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Friday
Nov292013

Friday Froth: The Little Pub Chooses Wisely

A quick bit of news to start this week's Froth: it turns out The Little Pub in Branchville has been aging kegs of a select few high gravity beers for the past year, and has started tapping one per Monday night. Issuing forth from the specialty tap on Monday, Nov. 25 will be Dogfish Head Olde School - a 16% ABV barleywine fermented with dates and figs. High alcohol, minimally hopped beers make the best candidates for aging, and tend to relax as they undergo further conditioning over time, so these beers will taste different from when they were first bottled in 2012. 

The robust duo of Green Flash Double Stout and New England Brewing Imperial Stout Trooper are scheduled for the first two Mondays in December (be absolutely sure to try that second one, on Dec. 9, if you're at all able), followed by Ovila Abbey Quad, Sierra Nevada Narwhal, Dogfish Head 120 Minute, and the second generation of the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada collaboration ale, Life&Limb. 

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Friday
Nov292013

Mama’s Boy, Four Roses Whiskey & CTbites present….

Literally…The Hunger Games!… Time to throw out the Thanksgiving leftovers and indulge in a special night savoring Fall’s bounty! 

Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge in SoNo invites you to a specially curated night of bourbons, specially selected by Four Roses, cigars, hand-rolled by Connecticut Cigar Company, and a 3 course Game dinner created uniquely for this evening by  creative and talented Chef Scott Ostrander. 

Hosted on Wednesday December 4th in the “Low Country” ambiance of Mama’s Boy in SoNo, the evening begins at 6:30 pm and is priced at $85 pp plus tax and gratuity.

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Wednesday
Nov272013

Souterrain #6: Team Bill Taibe Recreates Little Italy @ Stanziato's

Team Bill Taibe brought Arthur Avenue to Danbury CT, at the 6th Souterrain (a.k.a. Underground Dinner). The venue was Stanziato's Wood Fired Pizza, and the restaurant swap allowed diners to enjoy not only a little piece of Little Italy, but some unique dishes and flavors made possible by the wood fired oven prominently featured in Matt Stanczak's kitchen. 

Only 40 lucky guests managed to gain access to Souterrain #6, as it sold out in a matter of minutes, but those who responded quickly were treated to what felt like dinner on a cozy Mulberry alleyway. Marsha Glazer magically transformed the casual dining space with clotheslines (note bras and undergarments above), checkered tableclothes, and lights strung throughout. The menu was epic and featured roughly 12 courses (I stopped counting at some point). Arik Bensimon, Executive Chef at le Farm, was a key player in the menu creation, alongside Matt Stanczak, and dishes included: An outrageous Octopus Panzanella, Pickled Veggies, Baked Lima Bean Bruschetta, Calzone, Porchetta, Mortadella, an all inclusive medley of Roasted Squash, Affogato, and of course Italian cookies.

Enjoy the photo gallery above...and if you would like to be a part of the next Souterrain, contact them and ask to get on their email list for future events. 

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Wednesday
Nov272013

Ultimate CT Foodie Gift Guide 2013

This year, Thanksgiving is coming late, Hanukkah is arriving early and the Christmas holiday almost seems shortened before it has even begun. Have no fear, though, your holiday shopping will not bear the brunt of this crazy calendar...not with some of our suggestions. From unique food products, photographs, jewels and books, there is just about something for all the folks on what seems to be your never-ending list. How could so many people have been so good this year? Buy them some of these goodies and they’ll know...oh, they’ll know....

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Tuesday
Nov262013

Little Pub's "The Order of Ancient & Auld Ales" Beer Events

The order of ancient and auld ales is called to order. By and large it’s been found that aging hi octane beers made them better because after a few years the alcohol mellows out and the nuances and flavors really begin to shine through. (sorry to get all wine enthusiast on you, just channeling our inner Robert Parker here.)

Armed with that knowledge, Little Pub in Ridgefield started stockpiling high octane beers whenever we could get our hands on them. “Dogfish 120? Sure send us 6 logs”, “Sierra Bigfoot? Sure send over 4 of those”, and we kept stashing and stashing like mad squirrels until we ran out of space.

Now that they're out of room it’s time to start pouring some of these beasties turned beauties.

Little Pub is going to launch a different aged beer every monday* night through the rest of the 2013 and into 2014 as well (like we said, we stashed  a lot of stuff away).  *fine print: except for Monday Dec 2 which will be moved to Tuesday Dec 3.

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Tuesday
Nov262013

Baró & Mecha Noodle Bar Cocktail Throwdown Contest for PopShop

Are you great at making cocktails or have just perfected drinking them? We want your help!

