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Monday
Dec122011

Community Plates Needs Food Runners!! Please Help

Community Plates is a non-profit organization that has employed one simple idea to address the complex issue of hunger, and in just a handful of months, made a huge impact in our community.  Community Plates connects food to people in need of it, by rescuing good food that would otherwise be thrown away and delivering it to hunger relief agencies in Fairfield County.  

It has been less than one year since Kevin Mullins, Community Plates Executive Director, began asking restaurants and grocers if they were interested in donating food. Their response has been so overwhelming, that since CTBites first reported on CP’s launch in September, rescued food donations have grown from 5,000 pounds each week to more than 10,000 pounds a week. Their number of regular donors has risen from 12 to 22 and they are delivering food to 11 hunger relief organizations in Norwalk, Stamford, Bridgeport, Darien and Westport. However, now more than ever they need your help. 

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Sunday
Dec112011

The Whey Station Grilled Cheese Truck in Middletown

Jill Moskites works the grill while her husband, Josh, takes lunch orders from a hungry crowd.  It’s a cold Wednesday afternoon in October, perfect for what The Whey Station is serving up -- gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, hearty, “truckmade” soups and specialty hot dogs.  Fortunately for all of us, The Whey Station is the newest local addition to the handful of food trucks hitting the streets.

It’s a new endeavor for the Moskites, who until recently were familiar faces at their family’s gourmet foods shop, The Wild Raspberry in Cromwell, and together they have about 19 years restaurant and specialty foods experience.

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Saturday
Dec102011

CTbites Invites: Barcelona Iberico Ham Event Recap 

Hearty souls splashed through the rain Dec. 7 on the way to Barcelona Restaurant in Fairfield, and were rewarded with a tornado of pork. Old world cheeses supplied by event host Michele Buster of Forever Cheese sat on the tables, piled on wooden boards, and would be joined by small blocks of quince jam and a roast suckling pig that ought to be legally classified as a mind-altering substance, but the star of the show, from start to finish, was a shoulder of cured Iberico ham.

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Friday
Dec092011

Food 411: Name the Restaurant that Served This...

Where did we eat this Shrimp with a kick?

(Hint...it aint Red Lobster) 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

Thursday
Dec082011

Chocopologie Greenwich Now Open

Life on the Gold Coast just got a little bit sweeter. Chocopologie has opened a pop-up shop in Greenwich at 30 West Putnam Avenue open today through Easter. Serving Fritz Knipschildts' signature chocolates, truffles, cakes, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate, this location is Chocopologie's second pop-up shop and third location in addition to their wildly successful New Haven pop-up shop and SoNo factory and café.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Holiday Recipe & Special Subscription Offer c/o Fine Cooking 

Fine Cooking Subscription Offer

 

Fine Cooking, the magazine that's dedicated to bring out the cook in you, is extending an exclusive subscription offer to CTbites readers only: 

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Invites: Matsu Sushi Making Class Event Recap

A few fun facts on sushi... originally the seasoned rice found in sushi was used only as a preservative for the fresh fish in China...not Japan;  Sushi chefs (mostly men, huh?) used to train for ten years before being able to work in restaurant...while now they train for about two years; The Japanese eat miso soup AFTER the meal to aid digestion...not before as in America. 

The history of sushi and some hands on technique for making maki, or sushi rolls, were served up at the CTbites Sushi Making Class at Matsu Sushi on November 16th. 

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Wednesday
Dec072011

Ola Granola: Fairfield County Mom Creates Super Snack

Ola Granola has been available in grocery stores from Maine to New Jersey for almost two and a half years, and it has already made a big splash with the crunchy crowd. And it was developed right here in Fairfield County. 

 “It always tastes really fresh and natural” says Stamford mom, Elise Klein, “I even keep it in the refrigerator!”

And that is what most people like about Ola. “It’s made from the kinds of things you would find in your pantry like cinnamon and maple syrup. The flavors are all natural,” says Dina Houser, Fairfield county mom and the founder of the brand.

Inspired by her mother’s recipe, Dina has been making granola for years

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Wednesday
Dec072011

The Winner of the Mohegan Sun Bobby Flay Giveaway is...

 

Earlier this month we teamed up with Mohegan Sun to offer on their 15th anniversary to offer 1 lucky CTbites subscriber $120 Gift Certificate to Bobby Flay's Bar Americain.

We are happy to say we have chosen a winner and her name is Joan Prosek from Easton CT.

Stay tuned for our next GIVEAWAY..signed cookbooks coming soon. 

 

Tuesday
Dec062011

WFM Weekly Trivia : Win $20 @ Westport Farmers' Mkt

 

The first person to answer the following question wins $20 to spend with ANY vendor @ The Westport Farmers' Market!


Name ten restaurants in Fairfield County that practice Farm-to-Fork practices.