Spotlight on Dee Dee Colabella – An Artful Life
Meet Dee Dee Colabella, a behind-the-scenes force for Ridgefield’s exemplary art scene and a steadfast supporter of emerging artists. Here’s what Dee Dee is up to lately!
Autumn has officially begun, and if the big orange squashes popping up on doorsteps didn’t give you a hint as to what that means for your tastebuds, let’s call it Pumpkin Spice Season instead. There is no shortage around town of the most loved flavor of the season, so we’ve rounded up all things pumpkin spice and everything nice in Ridgefield.
Take a break from cooking on Saturday morning and treat the kids to a meal they’re sure to devour. Wooster Hollow Cafe features changing specials like Apple Pumpkin French Toast and Waffles and inventive seasonal dishes. The Early Bird Café will be offering a belly-filling menu of all your breakfast favorites, including pumpkin spice pancakes and waffles available through the season. Head to Steve’s Bagels and pick up pumpkin bread, muffins, coffee, and cream cheese for a pumpkin-spiced smorgasbord at home.
Crisp fall days call for a little something to warm the bones, and there are so many delicious options for the infamous PSL (i.e., pumpkin spice latte) around town. Pop into Tazza Café for a latte or coffee, and take home a bag of pumpkin spice coffee to brew yourself. Your kitchen will thank you! Steve’s Bagels, Botanika, and Ross Bread Shoppe serves it up hot or cold with fall’s favorite caffeinated beverage.
What would autumn be without a little sugar to go with that pumpkin spice? Ridgefield really knows how to celebrate the season, so we suggest making your rounds to try all these fabulous treats. If cupcakes are your weakness, you’ll want to try The Cake Box (a nut-free bakery, they also offer a gluten-free option!) and Stacey’s Totally Baked, which also offers a perfectly sweet miniature cupcake—for those who want just a bite.
Botanika, a plant-based café on Main Street, serves frosted pumpkin muffins as well as a chocolate and pumpkin marble loaf—both of which are also gluten-free. Ross Bread Shoppe will be creating some scrumptious pumpkin pastries beginning in mid-October and we can’t wait! Stop into Dimitri’s Diner toward the end of the month and ready your tummy for Thanksgiving with a slice of the quintessential treat: pumpkin pie. There’s always room for one more dessert, and Bernard’s (and Sarah’s Wine Bar) will be serving pumpkin cheesecake very soon.
If you prefer to whip up your own sweets at home, pick up some pumpkin spice baking mixes from Elizabella’s Bake Shop! (You may even find an autumnal apron sure to up your status as an official baker.) They offer mixes for scones (tea, anyone?) and muffins…but you never know what other delights you’ll find once you’re in-store.
In our book, ice cream is worthy of year-round celebration and our local favorites, Gofer and Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, agree. Deborah Ann’s also offers a seasonal selection of pumpkin spice confections, perfect for fall gatherings and why not?
Make movie nights at home or in the theater festive with Prospector Theater’s pumpkin spice popcorn! It’s available for purchase at the concession stand and in their café and supports their important mission. (And we can vouch that it’s absolutely delicious.)
Pumpkin spice isn’t just for kids or those with a sweet tooth! These chilled adult beverages will put you at ease after a long day at work and add a little spirit to the season. Cozy up at The Lantern or The Hideaway for a pumpkin beer or gluten-free cider, or stop into the lively Red Rooster Pub for Downeast’s famous pumpkin blend cider—and don’t forget to ask for a cinnamon sugar rim on your glass. TerraSole puts a sophisticated spin on the season with their pumpkin martini, and all we’re left deciding is whether to start or end with it. Cheers!
The scent of pumpkin spice is oh so nice and what better way to indulge in the cooler nights and shorter days than with lit candles around the house. We found not one, but three, delightful pumpkin candles at Bella Home (nestled among the many decorative pumpkins) and others equally as yummy at Rodier Flowers and the Loft at Bissel’s. You might not be able to choose just one!
Get yourself and your home pumpkin spice ready with cozy goods and clothes from some of our favorite shops around town. Pillows, throws, fall décor and knitting from Bella Home, Olley Court, nancy O, and Interiors by Ursula will have you feeling fall-ready in a flash.
It’s really just the beginning of pumpkin season, so keep your eyes peeled and your noses alert to all that’s yet to come—and tag us on Instagram as you explore and discover pumpkin spice season #inRidgefield!
To explore more things pumpkin spice, be sure to visit our new Shopping Directory and Restaurants Directory. Our local businesses can help you find the perfect autumnal goodies and will appreciate your visit!
Thank you to the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce for supporting the Ridgefield community!