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Friday
May022014

The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution is coming to New Canaan

Designed to educate children about healthy eating while getting them to try something new, a Pop Up Park will be created (off Elm Street) on Saturday May 17th between 9:30 – 11:30am. Kids can register for a fun food trail, and be entered into a drawing to win a special prize.

New Canaan residents Silvia Baldini, Founder / Chef Strawberry & Sage and Rachel Lampen RLPR Ltd, have volunteered their time to be the 2014 Food Revolution Ambassadors as one of four towns participating across Connecticut, as New Canaan joins Branford, Meriden, and Middletown.

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Thursday
May012014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Tuesday May 6, Cask Republic in Stamford is hosting a 5C Bluepoint beer dinner.  Cask has invited all 5 of their head chef's from Cask Republic and Ginger Man to lead the evening's culinary journey. Each will throw down a dish of their choice to be paired with a hand-picked Cask Ale from Blue Point Brewery.

Wednesday May 7 is “Mommie Food Fair” at Pellicci’s in Stamford.  Fairfield County Dishcrawl, FC Moms Blog, and City Moms Blog have partnered together for the National Event. The Mommy Foodie Fairs take place in 16 cities across the United States. From a mocktail competition to a create your own chip dip contest, this is an opportunity for moms to meet and mingle.  A number of fun brands will be represented. Tickets can be purchased directly here.

“Wonderful Wednesdays” returns to New Canaan Wine Merchants on Wednesday May 7.  A portion of all sales from the evening will go to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Wednesday is also a class on “Wines of 2010 Vintage” at Harry’s in Fairfield. 

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Thursday
May012014

CTbites Invites: Speakeasy Night at Walrus+Carpenter

Join CTbites for Prohibition cocktails, Prime rib, silent movies, and a piano player as part of this unique evening Thursday May 8th 7-9:30 pm at hip Gastropub, Walrus+Carpenter.

For $65, you get to spend an evening back in the Roaring 20's as guests of owner Joe Farrell and General Manager Adam Roytman. With private entrance to this special Speakeasy ( a secret password for entrance will be sent by email to attendees), enjoy a tasting of Prohibition cocktails and family style 3 course Prime Rib dinner.

From the moment you are admitted thru a back door, you will be whisked back to an era of Prohibition and silent movies. While you mingle and sip Old Fashioneds, Side Cars, Bees Knees, and nibble on passed hors d'oeuvre to include oyster + ramps Rockefeller and bone marrow + chicken liver mousse with bacon and onions... you will be serenaded on the piano with 1920's Jazz and The Blues.

A 3 Course family style dinner will follow and includes a first course of a modern take on a Waldorf salad and deviled eggs.

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Thursday
May012014

Cinco De Mayo Recipes: Pomegranate Margarita & Chile Braised Pork Tacos

Ole, Happy Cinco De Mayo!  While this holiday celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla, we think that whether you’re Mexican or not, this is a great time to have a party.  Invite your friends, turn up the music, blend a few of our fabulous pomegranate margaritas, grab some tacos, and get ready to have a ball!  Here are our favorite Mexican recipes to feed a crowd: Pomegranate Margarita, Tomatillo Salsa, Chile Braised Pork Tacos with Pickled Onion. Happy Cooking. 

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Wednesday
Apr302014

Dining for a Cause with Mezon & Danbury Hospital

Latin Cause. Latin Food. Latin Drink.

Mezon Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Danbury is teaming up with Danbury Hospital to host a benefit dinner, "Latin Cause. Latin Food. Latin Drink" at Mezon on Tuesday, May 13. All proceeds will support the Western Connecticut Health Network Global Health Education Program. The WCHN's GHEP charity supports healthcare services and overall community health in Paraiso, Dominican Republic.

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Wednesday
Apr302014

Harlan Publick to Open in SONO: From Harlan Social Owners 

There is a lot of activity in SONO on the northwest corner of Washington and Water Streets...and this is great news for CTbites readers. Harlan Social’s Managing Partner, Chef Stephen Lewandowski informed CTbites that Harlan Publick, the first sister location to Stamford’s Harlan Social, will open by mid-June. Branded as a less formal sibling, Harlan Publick will feature “global inspired street food” in an atmosphere dedicated to “hanging out, enjoying friends, having a good time and enjoying incredible food.”

