What’s Cooking In June

May 23rd, 2014

Finally! Warmth and sunshine is upon us.  The warm weather is kickin’ off a great start to summer events at Carbone’s and Carbone’s Kitchen.218

  • We are celebrating all graduates, of any school, and any grade! Join us at Carbone’s or Carbone’s Kitchen for a graduation celebration, and the graduate (any school, any grade) will receive their meal, on us.  We are proud of those who have dedicated so much hard work and time on such a major accomplishment!
  • Monday, June 2nd, Carbone’s Kitchen will host the 2nd annual Serata di Cibo, alongside the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  This will be a fun night of food, wine, prizes, friends, and music.  Join us, and help raise funds for a great cause!
  • On June 12th, Carbone’s Kitchen will be alongside many others at the Hartford Public Library, at their wonderful event, One Big Sizzling Summer Night.  Well known author, Ruth Reichl, will be the guest speaker for the evening, and there will be a plethora of foods from local restaurants, fun exhibits, and special cocktails! Tickets may be purchased here.
  • Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day.  Treat dad to a scrumptious meal at Carbone’s Kitchen, which will be open 12-8pm, serving our regular menu!
  • June 16th marks the beginning of the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands, in Cromwell, CT.  Carbone’s is honored to be catering this amazing event again, and we look forward to visiting with some of our customers as they enjoy watching the tournament!
  • Mondays at the Kitchen continue in Bloomfield.  Join us every Monday for a $23.99 three-course menu, and 1/2 price bottles of wine from our Captain’s List!
  • Keep an eye open for live music at Carbone’s Kitchen! In May, we hosted our first live duo in the lounge, and it went smashingly! So stay tuned for what’s to come…



Employee Spotlight: Ty and Justin

May 23rd, 2014

Our May Employee Spotlight focuses on two of the most dedicated employees Carbone’s Kitchen has: Ty Powell and Justin Saucier. These young men have essential roles at the restaurant, and Carbone’s Kitchen would not be able to run properly if we did not have them! Ty is a food runner and a busboy, alternating between the two, and Justin is a prep cook and dishwasher.

Ty: February 19, 1987 (Pisces)
Justin: March 7, 1988 (Pisces)



Justin, working hard in the kitchen!

Ty: Bloomfield, CT
Justin: Newington, CT

How and when you started working at Carbone’s:
Ty: I applied before CK opened, and was hired on the spot as a busboy- started December 2012
Justin: I started in June of 2013, Chef Steve Hall helped get me a job here

Little known fact about you:

Ty: I am the nicest guy here! And besides that, I have this goal (since I was 13) and that is to play football in the NFL. I play semi pro football now, but I plan on playing in the league very soon.
Justin: I’m very outgoing, and I LOVE watching sports


Ty Powell

Your favorite dish at Carbone’s Kitchen:
Ty: Crazy Carbonara, but basically everything on the menu
Justin: Fresh Rigatoni Bolognese

Your favorite drink at Carbone’s Kitchen:
Ty: CK House Beer (Back East Brewery’s Amber Ale)
Justin: Beer

Your favorite part of the job:
Ty: Running and bussing
Justin: The good atmosphere

Funniest/craziest thing that has happened while working at Carbone’s Kitchen:
Ty: When Scot Haney came to eat!
Justin: Just working with the outgoing and hilarious people in the kitchen

We appreciate everything our employees do for us- stay tuned to learn more about our staff!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@CarbonesKitchen) for updates about our employees.


Bloomfield Grub Crawl

May 19th, 2014

Bloomfield Grub Crawl Final Poster


April Showers Bring May Festivities!

May 2nd, 2014

Here’s a look at what’s cookin’ at Carbone’s this month:

