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Thursday
Feb022012

Cocktails Aged Gracefully

Barrel aged cocktails have arrived in Connecticut. And for a song, Saugatuck Grain & Grape in Westport will bring you one step closer to making your very own sixty day-old Manhattan, Negroni or any spirit-driven cocktail that your heart may desire.

In a culture that typically prizes the fresh and made-to-order, aging cocktails may sound sacrilege. So what exactly is a barrel aged cocktail and why mess with a good thing?

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Thursday
Feb022012

Cooking Demo & Lunch w/ Barcelona's Chef Helton: $35

Looking for some new cooking tips to expand your repertoire, or do you just love to eat? Join Executive Chef Helton DaSilva of Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fairfield for a one hour cooking demonstration followed by a 3 course tasting lunch featuring: escarole with marinated white beans and sherry/bacon fat dressing, pan seared scallops with Meyer lemon sauce and applewood smoked bacon and roasted quail with arrope and figs.

Bring a friend and enjoy Barcelona's famed sangria while Chef Helton leads you through a taste of Spain. 

Demo begins at 11:00 am followed by lunch at 12 Noon. CLICK HERE for more information. 

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Wednesday
Feb012012

Fork it Over Westport Farmers' Mkt Fundraiser Recap

The Westport Farmers' Market held their first ever gala fundraiser last weekend, Fork It Over, with 200 guests in attendance. Gilbertie's Greenhouse in Westport was transformed into a rusticly chic party space through the generous support of Lillian August. Even Martha Stewart was there...and she stayed all night.

The chefs that stepped up to support the market brought their A game, and the result was a spectacular evening of innovative cooking and very serious grazing. Each chef prepared 4-5 dishes; guests were handed quaintly mis-matched fine china; after that it was all a delicious blur. The chef lineup included: Bill Taibe of leFarm/ The Whelk, Matt Storch of Match, Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Michel Nischan of Dressing Room, John Barricelli of Sono Baking Company and Fountainhead Wines. 

Some of the evening's menu and flavors are pictured below. 

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Tuesday
Jan312012

BONDA Invites Recap: Oh, What a Night!  

Tonight I found myself humming the famous song titled “Oh What A Night” by Four Seasons, all the way back home from yet another excellent event put together by CTBites in partnership with Chef Jamie Cooper of Bonda restaurant in Fairfield.  It was a very exclusive tasting event presented by Chef Cooper showcasing some wonderful first course options that he is considering for his Winter 2012 menu.  Our job was to try out his creations, and share some feedback.  Tough job, I know … but someone had to do it.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Darien Social is Officially Open for Business

Overlooking Darien's Metro North station, Executive Chef Nick Bilello has reappeared in the kitchen of Darien Social, a modern American "neighborhood bar and restaurant," set to open today. 

Having opened the original Burger Bar & Bistro in South Norwalk in 2006 and worked in the kitchens of Habana and Ocean Drive, Bilello adapted his style and approach to Darien, with a menu that will include “snacks and small plates” such as local oysters, pork belly “BLT sliders” and Swedish meatballs (with foie gravy). An organic beef “social burger” topped with caramelized onion, black pepper truffle mayo, and Shelburne cheddar should also figure prominently on the menu.

 

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Monday
Jan302012

Darien Restaurant Week Starts February 6th

Darien Restaurant Week is on from Monday, February 6 thru Friday, February 10, 2012

What does this mean for you, the diner? For one week only consumers will find great dining deals, have the opportunity to experience new restaurants, and re-visit some Darien favorites.

Participating restaurant will offer a special prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menu during the entire week. 

Some of the participating restaurants include: Cesco’s Trattoria, Chuck's Steakhouse, Matsuri, Ole Mole, Phil's Grill, Robeks Juice, Rory's Restaurant, Scena Wine Bar & Restaurant, The Goose, Backstreet Restaurant, Café D’AzurThe Melting Pot, and the newly opened Darien Social

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Sunday
Jan292012

Fine Dining in Disguise at Oceanview Café in Norwalk

Oceanview Café is your typical diner. They serve breakfast and lunch with the common bacon, eggs, home fries and toast, and burgers, you get the idea. It is not a big place, with 8-10 tables, tops. Decorations of marine life and fish nets echo the area of its location but postcards from France that peer at you through the glass on the tables offer a subtle hint to what Chef Jean Paul Pauillac is all about. French cuisine.

Every Friday and Saturday night, from 5:30-9:00 p.m.,Pauillac, who once worked at Maxim’s in France (as did Wolfgang Puck) and La Grenouille, turns his modest diner into a French culinary experience. After his friends pleaded with him to cook up some French classics, the idea caught on and the semi-secret menu began. And what’s even better than this "underground restaurant", are the prices, the ability to BYOB, and more importantly, the food.

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Sunday
Jan292012

Shout Out: Best Food Town in Fairfield County? 

Tired of talking politics? Let's talk food. It's time to cast your vote in THE CT FOOD PRIMARY.

Throw down the top candidates for BEST FOOD TOWN in FAIRFIELD CT.

Is it Westport with its recent culinary renaissance?  Or New Canaan, a small town that boasts a big and exciting restaurant scene?  Maybe Stamford, offering culinary diversity like no other city in Fairfield County.  Ridgefield?  Norwalk-Sono?  Fairfield?

Which town would you nominate for best foodie town? Why?  

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Friday
Jan272012

Friday Froth: Blacklight

Have you noticed the black IPA trend lately? They're sometimes called Cascadian ales, but many brewers are experimenting with this hybrid style of beer which combines dark, roasted malts with punchy American hops, but leaves out the weighty feel of malty beers or getting too incisive with the hops. They're light dark beers. Check out Stone Sublimely Self Riteous or Pitch Black IPA from Widmer and you'll know what I'm talking about. Brewers, both those who actually make the beer and the executives who oversee them, seem to be trying to fill a market niche, which is how we ended up with Guinness Black Lager.

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Friday
Jan272012

Super Bowl Eats: Match Restaurant's Wing Recipe

Nothing says Super Bowl more than wings and beer, so why not do it right and cook up some of our own with the help of Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant in Norwalk? Check out Matt's ultimate "man-cave" recipe below. However, if you're hosting a crowd and you'd rather leave the cooking to the pros, Match is offering a Super Bowl to-go menu with all the classics. Call Match for more information on this first ever Super Bowl spread: (203) 852-1088

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