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Don't miss this amazing chef lineup @ CTbites Chef Demo Tent at The Blues & BBQ Festival THIS WEEKEND! 9 rock star chefs. Grilling demos and tons of samples for all!

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CT on Tap on Saturday, September 13th at Ives Concert Park

Like beer? Check out the CT on Tap beer festival, Saturday, September 13th at Ives Concert Park from 3PM-6PM! Sample over 120 craft beers from the best American Craft Breweries. VIP tickets are $55 and GA tickets are $35 when bought in advance. Day of GA tickets are $45. Leave the kids at home as this is a 21 and over event. Each general admission ticket will get you admission to the event, a special tasting cup, beer samples, and access to food vendors where food will be available for purchase. VIEW COMPLETE LIST OF BREWERIES BELOW. 

With the CT on Tap VIP Experience you will have admission to the festival 1 hour before general admission ticket holders (2pm). In this VIP area, you will have access to EXCLUSIVE RARE BEERS that the rest of the festival does not have access to. Additionally, there will be a catered meal provided which is included with your VIP ticket. You will also receive an exclusive SWAG BAG with special beer related items and other cool stuff. The event concludes at 6pm

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4th Annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Is On!! Sept 25-27th 

The fourth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL presented by Serendipity magazine to benefit Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, will take place Thursday, September 25 – Saturday, September 27 at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Conn.  The festival will feature a Raw Bar wine tasting on Thursday, September 25, the Most Innovative Chefs Gala on Friday, September 26 and the Culinary Village on Saturday, September 27

Also back this year will be CTbites & Serendipity's Blogger Lounge! with a full lineup of interviews with local and celebrity chefs. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event date. 

The official weekend kickoff on Thursday evening brings the First Annual Raw Bar wine tasting to the festival. This evening’s events will be held at L’escale Restaurant in Greenwich.

The Most Innovative Chefs Gala on Friday evening, with special guests Geoffrey Zakarian and Jean-Georges,

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15 Great Spots for Happy Hour in Fairfield County

Why limit happy to an hour? Many of your favorite restaurants are inviting you to weekday happy hours where you can enjoy signature drinks, discounted beers, special appetizers, and more!  See which of your favorite hotspots are offering specials below.

  1. The Fez, Stamford
  2. Gingerman, Norwalk
  3. Bar Sugo, Norwalk
  4. Taco Loco, Bridgeport
  5. Butterfield 8, Stamford
  6. Barcelona, varying locations
  7. Tomato and Basil. Fairfield
  8. Napa and Company, Stamford
  9. Morello, Greenwich
  10. Craft 260, Fairfield

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Walrus + Carpenter Burger: The Bar is Raised in Bridgeport

A good friend told me that the WC Burger served at Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport near the Fairfield border was the best burger in the area. Those are strong words from someone I trust so I drove one evening and grabbed an outside table.

The menu is divided into several categories and each reads like a who’s who of comfort food. I was pleasantly impressed when I saw that the chef gave top billing in the Large Plates section to “WC Burger + Fries - Smoked mayo, bacon, bourbon onions, cheddar.” It was a simple decision and I ordered the burger medium-rare.

The burger was served on a metal tray accompanied by fries and small mound of pickle slices. There was a crisp char on the exterior and the texture of the interior was soft. I sampled the meat; it was rich in flavor, reminiscent of grass fed, the medium grind was still loose and it was moist without being overly juicy. It was an excellent patty. The first topping I tasted was the Bourbon onions.

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3rd Annual Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest Dinner Sept. 13th

The third-annual Wakeman Town Farm Harvest Fest dinner is coming up on Saturday, September 13, @6 p.m. This Farm-to-Table event is held on the farm grounds, under a beautiful tent draped with twinkling lights.

This special evening begins with hors d 'oeuvres and cocktails, and follows up with a full dinner prepared by rock-star chefs including: Artisan, BONDA, Le Farm, The Spread, Oak + Almond, DaPietro's and AMG Catering. Prosecco, beer and wine will be served throughout the night and you'll be rocking to the live band, "Last Call." Much of the seasonal produce at the event is generously contributed by local farmers. Help support the amazing programming and community at Wakeman Towm Farm. 

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Chef Geoff Lazlo of The Whelk is Guest Chef @ Westport Farmers' Mkt Aug 28

Executive Chef Geoff Lazlo of The Whelk will be the "guest chef" at The Westport Farmers' Market on Thursday August 28th. He will be be demo-ing and serving samples of The Whelk's "Summer Fruit & Vegetable Salad," (view recipe below). 

Chef Lazlo has cooked in some of the world's most celebrated kitchens, including Chez Panisse, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Blue Hill New York as well as in Bordeaux, France where he helped to teach and lead culinary tours of the region for Two Bordelaise. Most recently, Geoff was a sous chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York City where he cooked for 5 years.  Geoff’s cooking style is ingredient-driven utilizing seasonal produce from area farms. He has spent his career traveling and visiting these farms to create a lasting relationship and gain a better understanding of their products.

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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events for Week of August 25-Sept 1

Monday, August 25th, try “Fresh Cheese Pairings” with Caseus in New Haven.  The cheese will be paired with beer and wine, and their chef will give a burrata making tutorial as well.  $40pp. 

Stamford Summer Restaurant Week continues!  Over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants will feature an array of lunch & dinner prix fixe menus.  This time around, each participating restaurant will create a Signature Summer Cocktail.  

Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine will bring their best brews to Harlan Social on Tuesday, August 26th.  Harlan Social will create a special 5-course menu to be paired with their beers.  $75 plus tax and tip. 6:30 - 9:30pm. Call 203.883.8000 to reserve seats. 

Also on August 26, feast on dinner at Eddy Farm with Chef Eric of Barcelona West Hartford.

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Food + Architecture: A Conversation with Sushi Chef Keizo Seki and Architect Kulapat Yantrasast at New Canaan's Glass House

Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

The Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan is hosting Feast of Clarity: Food + Architecture on Sunday, September 14 from 3 to 5:30 pm. Architect Kulapat Yantrasast and chef Keizo Seki will collaborate with the National Trust Historic Site for an intimate kitchen table conversation on creativity and a tasting of specially prepared sushi. Tickets are $100 per person.

This program is part of a part of an ongoing series of conversations at the Glass House called Glass House Presents. These programs sustain the site’s historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. Prior to each event, visitors can explore the Glass House campus and view current exhibitions, including Fujiko Nakaya: Veil.  

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Kevin Dundon, Ireland's "Chef of the People," @ Clarke in Milford MA (sponsored post)

Kevin Dundon, Ireland's "Chef of the People," Set to Cook at New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen on the Eve of Boston's iFest

Do you love the charm, wit and humor of the Irish? Do you think Ireland's food is all about potatoes, corned beef and cabbage? You may want to plan a weekend north in Boston this September, when the city hosts its first iFest, a three-day premium festival showcasing contemporary Irish culture, entertainment and innovation at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. The live cooking and tastings by Ireland's finest chefs, including Kevin Dundon of PBS and Create TV fame in the U.S., will surely open your mind about modern Irish cooking. 

On the eve of that festival, September 25th, Connecticut foodies will also want to reserve a seat at Clarke in Milford, MA (their second showroom, in South Norwalk, is well-known in this area).

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Bill Taibe's Kawa Ni Opens In Westport

Bill Taibe's new Izakaya inspired venture, Kawa Ni opens this week in Westport. Rather than describing this truly excellent menu, we thought we would just show you. Enjoy!

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