Lock City Brewing to Open Stamford Tap Room & Brewery via Hey Stamford!

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Hey Stamford!

If you’ve attended any craft beer festival in or around Connecticut over the last several years, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered Lock City Brewing Company.  Coming late Spring, you won’t have to attend your favorite beer fest to sample their brews. Lock City Brewing Company is putting the finishing touches on a brand new homebase, right here in Stamford.  

Head brewer, Michael Bushnell, and co-founder Patrick Casicolo, (sales and marketing) plan to open their flagship location in the Glenbrook/Springdale section of Stamford. I had a chance to meet with Michael Bushnell recently, where he walked me through the space and talked about their plans.  

Read the complete article on Hey Stamford!


Where Do Local CT Chefs Eat Out? Chef Jon Vaast of Rothbard's

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Jessica Ryan

Welcome to our 4th installment of "Where Do CT Chefs Eat Out?" Do they prefer to go home and relax? Or do they like to go out? If the latter, what are some of their favorite places, locally and beyond? Do they might have any secret hole in the wall places and would they be willing to share these with us? Thus far, we have uncovered the eating habits of Matt Storch, Cody of Hoodoo Brown BBQChris Gonzales of Hapa Food Truck

This week, we speak with Chef Jon Vaast of Rothbard's.  


Thai Kit: Top Notch Thai Cuisine Found in Fairfield

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RealGuy

The passage of time is strange.  The distant past and the very recent can bend back on each other and almost touch, and what was once long ago can feel as real now as the blossoming of first love, as the comforting aroma of mom’s home cooking… Lately when I’m in the mood to go back up the river of time to that place in Southeast Asia that destiny would see us go just once, I visit Thai Kit on the Post Road in Fairfield.  It's a brand new Thai restaurant with a couple of advantages over some other places I have tried.  If you find yourself in the neighborhood, or if you live in the neighborhood, just past the McDonalds at the circle in Fairfield heading toward Black Rock on the left-hand side, Thai Kit is a delicious destination well worth exploring.


Nibble: CT Food Events For March 27-April 2

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James Gribbon

Washington Prime’s Georgetown location has announced a Tuesday night dinner special.  The prime rib roast 2-course dinner includes your choice of salad, a 16 oz. prime rib, and a side of mashed potatoes.

On Wednesday March 29, AMG Catering will offer a “Spring Chicken Class.”  Learn to prepare healthy and exciting chicken dishes using seasonal spring ingredients.  It costs $90 per person and goes from 7-9pm.

New Haven’s Shell & Bones Oyster Bar has an all new brunch cocktail menu.  Four new cocktails will be offered alongside their “Breakfast Bloody Mary.”  There will also be three non-alcoholic drinks.  Join them for brunch Friday-Sunday after 11am. 


GIVEAWAY: WIN TIX to 9th Annual Dessert and Chocolate Lover’s Tasting Event 

Stephanie Webster

Like Sweets? Would you like to WIN 2 FREE TIX to an event loaded with delicious chocolate and incredible desserts ranging from traditional to exotic from local and world-renowned chocolatiers, restaurants and artisanal bakeries? TELL US WHY YOU NEED THESE TICKETS BELOW. 

Come to the 9th Annual Dessert and Chocolate Lover’s Tasting Event ON MARCH 31ST to benefit Pacific House Shelter.  Indulge in delicious chocolate and incredible desserts from artisan bakeries, chocolatiers and patisseries while enjoying musical performances by talented students from: Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich Country Day, Sacred Heart Greenwich, Stamford High School, Darien High School, King School and more!  This very special evening supports the Pacific House Young Adult Program.  Plan for an exciting evening of sweet tastes, great music and making a tremendous difference to those young adults who have nowhere to call home. 


Amis Trattoria Opens March 31 in Westport w/ Epic Italian: 10 Questions with Chef Brad Spence

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Andrew Dominick

You know that Bedford Square Building and Firehouse at 59 Post Road East in Westport that’s been under construction for a while? Well, it’s finally coming to fruition. On March 31, two occupants will crack the doors and open to the public, Anthropologie, and the place we’re here to talk about, Amis Trattoria. Why are we excited about this? Amis is owned by The Vetri Family, with Chef Marc Vetri at the helm, a chef who is widely regarded by his peers as one of the best Italian cooks in the U.S. If the whole women’s clothing and home décor concept and a restaurant opening in the same space seems confusing, well, there’s a story here. 


