WEST HARTFORD — On Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Chef Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis Restaurant will host a fundraiser dinner at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society to raise money for the museum.
Inspired by the season and the museum’s 18th century reproduction hearth, Chef Prosperi has created a four-course meal utilizing foods and cooking techniques from a bygone era. The meal will begin with a baby green salad featuring roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, goat cheese, and Dijon vinaigrette. For the second course, guests will sample a bouillabaisse with sourdough croutons, prepared by the hearth. Duck Confit is on the menu for the main course, served with Young’s Farm rattlesnake hearth beans. Guests will delight in a traditional New England Indian Pudding for dessert, served with vanilla ice cream.
Christopher Prosperi, the chef owner of Metro Bis restaurant in Simsbury, Connecticut, is a Hartford Courant recipe columnist, a weekly chef on NBC 30, television host of “New England Cuisine,” and weekly senior contributor on “The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze” on WNPR. Chef Prosperi prepared a fundraiser meal at the Noah Webster House in 2018 and was enchanted by the 18th century house and its open hearth. He wanted to come back — and this time, actually use the hearth! “I love the Noah Webster House kitchen and look forward to creating a modern interpretation of hearth cooking,” says the chef.
The New York Times has declared Chef Prosperi “a technical master” and “an original American chef whose restaurant is worth traveling for.” Lucky for us in Connecticut, we don’t have to travel far to enjoy Prosperi’s Metro Bis restaurant. Even luckier for West Hartford residents, on Nov. 21, you won’t even have to travel to Simsbury to enjoy Chef Prosperi’s cuisine.
Chef Prosperi’s Harvest & Hearth Dinner includes a four-course meal and beer and wine. The dinner will take place at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Tickets are $85 per person ($75 for museum members) and available at www.noahwebster.yap
sody.com. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the museum. Advanced registration is required; seating is extremely limited for this one-night-only event. You must be 21 years or older to participate in the event. A valid ID will be required.
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is a cultural destination where citizens can learn to understand and appreciate the past. The museum preserves the birthplace of Noah Webster, the founding father, educator, author, and lexicographer who taught generations of Americans what it means to be American. This National Historic Landmark is also a repository for the history of West Hartford, the community that molded Noah Webster’s future and is still thriving over 250 years later. The historic house and exhibit spaces are open daily 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. For information on the museum’s extensive school and public programs, please visit www.noahwebsterhouse.
org or call (860) 521-5362.