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Make the Perfect Pie with Fritz Knipschildt

"Making the perfect pie is an art."

Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschidlt, owner of Café Chocopologie in South Norwalk uttered these words that inspired his upcoming October 20 class at Clarke Culinary Showroom. 

"This is the time of year that everyone starts thinking about pies and baking. The holidays are coming, and thoughts turn to Thanksgiving and what to make for dessert to serve after the turkey," continues Knipschildt, who will share his secrets of creating fabulous pies during his class at the The Clarke Culinary Center on Thursday, October 20th from 6-8PM.

Pre-registration for this and Clarke's impressive fall class line-up are required and can be done online at or by calling 800-842-5275, ext. 206. 

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Cocktail Naming Contest

WIN a FREE Lunch for two @ Old Post Tavern in Fairfield. Here's how...

It's time for another cocktail throw down! Old Post Tavern in Fairfield has decided to trust the fate of their new fall specialty cocktail to the naming skills of our CTbites readers.  If your cocktail name is selected, you will win a FREE LUNCH FOR TWO at Old Post Tavern (cocktails included). 

Here are the ingredients for the cocktail in need of a name:

1.5 oz Stoli vanilla

1 oz Stoli

1.5 oz apple cider

.5 or splash of sour apple pucker

Pinch of cinnamon, Touch of fresh lime

Rim martini glass w/ raw sugar & garnish w/ cinnamon stick and slice of apple

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Foodie News: Stew's Wine Event, Fairway Mkt & More

Here are a few foodie tid bits we though you might not want to miss...

Stew Leonard's Wine Event

Join the wine specialists from Stew Leonard's Wines of Norwalk as they travel "Around the World in 80 Wines" at a food and wine tasting to benefit Norwalk Exchange Club! The event takes place on Thursday, October 20 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Stew Leonard's food store, located at 100 Westport Avenue in Norwalk.

First Annual Catering Expo at Fairway Market

Attn. party planners and anyone who just wants to have a nosh. Fairway Market in Stamford invites you to come and try their delicious catering menu at their First Annual Catering Expo. From corporate meetings and events to bridal parties and wedding receptions, they can cater any gathering where great food is essential. Join them in the café (699 Canal St) on Wednesday, October 12 from 5PM-7PM.

Southwest Cafe Pumpkin and Chile Wine Dinner

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Old Post Tavern Hosts Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is in full swing and many of our local haunts are celebrating the "holiday" with hearty servings of bratwurst and beer. On Thursday, October 20thOld Post Tavern in Fairfield is hosting their own sausage-fest by partnering with Twisted Vine Wine Shop to deliver both German wine and beer pairings with their otherwise traditional German menu. See complete menu with wine pairings below:.  

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Greenwich Food & Wine Festival

The first annual Greenwich 2011 FOOD+WINE FESTIVAL will take place on October 22nd and 23rd to benefit Breast Cancer Alliance. This grand event is presented by Serendipity magazine, and if you like food and celebrity chefs, you'll want to keep reading...

The weekend-long event at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich will include a Culinary Village tent with more than 60 exclusive food, wine and spirit experts, BBQ Grill Masters, Sunday brunch specialties, a Market Place, celebrity book signings, private event tents and live performances by Rusted Root, Entrain and Sister Hazel among others.

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Revisiting Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich

It may draw inspiration from the cantinas of New Mexico and the mid-century Americana of Rt. 66, but Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich is most deeply rooted in the soil of Connecticut

Locally sourced and organic ingredients have been a signature of Boxcar’s New Mexican-inspired menu for the past seventeen years well before Farm-to-Table was a claim to fame. With a weekly presence at the Westport Farmer’s Market and a green restaurant certification, the first thing you may notice upon arriving at this Greenwich restaurant are several small raised herb and vegetable garden beds filled with a variety of lettuces, herbs, tomatoes and peppers (depending on the season) that will invariably make it onto your plate. If you're as curious as I was, when I stopped by earlier in the growing season, an impressive lineup of lettuces included: Emerald Oak Lettuce, Mascara Lettuce, Lollo Bionda Lettuce, Lollo Rossa Lettuce, Gourmet Lettuce Mix, and Claytonia. 

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Ad: Big News for Pinkberry Fans...Greenwich & More

Attn. Fairfield County fro-yo lovers. Pinkberry has some big news and great new services coming to their Fairfield location! And if you reside further South, they've got something for you too. Downtown Greenwich store is opening soon.  

Curbside Pick Up

For those times when you need your Pinkberry fix but you don't feel like braving the parking challenges of downtown Fairfield, let the fro-yo come to you. Yes…I kid you not. Just call in your order 15 minutes prior to desired pick up time and sidle (or idle) up to the curb. One of Pinkberry's friendly servers will happily walk your frozen dessert to your car.

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Oktoberfest: Wieners & Beer @ The Boathouse

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Chef Holzwarth at the Boathouse Restaurant. This aint your average sausage-fest. Former brewer of the “Holzweizen” label will be manning the beer line, while Chef Holzwarth and the boathouse crew will be featuring homemade wieners, sauerkraut and a long line of artisanal brews. I can hear the polka music now. 

Call 203.227.3399 to reserve a spot by the tap. 

When: October 18th 6:30 to 9:00 pm

How Muich: $35 per person


Sara Moulton Teaching Cooking Classes @ The Silo 

The Silo, one of the region’s preeminent Cooking School, is offering area residents a chance to meet and learn from one of the culinary world’s greats – Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton. She’ll be teaching two demonstration classes at The Silo on Friday evening, November 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday morning, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Silo Cooking School is located at Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road in New Milford, CT. 

The Friday, November 4 evening class, Friday Family Dinner with Sara Moulton, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  The menu will consist of Panko Scallops, Breakfast for Dinner Pizza, Celery and Parsley Salad, and Grape Crumble.

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Butchering Demo @ Westport Farmer's Mkt. October 13

Ryan Fibiger, owner of Craft Butchery (opening soon in Saugatuck, Westport) will be making a unique appearance at The Westport Farmer's Market on Thursday October 13th. He will be walking guests through two butchering demonstrations at 11am and 1pm. 

Ryan feels passionately that for anyone who loves food, understanding where food really comes from is an integral part of the culinary experience. The demos will be on a side (half) of a heritage breed, pasture-raised pig sourced from the Hudson Valley.

Throughout the demos Ryan will be hosting a discussion and Q&A on the following topics:

-Basic butchering techniques and tools

-Overview of the animal (farm, breed, age, feed, slaughter, primal cuts, etc.)

-Demonstrate break down of basic primal cuts

-Demonstrate break down into the case-ready cuts that everyone recognizes

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