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Tuesday
Feb112014

Stamford Restaurant Weeks Return February 17-March 3

Stamford Winter Restaurant Weeks return February 17 – March 3rd, 2014. Yes, two weeks of special multi-course menus and dining deals!

This Winter over 30 of Downtown Stamford’s restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.14, $12.14 or $20.14 and dinner ranges from $15.14, $20.14 or $30.14 so you can return to some of your favorite restaurants and try some new ones. New this year: each participating restaurant will be mixing up its very own Signature Winter Cocktail to be featured during Restaurant Weeks.

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Tuesday
Feb112014

"Passport Through Spain" Wine Class Series @ Barcelona Restaurant

Learn, Taste & Enjoy During Spanish Regional Wine & Food Pairing Series

Jet set through Spain in the best way imaginable with a glass (or several) of wine, expertly prepped tapas and the rustic, warm environment of Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant in Greenwich, CT.  Each one hour class in the series (there are four in total) will focus on a particular Spanish region, history behind the wines and the food that best accompanies them prepared by Chef Michael Lucente.  These wine classes are designed to enlighten and inspire both the novice and enthusiast. Wine Steward, Jose Valverde will guide you along the way, with tips and tricks for successfully pairing your wines with local food.

The series will take place each Wednesday during the month of March beginning on March 5th at 7:00pm. The first wine-pairing class covers the Rioja region best known for its Old World style and their well-aged red wines. The second covers Galicia (March 12th), a seaside region. The third class on March 19th covers Montsant/Priorat, known for its powerful, elegant and complex wines and the last class on March 26th  will focus on the Valencia region.

Attend one class or attend them all. With the first class you attend, you’ll receive a Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant passport. Each time you attend a class, your passport will be “stamped” and you receive a complimentary tapa token to redeem on your next visit. Attend all four classes in the series and receive a gift certificate for two people.  Each class is $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity) with a maximum of 20 people attending. Reservations can be made by contacting rsvp@barteca.com.

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Sunday
Feb092014

CM Gourmet Market Brings Casual Sophistication to Daytime Dining in Westport

For years, Michelle Weber has fulfilled the artisan chocolate needs of the Westport community. Now, with the opening of CM Gourmet Bistro in Saugatuck Center, she is filling a chasm in Westport’s otherwise crowded dining scene for full service breakfast and lunch.  Thanks to chef Molly Brandt, who shares Michelle’s discerning taste, creativity and attention to detail, CM Gourmet Bistro brings us a menu that is simple yet sophisticated, and just bold enough to separate it from the area’s usual breakfast, lunch and brunch fare. The setting can be described similarly - sophisticated, yet approachable, with white linen napkins on reclaimed wood tables, and chairs covered in signature Cocoa Michelle blue fabric, it’s an equally comfortable setting for a business meeting, lunch with friends, or brunch with the family. 

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Sunday
Feb092014

NOLA Oyster Bar Temporarily Closed - To Re-Open in April

For our readers who are calling to reserve a table at NOLA Oyster Bar to enjoy the fantastic cuisine of Chef Dan Kardos, please have a little patience. The restaurant is temporarily closed.

Over the last few months Kardos has been overseeing the cuisine at both NOLA and Local Kitchen and Beer Bar in Fairfield. Given the rapid success and crowds that flock to Local, the decision was made to modify the menu and focus at NOLA to more align with Local. According to Kardos, “Our new Fairfield restaurant has been silly busy. We're going to make NOLA more like that.” With Kardos guiding the cuisine it should be another exciting new culinary adventure.

With the anticipated re-opening scheduled in a couple of months, stay tuned as CTbites follows these changes at NOLA Oyster Bar. 

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Sunday
Feb092014

Rare Artisan Venezuelan Chocolate Tasting Workshop Feb 14th

A very special Artisan Venezuelan Chocolate Tasting Workshop may be the perfect Valentine's gift for your loved one. Presented by Analiese Paik, Founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide,this will be the first in a series of artisan chocolate tasting workshops planned for the year. They begin the tasting series in Venezuela, a country famous for growing old and rare cacao that’s prized by top chocolate manufacturers. The most flavorful and aromatic chocolate is made from Criollo and Trinitario varieties which represent only 5%-10% of global cacao production.

In this formal tasting workshop, you will learn to taste chocolate like a pro, using all 5 senses. More complex than wine, fine chocolate requires careful sensory analysis to detect and describe its harmonious flavors and aromas. They will teach you how to describe the flavors and aromas you detect through the use of various teaching aids.

At the end of the evening, each participant will have completed a tasting card profiling all 5 chocolates. It’s a great way to learn what you like and remember your favorites.

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Friday
Feb072014

The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

February 10-11, Caseus Fromageria & Bistro in New Haven will offer an evening of “Sweets & Treats.”  This popular class has become a Caseus tradition every February. 6-7:30pm.   Approximately $40pp. More Info Here. 

