Lee White is a resident of Old Lyme in a section of town where she and her house are the oldest members. She has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant. She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for the Times and Shore Publishing newspapers, and Elan, a quarterly magazine, all of which are now owned by The Day.
Café Flo at the Florence Griswold Museum
Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT
Jonathan Rapp’s River Tavern in Chester, a town that must indeed be Brigadoon—you remember Brigadoon, that special little town that only existed if you were actually there—has brought some of its best lunch dishes to the Florence Griswold Museum for the summer and through early fall of 2010.
Appetizers you can share include guacamole with homemade tortilla chips and hummus with pine nuts, spices, lemon and chilies. I myself pine for Caesar salad (the best!), grilled summer veggies, Moroccan spiced chicken with chickpeas, raisins, almonds and yogurt dressing and Thai-style Stonington seafood. Perhaps it’s a lobster salad or pulled pork sandwiches you’re in the mood for, or your children want hot dogs with chips or PB & J.
Finish with berry shortcake with whipped cream.
Everything is locally grown and fresh, fresh, fresh. The goat cheese is from Beltane Farm and the cow-milk cheese hails from Cato Corner in Colchester. Scott’s Orchard, Four Mile River Farm and White Gate are just a few of the other purveyors.
The ambience is gorgeous and—like Brigadoon—as long as you’re there, so will be summer.