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Thursday
Jun052014

Join Chef Elizabeth Falkner @ Napa & Co.'s Pizza Party

Come to Napa & Co. and join Chef Adam Truelove and Owner Mary Schaffer as they welcome celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner on Friday June 27th for "THE FRIDAY NIGHT PIZZA PARTY" from 6 to 9pm.

Chef Falkner is a multiple award winning chef, a James Beard Foundation Award nominee and a lover of culinary competition. Many will remember her incredible skills on Food Network's "Next Iron Chef, Redemption," "Food Network's Challenge," "Iron Chef America" and her outstanding performance in the finals of "Next Iron Chef, Super Chefs," as well as a contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." A lover of pastas and pizzas, she recently entered and won an international Pizza Competition in Naples, Italy.

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Thursday
Jun052014

2014 Guest Chef Lineup @ The Westport Farmers' Market

Already love the Westport Farmers' Market? Here's another reason to feel good about shopping local. Market Director, Lori Cochran has announced an outstanding "Guest Chef" Lineup for 2014. Mark your calendars people as the guest chefs will conduct classes and demos from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. every Thursday. I don't know about you, but some of my favorite chefs in Fairfield County are on this list. Don't miss your chance to meet and greet the people who make your mouth water. 

The Westport Farmers Market will be held every Thursday from 10-2 at the Imperial Avenue Parking Lot.

Read on for the complete Guest Chef Program Schedule:

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Thursday
Jun052014

Doughnut Day: Best Doughnuts in Fairfield County & Beyond

Friday June 6 is National Donut Day! Yes, it's an actual holiday... it started in 1938 and has been celebrated on the first Friday in June ever since.  Back then, making doughnuts proved a complicated ordeal, with people resorting to wine bottles as rolling pins and metal tins as cutting edges.  Today, however, several CT restaurants have made doughnuts an art form.

As a Stamford resident, I constantly heard people talk about the legendary donuts at the Lakeside Diner.  Their rounds are neither ornate nor revolutionary.  Instead, the old-fashioned donuts taste just like something Grandma would have pulled out of the oven.  The classic cake recipe has a dusting of granulated sugar that pleases children and adults alike.

On the other side of the spectrum, Orangeside of New Haven eschews tradition and bakes up SQUARE donuts.  It started out as an exercise in frugality; traditional round cutters proved expensive and the square shaped reduced the amount of scrap dough.  However, the original design became an instant hit, even recognized by Saveur Magazine as one of the top 50 donuts in the United States.

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Tuesday
Jun032014

LobsterCraft Food Truck Opening Brick & Mortar Shop in Darien

LobsterCraft, in collaboration with Imian Hospitality, announces the first brick-and-mortar location of the popular gourmet food truck of the same name. LobsterCraft Darien developed out of a relationship formed last summer at Imian’s wildly successful pop-up, The Beer Garden at Harbor Point.

The LobsterCraft food truck spent many bustling nights at The Beer Garden, cultivating a loyal following of lobster lovers who track the truck using the full range of social media outlets. LobsterCraft, founded in 2012 by Norwalk-based lobsterman and Coast Guard Captain, Michael Harden, and chef-partner, Trond Fletcher, takes the traditional Connecticut Style lobster roll to the “next level.” The duo’s commitment to perfecting Connecticut’s official state sandwich has earned LobsterCraft a number of awards and accolades, including best food truck and best lobster roll in the state.

LobsterCraft rolls are simple, yet elegant combinations of fresh, hot-buttered lobster meat mixed with a pinch of a proprietary 12-ingredient seasoning blend

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Monday
Jun022014

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Launches Rock ‘n Roast on June 4

The countdown is on! Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is launching Rock ‘n Roast: a whole-hog barbecue with live music, this coming Wednesday. 

Here is what you need to know:

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Sunday
Jun012014

CTbites' Best Restaurant Burgers in Fairfield County: 2014 Edition

National Burger Month draws to a close.

What better way to celebrate the conclusion of an entire month of enjoying some incredible hamburgers than announcing the 2014 CTbites' winners of the Best Restaurant Burgers of Fairfield County. More burgers challenged last year’s winners and three were successful, Olio, Mama’s Boy and Bar Sugo.

For the second year in a row, the winner is: 

The Whelk– 2014 Best Restaurant Burger in Fairfield County

1 - The Whelk (Westport) – The Whelk Burger combines a blend rich flavored meat, sweet pickles, cry baby Swiss cheese, two varieties of bacon, crisped onions and onion mayo on a brioche bun. The dry aged blend of short rib, brisket and chuck from Craft Saugatuck Butchery was fantastic. The cheese covered, thick patty sat atop two different varieties of bacon that added saltiness and smokiness, while slices of sweet pickles, a slice of frisée and the onion accented mayo brought additional flavors and textures. Sitting atop the plump patty was a handful of crisped onions.

