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Wednesday
May222013

Artisanal Honey Tasting w/ Red Bee Honey's Marina Marchese

In celebration of National Pollinator WeekSlow Food Metro North, Audubon Greenwich, and the Fairfield Green Food Guide are pleased to present Taste the Terroir of American Honey. Honey bees play a vital role in our food chain, pollinating one-third of the food we eat and producing a wide range of artisanal honeys. On Saturday, June 22, from 4-6 pm, Red Bee Honey founder, beekeeper and author Marina Marchese will take guests on a tasting journey to discover the unique sensory qualities (terroir!) of 7 single varietal U.S. honeys featured in her latest book, The Honey Connoisseur, and how to best pair them with food. 

Rare and coveted for its distinctive flavor profile – floral notes with warm hints of baking spices and anise – sourwood honey is a national treasure cataloged on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste. Marina Marchese will be celebrating this regional honey plant’s contribution to biodiversity, while honoring Slow Food USA’s work to promote and preserve it, with a special tasting of an award-winning harvest of sourwood honey.

Celebrate the Launch of The Honey Connoisseura new book by Marina MarcheseFounder of Red Bee HoneyCo-authored with Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture Magazine.

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Tuesday
May212013

Raus Coffee to Debut New Drink at Westport Farmers Market

Raus Coffee will debut its newest iced espresso drink, the Roman Navel, at the opening of the Westport Farmers’ Market on May 23. The new drink was inspired by a trip to Seattle’s Café Vita, where Raus Coffee founder Donny Raus became smitten with the Medici, an espresso-based chocolate and orange drink. The success of the flavor combination compelled him to recreate it using his own approach. The Roman Navel is the third product in Raus’s award-winning espresso product line.  

Donny and I met recently at the soon-to-open Steam Coffee Bar in Westport, so he could give me a sample of this newest obsession. So I had a baseline, I also grabbed his other two iced espresso-based drinks, the Roman Kiss and (my old personal stand-by) the Cold Roman. 

 

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Tuesday
May212013

Bottlerocket Hosts Yoga + Wine/Craft Beer Tastings

Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit and Maggie Converse of Pop Up Yoga are teaming up to bring fun and flavor to Westport this summer. Converse will lead a one-hour open level yoga class at Bottlerocket every Saturday in June 4:30 to 5:30. Participants will then enjoy a casual tasting of summer wines and craft beer. Individual classes are $25, and a 4-class package for $85.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes in which they can move and bring their own yoga mat. The open level, alignment-based class is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced yoga practitioners. You can even feel free to bring your dog! Tickets are available at http://yogasummersaturdays-estw.eventbrite.com/

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Monday
May202013

PastaPresta Opens at the SoNo Marketplace

The SoNo Marketplace—with its hive of local food purveyors, artisans,  weekly farmers’ market, and plans for a summer beer garden—may be best argument to never set foot inside a supermarket again. I was recently lured back to the Marketplace by the opening of PastaPresta, a new fresh pasta vendor anchoring the entrance of the market’s vast 50,000 square-feet.

One evening of fresh pasta and market nibbles, and a closer look at the people behind the market later, I was reminded why this culinary hub deserves a regular visit and why, despite its recent vilification, gluten is good (maybe great).

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Sunday
May192013

Ten Best Restaurant Burgers: Greenwich to New Haven 2013

One year, hundreds of miles, close to thirty pounds of various cuts and blends of meat, thousands of fries…searching for the ten best hamburgers.

Nestled between Shad Roe, Bahn Mi, Shrimp & Grits, Nonni's Meatballs and Montauk Black Bass was “The Burger.” It was the equalizing dish amongst the best chefs in the area.  As I tasted the creativity that each of the chefs placed into their version of this 100+ year old tradition, I was in awe. The combinations were brilliant, how the flavors balanced and complemented each other, the choices that they made to place their individual mark on this dish, each was unique. 

Most of the meat was sourced locally, many from the same vendor with slight variations in blend and grind...some used a medium-grind while others requested a third, finer grind. Cheese and bacon played a major supporting roll, and the choices varied amongst the chefs.

