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In bloom at Carole Peck’s Good News Café in Woodbury Connecticut

The new kitchen garden at Carole Peck’s Good News Café
The new kitchen garden at Carole Peck’s Good News Café
Carole Peck

In the Litchfield Hills, Carole Peck’s Good News Café www.good-news-cafe.com located on 694 Main Street South in Woodbury is one of Connecticut’s top spots for foodies in the state and from afar. Good News is known for it’s fresh, locally sourced, handcrafted and definitely natural, sophisticated and genuine food. Peck has often been noted as the Alice Waters of the East Coast.

Recently, a new project Peck undertook with the help of Aventine Gardens was to install a meandering kitchen garden to welcome patrons to Good News Café. Peck’s vision was to replace the overgrown junipers and rhododendrons into a lush and colorful kitchen garden whose produce will be used in the wonderful culinary creations that comes out of Peck’s kitchen.

The farm to table concept and the idea of a kitchen garden started more than 25 years ago in Peck’s first Connecticut restaurant located in New Milford where she had a kitchen garden that supplemented the creations made in her kitchen. The kitchen garden installed at Good News Café 25 years’ later offers an artful and useful display of herbs, flowers and vegetables that patrons wander through as they make their way to the front door. Along the pea-stone walkways are hanging lanterns, colorful paper parasols and whimsical birds decorating the windows. The herbs, vegetables and flowers are artfully planted in white oak raised beds.

For Carole, this garden is an affirmation of her culinary philosophy to always serve the freshest and best locally sourced and as organic as possible ingredients, some of which come from the front yard of her restaurant!

In addition to a garden outside, inside Good News Café beginning August 6 and running through September 29, photographer, Jack McConnell will exhibit his work in a show titled “Connecticut Stonewalls and Farms”. A complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine reception is planned for Sunday, August 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with the artist on hand to talk about his work.

McConnell’s newest exhibit, Connecticut Stone Walls and Farms is a tribute that documents the challenges faced by Connecticut’s farmers. To preview the show, please visit www.JackMcConnellPhotography.com

The Good News Café is open from 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily; on Sundays it is open from 12 noon to 10 p.m. and is closed on Tuesday.