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Friday
Jul122013

POST 154 Opening in Westport’s Historical Post Office Building 

If you've been peering through the windows of the immense space that used to house Westport’s Historical Post Office, wondering what the new POST 154 Restaurant would hold, we've got some info for you. Mind you, this intel comes straight from the press peeps, so stay tuned for additional coverage from our CTbites team, but this will give you an idea of what's to come. 

“Best Chef of America” Honoree, Chef Alex Rosado prepares to open his Restaurant and Bar in Westport’s Historical Post Office building 

This is POST 154, a restaurant, bar and gathering place with a fresh outlook on our modern day food culture. The space is grand, the Chef is fearless, and the concept is a simple one; Exceptional food and drink with a setting to match.

It begins with 154 Post Road, Westport’s historical post office building which was built circa 1935 by the New Deal, an economic program enacted in the United States in the 1930’s in response to the great depression.    It was designed by Lansing Holden, a decorated World War I US Air Force hero.

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Friday
Jul122013

Friday Froth: Keep It Smooth...Beer News & Tasting Notes

Rolling with the windows down, warm night air blowing through, music playing, fireflies sparking at the corners of your vision... in the wintertime cars are about utility, but they seem to contain multitudes in the summer. This is especially true when you have a paper bag full of cold brews belted tightly as a child into the passenger seat. This week we'll take a short trip on the 'bahn to Stratford, try out something German, and bring it all home to Connecticut before a quick jaunt to the left coast and completely voiding the warranty somewhere in the south  Pacific. Buckle up, and snorkel gear is not included.

Closest to home, Two Roads Brewing Co. introduced No Limits Hefeweizen for this summer. The can (yep) design features the symbol for Germany's autobahn front and center with the slashed grey of the 'bahn's dreamy unlimited sections incorporated in there between two stalks of wheat. It's summer blockbuster season, so allow me to put on my announcer voice (ahem):

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Thursday
Jul112013

Plan B Burger Bar is Coming to Fairfield CT

Plan B Burger Bar has some big news. They are coming to Fairfield this fall in the old Post Office at 1262 Boston Post Road. 

Plan B is an upscale burger bar created by Hartford-based Locals 8 Restaurant Holdings with six (soon to be seven) locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. This burger mecca features all-American craft beers, bourbon, and burgers made from beef that is ground in-house daily, always fresh, never frozen, and free of antibiotics and hormones. We like that!

Allie j Gamble, founder and CEO of Locals 8 Restaurant Group explains, “We don’t think of our restaurants as a chain, there is just a lot of us.  Each Plan B location is unique. We build relationships with local farms because the food is always fresher. For example, in Milford, we work with Robert Treat Farm, Bishops Acres, Holcomb and Jones Farms. In Springfield, we draw from incredible local brewers like the Mayflower Brewing Company. We’ll do the same thing at Plan B Fairfield.  We’re excited to partner up with growers in the community and offer specialty items that our other locations won’t feature. It's part of our dream of growing big while remaining small.”

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Thursday
Jul112013

Summer School @ 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield

Ridgefield's best source for artisinal cheese and wine, 109 Cheese & Wine has recently expanded its footprint and education offerings. The shop, located at Ridgefield's Marketplace, has posted an impressive and fun line-up of events throughout the summer. Classes include: Red Bee Honey Pairing, Home Brewing and a Bar B Cue,  The Champagne Diet, East Coast Craft Brews and Artisan Cheese & A BBQ Throw Down Wine vs. Beer. See complete listings below. Advance reservations are recommended as class size is limited, call 203-438-5757.

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Aye Cukarumba! Cocktail Recipe from Barcelona Restaurant

Last Spring, CTbites ran a cocktail naming contest with Barcelona Restaurant. The drink in need of a name would debut on Barcelona Restaurant's Cocktail Menu, and has become one of their classics...the Aye Cukarumba! Yes...that is the name, not an exclamation. With zesty citrus, lightly sweet St. Germain, and a dash of Hellfire Bitters, this drink has it all going on, and now you can make Barcelona's Aye Cukarumba! cocktail in your home. Here are the ingredients for this unique and excellent addition to any party...or forget the party, and just make one for yourself tonight.  

