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Thursday
Jul192012

Chef Arik Bensimon Leaves Napa & Co in Stamford...Who's Coming In?

Changes are afoot for Chef Arik Bensimon and Napa and Company

Chef Arik Bensimon has left Napa and Company and is excited about the next chapter in his culinary career. Chef Arik joined Napa in 2009 and guided the kitchen in creating extraordinary cuisine. Chef Arik told CTbites that he is currently looking into a project at an unnamed restaurant in Fairfield County where he can create “food from around the world.” His new menu should allow the guests to enjoy various cuisines in either a Tapas or entrée version.

The new Executive Chef at Napa and Company is Chef Leonardo Marino. He brings an incredible culinary resume including working in the kitchens of several of New York's most respected restaurants including Le Bernadin, Jean George, and Bouley.

CTbites is looking forward to enjoying both Chef Arik’s and Chef Leo’s new menus.

Stay tuned as CTbites prepares its “Behind the Scenes” with Chefs Arik and Leo.

Thursday
Jul192012

The Sheffield Island Clambake & Boatride 

Every summer, from June through September, The Norwalk Seaport Association provides an escape from the rush of city life and the exhaustion of a grueling workday. They transport you to the shores of idyllic Sheffield Island, a sanctuary on the sea, truly taking you back to the way summer should be.

The Sheffield Island Clambake got it’s start a little over 10 years ago and has become a much anticipated summer tradition for many families.  The Norwalk Seaport Association is a non-profit organization that has owned, restored, and maintained the Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986.  Sheffield Island opens its dock to visitors May through September, inviting them to tour the 142 year old light house, have a picnic, or look for shells along the beach.  

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Bobby Flay is Looking for America's Best HOME COOK!

BOBBY FLAY is Looking for America's Best HOME COOK! In Bobby Flay's exciting new series, teams of two will be given the opportunity to show BOBBY FLAY that they have what it takes to be crowned: America's Best Home Cook. Flay's casting team is looking for the best home cook duos in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York/New Jersey. 

Is your house always filled with guests who are craving your amazing meals? Do you throw the best dinner parties in town? Are people always asking for your recipes? Maybe you and your spouse make an awesome team in the kitchen Or....Your sister is the only other person you trust with a spatula!

"If you are fiercely competitive, fantastically creative and truly believe you are the best home cooks around, then we want we want to hear from you." Here's how to apply. 

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Dressing Room's Chef Vaast @ The James Beard House August 13th

CT chefs have had a rather strong showing at New York City's prestigious James Beard House this summer and the good times just keep on coming. On Monday, August 13th @7PM, Chef Jon Vaast, Executive Chef at Dressing Room in Westport, will be delighting James Beard guests with a seasonal farm-to-table menu that looks exceptionally delicious. Roasted Littleneck Clams with Bacon and Duck Fat Beurre Blanc, Smoked Sunburst Trout Mousse with Trout Caviar, Corn Chowder with Skillet Corn Kernels, Caramelized Shallot Custard (also served at the recent CTbites happy hour event with great success), Grilled Eggplant with Jalapeño–Tomato Fondue, and Heritage Pork Duo are a few of the dishes to be presented during the course of the evening, each course thoughtfully paired with wine. This is an event not to be missed. View the complete menu below or get your tickets here

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Wednesday
Jul182012

Join Barcelona & CTbites for a Harvest Happy Hour to Launch Farmigo Program CT

Join Barcelona Wine Bar in Fairfield and CTbites on Tuesday on July 24 from 6 to 8 pm for a "Harvest Happy Hour" to welcome the new Farmigo CSA program to Connecticut. This casual and free event will take place in Barcelona's garden with a cooking demo by Chef Helton. Light bites made with ingredients from the Barcelona garden and local farms. Meet Farmigo representatives, local farmers and artisans partnering with the program.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Foodie Road Trip: Three Days in Cape Cod

Cape Cod is the perfect summer road trip destination for busy people.  About a three-hour drive from Fairfield, Connecticut, the towns of Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, hold good news for food lovers.  On a recent three-day getaway, my husband and I sought casual-but-good waterfront places where shorts fit the dress code. We discovered inspired and classic renditions of New England fare.

Woods Hole is where the ferry leaves for Martha’s Vineyard, but it’s a destination in itself. The quaint gray-shingled town rests on a spit of land, where on a recent idyllic summer day, sunlight sparkled on the water, and breezes blew stress away.  Ah, vacation.

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Monday
Jul162012

Chef Demo: Barcelona's Chef Helton DaSilva @ WFM July 19

This Thursday, July 19th, a little bit of Spain is making its way down to Westport in the form of Executive Chef Helton DaSilva from Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant. 

Chef DaSilva, of Barcelona in Fairfield, will be keeping it cool as this heat wave passes, with two salads this Thursday. His first demonstration, a chilled green bean salad with almonds and olives is perfect alone or as an accoutrement to just about any summer dish. The second, a cucumber mint and cilantro salad, is crisp and light, sure to awaken your taste buds. With the exception of the almonds and olives, all of the vegetables in these salads are sourced locally, from Barcelona’s very own garden in Fairfield. 

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Monday
Jul162012

Craft Butchery "Pig On The Plaza" Event July 22nd

Join Craft Butchery on Sunday, July 22, 2012, from 5-7 pm for the First Annual Pig on the Plaza event, held in front of the shop. They will be cooking one pig in a traditional smoker, and roasting another in a “La Caja China” box. Beer and wine will be provided by Saugatuck Grain and Grape.

Details

  • Cost: $15 per person
  • Advanced purchase required (see below)
  • No cancellations, no cash back.
  • Rain date: August 12th. In the event of very bad weather on July 22nd, we may need to postpone the event. If this happens, we will offer an exchange for merchandise in the shop should you be unable to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.

 Tickets (online purchase available for July 22nd event only)

Saugatuck Craft Butchery  575 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880 (203) 226-MEAT

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Monday
Jul162012

The Winner of The Dressing Room Cocktail Contest Is...

The winner of The Dressing Room's recent cocktail contest was announced at the CTbites/Dressing Room Happy Hour last week. If you missed it, the lucky winner is "Sabra" with "Pearfect Cure."

The Pearfect Cure will be featured on Dressing Room's new cocktail menu and a FREE LUNCH FOR TWO @ The Dressing Room is waiting. 

If your CTbites login is "Sabra," please CONTACT US to claim your prize. 

Sunday
Jul152012

LeRose Tries A New Recipe At Bar Q in Stamford

"We're trying to establish Connecticut barbeque," says Bob LeRose, adding wood to the smoker cooking our ribs. I'm peppering Bobby Q himself with questions while trying not to lose my footing on the floor of the kitchen at the new Bar Q and simultaneously avoiding the hustling form of chef Tom Doherty. LeRose's second restaurant, located at 15 Clark Street in Stamford behind Black Bear, is the latest in his slow-smoked outreach program to those of us on the Sound. "This isn't Bobby Q's," he's quick to point out. "This is its alter-ego."

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