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Thursday
Sep052013

Guess The Chef!! Win Westport Farmers' Market Swag

If you follow CTbites, you've likely heard about the upcoming "Fork It Over" underground dinners to benefit The Westport Farmers' Market.  If not, WFM is hosting 4 pop up dinners over the next 2 months with both mysterious locations and guest chefs. We've had so many questions regarding what mystery chef will be cooking on which dates that we thought we'd have ourselves a little fun.

The Guest Chef Cooking on September 22nd gave these clues to CTbites. The FIRST PERSON TO GUESS THE CHEF BELOW WINS a basket of fabulous swag from local CT vendors courtesy of The Westport Farmers' Market. Good luck!!

The first dinner is scheduled for September 22nd and tickets go on sale @ 8AM Monday, Sept. 9th.  You need to be subscribed to Westport Farmers' Mkt's newsletter to get ticket info.

What is your favorite ingredient?   PASTA OR ANY MEAT PROTIEN  

Hobby when not cooking?  FAMILY TIME AND GOLF

What is the last dish you cooked for yourself?  RIBEYE WITH PAN ROASTED TINY POTATOES AND PEARL ONIONS, GRILLED CORN, SUN GOLD TOMATOES WITH OLIVE OIL AND MOZZARELLA

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Wednesday
Sep042013

The Beer Garden at Harbor Point Hosts 2 Weeks of Oktoberfest 

As the hazy summer days drift away and the cool, crisp fall air sets in on the South End, so begins one of the biggest seasons for beer lovers. The Beer Garden at Harbor Point is set to launch an Oktoberfest created to mirror that in Munich. Oktoberfest, widely known as The World’s Greatest Beer Festival, is a sixteen-day annual celebration.

The Beer Garden’s inaugural Oktoberfest will run from September 21st through October 6th and will bring authentic German festivities to Stamford. The celebration promises fun for all including live music, colorful costumes and plenty of German grub. Many of the fan favorite food trucks have joined in on the party as well. Vanchetta, a new addition to the world of food trucks, will feature an authentic German menu including schnitzel and bratwurst. Pretzel fans? Do not fear: Maddy’s Food Truck promises to deliver hot, fresh and delicious soft pretzels to the masses.

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Wednesday
Sep042013

Live Green Connecticut w/ Food Trucks & Family Fun 

Live Green Connecticut!, www.livegreenct.com, taking place at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk on Saturday, September 14th from 10am - 4pm and Sunday, September 15th from 11am - 4pm.

Live Green Connecticut! is a wonderful family-friendly community festival for all ages. Live Green Connecticut! will feature Pony Rides, a Petting Zoo, Face Painting, Live Music, SoundWaters and Creatures from the Sea exhibit, Nature Center exhibits, Food, Beverages, the Ford Go Further Tour, Electric Cars and over 100 Exhibitors, Environmental Speakers and Demonstrations.

See and experience businesses that are showcasing their new technology to positively impact our lives and environment. Come away with tips and ideas that will save you money!

FREE ADMISSION!

Food Exhibitors:

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Freshii "Fast Casual" Healthy Breakfast & Lunch Coming to Westport

 

This just in from Dan Woog's 06880 Blog...

The fact that the old Westport Library building — opposite what will soon be the former Klaff’s — now houses a Starbucks is seen by some longtime Westporters as a symbol of how the town changes.

Another symbol is on the way. Freshii — a strangely spelled “fast casual” restaurant offering  salads, burritos, wraps, quinoa and rice bowls, yogurts, breakfast, soups, juices and smoothies, all made with high-quality, fresh ingredients — opens soon in the same former library building.

The address is both 1 Main Street, and 19 Post Road East. There will be entrances on the Post Road, and Parker Harding Plaza.

Read the full article here.

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Tuesday
Sep032013

Chimichurri Burger with Roasted Sweet Potato Fries via Marcia Selden 

September might feel like the beginning of fall to some, but to many others it means the return of the nightly back to school dinnertime dilemma, and the sentence that sends chills through many parents; the dreaded “I’m hungreeeee, what’s for dinnerrrr?!”  

