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Monday
Nov042013

New Haven Restaurant Week Is On!! November 3-8

New Haven Restaurant Week Is On!! November 3rd – 8th.

30 of downtown New Haven’s award-winning and internationally diverse restaurants are featuring prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Participating restaurants offer a multi-course, prix fixe menu typically consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Make reservations as early as possible. Don’t wait because restaurants are sure to book quickly. Click here to make reservations

Participating Restaurants Below:

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Sunday
Nov032013

Post 154 Opens in Westport in Old Post Office Building

CTbites recently attended a press dinner at Post 154 in Westport to sample numerous selections from its award winning Chef Alex Rosado's introductory menu. Overall the dishes were visually artistic in their construct and many presented delicious flavors.

All reviews of Post 154 must include a little history of the building. The 1935 cornerstone outside the entrance commemorates the site’s original purpose as the Westport Post Office, constructed under The New Deal during the Great Depression. Architect Lansing Colton Holden Jr., a World War I flying ace who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, designed the building upon his return from battle. The building’s new ownership redesigned the spacious interior with a combination of wood paneling, flowing drapes and relics from the early 1900’s surrounding the tables. A large U-Shaped bar, with over 250 seats, occupies the entire left side and leads to an inviting patio that allows for al fresco dining in warmer weather.

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Saturday
Nov022013

WIN Tickets!! Craft Butchery Hosts PORKTOBERFEST November 10th

WIN Tickets to Craft Butchery's PORKTOBERFEST November 10th. Enter to WIN by telling us why you NEED to go to PORKTOBERFEST below. We've got 3 pairs of tickets to give away. Winner will be announced Nov. 8.

Nothing welcomes autumn like two Berkshire pigs roasting on an open fire. On November 10th, Craft Butchery is building on last year's Pig on the Plaza tradition with PORKTOBERFEST at Saugatuck Center, a celebration of pork, beer, music, and more pork. Music will be provided by Norwalk's own Austrian Boys Band, and German attire is strongly encouraged. All-inclusive tickets are $35 for adults (21+) and $25 for children (under 21), available for purchase at craftbutchery.com/porktoberfest.

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Friday
Nov012013

The Westport Farmers' Market Moves Indoors for Winter

This just in from The Westport Farmers' Market...

Westport Farmers’ Market Moves To A Saturday Winter Market on November 16th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

As the temperatures start to dip and winter approaches we must bid a fond farewell to what has been a phenomenally successful summer season. However, we are thrilled to announce the start of the Winter Westport Farmers’ Market which will officially begin on Saturday, November 16  at 10:00am. The market will return for our fourth season at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden on Sylvan Lane in Westport.

We’ve listened to you and we value your opinion and this is why The Westport Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday mornings.  Bring the entire family as you shop from your favorite vendors and explore new tastes.

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Friday
Nov012013

The Skinny on Thinscotti: Wafer Thin + Gluten-Free Option

Milla Pospisil won’t say how she gets her biscotti wafers so thin! All she’ll say is that it’s a family recipe she learned from her Ukrainian grandmother – a secret technique that allows her to slice them paper-thin and turn them into what she and her business partner Carissa Gulyas call Thinscotti.

These “deliciously addictive” (that’s the warning on the packaging) baked treats have been on the market since January, but have been baked in Milla’s family for generations. Now the duo, who both call Connecticut their home, have taken space at a commercial kitchen in Westport and are mixing and baking and slicing and packaging them up for local stores and coffee shops in Fairfield county.

Because they’re made with only a handful of ingredients – all natural, and no preservatives - there is something a little nostalgic about Milla’s Thinscotti. They taste a little like the cookies your own grandma would have made, just a little crunchier, a little nuttier, a LOT thinner, and just as more-ish. And because they’re sliced so thin – “the thinnest on the market,” Carissa says, each piece packs a mere seven calories, so you can go ahead and eat half the package – and you ‘ll only have 110 calories to enter into your calorie counting app.

Thinscotti comes two flavors, Toasted Almond and Dark Chocolate Almond, with plans for a Toasted Pecan Thinscotti in the works. Both flavors come in both regular and gluten-free wafers. It’s hard to tell the difference between the two! 

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Friday
Nov012013

United We Mo: CTBites Joins Half Full Brewery For Movember Charity

I'm the first to admit it: there have been times when I have lamented my luxurious pelt. I was patchy at 14 years of age, manly at 18, and, at 25, evolutionarily questionable.  What kind of cruel universe imbues a man with sense capable of vanity, then steals the hair from his head while growing a thatch capable of roosting fowl on his chest? It is a sorry lot, indeed. 

My existential torment, "drop by drop upon the heart" as Aeschylus said, may have found its moment of grace: it is with unusually hirsute pride that I announce I have joined the Movember Foundation with Team Captain Conor Horrigan and the Half Full Beerds as we put our whiskers to work this November. Please read on to find out just how ridiculous we are willing to look to fight against prostate and testicular cancers, and help mental health challenges.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Big News @ Stamford's Harbor Point: Chopped Co-Star, Aaron Sanchez Opening & Beer Garden Closing!

The food scene continues to soar (along with rising skyscrapers) at Harbor Point, Stamford’s new 3.5 billion dollar “city within a city.”  

