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Saturday
Nov222014

Napa & Co.'s Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

You’ve finished the turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, sides galore, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, salads, cole slaw, and maybe a few glasses of cider, wine and beer. In the background, the football games are on the TVs and maybe a little jazz, rock or classical fills the air. It’s been a great Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. So what’s next? Close your eyes and travel to the South and focus on one of their comfort food desserts, Bread Pudding.

Chef Adam Truelove of Napa & Co. in Stamford was kind enough to share his version with CTbites, and he starts with a simple bread pudding and adds his special twists…bourbon, maple syrup and bananas. Here's Chef Truelove's recipe for Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake.

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Friday
Nov212014

Friday Froth: Beer Pairings For A Very Merry Thanksgiving

You can smash that wine bottle against a new ship's prow, because I'm drinking beer this Thanksgiving. I enjoy wine, but the waveform of my interest in it describes a gentle curve approaching zero on this particular day of the year. There's very little you can put on the table in late November that will get my personal circuits firing like a nice beer pairing.

This week's Froth will be a selection of suggested beers for both Thanksgiving hosts and guests, presented in the order you may like them to appear during our country's great feast. I enjoy typing that word. Say it with me: "FEAST!" I wish I had a relative with an eight foot tall fireplace suitable for roasting an entire ox. I hope at least one of you reading this is going to attempt a feat of inadvisable open flame cookery next week. Bonus points if you have to bribe a child so they don't tell a spouse what you're doing. 

A quick note to begin: I wrote a Thanksgiving column back in 2011, and this new post is an update/overhaul.

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Friday
Nov212014

Weekly Nibble: Paella 101, Santa @ Stew's, Half Full Open House, Live Music & More

Monday November 24, taste 16 wines from award winning producers with Golden View Firenze in Greenwich.  The evening also includes a 4 course dinner.  It lasts from 6:45-9:15pm and costs $145 per person.  Reservations are required.  

Usher in the holidays with Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen, CT on Monday November 24.  They’ll serve complimentary samples and appetizers while you visit the tasting room and gift shop.

Wednesday November 26, Half Full holds its famous Open House.  Receive a cup and stamp for $15 and enjoy drinks from the open taps.  The brewery also has corn hole and life-sized Jenga. 5-8pm.  

Darien Social sandwiches Thanksgiving with 2 nights of live music.  On Wednesday November 26, listen to Tangled Vines and on Friday November 28 enjoy the Fry Daddys.  Both bands go on at 9pm. 

Several restaurants are open for Thanksgiving and offering special menus in honor of the occasion. 

Friday, November 28, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Santa Claus Comes to Stew Leonard’s of Newington, CT.  He’ll arrive on a Newington Fire Department truck while Wow the Cow, Cynthia the Chick, and Daphne the Duck greet guests.  This event is free.  

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Friday
Nov212014

Sage Infused Turkey w/ Pomegranate Juice & Chestnut Sausage Stuffing via South End

One of the most important guests at any Thanksgiving table is the turkey. In our ongoing Thanksgiving recipe coverage, Nick Martschenko, Executive Chef at South End, New Canaan, has kindly shared his recipe for Sage Infused Turkey Basted w/ Pomegranate Juice & Chestnut Sausage Stuffing. Sure, anyone can toss a turkey in the oven, but Chef Martschenko has given his bird the love and attention it deserves. Check out his incredible recipe which will likely end up an annual tradition.   

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Thursday
Nov202014

Thanksgiving Recipes from The Chefs @ Westport Farmers' Mkt 

We, Westport Farmers’ Market, wanted to find a way to say thank you for the support our communities continue to provide us, so……

We have collaborated with the best of the best in Fairfield County to bring you a local, delicious and certainly special Thanksgiving menu. You might even say it is a celebrity chef Thanksgiving menu created just for WFM. We've gathered recipes from the likes of: Bill Taibe, Matt Storch, Mischel Nischan and so many more. View The Complete Recipe Guide Here & view the list of chefs below. 

Looking for the perfect recipe - heck, the perfect menu? Look no further! Each recipe will include a grocery list for Saturday's market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden in Westport.

Celebrity Chef Thanksgiving Menu

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Thursday
Nov202014

Chocopologie Re-Opens in Downtown SoNo with Espresso, Dessert & Lunch

Very shortly, Fritz Knipschildt, owner of Chocopologie, will be swapping his old 12 South Main St. location for an up-to-date Chocopologie at 133 Washington St.

