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Wednesday
Apr252012

Don't Miss The Taste of Westport on May 3rd

The 8th Annual Taste of Westport will be held on May 3rd at the Westport Inn. The Taste of Westport supports CLASP, a 30 year old Westport-based organization that provides group housing for 80 men and women with autism and related developmental disabilities. Your $75 entry fee ($80 at the door) gives you sampling rights to some of the Westport area’s finest dining spots, and you can support a great cause. 

Here's how the evening is going down: Begin with oysters or clams from Norm Bloom & Son, and then enjoy great restaurants, including Bobby Q’s, Blue Lemon, DaPietro’s, Matsu Sushi, Coromandel, Michele’s Pies, River House Tavern, Rizzuto’s, Tarantino’s, 55 Restaurant and Wine Bar and Rowayton Seafood.

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Wednesday
Apr252012

Foodie Fridays @ Sport Hill Farm in Easton

Every Friday in May, Patti Popp, owner of Easton's Sport Hill Farm will be hosting hands-on, meet-and-eat lunch/workshops for adults. Learn to make some delicous recipes from scratch featuring farm fresh seasonal produce. Meet new & like-minded people while getting your familiy back to the kitchen table to eat. Carol Dannhauer, TV food show producer & cook will share tips & techniques, recipes & shortcuts to mouth-watering, interesting meals that appeal to the whole family. These workshops will be held every Friday in May from 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m. 

May 4th ; 11th ; 18th ; 25th. Sign-up for one or all four. $50-pp(plus $15) materials fee per class, or $180.00 for all 4 sessions (plus $60 materials fee). Pre-payment & RSVP required. E-mail Farmgal596@yahoo.com or call Carol direct (203)374-8343. 

Sport Hill Farm (Patti Popp) 596 Sport Hill Road, Easton. farmgal596@yahoo.com

Wednesday
Apr252012

Comedian Mike Birbiglia Creates Station Eats Pepperoni Burger

In honor of Comedian Mike Birbiglia's upcoming performance at the Palace Theater on Thursday May 3, Station Eats in Stamford has partnered with Mike to create the "Birbig Burger." No, this is no joke. Mike Birbiglia's burger was inspired by his favorite food: Pepperoni Pizza. This grass-fed burger topped with fresh mozzarella, our house-made pizza sauce and pepperoni will be available for a limited time. They'll be offering the Birbig Burger from May 1 - 3. We tested and tasted it and it is a darn good burger!

In addition to this unique, one-off burger, Palace Theater goers receive 15% off their orders if they show their tickets. This is and will be an ongoing promotion.

 

Wednesday
Apr252012

Invites Recap: Match's PHO-Nomenal Vietnamese Dinner

Chef Matt Storch took CTbites Invites on a tour of Vietnam’s most beloved dishes. About 60 people attended the event at Match, Which was inspired by the Huynh Family-Storch’s wife Tran (pronounced Chung), mother in law Ty and Father in law Tai.  They also helped cook.  While the evening was intended as an introduction to the cuisine, the chef and family presented some twists that surprised those who think they know Vietnamese food. Like chicken braised in American’s favorite soft drink. Yes, coke. 

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Tuesday
Apr242012

A Sneak Peek @ The NEW Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk

We recently reported on Valencia Luncheria's highly anticipated expansion plan which has this Fairfield County arepa haven moving down the street to a significantly larger location at 164 Main Street in Norwalk. Regulars wondered if the new place would retain the just stepped off the Venezuelan beachside charm of Valencia 1.0, a tiny spot whose uniquely delicious menu has won over locals as well as Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Loyal patrons need not fear. Owner, Michael Young, recently toured CTbites around the new Valencia Luncheria, and all of the rustic and reclaimed touches, bright colors, and the signature wall of plantains, are still in the house. There are, however, some significant upgrades about which you'll want to know. Here's the rundown on what to look for in the new Valencia Luncheria, currently scheduled to open by the end of May.

