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Wednesday
May212014

2014 Westport Farmers' Market Opening Day is Thursday May 22nd

The Westport Farmers’ Market kicks off its ninth summer season on Thursday, May 22 and continues Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m through November 6 at 50 Imperial Avenue. They will kick-off the season with a green juice toast, by The Stand @12:00. Come early and enjoy the tasty treats Chef Cecily Ganz and the Staples High School Culinary team will be demonstrating from 10:15 - 11:00. 

WFM will offer locally produced products from over 40 vendors including meats, dairy, breads, seafood and produce each week, as well as host cooking and educational demonstrations from chefs and artisans.

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Wednesday
May212014

Harbor Point in Stamford Hosts Memorial Day Celebration with Music, Food, & Fun

BLT invites the community to officially kick off the summer with a block party immediately following the Stamford Boys and Girls Club Corporate 5K on May 22, with Food by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Paloma, beverages by World of Beer, and music by celebrated local country band Jump the Gunn.  Special events are scheduled almost every weekend.  For the most up-to-date information and a full events calendar click here or visit the Harbor Point page on Facebook

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Wednesday
May212014

Fortina's Christian Petroni Cooks The James Beard House: "Exuberant Italian"

Chef Christian Petroni of Fortina in Armonk took The James Beard House by storm this past Monday night with a menu titled "Exuberant Italian." Few restaurants understand hospitality like Fortina owners, Petroni, Nealon & Krauss and The Beard House event was no exception. They simply brought the "family" to NYC. 

Petroni was joined in the kitchen by his own Jodi Bernhard alongside heavy hitters: Bill Taibe- The Whelk/le farm; Merlin Verrier- Primary by Graham Elliot; Dave DiBari- The Cookery/The Parlor; Chris Vergara- Harpers/Meritage/St. George; Rui Correia- Douro; as well as Her Lindstrom & Melissa Iscaro- Cooked & Co. Impressive? Heck yeah. 

The full menu is below. Read it with your favorite drool cup. 

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Tuesday
May202014

“Hey Bartender” Documentary Screening May 29 in Westport

Ever had a fantasy about becoming a bartender, if only for a night? Or wondered about the lives of those who shake, stir and pour? 

Now is your chance. The 92-minute documentary, “Hey Bartender” gives you an insider’s look into the lives and dreams of bartenders, and explains the lure of the bar that goes beyond the drinks. Steve Carpentieri, owner of Dunville’s Restaurant in Westport, is featured in the film. You’ll hear from some of the world’s most renowned bartenders, glance back to the Prohibition era, and see the rise of the classic cocktail era and its aftermath today. The film premiered at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival.

Time: 7.30pm Date: Thursday, May 29

Place: Christ and Holy Trinity Church, 79 Church Lane, Westport.

Cost: Tickets are $10 at the door or online at: westportcinema.org

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Tuesday
May202014

Themed "Pop-Up" Lunches Launch at Match in SoNo Wednesday-Friday

Think Match is great for dinner? For the first time in their 14-year history, Match is launching Lunch, but not just any lunch. Match will be serving a pop-up style themed lunch. Each week Match will be transformed by putting aside the usual menu and letting their chefs get creative to keep your curiosity piqued.  What themes you ask...

Matt Storch writes, "Like tacos? We've got an ode to ‘Taco’s or What?’ coming your way. Crave our burgers? We'll transform into a classic roadside burger & dog joint. Love Italian? We'll pull out the red checkered tablecloths!"

Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday May 21, you can join Match three days a week, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:30 am – 2 pm. 

To find out what's on the menu, follow Match on Facebook and Twitter to see what's for lunch! Call or visit Opentable for reservations.

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Monday
May192014

Green Grunion Food Truck: San Diego-style Burritos in Danbury

The Green Grunion food truck is the brainchild of Paul Mannion, a Bethel native whose three year foray in San Diego served as inspiration for Danbury's San Diego-style burrito business on wheels. A restaurant industry veteran (you may remember his friendly face from behind the bar at Bethel’s La Zingara), Paul launched the business nearly a year ago in Danbury inspired by the burritos he came to know and love during his time in San Diego.

I finally tracked down the Green Grunion after many positive reader recommendations, and a fuzzy memory of Paul telling me his grandiose plans from behind the Zingara bar last year. But first, a quick burrito primer for the uninitiated East Coast-dwellers (read: you, me, and everyone we know, Connecticut).

Look up burrito in the dictionary and you'll likely conjure an image of the tightly-packed Mission style behemoths found in San Francisco's Mission District and interpreted loosely at a Chipotle near you.

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Monday
May192014

Best Bar Burgers in Fairfield County: 2014 Edition

May is National Burger Month and it’s that time of year again for CTbites to unveil its “Best Bar Burgers of Fairfield County.” The last twelve months brought us several suggestions to try and I tried many of these additional locations. The 2014 list included some outstanding bars and haunts that served delicious burgers, so good in fact that only one newcomer was as delicious. (See complete list below)

Not only was this an outstanding burger, but it earned my top spot as the Best Bar Burger in Fairfield County. 

Bick’s Burgers & Fries – 2014 Best Bar Burger in Fairfield County

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Monday
May192014

This Week @ Westport Farmers' Market: Chef Cecily Gans of Staples High School Culinary Arts Department  

Cecily Ganz is a culinary teacher at Staples High School. What makes her stand out is her commitment to teaching the kids the value of using local ingredients. Cecily spearheads our Gillespie Center monthly meal program where we, WFM, purchase food from our market for to kids prepare and serve the meal to our neighbors in need. She will be the guest chef at The Westport Farmers' Market on May 22nd. You can find her recipe for Fresh Strawberry, Herb & Honey Vinaigrette below. 

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Monday
May192014

Plan B Burger Bar Milford Hosts "Game of Thrones" Feast June 17

Sunday
May182014

CTbites Invites: Artisan Southport, Happy Hour on The Patio

Kick off the season with CTbites and Artisan Southport as they re-open their fabulous patio bar and outdoor restaurant on Wednesday 5/21 5:30-7:30 with a Happy Hour featuring creative hors d'oeuvres by innovative Chef Frederic Kieffer and specialty Spring cocktails, a Rose from Provence, wine and beer for $39, ALL inclusive of tax and tip! Buy your tickets here. 

Sip and savor as you also enjoy the live music of James Daniels Entertainment.

Just named "Best Outdoor Patio" and "Best Hotel Restaurant" by Moffly Media's "Best of The Gold Coast", Artisan offers a beautiful setting for sunset cocktails and appetizers. 

Chef Kieffer has prepared a special menu of passed hors d'oeuvres to include:

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