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Tuesday
Jul092013

Guide To Cooking Classes in Connecticut 

Give a man a fish and he eats for one day, but TEACH him to how to bone, saute and dress up that fish, well, that’s another story. The school year has come to a close for our under-21s but we know that you hunger (pun totally intended) to learn something new...in the kitchen. Cooking classes abound in our area; some will teach you how to make the perfect french macaron (not to be confused with the American macaroon with two “o’s”), cooling summer soups or regional delights that transport you without standing in pesky security lines. Don your best apron, raise a spatula and proclaim this the summer that you learn some rockin’ cooking skills and new recipes! Summer school has never looked so good.

Here is CTbites' Guide To Cooking Classes For Adults & Kids for 2013...

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Monday
Jul082013

The Cronuts™ Craze Comes to CT @ Stew Leonards

If you are a foodie, by now, you have likely heard about the legend of the Cronut™. If you're a foodie and have been hiding under a rock and have not yet heard about the pasty hybrid taking the food obsessed world by storm, you should read this. The Cronut is a half croissant, half doughnut created by Chef Dominique Ansel in May of 2013, and since their launch, New Yorkers have been waiting in line for hours (or paying scalpers) to get one of these decadent dessert items, making it the most viral (and hyped) indulgence to date.

Although I did not manage to get one of these during a recent trip to NYC, I'm pleased to announce that the rumors are true...all four locations of Stew Leonard's are selling their own version of the complicated Cronut, named "Cro-Dos!"  The word "cronut" is trademarked by AnselHalf croissant and half donut, these babies are 162 layers of butter and dough deep fried to golden perfection. And you don't have to wait in line for HOURS to buy them! $3.99/2 pack. Available now here at Stew's! I particularly enjoyed their hash tag: ‎#ohyeswedid

Kudos to the bakers at Stew Leonard's.

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Sunday
Jul072013

Rive Bistro Opens in Westport: A Bistro with a View

Rive Bistro, a restaurant serving French fare with a beautiful view opened recently along the banks of the Saugatuck River in Westport. As you approach the restaurant you are greeted by an awning-covered deck that seats 40-50 guests with full southern exposure. The interior features a cozy, glass enclosed dining area with a 180-degree view of the river as well as a fireplace for a romantic evening when the weather turns cold.

Chef /Owner Eric Sierra brings years of experience to Rive Bistro. Many will remember that he was the chef at Westport’s Bistro des Amis before he relocated to Il Palio in Shelton. I recently attended a dinner at Rive Bistro where Chef Sierra’s presented an array of flavors from every section of the menu.

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Friday
Jul052013

Don't Miss: "Hey Bartender" Documentary at Avon Theater July 10th

"It takes 50 to 60 tries to get a cocktail just right," says Stephen Carpentieri, owner of the classic neighborhood hangout, Dunville's in Westport, and cast member in the new HEY BARTENDER documentary released this Spring. "Cocktails are seeing a Renaissance." Hey Bartender tells the story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail and documents its comeback. Viewers will get a glimpse into the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York City. Meet mixologists such as Jim Meehan from PDT in NYC, winner of the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Bar Program and Dale DeGroff, or "King Cocktail," as he is known in the industry, with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.

Hey Bartender will have an exclusive screening in Stamford at the Avon Theatre on July 10th. After the screening, there will be a Q&A that will include Westport natives Douglas Tirola (the director), Susan Bedusa (the producer), and Stephen Carpentieri (cast member/owner of Dunville's) as well as other filmmakers and cast members.  The screening and Q&A will be at the Avon Theatre and the after party will be at Dunville's in Westport.

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Thursday
Jul042013

2013 Guest Chef Lineup @ The Westport Farmers' Market 

Tired of always being in the "front of the house" when you really want to be back in the kitchen watching your favorite chef work? Well here is your chance to see some talented local chefs in action, and you even get fed at the end of the show. The Westport Farmers' Market has a great lineup of Guest Chefs this Summer and all you need to do is drive up with an empty stomach (and a shopping bag if you want to go home with some gorgeous local ingredients).

Chef Arik Bensimon of Lefarm is up next on July 11th, but see the complete list below: 

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