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Friday
Mar212014

The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Monday March 24, Plan B in Stamford presents “Distill it with Willett.”  Five courses will be paired with bourbon and bourbon cocktails… and they’ll use bourbon in every single course!  6 pm.  $75pp, tax and tip included.

Also on the 24th, Napa & Co in Stamford presents “A look at Sauvignon Blanc the hot white grape!”  They’ll guide you through a global look at the varietal in New Zealand, Sancerre, Russian River, Napa Valley, South Africa and Washington!  $45pp.  6:30pm.  

Brewery Ommegang comes to Harlan Social on Tuesday, March 25th for a 5-course menu paired with their beers. $70 plus tax and tip.  6:30- 9:30pm. Call 203.883.8000 to reserve seats. Event Menu:

Tuesday March 25, Barcelona in West Hartford presents “New England Beers & Tapas.”  In celebration of March Madness, Chef Eric is going to prepare some savory tapas to pair with some of New England’s thirst-quenching beers.  $29 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations: 860.218.2100

March 25 is “Good Meats!  An Evening with Charcuterie” at Fairfield Cheese Co. 7-9pm.  Call 203.292.8194 for more information.

Wednesday March 26 is the “Iron Bar Gala” at Plan B Burger Bar in Milford. 

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Thursday
Mar202014

Napa & Company Gets a New Chef: Adam Truelove at the Helm

Since opening in 2006, Napa & Co. has received numerous accolades as one of the best restaurants in Connecticut with a creative and inventive menu. Co-Owner Mary Schaffer told CTbites that her vision from the start has been the “wine country cuisine of Northern California…flavorful, fresh, simply prepared food with its roots based from the European influence of wine growers coming to the area from Spain, France and Italy over the last 100 years.” The restaurant prides itself on “blend(ing) the cultures” of various cuisines. Schaffer also has a keen eye for culinary talent and last year she hired and handed oversight of the kitchen to Executive Chef Adam Truelove.

Chef Adam earned a degree in Mathematics before following his culinary passion and enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. After graduation, he honed his skills at Town and Esca Restaurants before returning to the FCI as a Chef Instructor. He relocated to the Fairfield County area as the opening Sous Chef at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, the Executive Chef at Pine Social in New Canaan and eleven 14 Kitchen in Greenwich as the Chef du Cuisine. Last year Napa & Co. reached out to Chef Adam and asked him to join its team to oversee the kitchen as Executive Chef.

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Wednesday
Mar192014

Jane and Michael Stern's 'Roadfood' to Star in New Haven Event 

From Rhode Island to Oregon, and North Dakota to Texas, Jane and Michael Stern have been everywhere and they’ve tried everything. On March 26, they're even going to try letting community college students take a crack at some classic roadfood recipes, for a good cause (details below).

Their 36-year journey to find the best “roadfood” in the country has taken them to best tiny diners and local haunts, many of them easily overlooked if not pointed out. And that was the goal from the beginning; to show other travelers where the best food is, no matter how humble the location may be.

Over the last three decades, the former couple—they were married and got divorced but continue to be writing partners—has released 10 books and launched the interactive website Roadfood.com to chronicle the journey. Every cheeseburger, gumbo, bread pudding and milkshake from coast to coast have been documented through intelligent prose and tempting photographs. The ninth edition of “Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More,” was recently released.

The culinary students at Gateway Community College in New Haven are going to try their hands at some classic “roadfood” recipes at the school’s next “Chefs of Our Kitchen” (C.O.O.K.) event on March 26, and Jane and Michael will be on hand to talk about their adventures and sign books.

The event begins at 6 p.m.in Gateway's Cafe Vincenzo. Tickets cost $95, with the proceeds going toward funding scholarships for Gateway students and providing professional development opportunities for the college’s faculty and staff.

Read The Full Article at ConnecticutMag.com

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Tuesday
Mar182014

Little Pub Gets Ready to Open in Cos Cob: Sneak Peek

The Little Pub you know from Ridgefield and Wilton is opening its third location down south in Cos Cob, and CTbites received a sneak peek at the interior and plans for this new venture, now under construction. When Little Pub opened its doors in Ridgefield back in 2009 with its cozy feel of an alpine lodge meeting an English pub, it rapidly became the go-to spot for casual family friendly pub fare with a beer list that rivaled any bar around.. Fireplaces and rough wood beams graced the white plastered walls, and in a town filled with higher end chef-driven restaurants, Little Pub sets itself apart with a simple, well executed comfort food menu that appeals to both kids and adults.

When CTbites asked Owner, Doug Grabe, and Operations Manager, Lars Anderson why Cos Cob, , both said “the people asked for it.” Turns out, restaurant owners do read those Comment Cards, and the cards at Little Pub said “we need you in Greenwich,” specifically Cos Cob whose demographics skew heavily towards families. 

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Sunday
Mar162014

Match in South Norwalk to Reopen This Week: Opening Cocktail Party Thursday

After months of planning and a sleight of hand two week renovation, Match restaurant in South Norwalk is poised to reopen this week with a blow-out opening cocktail party celebrating the new Match on Thursday, March 20 at 5 pm. Beginning Thursday at 7:30 pm, reservations will be accepted for dinner with business as usual for SoNo’s beloved restaurant.

