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Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Tix Winners Have Been Announced

The 10 lucky winners of The CTbites Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Giveaway have been selected and contacted. Congrats to those who have received free tickets to the festival as well as credentials for access to the CTbites Blogger Lounge. We look forward to seeing you there. 

For those who did not win this round, we've got plenty more Giveaways coming up. Stay tuned!

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Millwright's & Community Table Host Restaurant Swap

Chef Joel Viehland of Washington, CT's Community Table & Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright's in Simsbury will be teaming up and trading kitchens over the next two months. 

Chef Joel Viehland  will be presenting his wildly local cuisine at Millwright's on Oct. 15 @ 6 p.m. Likewise, Millwright's will be hosting a dinner at Community Table in the same style on Nov. 11th. Both events will include 6 courses and a selection of wines to accompany.

These are two of the most talemted chefs working in CT and these dinners should be outstanding.  

Call to reserve your seat. $90 plus tax & gratuity.


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Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro Closes Its Doors

It is with a heavy heart that we report this bit of foodie news. Chef Rob Troilo, owner of Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro in Norwalk has closed his doors as of yesterday. Known for a killer breakfast and casual tasty dining, Nicholas Roberts will be missed. Chef Troilo has been researching other possible spaces for his restaurants and catering business for several years now, as the current location has been challenging (and "lacking in proper heat and AC" says Troilo). The current lease on his Norwalk space was up for renewal and he has decided to pass. 

Chef Troilo says "I have several other opportunities in the works." He will let us know when there is something definite, but Troilo assures us he will be back soon. 

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Who's Coming To The Blogger Lounge @ Greenwich Wine & Food Festival 

The big day is soon upon us, and readers and fellow bloggers have been asking us who is appearing in the CTbites Blogger Lounge @ The Greenwich Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, October 5th. Below you will find the list of bloggers and the amazing Guest Chefs who will be sitting down and speaking with CTbites and the blogging community ALL DAY LONG! If you are a CTbites reader, and did not win one of the 10 Free Tickets we gave away, feel free to swing by the Blogger Lounge. We will try to get you in based on space. 


OmnomCT, Food Dudes, Fairfieldista, The-e-List, Small Bites (Westchester), Bon Vivant, Tina Rupp Photography, CheapEats (NYC), Dee Cuisine, Hamlet Hub, Mister Belly, New Haven Living, Burgers & Brews Food Reviews, CT Girl About Town, For Love of Carrots, Home Place Blog, Flora's Table / Clicks & Corks, Pappa Don't Preach, Fairfield Countess, NYCFoodiefinder, Gina Zammit, Fork n Plate (NYC), Red Wine Please, Sprinkles & Booze, Sweet Jenny's, Fine Cooking Magazine.

CTbites Blogger Lounge Chef Talk Schedule

Chef Geoff Lazlo --The Whelk 12:00 PM  

Chef Michael Lucente -- Barcelona Restaurant 12:30 PM  

Chef Prasad Chirnomula -- Thali 1:00 PM   

Chef Rui Correia -- Douro 1:30 PM   

Chef Arik Bensimon -- le Farm 2:00 PM  

Chef Michael Psilakis -- MP Taverna 2:30 PM  

Adam Patrick--Mixologist --Walrus & Carpenter 3:00 PM 

Chef Cliff Crooks -- BLT Steak 3:30 PM  

Gretchen Thomas  -- Wine & Spirits Director--Barcelona/ Bartaco 4:00 PM  

Laurie Forster -- The Wine Coach & Stand Up Sommelier 4:30 PM

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Nominate Your Favorite Local CT Green Restaurant for Nature’s Plate Award

It's down to the Final Voting for CT's Nature's Plate Award. It's time to pick your favorite and get voting! 

