The Fall/Winter schedule for Barcelona Restaurant Group's wine and cocktail events has been released. You'll find it complete with education on wine pairings, tasting menus, and mixology 101 "Cocktail Classroom" evenings. These unique events allow guests to experience Barcelona more intimately in small groups designed to inform and tantalize. Get up close and personal with one of the many talented Barcelona chefs as well as Gretchen Thomas, Barcelona's Wine and Sprits Director. Check out the line up below:
Do you have a killer pumpkin recipe? If so, this Ridgefield Marketplace contest is for you.
The Marketplace Great Pumpkin Sweet or Soup Recipe Contest 2011 is accepting recipe entries now through October 10. Submit your recipe and if your recipe is chosen as a finalist, you will compete during "The Fall in Love with Ridgefield Weekend" on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at The Marketplace in Copps Hill located at 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, CT.
Winners don't just get bragging rights but will receive gift certificates they redeem at Marketplace businesses including: Ridgefield Organics, 109 Cheese & Wine, Southwest Café, The Cakebox, Cello Restaurant, Ross Bread, Tre Restaurant, The Cutting Board, Ink Stationary, Bise, Everywoman's Spirit, and Quilters Alley. 1st Place Winner gets a $150 Market Place Gift Certificate, 2nd Place receives a $50 Market Place Gift Certificate and Peoples Choice gets a $100 Market Place Gift Certificate.
The Marketplace at Copps Hill Plaza in Ridgefield is located at 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. For questions, please contact: Monica at 203.438.5757.
The Shake Shack is tackling Oktoberfest from October 7 through 16 with a special Bavarian-inspired menu of burgers, beers and custards. Here is a sneak peek of their Shacktoberfest menu:
A regional Oktoberfest selection featuring a $12 option that includes a 25 oz. Shacktoberfest Stein and seasonal bottles for $8.
Brat Burgers & Bratwursts
The Brat Burger will feature a burger topped with split & griddled bratwurst with German-style slaw. Usinger's bratwursts will include a Shackmeister, a marinated cheddar brat and a Currywurst, a griddled and slices bratwurst topped with Shack-made curry ketchup.
Thank you to everybody who visited the CTbites Chef Demo tent at the Westport Blues Views & BBQ Festival on Sept. 23rd. Over 200 people entered to win the Free Dinner for 2 @ leFarm but there can only be one winner. Yes, it took us a while to digest all that BBQ and select a name, but here it is: Peter Eichling, you have won yourself an excellent meal. Enjoy!
Earlier this summer CTBites published my list of Ten Recommended Hamburgers from Greenwich to Westport. Subsequent to the article I received numerous suggestions, both here and through my e-mail. I want to thank all of the passionate hamburger lovers for some great options for me to try and I made every attempt to visit as many as I could.
With summer now officially behind us, I wanted to report back and add three destinations to my list of Recommended Hamburgers from Greenwich to Westport.
EATING GREENWICH & PORT CHESTER runs Sunday, October 16- thru Friday, October 21, 2011, a week-long celebration of dining in Greenwich, Connecticut and Port Chester, New York. Eating Greenwich & Port Chester is a lead-in to Serendipity Magazine’s Greenwich Food & Wine Festival (October 22-23) and will offer consumers specially discounted prices on prix fixe menus and special offers throughout the entire week.
Participating restaurants include: Centro at the Mill Restaurant, China White, Douro, Greenwich Tavern, Il Sogno, Jt Straw's Bar & Grill, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Morello Bistro, Pasquale's, Pomodoro, ReNapoli Pizza and Chicago Beef, Restaurant Jean-Louis, Sonora, The Ginger Man, The Willett House
Wanna help? Members of the community are requested to donate fresh, healthy produce and non-perishables to their neighbors in need as part of CT Food Bank’s fresh food campaign. This Thursday, October 6th, come on down to the Westport Farmers’ Market and participate in a food drive to benefit Connecticut Food Bank, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Westport Farmers Market was thrilled to learn of the CT Food Bank’s fresh food campaign.
“We’re encouraging shoppers to grab some items from their pantries before heading over to the market,” said Lori Cochran-Dougall, Director at Westport Farmers’ Market. “They then can fill their bag or grab a free one from MXenergy and then top it off with fresh produce and other market products. Just think how far $20.00 can go…”
The following is our first mother & daughter review. Jessica Ryan is in the 7th grade.
Rebecca: The other day my mother, brothers and I went to try Chip’s, a new restaurant on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield (where Blockbuster’s was) for lunch. The restaurant was busy, sunny and clean. As soon as we walked in a waiter brought us to a booth by the window. The restaurant is spacious with lots of tables in the middle and booths all along the sides. There were a couple of large TVs hanging from the ceiling and we could see the kitchen from where we were sitting.
Tokeneke’s annual Pumpkin Carnival will take place Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The rain date is October 16th. For over forty years, Tokeneke’s Pumpkin Carnival, held at the Tokeneke Elementary School on Old Farm Road, has been an annual tradition for families in and around Darien. The Carnival features attractions for all ages, including a haunted house, rides, games and crafts, rock climbing, bouncy castles, a bake sale and raffle prizes. In addition, food will be provided by Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Upper Crust Bakery & Café, and Heights Pizza.