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Friday
Aug162013

Community Plates "Food For All" Fundraiser to End Hunger in Fairfield County

SAVE THE DATE!!

Community Plates is a non-profit organization that has employed one simple idea to address the complex issue of hunger.  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.  

On October 1st, 2013, Community Plates will be hosting a fundraiser to raise money to continue their mission. We hope you can join us! Details coming soon... 

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Thursday
Aug152013

Recipe: Late Summer Tomato Tart via Marcia Selden 

Late summer offers some of the best produce of the season!  For those of you who garden, you may be finding yourself with a bumper crop of plump sweet tomatoes.  Here’s our recipe for a delicious tomato tart.  Don’t let the word tart intimidate you, it’s deceptively easy to make, and absolutely perfect for a picnic at the beach or at home with friends.  

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Wednesday
Aug142013

Winesday: The Color Pink...Rose to Watch

I love the color pink.  Just over a month ago, I bounded into the Kuwaiti restaurant with the tips of my hair dyed a vibrant hue of “funky flamingo,” the result of a renegade mission with a friend earlier that morning.  Yet when it comes to wine, I frequently find myself forsaking my favorite color.  I tend to prefer a rich red to a rose- even in the summer months.

Recently, though, roses that satisfy my taste for reds have garnered attention.  Shelves are slowly filling with roses made from robust, red varietals.  They manage to incorporate the robust notes while keeping the light nature of the rose.  They prove perfect for summer cuisine.  People can still enjoy a cold drink and the more delicate body will not overwhelm poultry or fish straight off the grill.  At the same time, the subtle smoke and black fruit from the red grapes can hold up to spicy dishes, red meats, or even a burger.

One of the most exciting bottles in this genre goes by the name of “Nigl.”  It heralds from Austria and is comprised of 100% Zweigelt, a red grape indigenous to the country. 

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Wednesday
Aug142013

Chef Michael Symon Coming To Stew Leonard's Sept 10th

Chef Michael Symon will be appearing at Stew Leonard's Danbury location on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. to sign his new cookbook MICHAEL SYMON’S 5 IN 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners. MICHAEL SYMON is a co-host of ABC’s The Chew, an Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and the host of Cooking Channel’s Symon’s Suppers. He is the author of Michael Symon’s Live to Cook and Michael Symon’s Carnivore.

WHAT:  When co-host Michael Symon first joined ABC’s The Chew, what excited him most was the thought of being able to inspire home cooks to create affordable and delicious food. With harried home cooks in mind, Michael developed a simple, brilliant formula to help home cooks pull together fresh meals on weeknights: a maximum of 5 fresh ingredients that cook in 5 minutes. MICHAEL SYMON’S 5 IN 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners (Clarkson Potter) ties perfectly into his segment—the most popular one on the show—featuring dazzlingly quick, satisfying dinners that the whole family will love.

 

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Tuesday
Aug132013

A Farm Grows in Stamford: Hubbard Heights Farm

Thanks in part to a gruff farmer who answers to the moniker "Uncle Buck," three acres of organic vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers are ripening smack dab in the middle of Stamford's big town hustle and bustle.

Rows upon rows of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, potatoes, kale, eggplant, lettuce, herbs, pumpkins and squash now prosper on land that was once part of the city's most fashionable district, an estate area known as Hubbard Heights.  Over a century ago, this is where the town's doctors built their stately manses to be near the new Stamford Hospital just down the block.  Even today, historic Hubbard Heights remains one of the most elegant streets in town. 

But let’s go Way Back to the Future, more than two and a half centuries ago.  You would be standing in the middle of Hubbard Farms, a vast bucolic acreage farmed by the Hubbard family, newly arrived in Connecticut.  Their fields stretch almost to the horizon; the abundant crops leafy, tall and green, free of herbicides, fungicides or growth hormones.

