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Wednesday
Sep112013

Book-a-Cook: Bringing Culinary Excellence to YOUR Kitchen

The best life has to offer often happens around the dinner table.  Mealtime moments shared with family and friends over good food and good drinks.  However, making a meal that will impress your guests is a time consuming feat, one that takes you away from those life-well-lived moments at the table.  That’s when Book-a-Cook steps in, relieving you of any stress and work involved in planning a family meal, dinner party or culinary event.  There is so much culinary prowess in Fairfield County, and with Book-a-Cook you can book a chef’s table right in your own kitchen.

Book-a-Cook was founded by Westport native and Fairfield resident, Ashley Hart.  Hart, an Institute of Culinary Education graduate and former New York City and Hamptons personal chef, wanted to provide intimate access to some of the great chefs in this area.  Many cities offer similar services, but the suburban market had yet to be tapped.  “We live in a very social community and it seemed like the perfect fit,” says Hart.  With the help of business partner Amy Strife, Book-a-Cook launched in January.  “Our goal is to take a restaurant experience into your home and make the experience as seamless as possible,” says Strife.   “You are able to have a much more personal experience with the chef.”

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Wednesday
Sep112013

The Spread: Sunday & Monday Night Dining

 Looking for something delicious to do on a Sunday or Monday night? How about sidling up to The Spread in SONO where Football fans and foodies can enjoy an array of very reasonbly priced snacks? Steak Tartare? Fish Tacos? Crispy Pork Belly Bites? Who cares about Football? I'm going for the food.  

The Spread 70 North Main Street, Norwalk (SONO) 203.939.1111

 

Tuesday
Sep102013

Marcia Selden's Ultimate Dinner Party Contest

Tell us about YOUR Ultimate Dinner Party & Win A Chance to Cook with Marcia Selden Catering's outstanding culinary team in "Chopped" style throw down! 

Have you attended or thrown a dinner party that you thought was outstanding? Unique? Just plain fun?...Is there a favorite recipe, menu concept, play list or décor element you can share?

Tell us all about it.... 

Marcia Selden Catering & CTbites will select 3 contenders based on your responses to go on to compete in a “Chopped-style” kitchen throw-down at the Marcia Selden commissary (how much fun is that?) with the help of their rock star culinary team.  Don't worry...you'll have tons of help.

The winner of the throw down will receive a Marcia Selden Gourmet to Go meal delivered to their home for 6 (value $200.00)

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Tuesday
Sep102013

Community Plates’ "Food for All" Fundraiser Showcases Top Chefs + CTbites Reader Discount!

CTbites is proud to be one of this years sponsors for the Community Plates’ Food for All 2013 fundraiser which will Showcase Fairfield County’s Newest Restaurants and Top Chefs.

Ok people. We shouldn't need to convince you to support Community Plates and all that they are doing to end hunger in Fairfield County (and yes, there are 100,000 food insecure people living in Fairfield County right now). The "Food For All" event kicks-off an initiative to rescue 3,000,000 meals and celebrates impact of volunteers, food donors, service agencies. 

For one night only the area’s newest restaurants and some established favorites will come together to help Community Plates end hunger in Fairfield County.  The celebratory evening, which begins with a VIP cocktail reception (6:30-7:30) featuring an Oyster Bar by Norm Bloom & Son, followed by the main event (7:30-10:00), will include chefs and tasting tables, dancing and more.  Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite.com.

And...CTbites Readers get $25 off the regular ticket price and $50 off VIP Ticket. Use Code: CTBITES

Chef's Tasting Tables include:

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Sunday
Sep082013

Stanziato's Craft Beer Dinner on September 29

Stanziato's Pizza in Danbury is hosting a craft beer and food pairing dinner on September 29 from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets are first come, first served and seats are $65 per person. Give them a call for more information or stop in to be among the first lucky 50 to get in on this dinner: http://stanziatos.com.

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Sunday
Sep082013

NOLA Oyster Bar - Revisiting An Excellent Seafood Spot in SONO 

CTbites re-visited NOLA Oyster Bar a few months after its opening to enjoy some of the newest additions to the menu. Chef Dan Kardos is clearly in charge of the kitchen and his culinary talent is evident as he creates some of the most delicious cuisine in Fairfield County.

The Seafood Tower, a dedication to cold shellfish (plus tuna), was the first course served to our table. The generous portions included Cherrystone clams, snow crab legs, Copps Island oysters, shrimp, and charred Hamachi crudo. A house made mignonette sauce accompanied the oysters. All of the items on the Tower were delightful. The crudo was marinated in white and dark balsamic vinegar plus a combination of lime and tangerine juices; it was tantalizing. The crab legs and shrimp were sweet with just a touch of seasoning to emphasize the natural flavors. The Copps Island oysters were a little bitter with very little salinity, but the addition of the mignonette sauce drastically changed the flavor profile from bitter to delicious.

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Sunday
Sep082013

CTbites is on Instagram! And We Want To See What You're Eating

More CTbites food shots to love: CTbites is now on Instagram and we want to see what you're eating!

Follow us on Instagram and tag #CTbites on your favorite food shots in & around Connecticut. We may just repost them, or include them in a weekly Instagram roundup on CTbites.com. 

Go forth and be artsy. Click here to follow CTbites on Intagram.

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Saturday
Sep072013

Little Asia First Annual Lunar Festival

Friday
Sep062013

Friday Froth: Beer...Served Fresh

Welcome back to another edition of CTBites’ own beer column, this time with a subtle aroma of pigskin. Tastes start to turn a little bit more to brown liquor as we transition from summer to fall but, back yard table or car bumper at a tailgate, it’s a sad hand that can’t reach for a beer.  We have stone, metal and a miracle down below as we match the days and keep it crisp. 

So fresh and so green, green: Stone Brewing in California brewed up a double IPA just for us this August and shipped it over for those who were paying attention. The brew is called Enjoy By 9-13-13 – (I gave a heads up in the last Froth here, and originally mentioned the series the first time we got a batch back in April) – and I finally got a chance to have some. Let me tell you: it was worth the wait. 

Enjoy By pours a clear gold with a thick head and tons of sweet citrus on the nose. Tip up the glass and there is so much floral, citrusy hop taste you could almost chew it. It is immediately and strikingly apparent why the brewers at Stone made such a point of the degree of freshness. There is no small amount of bitterness, but it’s held in check by a sturdy malt base. At 9.4%, the alcohol may be cutting through the other ingredients to some degree, but it’s not noticeable in the flavor. The flavor, though, is delicious. It somehow gets better as the level of beer goes down and the number of sticky rings it has left on your glass goes up. Rare is the beer that can pull off that feat. If you love hops, you need to go out and find this beer.

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Friday
Sep062013

Culinary Gifts @ Clarke Culinary Center in South Norwalk (sponsored post)

Culinary Gifts? No Problem.

Tucked inside Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test kitchen in South Norwalk, is a culinary boutique that every foodie will want to visit - Savoir Fare. This is the perfect place to purchase unique holiday gifts or a new set of champagne flutes for entertaining in your own home. 

With a name that is creatively based on the French for "knowledge of food," Savoir Fare offers an evolving collection of cookware, bakeware, stemware, cooking tools and fine French linens. 

With an impeccably curated assortment from these fine brands, you are assured that only the highest quality items are in this collection:

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