Chef Brian Lewis' OKO Japanese Restaurant Opening Soon!!

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Stephanie Webster

Exciting news from Chef Brian Lewis and his entire team. Chef Lewis' new Japanese concept OKO will be opening soon

From Lewis: “I have been really inspired by Japanese cooking techniques, culture and ingredients for a very long time, studying and layering Japanese influences into my cooking for many years, but it was the introduction of the Okonomiyaki at The Cottage that was my real ‘a-ha’” moment in defining the direction for my next restaurant.

Introducing the Okonomiyaki, a savory, Japanese pancake filled with seasonally-inspired ingredients, was a whimsical addition to our menu - Japanese street food with some rarefied touches. Our guests absolutely loved this dish and it quickly became a Cottage favorite, which will likely stay on the menu as a Cottage Classic.

50+ Restaurants for Easter in CT: 2018 Edition

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Even though snow’s been in the forecast, spring is actually on its way and Easter is right around the corner!  Connecticut restaurants are celebrating the occasion with prix fixe menus, traditional dishes, brunches, buffets, and more.  Click here to see all of the egg-cellent options… and don’t forget to reserve ASAP so some-bunny doesn’t beat you to it!

  1. Hub and Spoke, Bridgeport: On Wednesday March 28, get into the Easter spirit at Hub & Spoke in Bridgeport. The Easter bunny will make an appearance for dinner at 4pm.
  2. Homestead Inn, Greenwich: Dine on a 3 course Easter prix fixe menu at The Homestead in for $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
  3. Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook: They will serve an Easter Brunch from 10am to 4pm.
  4. Harbor Lights, Norwalk: Harbor Lights in Norwalk will have a three course prix fixe Easter Dinner for $49 per person, plus tax, gratuity, and drinks.
  5. Anthony’s Ocean View, New Haven: At Anthony's Ocean View, enjoy Easter brunch with seatings at 10:30am, 11am, 1pm, and 1:30pm or come for supper at 3:30pm or 4pm. Choose from a meal in the dining room or reserve a private family suite.
  6. Madison Beach Hotel, Madison: The Wharf at The Madison Beach Hotel will serve Easter brunch from 10:30am-3:30pm. They'll have salads, breads and pastries, omelet and carving stations, entrees, house made desserts, and more. It is $54 per adult, $20 for children 6-12, and free for kids under 6.

Stew Leonard’s Chocolate Bunny Milk is BACK March 20th

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Yup...It's back for Easter. A half-gallon glass jug of Stew’s Chocolate Bunny Milk will be available for $5.99 starting on March 20, 2018 at all six 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. 

Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of March 18-25

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Woodbury Restaurant Week is here!  It takes place from March 19-25 and includes Al’s Best Pizza, Carlito’s of Woodbury, Carole Peck’s Good News Café, The Charcoal Chef, Constantine’s, The Curtis House Inn, John’s Café, Market Place of Woodbury, The Olive Tree, Papa’s Main Street Deli, San Remo, The Split Rail, The Woodbury Brewing Company, and The Woodbury Diner.  .

Stew Leonard’s Norwalk store is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt Eggs-Travaganza starting at 4 pm on Monday, March 19. Children under 9 will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect eggs from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others. 

South Avenue Butcher in New Canaan continues their Butchery Classes on Tuesday March 20.  Mike The Butcher will teach you everything you need to know about the animal, as well a knife skills, techniques, and recipes. 

It's A Woman's World: Red Bee Honey's Carla Marina Marchese

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Jeanne Muchnick

Fairfield County is full of trailblazing women, particularly in the culinary world. Which is why, with 2018 being proclaimed the Year of the Woman, we felt compelled to honor the pioneers among us.  

Our new series, “It’s A Women’s World’ is devoted to Fairfield County female influencers who’ve forged their own paths, often in food-related fields long dominated by men.

Whether farming the land, bringing healthy food to the masses, feeding an entrepreneurial spirit or injecting feminism with food, these groundbreaking ladies have set a new definition of women’s work, creating new paths and setting examples for those who follow. 

