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Friday
Dec092016

Room 112 Opens in Sono: A Modern Day Speakeasy in Connecticut 

Room 112 is shaking up the pulse of the lively SoNo restaurant scene. A modern-day speakeasy with a rock’n’roll edge, and eclectic, modish décor recently opened its doors at 112 Washington Street.  Owner Isaac Patrick Camoro’s vision was clear the minute he walked into the then empty space. 

Room 112 conjures up images of an urban garage meets underground lounge. Eclectic and unconventional this new bar is a truly unique experience; the antidote to the typical Fairfield County bar scene. The main level, framed in exposed brick, offers the perfect canvas for local artists to showcase their talent, thus lending themselves perfectly to the bar’s eclectic furnishings and lighting. Downstairs, a “man-cave” style game room includes a pool table, dartboards, shuffleboard, a jukebox, several HD TVs and a sleek bar.

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Thursday
Dec082016

Art’s Deli in Westport Soon to be Winfield Street Italian Deli 

More exciting Westport deli news from WestportNow.

Westport’s iconic Art’s Deli at 13 Post Road West, near the intersection of Riverside Avenue, is under new ownership. 

Art’s Deli, 13, Post Road West, will become Winfield Street Italian Deli. 

Breno Donatti, the new owner, also owns Norwalk’s Winfield Italian Deli, 69 Winfield St., and, since February, Winfield Street Espresso & Panini Bar, 4 Railroad Place, across from the Westport Metro-North Railroad Station in Saugatuck.

He said the name of the Post Road West business will be renamed Winfield Street Italian Deli once all town-required permits are approved and issued. 

Read the full article on WestportNow. 

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Wednesday
Dec072016

Holiday Cooking with Wolf: There Really is a Difference (sponsored)

There are a lot of appliances in the marketplace that claim to be the best, and as we turn our attention to holiday cooking and baking, we thought it would be valuable to understand how one manufacturer stands out in a class all its own.  

Wolf distills legendary professional heritage, power and finesse into cooking equipment whose precise control ensures the dish you have in mind will be the dish you bring to the table. While Wolf offers a wide array of industry-leading appliances (Gas, Dual Fuel and, now, Induction Ranges; Built-In Ovens; Cooktops; Specialty Modules; Ventilation and totally unique Coffee Systems), their technology just keeps getting more exciting.

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Wednesday
Dec072016

Angela Baldanza of Baldanza Café Wins Food Network Cooks vs Cons - ‘Tis The Seasoning

Another of Fairfield County’s restaurant owners joins the growing list of winners on The Food Network.

Last night Angela Baldanza, owner Baldanza Café in New Canaan cooked her way to victory on Food Network’s Cooks vs Cons. The culinary competition, hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian, sees talented home-cooks go up against kitchen professionals. Angela remained focused and calm and won the prize in the blind taste test with her rack of lamb, followed by French toast and caramelized apple.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

BunBurgerBun Food Truck - Gluten, Soy & Nut-Free Burgers, Fries & More

Hi, my name is Maizy. I'm 13 years old, love food, and have celiac disease. When I heard about BunBurgerBun, a food truck that specializes in gluten free burgers and fries, I had to go try it out. 

Arriving at the truck in Stamford, I was instantly impressed by the menu because it had all the favorites. I ordered three things while I was there: The sweet and salties, The Jammer burger, and the chicken tenders with a side of fries. 

My absolute favorite thing that I ate was the Jammer: A burger on a gluten free peasant bun with house-made pickles and a bacon relish. I love pickles and those on the BunBurgerBun truck are fantastic. They are made with mustard seeds, onions and have this great classic pickle taste, but with a hint of a spicy undertone. When I took my first bite of the burger, the first flavor was vinegar. This came from the pickles, as well as the amazing bacon relish.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

Rye Ridge Deli Opening in Oscar’s Space in Downtown Westport via Westport Now

This corned beef related news just in from WestportNow.

Westport’s Main Street is getting a Deli back. Rye Ridge Deli will open next year in space long occupied by Oscar’s Delicatessen, 159 Main St.

Partners Mike Ventorino and Scott Martin today in the future home of Rye Ridge Deli and Restaurant at 159 Main St..  Partners Scott Martin and Mike Ventorino will open the third Rye Ridge Deli sometime early next year, they said today. Other Rye Ridge Delis – described as a New York Kosher-Style Deli and Restaurant—are in Rye Brook, N.Y. and Stamford.

Oscar’s closed in August a week before the death of longtime owner Lee Papageorge after a 42-year presence on Main Street. “I got a lot of calls after it closed, asking me to take a look at it,” said Martin, an eight-year Wilton resident. “We signed the lease around Halloween.”

Read the full story on WestportNow.

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Sunday
Dec042016

Outrageous BBQ at Mason Dixon Smokehouse in Stamford

World-class BBQ returns to CT with the homecoming of renowned pitmaster Nestor Laracuente, who is overseeing the kitchen at Mason Dixon Smokehouse in Stamford. When I heard that Nestor was teaming up with Mason Dixon, I was ecstatic, the mounds of his perfectly prepared meats that I raved about at Hoodoo Brown were indelible etched in my memory. Would Mason Dixon fill the void that I have felt for months? Bottom line…yes, the food is spectacular.

Laracuente is a soft-spoken lover of meats and Southern rock who spent years perfecting his craft. After leaving CT last year, he returned to Brooklyn where he spent time with his buddy at Beast of Bourbon in Bed-Stuy. His time was spent experimenting with new rubs, new dishes, waiting for the right opportunity for his return to Connecticut. His newest venture, of which he is part-owner, opened a few weeks ago and it is slowly expanding the menu. 

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Friday
Dec022016

Nibble: CT Food Events for The Week of Dec 5-11th

The Wilton Library now has a book group dedicated to food literature. This month, explore Dinner with Edward by Isabel Vincent while Pamela Lillis, a nutritional health coach, moderates a discussion.  This free event takes place on Tuesday December 6 at 11am.  

On Tuesday December 6, enjoy a Badia a Coltibuono Italian Wine Dinner at Max a Mia in Avon, CT.  Enjoy 4 courses including Rabbit Porchetta and Lamb Carpaccio as Guest Speaker Emanuela Stucchi guides you through complementary wines.  It costs $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

Start the week out right at Cask Republic in Norwalk and Stamford!  Pay half price for any bottle of wine and tap carafes every Sunday and Monday evening.

Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield and Rustico Trattoria in Westport are teaming up for a Piedmont Holiday Wine Dinner on Tuesday December 6.  Enjoy 6 courses paired with complementary Italian wines from the region.

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Thursday
Dec012016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For The CT Food Lover

Festive Foodalicious Finds ...and FAAABulous ones, we might add! For friends, family (this alliteration is getting fun isn’t it?), and frenemies alike. We have scouted and compiled a list of great gadgets, unique tableware, fun and memorable experiences, sugary sweets, and superb savories for all of the gift recipients in your life this season. So have fun while shopping! Buy one, buy two, buy with that perfect person in mind and think of the smiles and happiness you are sharing with them. How perfectly fabulous, right?

Here are 20 local CT gift ideas for your favorite food lover.

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Wednesday
Nov302016

Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Vinaigrette Recipe via Marcia Selden

Fall is the right time to get your squash on, and acorn squash is one of our favorites. Choose acorn squash that is heavy for its size, with a hard skin free of blemishes. Marcia Selden pairs this with the sweetness of a little maple vinaigrette, bringing out the flavor in the already desert-like squash. Enjoy this recipe for Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Vinaigrette.    

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