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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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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

If you are driving on Route 1 in Norwalk and approach the Lillian August warehouse, that brightly colored truck sitting in the parking lot is none other than Melt Mobile Truck #2. Grilling some great sandwiches, we hope they thrive at this location, since they deliver some mighty good sandwiches. Take a look here.

Sugar and Olives launched its “Weekday Nooner” this past Wednesday and the cooking classes will be held @12pm every Wednesday. The classes include a 3 recipe demo + 3 course lunch + cocktail. Recipes included! $42. Call Sugar and Olives at (203) 454 3663 to reserve your spot. Drink specials all night.

Help celebrate Mama's Boy's 1st Anniversary on Wednesday May 21 starting at 530 and enjoy complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres, then rock to the sounds of KUNJAN and Carlos Gomez beginning at 6:00PM. Stick around and view Mama's Boy debut on the Cooking Channel's "Road Trip with G.Garvin" at 9:00 PM. 

Johnny Utah’s had its Grand Opening this past weekend on Washington Street in SONO. Featuring a mechanical Bull (Bull naming contest in process) and reasonably priced food, this may be the next destinations for the 20-something set.

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Locali in New Canaan: New Patio...New Menu

Finally…the weather has changed…the farms are beginning to produce spring vegetables… and al fresco dining is in full swing. CTbites recently posted a round-up of over forty restaurants with al fresco dining including Locali in New Canaan and many readers added their favorites.

At the northern end of Forest Avenue, aka Restaurant Row, the patio of the newest restaurant addition, Locali, opened its patio, doubled the seating and Executive Chef Mogan Anthony has completely revamped the menu. The new spring offerings include nine predetermined pizza combinations and sixteen appetizers and salads, all for sharing, plus a smattering of pastas. All of these new culinary delights combine bold flavors and textures to highlight the seasonal bounty.

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Win 2 Tickets to Battle of the Chefs in Ridgefield on June 1

Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned throwdown?

The Battle of the Chefs returns to Ridgefield's Founders Hall on Sunday, June 1, 4 – 7 pm and you have the chance to be the lucky recipient of two stadium seat tickets to taste and experience an epic throwdown between Forrest Pasternack of Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield, Matt Storch of Match in Norwalk, and Jeff Taibe of The Whelk and LeFarm.

Here's what you need to do:

Comment on this post with your dream Battle of the Chef match-up, either fictional, celebrity or local, and we'll randomly select a winner by May 23!

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Chocolate Pancakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream Recipe c/o Fairfield County Chef's Table

Each week we will be bringing you a recipe from one of the restaurant's featured in Fairfield County Chef's Table. We are excited to kick it off with this beautiful stack of pancakes from one of our favorite brunch (and now dinner spots) Sugar & Olives in Norwalk. To sweeten this post, we have invited owner Jen Balin and Chef Jon Vaast to share some of their pancakes at our Westport book signing this Saturday. 

Sugar & Olives
21 Lois Street, Norwalk, CT 06851 | (203) 454-3663 |
Owner/Chef: Jen Balin and Chef: Jon Vaast

Chocolate Pancakes with Bourbon Whipped Cream Recipe

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Speakeasy Night at Walrus+Carpenter: CTbites Invites Recap

As the back door opened a crack, a tuxedoed man eyed me and said, “What’s the Password?”… “Bees' Knees” I hesitantly whispered, palms sweaty, and only then I was ushered into the Walrus + Carpenter back room “Speakeasy” for a Throwback Thursday CTbites Invites event on May 8, 2014, of Prohibition cocktails, silent films and the food and music of the Roaring 20’s. 

Owner Joe Farrell and GM Adam Roytman were on hand to greet the 30 attendees of this sold out evening, most who chose to follow the Invites suggestion of dressing for the period…every where I looked were Al Capone look-alikes dressed in pinstripe suits and fedoras…Fancy “molls” in fringe dresses, sequined headbands, multiple strands of pearls and fur boas.  

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Best Burgers in Stamford CT: Celebrate National Burger Month 

It’s National Burger Month. To kick it off, we are launching a series of haunts and restaurants where you can enjoy some excellent burgers. For the first of this series we bring you the “Burgers of Stamford.” From basic bacon cheeseburgers to one with 100% Wagyu beef, each of these bundles of beef offers different flavors, toppings, buns and sides

Last year one Stamford location was included in the 2013 Best Bar Burger category, Dinosaur BBQ’s “Dino Burger Deluxe." Check back next week when CTbites rolls out its 2014 list of Best Bar Burgers. Two Stamford locations earned spots in CTbites’ 2013 Best Restaurant Burger category. The “Harlan Burger” at Harlan Social and Napa & Co.’s “Wagyu Burger.” We recently reviewed a strong contender for inclusion in this year's list with Olio’s “House Burger.” Check out Olio’s burger here, and come back at the end of the month when we unveil “The Best Restaurant Burgers in Fairfield County.”

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Cocktail Naming Contest: Win Free Dinner @ Match

WIN a FREE Dinner for two @ Match Restaurant in SoNo. Here's how...

It's time for another cocktail throw down! Match has decided to trust the fate of their new summer specialty cocktail to the naming skills of our CTbites readers.  If your cocktail name is selected, you will win a FREE DINNER FOR TWO at Match Restaurant (cocktails included) + bragging rights. 

Here are the ingredients for the cocktail in need of a name:

1.25oz Don Julio Anejo
1.5oz Cocchi Americano
1oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.75oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5oz Honey Syrup
Grapefruit Zest

Post your submission below (include email). We welcome input from readers. If you see a name you like...chime in!

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New Chef @ Barcelona (SONO) : Introducing Chef Wayne Homsi

With a hip and lively environment, the Barcelona restaurants have consistently offered bold cuisine, inspired by the Iberian Peninsula accompanied with some of the best drinks and Sangria in the area. Each location adheres to the basic premise that a visit to Barcelona must combine great fun with great food. To continue in this tradition, Barcelona (SONO) recently introduced its new Executive Chef Wayne Homsi. Fresh from his culinary journey throughout Spain, CTbites stopped by to sample Chef Homsi’s new additions to the Spring menu.

Chef Wayne graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and joined The Waldorf Astoria Hotel where he became the youngest sous chef in its history. He subsequently worked at Picholine and then became the opening sous chef at its sister restaurant Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro in New York. He next joined Il Barilotto as Executive Chef and Partner in 2002 before joining Barcelona SONO earlier this year.

The menu at Barcelona offers “Meat + Cheese,” “Tapas” plus a few smatterings of “Paella,” “Meat + Fish” and Mixed Grill.” The Tapas contains bar bites and others that are more closely described as small sharing plates.

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Westport Barnes & Noble Book Signing May 17th: Come Meet Amy & Stephanie

We hate to shamelessly promote ourselves, but we would be remiss if we failed to mention our upcoming book signing at Westport Barnes & Noble on May 17th.

Come meet CTbites Founders, Amy Kundrat and Stephanie Webster @ Barnes & Noble in Westport on Saturday, May 17th @ 1PM. 

If you haven't heard the news, check out our post on our recently published book featuring over 50 of the best restaurants and chefs in Fairfield County.

BONUS: Chef Jon Vaast from Sugar & Olives will be with us serving up their recipe from the book.  

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