How'd they do it? Read on. So far, we've highlighted Silvia Baldini, the first female chef in Fairfield County to win “Chopped,” This week, our focus turns to Carla Marina Marchese, founder of Red Bee Honey in Weston. Have a suggestion on someone you’d like to see featured? Email 

Visit Clarke Now and You May Win a Day with Chef Lidia Bastianich

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Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen, is pleased to announce a unique offer for homeowners who make their first visit to a Clarke showroom between now and May 1, 2018. This offer is designed to inspire homeowners who are considering Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances to take the next step in their exploration. When you enjoy your first visit to a Clarke showroom in Boston Seaport, Milford, Mass. or South Norwalk, Conn., during March or April, you will be entered into a drawing to spend a day on the television set of Chef Lidia Bastianch on May 17th.

No Leftovers Jamaican Cuisine Now Open at Former Swanky Franks Location

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Andrew Dominick

Throw me into the mix of longtime Norwalkers who were shocked and saddened when the iconic Swanky Franks abruptly closed less than a year ago. What’s done is done. I’ve come to grips with the notion that I’ll be forever sour that I can’t order a ripper with chili and a pile of fresh cut fries heavily drizzled with ketchup. I grew up eating there so I’m entitled to hold onto that nostalgia. That doesn’t mean I won’t support what’s there now. 

About six months after Swanky’s called it quits, a banner appeared on the front of the building. It advertised a new roadside joint called No Leftovers featuring Jamaican food. When No Leftovers opened at the start of 2018, I noticed the parking lot was usually full, or close to it, multiple times throughout the day. That’s a good sign. And seeing how I really like jerk chicken, I knew had to check it out. 

Ken Tuccio Teams Up With CTbites for "FOOD & DRINK" Podcast Launching May 17

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Stephanie Webster

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new podcast series only on CTbites! Starting May 17th Ken Tuccio is joining the CTBites family when he begins hosting FOOD & DRINK, a CTBites Original Podcast!

Ken Tuccio first gained popularity as the host of Welcome To Connecticut, a weekly podcast which focused on conversations with unique personalities in the state of Connecticut. He also served as host of the documentary series The Local Drinking Show with WTNH News Channel 8 and the morning drive show First Thing Fairfield County with 95.9 The Fox. 

Beginning on May 17th Ken Tuccio will bring his brand new show, FOOD & DRINK, to CTBites. This show will feature in depth personality driven conversations with the most successful and interesting personalities in the culinary and beverage world. Award winning chefs, successful restaurateurs, popular breweries and wineries, as well as other individuals with unique ties to the food world will all sit down with Ken Tuccio for long form conversations that focus on their life, career and passion for what they do.

50+ Restaurants & Bars for St. Patrick’s Day in CT: 2018 Edition

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Corned beef!  Guinness!  Carbombs!  Let’s be honest, March 17 is as much about the delicious food and drinks as it as about St. Patrick.  Connecticut restaurants, bars, and venues will be serving up plenty of Irish-themed specials in honor of the holiday.  Get out your green, and head to these 50+ spots!

  1. Tigin Irish Pub, Stamford: Tigin is always St. Patrick's Day headquarters, and this year they are shutting down the area behind the pub for a giant block party! There will be live bands, outdoor bars, Guinness, and Irish whiskey. less
  2. BJ Ryan’s, Norwalk: St. Patrick's Day is a weekend long affair at BJ Ryan's in Norwalk. On Saturday March 17 they'll serve up corned beef and a full Irish menu. On Sunday they'll host a recovery brunch until 3pm. 
  3. New England Cider Company, Wallingford: On March 17 from 10am-12pm, partake in a St. Patrick's Day Brunch at New England Cider Co. The meal will showcase barrel-aged and cask ciders alongside Irish classics like Shepherd's pie, Irish sausage, cabbage, potatoes, 12 hour smoked corned beef, and more. 
  4. O’Neill’s, South Norwalk: O'Neill's in Norwalk always puts on an epic St. Patty's Day bash. This year, they promise an Irish breakfast, drinks, Irish dancers, bag pipers, and live music all day.

WIN FREE TIX to Ruth Reichl & Sam Kass at Westport Public Library + Q&A With Moshe (Creator of FLEX Experiences)

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Wanna WIN FREE TIX to meet culinary luminaries Ruth Reichl & Sam Kass at The Westport Public Library? We are giving away 1 ticket to enjoy celebrity lunch with Sam Kass, former Obama White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition ($150) and 2 tickets ($75) to hear a Q&A with gourmet guru Ruth Reichl. The former editor of Gourmet Magazine and best selling foodie author. 

TO WIN: Comment below and tell us why you need to attend these events.