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Sunday
May192013

Giveaway! Battle Of The Chefs @ Founders Hall

Have you always wanted to be on the set of Iron Chef, experiencing first hand that thrilling moment when the chefs are presented with the "secret ingredient?" Well, on June 2nd, you will get the opportunity to watch three talented chefs battle it out in an outdoor tented cooking stadium with the formidable Jane Stern of Roadfood.com as the host. 200 attendees will help to judge a winner alongside guest judges Denise Mickselson of Fine Cooking Magazine, Stephen Fries, columnist for the New Haven Register, WTNH Anchor Jocelyn Maminta, as well as our own Managing Editor Amy Kundrat as referee. 

WIN TICKETS!! We are GIVING AWAY 2 seats to this June 2nd Battle Of The Chefs event (a $250 value). We will randomly select 1 lucky winner who posts a comment below and tells us why they would like to see this event. 

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Saturday
May182013

"Art About Town" Features Restaurant "ArtCrawl" Food Tour

The Westport Downtown Merchants Association presents Art About Town and “ArtCrawl 2013.” Now in its third year, Art About Town kicks off its three-week art installation event in downtown Westport restaurants and retailers with an Opening Night Street Party on Main Street on Thursday May 23 from 5:30-8:30 pm.

Featuring local and not so local art displayed in the windows and throughout downtown businesses, Art About Town runs from May 23-June 16.

This year’s Opening Night Street Party will include art demos, live music and dance performances, a fire pit, kids’ activities,  and pop-up cafes set up right on Main Street featuring specials from Blue Lemon, Bobby Q’s, Villa del Sol and Moja. 

To continue the buzz of Art About Town, this year in collaboration with CTbites, the WDMA will host “ArtCrawl 2013,” a specially curated food and art tour on Tuesday June 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

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Friday
May172013

Lesser Evil Snacks: Empty Calorie Free Chips & Popcorn

The fabric of our snacking society has changed dramatically over the last decade, due in part to the hoards of  information about making smarter food choices infiltrating our nutritional radar: in the home, in the stores and even in the cinema, with movies like "Supersize Me", getting the message across to Americans that we all should take note of what we are feeding ourselves, and especially our children. 

This revolution of smarter eating has no doubt been the catalyst to an all out healthy snack war between battling companies, each one trying to outdo the other.  Just stroll through any snack isle and you will see lots of clever marketing and  claims to the "new, new" trendy food item that promises you and your kids extra brain power AND shiny, healthy, hair for life . The proclamations that adorn these boxes and bags are now so familiar to us all I can ask you to close your eyes and recite them with me: No trans-Fats, Gluten Free, No Cholesterol, Whole Grain....you know them all! This is what Malcolm Gladwell means by " TheTipping Point."-- everyone is now jumping on the bandwagon to be on trend.

There are a bevy of beauties in this category, so many, that the choices can become overwhelming. How do you choose?

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Thursday
May162013

Name This Sandwich & Win a Free Dinner @ Harlan Social

WIN a FREE Dinner for two @ HARLAN SOCIAL in Stamford.

Here's How...

This is your chance to name Harlan Social’s incredibly delicious new Fried Chicken Sandwich. All you need to do is come up with a catchy name for the sandwich that combines the following ingredients:

Twice fried chicken cutlet topped with a Fontina and Gruyere cheese sauce, spicy bacon mayo, lettuce, tomato and slices of bread and butter pickle, all served on a Portuguese muffin.

If your entry is selected, you will receive a FREE Dinner for 2 complete @ Harlan Social in Stamford.

All entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday May 26th, 2013.

Post your submission below (include email).

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Thursday
May162013

The 4th Annual MILLE FERRARI at Rizzuto's in Westport

Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Bar of Westport, CT, has teamed up with The New England Ferrari Club and FIAT of Larchmont for a day-long event filled with Italian food, wine, and cars on Sunday, June 9, 2013 from noon to 4 pm

The event takes place during the Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada race, which will be shown on 2 large screen HD TVsRace car fans can take a virtual lap around the track in a GoSimRacer Race Car Simulator. Kids feeling the need for speed can race through an on-lot GoGo-Kart track presented by Grand Prix New York Racing. S.Pellegrino will be keeping things cool and Rizzuto’s will be grilling outdoors preparing sausage and pepper wedges and meatball sliders. 

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