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WineFest’s Tenth Delights All

Bruce “Two-Dogs” Bozsum

Bruce “Two-Dogs” Bozsum

by John Stratton

What’s not to like?   Great wines and beers, great food, great friends old and new. And a tenth anniversary swirl and glow in the air in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun…which means lots to see and enjoy.

That’s 32—count ‘em 32—celebrity chefs, vintners, brewmasters. And about 900 distinct wines and brews offered to the diligent taster seeking to develop higher ranges of  connoisseurship.  But who’s counting? You have to pick and choose, and learn. And perhaps share your responses with more than 10,000 others like you, ready with a good word as friends meeting new friends.

Mark and Bridget Freeman of Tolland attended with another couple, Kevin and Renée Furbush of Glastonbury. They’d been to WineFest’s before, for the past five years.  “It’s a great weekend,” they said, just about in unison as they took a break to sample some eats. And the ladies laughed, “Without the kids—it’s a bonus!”

Two friends from the Hartford area were there for the first time, Dan Tarvell of Windsor and Brian Pitney of Enfield. Would they come back next year?  “Absolutely, yes!” they said.

Among familiar local faces were Sandy Chianzi of Mystic and Crystal Merritt of Stonington. They describe themselves as “the two favorites at the Steak Loft,” where they tend an active bar with many regulars.

Sandy Chianzi and Crystal Merritt.

Sandy Chianzi and Crystal Merritt.

Likewise, Lynn Malerba, 18th Lifetime Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, stopped in with husband Paul and daughter Angela and fiancé Matt, as did Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council,  blending with the throng in the expansive ballroom.

Robert J. “Bobby” Soper, President and CEO, Mohegan Sun, was on hand as well, noting the camaraderie that makes the event a special one.

“This event has become the premier wine festival in the Northeast, if not the East Coast,” said Bobby, who added that there was something for everyone to enjoy. “Whether you want to attend a private tasting event or activity, or enjoy the unmatched variety of offerings at the Grand Tasting, or just mingle with the top celebrity chefs in the world—it is truly a remarkable event for wine and food enthusiasts. Or even for people like myself who do not have distinguished palates, and just want to have a great time.”

(l-r) Paul and Lynn Malerba with Angela and Matt.

(l-r) Paul and Lynn Malerba with Angela and Matt.

Bobby also sees the WineFest in a larger context, attracting many new visitors to the complex in Uncasville.

“We are constantly refreshing our property,” he said, “and have had a flurry of openings of new establishments in the past several months.

Restaurants and nightlife choices such as Hash House a Go Go, Landsdowne Pub, Mist in Casino of the Wind, Vista Lounge at Wombi Rock, the Bow & Arrow Sports Bar in Earth Casino and the new Clay Pipe cigar lounge have all joined us.”

À votre santé!

From the Publisher: January’s Bright Lights Dazzle

The Big 2-0 is Here! The Resident’s Alexis Ann celebrates Wireless Zone’s 20th anniversary with the company’s co-founders, Neil Ryan, left, and Scott Gladstone, right, at Mohegan Sun in December. Neil’s and Scott’s mobile-communications company has grown to ten stores since its founding in 1992 by the two college friends from Keene State--see page 19 for details.

The Big 2-0 is Here! The Resident’s Alexis Ann celebrates Wireless Zone’s 20th anniversary with the company’s co-founders, Neil Ryan, left, and Scott Gladstone, right, at Mohegan Sun in December. Neil’s and Scott’s mobile-communications company has grown to ten stores since its founding in 1992 by the two college friends from Keene State–see page 19 for details.

Sunrise in Noank,” a stunning photo by Steven Spellman, sets a tone of awakening…and brings to mind that Steven and I were classmates at Stonington High, just yesterday! Our good Senator who is now retiring, Joe Lieberman, received stellar recognition from the Department of Homeland Security. The Distinguished Service Medal is their highest honor and reflects his role in originating the department; so cast a watchful eye on page 5.

Our own tall ship, the Coast Guard’s Eagle, has a new lease on her 77-year life, courtesy of a three-month maintenance effort by the Submarine Base and the Coast Guard. The dockside work at the base is her longest maintenance period there in some 20 years. Sail on to page 5 see her berthed at Fort Trumbull.