Find out more about the creator of Westport Library;'s new FLEX experiences in the Q&A With Moshe Aeylon below..

Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of March 11-18

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Two Roads Brewery in Stratford invites you to an “Open Roads Beer Dinner” on Monday March 12 at 6pm.  Christie Caters- Farm to Table Catering will provide tasty food and each course will be paired with an 8oz pour of a Two Roads brew. The menu theme is "Around the World.” 

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Artisinal Burger Company in Manchester will have an Irish whiskey dinner on March 14.  Tickets are $65 per person. 

Aditi Goswami of Calcutta Kitchens will teach you how to make simple everyday Indian at Wakeman Town Farm on Thursday March 15. Learn to prepare a quick chicken curry, a vegetable curry, and rice pilafs. Don’t forget to BYOB!  The class is limited to 16 and costs $65. 

Max Amore Restaurant in Glastonbury hosts An Italian Wine & Food Pairing Dinner featuring the wines of Di Majo Norante on Tuesday March 13.  The evening will begin with a reception followed by a five course meal prepared by Chef David Stickney.  It costs $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

It’s a Woman’s World: Connecticut Female Culinary Influencers: Silvia Baldini

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Jeanne Muchnick

The hospitality industry has always been cut-throat, especially for women, and more specifically for those behind the kitchen burners. Now that the gender conversation has exploded via the #MeToo movement, and with 2018 being proclaimed "The Year of the Woman," we at CT Bites choose to celebrate the influential and aspirational women among us. 

With March 8 marking International Women’s Day, this seemed like the perfect time to announce our new series "It's A Women's World"  featuring Connecticut female influencers who’ve blazed their own paths, often in food-related fields long dominated by men.

Whether farming the land, bringing healthy food to the masses, starting a public relations, gourmet foods or catering business or injecting feminism with food, these groundbreaking broads have set a new definition of women’s work, forging new paths and setting examples for those who follow.

This week we’re starting at the top—with Top Chef Silvia Baldini of New Canaan’s Strawberry and Sage, the first female chef in Fairfield County to win “Chopped.” 

Danny's Drive-In, Stratford: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, And History

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James Gribbon

Food, like any other aspect of human culture, has its landmarks. Local touchstones, the food you grew up with can be felt from great distances away, even by people who didn't grow up nearby. Ask just about anyone across the world what constitutes American food and chances are "hamburger" will be in their top two answers. The burger's invention at Louis Lunch in New Haven is well known and, regionally, so is Danny's Drive-In in Stratford. This is why a "For Sale" sign on the building has met with such concern - it's only been seen twice before in 83 years. 

Local Ingredients: The Araucana Egg, A Wild Blue Wonder

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Luke Shanahan

Writer Luke Shanahan contemplates the virtues of a truly excellent fresh egg with Lloyd Allen of Double L Market. 

Consider the egg. 

Any serious cook knows its singular importance in the kitchen. Many cooks—serious and novice alike—remember the egg as the first thing they ever learned to cook. 

In the book The Next Course, rock-&-roller chef Marco Pierre White, who at 33 became the youngest cook ever to be awarded three Michelin stars, reveals his country side when he suggests that scrambled (gulls) eggs with celery salt served with mayonnaise—an emulsion of egg yolk, acid and oil—may be a worthy last meal on earth.  (Here's a handy list of local CT farms that produce fresh eggs.

6 Must Eat Sandwiches at Winfield Street Italian Deli in Westport

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Andrew Dominick

When Breno Donatti took over the almost century-old Winfield Street Italian Deli back in 2015, one of his goals was to infuse some new school life into the menu while upholding some of the delis traditional recipes and values. What Donatti has excelled at since opening is using his background in fine dining as both an owner and a general manager to improve the business. He uses fresh, local ingredients from nearby farms whenever possible. He and his cooks have tinkered with recipes of deli classics, so you know after your first bite, that you’re not eating a bland, ordinary sandwich.

Culinary Corner Pub Crawl & Fundraiser in West Hartford: ARTISAN, FLORA, INDIA, The Cook and The Bear, and VINTED

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Stephanie Webster

CTbites is excited to be a sponsor for the 2nd Culinary Corner Pub Crawl in West Hartford.  Connecticut beer, wine, and cocktail enthusiasts can raise a glass for a good cause on Saturday, March 10th from 12-5pm at the 2nd West Hartford Culinary Corner Pub Crawl hosted by Eat IN Connecticut.