CTBites has just learned that celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez, restaurateur and co-star of Chopped and Heat Seekers, is bringing his Mexican magic to a new home in Waterfront Square. ALEGRE, a sexy, high end restaurant, cocktail and wine lounge, will occupy the 6,000 square foot glass building that has housed the Beer Garden, which is closing.  

Alegre’s is sponsored by the owners of Frankie and Johnnie’s Steakhouses and famed mixologist and competitive sommelier, Olie Berlic, who is to wine and spirits what Sanchez is to Latin food. According to Jon Sabrowski, leasing director at Harbor Point, Aaron’s Stamford outpost should open sometime next Spring or Summer.

Alegre’s  concept will be similar to that of the Mexican Melting Pot menu at Mestizo, Aaron’s acclaimed Kansas City restaurant.  (In addition to Sanchez’s cookbooks and television appearances in both North and South America,  he also sets the culinary vision for Crossroads at the House of Blues nationwide and Tacombi Tacqueria in New York City.)

As for the crowds who flocked to the old Beer Garden this past summer, they need not weep in their brews.  Next spring, a new 4200 square foot World of Beer will open just steps away on Waterfront Square.  Pouring selected and seasonal craft brews from around the globe, this national franchise will offer one of the widest selections of suds and spirits in Connecticut, along with tavern food fare.

Sabrowski confirmed that Bareburger,  New York City’s award winning organic beef and meat restaurant has now chosen Harbor Point as its Stamford home.  Opening next year, they will be also be located on Waterfront square.  

We have also learned that Harbor Point is close to sealing deals that could bring two more exciting dining additions to the South End.  Stay with CTBites for updates.

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Thursday
Oct312013

Comings and Goings in New Canaan's Restaurant Scene

There is tremendous activity in the town of New Canaan recently and CTbites wanted to give our readers an update:

  • Bistro Bonne Nuit closed after providing some of the best French food in Fairfield County. We wish Roe and all of the staff best of luck in their future endeavors;
  • Farmer’s Table will relocate to the space formerly occupied by Bistro Bonne Nuit. In addition to a larger space, the new location will allow for outdoor dining and the potential for a liquor license;
  • Picador restaurant has changed ownership and the new chef, Corey Falcone, is working on modifying the menu to include recipes from his Italian heritage;
  • Locali Pizza Bar and Kitchen is set to open at the corner of Forest and Locust in the space that formerly housed Kouzina. Chef Mogan Anderson from Village Social in Mt. Kisco is currently devising the opening menu;
  • Baldanza Natural Market and Café opened at 17 Elm St. in the space that formerly housed Reid’s;
  • An Italian Trattoria under ownership of local restaurateurs and chef will open in the space that formerly housed Tuscan Restaurant;
  • New Canaan Olive Oil opened at 98 Elm Street, in the former Dunkin’ Donuts;
  • Eclectic, a take-out, catering and deli opened on Vitti Street;
  • ginger bitz bakery and cafe will open at 155 Elm St. in the former Caroline's Creperie location;
  • Caroline’s Creperie is closed and Crumbs is scheduled to close.

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Wednesday
Oct302013

Pizza Mecca, Colony Grill, Offers First Ever Salad Pizza!!

For decades, Colony Grill has offered pizza. Pizza (with a capital P) and only pizza.  Delicious pizza, to be sure, with a unique thin crust and lots of available toppings (including the legendary hot oil). But with the exception of veg toppings -- fresh mushrooms, onions, black olives and peppers (stingers and cherry) -- there was no greenery to be found. 

Veg-avores rejoice! Colony Grill is now offering a Salad Pizza.  The signature Colony crust comes topped with fresh mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots tossed with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. Clean and simple.  As it says on the menu, No Cheese, No Sauce. 

Yep, it’s healthy. Good for folks training for the 3rd Annual Colony Grill “Hot Oil” 5K on November 10.  (Until then, $1 for each salad pizza sold will go to race proceeds, which benefit local police and fire department initiatives.)  For those who like clean eating (and we definitely do), this salad pizza is a welcomed addition to the Colony menu board. 

As diligent tasters, we felt we needed more data. 

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Tuesday
Oct292013

ChowdaQuest is ON! Vote for Your Favorite Soups & Restaurants

Chowdafest, presented by Stop & Shop, has announced a two-month program called ChowdaQuest allowing chefs/restaurants the ability to earn their way into the annual competition. 

Chowdafest is limited to 28 restaurants. Seven (7) spots in four categories: Classic New England Clam Chowder, Traditional Chowder (Manhattan & Rhode Island Clam Chowders only), Creative Chowder and Soup/Bisque. Restaurants who finished in the top 3 places last year in each category automatically qualify to compete again. A total of 12 spots can be earned through ChowdaQuest (three (3) in each category) with a remaining category spot reserved for “at-large” bids by the Chowdafest committee.

During the month of October through Thanksgiving, restaurants competing in ChowdaQuest are offering a soup sampler appetizer where customers use their smart phone to vote for which soup or chowder they think the restaurant should enter. Restaurants with the most votes will fill the remaining slots. ChowdaQuest is sponsored by CTBites.com and Sierra Nevada Beer who will also be the exclusive beer at Chowdafest as the event will now offer beer sampling to compliment the competition. 

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