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CTbites' Chef Demo Tent Sept 5 + 6th at The Blues & BBQ Festival in Westport. 8 local chefs. Ton's of great food for all! View lineup here. 

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Sunday
Apr142013

10 Course "New Nordic" Dinner w/ Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie

Join us for a 10 Course "New Nordic" Dinner with Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie on Tuesday, April 23rd. 

Inspired by the New Nordic Cuisine of Scandinavia, and Rene Redzepi's "World's Best Restaurant," NOMA in Copenhagen, multi- talented chef, Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie, brings this cuisine exclusively to CTbites Invites, for a special one-night only ALL-inclusive 10 course dinner and wine pairing on Tuesday 4/23 from 7:30-9:30 for $95. Reserve Your Seat Here. 

In November 2004, on the initiative of the Danish chefs René Redzepi and Claus Meyer of the then newly opened NOMA restaurant, chefs and food professionals from all the Nordic countries met in Copenhagen to discuss how best to develop what they called the "New Nordic Cuisine."

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Sunday
Apr142013

Pinot Power Wine Dinner w/ Fountainhead & Fat Cat Pie Co

It’s Fat Cat City’s spring homage to the great grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir, as expressed through the lens of some of Oregon’s most talented wine artisans. Fat Cat Pie Co. will host a special Pinot Power on Saturday April 20, 2013 @ 7:30 PM in their wine room. The dinner will feature two single-vineyard Patricia Green wines that are rarely seen outside of Oregon as the quantities produced are so minuscule. All of the producers are Fountainhead Selections discoveries, the Fountainhead crew having traveled there long before the region was recognized as world class. View the complete menu below:

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Sunday
Apr142013

Branford Restaurant Week Begins April 14

Always wanted to try a new restaurant but not quite sure where to begin? Restuarant weeks are the perfect opportunity to explore spots new to you, as well as celebrate and support the businesses in some of your favorite towns. Branford is holding their second annual restuarant week, including over twenty restaurants with special menus and prix-fixe meals for the week. 

For more information, visit: http://branfordrestaurantweek.com/

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Friday
Apr122013

10 Questions with Chef Jason Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day, so what better time to interview the King of the Grilled Cheese, Jason Sobocinski of Caseus Fromagerie Bistro than today? Chef Sobocinski is the owner and founder of New Haven's innovative cheese-centric gastropub and cheese shop. A graduate of Providence College, Chef Sobocinki earned his master’s in gastronomy at Boston University and after working his way through the ranks at the Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, he opened Caseus. 

1. If you had unexpected guests arriving at your home for dinner in 1 hour, what would you whip up? What is the last dish you cooked for yourself?

I'd probably put out a few hunks of cheese, surprise. I always have good bread on hand, jam, mustards, crackers...I like the idea of having a grilled cheese party where you lay out bread, different cheeses, and condiments and let guests make their own creation. Bust out a couple of bottles of wine and everyone is happy. I’m actually judging a grilled cheese recipe and wine pairing contest. Last dish I cooked for myself was left over Easter Ham, fried up in brown butter with two over easy eggs and a hunk of bread baked in the oven. I covered the entire plate with finely grated black diamond cheddar and then a drizzle of maple syrup. This was around 1am last night. I had a Cadbury Caramel Egg for desert with a glass of St. Francis Zinfandel. 

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Friday
Apr122013

Friday Froth: The Ground Beneath Our Feet

The swings in temperature lately set me back thinking about the equally wild temperamental capriciousness of the Greek gods. Just as it's not too difficult to convince me to go out for a beer, it only takes a slight hint for my mind to go in a Hellenistic direction, and springtime seems to always provide the nudge. It's a happy accident, then, that I've recently had a few beers fit to tell a tale. 

The Greeks made their gods powerful, but they didn't need them to be infallible. The Olympians were more like people; they had pride which could be swelled or injured, love, hatred, jealousy, sexual appetites, creative instincts and, every once in a while, they'd strike a deal.

One of the most famous of these deals (well, if you're a classical mythology geek) is the story of Hades falling in love with Persephone and opening the Earth to swallow her so she could be his queen in the underworld.

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Thursday
Apr112013

Melt Mobile in Stamford: Great Sandwiches Day & Night

CTbites is pleased to welcome Eliza Schlesinger as a new contributor. She will help guide our readers to great tasting venues perfect for 20-somethings in the Stamford area.

When the weekend night bar scene in Stamford comes to a close, a girl has two options, take home a man or take home a sandwich, and this single lady prefers a sandwich. As my friends and I were finishing another night of laughter and dancing, I looked around to see if anything caught my eye. I peered across Bedford Street and instantly had my answer, the Melt Mobile.

