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Thursday
Aug022012

Barcelona Chef Proto: Hanger Steak w/ Truffle Vinaigrette

Truffle fans, listen up. Barcelona Restaurant has begun importing the "good stuff." Teaming up with an international purveyor of this Italian culinary treasure, Barcelona is now offering private label white truffle oil and truffle shavings (slivers, packed in juice). 

Wondering what to do with these fabulous fungi? Frank Proto, Executive Chef at New Haven's Barcelona Restaurant has just the recipe: Truffle Vinaigrette, using black truffles and white truffle oil. This vinaigrette is delicious on hanger steak as presented in the recipe above, but really, what wouldn't truffle vinaigrette be good on? 

These exotic woodland delicacies are available to food enthusiasts through Barcelona’s already active “marketplace” on their web site. 

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Wednesday
Aug012012

The Schoolhouse Farm to Fork Dinner Goes on Sale Aug 2nd

The Schoolhouse has just announced that reservations for the August 22nd Farm to Fork Dinner will open at 10AM on Thursday, August 2nd. Please email request for seats to f2f@schoolhouseatcannondale.com beginning at 10AM on August 2nd.

The dinner will be Wednesday, August 22nd at Millstone Farm, located at 180 Millstone Road, Wilton, CT. A farm tour will begin at 6:00PM with a farm fresh family style meal beginning at 7:00PM. The cost is $126.35 which includes tax & gratuity and featured drinks. BYOB is welcome. With the fantastic weather this season, the variety of fresh vegetables will be outstanding. They will also be featuring a specially selected wine and creative cocktails at this event.  

All tickets are non refundable, however, you may give your spot to someone else. Space is limited and the dinner will happen as scheduled, rain or shine. 

Please email your reservations after 10:00AM on Thursday, June 21st to f2f@schoolhouseatcannondale.com.

Tuesday
Jul312012

Invites Recap: "Happy Hour" @ Dressing Room

As you enter Dressing Room, it is the perfect combination of elegance and charm that attracts you.  When you sit down, it is the warmth that settles you in.  After you have eaten, it is the substance and quality that relaxes you into a food inspired ‘coma.’  Once you have left, it is the overall magnanimity of the Dressing Room restaurant that will entice you back.

Recently, CT Bites sponsored an event at the Dressing Room, known as “Happy Hour on the DR Patio.”  The evening was used to promote that which head chef/owner Michel Nischan has set as his restaurants overarching ideal, comfort.  From the specialty cocktails, to the stunningly made hors d’oeuvres, this is the type of happy hour that I would be a regular at.

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Tuesday
Jul312012

Ad: What's In Season @ Walter Stewart's Market 

With summer in full swing there are even more reasons to shop Walter Stewart's Market, a fixture in downtown New Canaan since 1907. This family run grocer features not only outstanding customer service and a great selection of everyday needs for your family, but also local producers and hard to find specialty goods in every aisle.  

Can't get to the farmers' market? Browse through Walter Stewart's produce section where local CT farmers from Wagner Farm in East Windsor, Millstone Farm in Wilton, and Dzen Farm in South Windsor, are delivering the very best of the CT harvest. What's in season right now? Here is the lineup: corn, yellow and green squash, green beans, blueberries, apricots, sugar plums, and green cabbage. Beautiful beefsteak tomatoes will be coming soon. 

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Sunday
Jul292012

Behind the Scenes: Napa and Company's New Chef Marino

Napa and Company in Stamford has a new, very talented chef overseeing its award-winning kitchen. Chef Leonardo Marino is slowly modifying the menu to showcase his commitment of using exceptional ingredients to highlight their natural flavors. Three weeks after assuming Napa’s Executive Chef position, CTbites sat with Chef Leo for this “Behind the Scenes,” review, discussed his passion for food and sampled several of his recently premiered dishes.  

Chef Leo’s devotion to cooking started at an early age as he assisted his mother and aunt in the kitchen; they inspired him to pursue a culinary education.  After attending the Culinary Institute of America, his philosophy of accentuating the natural flavors was further influenced in the kitchens of some of America’s greatest chefs. While working as the Lead Sous Chef for Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin, Ripert asked him to relocate to Washington DC to take the reins of Chef de Cuisine at Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert. Chef Leo returned to New York in 2009 and joined David Bouley at both Bouley and as the Chef of Bouley Upstairs.

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Sunday
Jul292012

Catch a Healthy Habit @ The Westport Farmers' Mkt August 2

This Thursday, August 2nd, Lisa Storch and Glen Colello, chef/owners of Catch a Healthy Habit in Fairfield, will be keeping it light at The Westport Farmers’ Market.

