The capital city of Connecticut, Hartford is the fourth largest town in the state and a home to over 120,000 people. It’s known as one of the oldest cities in the US, with a number of first in the nation establishments, such as the first public art museum (Wadsworth Atheneum), the oldest publicly funded park (Bushnell Park), the oldest continuously published newspaper (the Hartford Courant), and others. Among other historical attractions, Hartford also was a home to a world-famous author Mark Twain. Today, one of the major industries in Hartford is the insurance business. The city is distinguished as the headquarters town for many insurance corporations and billed as the “Insurance Capital of the World”.
Hartford also has a rich gastronomic history. Back in the day, the early settlers from Great Britain and Denmark combined with the culture of local Saukiog Indians influenced the local cuisine greatly. Then, a significant wave of Polish and Italian immigrants brought in their taste to the mix. Hartford’s residents have always had a passion for good food. At the end of 18th century, the first American cookbook “American Cookery, The Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry, and Vegetables” by Amelia Simons was published in Hartford. It became an extremely influential nationwide bestseller, and the generations all over the states cooked and baked with Amelia’s recipes.
The location of Hartford also helped shape the local food and beverage habits. In addition to being relatively close to the ocean that offers a wide range of seafood delicacies, the Connecticut River Valley is thought to be the most productive agricultural region in New England. Local produce is becoming more prevalent to this day. Additionally, there’s a number of breweries and distilleries with the vibrant local crafts and spirits. With the never-ending flow of food bloggers and reviewers, full-time gourmands and connoisseurs, hungry residents and tourists, Hartford restaurateurs and bar owners learn to take advantage of the current trends.
These a just a few reasons why Hartford has earned a reputation of a foodie destination. And that is exactly why you should open your own establishment in this city. Or, if you already own a place, are you realizing your potential to the fullest? Is your staff trained, menu well-curated, and lines of people outside of your door? At Avery Restaurant Consulting, we make that happen. Jason Carron has an extensive expertise as a restaurateur and chef. Jason has worked with a number of underperforming bars and restaurants to increase their guest visits, overall popularity, and ultimately, the revenue. With an individualized approach, we can help your bar or restaurant become a big success.