  • New Mondays at the Kitchen: Enjoy Carbone’s Kitchen’s ever popular three course menu every Monday for just $23.99!  Menu combinations are bountiful, with four appetizer selections, five entree choices, and three decadent dessert options.  Enjoy a leisurely meal with a bottle of half priced wine from our Captain’s List.
  • Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th.  Treat Mom to a special lunch or dinner at either of our restaurants. Carbone’s Ristorante in Hartford is open from 12 pm-6 pm, and Carbone’s Kitchen in Bloomfield is open 12 pm-8 pm.  In addition to our regular menus, a special three course menu will be available at each restaurant ($28.99 at Carbone’s, and $23.99 at Carbone’s Kitchen).  Reservations are strongly recommended, and we can accommodate larger groups- call for availability.
  • The month of May begins graduation season!  Honor the hard work of the graduates in your life with a celebration at Carbone’s or Carbone’s Kitchen.  Both restaurants are offering an amazing promotion for all graduates, of any school and any grade.  Reservations are recommended.218
  • A special shout-out to our April Instagram Challenge winner Suzanne Minelli (@suziemin).  We love their cheersing selfie!  photo(1) You could be next month’s winner: post a photo of yourself, your drink, dish, friends, etc. at Carbone’s Kitchen and add the hashtag #CarbonesKitchen, and you’ll be entered to win our monthly $50.00 gift card giveaway! Winners are chosen the last day of each month.
  • Reminder: Save the date of Monday, June 2nd.  The second annual Serata di Cibo event will be held at Carbone’s Kitchen. Enjoy a wonderful evening of food, wine, and good company.  Tickets are $75 per person, proceeds go to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  Reserve your spot today, as this great event has limited availability! http://connecticutchildrensfoundation.org/serata

That’s all for now! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for updates!


Mother’s Day

April 29th, 2014

Mother's Day 2014


Serata di Cibo

April 28th, 2014
Serata di Cibo

Serata di Cibo


Employee Spotlight: Elyse and Dominic

April 7th, 2014

Meet Elyse Brummett and Dominic Conforto, best friends who both work at Carbone’s Kitchen. Elyse and Dominic- Dom for short, have been friends for 12 years, since they met in 6th grade. Elyse works at Carbone’s Kitchen as a server, and Dom as a bar-back and busboy.

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Dom and Elyse

Elyse: August 8, 1992 (Leo)
Dom: June 4, 1991 (Gemini)

Hometown: Elyse & Dom: Newington, CT

When and how you started working at Carbone’s:
Elyse: My dad, Gary Brummett, has known Paul Kelley at Carbone’s for years, and suggested I apply at the new restaurant. I’ve been here since day and helped open the restaurant.
Dom: I was referred by a friend (can you guess who?!) just before Thanksgiving 2013.

Little known fact about you:
Elyse: I am a marathon runner and triathlon athlete
Dom: I am a fitness enthusiast!

Dom and Elyse

Dom and Elyse

Your favorite dish at Carbone’s Kitchen:
Elyse: Salmon Oregonato
Dom: Chicken Fettucine

Your favorite drink at Carbone’s Kitchen:
Elyse: Pistachio Martini
Dom: Blood Orangetini

Your favorite part of the job:
Elyse: When the staff works well together and has fun together doing it
Dom: Interacting with customers at the bar

Funniest/craziest thing that has happened while working at Carbone’s Kitchen:

Elyse: One night, when one of my tables paid for another tables’ dinner, it started a chain reaction of guests’ paying for other guests’ meals. It continued for several tables, all because one man wanted to “pay it forward”.  It was a heartwarming experience to be a part of.


Customer Randy and Elyse at his holiday function at CK

Dom: When I first started bar-backing, I had never poured a drink. The coolest moment for me was when a couple bought a round of drinks at the bar just so they could watch me pour my first beer!

Make sure to stop by Carbone’s Kitchen to see this dynamic duo in action.  Also, follow us on Instagram (@CarbonesKitchen & @CarbonesRistorante) and like us on Facebook to stay up to date with promotions, updates, menu additions, and tips from your favorite staff members!


Flavors of Connecticut

April 3rd, 2014

The American Liver Foundation hosts an annual event, The Flavors of Connecticut, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.  It is a unique event, with 34 talented Connecticut chefs representing their restaurants, preparing a five-course meal table side for twelve guests.  If you follow us on Instagram, you were able to follow our live feed from the event, on Tuesday, April 1st.  In case you missed it- here is a recap of the fun filled evening for a great cause.


