Artisan: You Can Go Home Again

Connecticut is a long way to go for dinner, but it’s worth it to spend time with my favorite artist and human being – Veecha.

“At the Art Students League in 1945, Will Barnet held up a mirror and insisted I do self-portrait. I did this lithograph, left. I did the line drawing and the self-portrait, below, a few years later.”

So where do you take a great artist for a memorable evening?

Here’s a suggestion: Artisan restaurant in Southport – a perfect spot for reminiscing, sipping, and sampling. “Take your time,” is Artisan’s mantra, and chef Frederick Kieffer makes you want to linger. We’re happy grazing and savoring, so it’s a perfect fit.

Roasted beet salad with dandelion and blue cheese is a perfect combination of sweet, salt, and tangy bitterness with a creamy hit. Lobster bisque arrives glowing with New England flavor and color – not an oxymoron, here. Robust gnocchi with lamb is silky and comforting. The roast duck breast “a la plancha” is succulent, drool-worthy delicious.

Another standout is grilled calamari over green tomato and mustard-seed – we’ll be back for more.

A smooth sorbet trio is a beautiful way to end a delicious evening of friendship and flavor, and the chef’s treat of caramel-and-sea-salt crowned cheesecake gets a standing ovation as we put on our coats and head out into the Valentine’s eve chill. Thank goodness, you can go home again.  •

About Epicurious Travelers

Ms. Margolis-Pineo created to showcase her published work and ongoing food-travel adventures. Based in Portland, Maine, she travels frequently both in her home state and north to Montreal, her favorite North American city. Although she refuses to use the word "foodie," she has an abiding interest in food and wine. Ms. Margolis-Pineo's background as a designer gives her site an edge in the oversaturated blogosphere. New contacts, "likes," subscribers and content are always welcome!
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