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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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Sunday
Oct072012

Le Roue Elayne at Cobb's Mill Inn in Weston

Elizabeth Fuller is the Playwright for the Off Broadway play "Me & Jezebel." She is also the author of ten published books and Op-Ed contributor to New York Times.

Good news!  Cobb’s Mill Inn is no longer just your Aunt Tilly’s favorite restaurant.  Opened on Mother’s Day, the fully renovated pre-revolutionary inn, with an eye level view of its magnificent waterfall through the massive dining room windows, smacks of excitement and the promise of romantic culinary adventure.  And now, for the first time in decades, so does the menu.  The visionary new owners, Drew Friedman and Elayne Cassara, know a restaurant’s ambiance, mallards shooting across 20 foot cascading falls, is not enough of a draw for the savvy Fairfield County patron who has a ridiculously wide array of great restaurants from which to choose.  We all know that food trumps view.  So what did the new owners do to counteract years of Cobb’s Mill’s famous mediocrity and bump them into the competitive Foodie scene?  They set out with the same gusto with which they renovated the 1740 inn to hunt down a chef who would bring their vision of the ultimate dining experience home to Weston, Connecticut’s only restaurant, other than for a local luncheonette. 

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Friday
Oct052012

Chef Experience Auction to Support Community Plates

In support of Fall Ball 2012, these four generous Fairfield County area chefs have donated four unique food experiences to benefit Community Plates march toward ending American food insecurity.  


Check these four different packages out and bid here!

Brian Lewis - Elm Restaurant, New Canaan
Interactive cooking demonstration at Elm and three course tasting menu for 10 to 12 guests

Matt Storch - Match Restaurant, Sono
One on one in the kitchen with Matt in Match's kitchen and an 8 course tasting menu for 2 guests

Michael Lucente - Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant
Private tapas party at the location of your choice for up to 8 guests

Shawn Russell - Cinch Gourmet Meal Market Fairfield
Surf and turf meal interactively prepared and served in Cinch's beautiful kitchen for up to 10 guests

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Friday
Oct052012

Valencia Luncheria Pig Roast & Art of the Cocktail Seminar Oct 24

Valencia Luncheria, Classic & Vintage Artisinal Spirits & Harry's Wine & Liquor Market are joining forces to bring you: A Venezuelan Pig Roast on the Beach & Cocktail Seminar on Wednesday October 24th @ 7PM. Guest speaker Michael Knipp C.S.W. will give guests an in depth look at the Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits Portfolio and the Art of the Cocktail. This unique event is $65 per person, all-inclusive, and includes a spectacular lineup of Tapas, Cocktails, Pig, tasty sides and dessert. Find out what makes a "Buzzing Black Buck" or an "Afternoon in Milano" perfect pairings for this beach side evening, and learn how to make them. You can check out the full menu below. This is one not to miss.  

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Friday
Oct052012

Amuse Bouche: Food News for October 5Th

Do you know about Green & Tonic, the provider of nutrient rich, plant based food & juices in Greenwich CT? You can sample some of their signature dishes at the 2012 Harvest Fest at the Stone Barns, alongside vendors such as: Balthazar Bakery, Luke's Lobster, and Mile End Deli. 

Valencia Luncheria, Classic & Vintage Artisinal Spirits & Harry's Wine & Liquor Market are joining forces to bring you: A Venezuelan Pig Roast on the Beach & Cocktail Seminar on Wednesday October 24th @ 7PM.

If you HOME-BREW beer, or are just interested in learning more about that stuff you love to drink, keep October 8TH open!  Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford is teaming up with B. United International to create a satellite classroom once a month beginning October 8th. The first class is entitled "HOPSTACLE" - a discussion on the 5 major hop growing regions of the world and the different flavors & aromas their hops can impart on beer while tasting 5 different beers that use those hops. Contact Coalhouse to sign up

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Thursday
Oct042012

New Haven Land Trust 30th Anniversary Gala

Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, is going to be giving the keynote address on local food at The New Haven Land Trust 30thAnniversary Celebration Dinner on Friday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. at Yale Commons, 168 Grove St, New Haven, CT. Purchase tickets to the NHLT 30th Anniversary Dinner here.

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Thursday
Oct042012

Food Porn: Apple Tart Recipe

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Tina Rupp is a professional food photographer who works with Food & Wine Magazine and Weight Watchers and also photographs many cookbooks and national print ads. 

Today just after this tart came out of the oven, I FINALLY realized why I bake and don’t really cook.  I burned applesauce. Who does that? The running joke between me and my husband is that I can burn just about anything I cook: eggs, toast, fishies for my daughters and then today it was applesauce made from all of the extra apples I sliced for the shoot.  It finally hit me.  When I bake, I have a timer!  When I cook on the stovetop, no timer!  Eureka moment for sure. Thankfully, my husband is an amazing cook, beef bourguignon, the works. Nice balance with all the baking I do and fortunately I can also make a mean salad. No timer needed.

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