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Thursday
Nov172011

WFM Weekly Trivia : Win $20 @ Westport Farmers' Mkt

 

 

 

 

 

The first person to answer the following question wins $20 to spend with ANY vendor @ The Westport Farmers' Market (now at their Winter location @ Gilbertie's)


 What was the first location of the Westport Farmers Market?

Wednesday
Nov162011

Invite: Gourmet Cheese Selection from 109 Cheese & Wine

Ideal for an upcoming Thanksgiving Day gathering or hostess gift, this 109 Cheese & Wine Gourmet Cheese Selection is made for the holiday party circuit. But if you're like us, you may just keep this to yourself and recreate your favorite restaurant's cheese course in the company of a few good friends.  

Selected by Amy Kundrat, CTbites Editor, this 109 Cheese & Wine "Gourmet Cheese Selection" includes a few of her favorite cheeses accompanied with dried fruits, nuts, crackers, and a fig & almond spread. 

Packaged in your choice of a rustic wire gift basket or a lunch pack. Or buy two, one for yourself and one as a gift, and split the difference!

Wednesday
Nov162011

Butter & Herb Roasted Turkey with Madeira c/o Fine Cooking

Opening up the latest issue of Fine Cooking, we found it impossible to take our eyes of the cover. So who better to kick off our series of Thanksgiving Day recipes than the good folks at Fine Cooking who came up with this amazing-looking recipe and have let us share it with you. So if you've got the bird in your sights but are lacking inspiration, here is one recipe you may want to consider. 

Butter & Herb Roasted Turkey with Madeira

Serves 10 to 12, with a good probability of leftovers

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Swiss Chard Calzones

As we creep into November, the look of the greenmarket changes. More gourds, potatoes, and with the exception of collards and kale, less greens. I’m ready for a seasonal change but part of me is still holding onto warmer months past and long to see some leafy goodness. This week at the Imperial Avenue market I spotted some gorgeous rainbow swiss chard. Now chard and I have a history, one in which I could never imagine a future promoting it. Growing up in suburban New York, my parents maintained a good sized garden where swiss chard thrived; in fact, took over. Mom and dad couldn’t give it away fast enough, and the stuff that remained made its way to our dinner table just about every night. Later in life I renewed my relationship with chard. At Gourmet, our Executive Food Editor couldn’t stand the stuff, but to her credit, she was open minded enough to know that other people enjoyed it--or at least should eat it, and because I had more than a passing familiarity with it, chard crept into a few recipes I developed at the magazine.  

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Ad: Order Turkey = Raise $$ for Wakeman Farm

Graze is opening up ordering on our delicious, fresh (never frozen) Misty Knoll Farm free-range turkeys to supporters of the Wakeman Town Farm in Westport.

The turkeys are $4.50 a pound. There are 100 available. First-come, first-served. Ten percent of the proceeds of the sale of these turkeys (and anything on our Thanksgiving Menu) is going to support Westport's Wakeman Town Farm. When you order, please use the code WAKEMANTURKEY so we can apply the promotion to the farm.

Please request approximate number of pounds and Graze will deliver your turkey fresh (not frozen) to the farm for Thanksgiving. Misty Knoll will provide a turkey as close in weight to your request as possible, within a small range. A good rule of thumb is 1.5 lbs. per person (this allows for leftovers; 1lb/person without leftovers). 

Pickup is at Wakeman Town Farm, 134 Cross Highway, Westport on Monday, Nov. 21 from 2-6 p.m.

Email us @ grazedelivered@gmail.com or call 1-888-WE GRAZE to reserve. Or, place your entire Thanksgiving order online at Graze

 

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Monday
Nov142011

Say Good Bye to Doc's Cafe in Westport (w/ a Party!)

Longtime Westport favorite, Doc's Cafe, will close this Saturday as the building is being torn down for development. But fear not, before they close the doors Docs will be throwing a party to say "thank you" all of their loyal customers on Saturday November 19th between 3-6 p.m. Complimentary coffee, espresso drinks, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be served. Plus...read on for info on a possible move. 

Native Texan and longtime Westport resident Yvonne Dougherty opened Doc’s Café in September 2000, and her eclectic, family-friendly coffee shop has been a fixture in the town’s Saugatuck neighborhood ever since. Yvonne fell in love with the coffee business in the mid-nineties while serving as an entry-level barista at Juba’s, a small café housed in the former Peter’s Bridge Market space. Over the past decade, Doc’s Café, buoyed by a loyal following of commuters and lunch patrons, has served tens of thousands of expertly crafted cappuccinos, lattes and cups of their signature French roast blend, Sledgehammer.

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Monday
Nov142011

Visions of Gingerbread @ The Stamford Museum

Visions of Gingerbread III: The Sweetest Architects is officially open at The Stamford Museum and Nature Center and will run through December 18th. The judges threw down their votes at the preview, but the popular vote is still up for grabs. You can vote online on the Stamford Museum's web site. I won't tell you who we picked...go decide for yourself. 

Sunday
Nov132011

GotChef Gourmet Food Truck in Milford

Biagio’s Barone’s is reinventing the wheel. Literally.  His GotChef gourmet food truck, which is parked on the Eastbound side of the Milford, CT Metro North Station, is turning the mobile canteen concept on its head.  From Monday through Friday, 11:00am-8:00 pm, and Saturday 3-7pm, Chef Biagio and his crew offer up-all natural, creative, delectable cuisine out of his neon yellow restaurant-on-wheels.

You won’t find the typical taco, BBQ-grilled cheese-Belgian waffles-cupcake food truck fare on the GotChef menu.  His selections, which vary with the season and change daily, are comparable to anything you can find in an upscale Italian bistro. Some of the recent chalkboard specials include:  Capesante Farcito (Stuffed Scallop with Lobster, Shrimp, Sweet Bread Lemon Stuffing in a Scallop Shell, drizzled with Lemon Gremolata), Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi, Slow Roasted Short Ribs--served over a mushroom truffle risotto, Wild-Grilled Salmone Agrodolce-- topped with a pineapple Sweet and Sour sauce and served over balsamic glazed green beans, and an Osso Bucco

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Friday
Nov112011

leFarm's Bill Taibe Opening Waterfront Restaurant in Westport

Ever since the doors of leFarm opened in Westport, the question has been asked of Bill Taibe…so what's next? leFarm fans need wait no longer for news of Bill Taibe's second Fairfield County culinary venture because work is well underway at Taibe's new stomping grounds in the Gaults' newly constructed Saugatuck River complex. This renovation project aims to revitalize the area and with Craft Butchery a stone's throw away, Batali across the street and Bill Taibe as the anchor tenant, I'd say they are on the right track. 

So, what's the concept? Another leFarm? No, Bill has other intentions for this new waterfront haven. While leFarm defines casually refined upscale dining, this new venture will be simply casual. Leveraging the proximity to the Saugatuck River, this new menu will feature seafood as the guiding force.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Join Us! Sushi Making Class @ Matsu Sushi Nov 16th

Haven't you always wanted to learn how to make those beautiful rolls you devour at your local Japanese restaurant?

Join the chefs and owner Paul Teoh at Matsu Sushi for a 2 hour Basic Sushi Making Class on Wednesday 11/16 from 7 pm to 9 pm. 

Enjoy tasty appetizers while you learn about sushi history and the fine art of making sushi rolls. Then try your own hand at making your own while sampling a little sake, wine or beer. Each participant will receive their own bamboo roller and dine on home made maki (rolls). 

Click here for the full details of this Invite. See you there!