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16 Places For Great Holiday Pies in CT (2018 Edition)

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April Guilbault

Holiday season is heeeere, with its feasts and parties, and let’s be honest, you can’t really have too much pie, now can you? Note: with the brief exception of a kooky aunt who, after a post-Thanksgiving bout on the tread mill, did wearily proclaim “Too....Much....Pie!” but that’s another story for another time. So where to go for the best pies with the flakiest crusts, sweetest streusel toppings and the most flavorful fillings? We’ll be happy to tell you. Get those dessert plates ready and, might want to loosen that belt.

Here are 16 places to buy great holiday pies in CT.

55+ Restaurants & Caterers for Thanksgiving in CT: 2018 Edition

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

How does a turkey drink its wine?  From a gobble-let!  OK, but seriously… Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it’s time to consider your holiday plans!  If you want to enjoy the meal with less prep and clean-up, an assortment of Connecticut caterers and restaurants are offering savory take-out options.  Restaurants are also serving prix-fixe menus, brunches, and other specials for those who want the experience of eating out. 

Here are over 50 Thanksgiving dining options, whether you’re dining out or catering your event from your favorite local restaurant.

Nibble: CT Food Events For Nov 11-18: Champagne, Bourbon & Wine Dinners, Cooking Classes, Beer Events & Food Trucks

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

On Tuesday November 13, Washington Prime SoNo will have a Macallan Scotch Dinner featuring the 12 Year Sherry, the 12 Year Double Cask, the 15 Year Triple Cask, and Edition #4.  Upgrade to the 1824 ticket for a rare chance to have a glass of the 1824 Series Single Malt Reflexion. Price is $250 per person for this option.  $140 pp.

Olea’s annual champagne dinner will take place on November 12.  Laval wines will be accompanied by Champagnes produced by another premier grower/producer, Benoit Marguet of Champagne Marguet Pere & Fils in Ambonnay, France. This 4-course dinner is $200 pp, all inclusive. RSVP by calling Olea at 203.780.8925, or sending an email to 

On Monday November 12, Tim’s Kitchen at Wakeman Town Farm will teach you how to make “Holiday Hors D’oeuvres.”  Chef Gene Habansky will guide you through making delicious appetizers from 7-9pm.  It costs $65 per person.  Join them again on November 15 to learn how to make vegetarian and gluten free Thanksgiving sides. 

SoNo Baking Company & Café Opens in Southport

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Jessica Ryan

Welcome to the neighborhood SoNo Baking Company. We’re awfully glad you’re here! (Though my waistline may beg to differ.) 

SoNo Baking Company & Café officially opened its doors on Pequot Avenue in Southport today. Behind the glass display cases a beautiful array of cookies, tarts, pastries, cakes, and croissants all neatly arranged all ready to be purchased. Trays filled with delectable treats, fresh out of oven, were stacked and cooling. Brand new coffee and espresso machines glistened along the back wall.

Recap: Newport Wine + Food Festival 2018

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

I know what you're thinking.  If the website is called CTBites, why am I writing about Rhode Island?  The answer is that the Newport Wine + Food Festival is definitely worth the road trip.  New England restaurants, vendors, and distributors unite for a showcase of impressive wine and food.  The towering Marble House and its scenic, oceanside grounds serve as a beautiful backdrop for the event.  It’s a highlight of my year and a perfect way to spend an early autumn afternoon.

Cheesy Recap: The Great Mac and Chili Challenge

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Brett Levy

Breaking Mac & Cheese news: The 2018 Great Mac and Chili Challenge winners have been announced! Hub & Spoke in Bridgeport won for the third year in a row for their classic 3 bean beef chili. Old Post Tavern won the creative chili category with a “meat lovers chili.” Burger Bar & Bistro in Norwalk won the classic mac ‘n cheese category for the second consecutive year beating runner up Tacos Mexico in Norwalk and their “Queso Mac.” In the hotly contested creative mac category, Cask Republic in Stamford won for their second championship with their popular pesto mac ‘n cheese. 