 

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Sunday
Aug112013

Maddy’s Food Truck – A Caribbean Escape in Stamford

We’ve all been there, you’re at work, it’s a long, hard morning and your eyes glaze over as you start to dream of an island vacation. While a quick tropical getaway may be a little out of reach for a working girl in her 20’s, there is a more realistic option that can be squeezed into the lunch break, Maddy’s Food Truck.

Several months ago, Maddy’s Food Truck hit the mobile meal scene as one of the first in the area and now spends lunch-time parked on Stamford streets and nights outside the Beer Garden. Offering a combination of American treats and family-inspired Haitian recipes, the menu offers a variety of dishes to appeal to the masses. My first taste was the bacon and avocado grilled cheese served with marinated tomatoes; I guess my reputation regarding my love for grilled cheese preceded me. The bacon was crisp, the avocado fresh and the marinated tomatoes added a nice flavor. Although I was pleased with having another delicious grilled cheese option, I was eager to show my palate something new.

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Saturday
Aug102013

Bareburger, "Best Burger in NYC," Coming to Harbor Point Stamford & Ridgefield

Burger lovers rejoice. As reported in HeyStamford!, Bareburger is coming soon to Harbor Point in Stamford & according to the Bareburger web site, will be opening in Ridgefield CT Fall 2013. 

Bareburger is a micro-chain of organic burger restaurants. They currently have ten locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Voted "New York's Best Burger" by Zagat, and Michelin recommended two years in a row, this place will be worth a taste. 

Bareburger restaurants offer organic burgers and sandwiches, fresh salads, delicious shakes and sharable snacks in environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly locations. Their belief is that organic food tastes better and is better for you, and that sourcing our ingredients locally benefits our communities. Their menu features a variety of meats, including traditional beef, chicken, turkey and lamb; exotic options such as elk, bison, ostrich and boar; and mushroom, veggie and black bean burgers for our vegetarian and vegan guests.

More on the Bareburger opening coming soon. 

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Friday
Aug092013

ShakesBeer Festival Raises Pints & Funds for Stratford Theater Aug 17

ShakesBeer Festival Raises Pints, Funds for Stratford Theater on Aug. 17

Shakespeare wrote the line "a quart of ale is a dish fit for a king" in A Winter's Tale, so down two pints and get to feeling regal as the first ever ShakesBeer festival comes to the grounds of the American Shakespeare Festival Theater in Stratford on Saturday, August 17. Music, food, local craft beers and, naturally, some live theater, are all planned. 

The American Shakespeare Festival Theater overlooks the mouth of the Housatonic River at 1850 Elm Street in Stratford, and has hosted show business names like Christopher Walken, Katherine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer, Jack Palance, Roy Scheider and Kelsey Grammer from its construction in 1954 until finances caused the last curtain to fall in the late 80s.* The building still stands, the location is still prime, and efforts to restore the theater have been ongoing in fits and starts since various developers and the town of Stratford itself wrested control of the property from the state. 

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Thursday
Aug082013

Ridgefield Farmers' Market Returns

Starting this week, the Ridgefield Farmers' Market has returned after a hiatus! You can join them every Wednesday through October, from 2 to 6 pm at the Community Center in Ridgefield. 

For the latest, follow them on Facebook.

Thursday
Aug082013

Parallel Post Launches Farm-to-Trumbull Dining Series, Aug 18

Parallel Post in Trumbull is launching a dining series inspired by the season, Farm-to-Trumbull. Farm-to-Trumbull has been designed by Parallel Post to provide an intimate experience for 40 guests led by James Beard-nominated chef Dean James Max. 

For $75 per person (tax and 18 percent gratuity not included), guests can warm the palate with a welcome cocktail and sampling of small bites, followed by a family-style meal ripe with the season’s finest local ingredients, wine pairings presented by our mixologist and an all-you-can-indulge dessert bar. The dinner will take place at the beautiful, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Easton. 

The menu for the event - much like Parallel Post’s weekly-changing restaurant menu – focuses on localism, following the philosophy that natural and sustainable products, and responsible farming, are the key components in ingredient selection.

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