As a little girl, there were few things as delicious and comforting as a grilled cheese, and Melt Mobile’s creations bring me back to my childhood while igniting the flavors that my adult taste buds love. The scene is exactly what I would expect around 2 am, utter drunken chaos and sloppy flirtation combined with an aroma that makes it all bearable. Until this visit I’ve always ordered the same sandwich, the Caprese, for two simple reasons. The first, it’s typically listed towards the top of the Specials menu, and the second because I swear it’s always tasted like heaven. The sandwich is a wonderful balance of fresh mozzarella and Prosciutto di Parma, accompanied by my favorite combination of roasted red peppers, arugula, fresh tomatoes and pesto aioli on Kalamata olive bread. But I am here to be objective and thorough, so I let my eyes wander down the rest of the deliciously cheesy menu to look for new and exciting options.

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Wednesday
Apr102013

Giveaway: Win 2 Seats to Tastings & Tapas Evening @ Todd English's Tuscany

Mohegan Sun and CTbites are teaming up to GIVE AWAY 2 SEATS for 1 LUCKY WINNER to the monthly Tastings and Tapas event at Todd English's Tuscany on Wednesday, May 1st.

To Enter: We will select one winner from our FACEBOOK FRIENDS. If you are not already following us on Facebook, Click HERE and join us on Facebook! Mention that you'd like to attend this event. 

The first Wednesday of every month, though, has a special offering: “Tasting and Tapas” at Todd English’s Tuscany.  Our Wine contributor, Emma Doody had the pleaseure of attending in March. Here is what she had to say about the event: 

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Tuesday
Apr092013

ROÌA Restaurant Opens in New Haven: A First Taste

As “Grand Openings” of restaurants go, this one was as grand as they come.  A crowd of lucky invitees, including members of the press, city officials, business, university leaders, tastemakers, foodies, area restaurateurs, friends and family gathered around Executive Chef Avi Szapiro, to watch him cut the ceremonial ribbon.  At promptly 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 27th, in New Haven ROÌA Restaurant officially opened its doors.

After several months of research, demolition plus an additional six months of meticulous renovation, this venerated-but neglected 101 year old space, which once housed the dining room of the Taft Hotel was finally reborn.

ROÌA, named after a river that flows between France and Italy, has been buffed, primed, renovated into a glistening Beaux-Arts jewel of a restaurant with a decidedly modern tilt by Szapiro and his lovely wife, Meera.  The couple, who moved here in 2011 from Brooklyn (where else?) have truly left no stone unturned in their mission to revamp this historic landmark: uncovering original mosaic-tile marble flooring, reclaiming white oak walls, buffing woodwork, installing red leather banquettes, restoring flourishes and medallions on the ornate plaster ceiling and moving (yes, moving!) the soaring dramatic staircase.  While descending up or down these “storied” treds, patrons can reenact their very own “Hello Dolly!” moment. (At least I did.)

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Monday
Apr082013

Dishcrawl Makes Its Greenwich Debut: 6 Tickets Left!!

Due to to overwhelming amount of support from local foodies and the fact that they sold out the event in 3 days, Dishcrawl has decided to add a SECOND NIGHT to the Downtown Greenwich Dishcrawl! The second night will be held on TUESDAY MAY 7TH! 

Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is expanding to Greenwich this May. Dishcrawl takes food lovers on a gourmet Dishcrawl to four distinctive restaurants in one night. Similar to a pub crawl—but more delicious. Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first location is revealed to ticket holders.

Dishcrawl expands into Greenwich’s downtown neighborhood with the mission of building community through a commonality of a passion for food. Dishcrawlers have the opportunity to experience the best of Greenwich’s culinary scene with each other while simultaneously helping local restaurants gain exposure in their respective communities. Reservations are $45 per person and can be purchased here.

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Sunday
Apr072013

Harvest Wine Bar Opens in Downtown Greenwich

Harvest Wine Bar, located on the lower end of Greenwich Avenue, elevates the restaurant offerings in downtown Greenwich to a much higher level. The Sigueza brothers, Vicente and Kleber, can now add another fantastic restaurant to their portfolio, which includes Cave Wine Bar in New Canaan, Scena Wine Bar in Darien and 55 Wine Bar in Fairfield. A beautiful casual dining space in the front area is dominated by a large brick wall and accentuated with wood tables and chairs.  You can continue walking to the rear of the restaurant and enjoy the long bar or tables, all with views through the large west-facing windows lining the entire rear wall of the restaurant.

Overseeing the kitchen is Chef Eben Leonard who is migrating from Scena Wine Bar where CTbites enjoyed his creativity and culinary talent on numerous occasions. His opening menu combines aspects from southern Europe, with a modern twist, to American classics.

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