Then, look ahead and see what’s cookin’ on page 8, as Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine of TV’s “Restaurant: Impossible” demonstrates his energy at the Garde. And don’t forget that he’ll be back soon to show us his skills at the Mohegan Sun’s WineFest 2013, coming up January 26 and 27 in the Uncas Ballroom. Get your tastebuds ready!

And while you’re looking forward, think of your special Valentine!  See our back cover for a chance to feature your Valentine tribute and photo on our February 13 front page. Maybe you’ll win a spectacular package of fun—a night at the Inn at Stonington, a gift from Fripperies, flowers from Garden of Eden, and dinner at Zack’s Bar & Grille in Stonington.  It will be a priceless memory that will last a lifetime!

Thanks for reading The Resident, the Good News that Rocks for 2013. Remember, The Resident reaches 64 communities and is the most cost-effective way to advertise in the region.

 

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

From the Publisher: Looking Forward to a Fine 2013!

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

Delaney Gagnon, left, of Ledyard is The Resident contest winner for the sold-out One Direction concert at Mohegan Sun on December 1. “The whole stadium roared with cheers!” she reports on page 8. Here, Delaney is greeted by Alexis Ann and “Santa” Tom Cantone, Vice-President for Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.

As you take a look through this Year in Review, you’ll see many folks being honored and many businesses that are celebrating milestones and expansions. You’ll also take note of people and institutions that have “given back” to our communities: they enjoy serving us, and we’re proud of their accomplishments. They extend themselves well beyond the products or services they offer.

The Resident itself entered its 23rd year of publication this past October.  We enjoy sharing your good news! We especially take special pride in saluting the achievements of our military!

Certainly the majesty and drama of OpSail and the celebratory glamor of the centennial of Lawrence+Memorial Hospital touched many of us; and our two grand casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, remain generous in their gracious hosting for a myriad of community gatherings, from the fun and fanciful to the august and commemorative. The two Tribes, around since the beginning—indeed, before the beginning–are welcome parts of our lives and our economy. Likewise, other major hospitality centers like the Mystic Marriott, Stonington Meadows, the Norwich Inn, Groton Inn and Suites, Norwich Holiday Inn, and Lake of Isles offer venues for events of regional significance and, yes, a chance to dress your best, flash a bit of your sweetest bling, and step out with others who care about you and our region.

Our regional financial institutions provide foundations for our homes and employment, so it’s a continuing pleasure to see them—and their people—prosper. The outreach of these companies—among them Dime Bank, Charter Oak, CorePlus, Putnam Bank, Citizens Bank, Liberty, Eastern Federal, Chelsea Groton, Scient, People’s, Wells Fargo—keep us on a solid footing even as they express faith in our future. Our service Clubs—Lions, Rotary, and the Chambers of Commerce—link civic pride to business throughout the year.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher

Resident Winner: Winner Reports on ‘One Direction’

Family and friends applauded Delaney Gagnon, winner of two tickets to One Direction. Left to right are Delaney’s mother, Diane Gagnon; her grandmother, Sharon Gagnon, Delaney, and friend Victoria Fasano.

Family and friends applauded Delaney Gagnon, winner of two tickets to One Direction. Left to right are Delaney’s mother, Diane Gagnon; her grandmother, Sharon Gagnon, Delaney, and friend Victoria Fasano.

by Alexis Ann

It was an exciting promotion… Santa Tom Cantone, Vice President, Sports and Entertainment, Mohegan Sun, gave two SOLD OUT tickets to the One Direction show while the Resident and WBLQ partnered to get the good news out to the fans.  The fans wrote an essay on why they wanted to win the coveted tickets — and the winner is… Delaney Gagnon of Ledyard!

 


Delaney writes…

“At first winning the tickets was a shock of excitement. But getting into the actual concert was even more exciting than expected. Waiting for the actual show was agonizing; my five idols were meters away from me. But after an hour and a half wait they finally popped out of the stage. The whole stadium roared with cheers as they started to sing.