Tuesday February 11, learn how to make “Barcelona Classics” at Barcelona in New Haven.  Included in the class are gambas al ajillo, potato tortilla, chorizo and figs, and more.  7pm.  $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Also on Tuesday, Fairfield Cheese Company will offer a class called “Parmigiano Reggiano Academy.”  Parmigiano Reggiano is often referred to as the “King of Cheese” and by tasting you can learn the difference that aging makes in authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at 16-, 24- and 36-month stages. $45pp. Info here. 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a wine tasting event not to be missed!  On Wednesday February 12, try SEXY wines poured by award winning winemaker António Maçanita.  SEXY wines were recently featured at the Mohegan SunWineFest.  The free event will take place from 5-8pm at Turnpike Wines in Fairfield.

Walrus and Carpenter (home of the killer fried chicken) will host a beer dinner on February 13th, featuring a line up from the Victory Brewing Co. roster and some signature Walrus-flavors to match. Email Adam: roytman@walruscarpenterct.com or call 203.333.2733.

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Thursday
Feb062014

Sochi Party Food Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

We are totally psyched for the Winter Olympics!  What’s better than sitting on your sofa, surrounded by lots snacks and watching the fittest athletes in the world compete for gold?!  

Why not throw a Winter Olympics Sochi Party?  Here are our favorite Russian inspired recipes to enjoy while you watch the Opening Ceremonies on February 7th at 7:30 pm.   So get your vodka chilled, and invite friends to come wearing their favorite ushanka (Russian hat). Read below for the following recipes: Russian Blini, Caviar Torte, Farshirovannye Yaytsa~ Stuffed Eggs, & a classic cocktail recipe, the White Russian.

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Thursday
Feb062014

SOUPer Bowl Sunday – 6th Annual Chowdafest Dishes Out Tasty Competition

This past Sunday the 6th Annual Chowdafest took place at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, drawing 7,000 chowder, soup and bisque fanatics from across the state.  It was perfect prelude to the Big Game – a culinary “SOUP”er Bowl.  

31 Connecticut restaurants set the scene, ladling out warm chowders and soups.  Upon arrival, Chowdafest attendees were given a scoring card.  As guests leisurely made their way around the perimeter of the rink sipping on samples, they were asked to rank each sample to determine the 2014 Chowdafest Champions.   The competition was broken down into 4 categories: Best New England Clam Chowder, best Manhattan/Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Best Creative Chowder, and Best Soup & Bisque.  The top three contenders were awarded in each category and competition was tight!

Every restaurant was sure to leave their signature stamp on their chowders and soups. Guvnor’s Brewery from Norwalk dished out a delicious New England clam chowder made with their own brewed beer, while Bernard’s of Ridgefield added smoky bacon to richen the flavors.  Bistro 7 of Wilton served up their award winning Buttery Nut Bisque, while Indigo by the Water of Milford brought the heat with their Cajun Shrimp and Chorizo Chowder.

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Wednesday
Feb052014

"SEXY" Wine Tasting Feb. 12th w/ Portuguese Winemaker Antonio Macanita

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a wine tasting event not to be missed!  On Wednesday February 12, try SEXY wines poured by award winning winemaker António Maçanita.  SEXY wines were recently featured at the Mohegan SunWineFest.  The Sparkling Rosé is the perfect treat for Valentine’s day with its delicious taste and chic bottle.  SEXY also makes a white, rose, and red.

SEXY wines are a fun fusion of old and new.  They mix fashionable grape varietals with local grape varietals and fuse old techniques with modern methods.  Their vision is to “give something that you just want to drink… something SEXY.”

Antonio Macanita is one of the leading Portuguese winemakers of his generation… but is also charming, down-to-earth, and driven.  Critics have called him “dynamic and restless.”  He got in contact with grapes at the early age of 4, playing in the vineyards during harvest, drinking fresh juice from tanks, and stepping on grapes at a cousin’s winery. A gymnast as a kid and surfer and rugby player as teenager, he studied winemaking in Portugal and worked in Napa Valley, Australia and France before launching his wine project in Portugal. Along with SEXY wines, António is also the founder and owner of FITAPRETA Vinhos and consultant winemaker to 13 wineries in Portugal. He still surfs and plays beach rugby in the summer. He proclaims that he “loves wine and loves life!!!”

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Tuesday
Feb042014

Congrats to The Chowdafest 2014 Winners!

28 Chowders were consumed by over 7500 people this past Sunday at Chowdafest 2014. All of the restaurants, chefs, and sponsors deserve special mention for donating their time to raise money for CT Food Bank. It was an epic success. Here are the results. Congratulations to all! Check out our video highlights here. 

 

 

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