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Get Lunching! Romanacci Cafe in Norwalk: 2 Italian brothers create artisan pizzas, salads, focaccia paninis, crepes & Italian pastries.


Ummmmm.....Tacos..... Run, don't walk to Casa Villa in Stamford if you haven't been. 

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Thursday
Oct302014

CT Food Bank's Thanksgiving Virtual Food Drive

CT Food Bank is getting a jump on the holiday this year, as the need for Thanksgiving meals will be at an all-time high. That's why Connecticut Food Bank has started a Thanksgiving Early Bird "virtual" food drive.

Please help them ensure that no one goes without a holiday meal this year. Last year with everyone's help, we were able to provide nearly 600,000 meals for people in need of food assistance. With just a $10 donation, you can feed a person for an entire week!

This year, they anticipate an unprecedented need, as demand on our food-assistance network is continuing to rise. In Connecticut, there are nearly 500,000 people who are struggling with hunger, and one in five children in Connecticut doesn't always know where their next meal is coming from.

Can you help make sure no one goes without a holiday meal this year? 

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Thursday
Oct302014

1st ever Greenwich Restaurant Week 2014

Plans for the inaugural Greenwich Restaurant Week (GRW) have been announced with events taking place from Nov. 12th through Nov. 19th. Foodies will enjoy a week of delicious food and drinks from the finest restaurants in Greenwich.

Throughout the week, 35 Greenwich restaurants will be offering dining specials. There will be special events taking place at participating restaurants throughout the week including wine tastings, corporate dinners, cocktail parties and menu tastings.

Participating restaurants include: Applausi, Beach House Café, Bella Nonna, Bistro Latino, Bistro Versailles & Patisserie, Blackstones, Bobby Q's, Char Restaurant, Coast Seafood Restaurant, Crew, Douro Restaurant, Eatalian, Elm Street Oyster House, Famous Greek Kitchen, Gabriele's Italian Steakhouse, Gingerman, Golden View Firenze, Harvest, Le Penguin, l'escale, Leafline Salad Co., Little Luigis Pizza, Little Pub, Mark’s Quality Meats & Gourmet Seafood, Mediterraneo, Morello Italian Bistro, Organic Planet, Polpo Restaurant and Saloon, Sweet Peas Baking Company, Tengda, Terra, The Cos Cobber, The Drawing Room, The Jhouse Restaurant and The Mumbai Times.

The events planned are as follows:

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Game Dinner @ Bar Sugo in Norwalk: Rabbit, Quail, Deer, Boar + More

View Complete Game Dinner Menu Below:

Pomegranate Glazed Quail- carrot puree, baby carrots, pumpkin seeds, lime crema 
Chicken Fried Rabbit- blue cheese, pickled celery, smoked Salt
Homemade Cavatelli- duck ragu, olives, arugula, black pepper, fig compote
Wild Boar Meatballs- bacon jam, ricotta, pickled pink peppercorns
Pheasant alla Milanese- patti’s lettuce, marinated red onion, oven roasted tomatoes, 
black truffle, shaved pecorino crotonese
Roasted Venison Loin- broccoli rabe, chorizo, heirloom potatoes, fiore di latte, burnt 
honey, toasted farro

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Sono Baking Company is Open in Darien: Breakfast, Lunch & To-Go

Sono Baking Company is officially open for business at their new Darien outpost. Guests can drop in and sample John Barricelli’s expansive baked goods menu, or sit down after ordering counter side and dig into both breakfast and lunch. I know what you’re thinking…yes, he remembered the espresso machine. Excited? We are. 

Conveniently located on 49 Tokeneke Road right across from the Darien train station, Sono Baking Co. is the perfect spot to grab an impeccably baked croissant or egg sandwich and a quick latte on the way to the train. Open 7AM to 7PM, this beautiful sun soaked interior also offers guests comfortable seating where one can relax and order from their menu of soups, paninis, quiche or special weekend pancakes. 

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Tuesday
Oct282014

New Haven Restaurant Week: November 2 - 7, 2014

The semiannual New Haven Restaurant Week kicks-off on Sunday, November 2 and runs through Saturday, November 7, 2014 featuring prix fixe 3 course menus for lunch and dinner, $18 and $32 respectively, at 36 restaurants at last count. Participating restaurants include, 116 Crown, Barcelona Wine Bar, Caseus, Heirloom, L'Orcio, Oaxaca Kitchen, and Roia.

For information on participating restaurants and menus, visit: http://infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek

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Tuesday
Oct282014

Hana Tokyo Opens in Fairfield CT @ The Brick Walk

Hana Tokyo opened in Fairfield’s Brick Walk Plaza just a few weeks ago, and locals seem to be embracing the new restaurant with open arms. Owner Alan Wu recently relocated from Alexandria, Virginia to be closer to his family. Born and raised in China, he came to the US in his mid-20s and landed in New York City where he immersed himself in the world of gourmet sushi, learning everything possible about the trade. In 2002 he opened the original Hana Tokyo and after 13 successful years as the busiest Japanese restaurant in town, Wu and his restaurant now come to us. Wu prides himself on using only the freshest available ingredients, making everything in-house, and offering unparalleled service.