Match opened up its still very dusty doors to CTbites over the weekend before the reopening, giving us a behind the scenes look at what to expect from the new Match, from its décor (purple!), new brand (relaxed and modern), to its new menu (more is more) and glimpses of a handful of reimagined and darn good looking dishes.

A steady fixture in the Fairfield County dining scene with chef/owner Matt Storch at the helm for the past fourteen years, Match has built a loyal following and a menu of popular dishes along the way. In fact, when Match first announced it would close temporarily for renovations, many people reacted with equal parts fear and excitement, worried they would lose their beloved dishes such as Carpetbaggers and Wasabi Tuna (or was that just us?), but also looking forward to the restaurant’s facelift.

Here's what to expect...

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Friday
Mar142014

Restaurant Scene Explodes @ Stamford's Harbor Point

Hard to believe, but spring beckons.  It’s just a few days away. And along with hyacinths and daffodils, a number of new eateries will soon be blossoming at Stamford's Harbor Point -- just in time for those hazey lazey dayz.  (Yes Virginia, there is a Summer)  

At the spectacular 6000 square foot Glass Garden on the waterfront, Aaron Sanchez is now shooting for a Cinco de Mayo opening for his new latin themed resto.   As CTBites first reported last year, Sanchez will be working his spanish sorcery in a sexy, high end dining, cocktail and wine lounge space.  But there's a name change:  “Alegre”  has become “Poloma”

According to Jon Sabrowski, Harbor Point's Leasing Director, a bouquet of other new eateries are targeting a Memorial Day opening.   Among them is an American grill from South End Hospitality, whose pedigree includes Black Bear, Darien Social, Bobby Q's and McFadden’s. The tap house will feature a rooftop bar, offering a panoramic view of the harbor and the Sound beyond.  (Yes Virginia, there are sea breezes.)  The restaurant faces the 22 story twin towered apartment complex currently under construction  (We can report that the 242 unit complex will not be the hotel-condo once envisioned.)

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Thursday
Mar132014

Plan B Throws "Iron Bar" Gala w/ Willett Distillery, NPR's Faith Middleton & Millwright's Tyler Anderson

This just in from Plan B Burger Bar.....

You think Bobby Flay and Michael Symon got anything on us? Those Iron Chef's may know how to cook but this is Iron Bar - time to put that work where it matters, getting our drink on. Hanging with Faith Middleton, Tyler Anderson and Drew Kulsveen sipping some cocktails and chowing on some beef fat fries. 

Yes, I did just say WNPR's Faith Middleton and Chopped Winner Tyler Anderson will both be there. Don't worry we've got more fab celebs for you to party with.

This is your one and only chance to select this year's Iron Bar Champion. 

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Thursday
Mar132014

GIVEAWAY: Tix to 4B Festival... Beer, Bourbon, Bacon & BBQ for All

The 4B Festival, the area’s first of its kind festival of specially curated beer, bourbon, barbecue and bacon is around the corner on March 22nd...but it's ALL SOLD OUT!! 

DO YOU WANT TIX TO The 4B Festival? We can help! CTbites is GIVING AWAY 5 pairs of tickets to the "Regular Admission Session 2" on Saturday March 22nd, 5:30pm-9:30pm. Each pair of tix is a $150 value!!

TO WIN TICKETS, YOU MUST BE A CTBITES FACEBOOK FRIEND & POST A COMMENT BELOW AS TO WHY YOU DESERVE TO GET THAT PAIR OF TICKETS. 5 LUCKY WINNERS. GOOD LUCK!

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Thursday
Mar132014

The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events 

This weekend, Fountainhead/Fat Cat Pie Co. in Norwalk will offer complimentary tastings of wine from  the Southern Rhône

Fairway Market has its own house-baked Beer Bread!  It’s made with local Blue Point Brewing Co. Hoptical Illusion IPA and is a combination of wheat, rye and sourdough.  It has a strong essence and smell of hops and can be included in any type of meal of the day!  Stop by to pick yours up- great for St. Patty’s!

Artisan Restaurant has a brand new prix fixe lunch menu.  On weekdays, enjoy an appetizer, entrée, and coffee or tea for just $19.  See the menu here. 

The luck ‘o the Irish is giving you even more delicious choices to enjoy at Rodizio Brazilian Steakhouse in Stamford. They are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with some traditional and not-so-traditional additions to the menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes, Shamrock Brazilian Limeade, Leprechaun Limeade, Green Beer, Shamrock Coffees, Shamrock Cremes.  Through the 17th.

Strada 18 in SoNo is celebrating St. Patty's with a $29 prix fixe including Chef David's Famous House-Made Corned Beef, Irish Stew, Irish Soda Bread Guinness Stout & Irish Whiskey Specials Guinness Stout Gelato!

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Wednesday
Mar122014

New Haven May Be Home to Another Tarry Lodge

Connecticut may be home to another Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria, due to arrive in New Haven as early as this summer, according to recent news reports by The New Haven Independent who covered the recent Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on Tuesday evening: 

The Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group intends to open a Tarry Lodge restaurant at 278 Park St., according to Lauren Zucker, Yale’s director of New Haven affairs. Yale holds a long-term lease on the property, which is owned by St. Thomas More.

The Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group already have successful locations in Port Chester, NY and Westport, CT, led by Joe Bastianich, chef Andy Nusser, and general manager Nancy Selzer.

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