Our restaurant is a 170 seat – full-service restaurant, in the heart of Woodbury, opened and successful for 25 magnificent years and still going strong, winning top awards year after year. Combine this with an atmosphere of comfort and sophistication.
Where It All Began
Carole Peck began her love affair with food 30 years ago, graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1973. Pioneering a then male-dominated profession, she grew to her now distinguished reputation. After graduation, Peck worked as the executive chef at many restaurants, resorts, and clubs from Cape Cod to Hilton Head to Austin to Miami and New York City. Along the way she continually gained recognition and professional acclaim.
In 1988, Carole and her husband, Bernard Jarrier-Cabernet, returned to Carole’s New England roots and settled in Litchfield County, CT. Carole Peck’s Restaurant was then established-a charming country farmhouse restaurant in New Milford. She was committed to using the finest, locally grown, and produced ingredients presented in an innovative style. The food was fresh, and the flavors were distinctive. The restaurant’s popularity rapidly grew.
With an ever-expanding base of customers and followers, Carole tapped into other creative abilities and started producing exquisite food for large parties. She quickly became a renowned and highly preferred wedding caterer. In 1993, she had the distinct honor of cooking for Julia Child’s 80th Birthday Bash for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in New Orleans.
Having outgrown the New Milford restaurant, she moved to near-by Woodbury, CT in 1992 and opened Good News Cafe. From there all good things continued to happen. In 1997, Peck published her first cookbook, The Buffet Book, to wide acclaim; the second release of her book, printed in 2002, is currently available from Ici La Press. Her restaurant continued to receive attention in numerous magazine articles and outstanding reviews from Zagat’s Guide, The New York Times, Gourmet, Connecticut Magazine, Bon Appetit, House Beautiful, and Travel & Leisure. In 2000, the National Restaurant Association named Good News Cafe the “Restaurant of the Year”; in 2003, readers of Connecticut Magazine chose Good News Restaurant & Bar for “Best American” and “Best Desserts” in Connecticut. In addition, Carole’s home has been featured in a Country Living Magazine cover story. She has also made appearances on the Food Network, Martha Stewart Living Television, and PBS.
Currently, along with the restaurant, catering, and another forthcoming cookbook, she and Bernard have returned to Bernard’s French soil. At the beginning of 2000, they acquired a home in the Provence region of Avignon. Deep in the heart of French gastronomical history and Michelin- star chefs, they are continuing to further their romance with food and cooking in leading bi-annual culinary tours. Always on the hunt to locate a new culinary star and spread the delights of their discovery, this gives them the perfect platform to search. In 2001, along with Connecticut-based typesetter Dennis Pistone, they created Ici La Press which specializes in publishing English-language editions of some of the finest cookbooks in Europe.
In the Spotlight
Awards & Recognition
Good News Restaurant and Bar one of the ‘Top Restaurants in the U.S.’ It has won numerous awards and critical acclaim over the last 20 years. New York Times bestseller books states “it’s a one of the top 1000 places to visit in the US and Canada before you die. Combine this with an atmosphere of comfort and sophistication – original artwork by the best up-and-coming artists in the region scattered around for your viewing pleasure, creating a truly perfect setting.”
What We Offer
Browse our one of a kind daily food specials. From drink specials, juice of the day, soups and salads, sides, entrees and lastly our amazing desserts.
Fresh Farm Ingredients
We work with and support our local farms to give you that Farm to Table experience. Always with a focus on the season’s freshest offerings and creatively prepared to please your palate.
Our cooking is handcrafted, seasonal, local, and most organic as possible. Natural, love-inspired, pure and truthful, genuine and sophisticated. Come and taste the difference.
Carole Peck, owner & renown chef. She is a superfan to many people, she has won numerous awards & critical acclaims for over the past 20+ years. She is also the author of best selling cookbooks.
Come and taste the difference! You will always find an enticing array of original dishes from delectable appetizers, soups, and salads, to savory entrees. Come and taste the difference!
Top off your meal with our award-winning, seductive selection of house-made sweets and your culinary adventure will now be complete.
What People are Saying
“Best Kept Secret In Town”
“Good News Restaurant & Bar is a staple in our household! For 25 years, there’s been nothing but fabulous food, friendly ambiance, and phenomenal staff.”
“Fabulous food & flawless service”
“Innovative cuisine farm to table ingredients. The patio was an oasis!!!!”
“Very large farm-to-table menu.”
“A Favorite Restaurant”
“We have taken many new friends to dine with us at Good News! The staff is very friendly and professional. The menu is fabulous. All can find something delicious to eat here and will work with any dietary needs. The specials are always delicious.”
“Always Great Food. “
“Carole and her staff are very friendly and the service is great! Didn’t get pics of everything, but it was all wonderful. This was beef filet on a tortilla with Manchego Cheese and Mango salsa. Lobster Mac a cheese for the table and Duck l’orange.”
Hours of Operation
We Are Closed
WED – THURS
11:30 am – 9:00 pm
FRI – SAT
11:30 am – 10:00 pm
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Drop Us a Line
Don’t be shy. Let us know if you have any questions!
Need a Gift Certificate?
Our gift certificates always make the perfect gift for any occasion. Check out our Good News Restaurant and Bar Store for gift certificates, tee-shirts, and Buffet Book.
Wed: 11:30 am –9:00 pm
Thurs: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Fri: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun: 12pm – 8:30 pm
694 Main Street S
Woodbury, CT 06798