Our mouth-watering chimichurri burgers are a sure-fire way to please everyone at the family table.  If you can’t wrap your arms around making home-made sweet potato fries, use the frozen ones, we won’t tell!

Enjoy this perfect weeknight recipe for Chimichurri Burger with Roasted Sweet Potato Fries.

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Sunday
Sep012013

Tikkaway Grill: Indian "Fast-Food" Opens in New Haven

[Update: November 4, 2014] Tikkaway has opened a second location at 2 Howe Street in New Haven, in addition to their original location at 135 Orange Street in New Haven.

There is a movement underway in New Haven that may change the way Americans view Indian food. Often the domain of full-service restaurants, Indian cuisine has yet to enter the category of ‘fast casual.’ This scarcity is what some would call an opportunity.

Tikkaway Grill is the brainchild of businessman Gopinath (Gopi) Nair, a chef with the rare combination of a culinary degree and an MBA. Gopi may be a familiar face to Indian food lovers in Fairfield County as a former managing partner of Coromandel, spending much of his time in its South Norwalk location. His passion for Indian cuisine, combined with an unfailing dedication to customer service, has inspired Tikkaway’s central tenants--a fresh, healthy, and informal take on Indian food. A pared down menu, casual setting and approachable price point, seeks to demystify while at the same time celebrating, the south asian spice-loving cuisine for the masses.

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Friday
Aug302013

Wakeman Town Farm's 2nd Annual Grassroots Harvest Dinner Sept. 21

Wakeman Town Farm's Second Annual Grassroots Harvest Dinner is Saturday Sept. 21st!

Mark your calendars for a rockin' good time, featuring locally grown fare, fine wine and live music on the farm. Local rock star chefs will create a special menu using only the freshest seasonal vegetables provided by our generous area farmers. 
Presenting some of the talented young culinary stars for this event:
Pat Pascarella, Bar Sugo, Norwalk
Arik Bensimon, Le Farm, Westport
Adam Halberg, Barcelona, SONO


Tickets are limited and will go on sale shortly. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Last year, tickets sold out in three hours!) 

 Check the WTF website after Labor Day for ticket release date! www.wakemantownfarm.org

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Friday
Aug302013

JUICE: Connecting Food Start Ups, Mentors & Investors 

Friday
Aug302013

Brendan Walsh, Dean of Culinary Institute of America Speaks Sept. 18

Ridgefield Magazine presents a year of discussions with prominent people in the food industry. Restaurateurs, farmers, and chefs will speak about relevant topics in their world of culinary expertise.

It begins Wednesday, September 18, at 7 pm at The Prospector Annex, 454 Main St., to hear Brendan Walsh, dean of the Culinary Institute of America and former owner of the Elms Restaurant & Tavern, speak about how What We Eat Can Change the World. Seating is limited. 

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Thursday
Aug292013

Jason Sobocinski Hosts Friends of Boulder Knoll Fundraiser

Usher in autumn with an elegant farm-to-table dinner featuring beautiful wines, craft brews, and delicious cuisine.  On September 18 at 6pm, the Friends of Boulder Knoll will hold a multi-course meal prepared by Jason Sobocinski, host of The Cooking Channel’s “The Big Cheese.”  The event will also feature wine pairings created by Southend Wine and Spirits of Cheshire, CT.  They will pour “boutique” vino from the Halter Ranch line.  Mikro Brew Bar will offer craft beers andPi Pies Bakery will provide a sweet ending to the evening with artisanal, freshly made baked-goods.

Guests will be entertained with music by On Call, “Connecticut’s premier musical duo.”  They can also participate in a silent auction featuring items from local businesses

The event supports Friends of Boulder Knoll, a Connecticut-based organization dedicated to educating the community about sustainable agriculture and sustainable communities. 

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