The new Chocopologie has maintained some aspects of the old café like the European flair (yes, I’m thinking about the savory buckwheat crepes), the open chocolate-making station, and their trademark exposed brick walls. But don’t be fooled; the light-washed wood flooring, trendy antique furniture, and a simple chalkboard menu point to a decidedly new style. Knipschildt described the new restaurant’s theme as “doing less with more.”

Their “less is more” thinking has inspired their chow as well. Knipschildt and Manager Joseph Trepanowski are not fans of the nuevo, hipster movement, and said that “these hipster places put on good faces but it’s a facade,” adding that they want to be cool but have substance.

A primary focus of the 133 Washington St. location will be the espresso.

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Delicata Squash Soup w/ Coffee Roasted Carrot Coulis Recipe via Boulevard 18

It's time to dust off those recipe books or re-visit that Pinterest board. Thanksgiving is almost here, and in honor of our favorite culinary holiday, we have asked a few local chefs to share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Boulevard 18 in New Canaan is the first up with a delicious Delicata Squash Soup with Coffee Roasted Carrot Coulis and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. 

Stay tuned for additional recipes as we will be posting new ones up until the big day....

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Meet The Whelk's New Chef de Cuisine, Anthony Kostelis

How does it feel to be hired as the new Chef de Cuisine for one of Fairfield County’s most successful restaurants?  Chef Anthony Kostelis, of The Whelk in Westport, would say it is like a dream come true. In fact, ever since Kostelis started working with Bill Taibe in 2010, he knew he didn't want to be anywhere else. 

Kostelis’ love of food began at the ripe age of 15 when he started work in a Manchester pizza restaurant. Half Greek, half Italian, and the son of a food purveyor for high end ingredients, Anthony seemed fated to head down a culinary path. By age 20, he was working in New Haven as a server and bartender at Ibiza, when he decided to leave college and pursue his real passion, cooking. Working his way through the CIA, he was mentored by Executive Chef Jeff Caputo of Scoozzi, also in New Haven, who took him under his wing and “set me up for success,” says Anthony. 

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Tuesday
Nov182014

16 CT Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving Dinner

Not in touch with your inner Martha Stewart?  Or would you rather enjoy a festive night out than serve up a Thanksgiving meal at home?  That's perfectly alright- these CT restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and offering specials for the occasion.  Whether you want traditional fare or modern twists on the classics, these venues are sure to make the night memorable.  Be sure to make your reservations soon- these restaurants are booking up fast.
  1. David Burke Prime, Foxwoods
  2. Harbour House, Mystic
  3. Café on the Green, Danbury
  4. Bar Rosso, (Thanksgivng "eve" party on 26th) Stamford
  5. Carmen Anthony’s Steakhouse, New Haven
  6. Cask Republic, (bar only opens @ 7pm) Stamford
  7. Boulevard 18, New Canaan
  8. Bernard’s, Ridgefield
  9. Mill on the River Restaurant, South Windsor
  10. L’escale, Greenwich
  11. Elm, New Canaan
  12. The Brewhouse, Norwalk
  13. Artisan, Southport
  14. Rive Bistro, Westport
  15. Capital Grille, Hartford & Stamford
  16. Red Barn, Westport

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Sunday
Nov162014

6 Stamford Breakfast Sandwiches Ya Gotta Try via Hey Stamford!

Our friends over at Hey Stamford! did some breakfast related research we thought you might enjoy...

Breakfast is one of our favorite meals.  While my wife, Sandy often makes one hell of a breakfast at home, it’s just simply not that easy to always get a home cooked meal when you’re in a rush to the office during the week…or sleeping in for a lazy weekend (AKA hungover).

Stamford Magazine just shared a great list of 12 great spots to grab breakfast in Stamford and we agree with every single one of them.  Not only do they include some of the best breakfast spots in town, but in most cases, you’ll get a well rounded meal at any point in the day.

Let’s be honest, you could find a tasty breakfast sandwich at almost any deli or dinerin town – it’s really tough to screw up a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.  But, when you take those ingredients and kick it up a notch, that is when we’re really going to notice!  That’s why, in an effort to provide a good will to you, we scoured the area to help you, the reader, make the right choices.  After all, that’s what we do.   You’re welcome.

With that, here are 6 INCREDIBLE breakfast sandwiches you just can’t ignore in Stamford.

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