Baró and Mecha Noodle Bar are going head-to-head in a mix-off to create the official cocktail of PopShop Holiday Market's BarCar. We need your expertise in deciding which cocktail has the best bite (or kiss) and should headline PopShop's signature BarCar at the PopShop Holiday Market on December 15th

The rules are easy: From November 27th through December 10th pop into Baró and Mecha to get a taste of the competition—literally. "Buy one, get one half off."

1 Sip down the cocktail contenders

2 Snap a photo of the winning cocktail and tag them either: #barowinner or #mechawinner and tag them to PopShop Markets Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/popshopCT or CT Bites https://www.facebook.com/CTbites

3 The cocktail hashtag with the most photo uploads wins!   

Baro and Mecha will be handing out cocktail competition cards. If you decide to try the cocktail your card will be stamped. Bring the stamped card to the other spot and receive the competitor’s drink half off!

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Sunday
Nov242013

Mecha Noodle Bar Brings Asian Noodles & Street Food to Fairfield

Post opening tweaks are commonplace during the first few months after a restaurant's opening. With Mecha’s minor changes completed, it now firmly fills the belly rumbling void of Southeast Asian Noodles and street food, popularizing Ramen, Pho and South East Asian comfort food.

Owner Tony Pham, who also owns Pho Vietnam in Danbury, saw an opportunity in Fairfield, to capture the hearts and hungry stomachs of the Fairfield U student bodies by opening a Ramen noodle bar. This small, but cozy, space is an architecturally clean, eye pleasing mix of Modern Asian décor...with a long community table in the center and block style tables around its perimeter. There is some additional seating circling the "bar" with colorful Asian ceramic stools adding some pop and a touch of elegance to this casual space. Pham is committed to keeping his two restaurants a "family affair," and you may be seated, served, or cooked for, by one of his family members! 

When I first visited with Tony in September, Ramen noodles were the main attraction on his menu. Several months later, Mecha’s menu is now representative of Japan’s different regional nuances with the current soup bases including Shoyu, Miso and Chicken.

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Friday
Nov222013

3 Fave Thanksgiving Side Dishes via Food Design’s Michael William Batt

Ready to talk Thanksgiving Menus? Food Design's Chef Michael Batt has a few ideas for you:

Michael Batt was recently named a winner on Food Network's "Chopped" program, but is his day job he provides great catering for clients including Ron Howard and Kathy Hilton and caters charitable events of all sizes for The American Red Cross, Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and more. He has a few favorite Thanksgiving side dishes that have proved tried and true, and Chef Batt  has offered to share his recipe with us. Check out these great recipes for: Sweet Potato puree with Maple Syrup, Vanilla bean, Cinnamon & Orange; Brussels’ Sprouts with Roasted Garlic, & Roasted Baby Carrots & Parsnips with brown Sugar & Sage.

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Friday
Nov222013

Fairway Market's Fabulous Potato Latkes Recipe

You don't have to be Jewish to love latkes.  And it doesn't have to be Hanukkah to set aside your fear of frying and indulge in a steaming stack of crisp and creamy sautéed  potato patties slathered in sour cream, applesauce (or even served a la mode).   Indeed, the cold weather holidays offer the ideal excuse to serve warm, welcoming, and festive Latkes.

Fairway Market has brought us a recipe for latkes that is perfect for holiday cooking, secular or sacred, starting with Thanksgiving.  Not only are these yummy pancakes a seasonal treat, but they work wonderfully as a do-ahead.  After frying,  keep the latkes warm in a low oven for up to two hours.  You can also make a day ahead, refrigerate and then re-heat on a cookie sheet for five minutes in a medium oven.

Why are these latkes different than all others?  Rebecca Martin of Fairway, who created the recipe, says there is no secret, but the following steps make the prep virtually foolproof.

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Thursday
Nov212013

The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Mama’s Boy Southern Table & Refuge in Sono hosts a blues brunch on Sundays from 1-4pm.  On November 24 and December 1 you can enjoy the Walter & David Blues Duo. More information here.

On Monday November 25, Barcelona in West Hartford will offer a Thanksgiving Prep cooking class.  Guests can learn to make chorizo stuffing, red chimchurri for the turkey, and more. The class starts at 7pm and costs $35pp, plus tax and gratuity. 

The Spread in Sono will have a pre-Thanksgiving Party on Wednesday November 27. Get the details here. 

Tuesday, November 26 Fairway Market will partner with Fox Radio to hold a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. 8am-7pm. 

On November 30, Breckenridge Beer Company is partnering with the Craft Beer Guild of CT for a wine and cheese class.  The class is $20/person, limited to 12 people due to size.  Class begins at 4PM at Grand Vin Fine Wines of New Haven 28 E. Grand Ave.  More information here.

Red Stone Pub in Simsbury, CT will host a Beer Festival on November 30th from 1-9pm.  There will be live music and a wide selection of craft beers. http://www.redstonepubs.com/1/post/2013/11/beer-festival.html 

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