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Tuesday
Apr302013

Forever Sweet Bakery Opens in Norwalk

Forever Sweet Bakery opened last week in the small mini-mall across from the Subaru dealership on New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk and CTbites paid a visit.

We visited after lunch on opening day and the success of the store preceded our arrival since the remaining inventory consisted of a few “Red Velvet” and a single chocolate cupcake. We decided on the Red Velvet and it was quite tasty. The cake was moist and they kept the sugar in the cake to a minimum. The icing was sweet and delicious and added great flavor.

The size of the cupcakes at Forever Sweet is also manageable, not the mega-cupcakes that have become the standard. Priced at $2.75 each, these are the perfect size and price for a kid’s party.

The Cake Pops start with a sphere of cake that are dipped in a hard shell and topped with some sparkles, priced at $2.75 each or $24.00 for a dozen. The Cupcake in a Jar is an 8-ounce mason jar filled with various layers of cake and priced $5.95 each.

With a following from its recent appearances at the Stamford Mall and current sales at local fooderies, Forever Sweets is a place to purchase some very tasty and creative cupcake inspired desserts.

Forever Sweet Bakery - 4 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT - 203.939.9600

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Tuesday
Apr302013

Greenwich Dishcrawl Returns by Popular Demand

Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is returning to Greenwich again this June!  Dishcrawl takes food lovers on a gourmet Dishcrawl to four unique restaurants in one night. Similar to a pub-crawl—but more delicious! Local food enthusiasts in Fairfield County got wind of the inaugural Dishcrawls earlier this month and devoured the tickets – literally.

In the beginning of April tickets were released for the inaugural Downtown Greenwich Dishcrawls scheduled to take place on May 7th and May 8th; within five days both events had sold out. On June 11th at 7PM Greenwich Dishcrawl will return with the same mission of building community through a commonality of a passion for food, but in a new location. Old Greenwich will play host to Greenwich Dishcrawl round three, and foodies can expect a ton of surprises along the way. 

Reservations are $45 per person and can be purchased at http://www.dishcrawl.com/oldgreenwich

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Sunday
Apr282013

Oak + Almond Opens in Norwalk Under Chef Jeff Taibe

There's no doubt in my mind, they should really change the name of Fairfield County to Taibe Town! We all know the reputation of big brother Bill's excellent work at LeFarm and The Whelk, but now there's a new Taibe in town. He goes by the name of Jeff, and is Executive Chef of the newly opened Oak + Almond in Norwalk. This is Chef Jeff's debut as exec but there is nothing green about him - aside from all the sustainable, farm-to-table and biodynamic offerings on the menu. Experienced as sous chef at LeFarm and also at Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield (as well as plenty of mileage cooking and designing menus at various resorts in Turks and Caicos), Jeff brings panache and style to his ever-changing menu. Along with co-owner Jon Paul Pirraglia, General Manager Seth Levin and an incredibly knowledgeable and courteous staff, Jeff and co. are onto something excellent...

Oak + Almond finds itself in a rather unlikely location, right next to the DMV in Norwalk. But once inside, you could be in Sonoma, San Francisco or Manhattan. With clean, white walls, a tin roof and dark wood tables, chairs and floors, the atmosphere is hip and inviting. The open kitchen, massive rotisserie and large, wood burning oven greet you at the top of the stairs and almost anywhere you sit, you can watch Taibe and crew hard at work creating their magic.

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Friday
Apr262013

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

Two chefs. Two unlikely friends. Two very different careers and philosophies sharing one stage.

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, live at The Bushnell on Friday, May 3, 2013.  JoinAnthony Bourdain, chef, author of Medium Raw and host of No Reservations and Eric Ripert, renowned chef of Le Bernardin, author and regular guest on Bravo’s Top Chef as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life. It's an evening of storytelling and observation providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind the kitchen doors.

Tickets and information at Bushnell.org

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Friday
Apr262013

Invites Recap: New Nordic Dinner at Chocopologie c/o Fritz Knipschildt

So what happens when creative and innovative chefs are given the chance to create a special dinner inspired by their homeland, Denmark and The World’s Best Restaurant, NOMA of Copenhagen??

