGE – Three Little Ducks Mac & Cheese. One of my favorite items that we tried. 

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COQ AU RIESLING – Chef Ben’s spin on Coq Au Vin served over a carrot parsnip mash which was TO DIE FOR. 

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Another fabulous Ripe cocktail made with their Bajan Punch and coconut rum.

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SAUMON – This is Chef Ben’s spring salmon dish and it was incredible, especially the spring pea puree surrounding the salmon

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TOAST AUX CHAMPIGNONS – Mushroom toast. This was my favorite, hands down. Give me truffle anything and I’m in love. 

As you can probably tell, Bistro on Main is just amazing, from the people to the food and everything in between. I have already promised Dan that I will bring him for dinner so he can experience this one of a kind restaurant.

Have you ever tried French food? 

Which item featured here would you love to try?

Note: All food and drinks were provided at no cost. As always, all opinions are my own.



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