CTBites' James Gribbon Gives Fall Road Trip Picks on CTStyle

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CTBites' own beer writer and food critic returned to WTNH's "CTStyle" on October 30th to discuss how breweries and fall road trips go together. Leaf peeping, orchard visits, whatever gets you out of the house, autumn is a great time to get to places you haven't been, and many of those out of the way places have a great brewery to visit. One of the spots mentioned in the segment was 5 Churches Brewing Company in New Britain, and you can watch the whole interview on CTStyle right here

"Teas" Your Palette with The Bubble & Brew Truck: Sweet Treats, Tea & Coffee

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Kristin L. Wolfe

In August, I was swept away by a candy apple color of the Bubble & Brew truck at the Wilton Farmers Market adjacent the Historical Society. I was at the vegetable stand when directly across from me was the most beautiful striking flash of red. 

In addition to their impressive design aesthetic---their 37 tea canisters were painted red to match the truck--the Bubble & Brew team has serious baking chops. With sweet treats for every palette, tasters will be delighted by all the offerings from this tiny dream on wheels. People will be astounded by some of their best sellers like the sticky toffee pudding, which is actually gluten-free.

Il Pastaficio, Handmade Pasta, Opens in Cos Cob

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Jessica Ryan

It’s a known fact that Italians love their pasta. It’s also a known fact that they eat it regularly and yet it seems to be something we have become fearful of. As I sit down to write this I remember a popular commercial from my youth. In the North End of Boston, a dark haired Italian woman leans out of her window and beckons her son to come home. “Anthony!” she shouted, and he came running home – but only on Wednesdays, for Wednesday was Prince Spaghetti Day!  Today fad diets implore us to eat gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, carb-free, fat-free, etc. Enter Il Pastaficio, handmade pasta, in Cos Cob. Within weeks of opening locals have been rethinking and enjoying this Italian favorite. The reason is simple – as simple as their ingredients.

Il Pastaficio is unique in its offering of pastas made from natural and antique grains that are rich on minerals, salts and vitamins. This pasta, as a result, is lighter, easier to digest and has a lower glycemic level than the glutinous versions we’ve come to know. Their pastas are made from organic legume flours (such as chickpea) rich in protein and completely additive-free. As a result, Pastaficio pastas are easier to digest.

Hunger Bites: Diners Eat Out To End Hunger

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Stephanie Webster

Starting November 17th, diners can help feed the hungry while eating at their favorite local restaurants. CTbites is pleased to have joined forces with  Food Rescue US to launch Hunger Bites, a program allowing restaurants and diners to join together in the fight against hunger. If you see the Hunger Bites logo at your local restaurant, please consider donating $1 (or more) on your guest check, By giving just $1 today on your bill you'll provide 10 fresh, nutritious meals to people in need in your community.

We encourage you to dine and donate at these participating restaurants: Whelk Jesup Kawa NiSouth End, South End Uncorked, Bar Sugo, Match RestaurantTaproot Restaurant, ,Match Burger LobsterTarry Lodge The SpreadEl Segundo, Guildford Mooring, Shell & Bones Oyster Bar & Grill, Geronimo Tequila Bar, Pearl at Longshore, Terrain, Amis Trattoria, Ole Dog Tavern, Cask Republic, The Ginger Man, Evarito’s

NIBBLE: CT Food News & Events For Week of November 4-11

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Check out an assortment of CT brewers under one roof at the 5th Annual Connecticut Brewers Fest!  It takes place at Two Roads on Monday November 5.  $30.00 gets you a glass and unlimited three oz pours of some of the best beer the Nutmeg State has to offer. 

Every Wednesday at Walrus + Carpenter, get an eight-piece bucket of fried chicken with four biscuits for $25. Pair it with the Two-For-Two Roads deal and get two Two Roads Brewing brews in the can or on tap for the price of one.

From one of the producers of the Blues Views and BBQ Festival comes Supper & Soul, a downtown dinner and concert series in Westport.  The Nashville-inspired event takes place on Saturday November 10 and features Kasey Tyndall. 

Taproot in Bethel invites you to a Bushido “pop up” Sunday, November 11 from 4:30-8pm. Make your reservations by calling 475-329-5395.

Black Duck Cafe Announces It's Staying In Business (Hopefully for Another 40 yrs)

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Breaking news from Black Duck’s Facebook page.

