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Monday
Mar262012

Chef, Author, Farmer: Didi Emmons @ Barcelona Restaurant

Join Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant on March 31st for a special evening of food and celebration with Didi Emmons. Emmons, a chef, author, educator and former restaurateur will make a special appearance at Barcelona Fairfield to promote her IACP nominated cookbook Wild Flavors, One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm.

The cookbook features unusual food that is grown on a farm run by Eva Sommaripa, a renegade 70-year old farmer from southeast Massachusetts, who grows for a variety of notable chefs in New England. 

The evening wil begin with a cocktail hour where guests will have to opportunity to meet with Emmons and peruse signed copies of her latest cookbook. In addition to Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant’s regular menu, we will be offering a special a la carte menu featuring specialties from Eva’s farm such as juniper berries, sunchokes, lovage, claytonia and other foraged and cultivated flavors prepared by Barcelona Wine Bar’s Culinary Director, Adam Halberg. 

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Monday
Mar262012

Vote for CTbites to Win CT's Top Food Blog of 2012

The Hartford Courant is rounding up the TOP BLOGS of 2012, and we think CTbites deserves to win. Please help us by voting for CTbites.com for TOP FOOD BLOG. It just takes a second. VOTE NOW at The Websters, Connecticut's Top Blogs of 2012. 

The voting period will run from Monday, March 26 at 9 a.m. through March 30, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. You may vote ten (10) times per day, per valid email address for a total of fifty (50) votes. For official rules visit www.courant.com/contestrules. 

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Sunday
Mar252012

EDO: Korean Fare in Norwalk

In the window of Edo there’s a New York Times review from 2004 that touts the virtues of Edo’s sushi, but that’s not the reason why we came. Sushi or Japanese food is not the reason to go to Edo. Sure, its name is Japanese, but we were there for the Korean fare. Like so many Asian restaurants in Fairfield County, Edo tries to squeeze multiple cultures into a single venue which isn’t always for the best, but go to Edo for the Korean dishes. You'll be happy you did. 

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Saturday
Mar242012

Match & Grey Goose Co-owners to Open New Restaurant in Fairfield 

Fairfield will be the destination for one of the liveliest new restaurants to open in Fairfield County this year. The original trio behind Match in SoNo, Scott Beck, Matt Storch and Kevin McHugh, are the brains, culinary brawn and co-owners who just inked a deal to build-out and run a soon-to-be-named restaurant slated to open early summer 2012. The new venue will reside in the heart of Fairfield in the former location of Greenhouse Grill on Unquowa Place. 

The restaurant will feature a “global-classics" menu with several small plates to encourage sharing, a lively bar, sidewalk dining, an opening façade and ample free parking...not to mention one of Connecticut’s most talented chefs. 

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Saturday
Mar242012

In the News: Don't be Fooled by GMOs Talk on April 1st

The Westport Farmers’ Market, The Wakeman Town Farm, and Right to Know CT invite you to join them for a discussion on the dangers of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our foods.  Don't be Fooled by GMOs taking place on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Westport Inn on 1595 Post Road East Westport, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

This is a hot-button issue, as there is a bill circulating to require CT to label foods with GMOs, which would make CONNECTICUT the FIRST state to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill. Last week, the bill passed with a 23-6 vote in the Environmental Committee. This is historic and unprecedented.

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Friday
Mar232012

Jake’s Wayback Burgers Opens in Stamford

Whenever a new place that is dedicated to hamburgers opens in my ‘hood I just cannot resist the magnetic field that pulls me to give it a try; and I could not resist when Jake’s Wayback Burgers opened in Stamford. 

I arrived early enough to avoid the lunch-rush and ensure that the staff could focus on my order. True to my first-visit tradition, I ordered a cheeseburger (a little over 3 ounces of meat) with bacon and grilled onions ($3.19), a small order of French fries ($1.99) and a small (listed on the menu as 12 ounces) chocolate shake ($2.89). Each item is made to order so I watched as the hamburger hit the grill, the fries plunged into the fryer and the shake whipped in the mixer.  

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Friday
Mar232012

5 Course Winemaker's Dinner @ Darien Social

If you got sold out of our PHO-nomenal Vietnamese Dinner at Match for April 4th, here's something else you can do that night. The new Darien Social is hosting an exclusive five-course winemaker's dinner at 10 Center Street, Darien on Wednesday, April 4th 2012 at 7pm.

Jeremy Kreck, winemaker at Mill Creek Winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, will showcase and discuss his estate-grown wines. Mill Creek is a true family-owned boutique winery whose wines have won some of the most prestigious awards in California

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Friday
Mar232012

AMG Cooking School in Wilton: Learn While You Eat

It must have been good karma to take over the former Wave Hill bread kitchen in Wilton, because the AMG Cooking School, which opened it’s doors in July, has truly found the right ingredients for success. 

Alison Milwe-Grace and her partner, Olivia Savarese, are not new to cooking having run a catering and event planning business for years. When the professional kitchen space at the old Wave Hill Breads came on the market, they saw an opportunity and jumped at the chance to open a cooking school. They have been hosting both adult and kids classes ever since.

The good friends added their own personal touch to the space. Gone are the wooden bread racks and flour dusted floors. A cozy candlelit living room and dining area serves as the entrance, while the kitchen features a huge work area complete with famous chef quotes on chalkboards to serve as inspiration. 

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Thursday
Mar222012

FOODSTOCK: CT Food Writing Conference

Celebrated author Amy Bloom will host FOODSTOCK, Wesleyan’s first food writing conference, on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. This event is FREE and open to the public. Online registration is required at www.wesleyan.edu/FOODSTOCK and registration will begin on Thursday, March 22nd.

FOODSTOCK will feature talks, Seminars, Book Signings, a Farmers Market, Food Trucks, a Cocktail Party, and more!

Speakers and Guests include:

Ruth ReichlEric AsimovFaith MiddletonDorie GreenspanMolly O'NeillJane SternAlan SytsmaChristopher ProsperiPaolo VilloresiSerena PalumboNatalie BovisCara EisenpressPippa LordFern Berman,  Kim Chi-Hoon,  Priscilla MartelNajwa KronfelAshley RodriguezChef Bobo,  John Finn Chichi Wang,  Hope Wright-MartellDonald Siegel,  Gaye Tuchman  and CTbites!

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Thursday
Mar222012

Video: Chef Matt Storch Demos Pomegranate Braised Short Ribs w Pea Puree

Live from CTbites global headquarters, Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant launches the CTbites Chef Demo Video series. Watch and learn people.

Matt Storch's recipe for Pomegranate-Orange Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs With Pea Puree takes a classic winter dish and re-imagines it for spring with vibrant fresh peas. Get great tips as you watch Chef Storch review the basics of braising in this beautiful dish. 

If you have a chef or recipe you would like to see on CTbites, let us know. 

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