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Wednesday
Dec072011

The Winner of the Mohegan Sun Bobby Flay Giveaway is...

 

Earlier this month we teamed up with Mohegan Sun to offer on their 15th anniversary to offer 1 lucky CTbites subscriber $120 Gift Certificate to Bobby Flay's Bar Americain.

We are happy to say we have chosen a winner and her name is Joan Prosek from Easton CT.

Stay tuned for our next GIVEAWAY..signed cookbooks coming soon. 

 

Tuesday
Dec062011

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!


Name ten restaurants in Fairfield County that practice Farm-to-Fork practices.  

Monday
Dec052011

Michel Nischan Goes to D.C. via Dan Woog's 06880

This just in via Dan Woog's 06880 blog:

According to this weekend's NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Michel Nischan is “usually found cooking in his restaurant in one of Connecticut’s toniest towns.” That would be The Dressing Room, here in Westport. 

But according to reporter Allison Aubrey, this week the world renowned chef was in Washington, DC. Nearly 1,000 “corporate movers and shakers” attended a summit aimed at shaping private sector solutions to America’s obesity epidemic.

Actually, Paul Newman’s erstwhile partner was not just sitting listening to lectures. He cooked up a storm.

A creative, healthful, and very, very flavorful storm.

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Monday
Dec052011

Baking Holiday Cookies c/o The Cookiepedia

Pies are to Thanksgiving as cookies are to the December holidays. So without futher ado, we are officially kicking off the cookie-baking season with this set of recipes from Stacy Adimando, a Trumbull, CT native and author of the recently published and irresistible, The Cookiepedia. From Almond Biscotto to Mint Thins, more than 50 cookie recipes fill her book and Adminando has graciously offered to share a few of her recipes with us as we get ready to break-out those mixers and dust-off those measuring cups.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Chilibomb Opens in Fairfield: Calling All Chiliheads!

Calling all chiliheads:  On a portion of Fairfield's Black Rock Turnpike that should be dubbed “restaurant row,” sits a newly opened storefront restaurant, Chilibomb.

The brainchild of Stamford native, Peter Weberg Jr., Chilibomb is the first in the area to serve an impressive array of mouthwatering chilis in addition to having created an Oscar worthy brand for his business. Peter started making chili simply because, he liked it...a lot. From there, he started entering his chili into the numerous fairs and chili contests around the area.  You may have also known him back in the late 80’s when he ran a food truck called Buffalo Pete’s serving hot dogs ‘n’ chili.  After jobs in the food industry behind the scenes, he decided it was time to bring his chili dream to life. “Chilibomb,” aptly named after his hot selling chili of yester year, was finally coined and trademarked in 2008.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Signed Cookbook Giveaway c/o Mohegan Sun

It's Mohegan Sun's 15th anniversary and to celebrate they are giving away tons of great foodie gear and gifts via CTbites. We've got signed cookbooks from Bobby Flay, Todd English & Buddy Valestro (Cake Boss) ready to send out to 3 lucky CTbites readers. 

How can you win? Just like us on Facebook this month for a chance to win one of these hard cover signed books. Already part of our Facebook community? Great...you are already in the contest. 

If you are looking for a great holiday gift, Mohegan Sun gift cards can be purchased online or at their Box Office 

Friday
Dec022011

Invite: "Iberico" Ham, Wine & Cheese Tasting @ Barcelona

Join Chef Helton DaSilva of Barcelona Restaurant Fairfield and Michele Buster of Forever Cheese on Dec. 7th from 7-9pm for a unique tasting event featuring the coveted Spanish specialty "Iberico " Ham. Learn about the history and curing process of the most delicious ham in the world, found only in Spain. Enjoy a multi course tasting session accompanied by a variety of Spanish cheeses, wines, and sherry. Small plates will also be served throughout the evening incorporating this unique Spanish delicacy. RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE.



What's so great about Iberico Ham?

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Friday
Dec022011

Friday Froth: Bringin' A Mix

The Monday after Thanksgiving is one of the cruelest of the year. A country isn't really worthy of the name until it has a National Day Of Feasting, (and a beer and an airline, according to Frank Zappa) but I feel like a good feast, especially a winter-ish one, could really do with a National Week Of Hibernation subsequently. But we all have our roles to play in the national ant colony, and so we waddled back to our jobs, office chairs protesting perhaps more loudly than we ourselves did at the morning's alarm. My role at Thanksgiving, however, was considerably more enjoyable: Bringer Of The Beer. Here's how that went.

Craft brews have officially tipped in the Malcolm Gladwell sense. Most bars and restaurants now feature at least one tap dedicated to interesting beers, and brew-focused establishments seem to be springing up everywhere, to the delight of the hop head.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Food Porn: White Truffles Class w/ Chef Matt Storch

The white truffle. Available for only a few months a year, this buried treasure is sold for $2500 a pound and is one of the most sought after ingredients on the planet. They are elusive, hidden underground. No longer sniffed out by pigs who had the audacity to occasionally eat them, the white truffle hunters have been replaced by the more trust-worthy canine. Their complex delicate taste is revered be chefs and diners everywhere, but you can only find white truffles in one place...the Piedmont area of Italy...and Fairfield County.

October-early December is white truffle season, and in celebration of these sublime fungi, Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant hosted a 12 course White Truffles Cooking Class at Clarke Culinary Center in Norwalk. Each course featured raw shaved white truffles (added at the last possible moment to preserve the taste of their ethereally earthy flesh). The smell alone could have kept the foodie in me satiated for days. 

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Thursday
Dec012011

Kids Review: Aux Delices Cooking School

And now a word from our 10 yrs old food critic....

Cake, bacon, and cinnamon; these are the words that my nose told my brain as soon as I walked into the kitchen at Aux Delices. I was so delighted that I was going to be cooking a scrumptious meal and not trying something that a professional chef created.

The cooking class that I went to was instructed by Lynn Manheim. She is also the cooking school director. The first recipe that we made was scones. Most of the ingredients were out on the table but the sugar and the flour were in two big bins. Mrs. Manheim shows everyone exactly how to do each step and how much of each ingredient to use. She will wait for everyone to finish one step before she goes onto the next, and if you need some help Mrs. Manheim will always give you a hand (especially if you’re grating butter like I was). 

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