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Tuesday
Aug302011

Thali in Westport Goes Vegetarian (via The Feast)

Well here's an interesting turn of events. Peyton Dougherty @ TheFeast.com resports that Thali's chef/owner Prasad Chirnomula is removing all non-vegetarian items from the menu of Thali's Westport location

"Farewell, pepper-crusted breast of lamb smoked in a Tandoori-Cabernet sauce.

Chef Prasad Chirnomula will remove all non-vegetarian items from his Westport Indian restaurant, Thali, and will make the menu identical to Chirnomula's meatless New Haven outpost,Thali Too.

The new fare debuted last night and it's a complete overhaul, with a rice bar, rolled house breads cooked on a griddle, lassi, Bombay and Dehli street vendor-style snacks, a tiffin menu and veggie entrees like potato and paneer cheese balls, spicy veggie stir fry, cabbage cauliflower and carrot fritters, and spicy chick peas. The sweeping change is surprising, but it makes sense given the market." -Peyton Dougherty

Click here to read the full article on TheFeast.com

Monday
Aug292011

CT Food Bank Launches "Hunger Action" Month

On September 1st, the Connecticut Food Bank (CFB) begins its "Hunger Action" month and the CTbites team is asking your help.  Food is our passion and we thank our lucky stars that we are privileged to dine at the fabulous restaurants of  Fairfield County and blog about truffle chips, sous vide lamb belly and Marscapone cheese cake. Last week I volunteered at the CFB's mobile pantry where we gave out bags of onions and carrots to too many CT residents whose stars are not so lucky. But the CFB is making a difference and so can we. 

According to Nancy Carrington, the Food Bank's president and CEO since 1984, over 400,000 CT residents are "Food Insecure."  That means that they are not sure where they are getting their next meal. Over 50% of these people are above what the government considers the income threshold which would allow them SNAP funding (formerly known as food stamps.) In the state with the highest per capita income (2010), that is surely 400,000 hungry residents too many. Right???

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Monday
Aug292011

La Tomatina Wine Dinner @ Barcelona Restaurant 

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar's much anticipated Tomatina Dinner is back this Wednesday August 31st! Every year, the villages of Valencia celebrate with their famous tomato throwing battle, painting the streets, buildings and revelers red. In homage to this fun holiday, Executive Chef, Michael Bydenstein will be serving a special menu at their Greenwich location, each course featuring heirloom tomatoes, the summer season’s greatest fruit. The dinner will be paired with a well curated selection of wines from Valencia and other regions of Spain. There could be an impromptu tomato fight so please come dressed accordingly! Check out the menu below. 

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Sunday
Aug282011

Longtime Westport Restaurateur Opens Pane e Bene

After more than three decades as the maestro at other people’s restaurants, Angelo Capponi, the proud owner of Pane e Bene, 1620 Post Road in Westport, struts around his new Italian restaurant and bar like a proud papa. 

Pane e Bene means “bread and goodness.” To Angelo, it signifies, “Freshly prepared, simple food, nice décor and an ‘experience’.” He explains, “We want to give people what they don’t find elsewhere; a place where you feel special. The opposite of places where you feel like they’re doing you a favor.”

Just two months into opening, with talented chef and partner Henry Lopez in the kitchen (“a partner who radiates goodness inside and out,” Angelo says), the word on Pane e Bene is out.

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Friday
Aug262011

Shout Out: What Food Are You Hoarding for Hurricane Irene?

Hurricane Irene is bearing down on Connecticut. Crusty bread, bottles of water, charcuterie and wine are flying off the grocery store shelves. From the practical to the not-so-practical...

What are you buying (read: hoarding) to ready yourself for the storm?


Friday
Aug262011

Road Trip: Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club @ Mohegan Sun

Restauranteur John Tunney, owner of the popular Mexican restaurant Besito in Hartford, expects to wow you with his 12th and newest restaurant, Ballo. The word “Ballo” is Italian for “dance.”  Diners can expect the usual eating and drinking, but you can do what the name says and dance as well.

Ballo Italian Restaurant and Social Club will join Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse, Todd English’s Tuscany, and Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain at Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino this September. Even though Ballo is still under construction, Tunney’s idea is unique, and when he speaks, you can imagine how original this new restaurant will be from the usual. 

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Thursday
Aug252011

The Schoolhouse Restaurant @ Wilton's Millstone Farm

On a perfectly clear and balmy night last week, 60 diners gathered at Millstone Farm, Wilton, to dine alfresco in the field adjacent to  Betsy and Jesse Fink’s farm house . Tim LaBant, Chef and owner of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale Restaurant,  was focused and in good humor as he checked last minute details and greeted familiar faces. Enthusiastic attendees sauntered down the hill towards one very long, white draped table dotted with glowing candles and jam jars filled with brightly colored  flowers from the fields.   

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Beer Dinners @ The Ginger Man in SoNo

Here's a little something for the beer drinkers amongst us (the ones tired of hearing about all those darn wine dinners). The Ginger Man is offering monthly beer dinners, each featuring 5 beers from a brewery or importer, paired with and used in a 5 course meal. On Monday August 29th at 7:00 The Ginger Man will be featuring Cisco Brewers from Nantucket Massachusetts!

Here's how it works: The evening kicks off promptly at 7pm with the first round of beers, a light appetizer or salad, accompanied by an introduction to the brewery representative and a little history on the brewery.  4 more courses will follow, including a cheese course and dessert.  During each course the guest brewer will share some information about the beer, as well as how it pairs with the food. 

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Making Gazpacho w/ leFarm's Bill Taibe

The wait is over. The tomato harvest is in full effect as witnessed at farmers' markets all over Connecticut. Wondering what to do with all those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes?  Chef Bill Taibe of leFarm in Westport has a few ideas on that front. Join Taibe as he shops the Westport Farmers' Market to select ingredients for a uniquely wonderful Gazpacho recipe. You loved it at the restaurant...now you can make it at home. 

[Video Editor: Greg Robbins ]

Tuesday
Aug232011

elm Sneak Peek @ New Canaan's Restaurant Week

New Canaan’s first Restaurant Week begins August 26th. In addition to the participation of some of my favorite restaurants including Cava, Cherry Street East, Kouzina, and the town’s newest arrival Tuscan, the Ralph Lauren Store will host a special evening on Thursday from 5-9 PM featuring delicacies prepared by Chef Brian Lewis, who will open his new restaurant, elmthis fall. Chef Lewis is currently assembling his list of purveyors as well as overseeing the restaurant’s extensive renovation (more to follow). As he expands his relationship in New Canaan as both a sponsor and a participant in the event, Chef Lewis is thrilled to play a part in this first ever New Canaan Restaurant Week.