With a spin on a BBQ essential, Chef Storch will be demoing a not so traditional “potato” salad at 11am and 1 pm.  Substituting zucchini for the potatoes, this salad includes onions, parsley, and possibly celery.  Catch a Healthy Habit plans on sourcing all ingredients from Sport Hill Farm of Easton, CT or Fort Hill Farm of Thompson, CT ensuring a fresh, nutritious snack for shoppers.

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Friday
Jul272012

Great news for fans of Cortina Pizzeria, Norwalk!  

Chef/ owner Pat Pascarella of Cortina Pizzeria (the former Pizzeria Rosso) told CTbites that he is relocating from the current New Canaan Avenue location and re-opening on Wall Street in Norwalk with a larger menu and plenty of seats. During the relocation the New Canaan Avenue location will close on July 29th with the new Wall Street full-service restaurant scheduled to open in September.

The menu at the new restaurant will feature more than Chef Pat’s delicious pizzas (yes, he will feature the CTbites Pizza). He shared a sneak peak of some of the items he is considering and they include various meatballs, (including a meatball sampler plate), a variety of appetizers and salumi, salads including house-made mozzarella and burrata plus an assortment of pasta dishes. When CTbites spoke with Pascarella, he stated, "I am excited about opening the new location where I can expand the menu and offer more choices to my customers.  I also want to price the menu so everyone can come to the restaurant and enjoy some great food at reasonable prices.

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Friday
Jul272012

Redding Roadhouse Gets New Chef & New Life

Big news for fans of the Redding Roadhouse. It looks like the Roadhouse is under new ownership with a hot new chef and a master plan for success. Dan Woog reports on this story in his blog 06880.

For years, Westporters have passed the Redding Roadhouse — the restaurant/bar with live music and a casual-but-almost-biker’s-hangout vibe on Route 53, past Devil’s Den  and the Saugatuck Reservoir — and wondered, “What’s up with that?”

For years, they drove on by. A group of Westporters plans to change all that.

Earlier this month Ted Stonbely, his wife Colleen Cook, and her brother Wirt Cook took over the place. When they reopened 3 days later, they’d already made  tweaks.

Bigger changes lie ahead. Including more outreach to folks down in these parts.

Read full article here.

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Thursday
Jul262012

Invites: 4 Course Italian Wine Dinner @ Da Pietro's Restaurant - $85

Join Chef Pietro Scotti for a very personal all inclusive dinner event at Da Pietro's Restaurant in Westport, CT on Tuesday August 21 from 7:30-9:30 pm for $85.

Whether a romantic dinner for two, or a night out with friends, the intimate nature of Da Pietro's lends itself to a very special evening. MORE INFO HERE

Chef Pietro will introduce the evening with one of his specialties: Home Made Mozzarella rolled with Prosciutto di Parma and Baby Arugula over Cannellini Bean Salad. 

Paired with a Prosecco di Umbria, you will enjoy this starter as he returns to the kitchen to prepare an amazing menu to include Fresh Pasta stuffed with roasted eggplant, mushrooms and ricotta cheese, and a main entree of Filetto di Maile, Medallions of Pork finished with Port Wine and Shitake Mushroom Sauce. 

Italian wine, specially selected by a favorite winemaker, will enhance each course and the evening will finish with a dessert of Tarta di Pera, Pear Tart will Vanilla Sauce and your choice of coffee or tea.

Named Best of the Gold Coast for 3 years in a row, here is your opportunity to see and taste first hand the delicious dishes at Da Pietro's!

Thursday
Jul262012

Amuse Bouche: The All Beverage Issue

Stew Leonard’s Wines is getting into the Olympic spirit. They will also be hosting a “Wide World of Spirits” on Friday, July 27 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. featuring four drinks from four continents.

Westport's new wine shop, BottleRocket will host several events this weekend. If you haven't stopped by yet, this top notch wine haven is worth a taste. Thurs, July 26:  Magic Hat Elder Betty beer (seasonal, weiss-style and super refreshing), 4-7pm: Fri, July 27:Mer Soleil Chardonnay from California, 4-7pm & Sat, July 28: Laxas Albarino (refreshing summer sipper from Spain), 1-4pm

Hartford's City Steam brew pub, already distributing their Naughty Nurse pale ale in bottles at retail, is rolling out bottles of their Innocence IPA in the coming weeks. We've asked, and we'll update you when we know Ffld. Co. locations. 

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