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CTbites' Chef Demo Tent Sept 5 + 6th at The Blues & BBQ Festival in Westport. 8 local chefs. Ton's of great food for all! View lineup here. 

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Tuesday
Mar052013

Embody Fitness Gourmet in Westport: Fitness Inspired Functional Food

When I first walked into Embody Fitness Gourmet after it opened last September, it was a hot sticky day, the kind that melts the asphalt in the road. I could barely breathe and was in the midst of my usual daily stress. My car had almost died and the AC was acting quirky so I rolled into the parking lot off Riverside Ave across from the gas station. I ordered a GT Surge, a blend of crushed ice, green tea, freshly pressed lemon and agave nectar accented with fresh mint. Suddenly, my mind drifted off as the cool mojito-like flavors hit my tongue. I was transported to some palm-tree beach far away. Now, that the days of hot sunshine are long gone, I pull over and grab a homemade bean and kale soup as well as another GT Surge, if only to return to the summer in my mind. It seems these days, after much bad news and crazy weather, I need to escape often. 

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Monday
Mar042013

Vote for CTbites for Best Local Blog in Best of Fairfield County Readers Poll 2013

To all our readers who have enjoyed CTbites this past year, please VOTE FOR CTBITES to win BEST LOCAL BLOGGER in the annual Best of Fairfield County Readers Poll. Every vote makes a difference. VOTE HERE. 

Here's how to vote: Quickly register and then select the Media & Education category. You will find CTbites under "Local Blogger" &"Local Twitterer." If you don't see us in the pulldown menu...WRITE US IN. 

Thanks for your support!

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Sunday
Mar032013

EOS Greek Cuisine in Stamford Revamps Menu

EOS, the Greek goddess of the dawn, signifies the beginning of a new day. EOS Greek Cuisine, an upscale Greek restaurant in Stamford owned by the Glekas family, recently introduced its new menu and invited CTbites (along with several other bloggers for what we nicknamed "Bloggers' Row") for a tasting of several of these items. All of the dishes are based on family recipes with slight modifications to modernize the dishes while maintaining their Greek roots.

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Friday
Mar012013

Outstanding In The Field Seats Go On Sale March 20th

Mark your calendars. On Wednesday, March 20th, the first day of spring, tickets will go on sale for the 2013 season of Outstanding In The Field. 

UPDATE: Bill Taibe of The Whelk & le Farm will be hosting a 2nd date @ The Hickories Farm in Ridgefield on September 5th!! 

"Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls." Their mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. The other meaning of Outstanding in the Field is outstanding as in the best. 

We've just received word that the CT dinner will be held on Wednesday September 4, 2013, @ Waldingfield Farm, Washington, CT. 

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Friday
Mar012013

Chefs Demo Recipes @ Tastes of the Coast at Aitoro's

What’s better than a food tasting against a backdrop of live music?  One that also promotes a worthwhile cause!

On Thursday March 7 from 6-9pm, The Easter Seals of Fairfield County will host an event called Tastes of the Coast at Aitoro's of Norwalk.  The evening will music and an array of cuisine from local restaurants like Rowayton Seafood, Bar Sugo, Chez Jean Pierre, La Paella, Kazu, B.J. Ryan's, Southport Brewing Company, and Strada 18.  Guests can even observe their favorite chefs prepare the food in eight live kitchens distributed throughout the venue.

All of the proceeds will benefit The Easter Seals and help them assist provide services for children and adults with Autism, disabilities, and other special needs.  Tickets begin at $60 for general admission and can be purchased on the event’s website: http://ct.easterseals.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=40665 

Friday
Mar012013

CTbites Invites Recap: “Celebrate CT” Breweries BarQ Dinner 

The funky cow print décor in the upstairs bar loft at Bob LeRose’s BarQ in Stamford was the perfect backdrop for the CTbites Invites celebration of CT’s Own burgeoning beer business.  

Representatives from City Steam in Hartford, Half Full in Stamford and Two Roads in Stratford were on hand to pour and explain the brewing process of over six different craft beers to an enthusiastic sold out crowd.

Tim, the Pitmaster at BarQ , took this opportunity to create a special and very creative dinner menu that BarQ calls “original” CT BBQ.  It was expertly paired with distinctive and unique tasting beers and included wood kissed sweet and sticky wings,  paired with City Steam’s Blonde on Blonde ale, smoky brisket chili cups served in mini cast iron skillets and paired with City Steam’s Naughty Nurse lager. Pulled pork and brisket sliders with touch of chipotle mayo, with Two Roads Ol Factory Pilsner and “Dueling ribs” meaty St. Louis Sticky and Memphis Dry Rub  with Two Roads, Roads to Ruin Double IPA.

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Friday
Mar012013

Spring Workshops at Millstone Farm in Wilton

Millstone Farm's spring workshops series has been announced. These events range from Pig Carving 101 with Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse to Raising Backyard Chickens with Millstone’s Master Farmer, Annie Farrell. You'll want to check these out. 

Pig Carving 101 with Chef Tim LaBant

Saturday, March 23:  12pm – 3pm 

Cost: $50, RSVP to f2f@schoolhouseatcannondale.co 

Back by popular demand! Join us for a hearty lunch and an up close and personal workshop on how to carve a whole pig, lead by Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Read more...

Raising Backyard Chickens

Saturday, April 6:  1pm – 4pm 

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Thursday
Feb282013

Knipschildt & Red Bee: Chocolate & Honey Tasting Event

Fritz Knipschildt of House of Knipschildt/Chocopologie and Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey are teaming up for a very unique evening of tasting and pairings. Marina and Fritz will present tasting flights partnering Artisan Chocolate & Single-Origin Honey at Chocopologie's SoNo location. Sweet! This event includes hors d’oeuvres & Cava, in addition to the tasting flights seen below. 

Tasting Flights Include:

  • Farmhouse Honeycomb Enrobed in 96% Dark Chocolate
  • Orange Blossom Honey Drizzled Over Cocoa Nib Brittle
  • Buckwheat Honey Ganache Truffles 
  • Red Currant Honey Drizzled Over a Raspberry and Pink Peppercorn Bonbon
  • Goldenrod Honey and 71% Ecuadorian Single Bean Dark Chocolate Fondue 
  • Creamed Honey Spread Over Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread

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Wednesday
Feb272013

"Join the Conversation" with Mark Bittman on March 16 at Ikea in New Haven

New York Times food writer Mark Bittman will be appearing as part of WSHU Radio's "Join the Conversation" series on March 16 at 11 am at IKEA in New Haven. Bittman will give cooking tips from his new book, How to Cook Everything: The Basics. This event is $25 per person, including a copy of his new book. Learn more or register for this event.

One of the country's most widely respected food writers, Mark Bittman is also a champion of home cooking. He will discuss his new book: How to Cook Everything: The Basics (All You Need to Know to Make Great Food), revealing fundamental techniques and essential lessons from dicing vegetables and roasting meat.

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Wednesday
Feb272013

Pasta Bolognese in Fairfield County Roundup: Part II

Déjà vu all over again so…Mangia, Mangia Mangia…and Mangia again...

We recently recommended several places that are serving up delicious Bolognese and promised more. So here is our second, and last, installment of 2013 Recommended Pasta Bolognese of Fairfield County that includes two slight variations of the traditional sauce, one with chicken and another with oxtail. Let the games begin...and let the lipitor flow for these 2 brave diners who sampled Bolognese from all over Fairfield County. 

From Cotto in Stamford to The Spread in SoNo to Louie's in Cos Cob, we bring you tasting notes on 10 more Bologneses. 

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