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Westport & Weston Restaurant Week 2012 Starts Sept. 30th

It's a fine time to eat out in Westport & Weston as Westport & Weston Restaurant Week returns September 30th through October 5th. Prix fixed menus include 3 courses for either lunch or dinner. In addition, the Westport Arts Center is sponsoring a “Dinner Doodle” Contest, encouraging diners to doodle on napkins provided by the restaurants. They will be entered into the doodle contest and featured at the Dinner Doodle Party on October 17th!

Participating restaurants include:

Arezzo Ristorante , Bistro 88 , Blue LemonBobby Q’s , DaPietro’s , Dressing Room , Matsu Sushi , Oaxaca Kitchen , Pane e Bene , River House Tavern , Rizzuto’s , Tabouli GrillTarantino’s , Tarry LodgeTavern on Main , Terrain Garden Cafe ,  Villa del Sol

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Amuse Bouche: Food News for September 28

Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit (1790 Post Road East, Westport) Thursday, October 25th 7-8pm hosts a Whiskey & Bitters Happy Hour Class.  Mix and match a variety of different bitters with two classic whiskey cocktails to see the big flavor impact just a few drops can make. Bottlerocket will open every bottle of bitters in the shop, allowing attendees to explore a wide range of flavor combinations.Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  

Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford is all grown up. Coalhouse will soon feature a dedicated bar & game room with darts, bar shuffleboard, karaoke, and the Golden Tee 2013 golf game; four large flatscreen televisions; and up to 60 new seats in a private setting.  All Coalhouse Beer Club Members who book a Holiday Party at Coalhouse get 10% off (before tax & gratuity)!

To kick off American Cheese Month Fairfield Cheese Company will host Chris Gray of Consider Bardwell Farm on Saturday October 6th from 1-4pm for a cheese tasting of their award winning American artisan cheeses. 

The ever popular Ambler Farm Day is THIS Sunday, September 12th from 12-4. Bring the family and enjoy this wonderful Fall Festival. 

This Saturday, September 29, Michael Stern (, NPR, Saveur magazine) will bring his Connecticut Eating Tour's 50 Foodies to Wave Hill Breads Bakery & Cafe at 30 High Street in Norwalk, CT. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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