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Sunday
Jun012014

Breaking Food News! Fortina is Coming to Stamford's Harbor Point

We love Fortina Christian Petroni and Jodi Bernhard's wood fired Italian kitchen is arguably the best around. Only trouble, Fortina is not really “around”  It lies off in Armonk, New York, which for most of our readers is a haul, a long drive over narrow and twisting Back Country trails.

Grazie a Dio.  We are happy to report that Fortina is coming to Stamford's booming Harbor Point. Late last week they signed a contract for a soaring, sun splashed space on Washington Avenue, facing Commons Park.  According to Petroni and his partners John Nealon and Rob Krauss, the restaurant will feel like Armonk, but be different.

"It's like a Fortina snowflake," Chef Petroni explained.  "Once you get closer to the snowflake, it's completely unique." 

Nealon added, “We hate the idea of building a cookie cutter Fortina.”

The three talented partners are designing the space themselves, eschewing an interior designer.  They will take a minimalist approach and envision a polished concrete floor and bar, flanked by grand, floor to ceiling windows.  

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Sunday
Jun012014

Cookies for Kids With Cancer: Danbury Bake Sale, June 8 at Danbury Square

Cookies for Kids' Cancer will hold a bake sale on Sunday, June 8 at 10 am in Danbury Square in Danbury, CT.

“We are determined to raise as much as we can for childhood cancer research,” says the sale’s organizer (and Fine Cooking senior editor), Denise Mickelsen. “We invite everyone interested in volunteering, baking, or stopping by for some delicious treats to do so. Every dollar counts and we need your help!”

A national 501(c)3 non-profit, Cookies for Kids' Cancer is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved treatments for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S. They provide inspiration and support for individuals, businesses and organizations to raise funds by hosting grassroots bake sales and other fundraising events.

The Danbury bake sale will have cookies and other baked goods, raffle prizes, balloons, and much more for the entire family.

For more information on the organization, visit the Cookies for Kids' Cancer website, and stay in touch locally at Danbury Cookies for Kids with Cancer on Facebook.

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Friday
May302014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Tuesday June 3, the Fairfield Cheese Company invites you to an evening of Cheese and Chutney.  Pair and taste different variations of the two delicacies from 7-9pm.  $45pp, call (203) 292-8194 to purchase.  

On Wednesday June 4, you can travel to Greece without leaving the country with Harry’s Wines in Fairfield.  Greece has the history of being the early cradle of winemaking and the wine makers of Greece are crafting wines from indigenous varieties. $35pp, 7-9pm. Details here.

Dinosaur BBQ of Stamford is celebrating the arrival of summer with Rock n’ Roast on the deck!  On Wednesday the 4th from 6-9pm, enjoy all kinds of classic BBQ from a whole hog while listening to live music. 

Join Tomato and Basil in Fairfield every Wednesday for Wine Wednesdays. Come in, have a bite to eat, and enjoy 50% off any bottle of wine in the restaurant.

Thursday June 5 is Fairfield County’s inaugural Meatball Challenge. The event will feature a variety of scrumptious meatballs from 10 area chefs, including participants from Bar Sugo, Bobby Q’s, Craft Butchery, David’s Soundview Catering, Have a Ball, Match, Meatball & Co., The Local Meatball, The Spread and Strada 18. 

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Friday
May302014

Naughty Is The New Nice at Naughty Water Whiskey Bar & Grille in Bridgeport (sponsored post)

[The following article is a sponsored post written as an advertisement]

Naughty Water Whiskey Bar and Grille is Black Rock’s newest hot spot for dining and entertainment.  With a nod to Prohibition (hence the “naughty water” euphemism for alcohol) and the nostalgic inclination to foster freedom of expression and the spirit of “indulge your naughty side”, this new addition to the Black Rock scene is fast becoming the go-to place for those seeking something just a tad outside of mainstream. The menu is eclectic Contemporary American featuring whiskey infusion tapas selections along with traditional comfort food with a sweet and savory twist. 

At the helm of this stylish new restaurant is Executive Chef Robert Morales, a CIA graduate who’s earliest inspiration was Chef Daniel Boulud. Chef Robert brings more then what you would expect to the “and grille” aspect of this whiskey bar and diners are taking notice of what is now becoming a staple on the new “Restaurant Row” of Black Rock.

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