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Cocktail Naming Contest: Dressing Room 

Game on! We're back with another cocktail naming contest. WIN a FREE Lunch for 2 @ The Dressing Room. Here's How...

The Dressing Room has a new summer sipper in need of a name. This cocktail features craft made spirits from New York and Connecticut.  If your Cocktail name is selected, it will be featured on their new menu & you will receive a FREE LUNCH FOR TWO @ The Dressing Room. Here are the ingredients:

"Your Name Here" Cocktail Recipe

2.0 oz Rime Vodka (CT distilled by Westford Hills )

1.0 oz American Fruits Pear Liquer (Produced in Warwick NY)

0.5 oz Massener's Ginger Liquer

Post your submission below (include email) , or if you're shy, feel free to send it to us directly. May the best namer win!! Good luck.

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Blue Lemon @ Westport Farmers' Mkt June 7

It’s official, the Westport Farmers’ Market is in full swing and you don’t want to miss a thing! School’s beginning to wind down, the days are getting longer, and summer is rapidly approaching.  If your house is anything like mine, with the heat comes the challenge of finding something cool and refreshing for dinner. Look no further…. this Thursday, June 7th Bryan Malcarney, Chef and Owner of The Blue Lemon in Westport will be whipping up a cool Caribbean gazpacho for all to sample at the Westport Farmers’ Market. This cold soup is simple yet delicious and always a market favorite. Best of all, the majority, if not all of the ingredients, can be found at the market. Therefore, if you make your way to the Market this Thursday (which I highly recommend) you will not only leave with your taste buds singing, but with dinner practically done!

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Block Party on the Farm w/ CT NOFA

CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) is turning 30 this year, and to celebrate 30 years of great food, fun, and community, they're having a Block Party. On June 23rd, come meet, socialize and bond with your local farmers and Organic Land Care Professionals with a farm tour, food truck, wine tasting, live music, and talk by Bill Duesing, CT NOFA's Executive Director.

Farmer Dina Brewster will host a guided farm tour of The beautiful Hickories Farm in Ridgefield, followed by a wine tasting courtesy of Cellar XV. The Taco Pacifico food truck will keep the mood festive and keep you full of tacos.  

Dessert will be provided by The Cake Box, along with local brewery samples from Southport Brewing Company. Organic teas will be supplied by steaz.

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Terrain Westport Garden Cafe: Farm to Table Fare

The construction of Terrain along the Westport Post Road sprouted up faster than a weed; but unlike a weed, Terrain was a welcome sight--desirable and beautiful. I’m unsure who frequents this store, billed as “a shop for eco-friendly growing supplies, home and garden décor” with its $100. terrariums and $2,000. wire tables, but I have noticed a lot of people are eating here. Terrain’s restaurant, the Westport Garden Cafe, with the look of a modern barn in all its refined rusticity--reclaimed wood tables adorned with potted flowers, bulbs suspended from above, and floor to ceiling glass windows--is bright and airy, completely lovely. To match decor, the menu itself is farm-to-table, boasting support for local farms such as Sport Hill, Holbrook, Oakview, The Hickories and Warrups. Alabama chef, Joe Wolfson, Food & Wine’s 2011 People’s Best New Chef from the Gulf Coast, does justice to his ingredients.

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Dressing Room Guest Chefs @ The Westport Farmers' Mkt

Please welcome Conor Johnson, one of CTbites' summer interns, who will be covering the local Farmers' Markets throughout the 2012 season. 

This past Thursday at the Westport Farmers’ Market, the grilling, searing, and sautéing began as they kicked off the season with their first of the many scheduled guest chefs.  The first chef featured was Jon Vasst, Executive Chef of The Dressing Room, who awed a sizeable audience as he worked his culinary magic before their hungry eyes.  His first of two demos began at 11 am, the second at 1 pm, with upcoming market guest chefs  Bill Taibe, of LeFarm and Arik Bensimon, of Napa & Co. in the audince to show their support. 