The new restaurant (which many will recognize as the former Tomba) has a contemporary, earthy feel. As one enters the restaurant, a large mural of a Japanese woman in a kimono, painted by renowned local artist, Suzanne Bellehumeur, greets you as you enter the facility and a small sushi bar constructed from reclaimed wood is to the right. Contemporary and traditional Japanese décor are combined to give the space a look that is modern yet traditional. The main dining area has 8 hibachi tables, a sushi bar, a lounge, plus 20 outside seats.

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Sunday
Oct262014

Guide To Great Caterers in Fairfield County: Holiday Catering Made Easy

A stack of gifts. Cards with cute holiday stamps. Family parties. Work parties. Kids’ parties. Cocktail parties. Concerts. Shopping. Even more shopping. And now you want me to host a party of my own or host eighteen relatives?? Your holiday to-do list is quickly making the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” look like a lullaby with all the items that are mentioned-that partridge atop that pear tree has nothin’ on you and your list. So...save yourself some gray hairs and a freak-out by booking one of these delightful, highly capable, and creative caterers to take over the food-portion of your entertaining obligations this season. They will do you proud and you can actually relax and enjoy an evening before you have to wrap that 200th gift. And with that, may there be peace on earth. + CTbites readers get special discounts. See below.

 Here is our Guide To 9 Great Caterers in Fairfield County:

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Saturday
Oct252014

Geoffrey Zakarian Eyeing Greenwich Location...As Reported by NYPost.com

Zakarian @ The CTbites Blogger Lounge at Greenwich Wine+Food Fest 2014As reported on NYPost.com.....

Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is eyeing an expansion to Greenwich, Conn., in 2015.

The Lambs Club and “Iron Chef America” toque hosted VIPs to preview the Palm Court — which he’s relaunched at the Plaza Hotel in a space designed by Thierry Despont that includes a new afternoon tea menu.

Spotted surveying the new setup were fellow chefs Bobby Flay, Marc Murphy, Anne Burrell and Marcus Samuelsson. A spy said Zakarian was overheard telling friends and colleagues about expanding to Greenwich next year.

A foodie boomlet’s been going on in Fairfield County, with restaurants including Bill Taibe’s the Whelk and Antoine Blech and Anshu Vidyarthi’s popular Le Penguin.

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Friday
Oct242014

Weekly Nibble: Bo Ssam, Halloween Parties, Pancakes & More 

On Tuesday October 28, Harlan Social presents a New World vs. Old World Wine Dinner.  Called their “largest event to date,” it will feature a custom 5-course menu paired with 12 premium wines.  There will be a 7:00pm reception followed by dinner. $178pp all-inclusive. 

There will be a Halloween Party at South End in New Canaan starting at 9pm on Wednesday October 29.  $42 gets you unlimited beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and snacks.  Enjoy live music while you party.

Walrus+Carpenter and Mecha Noodle Bar partner on Thursday October 30 for a “BO SSäM Dinner.”   The mission is to bring together East Asian flavors with Western smoking techniques for one incredible evening, inspired by cult film, "Way of The Dragon," starring the high kicking, fast punching Lee and Norris. 7pm $100 pp. 

On Thursday October 30, B.J. Ryan’s in Norwalk will hold a 6 course beer dinner.  It begins at 7pm and reservations are required.  For more information and to get your seat, call (203) 866-RYAN or email

Barcelona SoNo is teaming up with The Spread for a Second Annual Halloween Party. The event starts at 9 PM on Halloween, Friday, October 31st.  There will be DJs, drink specials, and a costume contest with fabulous prizes!

Joe Bastianich will come to Stew Leonard’s Wines in Norwalk on Saturday November 1.

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Friday
Oct242014

"Future Chefs," A New Cookbook by Westport Author, Ramin Ganeshram

This is not a kid cookbook – well, of course it is, but it’s not the type of cookbook you’d expect from a bunch of kids. This is a book to be gifted, passed on and shared, especially among children and teenagers. It’s inspiring and thought-provoking. Future Chefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World is the brainchild of chef, food writer and author, Ramin Ganeshram.  Future Chefs is a remarkable collection of stories and recipes from extraordinary children world-wide. Some of the recipes are quite complex, others couldn’t be more simple, but the messages about the food and around the food are what inspires. 

We are introduced to a new generation of chefs, foodies and tastemakers and we see the ever changing world of food through their eyes. Today’s children are smart and savvy. They are aware of all that lies around them. Many of these children are keenly aware of health and nutrition, the importance of fresh, wholesome ingredients, supporting local businesses and farms and using organic ingredients. In Future Chefs you will meet all sorts of children from a wide array of socio-economic backgrounds – some are privileged, others are not, and many have remarkable stories to share. These children, are focused and determined. Collectively they have published recipes, have food blogs, have been invited to the White House as guests of Mrs. Obama, and have made appearances on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, NPR, and Chopped.

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