‘Kinney Lane’ Healthy Meals Delivery Coming to New Canaan

Rachael Mahoney, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, launched her own meal preparation and delivery business four years ago in Greenwich. Sourcing largely organic foods from local farms, Mahoney swiftly built up Kinney Lane’s client list and soon was creating and delivering an average of 30 to 40 meals weekly, outgrowing the commercial kitchen she’d been sharing. About one year ago, she started looking for a new dedicated space for her headquarters. This month, Kinney Lane is moving to a Vitti Street building that will allow the growing business to serve New Canaan and surrounding communities. “I found the absolute perfect space for me,” Mahoney told NewCanaanite.com.

Podcast: Elaine Young of the New Canaan Dance Academy

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Elaine Young, owner and director of the New Canaan Dance Academy. Like other local businesses, the Forest Street dance academy has had to adjust during the COVID-19 pandemic—changing the way it offers lessons, attends competitions and puts on performances. Keep an eye on this area of the NCDA website for news about its June performances, to be held on the campus of the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

‘Plum Plums Cheese’ Coming To New Canaan

A family-owned cheese and charcuterie shop that opened seven years ago in Scotts Corners, N.Y. is moving this spring to downtown New Canaan. Plum Plums Cheese, which also sells a wide range of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and other foods (such as all-natural jams and organic olive oils), and artisan gifts is to open in April at 149 Cherry St. Gayle Martin, who launched Plum Plums Cheese in 2014 with her husband Michael Riahi after the two met while working in the wine business, said it made sense when they couldn’t come to terms with a new landlord in Pound Ridge to move to New Canaan, in part because many of their customers are from here. Martin said that she used to visit her sister in Bedford, N.Y., before moving up with Riahi 17 years ago, and “I remembered always that New Canaan was a very special town.”

“It was a real New England town, I still believe that,” she said. “It’s a beautiful town and I think the neighborhood camaraderie and to see things like the Halloween scarecrows and stuff on the lampposts, and the beautiful lights on the street lamps for the holidays, it has a great sense of community, and I love that.

Winter Storm Hub: What’s Open & Closed, Road Closures, Photos [UPDATED]

New Canaan Public Schools and New Canaan Library will be closed Monday as a winter storm bears down on the region. The National Weather Service as of Monday morning called for up to 16 inches of snow in New Canaan and the area has been placed under a Winter Storm Warning through Tuesday morning. “Travel will be very difficult to impossible,” the Weather Service said. “The hazardous conditions will impact the morning and evening commutes. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.”

As of 6 p.m., Eversource reported 831 New Canaan households without power, or nearly 10% of customers.

‘Grace Farms Foods’: Local Organization Launches New Company, Products

Adam Thatcher was working as director of operations at the newly opened Grace Farms five years ago when he noticed something unexpected coming out of its popular food service. Visitors from across the nation who’d had a cup of coffee in “the Commons” section of Grace Farms’s River building began phoning the organization to say they loved the brew and wanted to buy some. The coffee itself—grown on fair trade, women-owned farms, as per Grace Farms CEO and founder Sharon Prince, and donated by town resident and Grace supporter Joe Apuzzo, who owns coffee roasting and importing companies—was called “Heavenly Roast” at the time. Its beans were available for sale, though in a limited way. In the spring of 2019, Thatcher—who prior to Grace Farms had opened restaurants at Lake Tahoe, Calif.