Here are 16 creative and delicious local CT gifts for the food lover in your life.
On Wednesday December 2, elm restaurant invites you to a wine dinner featuring wine from The Withers. 5 courses, i.e. Smoked Pork Collar with red carrot and salsa verde, will be served alongside select wines. Dinner begins at 7pm and costs $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Also on Wednesday, Harry’s in Fairfield will hold a high-end wines class from 7-9pm. They have chosen wine from their top shelves that are age-worthy and high quality. It costs $70 per person.
Troegs Brewing and Walrus + Carpenter are hosting a Mad Elf and ugly sweater party on Thursday December 3! It includes a Troegs tap takeover and live music starting at 6:30pm. Don’t forget your ugly sweater!
The SoNo Holiday Bazaar will pop up at the Iron Works at 1 North Water Street in SoNo featuring local vendors selling jewelry, apparel & accessories, kitchen gifts, home décor + DJ’s and entertainment for your shopping pleasure. Food vendors include: Bar Sugo's fresh pasta, Dorset Maple Syrup, Calcutta Kitchen & rotating small batch cookie companies
You’ve heard of a pub crawl… but what about a cookie crawl? On Friday December 4, collect over a dozen cookies by visiting local shops and eateries. All of the cookies are made by the Gateway Community College Culinary Department in New Haven’s 9th square. Tickets are $10.
Celebrate the repeal of Prohibition in New Haven! On Saturday December 5, Ordinary is hosting its 2nd annual Repeal Day Party with $8 prohibition inspired cocktails from 5-9pm. Costumes are encouraged!
Giving Tuesday has become a global day dedicated to giving back. This year it takes place on Tuesday, December 1, neatly positioned after our national day of thanks and a weekend of retail mayhem.
If you’re planning on giving this holiday season around #GivingTuesday, why not consider supporting Connecticut-based charities that benefit the hungry? These charities are near and dear to our hearts at CTbites because while we celebrate food, we also understand that for too many, food insecurity is a major issue. And in our country, and certainly in Connecticut, that doesn’t feel right.
If you’re planning on giving back this holiday season, and especially on Tuesday, December 1, here are a few hunger-related charities making an impact across the state. We know there are many terrific agencies and non profits not listed below, please share additional organizations that we should highlight by adding them in the comments section:
Forever Sweet Bakery is celebrating its third anniversary as one of the most creative bakeries for cupcakes, cake pops, and special occasion themed cakes. Located off the beaten path in a strip mall on New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk, CTbites visited on opening day several years ago and over the last three years the bakery has received numerous accolades including the 2014 & 2015 Best of the Gold Coast Cupcakes. CTbites recently returned to Forever Sweet to confirm the original impression and taste the expanded offerings of cupcakes that owners Sky and Frances Mercede have created.
Over the years, their cakes have been featured at many political victory parties and charity events including the Connecticut Food Bank, the Westport Little League and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Sky and Frances believe in giving back to the community as often as possible.
Although we all love the Thanksgiving holiday, there comes a time in any family gathering where one simply requires a cocktail or two. La Zingara in Bethel is here to help you in your time of need with a classic drink. Their Autumn Old Fashioned cocktail recipe will drown out any trying relative, and just make the dinner that much better.
Bren Smith, Founder of Ocean Farming Non-profit GreenWave, Awarded Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award
Bren Smith, the founder of GreenWave and Thimble Island Oyster Farm, an ocean farming non profit based in New Haven, has been making headlines recently as the recent recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The award recognizes GreenWave's design for the world’s first multi-species 3D ocean farms. The non profit's work aims to restore ocean ecosystems while creating jobs in coastal communities through restorative ocean farmers.
One of our favorite Litchfield County restaurants, Community Table, has contributed these deceptively simple but absolutely delicious appetizers for the upcoming holidays. Chef Marcell Davidsen's recipes for Scandinavian Caramelized Potatoes & Mushroom toast will delight even the most discerning guest. You may want to add this one to your virtual recipe box.
The National Opens in Greenwich: A Conversation with Chef, Restaurateur, & TV Host Geoffrey Zakarian
The National, the newest restaurant from celebrated chef, restaurateur, TV host, author, and philanthropist Geoffrey Zakarian, is now open in the heart of downtown Greenwich, at 376 Greenwich Avenue.
We were invited to sit down with the chef just 24 hours after he opened the doors to the public. Sitting in a corner banquette, our candid conversation spanned his 30-year career, including his love for Greenwich, formative culinary influences, and his advice for aspiring chefs.
The National feels like an extension of Zakarian himself. They both exude a studied yet casual New York elegance, are utterly charming, and yet quite approachable. A former Greenwich resident, it is no surprise he chose to open the restaurant within this community he knows so well. The modern american bistro feels at home on the Avenue and inside, boasts the welcoming charm of a neighborhood café with a seasonal menu positioned to please.
"By far our most requested recipe (I get at least three a week) is for our kale salad. I know that kale has jumped the shark, but this recipe was featured in the CT Farm to Table Cookbook and it fits well on the holiday table; healthy, but still very flavor forward," says Chef Carey Savona of Heirloom in New Haven. Enjoy this recipe for Heirloom's Kale Salad.
Uncorked fans no longer have to get their fix during dinner. They're now open for lunch service Tue-Sat starting at 10:30am. You can still grub on some of their signature dishes as well as a few new seasonal lunch specials to enjoy as well.
Fjord Fish Market’s Darien location is open! The fourth location is situated at 1015 Boston Post Road. They offer with sushi rolled daily on premise, a selection of hot soups, dips, lobster dinners to go, and a take-out menu. They pride themselves on their responsibly-sourced fish and seafood. (Please note there is no poke bar yet.)
On Tuesday November 24, Barcelona West Hartford invites you to “Thanksgiving: Barcelona Style.” Chef Eric will teach you how to prepare Thanksgiving inspired tapas and a whole turkey. It costs $29, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 860.218.2100. The event starts at 7pm.
Vespa in Westport is proud to announce two new promotions: a redone happy hour and Wine Wednesdays.