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Friday
Mar012013

Outstanding In The Field Seats Go On Sale March 20th

Mark your calendars. On Wednesday, March 20th, the first day of spring, tickets will go on sale for the 2013 season of Outstanding In The Field. 

UPDATE: Bill Taibe of The Whelk & le Farm will be hosting a 2nd date @ The Hickories Farm in Ridgefield on September 5th!! 

"Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls." Their mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. The other meaning of Outstanding in the Field is outstanding as in the best. 

We've just received word that the CT dinner will be held on Wednesday September 4, 2013, @ Waldingfield Farm, Washington, CT. 

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Friday
Mar012013

Chefs Demo Recipes @ Tastes of the Coast at Aitoro's

What’s better than a food tasting against a backdrop of live music?  One that also promotes a worthwhile cause!

On Thursday March 7 from 6-9pm, The Easter Seals of Fairfield County will host an event called Tastes of the Coast at Aitoro's of Norwalk.  The evening will music and an array of cuisine from local restaurants like Rowayton Seafood, Bar Sugo, Chez Jean Pierre, La Paella, Kazu, B.J. Ryan's, Southport Brewing Company, and Strada 18.  Guests can even observe their favorite chefs prepare the food in eight live kitchens distributed throughout the venue.

All of the proceeds will benefit The Easter Seals and help them assist provide services for children and adults with Autism, disabilities, and other special needs.  Tickets begin at $60 for general admission and can be purchased on the event’s website: http://ct.easterseals.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=40665 

Friday
Mar012013

CTbites Invites Recap: “Celebrate CT” Breweries BarQ Dinner 

The funky cow print décor in the upstairs bar loft at Bob LeRose’s BarQ in Stamford was the perfect backdrop for the CTbites Invites celebration of CT’s Own burgeoning beer business.  

Representatives from City Steam in Hartford, Half Full in Stamford and Two Roads in Stratford were on hand to pour and explain the brewing process of over six different craft beers to an enthusiastic sold out crowd.

Tim, the Pitmaster at BarQ , took this opportunity to create a special and very creative dinner menu that BarQ calls “original” CT BBQ.  It was expertly paired with distinctive and unique tasting beers and included wood kissed sweet and sticky wings,  paired with City Steam’s Blonde on Blonde ale, smoky brisket chili cups served in mini cast iron skillets and paired with City Steam’s Naughty Nurse lager. Pulled pork and brisket sliders with touch of chipotle mayo, with Two Roads Ol Factory Pilsner and “Dueling ribs” meaty St. Louis Sticky and Memphis Dry Rub  with Two Roads, Roads to Ruin Double IPA.

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Friday
Mar012013

Spring Workshops at Millstone Farm in Wilton

Millstone Farm's spring workshops series has been announced. These events range from Pig Carving 101 with Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse to Raising Backyard Chickens with Millstone’s Master Farmer, Annie Farrell. You'll want to check these out. 

Pig Carving 101 with Chef Tim LaBant

Saturday, March 23:  12pm – 3pm 

Cost: $50, RSVP to f2f@schoolhouseatcannondale.co 

Back by popular demand! Join us for a hearty lunch and an up close and personal workshop on how to carve a whole pig, lead by Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Read more...

Raising Backyard Chickens

Saturday, April 6:  1pm – 4pm 

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Thursday
Feb282013

Knipschildt & Red Bee: Chocolate & Honey Tasting Event

Fritz Knipschildt of House of Knipschildt/Chocopologie and Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey are teaming up for a very unique evening of tasting and pairings. Marina and Fritz will present tasting flights partnering Artisan Chocolate & Single-Origin Honey at Chocopologie's SoNo location. Sweet! This event includes hors d’oeuvres & Cava, in addition to the tasting flights seen below. 

