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Cheers! The Bistro at Chamard Vineyards Is Serving

Patch chats with Chamard Vineyards’ Director of Sales and Brand Management, Bridget Riordan about the eatery.


What’s the best time of year to visit Chamard Vineyards? All year round, day or night, harvest time or not harvest time, rain or shine, particularly now that The Bistro at Chamard is open. This brand new addition, which opened in early November, is a classic French bistro but the ingredients used are not so French; they’re local and support local Connecticut farmers

How many does The Bistro serve?
The Bistro seats 35 in the two main dining rooms. We have a private dining room that seats 10 which is perfect for lunch and dinner meetings.  The kitchen is open to the lounge where folks can enjoy a glass of wine while they wait for their table. The Bistro is lined with windows so every seat has a view of the vineyard.

When and why did The Bistro open?
The Bistro opened early November when we finally got approval from the town
under the Farm Tourism Exception that allows farm properties to do things
like host music events, have harvest festivals, and operate a 35 seat bistro
in order to attract people to their properties.

Is the menu online?
Visit Chamard’s home page to "join" for weekly Winery Bistro updates.

Where did the executive chef come from?
Brad Stabinsky is a Connecticut native who attended Johnson and Wales University and got his start in the 80s when French cooking, Nouvelle Cuisine, was hot.  His first positions were with Restaurant Bertrand in Greenwich and Le Chambord in Westport. This experience with classic French cuisine was important to us.

In 1990, Brad went on to study with Madeline Kamman at the Beringer School for American Chefs at the Napa Valley winery and at Culinary Institute of America in Napa with Todd English, and in 2000 Brad studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley taking master classes with Todd Humphries and Bradly Ogden. These two educational experiences codified Brad’s love for food and wine. This made him a great fit for our Winery Bistro. As instructor and eventually Culinary Director at Lincoln Culinary Institute, Brad also brings leadership and communication skills that will help further our mission to celebrate Connecticut agriculture and Chamard’s French inspired winemaking tradition.

The Bistro and Wine Bar is open:

Tue - Thu, 11am to 6pm

Fri - Sat, 11am to 9pm

Sun, 11am to 6pm

Open most Monday holidays

liz Isaacson December 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
We've been there for lunch three times since they've opened. The food is delicious, well presented and the wine selection superb! The chef has come around and asked how we enjoyed the meal. Great hospitality!
buck99 December 27, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The Bistro is delightful---delicious, simple menu, well executed at a great price point. It's a wonderful addition to Clinton.
Bridget Riordan December 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Thank you for your feedback and your support. We hope the food, wine and warm welcome keep you coming back often like a neighborhood bistro ought to. Brad has fun additions to our offering planned for this winter. Be sure we have your email address so we can keep in touch. Happy New Year!

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