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