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 has achieved a noted reputation. After graduation, Peck worked as the executive chef at many restaurants, resorts and clubs from Cape Cod to Hilton Head, from Austin to Miami and New York City, always gaining 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 born, 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 well- known and highly sought-after 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 here all good things continued to happen. In 1997, Peck published her first cookbook, The Buffet Book, to wide acclaim; a 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 as the “Restaurant of the Year”; in 2003, readers of Connecticut Magazine chose Good News Cafe 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. 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.
Good News Restaurant and Bar was one of the trailblazers in the Farm-to-Table movement long before the movement began to make a statement in the food industry. Our cooking, Is What It Is …. Handcrafted, seasonal, local, & most organic as possible. Natural, love-inspired, pure & truthful, genuine &sophisticated, and prepared by owner and renown chef, Carole Peck. Our mission is to help people reconnect to their local land, as well as to the farmers and artisans who tend them. We continue that tradition by partnering with local farmers and businesses, when possible, and enjoy sharing the fruits of their labors with you.
Come and taste the difference! You will always find an enticing array of original dishes here at Good News Restaurant and Bar. From delectable appetizers, soups, and salads, to savory entrees. Always with a focus on the season’s freshest offerings and creatively prepared to please your palate. Top off your meal with our award-winning, seductive selection of house-made sweets and your culinary adventure is complete.
Our restaurant is a 170 seat – full service restaurant, in the heart of Woodbury, opened and successful for 24 magnificent yearsand still going strong,winning top awards year after year from Zagat’s Guide, Connecticut Magazine, and The New York Times, to name a few. Zagat called 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.”
We would like to thank all of our loyal and new customers for making Good News Restaurant & Bar so successful. We wouldn’t be here today celebrating the 24 years of continuous success if it weren’t for your patronage.
Check out our Daily Specials, where Carole is continually seeking the freshest produce, meats, and seafood to provide you with the best offerings of the season.
Please come in today to enjoy a great meal. There is always something new and fresh.
Private Party Accomodations Up to 60 people. Call us today to get it booked.
Call for Reservations 203.266.4663
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