All during the show everyone was jumping and singing along. They were so funny and there definitely weren’t any down points on the concert. The stage itself was really cool, fireworks (yes, real fireworks), confetti, actual fire, and giant balls fell from the ceiling. My favorite part of the concert had to be during their song “Moments,” because the fans put on their phone lights and waved them around so the lights were all around the arena. It looked really cool!

There were a lot more exciting things during the concert, but I don’t think I could fit them all into one email! I just want to thank The Resident for giving me the chance to see One Direction —  Especially Santa Tom for getting the best tickets in the arena and promoting this all along.”

Love from a Directioner,
Delaney Gagnon

Year in Review: June – September 2012

Finbar Gittelman, Admiral and First Sea Lord of the Conch Republic, right, greets Lynn Malerba, 18th Chief of the Mohegans, aboard the Admiral’s vessel, Wolf, at OpSailCT 2012, held July 6-9.All Aboard Topsail Schooner Wolf

Finbar Gittelman, Admiral and First Sea Lord of the Conch Republic, right, greets Lynn Malerba, 18th Chief of the Mohegans, aboard the Admiral’s vessel, Wolf, at OpSailCT 2012, held July 6-9.

 

 

 

 


Sequins ablaze, (l-r) Membership Services Administrator Kirsten Petrizzo poses with Angie Smith and Executive Director Lisa Konicki on June 26.Angela Smith is Greater Westerly Chamber’s 2012 Citizen of the Year

Sequins ablaze, (l-r) Membership Services Administrator Kirsten Petrizzo poses with Angie Smith and Executive Director Lisa Konicki on June 26.

 

 

 

 


(l-r) Ken Capano Sr., Red Sox Hall of Famer Fred Lynn, N.Y. Hall of Famer Goose Gosage, Scott Capano, Owner, Harp & Dragon, and Ken Capano Jr. rally for group photo after the benefit tournament on July 31.Long Woods, Crisp Irons, Smooth Putts Net $200K for Anne Capano Foundation

(l-r) Ken Capano Sr., Red Sox Hall of Famer Fred Lynn, N.Y. Hall of Famer Goose Gosage, Scott Capano, Owner, Harp & Dragon, and Ken Capano Jr. rally for group photo after the benefit tournament on July 31.

 


Stan Cardinal received an award from Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut in Norwich on September 4 for its generous donations. The award was bestowed to Stan by Denise Hawk, Annual Giving and Special Events Manager, and Jeffrey Nelson, Hospice Director of Community Development.Cardinal Honda Receives Award from Hospice of SECT

Stan Cardinal received an award from Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut in Norwich on September 4 for its generous donations. The award was bestowed to Stan by Denise Hawk, Annual Giving and Special Events Manager, and Jeffrey Nelson, Hospice Director of Community Development.

 

 


OpSail 2012 in Connecticut filled the New London harbor with 23 Tall Ships, Navy vessels, and Coast Guard cutters July 7 and 8 as part of a national celebration to note the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a war that gave America its national anthem. Above, the Cisne Branco in breathtaking full sail with full crew.OpSail2012 Fills New London Harbor

OpSail 2012 in Connecticut filled the New London harbor with 23 Tall Ships, Navy vessels, and Coast Guard cutters July 7 and 8 as part of a national celebration to note the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a war that gave America its national anthem. Above, the Cisne Branco in breathtaking full sail with full crew.

 

 

 

 

 


A sharp, baby-blue, Caddy Convertible Coupe that dazzled eyes in ’62 was a Wild Wednesdays’ attraction in August at the Sun, where some great examples of the car-modifiers’ and -restorers’ art met Wednesday evenings. Chauffeuring is Alexis Ann of The Resident; in the back seat are the two owners, Bill Turner, left, and Paul Coutu, behind the driver. Time to hit the road!Wild Wednesdays at Mohegan Sun

A sharp, baby-blue, Caddy Convertible Coupe that dazzled eyes in ’62 was a Wild Wednesdays’ attraction in August at the Sun, where some great examples of the car-modifiers’ and -restorers’ art met Wednesday evenings. Chauffeuring is Alexis Ann of The Resident; in the back seat are the two owners, Bill Turner, left, and Paul Coutu, behind the driver. Time to hit the road!

