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Monday
Oct072013

Oak & Almond High West Whiskey Dinner Oct 9th


 OAK+ ALMOND in association with CASTLE WINE & SPIRITS OF WESTPORT Welcome Troy Karnes Passionate Whiskey Missionary for a HIGH WEST DISTILLERY DINNER $75. The dinner will take place on Wednesday October 9th @ 6:30. VIEW THE COMPLETE MENU BELOW. Call 203.846.4600 to make a reservation. 

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Monday
Oct072013

Connecticut Cheese Festival: Curd Is The Word October 13th

Curd is the word on October 13th,” says Brian Civitello, founder of Mystic Cheese Company and event co-host.  

On Sunday, October 13, the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market is sponsoring a three-hour Cheese Festival to coincide with its weekly market, held 11am to 2pm, at the Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South Street in Coventry, Connecticut.

You can find the schedule of events below... For more information, visit http://ctcheese.com/

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Sunday
Oct062013

Pizza Luca: Neopolitana Pizza Truck Debuts at Beer Garden @ Harbor Point in Stamford

How cool is it to walk up to a 1952 Chevy Pick-Up truck and order a perfectly prepared Napoletana pizza, with great ingredients imported from Italy, prepared by a classical trained Italian chef, and baked in under two minutes in a blazing hot, wood-fired oven. Pizza Luca, the brain child of Chef Dean Medico, creates pizza masterpieces that are steeped in the tradition of Italy, using only the best ingredients from Italy to create three distinctly southern Italian pizza delicacies, the Marinara, the Margherita, and the sauce-less Bianca.

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Friday
Oct042013

Friday Froth: Cali Connection

A lot of the best product comes from California. Sticky buds are packed into trucks out west and travel thousands of miles to the voracious markets here on the east coast. I, for one, don't think there's anything wrong with that at all; hardly anyone can grow nuggets like this out here, and it's not hurting anyone. Fresh, stinky, green hops are for the people, baby.

I'm pretty sure I prefer the climate in the northeast to the damp northwest, but I envy the edible biodiversity they have out there. The American craft beer movement, and certainly the all-conquering American style of west coast IPA, largely got its start out west because of local access to the variously piney, citrusy, and just outright dank hops which grew wild in the mountainsides and dripping Alpine valleys of the Cascade and Olympic ranges. This week we're going to go deep on a few beers which have done some traveling to land in the Constitution State.

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Friday
Oct042013

The Winners of The Marcia Selden Ultimate Dinner Party Contest Are...

It's time to announce the winners of Marcia Selden Ultimate Dinner Party Contest. These 3 women need to don their aprons and get ready to throw down with the help of some of the finest caterers on the East Coast. 

Here are the winning submissions and email addresses. Look for your name below!

Our third winner is a Freshman at Staples High School in Westport. We wish them all good luck on October 16th!

krystle920@yahoo.com "My ultimate dinner party was held in Palawan, an island in the Philippines that was voted world's best island by Travel and Leisure magazine this year. From our resort in El Nido, we took a private boat to a secluded island surrounded by turquoise waters framed by the setting sun. Even from afar, we saw the blazing torches, beckoning us to come closer and seek sanctuary. We were to dine under the stars!" 

eppdarien@aol.com I always host for all holiday celebrations. I am from a family of 8, everyone is married and there are 23 grandchildren on my side of the family alone! I love hosting and would not have it any other way! I make many of the dishes that my parents used to serve when they were alive and hosted the family celebrations. However, my dream dinner party would be to host my family and not have to get stuck in the kitchen cooking.

hbukzin@aol.com author of http://smallchefbigworld.blogspot.com "My ultimate dinner party is definitely going to have to include some lamb. Marinated in garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh thyme, rosemary and oregano. Then throw it on the grille for 7 minutes and get really nice grille marks and a medium rare center. So yummy and juicy."

