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Tuesday
Sep112012

Nutmegger Cheese & Wine Festival September 23

Calling all cheese lovers! The Working Lands Alliance will proudly host the inaugural Nutmegger Cheese and Wine Festival, a fundraiser to protect Connecticut’s farmland and to support quality childhood nutrition.  The Festival will be held on Sunday, September 23 from noon-4 p.m. at the Jones Family Farms, located at 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton, CT. It will feature samples of Connecticut’s best cheeses and wines, vineyard tours, hayrides, cheesemaker talks and book signings, and include special guests who will talk about cheese. Participating Vendors Include:

Cheesemakers: Arethusa Farm & Dairy, Beltane Farms, Butterfield Farm Company, Cato Corner Farm, Ladies of Levita Road, Meadow Stone Farm, Sankow Beaver Brook Farm.

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Tuesday
Sep112012

Blues & BBQ Festival Recap: Got Meat Anyone?

On Labor Day weekend, 7 talented chefs joined CTbites at the Blues & BBQ Festival in Westport. Under a blistering sun, they grilled, chopped, and demo'ed dishes for literally thousands of admiring fans. The CTbites Chef Demo Tent was rocking thanks to the efforts of: Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant in Sono; Pietro Scotti of Da Pietro's in Westport; Chef Rob Troilo of Nicholas Roberts in Norwalk; Chef Joe Wolfson of Terrain in Westport; Chef Helton DaSilva of Barcelona RestaurantFestivities Catering and Chef Judy Roll of Tabouli Grill.

Missed the event, or just want to see the chefs in action?  VIEW OUR BBQ FESTIVAL CHEF DEMO TENT PHOTO GALLERY 

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Monday
Sep102012

"Foodies" Opening Party & Night Market @ WAC, Sept. 14

Foodies Descend on the Westport Arts Center for a Delectable Reception on September 14 

The connection between food and art shares such a long thread throughout humanity; it winds its way back to our cave dwelling days. Art has come a long way since those early drawings, and so has our food supply. To celebrate this lasting connection, and its progress, The Westport Arts Center will host an Opening Reception and Night Food Market for its upcoming exhibition, “Foodies.” On Friday, September 14th from 6 - 8pm, the Arts Center on 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, will become an art and food gallery featuring local artists’ works and local chefs’ creations.

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Sunday
Sep092012

Olio Restaurant Opens in Springdale, Stamford

Olio - [oh-lee-oh] (noun) - a dish of many different ingredients

Olio Restaurant, off the beaten path in the Springdale section of Stamford, represents the epitome of a “Hidden Gem.” Located in the space that formerly housed Bella Luna, Chef/Owner Steve Costanzo and his business partner Moira Hyland bring over 36 years of experience to this underserved neighborhood. After two months, the residents are viewing Olio as their local culinary answer to downtown Stamford.

Costanzo graduated from the New York Restaurant School and worked in many area restaurants including Baang, Long Ridge Tavern, and Quattro Pazzi (Executive Chef). Hyland is a graduate of the Chef's Training Program at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, The duo brings their passion and energy to create an eclectic and inviting menu and environment to their dream restaurant.

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Sunday
Sep092012

CT Food Bank Awards CTbites "Hunger Action Hero"

September is Hunger Action Month and CTbites was greatly honored to be awarded the Hunger Action Hero Award for Media Advocacy by the Connecticut Food Bank. 

CT Food Bank distributes 33 tons of food to those in need EVERY DAY, and you may not realize it, but in Fairfield County, the need is great. 

Help support the CT Food Bank's efforts during Hunger Action Month and every month. To find out how to help, especially during the upcoming holiday season, go to the Connecticut Food Bank's web site. 

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Friday
Sep072012

Half Full Brewery Opens in Stamford Tomorrow!

Four years after Conor Horrigan decided to make the leap from regular working stiff to found his own brewery, the dream becomes a reality this weekend in Stamford. Half Full Brewery will be open for tastings and tours tomorrow, September 8 from 12 – 2p.m. Tours of Fairfield County’s newest brewery commence at 12:30 and 1:30, and visitors will have the option to buy filled growlers and take home a generous portion of Half Full’s signature brew: Bright Ale. 

The crew at Half Full describe their venture thusly:

The Half Full Brewery is a “lifestyle” brewery that came to life after Conor decided to quit his day job and travel Europe and the concept behind our brewery is as simple as its name and motto sounds:  whether your glass is literally or figuratively “Half Full”, you can “look forward to more…”

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Friday
Sep072012

CTbites Invites Fall 2012 Lineup

CTbites Invites is back from summer break with an exciting lineup of insider culinary events and food experiences including Wine Dinners, Cooking Classes, and themed dining events at Napa & Co, ChocopologieBrasitas, Bernard's, Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro, and SoNo Baking Company. Keep a eye out for these happening in the next few months.

For those not yet familiar with our Invites series, CTbites partners with chefs and restaurants all over Fairfielld County (and beyond) to bring our readers innovative culinary-minded events, with behind-the-scenes access and exclusive experiences on some of the most interesting culinary happenings in the region.  This past year we hosted over 40 Invites with over 1000 “foodie” attendees! We believe life is too short for bad food. 

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Friday
Sep072012

Shanghai Asian Bistro: Shanghai Opens Second Location in Norwalk

Occasionally, we like to get a few opinions on a restaurant. Here are two shorts from Cathy Siroka and James Gribbon on Shanghai Bistro.

If you’re in South Norwalk and want a simple, easy place to go before a movie or out with the kids – try Shanghai Asian Bistro. They recently opened a second location at 124 Washington St., with their first one in Westport at 1715 Post Rd East.  Owner, John Jiang, had been carefully looking for a second location for years, and has seen such a huge change in the traffic and excitement in downtown Norwalk, and finally felt that “now was the right time.” 

While the menu has the Chinese classics like shrimp with duck sauce and General Tsao’s  chicken, the restaurant also offers an array of other Asian inspired dishes and many ways to customize your order according to your tastes and dietary preferences.  Jiang explains his menu as “all-Asian, not just Chinese, a sampling of the flavors of China, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.”

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Thursday
Sep062012

Bernard's Paella, Tapas & Spanish Wine Dinner Sept. 16th

On Sunday, September 16th @ 6 pm, take full advantage of the last days of summer with an evening of Paella & Wine, served al fresco. Join Bernard's & 109 Cheese & Wine for a special dinner in Bernard's beautiful Ridgefield garden (weather permitting). Assorted Tapas, PAELLA & Spanish Wine will be served. 
Plus, lucky guests get a front row seat watching Bernard as he cooks his legendary Paella. The full menu is below. 

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Thursday
Sep062012

Saugatuck Craft Butchery Classes & Events

The kids are going back to school, and so should you! Lead by example and take one of Saugatuck Craft Butchery's fall/winter classes. They are offering their usual Butchery 101 classes, as well as a special Holiday Edition. All registration is now done online, so visit the Craft Butchery website to reserve your spot. See below for details on all available classes. 

They are also conducting pig butchering demonstrations- unlike the classes this is not hands-on, but it is still a great way to watch and learn as our butchers walk through the basic anatomy of a pig, artfully carving it into primals, then individual cuts. 

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