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Friday
Jun292012

Sprout Creek Farm, Sixpoint Brewery & Whole Foods Launch "Point of Origin" Cheese

Beer and cheese can make an ideal pair. Sipping a quality brew with the right cheese can elevate and complement the respective flavor profiles as any cheesemonger or brewer would tell you. But Beer IN cheese? Leave it to Sprout Creek Farms, Sixpoint Brewery and Whole Foods Market to create this perfect symbiosis in the ale-washed “Point of Origin” cheese. 

Conceptualized by Chris Manca, Specialty Products Coordinator for Whole Foods Market's Northeast Region, "Point of Origin" is "grassy, with a whiff of malt that does not announce its presence too boldly," explains Manca, who also helped name the cheese "Point of Origin."

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Thursday
Jun282012

Connecticut Wine Festival Returns July 28th-29th

The CONNECTICUT WINE FESTIVAL returns this summer on Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and July 29th. 

You’re sure to “have a grape day” at the Fourth Annual Connecticut Wine Festival, which returns to the Goshen Fairgrounds in Connecticut this summer.  Featuring fine wines, specialty food vendors, artisans, and live music, it is the perfect summer activity for both the amateur and sophisticated wine connoisseur. The festival enjoyed a record number of guests last year, and this year, organizers are promising “more music, more excitement, good food, and lots of great local wines.” Sponsored by the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association, adult guests can sample the finest wines Connecticut has to offer from many of the state's top wineries – all included in their “tasting ticket” price.  They also receive a free tote bag with a commemorative wine glass to use for the tastings. More information and a complete list of participating wineries can be found at www.ctwine.com.  

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Bonda Chef Jamie Cooper @ Westport Farmers' Market

Jamie Cooper, Head Chef and Owner of Bonda in Fairfield, will be offering a Summer Farm Salad at the Westport Farmers’ Market on Thursday, June 28th between 10 am and 2 pm.

Chef Cooper’s inspiration for his appearance at the Market came from Riverbank Farm in Roxbury, CT.   He will be assembling a simple summer salad with all ingredients sourced locally from Riverbank Farm.  His demonstration will not only show how light and delicious dinner can be, but just how easy it is to shop locally. Cooper will compile a mix of crisp sugar snap peas, scallions, ripe gold tomatoes, and fresh fennel topped it off with a refreshing lime basil vinaigrette.  As the heat continues to beat down, there is something so satisfying about a summer salad and a meal that leaves the market 90% complete.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Dine With Design 2012 Recap @ The Philip Johnson Glass House

On June 9, the second annual Dine with Design Event occurred on the incomparable grounds of the Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan and presented some of the most imaginative and brilliantly designed food selections that have ever graced this legendary compound. Six extraordinary chefs who exemplify the farm-to-table philosophy of Darryl Eckstrine’s “Harvest to Heat” cookbook and numerous artisans converged in the morning, braving the mist and light rain and created dozens of culinary delights including foie gras profiteroles; farro pasta with a duck heart ragout; citrus cured sardines with Calabrian chilies; plus numerous interpretations of lamb and pork bellies. As I marveled at the chefs’ creativity and tasted each of their dishes, it became apparent that the guests would experience an amazing culinary adventure. 

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Wednesday
Jun272012

Thursday Night Throwdown @ Espresso NEAT

Interested in showing off those latte art skills? Or perhaps you just want to learn the basics and sip your way through a fun evening. Either way you are in luck. Espresso NEAT in Darien is hosting their inaugural Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) Latte Art Competition on July 12. A $5 buy-in will get you into the evening's event. This first event of the season is a customer invitational (everyone is invited). Prizes and sponsors to be announced.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

Behind-the-Scenes at Fairfield’s Newest Gastropub: The Chelsea

The Chelsea, located in the heart of Fairfield on Unquowa Place, will open in a just under a month in mid-July. The new 80 seat restaurant includes 12 outdoor seats, a lively bar, a global gastropub menu and a hefty dose of whimsy. The trio responsible for creating what will likely be Fairfield County’s newest hot spot are: Scott Beck, co-owner of Match and The Loft in South Norwalk, and Tavern in Monroe; Matt Storch, Chef and co-owner of Match in South Norwalk; and Kevin McHugh, Co-Owner of Grey Goose in Southport and Spotted Horse in Wes

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Tuesday
Jun262012

Second Date! Holbrook Farm Dinner with Chef Michael Bick

Holbrook Farm and Chef Michael Bick of Some Things Fishy Catering are hosting their second BYOB farm-to-table dinner of the season on Sunday, July 22, 2012, 4 p.m. at Holbrook Farm in Bethel, CT. The event is $55 per person. To make reservations, email or call 914.572.5648 to make reservations.

Their first event of the season was captured by Alicia Ghio of Local Food Rocks. Check out her recap and photos, here.

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Monday
Jun252012

Shop @ Whole Foods to Support Westport Farmers' Market

Sunday
Jun242012

King's Kitchen @ Southport Beach: Beyond Beach Fare

Southport beach-goers will be donning their swimsuits with extra zeal this summer with the addition of King’s Kitchen emerging on the shoreline restaurant landscape. Every six years the beach concession at Southport Public Beach comes up for lease, and this year a team of young entrepreneurial brothers, Carter and Hunter King, won the hearts and stomachs of Southport officials with their vision for local, organic beachfront cuisine. 

King’s Kitchen is housed in a tiny pastel hued beach shack, with public picnic tables serving as the “dining room,” but the bright bold flavors and farm fresh ingredients are casually inspired and downright delicious.  Sure there’s still a hot dog (Doggy Style) on the menu, but there is also a Lobster BLT and an exceptional Pulled Berkshire Pork Sandwich with grilled pineapple on Wave Hill Ciabatta. This aint your average beach shack. Shopping farmers’ markets almost daily, King’s Kitchen’s commitment to using only the best local ingredients, and the menu’s creativity elevates casual beach fare into something crave-worthy. 

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Friday
Jun222012

You're Invited: Happy Hour @ Dressing Room July 10th

Celebrate summer with CTbites and Dressing Room. Join Chef Jon Vaast and Beverage Director John Cronin for this special summer Happy Hour on Tuesday July 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on The Dressing Room's newly enhanced patio! 

This CTbites hosted Happy Hour includes 2 drinks and features new summer cocktails paired with a menu of creative appetizers conceived especially for this event by Chef John Vaast

Enjoy pulled pork sliders with cole slaw garnish, roasted shallot custard, smoked sunburst trout mousse with gigante bean puree and trout caviar, smoked buffalo wings with caveman blue cheese, gazpacho shooters, and other delicious small bites. RESERVE YOUR "SEAT" HERE.

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