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Friday
Oct042013

5 Reasons Why Wolf Convection Ovens Will Change Your Kitchen (sponsored post)

Every day when customers come into Clarke - New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen - in South Norwalk, we get questions like these about Wolf's Convection Ovens:

  •  "Why is convection cooking better?"
  •  "How does convection cooking work?"
  •  "Is convection cooking faster?"
  •  "Why is convection baking energy efficient?" 

So here are five reasons why using a Wolf Convection Oven will change your kitchen in a dramatic way and save you time and energy.

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Friday
Oct042013

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Tix Winners Have Been Announced

The 10 lucky winners of The CTbites Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Giveaway have been selected and contacted. Congrats to those who have received free tickets to the festival as well as credentials for access to the CTbites Blogger Lounge. We look forward to seeing you there. 

For those who did not win this round, we've got plenty more Giveaways coming up. Stay tuned!

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Thursday
Oct032013

Millwright's & Community Table Host Restaurant Swap

Chef Joel Viehland of Washington, CT's Community Table & Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright's in Simsbury will be teaming up and trading kitchens over the next two months. 

Chef Joel Viehland  will be presenting his wildly local cuisine at Millwright's on Oct. 15 @ 6 p.m. Likewise, Millwright's will be hosting a dinner at Community Table in the same style on Nov. 11th. Both events will include 6 courses and a selection of wines to accompany.

These are two of the most talemted chefs working in CT and these dinners should be outstanding.  

Call to reserve your seat. $90 plus tax & gratuity.

 

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Wednesday
Oct022013

Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro Closes Its Doors

It is with a heavy heart that we report this bit of foodie news. Chef Rob Troilo, owner of Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro in Norwalk has closed his doors as of yesterday. Known for a killer breakfast and casual tasty dining, Nicholas Roberts will be missed. Chef Troilo has been researching other possible spaces for his restaurants and catering business for several years now, as the current location has been challenging (and "lacking in proper heat and AC" says Troilo). The current lease on his Norwalk space was up for renewal and he has decided to pass. 

Chef Troilo says "I have several other opportunities in the works." He will let us know when there is something definite, but Troilo assures us he will be back soon. 

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Wednesday
Oct022013

Who's Coming To The Blogger Lounge @ Greenwich Wine & Food Festival 

The big day is soon upon us, and readers and fellow bloggers have been asking us who is appearing in the CTbites Blogger Lounge @ The Greenwich Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, October 5th. Below you will find the list of bloggers and the amazing Guest Chefs who will be sitting down and speaking with CTbites and the blogging community ALL DAY LONG! If you are a CTbites reader, and did not win one of the 10 Free Tickets we gave away, feel free to swing by the Blogger Lounge. We will try to get you in based on space. 

Bloggers

OmnomCT, Food Dudes, Fairfieldista, The-e-List, Small Bites (Westchester), Bon Vivant, Tina Rupp Photography, CheapEats (NYC), Dee Cuisine, Hamlet Hub, Mister Belly, New Haven Living, Burgers & Brews Food Reviews, CT Girl About Town, For Love of Carrots, Home Place Blog, Flora's Table / Clicks & Corks, Pappa Don't Preach, Fairfield Countess, NYCFoodiefinder, Gina Zammit, Fork n Plate (NYC), Red Wine Please, Sprinkles & Booze, Sweet Jenny's, Fine Cooking Magazine.

CTbites Blogger Lounge Chef Talk Schedule

Chef Geoff Lazlo --The Whelk 12:00 PM  

Chef Michael Lucente -- Barcelona Restaurant 12:30 PM  

Chef Prasad Chirnomula -- Thali 1:00 PM   

Chef Rui Correia -- Douro 1:30 PM   

Chef Arik Bensimon -- le Farm 2:00 PM  

Chef Michael Psilakis -- MP Taverna 2:30 PM  

Adam Patrick--Mixologist --Walrus & Carpenter 3:00 PM 

Chef Cliff Crooks -- BLT Steak 3:30 PM  

Gretchen Thomas  -- Wine & Spirits Director--Barcelona/ Bartaco 4:00 PM  

Laurie Forster -- The Wine Coach & Stand Up Sommelier 4:30 PM

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