Chef Lewandowski described his vision for his new restaurant in an exclusive interview and walk-through with CTbites. Harlan Publick will feature approximately sixty seats in the dining area and another forty-plus in the bar, with the interior space having a “very industrial feel, like a public tap house with lots of exposed wood trusses, three long communal tables, and reclaimed glass panels encasing chicken wire hanging from the ceiling to separate the bar and dining areas.” It will also feature the “Tap Room,” a private room with eighteen seats, three beer taps installed in the wall, and a large screen TV. Reserve the room for a private function or a Sunday sport’s event, choose three beers and pour your own.

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Wednesday
Apr302014

Michel Nischan Speaks at TEDx Talks: "Food Is Change"

What has Chef Michel Nischan been doing since he closed the doors at Dressing Room?

As we know well, Michel wears many hats, from dynamic restaurant owner, award-winning cookbook author, and media personality to food policy advocate and non-profit foundation CEO. A proponent of sustainable farming, local and regional food systems, and heritage recipes, Michel has long been a leader in the movement to honor local, pure, simple, and delicious cooking.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 

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Tuesday
Apr292014

Best Balls? The Meatball Challenge of Fairfield County Rolls in June 5

FIRST-EVER MEATBALL CHALLENGE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY FEATURES MEATY COMPETITION AMONG FAIRFIELD COUNTY RESTAURANTS

Fairfield County’s latest food competition is a whole new ball game. The inaugural Meatball Challenge of Fairfield County, featuring a variety of scrumptious meatballs from 10 area chefs, will take place on June 5 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at the Factory Underground , located at 16 Isaac Street in Norwalk. Hosted by Savor Productions, the Meatball Challenge of Fairfield County will be donating a portion of the net proceeds to Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) of CT. 

During the Meatball Challenge of Fairfield County, chefs will face off in a friendly ball-bout where they will prepare their unique spin on the classic meatball as well as one savory side dish. Competing challengers include Bar Sugo, Bobby Q’s, Craft Butchery, David’s Soundview Catering, Have a Ball, Match, Meatball & Co., The Local Meatball, The Spread and Strada 18. 

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Sunday
Apr272014

CT Guide to Outdoor Dining: 40+ Restaurants for Summer

There are some ingredients in this world that, when you add them to anything, they pretty much make it spectacular. Bacon, for example. It would probably make a sneaker taste good. “Air” is another ingredient. Air-a bizarre ingredient on an episode of Chopped? No. Air, as in fresh air. Eating outside. Have you noticed that when you eat a lobster roll outside on a deck overlooking the ocean, it makes you happy? Or eat a grilled burger at a picnic table on a warm summer evening?  Or sip a frothy cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe? What is the common ingredient here? Fresh air. Good food combined with a hefty dose of the outdoors.

And lucky for you, we’ve put together a long list of our favorite eateries (40+) that have lovely outdoor dining spaces. 

If we missed an outdoor venue you frequent, please share your find below. 

For more Summer Eats see our Guide to The Best Warm Lobster Rolls on the CT Coast. 

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Friday
Apr252014

Olio's "House Burger" - Excellent in Springdale

In my constant search for great burgers in Fairfield County I found myself heading to Stamford to sample the new lunch menu at Olio that includes the Olio House Burger. And I am glad I did. Olio recently began serving lunch and it is slowly turning into the go-to location for many locals. The lunch menu includes a soup a few salads, and several sandwiches from chicken salad to steak, plus a pasta and sautéed shrimp. But I was there for the burger.

The Olio House Burger is a unique combination of flavors and ingredients. It starts with a thick all-beef patty topped with Tasso ham, melted Manchego cheese, caramelized Cipollini onions, with a schmear of roasted tomato aioli, all encased in a Brioche roll from Eli’s. It is served with thick steak fries and a side of ketchup.

The burger is excellent.

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