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Saturday
Oct132012

Invites: 5 Course Latin American Wine Dinner @ Brasitas

Join BRASITAS owner, Jaime Guerrero and Norwalk manager, Fabio Rojas, for an all inclusive special dinner and wine pairing featuring Latin Fusion cuisine on October 23rd from 7:30-9:30 pm at Brasitas Norwalk. This event is $70. VIEW FULL MENU HERE. 

Chef Parra will introduce each dish, while Fabio will expertly pair each course with wines from the extensive wine list at Brasitas, featuring wines from all over the world including Argentina, Chile and Spain. 

MENU:

Crema de Calabaza y Coco, a roasted pumpkin-coconut and lemongrass bisque, toppped with toasted pepitas and maple syrup.

Followed by Ensalada con Higos Rellenos; Garrotxa cheese stuffed Black Mission Figs wrapped in Jamon Serrano.

Lechon con Pozole; Slow roasted suckling pig, red chile Pozole, Avocado, Crunchy Cabbage and Tortilla "Polenta."

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Friday
Oct122012

Friday Froth: Hopstacle Course

"Brain Blaster," huh? I crinkle the plastic bag in my fingers and stick my nose in once more to inhale the pungent aroma of the dried green buds it contains. "Its only sounds like 'Brain Blaster'," says Brendan Kingston. "There's no way anything with a name like that gets past the FDA." I drop the bag and pick up a small glass of brown beer. The beer's real name is An Braon, meaning "The Tasty Drop," which is appropriate. We're not here to discuss the forest here, though: we're looking at the trees. Well, vines, to be precise. I'm sitting at the first in a series of educational tasting classes conducted by B. United International, and hosted by Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford.

Every day, CTBites chronicles the myriad ways in which we're lucky to be living in Fairfield County during the current food (and beer) renaissance in America

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Thursday
Oct112012

Shacktoberfest Kicks off October 12th @ Shake Shack

RAISE YOUR STEINS, SHACKTOBERFEST IS HERE! Ein Prosit!  Let’s toast to good times -Shacktoberfest kicks off TOMORROW (10/12) at Shake Shack.

This annual event celebrates Oktoberfest as only Shake Shack can. This year’s Shacktoberfest runs from Friday, October 12th–Sunday, October 21st at all Shake Shacks (except ballparks and international locations).

Get ready for souvenir glass bier steins filled to the brim, delicious Schaller & Weber brats and sausages griddled crisp, and delectable Bavarian-inspired frozen custard creations.

The 2012 Shacktoberfest menu features:

- Shacktoberfest Bier Stein: Fill it with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest or ShackMeister Ale; 25 oz., yours to keep. $10.00 | Refill: $7.00

- Cheddar Brat Burger: All-natural hamburger topped with a griddled cheddar bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale marinated shallots and ShackSauce. $7.50

Spicy Brat: Andouille sausage griddled and served with German-style slaw. $5.25

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Thursday
Oct112012

John Dough's Pizza Bar Opens in SONO

With very little fanfare, John Dough’s Pizza Bar opened in SONO in the space formerly occupied by O’Neill’s Pub and restaurant at 77 North Main Street. The brainchild of Bill Ferguson and Chef Derek Furino, John Dough’s focuses on one thing and one thing only…New Haven style pizza, well maybe with a few salads on the other side of the menu, 

For those who have enjoyed Furino’s creations at Behind the Net in the Darien skating rink, the new location will offer the same pizza with an increased number of toppings. The new location also serves 12 beers on tap, offer numerous TVs to watch your favorite sporting events, plus a little after pizza coffee from Zumbach’s Coffee of New Canaan.

Stay tuned as CTbites plans a pizza outing for a more detailed review of Furino’s creations.

John Dough's 77 N Main St, Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 956-7676

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Thursday
Oct112012

Martel Restaurant & Stew's Wines Team Up for Champagne Dinner

Who doesn't love a good wine dinner? And don't bubbles make it just a little bit better?

