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Chef Demo: Barcelona's Chef Helton DaSilva @ WFM July 19

This Thursday, July 19th, a little bit of Spain is making its way down to Westport in the form of Executive Chef Helton DaSilva from Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant. 

Chef DaSilva, of Barcelona in Fairfield, will be keeping it cool as this heat wave passes, with two salads this Thursday. His first demonstration, a chilled green bean salad with almonds and olives is perfect alone or as an accoutrement to just about any summer dish. The second, a cucumber mint and cilantro salad, is crisp and light, sure to awaken your taste buds. With the exception of the almonds and olives, all of the vegetables in these salads are sourced locally, from Barcelona’s very own garden in Fairfield. 

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Craft Butchery "Pig On The Plaza" Event July 22nd

Join Craft Butchery on Sunday, July 22, 2012, from 5-7 pm for the First Annual Pig on the Plaza event, held in front of the shop. They will be cooking one pig in a traditional smoker, and roasting another in a “La Caja China” box. Beer and wine will be provided by Saugatuck Grain and Grape.


  • Cost: $15 per person
  • Advanced purchase required (see below)
  • No cancellations, no cash back.
  • Rain date: August 12th. In the event of very bad weather on July 22nd, we may need to postpone the event. If this happens, we will offer an exchange for merchandise in the shop should you be unable to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.

 Tickets (online purchase available for July 22nd event only)

Saugatuck Craft Butchery  575 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880 (203) 226-MEAT

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The Winner of The Dressing Room Cocktail Contest Is...

The winner of The Dressing Room's recent cocktail contest was announced at the CTbites/Dressing Room Happy Hour last week. If you missed it, the lucky winner is "Sabra" with "Pearfect Cure."

The Pearfect Cure will be featured on Dressing Room's new cocktail menu and a FREE LUNCH FOR TWO @ The Dressing Room is waiting. 

If your CTbites login is "Sabra," please CONTACT US to claim your prize. 


LeRose Tries A New Recipe At Bar Q in Stamford

"We're trying to establish Connecticut barbeque," says Bob LeRose, adding wood to the smoker cooking our ribs. I'm peppering Bobby Q himself with questions while trying not to lose my footing on the floor of the kitchen at the new Bar Q and simultaneously avoiding the hustling form of chef Tom Doherty. LeRose's second restaurant, located at 15 Clark Street in Stamford behind Black Bear, is the latest in his slow-smoked outreach program to those of us on the Sound. "This isn't Bobby Q's," he's quick to point out. "This is its alter-ego."

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Behind the Wheel of Westport's Ice Cream Truck 

“Old McDonald” plays loudly over the sound system as two 19-year-old Westport boys, Jon Camche and Rick Snyder, cruise the streets of Fairfield County in their bright yellow vehicle. Occasionally the lyrics to “Happy Birthday” ring through the air, other times “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” repeats. With over 50 different children’s songs on their playlist, these two college boys take their business seriously.

The 1964 Chevrolet milk truck has been transformed to deliver a different sort of dairy product – ice cream! Camche and Snyder, owners of Everybody Scream Ice Cream, are continuing to put smiles and melted sweets on locals’ faces for the second summer in a row.

Summer favorite offerings include a few familiar faces: Chipwhich, SpongeBob Squarepants Popsicle, Screwball, Choco Taco, Firecracker, and the Strawberry Shortcake bar.

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Lorca Coffee & Churro Shop to Open in Stamford This Fall

Lorca, a 10-12 seat coffee shop that will serve home-made churro and doughnuts, will be opening this October ar 125 Bedford Street in Stamford. 

Leyla Dam developed a passion for churro stands as a child growing up in Spain. When she completed architecture school in Brooklyn and was faced with few job prospects in her field, she returned to her roots finding investors to allow her to design and launch a churro and coffee shop. Part of the process of opening Lorca included moving to Seville to learn how to make churros and working with Rachel Haughey at Espresso Neat to learn how to make impeccably brewed coffee. In addition to developing the business and recipes, Dam is also designing the shop, a perfect blend of her passion for the churro and degree in architecture.

As Dam explains, "Basically this is a total dream come true. I get to feed people, meet people, and design without a client. I couldn't ask for anything more!

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FroYo World Opens on Westport / Norwalk Border

There’s a new yogurt place in town and Froyo World is a delicious treat you don’t want to miss! Located at 361 Post Road West between John’s Best and Milo’s Methods, in Westport, this hidden gem is sure to delight you. Going to school in North Carolina, there are at least four frozen yogurt shops within five miles of me and as a result I have developed a growing (and healthy??) obsession with this frozen treat. Of course, I have my favorites and a few classic concoctions I tend to repeat, but I’m always looking for something new.  As the frozen yogurt fad continues to grow, many shops are becoming interchangeable, offering similar flavors with the same standard toppings. That being said, I walked into Froyo World after their grand opening Saturday, June 29th eager to see what I’d find. 

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Bodega Taco Bar to Open in Darien

According to the Lunch Break Chronicles, Bodega Taco Bar will be opening in Darien at 980 Post Road this fall.

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The 6th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival in Guilford

The Shoreline Wine Festival takes place on August 11 & 12 and features Vineyards and Wineries from all over Connecticut at Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery. Come sample the fruits of their labor. Enjoy food from local restaurants. Taste products from local businesses. Enjoy and purchase crafts from local artisans. Expand your knowledge of food and wine at seminars offered by local experts. Enjoy all of this while listening to the sounds of live music of renowned bands from around New England. Ticket admission includes tastings, entertainment, and more. Food is provided by local food vendors for an additional price. Wine from all participating wineries is available for sale at the event. For more information, visit

Sponsored and Hosted at Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery, 1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT.

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Amuse Bouche: Food News for July 10, 2012

Happy Hour with CTBites

Come on down to the Dressing Room TONIGHT (tickets are $40), July 10 for Happy Hour on the patio from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Price of entry will secure you two drinks and appetizers as we reveal our cocktail naming contest winner.

Summer Chill: Food and Music to Benefit FTC 

The Fairfield Theater Company is a non-profit group well worth supporting. They bring excellent music, theater, comedy and film to their locations at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport and Stage One by the Fairfield Train station. They will host Summer Chill this Friday at Stage One with food courtesy of Molto, an open bar, and entertainment by The Fry Daddys on Friday, July 13.

Beer Run

Eli Cannons Tap Room in Middletown will host a Saranac Brewing beer tasting TONIGHT, July 10 featuring their Blueberry Blonde, Chocolate Orange Porter and Lemon Ginger Saision. They'll have a Stone Brewing Ruination 10th anniversary party tomorrow July 11.

Speaking of Ruination, Prime 16 in New Haven will also host an event on Thursday, July 12 featuring 10th Anniversary Ruination and a Double Dry Hopped Ruination.

At the new Bottlerocket of Westport, check out two free tastings this week: Thursday, July 12, 4-7pm: Locally made (Port Chester, NY) Honey Comb Vokda from StilltheOne Distillery and Saturday, July 14, 4-7pm: In honor of Bastille Day we'll be pouring both Lillet Rosé and Kronenbourg 1664 beer.

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