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Friday
Jun222012

"Farm to Fork" Dinner with The Schoolhouse Restaurant

This event announcement just in from The Schoolhouse:

We're pleased to announce our next "Farm to Fork" dinner created by The Schoolhouse Restaurant, Wilton, CT. The dinner will be Wednesday, July 18th at Millstone Farm, located at 180 Millstone Road, Wilton, CT. A farm tour will begin at 6:00PM with a farm fresh family style meal beginning at 7:00PM. The cost is $126.35 which includes tax & gratuity and featured beers. BYOB is welcome. 

Reservations will be taken by email starting on Thursday, June 21st at 10:00AM. Please include in your email; your name, the name of your guests, and your telephone number. We will contact you to secure the reservation, take payment and email you a confirmation that day. All tickets are non refundable, however, you may give your spot to someone else. Space is limited and the dinner will happen as scheduled, rain or shine. 

Please email your reservations after 10:00AM on Thursday, June 21st to f2f@schoolhouseatcannondale.com.

Thursday
Jun212012

Beach Burger/ Mr. Frosty's:Topping Contest Finalists

We would like to thank all of our readers who developed some incredible combinations in CTbites "Create Your Own" Beach Burger Topping Contest. We received thirty different hamburger entries and sixteen milk shake recipes. We met with Anthony Luciani, owner of Beach Burger, and went through each entry; it was an incredibly difficult decision. With so many creative choices and equally creative names such as the “Black and Blue Burger” and the “Want S'Mores”shake, it was challenging to narrow the field, but here are our top five finalists in the Burger Contest and the top three finalists in the Milk Shake Contest:

Hryan – “Beach Bum Burger” - avocado, bacon, arugula, tomato and basil mayo

Alex D’ - “The Ultimate Pizza Burger”- Stuffed with fresh Buffalo mozzarella and pepperoni and topped with Marinara sauce and fresh basil. Served on Focaccia Bread

Lee – “Black and Blue Burger” - Blue Cheese stuffed patty, blackening spice, Sriracha blue cheese dressing, bacon, shredded lettuce, crispy fried onions, and tomato

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Foodie Art Exhibit @ Westport Art Center: Call For Entries

We know CTBites readers love food in all forms – casual, elegant, ethnic, constructed, deconstructed, and certainly in written form. We’ve recently learned about one more food form for you to experience: artistic.

The Westport Arts Center’s September exhibition, Foodies, will celebrate food as art and WAC is inviting the community to come to the table with their artistic interpretation of the ways food can feed our souls as well as our stomachs.

The Foodies Exhibition will open on Friday, September 14th when the gallery’s tables and walls will be set with works related to food that have been judged and selected by local foodies, Bill Taibe of LeFarm and The Whelk, Pat Callaghan of Pepperidge Farms, Stew Leonard of Stew Leonard’s, and Michel Nischan of The Dressing Room.

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Wednesday
Jun202012

Ad: Tasti D-Lite, Healthy & Delicious for 20 Years

Tasti D-Lite opened in NYC 20 years ago as a low-calorie alternative to ice cream and quickly snowballed into a frozen dessert mecca with a cult-like following. At their Fairfield location, Tasti D-Lite is bringing their 100+ flavors and all natural ingredients to our community offering health-conscious individuals a dessert that is indescribably delicious. Made with the finest ingredients including real dairy and no artificial sweeteners, Tasti D-Lite is lower in calories, sodium, carbs and sugar than ice cream and leading frozen yogurt brands. 

What makes Tast D-Lite such a guilt-free indulgence? Here's the scoop:

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Tuesday
Jun192012

Festivities: Guest Chef @ Westport Farmers' Mkt June 21

Let the festivities begin! This Thursday, June 21st at The Westport Farmers’ Market, Bill Kaliff Executive chef and Co-owner of Festivities will be providing hungry shoppers with a taste of one of Fairfield County’s premier catering companies.  