Stew’s Wines in Norwalk is hosting a Duval-LeRoy Wine Champagne dinner on Thurs, Oct 25 with Martel Restaurant in Fairfield (www.martelrestaurant.com).  This four course menu features a tasty menu paired with the perfect Duval-LeRoy champagne. The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $85/pp.  To purchase tickets, readers can call restaurant manager Marty Levine at 203-292-6916 and he’ll take a reservation for the event. 

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Wednesday
Oct102012

TATE'S Bake Shop Creator & Author @ King's Market Oct 13

In celebration of Kathleen King's new cookbook, BAKING FOR FRIENDS: Over 120 scrumptious recipes from Southampton's favorite baker, Kings Food Markets will host a book signing and Q&A with Kathleen at its Old Greenwich, Connecticut store location on Saturday, October 13th at 12p.m. Guests attending will have the opportunity to meet the author and taste some of Tate's delicious sweets.

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Wednesday
Oct102012

First Ever Fairfield Restaurant Week Oct 14-20

On October 14th-20th, Fairfield will launch its first ever town organized Fairfield Restaurant Week.

The Fairfield restaurant community is coming together to create during the week of October 14 with a new twist on restaurant week – not only do they have fantastic restaurants with excellent specials for this week, but local venues are also participating with activities and things to do all in Fairfield.

Over thirty restaurants from around Fairfield CT will participate in this week-long special event that will feature prix fixe lunch and dinner menu prices. Restaurants will feature $10 and $15 lunches and $20 and $30 dinners or other discounts on their already existing menus.

Passport Promotion:

As a special promotion, the Town has created a passport book that will be available at participating restaurants during Restaurant Week while supplies last.

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Tuesday
Oct092012

Gretchen Thomas of Barcelona Restaurant Group Talks Wine

In a seemingly ordinary brick building nestled between the South Norwalk seaside and the Lililan August Warehouse store, an entire secret world is at work.  Winding staircases and labyrinth-like halls lead to the headquarters of Barcelona, acclaimed wine and tapas bar.  The space is an eclectic a mix between a mad scientist’s lab and a gourmet kitchen.  Plates, beakers, and ingredients are piled on counters and tabletops while photographs of enticing dishes hang on the walls.  Tucked amidst wine glasses and bottles, Gretchen Thomas is hard at work.

Thomas oversees the wine and spirits program at Barcelona Restaurant Group. 

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Tuesday
Oct092012

Octoberfest On The Meadow & Harvest Fest @ Stamford Museum

A fall family tradition returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 with the 35th Annual Harvest Festival Weekend.  This year, the weekend will be kicked off with a new event for adults-only – Octoberfest On The Meadow at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 19 @ 6:30 PM with proceeds supporting the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.  The evening will feature seasonal Oktoberfest brews, as well as Octoberfest favorites including kielbasa with sauerkraut and cherry beer roasted pork shoulder. Guests will be entertained by live music from The Bavarian Boys.

The weekend will continue with the Harvest Festival Weekend, an annual family event celebrating the fall season, from 11 am to 3 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

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Sunday
Oct072012

Re-visiting Brasitas Latin American Cuisine in Norwalk

Just as the crisp Fall air reminds us that winter is around the corner, Brasitas in Norwalk (and the original location in Stamford) transports us to the warm Caribbean or to sunny South America.

Colorful in tropical hues of marine blue, coral and yellow, the decor of Brasitas feels very much like a Caribbean beach front café…as authentic native art from Colombia, hand picked by owner Jaime Guerrero and his wife, Nubia, adorn the walls, and brightly colored embroidered pillows line the banquettes. Two to three times a year the husband and wife travel to their native Colombia in search of new recipes and native art.

The Norwalk location, opened in 2008, is managed by Jaime’s nephew, Fabio Rojas, and has a loyal following among lovers of authentically prepared and beautifully presented Pan-Latin cuisine. 

 

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