Year in Review: November – December 2012

Three Lions Clubs from Montville:  Mohegan Pequots, Asian and Americans together with the Montville Lions added 1,542 pounds of food products to the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville just in time for Thanksgiving.  Lion Ken Tucker established a joint effort with the three Lions Clubs of Montville to replenish the food used to aid those affected by Storm Sandy.  Lion Governor Jan Miller ran with the idea, obtaining a $2,500 grant from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).  (l-r) Susan Broyles, Tim Day, Wendy Wilbert, Beverly Lajoie, Bradford Ricardo-Hyde, and Ken Tucker.Lions: Synergy At Its Best!

Three Lions Clubs from Montville:  Mohegan Pequots, Asian and Americans together with the Montville Lions added 1,542 pounds of food products to the Social Services Food Pantry of Montville just in time for Thanksgiving.  Lion Ken Tucker established a joint effort with the three Lions Clubs of Montville to replenish the food used to aid those affected by Storm Sandy.  Lion Governor Jan Miller ran with the idea, obtaining a $2,500 grant from Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).  (l-r) Susan Broyles, Tim Day, Wendy Wilbert, Beverly Lajoie, Bradford Ricardo-Hyde, and Ken Tucker.


AT&T Foundation presents a $5,000 grant for a Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital. (l-r) Natchaug’s Director of Ambulatory Programs, Dr. Carrie Pichie, Natchaug Board Member Judi Caracausa, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs Bill Turner, Natchaug President & CEO Dr. Stephen W. Larcen, and Natchaug Board Member Representative Betsy Ritter.AT&T Foundation Grant for Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital

AT&T Foundation presents a $5,000 grant for a Teen Program at Natchaug Hospital. (l-r) Natchaug’s Director of Ambulatory Programs, Dr. Carrie Pichie, Natchaug Board Member Judi Caracausa, AT&T External & Legislative Affairs Bill Turner, Natchaug President & CEO Dr. Stephen W. Larcen, and Natchaug Board Member Representative Betsy Ritter.


Bud McAllister volunteers for many things, and back in May of 1968 it was for a tour in the United States Army. The conflict  in Vietnam was at its desperate heights at home and in theater, yet for Bud the experience would ultimately become a cornerstone of his life and work to this day.Bud McAllister: Veteran Volunteer

Bud McAllister volunteers for many things, and back in May of 1968 it was for a tour in the United States Army. The conflict  in Vietnam was at its desperate heights at home and in theater, yet for Bud the experience would ultimately become a cornerstone of his life and work to this day.

 

 


Putnam Bank in Norwich was festive December 6 when the bank celebrated its 150th Anniversary by paying tribute to St. Vincent de Paul Place with donations of food and funding to support its community work. St. Vincent serves more than 82,000 hot meals every year to the area’s poor and homeless, and provides many other services to enable people to step forward into self-sufficiency. Left to right at the event are: Robert Halloran, Putnam’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer; Thomas Borner, president and CEO of the bank; Ben Lathrop, executive director of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce; Jillian Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Place; Barbara Goloski, branch manager of  Norwich Putnam Bank; and Jonathan Demers, the Norwich bank’s head teller.Putnam Bank Honors Work of St. Vincent de Paul Place

Putnam Bank in Norwich was festive December 6 when the bank celebrated its 150th Anniversary by paying tribute to St. Vincent de Paul Place with donations of food and funding to support its community work. St. Vincent serves more than 82,000 hot meals every year to the area’s poor and homeless, and provides many other services to enable people to step forward into self-sufficiency. Left to right at the event are: Robert Halloran, Putnam’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer; Thomas Borner, president and CEO of the bank; Ben Lathrop, executive director of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce; Jillian Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Place; Barbara Goloski, branch manager of  Norwich Putnam Bank; and Jonathan Demers, the Norwich bank’s head teller.

