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Video: CTbites Chef Panel w/ Fortina, The Whelk, South End, Bar Sugo, Match, Douro & Fleisher's @ Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

CTbites sat down with some of CT's top chefs and restaurant owners at The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival to talk about food trends in CT, their inspiration, favorite foods, the farm-to-table trend, and what their mamas taught them. 

Chefs included Christian Petroni, Bill Taibe, Matt Storch (as moderator), Nick Martschenko, Pat Pascarella, Ryan Fibiger, & Rui Correia. (See if you can tell which one of these chefs had a rough night prior to our interview.) 

This video originally aired via Periscope. Make sure you don't miss upcoming CTbites Periscope content, download Periscope here.


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Mill Street Bar & Table Opens in Greenwich: Celebrating The American Bounty

The dream began in a sandbox…..where five year old Geoff Lazlo planted his first garden.

Since then, he has tended, harvested, and cooked with the likes of Alice Waters at Chez Panisse,  Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern, Dan Barber at Stone Barns, and Bill Taibe at The Whelk.    

 “What a pedigree!” we said to Lazlo, now the Managing Partner and Executive Chef of the newly opened Mill Street Table and Bar in Greenwich.  “Your takeaway?”  

"That a seasonal cook has to react like a top athlete," he told us.  “Fresh ingredients are in constant motion.  Early asparagus is very different than late asparagus, so you're always adjusting to a fast, ever changing game." 

Geoff's garden isn't Madison Square, but his own herb and vegetable plots at Greenwich Community Gardens, and, of course, Back 40 Farm.  That’s the family acreage in Washington Depot run by his partners at Mill Street, Bill and Leslie King, who head up the organic-centric Back 40 Group.  

What Lazlo doesn't pick from there, he sources locally: whether it be oysters farmed off the Greenwich shore, milk, cream and butter churned at Arethusa Dairy Farm in Litchfield, even Byram River Rum, distilled down the road in Post Chester.  Mill Street represents the fulfilment of Geoff’s dream to establish his own place, an “American Restaurant,” celebrating family, community and local bounty.  

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Blackrock Farmers' Market Halloween Hootenanny

Black Rock Farmers Market (BRFM) presents a hoot of a party to celebrate the closing of our 2nd season. Join them for an afternoon of corn hole games, barn dancing, beer tastings, a pig roast by Walrus + Carpenter, local eats, and live music, from 1-5pm. Proceeds will directly benefit our 2016 season.

The event will be family-friendly and include a haunted house. Come in costume to trick or treat through the market.

Halloween Hootenanny Lineup

  • Beer tasting with Two Roads Brewing Company and other local breweries
  • Pig roast by Walrus + Carpenter
  • Corn hole tournament from 1-3pm –  REGISTER HERE
  • Live music from KC Sisters, G Rockwell & The Still River Ramblers
  • Barn dancing led by Bill Fischer, the Dance Caller from 3-5pm
  • Haunted house
  • Lounge area & bonfire

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Weekly Nibble: NHV Craft Beer Week, Restaurant Weeks, Oktoberfest Events + More!

Fairfield Restaurant Week starts on Sunday October 11 and goes through the 18.  Over 30 restaurants are featuring special prix fixe menus. 

Westport Restaurant Week continues through Sunday October 18.  29 restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus. 

 New Haven Craft Beer Week starts Monday October 12 and continues through the 17.  Cask Republic, Ordinary, Prime 16, Pacific Standard, and Three Sheets team up to offer beer specials and events all week long.  Visit their facebook page for announcements on the schedule. 

On Saturday October 17, Harlan Publick in South Norwalk invites you to their first ever Oktoberfest party on the patio (rain day October 18).  A $50 entrance fee is all inclusive.  Enjoy access to all German beers on top, a suckling pig, and German inspired fare.  It goes from 12-4pm.

The 4th annual Harbor Brew Fest will take place at the ballpark at Harbor Yard on Saturday October 17.

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Kawa Ni Announces New Happy Hour And Cocktail Menu

Kawa Ni, Westport's izakaya by the river, has been both a haven of Japanese-inspired food and a boisterous drinking scene since its opening just over a year ago. The party is about to start earlier, as Bill Taibe and co. have announced the debut of their new happy hour menu of food and drink at the Bridge Square, starting now.

Izakayas are small taverns which cater to the occasionally raucous after work set in Japan, so the new menu, with its focus on a limited number of small bar bites backed up by almost twice as many drinks, is right on theme. The prices of food and drink alike are sharply reduced for the happy hour, which runs Tuesday -Friday 4-6PM. 

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HomeBrew Hustle Homebrewing Panel @ Black Hog Brewery Oct 28th

Ken Tuccio’s Welcome To Connecticut Podcast is excited to announce Connecticut’s very first live podcast panel discussion focusing on the art of homebrewing. This unique event, titled HOMEBREW HUSTLE, will take place at 7:00pm on Wednesday October 28th at Black Hog Brewery in Oxford CT. 

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City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) Kitchens: The Intersection of Visual & Culinary Arts in New Haven

Artspace in New Haven is launching City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) Kitchens this November to celebrate the intersection of the visual and culinary arts. The CWOS theme this year is "Dwelling," and with kitchens is the core of this theme,  Artspace is organizing three special evenings of culinary experiences in their gallery surrounded by 360 small works of art during the CWOS October and November festivities.

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Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese via Watson's Catering

What says fall comfort food better than Mac N' Cheese? Kids and adults will both love this classic recipe. Really...what's not to love? Cheddar...Gruyere...Ummmm. Try this simpe recipe at home from Watson's Catering and let us know what you think. 

Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

YIELD: Serves 4

1/2 pound mini shells
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour

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Meet "The Cheese Nun" in Bethlehem at the Farmstead Festival

On Saturday October 17 take a drive to Litchfield County to enjoy the fall foliage and enjoy the richness of the local, handcrafted fare offered by the Farmstead Festival at Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, 78 Thomson Road in Bethlehem. The festival, organized by Artisan Made Northeast and Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, begins at 11 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. and features handcrafted cheeses, wine, meats, condiments, chocolates, baked goods, produce, an educational pig roast and entertainment.

As an added incentive, Sister Noella Marcellino, “The Cheese Nun,” will make an appearance at the festival and participate in a question and answer session in the education tent. She is internationally recognized as one of the foremost experts in the art of natural-milk cheese making. She received her PhD in microbiology from the University of Connecticut, and was awarded a Fullbright grant to study cheese making in France. Her focus was the Auvergne, in central France, and the study of fungal populations in the many cheese caves of the region. For her work, she received the prestigious French Spirit Food Award.

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Land, Farm, and Sea: A First Impression of Mill Street Bar & Table Now Open in Greenwich

Now open in the Byram neighborhood of Greenwich, Mill Street Bar & Table celebrates American seasonal fine dining in one of Connecticut’s most elegant tavern-inspired settings. Executive Chef and Managing Partner of Mill Street is Greenwich native Geoff Lazlo (whom we know and love from The Whelk and leFarm) along with partner Bill & Lesley King.

Under Geoff's leadership, the Mill Street menu is comprised of rustic yet sophisticated dishes (whole roasted proteins such as chicken and trout, a beautifully appointed oyster bar, homey pasta dishes, inventive flatbreads...) that embrace the bounty of land, farm, and sea, featuring among other purveyors, Mill Street’s own Back 40 Farm in Washington, CT.

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