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Tuesday
Feb282012

The Ginger Man Cocktail Contest Winner Is...

Thanks to everyone who submitted creative and amusing names for The Ginger Man's Cocktail Naming Contest, There were so many great names from which to choose but we are pleased to say we've got ourselves a winner.

Congratulations to Kate of StamfordNotes.com  for her winning name..."Tipsy Tiger Lily." Kate will receive FREE BRUNCH FOR TWO @ The Ginger Man (complete with the newly branded cocktails). 

Watch out for our upcoming CTBites Invite event at The Ginger Man featuring the Tipsy Tiger Lily...coming soon. 

Happy and safe Cocktailing from CTbites. 

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Monday
Feb272012

Dinners at the Farm 2012 Season is Up

Dinners at the Farm is back! For those of you who have yet to attend this wonderful culinary event, check out our write-up from 2009 or view our photo gallery from 2011Order yourself some tickets for the upcoming season now! This is truly one of CT's most unique dining experiences.  

For those of you new to the "farm dinner" concept, Dinners at the Farm is a series of benefit dinners that recreate a sense of connection to farming, cooking and eating. Plus you get to reconnect under the stars in a beautiful candlelit tent while eating a spectacular multi course meal. 

Special Offer: Diners at the Farm is again offering $100 Thursdays and Sundays beginning now through mid-night March 30, 2012. Hurry the clock is ticking.

Support your local farming community and join us.

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Monday
Feb272012

Maple Syrup Festival @ Stamford Nature Center

Four chefs will compete in First County Bank’s Chefs Challenge event at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center during this week’s Maple Sugar Festival Weekend.  On Saturday, March 3, chefs will compete to create the best tasting recipe, as judged by the public, using maple syrup as an ingredient. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center has extended its Maple Sugar Festival to a weekend event starting March 3. 
 
This year marks the 12th anniversary First County Bank has sponsored this family festival highlighting the New England tradition of maple sugaring.   From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 3, Nikki Glekas, owner and chef at Eos Greek Cuisine in Stamford, Susan Kane, of Susan Kane Catering in Stamford, Jonathan Mathias, owner of A Dash of Salt in Norwalk, and David Cingari, owner of David’s Soundview Catering, are scheduled to present their creations for the public to sample.  The public will vote for its favorite creation and the winning recipe will be announced at 2 p.m.
 

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Sunday
Feb262012

Darien Social: A First Taste of 

Several years ago, my friend and I looked into buying a bar. The space had been a sort of crusty old dive for years, stopping just short of "biker bar," but had since closed and remained so for a few trips around the Sun. Someone else picked it up by the time we got our act together, and it was just as well, because that left us able to spend many hours and ducats there - meeting neighbors, sinking pints, and possibly singing "Werewolves of London" from the loft until the other patrons consented to do the "Awoooo" part - instead of worrying about if the night's special was selling and how many soda logs we'd ordered. Friends were made in this place. News, gossip, and phone numbers were exchanged, and local business and political deals were done. Another place or two were probably the town bars, but this was the local pub

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Friday
Feb242012

Zinsanity Wine Dinner: Fountainhead & Fat Cat Pie Co

Join Fountainhead Wines and Fat Cat Pie Co. on March 3rd for an evening of Peterson wines with special guest Jamie Peterson, winemaker and next generational fixture at Peterson Winery in Dry Creek, Sonoma. Peterson Winery has an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with low tech, yet high touch, to produce wines of a place, wines with soul.

Fountainhead will be pouring an array of Zinfandel from the much heralded 2009 vintage along with a few other treats, including the superb Gravity Flow Syrah from vines high atop Bradford Mountain. Fred, Jamie's father, has pronounced the Zins from this vintage as some of the best in the last twenty years and guests will sample their way through these offerings accompanied by lovingly prepared cuisine from Fat Cat's chef de chez, Robert Herlihy. 

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Friday
Feb242012

Chef Leticia on the Today Show

Brazilian chef and CTbites contributor Leticia Schwartz shows TODAY’s Natalie Morales how to celebrate Carnival, a traditional festival in Brazil, by making a black bean stew called feijoada topped off with a caipirinha cocktail. Watch the Today Show demo!

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Tuesday
Feb212012

The Schoolhouse's Tim LaBant Offers "Pig Carving 101"

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The Schoolhouse at Cannondale had several requests to again offer thier "Pig Carving 101" Saturday afternoon class at the Millstone Farm in Wilton, Ct. Tim LaBant, Chef & owner of The Schoolhouse will guide you from begining to end on how to successfully carve a full pig, the benefits of different cuts & how to best prepare and cook these cuts. A rustic and seasonal farm to fork lunch will be available throughout the event. Soft drinks will be available or feel free to BYOB for sharing or swapping.

The event is Saturday, March 17 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at the Millstone Farm, 180 Millstone Rd., Wilton, Ct. It's priced at $45. per person, excluding tax & gratuity. Please make reservations by calling 1-203-571-8990 or email them at rthorpe@schoolhouse.com before March 12. Because of limited space they request  reservations be guaranteed with payment at time of booking.

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Bill Taibe & Kara Brooks 2012 JBF Award Semifinalists

Congratulations to Bill Taibe and Kara Brooks as the only two Connecticut nominees in the "Best Chef: Northeast" category.

The James Beard Foundation Awards have been deemed “the Oscars of the food world,” by Time magazine, and are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs, as well as food and beverage professionals. Final nominees will be announced at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland and simultaneously live via the Foundation's Twitter page, @beardfoundation.

Winners will be celebrated at a gala event in New York City on May 7 (tickets on-sale March 19). For more information or to view the complete list of award categories and semifinalists, go to James Beard Foundation Awards at jamesbeard.org.

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Sunday
Feb192012

Boulevard 18 French Bistro Opens in New Canaan

Un autre grand restaurant Français ouvre dans New Canaan. Oops, I got ahead of myself. What I meant to say was another noteworthy restaurant, Boulevard 18, a French Bistro and Wine Bar, officially opened last Friday in New Canaan and the food is well worth a night out.  

The 62 Main Street address has been transformed into a little bit of Paris by owners Steven Semaya, Luciano Ramirez, Henry Rosenbaum and Chef/Owner David Raymer (Strada 18 in Sono).

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Saturday
Feb182012

Station Eats Opens in Stamford: Organic Burgers & Dogs

An open space with high ceilings gives a contemporary feel to the new Station Eats at 3 Landmark Square in Stamford. It's not the easiest place to find, but once you climb the stairs to the second story entrance, you're in for a treat.

The look here is more urban than the original, smaller restaurant in New Canaan, but the bright orange and blue signature colors let you know they are one in the same: a modern burger bar where you can load your organic hot dog or grass fed burger with dozens of toppings, grab a shake, or drizzle the signature chipotle station dressing over your veggie salad 

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