Viceroy Publik House Opening in Stamford: British & Indian Pub Fare + Live Music

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CTbites Team

Taking a page from history, from what is now referred to as the “British Raj”, the British rule over the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947, Viceroy Publik House pays homage to this now proud British and Indian cultural connect, offering a high energy English pub setting featuring London curry, pakoras and pints, and an edgy live music venue which is just as diverse as its menu. Located in Downtown Stamford, CT, Viceroy Publik House brings together these two cultures, rich in history and with a strong food and drink identity found in pubs throughout London. Viceroy will be opening in April of 2017. 


25 Epic Desserts to Eat in Fairfield County Before You Die via Spoon University

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CTbites Team

Our friends over at Spoon University published this super sweet article. In case you missed it, this is a solid Fairfield County dessert roundup. NOTE: Vespa is Westport has since closed, so cross that chocolate layer cake off the list. 

People often associate good food with big cities like New York or LA. The truth is good food is everywhere - you just have to know where to look for it. Even Fairfield County which is made up of 24 small Connecticut cities and towns, boasts some incredible food. Here's a list of the most epic desserts in Fairfield County. 

1. Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcake at Cake Box


GIVEAWAY! WIN Tix to Flavor Craft Beer Tasting Event April 1: Free Belgian Waffles, Food Trucks & Music!

Stephanie Webster

CTbites is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to this seriously great craft beer event. To WIN, just tell us why YOU need these tickets (in the comments section below). 

 Kindred Spirits & Wineand GoodWorks Entertainment Present: Flavor, a New England craft beer tasting event on Saturday, April 1 from 12 pm to 1 pm at The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company (70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT).

Flavour will be hosting the Northeast’s finest breweries including: Aspetuck Brew Lab, Back East, Beer'd, Black Hog, Counter Weight, Fairfield Craft Ales, Firefly Hollow, Foley Brothers, Grey Sail, Hanging Hills, Jack's Abby, Kent Falls, Lawson's, Lord Hobo, New England, Singlecut, Stony Creek, Stubborn Beauty, Thimble Island, Thomas Hooker, Two Roads… just to name a few.


Stew Leonard’s Limited Edition Chocolate Bunny Milk

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Stephanie Webster

A half-gallon glass jug of Stew’s Chocolate Bunny Milk will be available for $5.99 starting in early April at all five Stew Leonard’s locations.  Stew Leonard’s signature farm fresh milk is mixed with creamy milk chocolate to create a sweet, irresistible chocolate milk that tastes just like a classic chocolate Easter bunny.  Stew Leonard’s milk is delivered fresh to our stores from award-winning dairy farms in upstate NY and is free from artificial growth hormones (rBST) and antibiotics.  The milk will only be available for a limited time.

Check for the Stew Leonard's location near you here. 


Guinness™ & Two Roads Brewing To Collaborate on 2 Small Batch Beers

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Stephanie Webster

Guinness & Co., based in Norwalk CT, and Two Roads Brewing Company, based in Stratford CT, today announce two small batch beers brewed in collaboration and to be released in May of 2017. 

The first collaboration will be brewed at the Open Gate Brewery, St James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland, and will be served to visitors of the Open Gate Brewery taproom. The second beer will be brewed shortly afterwards at Two Roads Brewing Co.’s brewery in Connecticut and will be served to visitors at the brewery.


2017 Guide to Latin American Markets in Connecticut

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Anna Bendiksen

The diverse cuisines that the cultures of Latin America gave the world are well represented in Connecticut. Markets in our state serve more than 540,000 Hispanic residents---and foodies of other ethnic origins who pass over Ortega taco kits for more enlightened fare. Whether you’re making corn tortillas from scratch, seeking beautifully ripe fruit at a great price, looking to pick up a luscious pastry, or preparing your grandmother’s mole, these stores are well worth the trip. Here’s your guide to Connecticut’s best Latin American markets.


One-Tray Chicken Dinner Recipe via Chopped Champion Silvia Baldini

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Silvia Baldini

Mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of vitamin D and they promote immune boosting functions by increasing production of antiviral proteins. Some of my favorite mushrooms are Shiitake. They are simply delicious and they taste particularly divine in this, always fool-proof, oven roasted lemon and parsley chicken one-tray recipe. It takes 35 minute in the oven and minimal prepping. Even my children, those little rascals always poo-pooing mushrooms, after falling from their chairs laughing when they heard the word SHIITAKE, gobbled these ones down! 


