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Thursday
Nov102011

Napa & Co Celebrates 5 Years in Stamford

Opening a restaurant takes guts. Developing a compelling concept, finding the right chef and training a strong team is no small feat. Mary Schaffer and her husband Charles Morgan, owners of Stamford's Napa & Co, make all of this look easy. As they celebrate their 5 year anniversary, Napa continues to stay true to the guiding principles under which it was founded: "a celebration of the bounty of our land...wine country cuisine made from organic, farm-fresh ingredients and artisan products at their seasonal peak." They were innovators in the farm-to-table movement before it was trendy to talk about it, and 5 years later, under the leadership of Chef Arik Bensimon, Napa & Co's kitchen is serving some of the best tasting food in Fairfield County.  The secret ingredient to their success? Here's what Napa has to say:

 

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Pie & Hors D'oeuvre Class @ The Schoolhouse 

Right in time for the frenzy of holiday entertaining, The Schoolhouse at Cannondale will be offering their annual pie and hors d'oeuvre class

Reserve your spot now for Tuesday November 22nd from 7:30 to 9:30 to sample some of our latests and greatest hors d'oeuvres and our sinfully delicious seasonal fruit and nut pies while sipping warm mulled cider and wine in our cozy restaurant.

The cost is $65.00 per person (cash only) and you will have a chance to learn our secret tricks for creating show stopping and easy to do hors d'oeuvres and dessert pies complete with recipes and instruction for your holiday fêtes plus a pie of your choice* to take home and share.  

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Win a $120 Gift Certificate to Bobby Flay's Bar Americain

Subscribe to the CTbites Newsletter for a chance to Win a $120 Gift Certificate to Bobby Flay's Bar Americain.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Mohegun Sun, we're booking our road trips to that quiet corner of Connecticut and think you should too.

For a little added incentive, our friends at Mohegun Sun are giving one lucky reader a $120 gift certificate to Bar Americain, Bobby Flay's Bar Americain.

To enter, simply subscribe to receive our weekly CTbites newsletter. If you're already a loyal subscriber, simply comment below, sharing how you would you plan your day at Mohegun (in addition to bringing along yours truly), or why you pine for Flay, or why you prefer blackjack over craps (the odds, duh!). Good luck and see you on the Reservation.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

NY/CT Buick Culinary Event w Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis

Attention all foodies. The Buick Discovery Tour, featuring Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis, is heading to Stamford, Connecticut this weekend, Nov. 12 and 13.

Buick has partnered with FOOD & WINE magazine to host this exclusive culinary event. On Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 at The Sheraton Stamford, the Buick Discovery Program will offer invited guests the opportunity to view full cooking demonstrations, sample delicious cuisine (including dessert!) and test drive vehicles from Buick’s 2012 line-up. Celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis will be in attendance cooking up delicious Greek cuisine, along with FOOD & WINE Best New Chef 2007 Gavin Kaysen from New York City.

Don’t want to miss out on all the excitement? Follow us @GMNortheast to find out how you can register for this delicious weekend or contact Eleni Simmoneau @esimmoneau@tierneyagency.com.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

2011 Guide to Buying Local and Heritage Turkeys

Via Analiese Paik of The Fairfield Green Food Guide.

Thanksgiving is just weeks away and plans for creating delicious and memorable family feasts are in full swing.  Apples, pumpkins, winter squash, quince, chestnuts, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, turkeys and just about anything else you’d need for this harvest celebration are available locally. While buying pasture-raised turkeys from local farms as well as Heritage breed turkeys has gotten easier, some advance planning is still required. Since these turkeys are highly coveted and in short supply, my best advice is to consult this guide and place your order immediately.

The following guide lists all know sources for locally grown and Heritage breed turkeys in Fairfield County that we were able to reach at publication time. I compile the guide each year to make it easier for you to find and order the bird of your choice. While Heritage birds are considerably more expensive than broad-breasted whites, the once-yearly splurge is worth it when guests tell you it’s the most flavorful turkey they’ve ever tasted.

Read the full story with Complete Buying Guide here. 

Tuesday
Nov082011

Curds & Brew Class @ 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield

To mark the conclusion of American Cheese Month, 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield is pairing great American brews with great American artisan and farmstead cheeses. Curds & Brew class will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 5:30 p.m. and will be $45 per person. The class and tasting will kick-off with a beer fondue, followed by a pairing of six beers and six cheeses (see list below

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Sunday
Nov062011

Shiki Hana Japanese Bistro in Fairfield

As a recent Westport transplant from New York City, one thing I find myself pining for from my former life is good sushi. A recent visit to Shiki Hana in Fairfield has changed all that. Located in a strip mall in Fairfield, Shiki Hana has the nondescript atmosphere of countless Japanese restaurants, but the surprise is in the food: some of the freshest, well prepared sushi I’ve had in a while.

 

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Saturday
Nov052011

Saugatuck Craft Butchery Opens in Westport

“Americans eat way too much meat," Ryan Fibiger says, and then grins, "I guess that sounds funny coming from a butcher."  

No kidding. But then Fibiger is a butcher truly on the “cutting edge” -- one of the very few whole animal cutters in America, sourcing his organic meat from local sustainable farms and utilizing every part of the animal, from nose to tail.  

Once a Wall Street investment banker, he’s turned from issuing stock to butchering them. For the past two years Fibiger trained with the “moo-rus”” at Fleisher's Meats, a whole animal butcher shop in Kingston, NY. With his knives honed as keen as his business skills, Ryan decided to open Saugatuck Craft Butchery and join in Westport’s red hot culinary renaissance.  

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Friday
Nov042011

Visions of Gingerbread Opens Saturday, Nov 12 

A holiday tradition returns to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center on November 12th with Visions of Gingerbread III: The Sweetest Architects exhibition.  Visions of Gingerbread is a tribute to architectural confections that truly make your jaw drop.  Created by some of the area’s finest bakers, these edible wonders will display the chefs’ extraordinary creativity and gingerbread skills.  It is the Museum’s desire to elevate these creative structures to the art form they so truly are, and put them on proper display.  Last year, CTbites jumped on board and created an entry (much sleep was lost). This year, CTbites will help judge the winner. 

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Friday
Nov042011

bartaco Launches "CTBites Invites" w/ Tequila & Tacos

Last night, 35 or so lucky CTbites readers participated in the Inaugural "CTBites Invites" event at bartaco in Port Chester, NY. The "Invites," offer CTBites customers unique culinary experiences in the form of special restaurant "happenings" and special product purchasing opportunities. You sign up while the offer lasts, you pay on line and you're in. Simple as that.  At last night's event, those who signed up were treated to a TACOS and TEQUILA and a whole lot more. 

 

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