Chef Kalif will begin the first of his two demos at 11 am, with a Faro Ancient Grain Pilaf served with fresh sautéed vegetables and arugula sourced from Ambler Farm.  His second dish of the morning, Tabouli with Hearts of Romaine, will be served with his infamous Legacy Olive Oil (which tastes just a little bit like heaven). At 1 pm Chef Kaliff will again show how fun and simple entertaining can be in his second demonstration of the day. Kaliff will be offering a pulled chicken sandwich, served in baby pitas mixed with yogurt, cucumber sauce, and his signature “Magic Sauce” which is known to draw a sizable crowd on its own and is now a staple in my kitchen.

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Sunday
Jun172012

eleven14 Kitchen & Chocolate Lab Open at the J House Hotel in Greenwich

Greenwich has a new kid in town.  The J House, a boutique hotel in Riverside, has opened eleven14 Kitchen and The Chocolate Lab. The hotel's modern and playful layers of lounges and indoor/outdoor dining areas, paired with a culinary program led by Chef François Kwaku-Dongo most notably of Spago, make it a place you’ll want to explore this summer.

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Sunday
Jun172012

Aux Delices Opens in Westport: Great Food for Busy People

Back in Greenwich it was more than 10 years ago that I first walked into Greg Addonizio and Debra Ponzek’s tiny yellow-and-blue striped jewel of a café, Aux Delices. I went there almost every day, unable to resist their lemony ginger tea, inspiring desserts and gourmet take-out items. After I moved to Westport, I literally dreamed about their unbelievably decadent chocolate cake. Now, at long last, my dreams have come true. Aux Delices, which in French means “all the delicious food in life,” has opened a new location...in Westport, centrally located at 1035 Post Road East. With an airy, relaxed French brasserie ambience of copper fixtures, colorful chalkboard menus, and an outdoor patio, it’s the perfect instant getaway. And, while the service is quick and easy, the food however, is anything but fast food-like. With the exception of a few imported specialty items, drinks and cheeses, all foods and pastries are baked on-site, prepared by culinary institute-trained chef Ponzek, who describes her own cooking as “quality, healthy food for busy people.”  

 

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Friday
Jun152012

Saugatuck Grain & Grape Gets Greenlight for Wine Bar

Saugatuck Grain and Grape in Westport has been approved for the construction of a wine bar, c2h6o, at their existing 40 Railroad Place address by the town’s Planning & Zoning Board of Appeals. Their plans include transforming half of their existing retail space into a separate stand-alone wine bar in the burgeoning Saugatuck neighborhood.

With the plans a year in the making, owners Mimi McLaughin and Jeff Marron are ecstatic their project has the green light to move forward. "I feel like I just gave birth to a teenager, this thing's been incubating for so long!" said McLaughlin this morning less than 12 hours after plans were approved, "We're really excited that it's actually becoming a reality now. Jeff has done quite a bit of research to develop a cocktail program that is both sophisticated and educational. He plans to really focus on vintage cocktails and the cocktail culture trends of the late 19th century." 

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Thursday
Jun142012

Taste and See Cupcakes in Milford

Is Taste and See Gourmet Cupcakes in Milford worth a 30-minute drive from Westport? The answer is a resounding “yes”! Recently, I’ve diagnosed myself as cupcake obsessed. There are worse obsessions, right? Through mail order, vacation excursions, and day trips, I estimate I’ve tried more than 50 cupcake purveyors. With complete honesty, Taste and See is my winner.  

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Wednesday
Jun132012

Amuse Bouche: Food News for June 13

Curious about the sand outside of Valencia Luncheria? Their outdoor patio seating is coming soon. The Venezuelan beach theme is now complete. 

If you haven't heard, Le Pain Quotidien has opened in Stamford across from Fairway Market. The organic Belgian bakery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves a great latte. 

Beach Burger/ Mr Frosty's is also officially OPEN for business at Harbor Point in Stamford. Get all the delicious burger and frozen dessert action at their new convenient location. 

From the people who brought you Bobby Q's, Bar Q BBQ restaurant & bar is open in Stamford. Come for the dry rub, stay for the drinks @15 Clark Street at Main Street.

The grand opening of Fro-Yo World in Westport is June 30th @ 11:30AM. Swing by for self serve frozen yogurt with 10 rotating flavors and 45 toppings. First 400 customers receive a FREE t-shirt @ 361 Post Road West.

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