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Wednesday
Aug292012

What's in Season: Peaches

This week I went to Bishop's Orchard in Guilford. Accompanied by my 9 month old, we "both" went peach picking for the first time. She plucked the leaves that we're tickling her face as I maneuvered under the branches with her on my left hip, while I picked one peach at a time with my right hand.

It was just like apple picking although the peaches weren't ripe enough to eat off the trees. I let them ripen on the counter for a few days then they at last became soft, sweet,  juicy and camera ready.

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Tuesday
Aug282012

5TH Annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival + CTbites Chef Tent

Come on down to the 5th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival this weekend, September 1st and 2nd.

This event celebrates food, music and family with an exciting line-up of bands, craft beer, barbecue and cooking events, ribs and pie eating contests as well as fun for the whole family. And let's not forget the CTbites Chef Demo Tent on Sept 1st, where 6 top Fairfield County chefs will demo recipes and serve up tasty vittles all day long. 

Food vendors include: Bobby Q's Bodacious BBQ, Winnie's Jerk Chicken & Fish-Caribean Cuisine, Blue Lemon Restaurant, Dave & Jerry's Hot Dog Trolley-Beef Hot Dogs, French Fries & Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Bar Q BBQ -Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken Wings, Melt Mobile -Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Wild Bill's Olde Fashioned Soda, Rolling Cones Ice Cream, Rita's Italian Ice. Aurora's Gypsy Cafe-Desserts, Kettle Corn

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Tuesday
Aug282012

Stamford's New Boom Town: A Peek @ Harbor Point's Food Future

First there was Fairway. The legendary grocery market firmly planted a Food Flag at Harbor Point, back when the former industrial peninsula was just a cluster of earth movers, gutted factories and towering cranes in Stamford's South End. 

Today this 3.5 Billion dollar redevelopment project (maybe America's biggest) teems with residences, offices, retail, and yes, its first restaurants like the new Harlan Social that's just opened across from Fairway Market.

"My job over the next couple of years is to transform Harbor Point into a dining hotspot , Jon Sabrowski told CTBites. He's the leasing director of Building and Land Technology, developer of the 100 acre mixed use site. Sabrowski, a restaurant and real estate veteran, agreed to give CTBites an exclusive sneak peek at the Food Future of this amazing, newly minted city within a city.

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Sunday
Aug262012

The Chelsea in Fairfield: A New Chip Off the Old Block

Instantly familiar, yet completely new, Fairfield’s six-week-young The Chelsea has already settled quite nicely into the dining scene. With an Unquowa Place address, a steady lunch and a boisterous evening crowd–its practically a Fairfield County regular.

This is thanks in large part to a familiar and accomplished trio of owners responsible for creating many hot spots we know and love: Scott Beck, co-owner of Match and The Loft in South Norwalk; Matt Storch, Chef and co-owner of Match in South Norwalk; and Kevin McHugh, Co-Owner of Grey Goose in Southport and Spotted Horse in Westport.

Beyond the obvious street cred, the palpable success of the restaurant is found in the breeziness of its well-designed space (McHugh’s cozy palette of reclaimed rough sawn wood, white subway tiles and raw glass fixtures) paired with a globally-inspired menu long on classics. The Chelsea’s menu is a witty take on many dishes we all know and love, combined with a consistency of quality that comes from veteran owners and chefs who know the Fairfield County appetite very well.

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Friday
Aug242012

Friday Froth: Lesson Learned

Your average lemur makes a terrible manservant. Don't ever waste a summer trying. It takes them forever to drag a beer from one room to the next, and you'd think they have dexterous little hands, but I found their laundry folding skills to be incredibly sub-par. Exotic animal friends can be both time consuming and delicious, but a Cornish game hen provides the latter with no need of training or a wee tuxedo. Unless well-dressed poultry is your thing, you monster. But let's put aside whatever predilections you have for Capon in chapeau and return to our subject, shall we? 

In the upper midwest (where the men are men and the women are frozen to something) sits Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has an area of 45.3 sq. mi., is home to the Frederick Meijer Gardens, the DeVos Place Convention Center and many other places you've read about both here and on Wikipedia if you've never been to the place and need something to write about it in your beer column. TRANSITION It is also home to Founders Brewing Company, one of the more significant craft breweries in the United States, at the northeast side of which you can spy Connecticut, where Founders beers can now be, um... found. 

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Friday
Aug242012

Noel Jones Joins Copper Beach Inn in Ivoryton

Highly regarded chef Noel Jones, who left ON20 in Hartford’s Polytechnic Club earlier this month, has resurfaced at Ivoryton’s historic Copper Beech Inn. Named Best Country Inn for 2009-2010 by Connecticut Magazine, the Copper Beech Inn is one of Connecticut’s premier venues for dining and lodging. It’s also one of its prettiest.

Jones says he is excited about being in partnership with the Copper Beech Inn. He will be assuming the duties of Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director. “There will be tremendous talent in the kitchen,” Jones enthuses. “This is one of the best teams I’ve ever assembled.”

Diners can count on Jones’ trademark imaginative and beautifully plated food.

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Friday
Aug242012

Millstone Fall Workshops: Canning Tomatoes & Pickling

Millstone Farms has come up with a way to preserve our seasonal bounty. Summer tomatoes and other vegetables can be enjoyed all winter long with their fall workshops on Canning Tomatoes and Pickling. These workshops take place at the always beautiful Millstone Farm in Wilton, and are led by by veteran farmer Annie Farrell. If you haven't made it out to Millstone yet, this is a great reason to get closer to the source. Information on these workshops can be found below:

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Thursday
Aug232012

White Gate Farm Launches 'Farm Kitchen' Cooking Classes

White Gate Farm in East Lyme, CT, a favorite eastern Connecticut farm stand and Dinners on the Farm venue, is unveiling their new commercial "Farm Kitchen" and a series of cooking classes featuring talented Connecticut chefs. 

The series will officially kick off this Friday at White Gate Farm for what they are calling a "Grand Unveiling" on August 24 at 7 pm ($10 per person). The evening will feature a preview of the hands-on kitchen and farm-fresh hors d'oeuvres, wine and chef's presentations. They will also unveil the full season of classes, dates and participating chefs this evening.

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Wednesday
Aug222012

Don't Miss "Bacon Week" at Plan B Burger in Milford

Plan B Burger knows that everything is better with bacon. Hence, in celebration of their one Year Anniversary, Plan B Milford presents “Bacon Week,” Monday September 10-Sunday September 16th. This bacon bounty includes a full menu of bacon inspired savory and sweet treats including everything from “The Divine Swine” aka “Drop Dead Burger,”  (100% ground bacon burger topped w/ thick sliced bacon, bacon aioli, bourbon bacon red onion jam, and a fried egg all sandwiched in between a grilled cheese) to Bacon Candy Bars and Bacon infused Bourbon cocktails. Did I mention the Bacon Cotton Candy? There's one for the ages. The full menu is below, but if you love pork like I love pork, I'd say make your way over to Milford. 

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Wednesday
Aug222012

It's Hatch Chile Season! Celebrate with Stew Leonards.

If you can't make it to the annual Hatch Chile Festival in New Mexico in early September, this weekend in Norwalk may be a close second. 

Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk is partnering with a family-owned New Mexico Green Chile Company to host a Hatch Chile Roasting demo and tasting for customers on Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26, 2012. Stew's will be selling their fire-roasted or unroasted Hatch chiles, as well as offering samples of fresh salsa made with Hatch chiles. For more information, visit Stew Leonards website or better yet, stop on by this weekend.

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