Tix On Sale For "Food For All" Fundraiser: Strolling Tasting Event To Benefit Food Rescue US

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Stephanie Webster

Whether you're a foodie or into food rescue, Food For All, the hottest strolling culinary event in Fairfield County, is the place to be on April 26th. Help Food Rescue US end local hunger while enjoying tasting plates and specialty cocktails from the region's top restaurants. Trust us - you don't want to miss this buzz-worthy, drool-inducing, "take a picture of this food!" night to benefit Food Rescue US. With every $1 donated = 20 rescued meals, as a guest at Food For All you know you're making a significant difference to hungry families!

Restaurant sneak peek: Fortina, Fleishers Craft Kitchen, INDIA, Mecha Noodle Bar, Room 112. Visit event page for a full lineup of restaurants and details. 


A Roman Refresh At Stamford's COTTO

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James Gribbon

The Italian word cotto translates directly to "cooked," a simple enough name for a pasta and pizza spot just off Stamford's bull's eye, but neither the place nor the word are as obvious once you look deeper. No mere red sauce joint, the Bank Street trattoria has Roman roots. It's also a wine bar: cotto, you see, can also mean "sauced." 

The space has been open as COTTO since 2012, but restaurateurs Claudio and Silvy Ridolfi have revamped the staff with chef Rolando Guardado via Z Hospitality group (Mediterraneo, Terra), sommelier Ian Toogood (A Voce, Le Fat Poodle), and mixologist Eric Bufo, formerly of Walrus+Carpenter. CTBites took a look. Here's what we saw.


Geronimo Tequila Bar Receives Tequila "Award T" Certification from Mexican Council

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CTbites Team

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill in New Haven and Fairfield, CT recently joined an elite group of approx. 40 restaurants worldwide (Tequila Mockingbird in New Canaan is the only other restaurant in the state the also received the certification) that hold a CRT Award T Certification from the Mexican government’s Tequila Regulatory Council, recognizing their commitment and knowledge of Tequila. 


Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of March 20-27

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Emma Doody

On Monday March 20, Mikro Beer Bar in Hamden invites you to a Kent Falls Brewing Beer Dinner.  Chef Mike Fox will create a four course dinner to complement craft brews.  The event is limited to 50 people, so get your tickets soon. 

Which is better: beer or wine?  The question is difficult and divisive… but Fairfield Greenwich Cheese Company will help you decide!  Beer and wine will go head-to-head alongside a cheese plate to see which makes for the best pairing.  Join them at the Greenwich location on March 21 from 7-9pm and the Fairfield location on March 23 from 7-9pm.  It costs $50 per person. 

On Wednesday March 22, Cask Republic South Norwalk and Allagash Brewing Company are teaming up for a beer dinner.  Chef Carl will prepare a five course menu that will be paired with six Allagash beers.  It costs $85 per person and advanced reservations are recommended. 


Fleisher's Craft Kitchen Closing To Focus on Butchery

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Stephanie Webster

This Saturday will be the last day of service at Fleishers Craft Kitchen, the restaurant adjacent to the beloved Saugatuck butcher shop. In 2013, co-founders Ryan Fibiger and Paul Nessel opened the restaurant to further the company's commitment to nose-to-tail eating. Every dish featured cuts of meat from the butcher counter famed for its quality, ethics and transparency. Fibiger, who recently left his position as CEO but continues to advise on long term vision and growth, says, “The restaurant and staff have been integral to teaching people how to prepare Meat Raised Right. But, we've always been a butcher shop first, and we think it's time to get back to our roots and refocus on providing a truly remarkable customer experience.” 


Fortina Launches "Underground" Culinary Experiences

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Stephanie Webster

I initially held off on sharing my tasting notes for Fortina's epically unique "underground" dinner last week, as it felt like a tease to share an eating adventure that could not be experienced by our readers. Well, all that has changed. The private dinners that began as a way for the Fortina culinary team to stretch their legs, experiment with flavors and dishes, and ultimately serve to inform new menu items, can now be booked by YOU. Here is a little inside scoop on last week's carefully orchestrated 8 person dinner/performance, complete with 10 courses, alcoholic icees, an opera singer, a comedian, escargot served on a VCR, and heck of a lot of fun. 



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