CT: Middlesex County- Haddam- The Cooking Company (Food)

I usually bring food with me on my jaunts. I prepare something easy at home and bring it along.

Sometimes, however, I decide to pick something up along the way. With so many options I have added food to the blogs to potentially make it easier for others.

For my trip to Gillette Castle I originally was going to stop at the Blue Oar but learned it was closed (likely a future blog about that restaurant by the water).

I drove by the Cooking Company and based on its curbside appeal and the name decided to take a look. I like when places have strict covid guidelines posted and they do. They also offer curbside pickup.

Their menu offered a list of fresh ingredients from which you can basically make any combination of wrap or salad. I enjoyed one of their chicken wraps and fresh broccoli salad with a hazelnut coffee. Small observation but I was surprised they didn’t offer brown sugar given their theme.

I found the staff to be respectful and patient and the clientele was as well! Everyone maintained social distancing and wore masks with rules around how many can be in the store at once.

I later learned they are both a good take out market as well as a bakery which makes sense given the incredible desserts I eyed. They also had a sign to mention any allergies and I always tip my hat to those that offer that up proactively. I find that type of signage puts customers at ease to raise any dietary restrictions when some may otherwise feel shy or awkward.

The Haddam location is very close to Gillette Castle at 1610 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438 right at an intersection. Should you choose to call ahead for curbside pickup the number is 860-345-8008. Below is also a link to their website.


I brought my lunch over to Gillette Castle (see blog on Gillette) and sat at one of their many picnic tables. The meal and environment was so delightful I often wonder why anyone would do anything else when given the chance for lunch.

Picnic at Gillette Castle

If you grab food from here let me know what you got and if you liked it! Might help me know what to get next time!

Update: As of January 2022, I learned this location is no longer.

Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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