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Friday Froth: Spring Things

"The planet has needs for your deeds," read the bottle cap. I studied it as the beer's head made sizzling noises, bubbles popping in the glass. "Well," I thought, dropping the cap and producing a tinny rattle. "Obviously." I brought my eyes around to study the carbonation's wavering path as it rose through the brown fluid. A previous topper reading "It's later now than it has ever been before" stuck to my other hand as I put it down. I flicked the cap, and it skidded across the glass table, leaving a faint but traceable trail through the collected pollen. Weakening rays of early evening sun hit me on a slant as I closed my eyes and leaned back. Those beams wouldn't be much good for generating solar power, but they seemed to recharge my personal batteries just fine. Some sort of tiny insect crawled its way over the hills and valleys of my toes and back into the green grass. Ah, spring.

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Amuse Bouche: Food News for June 1

Oaxaca Kitchen in Westport is launching "live music Fridays" beginning on June 22nd. Bands will start at 10pm and play until close.

Mr. Frosty’s / Beach Burger is opening in Stamford @ 100 Washington Boulevard. Stay tuned for details. 

Craft Beer Tasting @ Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield on Saturday June 2nd @ 12pm, 1pm & 2pm to introduce and sample their new lines of American Craft Beer. 

We hear: New England Brewing has released a limited edition run of Gandhi Bot Imperial IPA in 16oz. cans. Let us know in the comments if you've seen any around, and where.

The Sun BBQ Fest in this weekend at Mohegan Sun with tons of tasty BBQ, pitmasters, a farmers' market, and live music. 

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Invites: 4 Course Dinner @ The Boathouse at Saugatuck

Join CTbites and Chef John Holzwarth on Tuesday June 19th 7:30 to 9:30 pm for an intimate evening at The Boathouse at Saugatuck. Chef Holzwarth has carefully selected a 4 course summer menu celebrating beautful fresh (always local) seafood. Each course will be carefully paired with wine selections from the Loire Valley. This dinner is $80 pp. Reserve Your Seat HERE. 

Here is the menu for this special event:

Local oysters two ways, roasted & raw, paired with a crisp Muscadet

Home Made Lobster Ravioli, Lobster Jus, Favas and Fines Herbes, paired with a refreshing Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Main course will feature fresh and creatively prepared Market fish ( to be selected day of event based on local availability), Salad of Frisee, Citrus, and Shellfish paired with seasonal rose Vouvray or Anjou Blancs

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CT Invasion: CT Chefs Cook The James Beard House 

For a chef, one of the most coveted cooking spaces in American is the tiny kitchen that sits in the belly of The James Beard House on West 12th Street, NYC.  The ancient copper pans, the elegant dining room, and the chef's whites that hang on the wall bearing the signatures of accomplished chefs from around the world, carry with them a lineage that celebrates the prolific food writer, cookbook author, and teacher, James Beard. Today, The James Beard house provides culinary inspiration, education, and scholarships, but at the heart of this narrow townhouse is a “performance space” for visiting chefs, the gold standard for any culinary career. Last week, six Fairfield County chefs paid The Beard House a visit, and the meal that resulted was a celebration of CT talent, seasonal ingredients and camaraderie.


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Rizzuto’s: A Day of Italian Food, Wine & Cars, June 10th

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, NOON – 4 PM, Rizzuto’s, located in the Saugatuck community of Westport, has teamed up with The Ferrari Club of America and FIAT of Larchmont for a day-long event filled with Italian food, wine, and cars. 

The event takes place during the Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada race, which will be shown on 2 large screen HD TVs. Race car fans can take a virtual lap around the track in a GoSimRacer Race Car Simulator. Kids feeling the need for speed can race through an on-lot GoGo-Kart track presented byGrand Prix New York Racing. Rizzuto’s is pulling out all the stops with classic Italian dishes and an Italian wine tasting. San Pellegrino will be keeping things cool and Rizzuto’s will be grilling outdoors this year, preparing sausage and pepper wedges and meatball sliders.

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