Tasting Flights Include:

  • Farmhouse Honeycomb Enrobed in 96% Dark Chocolate
  • Orange Blossom Honey Drizzled Over Cocoa Nib Brittle
  • Buckwheat Honey Ganache Truffles 
  • Red Currant Honey Drizzled Over a Raspberry and Pink Peppercorn Bonbon
  • Goldenrod Honey and 71% Ecuadorian Single Bean Dark Chocolate Fondue 
  • Creamed Honey Spread Over Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread

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Wednesday
Feb272013

"Join the Conversation" with Mark Bittman on March 16 at Ikea in New Haven

New York Times food writer Mark Bittman will be appearing as part of WSHU Radio's "Join the Conversation" series on March 16 at 11 am at IKEA in New Haven. Bittman will give cooking tips from his new book, How to Cook Everything: The Basics. This event is $25 per person, including a copy of his new book. Learn more or register for this event.

One of the country's most widely respected food writers, Mark Bittman is also a champion of home cooking. He will discuss his new book: How to Cook Everything: The Basics (All You Need to Know to Make Great Food), revealing fundamental techniques and essential lessons from dicing vegetables and roasting meat.

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Wednesday
Feb272013

Pasta Bolognese in Fairfield County Roundup: Part II

Déjà vu all over again so…Mangia, Mangia Mangia…and Mangia again...

We recently recommended several places that are serving up delicious Bolognese and promised more. So here is our second, and last, installment of 2013 Recommended Pasta Bolognese of Fairfield County that includes two slight variations of the traditional sauce, one with chicken and another with oxtail. Let the games begin...and let the lipitor flow for these 2 brave diners who sampled Bolognese from all over Fairfield County. 

From Cotto in Stamford to The Spread in SoNo to Louie's in Cos Cob, we bring you tasting notes on 10 more Bologneses. 

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Tuesday
Feb262013

elm Restaurant Events: Whole Hog, Cheese Tasting & More

Chef Brian Lewis and his staff at elm Restaurant in New Canaan are pleased to announce the following events during March, in conjunction with many Fairfield County Artisans. Some of the unique culinary experiences include: The Whole Hog Dinner with Craft Butchery of Westport, Localvore Cuisine, and A Cheese Primer & Feast with local expert Erin Hedley. View the complete calendar of events below:

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Tuesday
Feb262013

Mike’s Organic Delivery Brings Local, Organic Food to Your Door

Mike Geller likes that he can tell his customers stories about how the food he delivers is grown and about the farmers who grow it.  Conversely, he states, “There are no stories to tell with big agricultural suppliers. No one wants to know about thousands of chickens crowded in a small space with no room to move and no access to the outdoors.” 

Mike started Mike’s Organic Delivery in June 2010 with a mission to reconnect people in Fairfield and Westchester Counties to where, how, and when their food is grown. After careful research, he selected 12 farms from the Hudson River Valley, Westchester County and Western Connecticut to become the suppliers for his nascent farm to home delivery service.  The farms all use practices many of us look for when supermarket label gazing: organic, sustainable, free range, pesticide-free, no added hormones, no steroids, and no antibiotics.  While we may find some of these methods on supermarket labels, Mike guarantees that his produce is picked no more than 36 and usually less than 24 hours before it reaches your door.  That is not likely the case with the produce we cart home from the grocery store.

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Monday
Feb252013

Eating Greenwich & Port Chester Dining Deals March 3-7

The New England Culinary Group is gearing up for a week-long celebration of dining in the neighboring towns of Greenwich, Connecticut and Port Chester, New York. Eating Greenwich & Port Chester will offer consumers specially discounted prices on prix fixe menus and special offers throughout the week.

Participating restaurants Greenwich: Avenue Café, Bistro LatinoCentro at the Mill Restaurant, Eleven14 KitchenGreco's Bella Cucina, Lolita Cocina & Tequila BarMorello BistroPolpo, The Ginger Man.

Participating restaurants Port Chester:Alba’s, Arrosto, China White (Purchase), COALS, John's of Arthur Avenue, Sonora, Tandoori, Tarry Lodge, Willett House

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