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Wednesday
May152013

The Westport Farmers' Market Opens May 23

The Westport Farmers' Market will be opening for the season in just one week, beginning on Thursday, May 23rd. This weekly summer market runs every Thursday, from 10 am to 2 pm at Imperial Avenue Commuter Lot in Westport.

If you haven't yet made it to this Market, you'll want to mark your calendar. This all-organic market will be announcing the final vendors next week and will be selecting a rotating group of featured artists, vendors, guest chefs and non-profits to join the Market each week.

So who's at The Westport Farmers' Market this year??... (this is the fun part) See below for a complete list of vendors:

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Wednesday
May152013

Saving A Sustainable Shack: King's Kitchen in Southport

By April Guilbault for Fairfield Green Food Guide

Last summer, the three King brothers-Hunter, Carter and Parker- pooled their resources, efforts and creativity and opened King’s Kitchen at Southport Beach (1505 Pequot Avenue, Fairfield). The response to their farm-to-table beach shack was overwhelmingly positive and a new kind of beach dining hit our shores, happily gathering the communities of Westport, Southport and Fairfield.

Under multicolored umbrellas, diners sat at pastel beach chairs, tiki torches flickering in the sea air, to enjoy organic and sustainable offerings that put the plain hot-dog-hamburger-fries beach fare to shame. 

This Winter, the shack was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, but has been denied help from the Town of Fairfield and FEMA. King's Kitchen is now reaching out to the community to gain the funding it needs to keep making the food we love. You can read the full article at Fairfield Green Food Guide, and find out how you can help King's Kitchen get back on their beach. 

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Wednesday
May152013

Pizzapalooza to Benefit Working Lands Alliance

The Working Lands Alliance will host their spring event, “Dough for Dough: A Pizzapalooza to Benefit the Working Lands Alliance” on May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This kid-friendly event will feature the Big Green Truck Pizza and bluegrass music by Five in the Chamber, with event proceeds supporting the Working Lands Alliance’s efforts to protect CT’s productive farmland.

Tickets are $25 per adult, $10 per child (ages 5 to 12) and children under 5 are free. Purchase tickets online.

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Wednesday
May152013

Coffee Cupping at Ross Bread in Ridgefield May 23

Erin Meister, champion barista and Counter Culture Coffee representative, will host a cupping at Ross Bread on May 23 at 6 pm. This event is free, but space is limited. Email info@rossbread.com or stop by the bakery to sign up.

From Ross Bread: "To challenge and expand our coffee-tasting palates, we'll explore the diversity of flavors from coffees within Central and South America by comparing two coffees from each region, from neighboring countries: Honduras and Guatemala, and Colombia and Ecuador.

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Monday
May132013

Whole Foods Market Opens in Danbury May on 17

The wait is nearly over for Danbury area residents who have been waiting for the opening of Connecticut's newest Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market in Danbury will officially open on May 17, 2013, with a grand opening ceremony at 8:30 am. Doors will be open to the public thereafter.

Whole Foods Danbury is located at 5C Sugar Hollow Road, near the Danbury Fair Mall. Countdown the opening and follow them on Facebook.

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Monday
May132013

The Schoolhouse's Farm To Fork Dinner Dates Announced

The Schoolhouse has just announced that reservations for their Summer Farm to Fork Dinner dinner series are now open.  This year The Schoolhouse will feature interactive workshops during the cocktail hour as well as a tour of Wilton's most beautiful functional farm. This season's dates will be: June 19th, July 17th, August 21st & September 18th.

These four course dinners are made with local foods, and are served family-style, under the stars. Cocktail hour begins promptly @ 6:00PM with a farm fresh family style meal beginning at 7:00PM. The cost is $126.35 which includes tax & gratuity and featured drinks. BYOB is welcome. With the fantastic weather this season, the variety of fresh vegetables will be outstanding. They will also be featuring a specially selected wine and creative cocktails at these events. 

Reservations:  Email them your info at f2f@schoolhouseatcannondale.com. Tickets are $126.35 (includes tax & gratuity) and are transferrable but not refundable.