We are beyond pleased to announce that after many days of discussions with our creditors, landlord, and investors, the Duck has been able to secure a financial package which will allow us to continue operations (hopefully for the next 40 years!!). The outpouring of support from our loyal patrons over the past few days has been deeply moving and gratifying and we sincerely thank you. Like Phoenix, the Duck has risen from the ashes! To celebrate, please join us on Sunday, 11/4, for all day happy hour prices.

Brewmaster Movie Screening at Avon Theater November 7th

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Beer lovers rejoice! There’s a new movie in town…and it’s hoppy! Brewmaster will be screened at the Avon in Stamford on November 7th @7pm. The movie artfully captures the craftsmanship, passion and innovation within the beer industry. The story follows a young ambitious New York lawyer who dreams of becoming a brewmaster and a Milwaukee based professional beer educator as he attempts to become a Master Cicerone. Brewmaster creates a cinematic portrait of beer, those who love it, those who make it and those who are hustling to make their mark.

CTbites & Half Full Present Beers & Bites: November 14th w/ Nosh Hound & Harlan Social

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Stephanie Webster

Half Full Brewery and CT Bites are excited to announce the final BEERS & BITES for 2018, and you won’t want to miss this year's most creative and collaborative food and beer-pairing event series. On Wednesday, November 14th, the incredible Nosh Hound food truck alongside guest Chef Michael Sobelman from Harlan Social, will serve up a creative menu paired with Half Full Beer selections: Positively Pumpkin, WROR #11, WROR #12, Rise & Shine. Purchase a $50 ticket here.

Brick Walk Tavern Opens in Fairfield, from Char Restaurant's Chef Snyder

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Friends since college and now partners, Chef David Snyder and former financial exec turned restaurateur Ted Vincent, introduce their first joint venture in the form of Brick Walk Tavern, a stylish and food-centric restaurant and gathering place located in the burgeoning Brick Walk neighborhood of Fairfield, Connecticut.

Menu highlights include; not your average house-made chips and onion dip; chili garlic crispy shrimp laced with radish, cilantro, and green onion; Tuscan kale and Brussels sprout salad tossed with polenta croutons, dried cranberries, and lemon truffle vinaigrette; the French onion burger topped with 4-hour braised onions, veal jus, and gruyere cheese on a house made bun; pan-roasted cod over white beans, chorizo, charred tomato, and a roasted poblano broth; classic jambalaya  of creole rice with tasso and andouille, jumbo shrimp and chicken; and steak frites, 10 oz hanger steak with a 72 hour red wine sauce, served with crispy truffle parmesan fries.

OKO in Westport Launches Weekday Lunch & To Go Menu!

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CTbites Team

Chef Brian Lewis’ latest restaurant offering Japanese inspired cuisine in the historic Vigilant Hose Company Firehouse at 6 Wilton Road in Westport, Connecticut, is launching weekday lunch service and to-go options on Wednesday, November 7. 

Lunch will be available Wednesday – Friday from 11:30am-2:30pm and will feature a daily lunch-specific menu for this new service.  Options will include Hand Rolls, Bento Boxes, Nigiri Sushi meals featuring 5x pieces of Nigiri Sushi, Sashimi meals featuring Chirashi Sushi, Sashimi Moriawase or Spicy Tuna Sashimi OKO poke, as well as favorites from the dinner menu.

The Black Duck Cafe To Close Its Doors In Westport

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James Gribbon

UPDATE!! Black Duck receives funding and will stay in business…hopefully for the next 40 years. Article here.

Westport nightlife staple The Black Duck Cafe plans to lock its doors for the last time on Sunday, November 4th. The classic watering hole has been an institution for over 40 years, cantilevered out over theSaugatuck River, and hosting generations of loyal diners and drinkers. The location was such a fixture of the Westport social scene, it's hard for us at CTBites to think we're close to seeing the end of it.

Reached for comment, Pete Aitkin, owner of the Black Duck, did not give any specifics, but said "it's something that's been a long time coming, but we finally had to do it. There are a lot of people very said about it, starting with me, but we're going to invite everyone to come back in one last time this Saturday and Sunday."

The Duck will be open Tuesday, October 30th, and Wednesday for Halloween, then take two days off before re-opening for the last times on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4.