 


As the temperature dropped, things inside Mohegan Sun steamed up with Bingo After Dark on November 24. Doors opened at 8pm and the event kicked off at 10pm inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom.Bingo After Dark at Mohegan Sun

As the temperature dropped, things inside Mohegan Sun steamed up with Bingo After Dark on November 24. Doors opened at 8pm and the event kicked off at 10pm inside Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom.

 

 

 


A new ATM provided by Dime Bank adds convenience for patrons of Fiddleheads, New London’s cooperative grocery store that is now in its fifth year downtown. At December 1 opening ceremonies, left to right, Richard Virgin, General Manager of Fiddleheads; Nicholas Caplanson, President of Dime Bank; and Tony Sheridan of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of commerce, observe as Susan Zimmerman, President of Fiddleheads in New London, cuts the ATM ribbon  at the organic and fair-trade grocery store. Dime Bank ATM Opens at Fiddleheads Co-op Grocery

A new ATM provided by Dime Bank adds convenience for patrons of Fiddleheads, New London’s cooperative grocery store that is now in its fifth year downtown. At December 1 opening ceremonies, left to right, Richard Virgin, General Manager of Fiddleheads; Nicholas Caplanson, President of Dime Bank; and Tony Sheridan of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of commerce, observe as Susan Zimmerman, President of Fiddleheads in New London, cuts the ATM ribbon  at the organic and fair-trade grocery store.

Jeff Hartmann, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun

Around the Region: Jeff Hartmann

Jeff Hartmann, President and CEO of Mohegan Sun

Summer is always an exciting season for us here at Mohegan Sun. We have the chance to celebrate the warmth with family and friends at delicious barbeques or in the pool, and especially here at Mohegan Sun with everything we have to offer this summer.

Here at Mohegan Sun, summer is in full swing. Our 15th Annual Hot Summer Fun celebration continues to make summer our favorite season with our themed days including Money Mondays where Mohegan Sun Player’s Club members can enter a Cash Cube to win big money, Two For Tuesdays with two times the deals, Wild Wednesdays featuring our signature fireworks and a rooftop celebration, Thirsty Thursdays with dining and shopping deals and lastly,

Free Shirt Fridays where Player’s Club members can grab a free Hot Summer Fun t-shirt.

The days are hot here at Mohegan Sun, but the nights are even hotter with our brand new GLO at the Pool pool party and nightclub oasis. We also invite you to visit Vista Lounge, our recently renovated nightlife venue at Wombi Rock.

We are also excited about all of the great entertainment coming to Mohegan Sun this summer. Some of the upcoming concerts to look forward to in the Arena include Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, Linkin Park, Eric Church and American Idol Live! Tour 2012. And in the Wolf Den, big names like David Cassidy, Skid Row, and MC Hammer will be performing. Hilarious comedic acts will also be visiting The Cabaret Theatre, as well.

Lastly, we encourage all to visit The Shops at Mohegan Sun featuring Tiffany & Co., Coach, Puma and Tommy Bahama. From clothing to electronics, The Shops at Mohegan Sun is a perfect place to take a break from the sun and do some shopping.

I hope that we see you for Hot Summer Fun and that you are enjoying everything our region has to offer during this season. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer!

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Hartmann

President & CEO

Mohegan Sun

Pepe’s of New Haven Joins Mohegan Sun’s Project Horizon

story & photo
by Jessica Warzeniak

During a press conference on July 31, Mohegan Sun announced Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana of New Haven as one of the first tenants for Project Horizon. Known locally as Pepe’s of New Haven, the pizzeria is the oldest family owned and operated in the United States.

Pepe’s is known for originating the New Haven-style thin-crust pizza baked in coal-fired brick ovens, and better yet, for the innovation of its white pizza topped with freshly-shucked clams.

Don’t start drooling yet, the pizzeria is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010. Pepe’s will be in the Earth portion of Mohegan’s $92 million Project Horizon expansion, located in the eastern half of what is currently being known as the Earth Food Court. Design plans are underway to determine the exact layout of the 3,800-square-foot dine-in and take-out eatery. “The goal is to replicate the pizza in New Haven. It’s the exact same recipe, the same ovens, and the same menu,” said Ken Barry, spokesperson for Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.

