Stir the Pots, July 2005: Jeremy Shapiro's conversation with Jean-Michel Gammariello, General Manager and Sommelier of the Union League Café

"Jeremy talks with his first Chef Jean Michel Gammariello, who built a career working in three Michelin-starred restaurants in France, he is both manager and sommelier of the Union League Cafe in New Haven, CT. For this conversation, Gammariello talks about cooking (and hanging out) with his good friend Jacques Pepin, moving from the kitchen into the world of wine, and reflects on the larger world of chefs and food."

La Crêpe, at Chapel Square Mall.

"The sensation of New York... La Crêpe now comes to New Haven at Chapel Square Mall. A charming and unique restaurant featuring 110 varieties of authentic French crepes. Such delectable paper-thin, taste tempting delights as: chicken & ham, sausages, mushrooms, crabmeat ratatouille, onion soup gratinée, etc., all moderately prized. Cocktails."

A little less luxury, by Deborah Hornblow

"As for the future of fine dining, the veteran McKenzie takes the long view. 'It's just like somebody that always has a blue blazer in their wardrobe,' she says. 'They always have it and it's always going to be there. Fine dining will always be there.' She also summons up something James Beard once told her. 'He said, 'You can't hide a good restaurant, no matter what the economy, no matter what the weather,' and I've never forgotten it.'"

Rebuilt Brasserie Reopens, by Claudia Van Nes

"The Union League Cafe, a French brasserie in New Haven, has recovered from an unusual catastrophe to befall a restaurant and has reopened with a new kitchen and a refurbished dining room. The restaurant was the victim last Nov. 1 of a collapse of the roof of the historic Hyperion Theater, which crashed down on the back of the cafe, situated in the adjacent Roger Sherman building."

On the Road to Happily Ever After, by Linda Giuca

"Vuillermet married his wife, Robin, in 1990 with just five people in attendance. He bought an aquamarine ring, her birthstone, and proposed almost casually while Robin was visiting him in France. 'Then I came back here and Robin's mother (the late restauranteur Jo Mackenzie) asked me to stay here and work for here,' Vuillermet recalled. 'We got married quickly because of the visa situation, so I got married for the green card.'"

Profile: Joel Schiavone developing downtown, by Linda Schupack

"When I was at Yale, I had a lot of inferiority and insecurity. Growing up meant getting out all those anxieties. You'll find most people who work hard -- make a lot of money -- have a psychological drive that forces them onward and up. I'm no different than anyone else."

Mama Jo Makes It Happen, by Pat Seremet

"Mama Jo McKenzie knows pretty much everything that goes on around the Capitol. She's been in politics ever since she was old enough to slip a pamphlet in a mail slot. She has achieved the highest ranks of Connecticut Republicans, being the first woman elected chairman of the state Republican Party. At 70, she shows no sign of slowing down and vows never to retire."