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Nuggets by Judy Henderson

Live. And learn.
So she said to herself, “How hard could dinner for 24 be?” And actually, she had everything pretty much in hand, right up until her fresh-picked green beans (sautéing in lemon zest, kosher salt, olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper) started to sizzle, her two luscious apple pies (brushed with cream and sugar like her Mom taught her) began glazing — and the doorbell rang. “Honey?” she yelled. But Honey didn’t answer. So she handled it all. The warm greetings. The coats. Even finding a vase for the lovely flowers one guest brought her. But by the time those first guests were helping themselves to drinks, both her beans and pies were beyond redemption. Needless to say, “How hard could dinner for 24 be?” has joined her other Famous Last Words — and when a special dinner looms, large or small, she calls a caterer. A caterer like Russell’s Creative Global Cuisine, where they’re happy to take on the most complex events — as well as the simplest. And with their ever-expanding menu of culinary delights, as well as an experienced staff to prepare and serve them, she’s now a guest at her own parties. There’s a lesson in there. Give Russell’s Catering a call. — J.H.
Russell’s Creative
Global Cuisine
20 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 8
West Hartford
860-508-8912
www.russellscatering.com

 

For a wheely good time…
…start with a kicky 1959 Chevy Viking. (Royal blue — and buffed to a shine best appreciated through sunglasses.) Build it out with some heavy-duty wood-fired grills for serious barbecuing and enough beer taps, wine coolers, and cocktail fixings to rival any really good pub. Load her up with fresh, sustainable ingredients, including locally grown herbs and veggies, grass-fed beef, and fruits in season — and some wicked good cooks do some wicked good cooking. Hand them an address. Then watch them hit the road to create a party somewhere. Anywhere. Because amazing on-the-road catering is what Iron & Grain Company’s mobile bar and grill is famous for. And the reviews tell the tale. Just hit their Facebook page and read. “So good I wanted to cry.” “The best I have had. Ever!” “Absolutely amazing.” And my favorite: “Eat their food — NOW!” They’ll pretty much go anywhere their truck can go. So give them a call, your address, and a try.. — J.H.
Iron & Grain Company
Webster Hill Blvd., West Hartford
860-840-2179
www.irongrainco.com

 

Putting the “Din”
in Dinner

There’s only one place we know of where you are guaranteed actual sizzle with your meal, and that’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Fact is, Ruth’s Chris Steak House learned a long time ago that broiling the finest cuts of beef to perfection, topping them with a buttery mix of freshly chopped parsley, then serving them on a 500-degree plate so customers can actually hear the savory flavor isn’t simply the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart. It’s the shortest route. And when they discovered that they could make chicken and chops and seafood deafeningly delectable, it sort of lit a fire under them — and before you knew it, Ruth’s became an international favorite. The good news is there’s one close by in Newington. Where? Just follow your ears. — J.H.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2513 Berlin Tpke.
Newington
860-666-2202
www.ruthschris.com

 

Four Paws Up
Pets aren’t just those very special members of the family who can’t wait for us to get home so we can scratch their tummies. They are the family members who rely on us completely and forever for their health and happiness — and that makes providing them with the care they need and the foods they love a responsibility best shared with a place like Woof Gang Bakery. Not just a bakery but “your neighborhood pet store,” Woof Gang offers pet foods that are both genuinely tasty and genuinely healthy. A great selection of supplies and accessories and toys. Doggy daycare monitored for each pet’s safety and every owner’s confidence. Professional grooming (because even our four-leggers like to look and feel their best). And a do-it-yourself grooming center where you can make your mess — and leave. And last (but never least), you’ll find all the cookies and biscuits and other bakery treats that say “Who’s a good little boy?” or “Who’s a good little girl?” better than anything else in the whole furry world. Leash up your buddy and go. — J.H.
Woof Gang Bakery
62 Isham Rd., West Hartford
860-216-5917
www.woofgangbakery.com

 

Designed to please.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to jewelry. So when over-the-counter just won’t do — indeed, when an heirloom in need of resetting comes along, an unusual gem from some faraway travel demands a design equally worldly, or an extra special occasion calls for something, well…extra special, head to Armeny. Here, exceptional artistry and superb custom craftsmanship are everyday — because every day, a fabulous new piece emerges from the studio to outshine the last. (At least until the next.) And best of all, they can create your personal masterpiece affordably. So stop in and talk. And if you’ve got a favorite watch or ring or earrings in need of repair, bring it along. Armeny is good at that, too. — J.H.
Armeny
995B Farmington Ave.,
West Hartford
860-232–3200
www.armeny.com

 

A picture may be worth a
thousand words.

But a truly beautiful photo makes words almost unnecessary. That’s probably why Amber Jones of Amber Jones Photography provides all the information you really need — like the number of photos she’s taken (315435), the number of years she’s been in business (10), the number of laughs she’s shared (9378), and the number of coffees she’s downed getting everything just right (4827) — but allows her photos to speak for themselves. Which they do. Eloquently. Getting hitched soon? Give her a call. From a beautiful engagement portrait to that moment you leave for your honeymoon, Amber will capture it all, turning every moment of your special journey into heirloom renderings you will cherish forever.
— J.H.
Amber Jones Photography
485 New Park Ave.,
West Hartford
860-550-5454
www.amberjones.com

 

Well, look at you!
BK & Co. is a nice name. And I assume it stands for Barbara and Karen, the owners (who’ve known each other forever — literally), which is very nice. But it doesn’t begin to convey how cool this little boutique in West Hartford Center really is, with its casually elegant, colorfully tasteful, and timelessly trendy inventory — and a “FLY Bar” (which stands for Fabulous Like You!) that features stylists experienced at helping those of us who wander around wondering what on earth to wear find our fashion footing, so that we, too, can be fabulous. Need a place that not only promises to inspire but sends you home looking casually elegant, colorfully tasteful, and timelessly trendy? Start here. Because this is the only place you’ll need to go — except out on the town to show yourself off. — J.H.
B & K Co.
983 Farmington Ave.
West Hartford
860-232-6225
www.bkcostyle.com

 

Branching Out
Sotil Tree Service, family-owned and operated since 2007, has long been a good resource for anyone needing a certified arborist to remove a tree (or two or three), growing sick or old — or simply growing in the wrong place. But there’s more to the Sotil story than making trees disappear because this is one tree service that can also make them reappear. Indeed, Rick Sotil’s reverence for trees and the wood they yield has taken an interesting turn, leading him to branch out into custom-designing and building superb tables from beautifully grained woods of all sorts. Kiln dried and burnished to perfection, they begin a whole new life as coffee, side, dining, night, and accent tables, as well as bars, countertops, and islands, thanks to Tables by Lasa, Rick’s newest venture. And according to Rick, when “the next generation” receives his license as a certified arborist, as will happen quite soon, he will become the new head of Sotil Tree Service — and Dad will be turning his full attention to creating more of his extraordinary tables, already in great demand. Check them both out. — J.H.
Tables by Lasa
426 South Grand St., Suffield 203-906-6001
www.tablesbylasa.com

Sotil Tree Service
P.O. Box 428, East Granby
860-844-8259
www.facebook.com/Sotil-Tree-Service-115835311771979/

all nuggets copyright Judy Henderson