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Free Pumpkins @ Bishop's Orchards Through Nov 4th!

With Halloween bring postponed in many towns due to Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath that she left, Bishop's Orchards was left with Hundreds of Carving Pumpkins that have no home. 

To avoid seeing the fruits of their labor rot, Bishop's Orchards has decided to give away all Carving Pumpkins, NOW THRU SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, to people who want to come down and take a pumpkin (1 Per Family please!).  They just ask that you consider leaving a Free Will Donation in lieu of purchasing the pumpkin. 

100% of proceeds will be a donation to the Women and Family Life Center. The donations will supply funds to help clean up efforts and housing needs by needy families on the Shoreline.

Bishop's Orchards is located @ 1355 Boston Post Rd. in Guilford, CT. 


Guide To Great Sustainable Coffee in Fairfield County

Coffee joints have always been key meeting grounds, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, good quality caffeine and WIFI reign supreme. However, cafes such as Green Leaf Organic Bakery and Cafe in Wilton, Terrain in Westport, Sugar & Olives in Norwalk, Tusk & Cup in Ridgefield, & espresso NEAT in Darien are going beyond basic coffee service. Here's why...(re-posted with permission from the Fairfield Green Food Guide)

Ah, it’s getting to be hot-beverage season (but then again, maybe it always is). Are you a mom who is back to inhabiting cafes with friends now that the kids are back in school? Or a traveler passing through Fairfield County? Either way, a great cup of joe is always on the destination list. But where to get one? And, more importantly, where to enjoy a sustainable cup of coffee? That’s the trickier part because not all joe is created equal.

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Tired of the Dark? Restaurants Are Open Post Sandy...

We've been speaking with chefs and restaurateurs over the past few days and we are pleased to annouce that there are many places to eat out if you need to escape the very dark hallways in your house. Here are some of the venues we know of thus far. Keep the list going and add your intel below if you know of restaurants open near you:

Westport: Rizzuto's, Viva Zapata, Terrain, Five Guys, Oaxaca, Julian's Brick Oven Pizza, Tarry Lodge, Gold's Deli (serving soup), Westport Farmers' Market, The Whelk, Tarantino's, Mario's.

Norwalk: Barcelona, Match, The Spread, Valencia Luncheria, Coromandel, Strada 18, Wave Hill Breads Bakery, Bar Sugo, Fat Cat Pie Co., Sono Baking Co.,(actually, SoNo never lost power).  

Stamford: Barcelona, Bartaco, Thali, Coromandel, Quattro Pazzi, The Boatyard

Fairfield: The Chelsea, Liana's, Bodega Taco Bar, Catch A Healthy Habit, The Pantry

Darien: Thali, Burgers Shakes & Fries

New Canaan: Elm, Boulevard 18, Carpe Diem, Cava, South End, Cherry Street East (most of NC is open for business)

Southport: Coromandel

Weston: The Lunchbox

Greenwich: Boxcar Cantina, eleven14 Kitchen, Morello Bistro, China White


Shout Out: Cooking without Power in CT, Grilled Pizza & Beyond

As many of our CT readers wrestle with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the power outages that are being experienced across the state, the need for creative cooking techniques has become paramount. Some time ago, CTbites shot this video for Grilled Pizza. Granted...the weather was finer, but this is one of many recipes that can be done without an oven, and it's a great way to use some of those ingredients that are going south in your fridge. NOTE: Bridgeport Rescue Mission is accepting donations of frozen food from anyone who has lost power & The Westport Farmers' Market will be OPEN Thursday and accepting food donations. 

Please tell us what you've been cooking this week in the dark, & share any tips with your CTbites community. 

UPDATE!! [TWO lucky CTbites readers who comment below will WIN FREE DINNER for 2 @ Bartaco Restaurant


Bar Sügo Opens in Norwalk w/ Authentic Italian

The culinary landscape of downtown Norwalk improved significantly with the opening of Bar Sügo, offering Italian cuisine that Chef/Owner Pat Pascarella’s describes as “food that Italians eat every day.”

Bar Sügo’s menu features a wide variety of cicchetti, e primi, and meatballs as well as larger servings of pasta and pizzas to accompany several beers on tap, including Allagash White, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Strubbe Pils or Thornbridge Raven, or one of the numerous bottles of wine. The interior features a large red and white tiled floor, a copper-topped bar, rustic walls covered with large canvassed photos, with one wall dedicated to displaying the restaurant’s diverse selection of wines…the setting allows for a vibrant atmosphere to complement the delicious food. Chef Pat will prepare variations of Italian cuisine using fresh, flavorful ingredients and keep the price of each of the dishes under $20.

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Halloween Shout Out

Ok parents, we want to hear from you...
"What candy do you sneak out of your kids' Halloween bags when they go to sleep?"

(And if you don't have kids...what's your top Halloween candy pick?)



Holiday Open House @ The Schoolhouse at Cannondale

This just in from The Schoolhouse:

It's that time of year again! Head on over to a Holiday Open House here at the Schoolhouse at Cannondale Restaurant. Get inspiration for your upcoming holiday and dinner parties with a few signature ideas of Chef LaBant's. The Schoolhouse will be featuring several workshop stations starring some of their favorite Hor D'oeuvres, Desserts & Pies (also available for pre-order), a Prosecco and Italian Soda Bar, and a Floral Arrangements & Decorations workshop.

The Open House will go from 7 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday, November 20th. Take home an original recipe book by Schoolhouse's own, included in the cost. Tickets are $65.00 per person. To reserve tickets, please contact: with your name, number of reservations, and a telephone number should we need to contact youdirectly. We will confirm your tickets via email.

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An Insider's Look at the Greenwich Food & Wine Festival

Greenwich 2012 FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Presented by Serendipity; A Recap from Someone Obsessed with the “Food Obsessed.”

The 2nd annual Greenwich 2012 FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity, put fall into full swing. There is nothing like celebrating the change of the seasons by stuffing your face with fall’s most delicious tastes from Fairfield and Westchester counties – cuisine, beer, wine… bliss. Local residents roamed around the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich to feast on signature delicacies from local restaurants, wine producers, distilleries, pastry shops, chocolatiers, and the like. Thanks to Serendipity, 100% of the proceeds were donated to The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp, which is dedicated to providing unique forms of healing to children and their families who are dealing with a serious illness. Hundreds of locals filled the crowd for the festival each night. It may be safe to say next year’s camp might resemble a mini Cirque du Soleil – the fest was a complete success.

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elm is Awarded One of the Best New Restaurants by Esquire Magazine

elm is Awarded One of the Best New Restaurants in America 2012 by Esquire Magazine

Chef/Owner Brian Lewis’ restaurant, elm has been named one of the best new restaurants in America 2012 by Esquire magazine.  Now in its 28th year, Esquire’s annual list features the best restaurants as selected by its restaurant features writer John Mariani.  elm is Lewis’ first solo venture, featuring inventive Modern American cuisine, rooted in tradition and inspired by the seasons.

“We are thrilled and so proud for elm to be awarded as one of Esquire’s best new restaurants,” says Lewis.  “It is quite the honor.”


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FOOD 411: Where Did We Eat This......

Where did we eat this pretty pie? 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

Rules: The first person to name the correct restaurant wins!