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Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of Sept. 25-Oct. 2nd

The Big E festival continues through October 2.  The Connecticut Tent is bigger and better than ever with over 60 Connecticut companies from BBQ restaurants to fresh apples to cigars.  The Craft Beer Garden will also feature Connecticut breweries like Stony Creek, City Steam, and Two Roads. 

Saturday October 1, the Stamford Nature Center hosts a Farm to Table dinner with Chef Forrest Pasternack.  The night starts out with cocktails and a tour of the Nature Center’s latest exhibit: The Art of Lolita Valderamma Savage: The Nature of Tuscany, Stamford & Beyond.  It continues with dinner. Tickets start at $100 per person. 

The Collective Arts Brewing Team is a new craft brewery looking to expand into New England.  On September 27, they are giving us the chance to sample 5 of their beers with a tap takeover at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT.  It starts at 5pm. 

Smoke in the Valley arrives in Seymour once again this weekend.  The kickoff party on Friday September 30 will feature food trucks, a New Belgium beer tent, and live entertainment.  On Saturday, the 6th Annual SITV Beer Fest starts at 12:30pm.  It includes a home brew competition, beer tastings, food trucks, and more. 

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Chef Brian Lewis' The Cottage in Westport Announces Expansion Plans!

It's about to get a little bit easier to get a reservation at Chef Brian Lewis' The Cottage. Today, he officially announced expansion plans for his restaurant in Westport, Connecticut.  Adding 800 square feet to his existing 1500 square feet, the space next door has broken ground this week to include an expanded bar and additional seating.

The Cottage will maintain its existing entrance and vestibule area, giving guests the option of entering the existing dining room to the left or this new area to the right.  In addition to the large bar, which will be the centerpiece of this open floorplan, there will be several tables to accommodate additional diners or be combined for larger parties, as well as a window seat banquette that will seat up to 10.

“I could not be more grateful for the love and support the town of Westport and all of Fairfield County and beyond has given to us since we opened nearly a year ago,” said Lewis.  “While we have big plans for this additional space, our number one priority is to continue to offer the same comfortable atmosphere, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality that we are proud to be known for.  Our bar is growing up and being given the new stage it so deserves, allowing Adam, our Head Bar Keep, to dig into his creativity and happily expand our craft cocktail offerings, wine and spirits program, as well as interact more with our guests relaxing in this expanded space.” 

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Sugar & Olives Hosts Harvest Dinner to Support CT Farmland Trust

What’s the perfect way to send off this harvest season of farm food and the local bounty? A Harvest Dinner at Sugar & Olives in support of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. The Connecticut Farmland Trusts Annual Harvest Dinner is a fundraiser for the only statewide private conservation organization dedicated solely to the protection of agricultural land. Since its founding in 2002, Connecticut Farmland Trust has permanently protected over 2,690 acres of our state’s most valuable farmland.

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WIN FREE TIX to Anthony Bourdain @ Foxwoods Resort

Oh yeah! Anthony Bourdain's "The Hunger" is coming to Foxwoods October 8th and we've got 4 pairs of tickets to give away!

WIN FREE TIX to see Anthony Bourdain! To win, tell us why you NEED to go to see the man, the myth...the legend.

Chef, author, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain is best known for traveling the globe on his stomach, on his TV show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. He has established himself as a professional gadfly, bête noir, advocate, social critic, and pork enthusiast, recognized for his caustic sense of humor worldwide. He is as unsparing of those things he hates as he is evangelical about his passions. The Hunger serves audiences an all new live show featuring an unyielding, brutally honest monologue reflecting on diverse culture, street cuisine and his travels to lesser-known locations around the world, followed by an open Q&A session. Currently filming the hit CNN original series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown (season seven premiered Sunday, April 249pm ET/PT), Bourdain will bring audiences a menu loaded with lots of laughs, serious discussions and unapologetic irreverence.

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Autumn Apple Cherry Crisp Recipe via Westport Farmers’ Market

Apples are the darlings of autumn, and this year we especially cherish them. For while peaches and nectarines and even some pears succumbed to the cruelty of a late frost, most of Connecticut’s apple crop emerged relatively unscathed. And this week Westport Farmers’ Market shoppers are in for treat: the tables of Woodland Farm and Rose’s Berry Farm will be full of this tasty harbinger of fall. 

Fortunately, Elise Meyers is also right on schedule with a recipe for apple crisp you won’t want to miss. As Elise notes, “fall means apples, and apples mean apple crisp.” Her crisp recipe below is, according to Elise, “the best I have ever tried. The addition of dried cherries (or cranberries or apricots, if you prefer) makes it unique.” Savor it alone, with a scoop of Nutty Bunny vanilla frozen dessert, or fresh cream from your favorite vendor.  

