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Saturday
Jan212012

Bobby Q's BBQ & Craft Beer Dinner Recap

BBQ has achieved cult status in America. Like any fervent belief, splinter factions have arisen. Most people think of the tomato-based variety found in Kansas City and the deep south as "BBQ sauce," but adherents to the Memphis dry-rub sect or acolytes of the vinegar or mustard based churches of North and South Carolina will defend their take on slow smoked spirituality with manic passion. These churches and their branch faiths march under myriad banners, but they can all sit together at the same table and play nice under any tent serving beer. "Harmonious variety" would be an apt descriptor for the latest CTBites Invites event on Jan 12 at Bobby Q's in Westport. 

Bobby Q's Barbeque & Grill is the creation of owner Bob LeRose, who partnered with Greg Zanella of Northeast Beverage Corp., one of the area's largest microbrew distributors to enhance four courses of beautifully prepared BBQ dishes and a final chocolate course with expertly paired craft brews.

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Saturday
Jan212012

Luxe Modern Wine & Cocktails Opens via WestportNow

Looking for a place to grab a drink and a nosh in Westport? Luxe Modern may be what you're craving. WestportNow.com reports on this weekend's opening:

"A wine bar, Luxe Modern Wine & Cocktails, opens at 190 Main St., across from TD BankNorth, on Saturday, according to owner Robert Reilly of Redding. He said that the café will carry 40 wines that can be purchased by the glass, seven or eight seasonal cocktails, and a selection of 15 cheeses and cured meats. In addition to a bar, tended by the owner’s nephew Will Secchi (photo) of Fairfield, there are indoor tables with plans for outdoor tables next spring, he said. Reilly, a former IT director at Fresh Direct in New York, said the hours this opening weekend are Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

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Friday
Jan202012

Local Chefs Host Fine Food Event to Fight Kids' Obesity

Calling all foodies. Don't miss "Fine Food for A Cause," a unique event featuring more than a dozen Fairfield County chefs who have stepped up to raise awareness and funds to fight local childhood obesity. Proceeds from the event will help fund a multi-purpose teaching kitchen at the Stamford YMCA, which will be used to deliver cooking skills and nutritional education to underserved local kids and families. 

This fundraising event will be held on Monday, January 30th, and will be emceed by Scott Wapner of CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report.”  The star studded line up continues as "Fine Food for A Cause," honors well-known restaurateur Joseph Bastianich and 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan

Before you decide..check out the feast of signature small plates from the following homegrown chefs:

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Friday
Jan202012

WFM Weekly Trivia : Win Swag @ Westport Farmers' Mkt

 

What crop was Westport known for and why did that change? Name three farms that were important growers of this crop.

The first person to answer the following question wins a FREE Locally Grown WFM organic t-shirt (to be collected at the Market). 

Thursday
Jan192012

The Whelk in Westport: A First Look & Taste

Friends and family were treated to a sneak preview of The Whelk, Bill Taibe's latest venture in Westport on Wednesday evening.  Steeped in the sea with unmistakable flashes of leFarm's seasonal luxury, The Whelk is poised to establish Saugatuck as the culinary center of Westport, and perhaps Fairfield County.

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Thursday
Jan192012

"Sweet Genius" Contestant, Paula Shoyer, Baking in Westport via "Kosher Like Me"

photo courtesy of FOOD NETWORK

Did you miss Paula Shoyer, author of THE KOSHER BAKER, on the Food Network’s new baking competition “Sweet Genius”?

 If so, you can catch her in Westport on Wednesday, January 25 when she will be offering a baking demonstration and scrumptious tasting at Chabad of Westport.

Shoyer performed magnificently on “Sweet Genius.”.She was poised, cool and creative in that episode in October 2011. Along with other contestants, she was given unexpected, last minute challenges like being asked to integrate jelly beans and hot sauce into her recipe already in the works. Her rosemary lemon sponge cake with raspberry mint sorbet between the layers was not the version she had planned on when she started!

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Wednesday
Jan182012

Treasures of the Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner @ Little Pub

If you like rare beers from sierra nevada, Little Pub in Ridgefield has an evening for you: “Treasures of the Sierra Nevada” beer dinner will be held on january 31st, 7pm at Little Pub. Marty from sierra coming in to take you through ovila dubbel, ovila quad, 30th anniversary grand cru, estate homegrown ale, the brand new ruthless rye ipa, and life and limb 2 (the sierra-dogfish collaboration).

Details: Six draught beers paired with a six course tasting menu

Cost: $65 per person

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Wednesday
Jan182012

CTbites Invites: Sample Fairfield's New Chilibomb 

Calling all chili lovers! Chilibomb of Fairfield recently exploded onto the scene creating a stir among lovers of the hot stuff. A creative chili menu covering a broad spectrum of heat and ingredients, from mild and vegetarian to meaty and down-right scary, Chilibomb will challenge any brave (or not so brave) chili soul. 

We've teamed up with Chilibomb to offer TWO limited-time chili options designed for game day, whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party or want to spend a lazy afternoon curled up with a bowl of chili: 1. The 3 Chili Sampler 2. The Chilibomb Party Pack. Learn more.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

Brewing Beer With Jon Vaast Of Dressing Room

In 2006 Dressing Room restaurant was created as a collaboration between actor Paul Newman and chef Michael Nischan. Both men could fairly be called food policy activists, and their desire was to create what they called a Homegrown Restaurant, focusing on American heirloom food made from local, organic ingredients. Dressing Room's name stems from its location, adjacent to Newman's Westport Country Playhouse, but one of its staff, chef Jon Vaast, was kind enough to invite CTBites into his home instead to show us how the 21st century gent practices the ancient art of home brewing.  

[A note before we begin: as much as I enjoy beer, I had never before actually made it. I enjoy driving, but if I attempted to build an overhead valve engine there would inevitably be sundry and possibly vital bits left lying on the garage floor when I was done. Luckily, brewing has significantly fewer chances to produce flaming wreckage, but I apologize ahead of time to for anything I may leave out.

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Tuesday
Jan172012

The Sun WineFest '12 & Ticket Giveaway

The Sun WineFest 2012 is a destination weekend for food lovers in the tri-state area who descend on the Mohegun Sun Convention Center for a fabulous line-up of food and wine-filled events beginning Friday, January 27 through Sunday, January 29, 2012. Tickets are still available and we are pleased to be able to offer a pair of tickets to one lucky CTbites readers for Sunday's Grand Tasting.

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