Well…a 10 Course “New Nordic” Dinner with Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie presented by CTbites Invites, turns into a true culinary happening. I lost count, but 10 courses turned into 16 courses, each paired with local wines from CT, Upstate NY and Long Island and beers from local breweries; Southport Brewing Company and City Steam of Stratford. 

But first a little food history as Fritz explained the evening ahead.  In November 2004, on the initiative of the Danish chefs René Redzepi and Claus Meyer of the then newly opened NOMA restaurant, chefs and food professionals from all the Nordic countries met in Copenhagen to discuss how best to develop what they called the "New Nordic Cuisine." In particular, they sought to emphasize the need for what they described as "purity, simplicity, and freshness" as well as increased use of seasonal foods. Restaurants were encouraged to develop traditional dishes making use of ingredients benefitting from the local region's climate, water, and soil.

As Fritz stressed, this cuisine was taking the farm-to table movement one step further, by foraging the earth for unique flavors and ingredients by using fresh herbs, moss, edible flowers and burnt hay to enhance the flavors of each dish.  

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Friday
Apr262013

Fairfield Cheese Company Celebrates 4 Years w/ a Case Takeover

Thursday
Apr252013

Food Network's "Chef Wanted" Show Casting in CT Area

We recently got word from the casting director from The Food Network's "Chef Wanted" show...they are looking for local CT restaurants & chefs for their hit series. Chef Wanted is a series where Chef Anne Burrell helps top restaurants in need of an executive chef find the perfect candidate for the position.  They are currently casting in Connecticut, and need your help. 

When top restaurateurs are in need of an executive chef, they turn to Anne Burrell to help them find the perfect candidate. On Chef Wanted, Anne tests the culinary mettle and business acumen of all the candidates in order to find the perfect fit for the restaurant.  They are searching for both restaurants looking to hire an executive chef, as well as qualified chefs who are looking for a real job opportunity with a great restaurant!

See full casting call information below, or for more information, please visit us them www.chefwantedcasting.com.

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Thursday
Apr252013

Yelp Prohibition Party on April 30 @ Hartford's Russian Lady

Yelp will be hosting a roaring good time at their Prohibition Party at The Russian Lady in Hartford on April 30 at 7:30 pm. Complimentary bites, prohibition-era hooch, jazz, burlesque, vintage swing dancing are planned (fedoras are optional).  This party is FREE to attend with a $10 SUGGESTED DONATION to Hartford Preservation Alliance, Yelp's nonprofit partner.

For more information and to RSVP, visit: http://www.yelp.com/events/hartford-yelps-prohibition-party

Participating restaurants serving food, include:

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Thursday
Apr252013

CTbites Judges The Darien Library Cake Baking Contest

The Darien Library hosted its first annual Cake Baking Contest on Thursday April 18th and CTbites and Omnomct were invited to judge the entrants. Twelve bakers, including kids, teens and adults submitted home-made cakes.

The contestants baked numerous varieties including a chocolate bundt cake, two toasted coconut cakes, a rich chocolate and Nutella cake, a chocolate cake with meringue frosting, one cake decorated with funfetti, a pink and white starburst decorated cake, a three-tiered fondant decorated cake based on the book “City of Thieves,” a clock cake, and a cake depicting a four-eyed monster popping out of a book. All of them were creative, all of them showed the love and caring from each of the bakers and each of the bakers was proud of their creations.

We judged them in four categories including taste, appearance and texture.

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Wednesday
Apr242013

Sixpoint & Brooklyn Brewery Beer Dinner @ Barnum Publick House

Brooklyn comes to Bridgeport on April 30th, as the borough's premier brewers trundle up I-95 to Barnum Publick House. This will be a four course dinner, and beers from both breweries as part of every course. The event runs from 6:30 - 10:30p.m., and reservations ($50, plus tax and tip) can be made by calling 203-690-1044. The evening's menu and a quick impression of the host venue are below the jump.

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