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MECHA Noodle Bar  brings Asian noodles and street food to Fairfield. This is a must try. 

Best of Mexican? Tacos Mexico in Norwalk. Super Tacos all around! 

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Thursday
Apr072011

Wine Dinner @ The Schoolhouse in Wilton

This just in...don't miss this exclusive five-course winemaker's dinner at The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Cannondale, Wilton on Wednesday, April 13th 2011 at 7pm.

Jeremy Kreck, winemaker at Mill Creek Winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, will showcase and discuss his estate-grown wines. Mill Creek is a true family-owned boutique winery whose wines have won some of the most prestigious awards in California, including the Sonoma County Harvest Fair's coveted Sweepstakes Award, the California State Fair's Best Wine in the State award, and Orange County Fair's Four Star Gold as well as dozens of Best of Class awards and hundreds of Gold medals.

With these wines, and the Schoolhouse's cuisine, this is a wine dinner you might want to check out.

Tickets are $95pp + tax/gratuity. For reservations, call the Schoolhouse @ 203-834-9816

Thursday
Apr072011

Chef Talk: Lolita Cocina's Blanco Sangria

The Blanco Sangria is a take on the classic red sangria with citrus and brandy.

From Lolita: "We start with white wine and build up all the flavors we imagined would be present in the ‘perfect white sangria’. A little vanilla from vanilla vodka, a nice floral- honeyed component from Lillet Blanc and a touch of citrus from Citronage – a bracing orange liqueur. To play up our summertime ideal, we add ripe peaches, lychees, pineapple and grapes. Over ice, it makes you forget you are in CT, but rather on the Mexican Riviera, feet in the sand." 

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Thursday
Apr072011

CTbites Wins Big @ 2011 CT Press Club Awards

CTbites is feeling the love. The CT Press club has released the winners of their annual awards for excellence in writing and reporting in our fine state. We are pleased to announce that CTbites has been awarded the following accolades. Congrats to our excellent team of contributors who eat and work so hard to get you the daily food news in Fairfield County.  

1st Place for Blog: CTbites.com

1st Place for Web Site Development/Creation: CTbites.com

1st Place for Photography on the Web: CTbites.com

1st Place for Writing on the Web: Thali Opens in Westport w/ Small Plates & Big Flavor by Amy Kundrat

2nd Place for Writing on the Web, Special Interest: Behind the Scenes @ SoNo Baking Co. by Deanna Foster

2nd Place for Photography on the Web: Match Restaurant: 11 Years…A Visual Journey by Stephanie Webster

Wednesday
Apr062011

Michele's Pies (& Cafe) Opens in Westport

Michele's Pies of Norwalk has arrived at its latest home in Westport! Situated at the old Baskin and Robbins location at the corner of Bay Street and the Post Road, Michele's Pies is a welcome newcomer to the area - finally, a great place for a patisserie-style breakfast in Westport. Michele Albano and fiance' Kelly Stuart opened the new pie haven last month and it's time to "sing a song of sixpence!" With a variety of delectable treats, Michele's Pies has something for every craving. From scrumptious CHOCCOLATE/BOURBAN/PECAN to KEY LIME to COUNTRY APPLE to the many savory delights including CHICKEN POT PIE, AUSTRALIAN BEEF, and outrageous LOBSTER QUICHE, Michele's Pies are sure to satisfy. And the pies are just the beginning! The shop opens for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and serves BEAN & LEAF coffee (single origin, fair trade and organic) out of New London.

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Food Truck Fridays @ Sugar & Olives

Join Skinny Pines Pizza and Sugar & Olives on April 8th & April 29th for a little Friday night dinner with the family. Skinny Pines' Wood Fired Pizza Truck (the only wood-fired mobile pizza truck, using local and seasonable ingredients) will be parked and fired up outside S&O this Friday from 5-8pm. We hear this might even become a weekly event...more on that TK. 

Here's the menu...

WOOD-FIRED PIZZA, SALADS, TAPAS, WINE, BEER

(DID WE MENTION SNICKER-DOODLE COOKIE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES?)

....plus all the regular hoopla

Reserve a table for inside or out! Email Reservations@sugarandolives.com | 203 454 3663

Tuesday
Apr052011

Late Night Eats via Patch

Fairfield County isn't exactly known for an abundance of late-night dining options but Christian Camerota has wrangled more than a few in this Patch round-up you may want to bookmark next time you decide to party like a rockstar.  

Our late-night picks definitely go to Saturday night dessert at Sugar & Olives and Greenwich's Ginger Man as well as their Norwalk outpost. Of if you're in the mood for a diner, check out Glory Days in Greenwich or Newtown's Blue Colony which literally never sleep. 

Where do you go for late-night dining?

Tuesday
Apr052011

Food 411: Name the Restaurant that Served This...

Where did we eat this grilled cheesy meat-laden sandwich? 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

Monday
Apr042011

Chef Nicole: Thai Meatballs with Dipping Sauce

I made these Thai Meatballs with Dipping Sauce last week for my family and they were devoured in record time. Served in a lettuce leaf or over rice, they are big on flavor, but are not overly adventurous for little palates. These are perfect for busy families as the prep time is minimal. Try them in your house, and let us know what you think. 

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Sunday
Apr032011

Behind the Scenes @ Match Restaurant in SoNo

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity” - Voltaire

The latest edition of CTBites’ “Behind the Scenes” series is brought to you from Match Restaurant in South Norwalk, where Matt Storch, its owner-chef and Westport native, has been at the helm of the kitchen for over ten years overseeing this highly acclaimed restaurant that creatively promotes today’s Farm to Table philosophy.

For those who have never experienced the incredible activity prior to the day’s first customer entering the restaurant, it is a bustle of activity. Chef Matt led us past the floor to ceiling wood burning pizza oven in the back of the dining room and down a flight of stairs to the restaurant’s subterranean kitchen.

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Friday
Apr012011

Reheated: Weekly Food News for April 1

Dine with Design | Wine Tastings | Shake Shack Approved

Shake Shack wins Planning and Zoning approval for their space at 1849 Post Road East. The popular New York City burger shack is slated to open later this year.

Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines will host "A Vernal Epicurean Experience" a fund-raiser and wine tasting on Saturday, April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Equinox Fitness.

A great introduction to the flavor profiles and art of brewing a perfect cup of coffee, Espresso NEAT is offering a 1 hour cupping tutorial and coffee tasting on Saturday April 2 at 1 p.m. 

The Philip Johnson Glass House just announced an exciting event called Dine With Design, an event connecting land and plate bringing together several talented chefs from Harvest to Heat cookbook to create dishes inspired by the landscape of New Canaan's National Trust Historic Site. leFarm's Bill Taibe will be one of five featured chefs at the event.Tickets are now available online.

Napa & Co. will host a Far Niente wine tasting of the labels Cabernet, Chardonnay and their award-winning Dolce wines, paired with California cheeses on Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m. The event is $55 per person.

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