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Monday
Apr232012

Food Network's Restaurant Impossible visits Stella's in Stratford via ctpost

Looking for something fun to do next week? "Restaurant Impossible" will be filming at Stella's in Stratford. Here's the news from ctpost.com...

"The Food Network's top rated show, "Restaurant Impossible," will be paying a visit to Stella's Restaurant next week.

"Restaurant Impossible" is hosted by Chef Robert Irvine, who, according to the show's website, "faces a daunting new challenge: save America's most desperate restaurants from impending failure in just two days with only $10,000."

Tucked in the corner of the Oronoque Shopping Plaza, Stella's is an Italian restaurant that has been serving homemade meals for 34 years. Decorated with black-and-white family photos and old photos of Stratford, Stella's, at 7365 Main St., is owned and operated by longtime restaurateur Michael Savoie. In 1998, Savoie took over Stella's.

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Monday
Apr232012

Save the Date: Dine with Design 2012 @ The Glass House

The Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, invites the community to attend the second annual Dine with Design. The epicurean event, to be held at the Glass House on Saturday, June 9, offers two ways to experience the historic site. From 12pm to 3pm, the Modern Picnic provides an opportunity to sample savory dishes prepared by six award-winning chefs and ten talented artisans while exploring the buildings, grounds and art collections located on the 49-acre site. Beginning at 6:30pm, The Food Film Festival™ makes its first appearance outside of New York City and Chicago. The theater-style experience delights audiences as it offers the chance to taste what they see on the screen. 

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Sunday
Apr222012

Behind the Scenes @ Isabelle et Vincent Bakery in Fairfield

It’s 8am on a Friday and we’re here to observe the inner workings at Isabelle et Vincent, aka The French Bakery in Fairfield. Eight a.m. is nowhere near the dark morning hours one would associate with a baker’s schedule, and yet there’s plenty going on even at this “late” hour. In one corner of the kitchen, a wide galley space behind the counter lined with ovens, a gigantic standing mixer, and speed racks of measured flour and finished pastries, strawberry tarts are being assembled. The scent of fresh berries, an enormous pile of ruby red, hit us before we even laid eyes on them. In fact, the entire space is a feast for the senses. Piles of baguettes, stacks of macarons in a rainbow of color, glistening apple tarts, fondant covered eclairs, and savory quiches...close your eyes and just imagine a symphony of freshly baked bread, butter, sugar, fruit, and chocolate. It’s incredible.

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Friday
Apr202012

Upcoming Workshops at Millstone Farm in Wilton

Millstone Farm has just announced a few more workshops going on at their beautiful 75-acre working farm in Wilton, CT. For those unfamiliar with Millstone, heir focus is on rebuilding our food community through small scale agriculture, educational activities, and events. Millstone raises pastured heirloom breed sheep, pigs, and poultry, and grow vegetables for their CSA, local chefs, and family owned markets. They do wonderful events and workshops with top chefs and guest speakers. Here is the spring lineup including "Backyard Composting" and "Foraging & Cooking with Wild Edibles." 

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Thursday
Apr192012

Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Recipes for Success

After listening to three incredibly accomplished women dish about their culinary success, one thing became perfectly clear—although their individual paths differed greatly, all shared the same passion and personal commitment to what ultimately goes on the plate. Food feeds their souls and fuels their creativity.

More than 110 attendees gathered at The Jewish Community Center in Woodbridge, CT last month to attend, “Let’s Dish: Entrepreneurs Serve up Their Recipes for Success.”  The event presented a panel of esteemed chefs and food entrepreneurs: Cynthia R. Bigelow, President, Bigelow Tea Company, Carole Peck, owner of Good News Café in Woodbury; and Missy Robbins, Executive Chef at A Voce (NYC).  Syndicated columnist, blogger, consultant, and culinary talent agent, Bonnie Leblang expertly moderated.  In addition to spilling secrets of their culinary success, these ladies divulged how they managed to navigate, chop, slice, dice and eventually prove themselves in this mostly male-dominated industry. Here’s how they accomplished this.

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