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Souterrain #5: Bill Taibe Hosts Underground Dinner


Bill Taibe and his team of chefs hosted Souterrain Sunday night, #5 in his series of underground pop-up dinners featuring local ingredients, unexpected locations, and good company. Ironically, Souterrain #5 was originally scheduled during last October's spectacular Nor'easter, and while Halloween did go on, Souterrain had to be cancelled.  This year, dinner prevailed, and guests were delighted to find themselves at The Westport Arts Center on the last day of the appropriately themed FOODIES art exhibit. (The location is only divulged 12 hours before the event). 

Bill Taibe considers Souterrain his "third restaurant, one without walls, where people come together at communal tables and share a unique culinary experience." The menu for Souterrain does not always follow a strict narrative, but Sunday's meal was truly an ode to duck. Green olives with roasted garlic cloves were cooked in duck fat. There was Duck Ham, Duck Liver & Huckleberries, and a spectacular Duck Confit. Corn bread drizzled with maple syrup paired beautifully with the foie and huckleberries, and a Brandade (Salt Cod Puree) made it into the first course, providing a taste of the sea. John Baricelli, of Sono Baking Company, even created a special olive bread for the evening. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

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Olive Oil Tasting Event w/ Olivette & Fairfield Green Food Guide, Nov 13th

Please join Olivette and the Fairfield Green Food Guide on Tuesday, November 13th frm 6-8PM, for an evening of sensory exploration with one of the foremost olive oil tasting experts in the US, Arden Kremer. During this two-hour workshop you will learn to taste and analyze extra virgin olive oils from around the world just as the experts on professional olive oil taste panels do. Bonus! This tasting will be held at the new Sono can be one of the first to check out this beautiful new multi vendor market. 

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Chocopologie Stamford Grand Opening November 11

Chocopologie Stamford will be opening to the public on November 11, 2012 at 211 Main Street in Stamford. Their opening receiption will include live music, champagne, petit fours, and chocolate (of course!). For the latest news, visit them on Facebook

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Cinch Gourmet Meal Market & Cooking Classes

Years ago, around the time The Brady Bunch was infiltrating almost every T.V. set in America, it was unlikely that your mom would have picked up dinner in lieu of cooking a homemade meal.  While it’s true that familiar words in your household at the time may have included Wendy’s, Burger King and Arby’s, you weren’t pulling up to the drive-in window to order healthy, gourmet food.  At home it may have been a casserole or a roast while mom always remained neatly coifed, and eating meals at the table as a family were normal.  

Fast - forward 40 years and life is a lot different. In our fast paced world today we often find ourselves in a pinch, pressed for enough time to prepare a well-balanced meal for our disappearing family dinners due to time constraints.  Enter Cinch, Fairfield’s newest “Gourmet Food Market.”  A market where you shop for high quality meals that you just heat and serve in your own home.  “Eat your heart out Carol Brady, let me tell you a little bit about the life of a 21st century family on the go.” 

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Buy A Milk Shake for a Good Cause @ Shake Shack

With relief efforts steadily underway throughout the Northeast, Shake Shack is holding a week-long (Nov. 4-11) drive to help raise awareness and funds for the American Red Cross in support of victims impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Shake Shack created a special milkshake, the Rally Shake, inspired by NYC’s iconic Black & White cookies for purchase ($5.50) to rally support and funds for the American Red Cross to help those in need.  From Sunday November 4th through Sunday, November 11th, Shake Shack will donate $2.00 to the American Red Cross for every Rally Shake sold.  The Rally Shake is available at ALL Shake Shack locations. 

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Eat Local Fish Now

Like many others, fishermen in the Northeast are feeling the effects of the hurricane and struggling to get back on their feet. Many chefs have made a commitment to help New England fishermen by serving local seafood. As Jared Auerbach, Massachusetts fisherman and dock owner explains, "The East Coast got hit really hard this week and there are a lot of people who are hurting. Instead of using imported fish, lets all put our money where it's needed most." It's always a good time to eat and buy local New England fish, but now, even more so. Ask your fish purveyor what's local and fresh, and as diners ask your server where your fish was caught. 