Autumn Apple Cherry Crisp

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Winfield Street Deli - Italian Sandwiches & More in Norwalk

Growing up in NJ, corner delis were everywhere. The biggest decision was whether to go to an Italian deli for a huge meatball, sausage and pepper or chicken parm sub (that is what we called them) or a Jewish deli for corned beef or pastrami (maybe a combo). I first heard of Winfield Street Deli from Chris Hickey at The Spread, they recently changed the roll on their burger from a potato roll to a brioche from Winfield and it was outstanding. Bread this delicious from an Italian deli in the area required a visit and see if they were delivering great sandwiches.


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CTbites Hosts Chef & Blogger Lounge @ Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

JOIN CTbites at The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival on Saturday September 24th as we host the Blogger Lounge open to ALL festival attendees including foodies, bloggers and instagrammers. We will host a full afternoon of “Chef Talks” featuring unscripted interviews moderated by Chef Matt Storch of Match and Nom-eez. (View the lineup of chefs below.) NEAT Coffee will be providing espresso &  Donut Crazy will be serving up artisan donuts. We will have charging stations to keep you in the loop on all social media. 

Current Chef Talks Schedule

(Times subject to change) Please check final lineup at event as we will be adding more chefs. 

12:00 PM Robin Selden: Marcia Selden Catering & Events

12:30 PM Darren Carbone: Barcelona

1:00 PM Steve Lewandowski Harlan Social; Harlan Publick 1PM

1:30 PM  Christian Petroni: Fortina

2:00 PM Geoff Lazlo: Mill Street Bar & Table 

3:00 PM Bill Taibe Kawa Ni, The Whelk

TBD Ziggy Marley talks about his new cookbook Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook

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15 Foodie Places for Oktoberfest Events & Festivals in CT

Autumn means pumpkin flavored everything, falling leaves, apple cider donuts… and of course Oktoberfest! CT restaurants are celebrating with German inspired fare, seasonal brews, and festivals.  From Redding Roadhouse to Rothbard Ale + Larder to Vespa, here are 10 places where you can raise a stein this fall.

  1. Redding Roadhouse, Redding: Through October 31, Redding Roadhouse will be their 31st annual Oktoberfest. There will be authentic German cuisine, 1 liter bier steins, and a live OOmpah band from 4-8pm every Sunday.
  2. Rothbard Ale + Larder, Westport: Rothbard Ale + Larder will have their first ever Oktoberfest on Saturday September 24 from 1:30-8pm. There will be authentic German beers and food, games, and music all day long.
  3. The Hops Company., Derby: T.H.C. (The Hops Company) will celebrate Oktoberfest every Sunday through October 23. Visit them from 3-7pm for free admission, German bands, Oktoberfest inspired fare, and beer.
  4. Norwich Oktoberfest Pub Crawl, Norwich: On October 1, go on an Oktoberfest pub crawl in downtown Norwich. Visit places like Harp & Dragon, These Guys Brewing, and La Stella Pizzeria.
  5. Harlan Publick, Norwalk: Harlan Publick will have an Oktoberfest party on Saturday September 24

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Friday Froth: Half Full Brewery, Oktoberfest & Other Fall Beers

You may have noticed we've been playing around with the structure of Friday Froth for the past several months. This space has been everything from event coverage, to brewpub openings, to a travel diary, but this week we're going back to something more like a classic Froth. I began writing this column way back in ye olden days of 2009 with the idea of expressing a renaissance. 

The growth of American craft brewing was every bit as compelling as the culinary scene in terms of new ideas, personalities, and dedication to ingredients and flavors, but most people were still pretty lost when it came to picking out something new to try. Glance at the patrons in front of the craft case at the rare well stocked liquor store at the time, and they'd be wearing expressions like someone at MoMA trying to decide if what they were looking at was the intentional work of an artist, or construction debris. I started Froth just to give people a heads up. So, without going on too long I hope, that's what we're doing today.

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Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Sept 18-25

Vespa in Westport will host an Oktoberfest celebration from September 18 to October 2 as a nod to Executive Chef David White’s German ancestry. There will be a German inspired a la carte menu, and a team up with Two Roads on September 21 for an Oktoberfest beer dinner. For reservations, call 203-557-9057 or email

Green & Tonic has launched a "Wellness Speaker Series" at their Westport location.  The series takes place on Thursdays from 6-7pm.  On September 22, Ashley and John Watson, psychotherapists and transformational coaches, will teach you to “Manifest Your Soulmate.”

Mill Street Bar + Table continues its “Speaker Series” on Thursday September 22 with Bill King of Back 40 Farm Group.  Join them for a 3-course lunch, discussion, and Q&A.  It starts at 12pm and costs $65 per person including tax and gratuity.  Reservations required, please visit or call 203.813.3323.

OPTIMUS Health Care kicks off the 6th Annual Connecticut Chef’s Challenge on Thursday, September at Aitoro's Appliance and Electronics in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Ten Connecticut chefs will compete for the 2016 Connecticut Chef’s Challenge Championship Title. Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods will emcee.  Tickets start at $75.  

Friday September 23rd and Saturday September 24th is the sixth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity magazine and benefitting Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Wholesome Wave and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation.

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