The finalists for Connecticut, in alphabetical order, are:

G-Zen RestaurantBranford


SeaGrass GrillBranford

Six MainChester

ZINCNew Haven

The Nature Conservancy is asking foodies in Connecticut, and across the country to nominate their favorite green restaurants for Nature’s Plate, a second annual people’s choice contest to find each area’s top green restaurant.  Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian, or a meat-eater, it's a good bet the healthiest and tastiest food on your table came from nature. To vote, visit:

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Fork It Over Recap: Westport Farmers' Market Goes Full PIG

It was all about Pig at the 2nd of four “Fork it Over” fundraising dinner to benefit the Westport Farmers’ Market last Sunday night. The event was hosted at the Cannon Grange, an appropriate fit for an event that champions local producers given the Grange's deep roots in Wilton's agricultural history. The surprise Chef team was none other than Chef Johnny Vaast of The Dressing Room and Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Food Advocate and Chef Michel Nischan was also on hand throughout the evening, but his culinary skills took a back seat to his musical talents. 

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Yale's Foodtober Events Celebrate & Examine Our Food Culture

This October, the Yale Alumni Association of New York is co-sponsoring Foodtober, a month of food-related events and activities in NYC in association with numerous shared interest groups, alumni organizations, and community partners. These events are open to the public.

Touching on food culture, creation, politics, business, media, history and science, Foodtober uses food as a common thread to explore and share the great diversity of our community. These events, from small restaurant dinners in the outer boroughs, to an International Food Fight at the Yale Club of New York hosted by Jacques Pépin, will raise funds to support the Yale Sustainable Food Project and Just Food.

For more information or to register for an event, visit: and/or purchase tickets on EventBrite.


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Guess The Chef Part 3: Win Westport Farmers' Market Swag

We're back with our 3rd exciting edition of "Guess The Chef." This round, we are guessing the Chef for the October 6th dinner....

If you follow CTbites, you've likely heard their "Fork It Over" underground dinners to benefit The Westport Farmers' Market.  If not, WFM is hosting 2 more pop up dinners over the next month with both mysterious locations and guest chefs. 

The Guest Chef Cooking on October 6th gave these clues to CTbites. The FIRST PERSON TO GUESS THE CHEF BELOW WINS a basket of fabulous swag from local CT vendors courtesy of The Westport Farmers' Market. Good luck!!

What is your favorite ingredient? Right now...roasted tomato juice.  Next month? Who knows?

Hobby when not cooking? Coaching my children sports teams

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Award Winning Bareburger "Organic" Burgers Opening in Ridgefield & Stamford

Tremendous construction activity is happening at 38 Danbury Road in Ridgefield as the micro-chain Bareburger is slated to open in mid-November, bringing a wide variety of meats, toppings and, for those looking for a little less in the calorie-count, salads. In 2009 after receiving rave reviews preparing hamburgers in the kitchen of Sputnik, an underground music haunt in Brooklyn, Euripides Pelekanos founded Bareburger in an Astoria, Queens’ storefront. After bringing his winning formula to thirteen additional NYC locations, Bareburger is now expanding into Connecticut with its first Nutmeg State location in Ridgefield with a second slated for opening in Stamford in mid-2014.

In an exclusive interview with CTbites, Pelekanos explained his philosophy and vision as Bareburger expands from its single Astoria location into a regional micro-chain.

“I want all of my products to be organic or as close to organic as possible. From the meat to the toppings to the salads, I want natural or organic; that is my personal preference; that is what I eat.” With organic producers Albert’s Organic, Blackwing Quality Meats and Rick’s Picks already in the food chain, Pelekanos is now interested in developing relationships with local farms. The Bareburger brand represents products that are “free of hormones, pesticides and other unsavory elements.”

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The Next Food Network Star TV Show is Casting: They Want You!!

The Next Food Network Star, one of Food Network’s hugely successful culinary reality series is currently casting for season 10 and they are holding an open casting call in NYC on October 7th.

They are looking for those with a captivating personality who believe they’re at the top of the culinary game and want to inspire a Food Network audience through their passion for food and cooking. If you are a chef or culinary professional who might be interested in becoming the host of his or her own cooking show please find the details of the casting event below:

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