“Bringing in Pepe’s pizza is a great addition to the food offerings at Mohegan Sun,” said Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum. “It is two great families with tradition of taking care of their family and their customers. We share the same philosophies… We always look for the best of the best, and we got it again!”

Jim Calhoun Charity All-Star Game

story & photos
by Christopher Annino

The 10th Annual Jim Calhoun Charity All-Star Basketball Game was held in the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday, August 9. Former and current UConn players such as Travis Knight, Ray Allen, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Caron Butler, Kevin Ollie, Donyell Marshall, Khalid El-Amin, Doron Sheffer, Ricky Moore, Charlie Villanueva, and Rudy Gay took part in the game. Basketball Hall of Famer, Jim Calhoun began this fundraiser to benefit the UConn Foundation, Inc.’s Jim and Pat Calhoun Cardiology Research Endowment Fund for the UConn Health Center.

Both teams were made up of former alumi: the white team, with older players, and the blue team, with more current players.

From the second the tip off began, the game was full of fun and amazing plays that the audience of over 8,000 people enjoyed. The game was played with much heart, enjoyment and fun. During one play, NBA champion Ray Allen blocked a shot, got the steal, and did a backwards pass to his teammate who later responded with a slam-dunk.

The blue team won 119-117. “This is a great cause, and I enjoy coming every year to visit with fans, coaches, friends, and fellow players,” said UConn legend Travis Knight.

UConn legend and current star for the Milwaukee Bucks Charlie Villanueva added, “We are all bound together here as players because of what Coach taught us, I have been in the league for three years and I miss UConn. Coach taught me everything I needed to know as a man and a player.”

The game was dedicated to Robert “Spider” Ursery, who recently passed away from a six-year battle with Hodgkin’s Disease. Rudy Gay was the games MVP with 38 points, and after the game the fans were able to meet and greet their heroes for a two-hour autograph session. Mohegan Sun, Gold Orluk and Partners, Nike and other organizations helped sponsor the event.

Chef Saad’s Chimichurri Steak Recipe

It’s time for Labor Day cook-outs and Chef Aiman Saad of The Longhouse at Mohegan Sun shares his top five grilling tips. Learn how to grill like a pro and test out Chef Saad’s tips with his exclusive Chimichurri Steak Recipe.

1. Choose The Right Steak: First, choose a steak that is well-marbled. Try to pick out one that has thin strands of fat that run through the meat. The strands will increase the steak’s flavor and tenderness. Second, look for a bright red color. The bright red color will ensure the steak’s freshness. Finally, find the right cut of meat. The best cuts for grilling are: Ribeyes, NY Strip Steaks, Porterhouse and Filets. These cuts are naturally tender and can be cooked quickly.

2. Season The Steak Properly: To season the steak properly, utilize kosher salts and avoid finer salts. Also, use fresh ground pepper and season the steak adequately by taking more time on seasoning thick cuts.

3. Place Steak Out At Room Temperature Before Cooking: After seasoning the steaks, let them sit out at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. This will allow the seasonings to absorb into the steak. The seasoned steaks can also be refrigerated overnight.

4. Cook Steak At The Proper Temperature: Use medium high heat; test your grill by placing your hand 2 inches over the cooking surface. You should be able to keep your hand there for 3-4 seconds. This high temperature will ensure that a proper crust will be formed on the steak.

5. Rest Your Steak After Cooking: Allowing your steak to “rest” or cool down for a couple of minutes will allow the hot liquids inside the steak to evenly redistribute.

Test out these tips with Chef Saad’s Tomato and Olive Oil-Rubbed Bone-in Ribeye with Chimichurri, one of his exclusive recipes often on the menu at The Longhouse.

Tomato & Olive Oil Rubbed Ribeye with Chimichurri Recipe

Steak Ingredients:

1 Bone-in Rib Chop
1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
1/2 Tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Ripe Tomato (Beefsteak or Hot House)

Prepare the grill. Then, squeeze the juice and seeds out of an over-ripened tomato. Mix juice and seeds with Salt, Pepper, and Olive Oil. Next, rub the steak with the mixture and leave on for 20 minutes at room temperature. Remove from mixture and grill the steak to desired doneness. Lastly, top with Chimichurri.

