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Thursday
Sep272012

Sunday Talks & Tastings @ Yale Peabody Museum

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will host Talks and Tastings, three events in conjunction with the current exhibition Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating. These events, part presentation and part tasting, will be held on Sundays, September 30, October 28 and December 2. 

  • September 30: Spice of Life: Boosting Flavor Profiles and Healthy Eating
  • October 28: Oncology Nutrition
  • December 2: Nutrition for Young Children 

Admission to the Museum is free, but advance registration for these events is required. The Peabody Museum is located at 170 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, CT.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Support Community Plates on October 9th @ The Fall Ball

You've heard us talking about Community Plates and the great work they do every day by rescuing good food that would otherwise be thrown away by delivering it to hunger relief agencies in Fairfield County. Whether you have been involved in Community Plates, would like to learn more about this remarkable organization, or just like a good party, their FALL BALL is coming up on October 9th, and you’re invited.

This is their major fundraiser of the year and the perfect night to make a contributions of time, passion or resources to keep this movement relevant and potent. Whether you are a restaurant, caterer or market with extra food to give to those in need, a volunteer who has a little extra time, or someone willing to support Community Plates with a small donation, this is the time to act.  

Plus, there will be a special opportunity to support Community Plates by bidding one of four "chef" packages donated by the generous people at Match Restaurant (Sono), Barcelona Wine Bar, Elm Restaurant (New Canaan) and Cinch Foods (Fairfield).

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Rhubarb Kitchen: Cooking School, British Style, in Darien

As if on cue, the day I attended class at the Rhubarb Kitchen, a cooking school with an emphasis on all things British, the sun disappeared and the weather turned appropriately overcast and drizzly. A perfect backdrop for learning about the delights of the very English ritual of Afternoon Tea.

But first, a little about the women who run this show. Rebecca Binks (aka “Becs”) grew up in Kent and learned the highlights of English food from her grandmother, mom, and eight aunts. A former banker and world traveler who has lived in France and Spain, Becs landed in New York City where she met Lisa McMullan. Lisa, an Irishwoman, grew up surrounded by lush farmland and her culinary path is inspired by a true farm to table experience. Lisa practiced as an optometrist, but her love of food always lingered in the background.

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Tuesday
Sep252012

50+ Healthy Winter Squash Recipes via Jeanette's Healthy Living

This week, local blogger, Jeanette's Healthy Living  paid tribute to the season with a roundup of great recipes featuring Winter Squash. Growing winter squash can be done well into the winter, thus the name. These are hardy vegetables that can be found locally throughout the winter into the spring. Plus, they are a Power Food

Winter squash comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors and I’ve started to see more at our local farmer’s market. I’ve tried the more common pumpkin, acorn squash and butternut squash, as well as spaghetti squash, kabocha squash, buttercup squash, (similar to kabocha), and delicata squash, and I’d love to get my hands on a blue Hokkaido pumpkin, a hubbard squash, or a red Kuri pumpkin.

I love using small winter squashes as bowls for serving soups and pilafs. They’re so elegant plus they’re edible!

So what makes Winter Squash a Power Food? They’re packed with beta-carotene (which your body converts to vitamin A) and vitamin C, plus they’re high in fiber, manganese, potassium, folate, vitamin K and vitamin B6. Winter squash’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds are believed to have potential in the area of cancer prevention and cancer treatment, as well as the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

To help get you started, I put together a roundup of 50+ Healthy Winter Squash recipes – Enjoy!

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Sunday
Sep232012

WAFU Asian Bistro Opens in Southport

If you Google or Bing the word "Wafu" it translates to "Japanese-style," but when I asked Elaine Chen, the proprietor of the new WAFU Asian Bistro in Southport, her definition was "peace and harmony." The new Wafu, located at 3671 Post Road (formerly Friendly's) seems to be a little bit of both. Chen, from the FUJIAN PROVINCE of China, and her husband (the restaurant's lead sushi chef), have created an ASIAN establishment where Japanese, Chinese and Thai food mesh perfectly in a serene and sophisticated environment. Although it's difficult to telll from the exterior, the decor once inside is New York chic (and perhaps a tiny bit over the top with Swarski Chandeliers and neon-blue lighting). Menus are presented on ipads and you sit comfortably at your glossy tables on your white-leathered booth. Sure, it's a bit shi shi, but shi shi works at WAFU. The food is good for a "multi-culture" menu, the decor is funky and, though it looks fancy, it turns out to be a very kid-friendly establishment.