The Dressing Room restaurant was one of the first to respond when Sea to Table, (an organization that partners with local fishermen from small-scale sustainable wild fisheries), asked for support. Chef Jon Vaast decided to menu hake from the Gulf of Maine, baked with a sunchoke puree, swiss chard, brown butter, and a red wine reduction. Chef Bill Taibe continues to do the same at The Whelk where he has been committed to sourcing local fish since they opened their doors. 

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Free Pumpkins @ Bishop's Orchards Through Nov 4th!

With Halloween bring postponed in many towns due to Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath that she left, Bishop's Orchards was left with Hundreds of Carving Pumpkins that have no home. 

To avoid seeing the fruits of their labor rot, Bishop's Orchards has decided to give away all Carving Pumpkins, NOW THRU SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, to people who want to come down and take a pumpkin (1 Per Family please!).  They just ask that you consider leaving a Free Will Donation in lieu of purchasing the pumpkin. 

100% of proceeds will be a donation to the Women and Family Life Center. The donations will supply funds to help clean up efforts and housing needs by needy families on the Shoreline.

Bishop's Orchards is located @ 1355 Boston Post Rd. in Guilford, CT. 


Guide To Great Sustainable Coffee in Fairfield County

Coffee joints have always been key meeting grounds, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, good quality caffeine and WIFI reign supreme. However, cafes such as Green Leaf Organic Bakery and Cafe in Wilton, Terrain in Westport, Sugar & Olives in Norwalk, Tusk & Cup in Ridgefield, & espresso NEAT in Darien are going beyond basic coffee service. Here's why...(re-posted with permission from the Fairfield Green Food Guide)

Ah, it’s getting to be hot-beverage season (but then again, maybe it always is). Are you a mom who is back to inhabiting cafes with friends now that the kids are back in school? Or a traveler passing through Fairfield County? Either way, a great cup of joe is always on the destination list. But where to get one? And, more importantly, where to enjoy a sustainable cup of coffee? That’s the trickier part because not all joe is created equal.

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Tired of the Dark? Restaurants Are Open Post Sandy...

We've been speaking with chefs and restaurateurs over the past few days and we are pleased to annouce that there are many places to eat out if you need to escape the very dark hallways in your house. Here are some of the venues we know of thus far. Keep the list going and add your intel below if you know of restaurants open near you:

Westport: Rizzuto's, Viva Zapata, Terrain, Five Guys, Oaxaca, Julian's Brick Oven Pizza, Tarry Lodge, Gold's Deli (serving soup), Westport Farmers' Market, The Whelk, Tarantino's, Mario's.

Norwalk: Barcelona, Match, The Spread, Valencia Luncheria, Coromandel, Strada 18, Wave Hill Breads Bakery, Bar Sugo, Fat Cat Pie Co., Sono Baking Co.,(actually, SoNo never lost power).  

Stamford: Barcelona, Bartaco, Thali, Coromandel, Quattro Pazzi, The Boatyard

Fairfield: The Chelsea, Liana's, Bodega Taco Bar, Catch A Healthy Habit, The Pantry

Darien: Thali, Burgers Shakes & Fries

New Canaan: Elm, Boulevard 18, Carpe Diem, Cava, South End, Cherry Street East (most of NC is open for business)

Southport: Coromandel

Weston: The Lunchbox

Greenwich: Boxcar Cantina, eleven14 Kitchen, Morello Bistro, China White


Shout Out: Cooking without Power in CT, Grilled Pizza & Beyond

As many of our CT readers wrestle with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the power outages that are being experienced across the state, the need for creative cooking techniques has become paramount. Some time ago, CTbites shot this video for Grilled Pizza. Granted...the weather was finer, but this is one of many recipes that can be done without an oven, and it's a great way to use some of those ingredients that are going south in your fridge. NOTE: Bridgeport Rescue Mission is accepting donations of frozen food from anyone who has lost power & The Westport Farmers' Market will be OPEN Thursday and accepting food donations. 

Please tell us what you've been cooking this week in the dark, & share any tips with your CTbites community. 

UPDATE!! [TWO lucky CTbites readers who comment below will WIN FREE DINNER for 2 @ Bartaco Restaurant