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Sunday
May122013

Bar Ordinary Opens in New Haven

Rarely is 400 years of history and presidential name-dropping relevant to a CTbites review, but allow me to digress.

Bar Ordinary, New Haven's newest incarnation of its oldest bar, sits on a storied site on the corner of Chapel and College Street. Nearly 400 years of New Haven history converge on this location, beginning with its role as the town’s first ordinary, or tavern, in 1659 where it hosted a few early visitors you may recognize, including the infamous Benedict Arnold as well as General George Washington as he made his way to command the Continental Army in 1775 (other presidential visitors may have included Lincoln in 1860 and Taft in 1914). In subsequent centuries it was known as The Beers Tavern (18th), the New Haven Hotel (mid-19th) and the Taft Hotel (beginning in 1910), serving as the locus for the city's social stratum for the greater part of the twentieth century.* By the 1980’s, The Taft Hotel's bar room became Richter’s, a popular spot owned by Yale grad and crew instructor Richter Elser who embraced its layers of historic patina, keeping much of the wood paneling and its original plaster ceiling until it closed in 2011.

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Saturday
May112013

Invites: Happy Hour on The Patio @ Artisan Southport

Kick off the season with CTbites and Artisan Southport as they re-open their fabulous patio bar and outdoor restaurant on Wednesday 5/15 5:30-7:30 with a Happy Hour featuring creative hors d'oeuvres by innovative Chef Frederic Kieffer and specialty cocktails from American Harvest "Organic artisanal spirits" for $39, tax and tip all included! 

Menu of passed hors d'oeuvres to include;
Chilled gazpacho shooter, crab meat, avocado, pepitas
Veal tongue crostini, pickled mustard seeds
Foie gras-chicken meat balls, concord grapes glaze
Roasted local oysters
Cod fish fritters, escabeche sauce
Artisan pigs in a blanket, whole grain mustard dressing
Saffron pickled mussels bruschetta, aioli, scallion

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Friday
May102013

Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge Opens in SONO

With little fanfare, Mama’s Boy Southern Table and Refuge, the newest addition to the SONO food scene is slowly opening its doors. Based on traditional Southern hospitality and cuisine, the restaurant will deliver the comfort food of the south combined with a relaxed atmosphere.  As the website states, “Mama’s Boy is putting the “South” in South Norwalk.”

The interior has been completely redesigned. Using woods and material from an old water tower from Florence, South Carolina, owners Greer Fredericks and Ami Dorel created a warm environment from top to bottom. The lighting is soft and inviting, the music gives a perfect background through various genres and the service is straight from Charleston, friendly and incredibly helpful. Upon entering you can choose a seat at the long bar or one of the tables along the wall with a long comfortable banquette. In the rear is a second dining area that is guarded by two windows that were reclaimed from Al Capone’s summer residence. This dining area features a traditional “mirror wall,” you have to see it to completely understand and appreciate.

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Thursday
May092013

The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point Stamford Opens Tonight

Break out the sun dresses, deck shoes and whatever you consider to be your drinking pants, because we're about to do this al fresco, baby. The Beer Garden @ Harbor Point officially opens tonight in Stamford.

The brand new space sits beside a bubbling fountain in Stamford's rapidly gentrifying Harbor Point, and overlooks the canal. The open spaces of the surrounding boardwalk, aluminum facia, and large angular windows help to set it apart from the gleaming glass cubes of the surrounding commercial areas. The Beer Garden is designed to be as open as possible, with sectioned glass doors that fold away to let breezes blow through the large, indoor bar on the ground floor, and those large tilted windows - slightly reminiscent of a ship's bridge - let the beams of sunsets to come flood into the smaller, upstairs bar. But most people won't be coming here to hang out inside. 

Sleek light poles dot the area just outside the main bar and illuminate several picnic tables on a broad boardwalk which extends well over a hundred yards south toward the end of the point, providing views of the harbor entrance and The Crab Shell across the canal. I heard talk of a water taxi shuttling revelers between the two locations as the weather warms. The easiest way for most people to head to this spot on the point is to drive down Pacific, but those who prefer to motor their way up from the Sound can dock at one of an eventual 14 boat slips allocated for The Beer Garden's patrons. 

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