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Saturday
Sep222012

Ridgefield Chef Swap: Bernard Boisseau & Jeff Taibe

Chefs Bernard Bouissou of Bernard's Restaurant, and Chef Jeff Taibe of Southwest Café will join forces in the kitchen for two, five-course wine dinners in October. Southwest Café owner Barbara Nevins and Bernard's/Sarah's Wine Bar co-owner Sarah Boisseau will host these festive evenings.

The classically trained French chef Bernard Boisseau will be embracing hatch chilies, cooking alongside Southwest Café's chef Jeff Taibe for Southwest's annual chile-centric Harvest Wine Dinner on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Two weeks later on Sunday, October 21, Chef Jeff Taibe will be cooking in the kitchen at Bernard's, teaming up with Bernard for a dinner upstairs at Sarah's Wine Bar, for a contemporary French evening with a twist! Both evenings are $65 per person for 5 courses with 5 wine pairings (tax and gratuity is additional).

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Friday
Sep212012

Another New Restaurant in Westport via Westport Daily Voice

Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

This just in from The Westport Daily Voice...

The owner of Cuvée, an upscale Zagat-rated restaurant and lounge in West Hartford, is set to open a new eatery with a different name on Westport’s Main Street.

A lease for the 3,000-square-foot space on the lower level of 125 Main St., underneath the Gap, was signed Sept. 7, Westport developer David Waldman said Wednesday. Todd Rose, the restaurant's owner, is aiming for a spring opening, said Waldman. His firm —David Adam Realty — represented the landlord and Rose in lease negotiations.

"He [Rose] is a very good operator, and he’s got a very good following," Waldman said. "I really think he’ll have a great chance of success there.”

Cuvée’s menu is eclectic, offering a variety of food styles, including new and traditional American cuisine, Italian, Japanese and vegetarian. Menu items include salads, burgers, sandwiches, lobster rolls, sushi, tacos, desserts and more.  

Read the full article on The Daily Voice here.

Thursday
Sep202012

First-Ever BrewFest Coming To Mohegan Sun October 6-7

Beer lovers rejoice, as Mohegan Sun hosts a spectacular beer tasting event on October 6th & 7th.

The Summer may be winding down but at Mohegan Sun the fun times remain, especially when the first ever Sun BrewFest kicks off on Saturday, October 6th and carries into Sunday, October 7th. The big event, which takes place in the Uncas Ballroom, will feature over 100 beers as well as great food and activities and is scheduled to take place over three sessions.  Tickets will be $20.00 per session and can be purchased through the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

Everything from Craft Brews, Microbrews and Imports & Domestics to limited editions, plus many more will all be available, making over 100 beers in total.  With that many beers, Mohegan Sun will conveniently provide tasting glasses, which can be kept as souvenirs as well as score cards to keep track of your favorite beers.

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Thursday
Sep202012

WIN Free Tix to The Greenwich Food & Wine Festival!

Wanna win FREE TICKETS to the GREENWICH FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL?

We are giving away 10 FREE TICKETS!

Like our Facebook page in the next 10 days, or if you're already a part of our Facebook community, just COMMENT on ANY FACEBOOK POST in the next 10 days. 

We will randomly select 10 winners on October 1st. 

More information on the Greenwich Food & Wine Festival.

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Thursday
Sep202012

BONDA & Blackbird Vineyards Wine Dinner Sept 26th

Wednesday, September 26th @ 7pm, join BONDA Restaurant and Blackbird Vineyards Proprietor, Michael Polenske, for an evening featuring four courses and five wines produced by the talented people at BlackbirdVineyards. Hailing from the Napa Valley, the main focus of Blackbird Vineyards’ wines is to showcase the beauty of the Merlot grape. 

Wine dinners at Bonda are intimate and special events. Seating is limited to 40 guests. Please call (203) 292-9555 for reservations. The price is $125 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Check out the full menu below complete with pairings. 

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