Chimichurri Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Red Onions, Minced
1 Clove Garlic, Smashed and Minced
1/4 Cup Scallions, Minced
1 Tsp Habanaro, Minced
4 Tbsps Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
2 Tbsps Fresh Basil, Chopped
2 Tbsps Fresh Oregano, Chopped
2 Tbsps Fresh Parsley, Chopped
1 Tbsp Paprika, Smoked
3 Tbsps White Vinegar
3 Tbsps Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Black Pepper

Metal Madness at Mohegan Sun

by Christopher Annino

Several weeks ago, Mohegan Sun took a gamble having another heavy metal concert. The results were amazing – all types of people flocked from New Jersey to RI to see Sebastian Bach, Dokken, and Poison perform.

The former Skid Row front man, and Broadway performer Sebastian Bach was the first to take the stage. Sebastian was on fire that night, as the performer’s voice glowed with brilliance. He managed to astonish the audience as he worked the stage like an acrobat. Sebastian did a few hits from his years with Skid Row and a few solo pieces. While singing the song “I’ll Remember You,” He dedicated it to a toddler who was sitting in the front row looking at him in awe. Sebastian ended the song by saying to the toddler “I’ll remember you kid, thank you for coming to the show.”

“After all these years, he is still hot, and is still amazing to see,” said Milford resident, Raisachasse.

When Dokken took the stage, they sounded better than ever. After an over ten year hiatus and a new line up, Dokken had a heavier rhythmic sound, but still managed to keep their eighties metal roots intact. Dokken played a few of their well-known hits from the eighties and late nineties, such as “Dream Warriors,” and “In My Dreams.” They also did songs from their new independently released album, Lightning Strikes Again.

Dokken set the mood for arguably one of the greatest American rock bands to emerge over the past two decades, Poison.

A sea of eager Poison fans gathered as fog flowed from the stage. Lead guitarist C.C. DeVille jumped out from stage and began whaling out one of the band’s all time hits, “Look What the Cat Dragged In.” Drummer Rikki Rocket and bassist Bobby Dall followed. Then lead singer Bret Michaels emerged from under the floor of the stage, and began dancing around with his microphone stand full of scarves. The night was full of guitar slinging antics with levitating drum sets, and an amazing pyrotechnics show. They played hit songs “Unskinny Bop,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Your Mamma Don’t Dance,” and “Nothing But a Good Time.”

Poison added a few rock ballads, including “Something to Believe In.” Bret dedicated the song to the men and women in the armed forces. Following that song, C.C. DeVille played a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” on his electric guitar. The concert ended with several encore performances and an arena filled with happy fans.

MASH 6th Annual Auction & Iron Chef Competition

story & photos
by Alexis Ann

On June 21st, from 6-11 p.m.,  Enders Island was the backdrop for the 6th Annual Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality (MASH) Auction for Action and Iron Chef Competition. The benefit was to raise awareness and funds for local homeless families and children. The evening was blessed with beautiful weather and a successful turnout. 250 people attended the event, raising an outstanding $40,000

The winners of the cook-off were Jamie Fowler of Noah’s Restaurant in Stonington, and his Sous Chef, Kevin Rogers, a teacher in Ledyard  and bartender at Bravo Bravo in Mystic. Other participants included Jeff Walker of Anthony J’s Bistro in Mystic and his Sous Chef Eva Franchi.

The ingredient of the night was monkfish. Jamie  prepared a Portuguese Monkfish Stufato, Thai Monkfish Cakes with a traditional carrot salad & mango sambal, and Monkfish Grand-Mere, served with onions, potatoes, and truffles.  “It was nice to pay homage to the Stonington area’s heritage,” Jamie says about the Portuguese stew (Stufato).

The judges for the event were Executive Chef Michael Luboff of Mohegan Sun, and Father Thomas Hoar of Enders Island.

“Having the MASH Iron Chef Competition at Enders Island, with the ‘Rock of Hope’ was providential.  Their ministry is built on Hope and I think Hope was the ‘real’ secret ingredient used that night!” Remarks Jessica D. Morrissey, a member of the MASH Iron Chef event commitee.