We made a day of it, heading up to Northwest Connecticut to see our friend Joann Makovitzky’s new home, shop in New Preston and dine at her restaurant.
The Community Table is located in Litchfield County, close to Washington Depot and New Preston. It’s a casual welcoming restaurant where we enjoyed the cooking of Chef Paul Pearson of Yorkshire, England.
We started with a few apps, enjoying their hummus made from kabocha squash hummus and served with sliced radishes and the homemade seeded crackers ($16) that we saw on sale at The Smithy on Main Street in New Preston. I loved the rich Raven and Boar Farm pork liver paté that I spread on the sliced baguette and topped with their homemade onion marmalade ($14).
One friend had the hamachi ceviche, attractively presented with slivered red onion and orange supremes ($21), another and I tried the radicchio salad with truffled stracciatella, roasted pears and pinenuts ($18).
The roasted Berkshire pork chop was done to perfection, moist and juicy, served with sweet potato mashed with bacon and confit turnips ($34). So was the pan-roasted venison loin. The thick tender sliced, cooked medium rare, came with polenta and roasted figs along with sautéed rapini ($42). We also shared a serving of local carrots, smoked and roasted.
We shared ($12, each) orange tree leaf panna cotta, the sticky toffee pudding with Litchfield distillery vanilla bourbon ice cream and toasted pecans and chocolate tiramisu with coffee granite and whipped cream replete with a lit candle for a wish from the birthday girl.
The Community Table is worth the drive!