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Beaver Beer...It All Began In Westport, CT

"If it wasn't for beaver, none of us would be here," Bill O'Brien, one of the three founders of Beaver Beer tells me over their delicious Big Red brew.  Turns out he's not talking about our meeting at the bar, though.  Bill gives me a quick history lesson and tells me that the Dutch were among the first to come to this country, and they were hunters looking for beaver pelts!  

It's one of the many stories that Beaver Beer brings out, and Bill lovingly refers to Beaver Beer as "a conversation in a bottle."  The conversation that led to Beaver Beer occurred when three friends from Westport were camping and became inspired to create the perfect craft brew.  After watching the nearby hard working, hard-playing beavers, they knew the beaver was the perfect mascot for their brand.  

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Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant in Darien

Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant in Darien has been serving top notch, modern interpretations of Italian cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Eben Leonard for close to 3 years. It is one of three restaurants owned by brothers Vicente and Kleber Siguenza (a fourth is schedule to open in Greenwich later this year) including Cava Wine Bar in New Canaan and 55 Degrees Wine Bar and Restaurant in Fairfield. 

Chef Leonard traces his culinary passion to his early childhood in Chatham, New York when he prepared monthly dinner menus for his mother. As a teenager, Chef Leonard met his first mentor, Chef Urs Bieri, at the Elm Court Inn in Massachusetts, when Bieri hired him to work as a “chef” at the age of fifteen,

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Belgique Chocolatier To Close Both Locations

Belgique Chocolatier, with locations in Kent and New Canaan, CT, will be closing the doors to both locations at the end of October and customers with gift certificates are encouraged to redeem them. 

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IKEA Swedish Summer Crayfish Party, August 17

Celebrate Summer with IKEA Swedish Crayfish Party, for Only $9.99, Kids 12 and Under Eat for Only $2.49

It’s the time of the year again for enjoying time with family and friends under the setting sun, amidst mild summer weather. IKEA, the Life Improvement Store, invites customer  to enjoy the IKEA Crayfish Party—a late summer smorgasbord that will be hosted in the restaurant IKEA New Haven on Friday, August 17. For only $9.99 per person or $2.49 for kids 12 and under, guests can enjoy a Swedish summer meal of crayfish, cheese pie, cucumber salad, and more.

Crayfish parties date back to the 1800s when lakes in Sweden were full of crayfish. In order to protect crayfish populations, the fishing season was limited to August and September, which is why—today—Swedish crayfish parties are still traditionally held in August.

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Get Close to the Source: Easton Farm Tour is August 11

Citizens For Easton (CFE) is pleased to announce the 4th annual Easton Farm Tour.  This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms.   

Easton Farm Tour 2012 will be held August 11 from 10am to 3pm.  This free event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, CT 06612. At this location, visitors will receive a copy of the road map, passes to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day. Please enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer while you and your family learn where your food comes from. Enjoy food tastings, antiques farm tools, pony rides, a petting zoo, greenhouse tours, fruits and vegetables from the farm and pick your own.

Participating farms and local landmarks will include: Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn, Buttonwood Farm, Dave’s Honey, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, Historic Bradley Hubbell House Barn and Gardens, J&L Orchids, Lion Hill Farm, Sherwood Farm, Silverman’s Farm, and Sport Hill Farm. 

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New Haven Food & Wine Festival Grand Tasting on August 22

The New Haven Food & Wine Festival returns this year kicking off with a Grand Tasting as part of the New Haven Open Tennis Tournament on August 22 from 5 to 7:30 pm. The $125 ticket includes admission to the tasting and box seats for that evening's session 7.

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Craft Beer & Chili Challenge in East Hartford, August 12

Chefs are always talking about wine pairings, but for all of you who prefer a cold one to a glass of vino, here's your chance for sample some of the best beer CT has to offer. The Craft Beer & Chili Challenge will be held at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT on Sunday, August 12th from 12-4 p.m.

What's better than 100's of beers & dozens of chilis? Really, nothing, but if you require added appeal, attendees will get to vote for their favorites as they crown the best official beers and chilies in Connecticut.

Chili will range from from hearty and meaty, to hot and spicy, to vegetarian, and everything in between, so there's something for every eater.

For one flat admission price of $62.50, attendees can sample dozens of different chilis prepared by area restaurants and hundreds of craft beers from around the state and around the world. In addition, there will be vendors and crafters from around the Northeast displaying and selling their work, as well as a DJ providing a rocking soundtrack of music for the event. 

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Sono Baking Co: 5 Tips for Perfect Pie Dough

Pie baking is a both a science and an art, and John Barricelli of Sono Baking Company knows all the tricks. John has been baking the old fashioned way at Sono Baking Company since the very beginning, no short cuts, just fresh ingredients and skill that comes from a lifetime covered in flour. 

As part of our Invites program, John Barricelli hosted two "Pie & Dough Making" classes for aspiring bakers. Guests arrived donning aprons and toting rolling pins. Here's what we learned:

5 Tips for Perfect Pie Dough

Tip #1: Calibrate your oven's temperate & make sure that your oven is level.

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Plan B Burger Opens in Stamford: Burgers, Bourbon & Beer

The B's in “Plan B Burger” are Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer.  Add another for “Big”.

The huge Stamford branch of this high concept Connecticut restaurant franchise opened this week in the Town Center, and the spectacular interior of the vast 4500 square foot space immediately announces "This Ain't Five Guys."  No peanut shells here. And a far more high end burger.

Reclaimed wood walls.  Blown glass lights.  High tin celings.  Meat hook lamps. A wrap around bar, brimming with beer and booze.  Plan B transports an old-fashioned American saloon into the  21st Century.   Walk in and you know some two-fisted eatin' and drinkin' could happen here. All that's missing are sarsaparilla and swinging doors. 

The eats and drinks.... by the B's.

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Stanziato's Dinner @ Holbrook Farm

Get excited. Stanziato's Pizza in Danbury is teaming up with Holbrook Farm for the Danbury pizzeria's first farm-to-table event held on the Bethel farm, Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 4 to 7pm.

Each $60 ticket includes soup, salads, appetizers (plated), wood-fired pizza from Stanziato's new truck (served family style) as well as non-alcoholic beverages and local beer/wine,.  Virtually all of the ingredients will be sourced from the farm. You can also count on live music to round out this late summer evening.

Stanziato's has accumulated a cult following of pizza lovers across northern Fairfield County who know its Neapolitan-inspired pizza menu of white and red pies by heart. If we've ever spoken about pizza, chances are you have heard me swoon about the Soppressata and Chilies pizza that stole my heart. The CIA-trained Chef Stanczak's talents don't stop at the wood-fired ovens, his salads and soups have their own fan club as well, a perfect foil for an evening dinner on the farm.   

Tickets are limited so grab some friends and be sure to get yours soon.

Where:  Holbrook Farm – 45 Turkey Plain Road, Bethel, CT 06801

Time:  4-7pm

Tickets: $60 per person, purchase online at

Questions: Call Stanziato's at 203.885.1057 or email

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