The Aqua Turf Club, auction and cocktail hour space

Carbone's tablescape, with flowers graciously donated by A Victorian Garden in Wethersfield

Carbone’s tablescape, with flowers graciously donated by A Victorian Garden in Wethersfield

Chef Vinnie Carbone with friends- top: Renee Denino of Clear Channel Radio (the wonderful host of the evening- Renee met her husband at Carbone's!) bottom left: Chef Leo Bushey III, of The Willows in Bristol

Chef Vinnie Carbone with friends- top: Renee DiNino of Clear Channel Radio (the wonderful host of the evening- Renee met her husband at Carbone’s!) bottom left: Chef Leo Bushey III, of The Willows in Bristol


Amazing tablescapes from other restaurants


Amazing tablescapes from other restaurants- we loved Caseus’ (New Haven) music theme table (bottom right)


The menu and time frame for the evening; our “kitchen” area

First course and main course

First course and main course

Chef Vinnie Carbone describing some menu items to our wonderful table

Chef Vinnie Carbone describing some menu items to our wonderful table

Server Tyler (Carbone's Kitchen) took excellent care of our table all evening, and kept the wine flowing!

Server Tyler (Carbone’s Kitchen) took excellent care of our table all evening, and kept the wine flowing!

It was ladies night out at the Carbone's table! Cheers!

It was ladies night out at our table! Cheers, and thanks to a wonderful group of ladies for a fun evening!


The Carbone’s and Carbone’s Kitchen crew- Chef Vinnie, Chef Chanteun, Linley, Tyler, Mary-Beth

The talented and dedicated chefs that made this evening possible

The talented and dedicated chefs that made this evening as superb as it was

Many thanks to:

  • A Victorian Garden of Wethersfield for donating the beautiful floral arrangements for the second year in a row
  • Renee DiNino, Clear Channel Radio, for always being a huge supporter of Carbone’s and Carbone’s Kitchen
  • The American Liver Foundation for making such an amazing event possible



Looking Back On Carbone’s Kitchen Wine Dinner

March 28th, 2014

We had a fantastic night at Carbone’s Kitchen Wine Dinner! Combine great food, great wine, and great people and you’re sure to have a wonderful time. Here are pictures from the night!

All photos credit to Jane Shauck Photography

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April Showers Carbone’s With Fun Events!

March 24th, 2014

This year, April showers bring… lots of events at Carbone’s and Carbone’s Kitchen! Here’s a look at what’s happening in the month of April at our two restaurants:

  • Tuesday, April 1st, the American Liver Foundation will host its annual event,

    Our table at the 2013 Flavors event. Spotted: Paul Kelley (looking sharp!)

    the Flavors of Connecticut. This incredible event brings together an outstanding number of talented chefs in Connecticut; preparing dishes tableside to take guests on a culinary journey.  Carbone’s is honored to be participating in this event for the second year, and we are looking forward to seeing what the other chefs bring to the table. Proceeds from this event benefit the American Liver Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing research, education, advocacy, and support for Americans affected by liver disease.

  • The Ninth Annual Taste of Wethersfield will be held at the Keeney Memorial silas 9esizedrCultural Center on Saturday, April 12th.  Sponsored by the Wethersfield Historical Society, local restaurants, breweries, and wineries will be offering tastes of their dishes and libations to guests.  There will be a live and silent auction, as well as tunes provided by the Hot Cat Jazz Band.  General Admission tickets are $30/pp in advance, and $35/pp at the door.
  • Easter Sunday is April 20th, and while Carbone’s in Hartford is closed, Carbone’s Kitchen is open, and ready to wow you with some amazing Easter specials! The Kitchen will be open from 12pm-8pm, and reservations are recommended.  We can accommodate parties of various sizes- call 860-904-2111 for availability.

A few reminders:

  • The $23.99 special (CK) and $28.99 special (Carbone’s) continue through the end of this month, Monday-Wednesday. 
  • Partnering with the Digiplex (833 Park Ave.) in Bloomfield, Carbone’s Kitchen is offering a “Fine Dining & Opera” special.  Saturdays April 5th and April 26th, join in  live screenings of NYC operas La Boheme and Cosi Fan Tutte, then head to CK for a $23.99 three course dinner!
  • Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11th, and both restaurants will be open, featuring wonderful specials. If you can’t make it that day, why not treat Mom with a gift card?!
  • It’s never too early to start planning graduation gatherings- Carbone’s, Carbone’s Kitchen, and Catering by Carbone’s would be honored to help you celebrate those milestones.  Contact either restaurant for assistance.





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