The 2nd Culinary Corner Pub Crawl will help to raise funds for local charity, Johnny's Jog, an annual event that raises money for three local non-profit children's organizations. 

Enjoy FOOD SPECIALS in addition to 1/2 OFF DRINKS from 12-5PM at participating restaurants ARTISAN, FLORA, INDIA, The Cook and The Bear, and VINTED. The crawl will be an OPEN FORMAT event again where Pub Crawl participants can go to any of the 5 participating Culinary Corner restaurant locations in any order.

Clarke Intros, Demos and Classes Bring Wolf Appliances to Life (sponsored post)

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For decades, New England homeowners would shop for appliances by walking down a line of different models and make their selections based almost entirely on price and aesthetics. All they knew about the operation or benefits of an oven or cooktop was what they could read in product signage and learn from talking to the salesperson.

In the 1990s, Tom Clarke, founder of Clarke Distribution, changed all of that for Connecticut homeowners when he opened a Sub-Zero and Wolf showroom in South Norwalk. This Clarke Showroom not only won national awards for its extraordinary design, but also for offering homeowners the opportunity to cook on these appliances in order to make a much more educated buying decision. In fact, it is not unusual for a homeowner to make a Clarke Showroom appointment to bake her favorite pie or loaf of bread in multiple ovens to decide which model has the features and provides the results she desires.

Nibble: CT Food Events For Week Of March 4- 11

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Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

During the month of March, Artisan Restaurant in Southport will feature “Bon Voyage Menus.”  Chef Frederic Kieffer has created four menus highlighting four distinct global cuisines.  First up- Italy from March 1-11!  The prix fixe menu is $19 for lunch and $45 for dinner.

Upgrade your Wednesday night out with Brasitas Stamford's five course dinner paired with Patron Tequila cocktails at their Tequila Tasting Dinner on Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30pm. $70 Per Person Plus Tax & Gratuity. Seating is Limited!. Reservations Contact:

Mystic Restaurant Week spans from March 5-11.  Restaurants like Go Fish, The Engine Room, Go Fish, The Irons, and more are presenting special menus for lunch and/or dinner. 

The Westport Farmers’ Market, Fleishers Craft Butchery, and Patagonia Provisions will present a screening of the award-winning Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a powerful cinematic portrait of Wendell Berry- farmer, activist, and undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers.  The film will be screened on March 5 at Fairfield Theater Company.

On Monday March 5, The Spread in Greenwich will host a Tequila Dinner at 7pm.  The evening includes a welcome cocktail and a 5 course meal created by Chef Carlos Baez  for $75/ per person.  Space is limited, Reservations (203) 900-1887

Tuesday March 6 is “Teacher Appreciation Night” at Brewport!  Show your teacher ID between 3:30pm and 5:30pm for free pizza.

Plan b Restaurants Brings Back 5 Fan Favorite Dishes from 12 Years of Business

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There are just some dishes you never forget. Is there any better nostalgia then food nostalgia? We think not. And Plan b fans certainly seem to agree. Over the last 12 years, Plan b Restaurants has gone through more than a dozen menu changes, but that doesn’t stop guests from demanding their favorites. As a reward for their loyal (and vocal) fans, Plan b Restaurants is bringing back five of their most beloved dishes for a very limited time!

From February 26 – March 19, the Beef Wellington Bites (sirloin, puff pastry, mushroom duxelle & blue cheese sauce), Portobello Tots (crispy fried Portobello mushroom tots with roasted tomato vinaigrette & garlic horseradish aioli), the infamous PB&J Burger (beef patty, American cheese, smooth peanut butter & bacon jam), the East Coast Burger (beef patty with roasted tomato, frizzled onions, warm lobster meat & horseradish cream) and the Lobster Pot Pie (New England lobster, sherry- bourbon lobster sauce, fresh veggies, & diced potatoes in a fresh baked pastry crust) will be featuring on a special “Cult Classics” menu

Sally's Apizza Reopens To Scores Of Happy Customers via Hartford Courant

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Leeanne Griffin

New Haven pizza icon, Sally’s Apizza, reopened this week. Leeanne Griffin of The Hartford Courant reports on the re-opening...

In its 80th year, Sally’s Apizza, a New Haven icon since 1938, is heading into a new chapter in its history. The Wooster Street pizzeria reopened Wednesday under new ownership after being closed several weeks for transition.

Read the complete article on The Hartford Courant.