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Tuesday
Jun142011

10 Questions w/ John Holzwarth of The Boathouse

John Holzwarth has been cooking professionally since 1995 when he trained under Master Chef Fortunato Nicotra and Lidia Bastianich at Felidia Restaurant in New York City.  As Chef and owner of The Boathouse at Saugatuck,  John creates innovative, farm-fresh dishes by supporting local farmers and their sustainable agricultural and aquacultural practices. We recently spoke with him about everything from his favorite ingredient to his favorite local restaurnat. Here's what he had to say...

1. If you had unexpected guests arriving at your home for dinner in one hour, what would you whip up?

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Sunday
Jun122011

Bodega Taco Bar Opens in Fairfield

BODEGA: hispanic/spanish/:Latin mini-mart, kind of like a 7-11, but usually smaller and more like a liquor store atmosphere. The word came from the actual Spanish word for "grocery store"- le bodega.  

The following are two takes on opening night @ Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfield, the 1st by Stephanie Webster, the 2nd by a new CTbites contributor, Emily Sackett. 

Chef Michael Young, owner of the popular Valencia Luncheria, is expanding his cult following and heading to Fairfield. His highly anticipated new venture, Bodega Taco Bar, opened this week at 1700 Post Road representing a culinary journey from Venezuela to Mexico. The concept? "Tacos and tequila with a slice of Brooklyn" says Young. The new menu features Mexican beach food… tacos, tortas, and well priced platos. Loyal Valencia diners will find that the menu retains the casually vibrant Latin American flavors they have come to crave, but at Bodega Taco Bar, breezy cabana meets bar scene chic resulting in tacos with a playfully upscale twist.  

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Friday
Jun102011

And The Winner Is...

The wait is over. Thanks to everyone who submitted creative and sometimes downright hilarious names for the Rizzuto's Cocktail Naming Contest, I'm pleased to say we've got ourselves a winner!

Congratulations to Anne for her winning name...drumroll please...Connecticut Colada. She will receive a FREE lunch for 2 @ Rizzuto's of Westport. (Anne-Please email CTbites for details on your prize.) 

Stay tuned for our next cocktail contest. Happy Cocktailing from CTbites. 

Friday
Jun102011

Sono Restaurant Week 2011 June 12th- 17th

Participating restaurants include: Strada18, Match, Black Bear Saloon, Donovan’s, Gingerman, The Sono Baking Company, Red Lulu, Bacchus, Coromandel, Chocopologie, Barcelona, O’Neill’s, Wasabi Chi and Sono Brewhouse. Call restaurants directly for reservations. 

Friday
Jun102011

Friday Froth: W(here)TF You Been?

As I crash back through the figurative doorway of this site, dusty from the road, clutching a crumpled and beer-stained notebook and shaking the spiders from my clothing, I can only hope that this column's absence has made your hearts all the fonder. Although when I tried that line on a female acquaintance of mine some years ago she quipped that the sentence was not complete, and should have ended with "of someone else." Live and learn. Our triumphs and tragedies make us who we are, and sometimes intermingle. Such is the case with Lagunitas Brewing Company, and their Wilco Tango Foxtrot "Jobless Recovery Ale."

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Thursday
Jun092011

leFarm's Souterrain #4 @ Sport Hill Farm

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Dauntingly overcast skies would not deter the guest list of 50 or so people who only 24 hours before the recent Souterrain event were summoned to Sport Hill Farm in Easton CT for a Sunday brunch. Bill Taibe's latest culinary adventure would be unique in both the mid day time slot (leFarm does not serve brunch, and according to Chef Taibe...never will), as well as the presence of a film crew shooting a TV pilot during the meal. But the stars of the show were the menu, the shared experience, and the magnificent backdrop of Patti Popp's sustainable Sport Hill Farm.   Check out the photo gallery here. 

And here's what we ate:

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Zagats Connecticut 2011/2012 Winners are Announced

Zagat released the results of the 2011/12 Connecticut Restaurants Survey today. The Survey covers 902 restaurants reviewed by 4,146 local diners. Highlights are as follows:

CT Winners: Le Petit Cafe in Branford (Top Food) with a near-perfect 29 for Food on Zagat's 30-point scale; PolytechnicON20 in Hartford (Top Decor & Service); Frank Pepe Pizzeria (Most Popular).

Top Newcomer: Boathouse at Saugatuck in Westport, serving "fabulous, fresh" "locavore" New American cuisine 

Most Popular: 1. Frank Pepe-New Haven, 2. Barcelona, 3. Union League, 4. Coromandel

Other Noteworthy Newcomers: Bar Bouchee – Madison, The Brasserie – Fairfield, Cafe d'Azur – Darien, Fez –Stamford, Gabriele's – Greenwich, Millstone Cafe – Kent, Red Lulu – So. Norwalk, Sails – Norwalk and Tappo –Stamford.

 

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Wednesday
Jun082011

Bobby Q's BBQ of Westport Opens Beer Garden

While the rest of us bitch that downtown Westport virtually shuts down before the sun sets, Bob Le Rose, the owner of Bobby Q’s Barbeque & Grill, and the president of the Downtown Merchant’s Association, is slyly doing something about it, turning his popular rooftop bar into a funky Beer Garden, complete with a thousand twinkling outdoor lights, a newly installed garden and a respectable selection of domestic microbrews.

“We’ve been sitting on this terrific asset for six years now,” says LeRose, about the newly opened Bobby’s Rooftop Beer Garden, a rooftop space that has long been the site for live music, well before Bobby Q’s came to town. Though Bobby Q’s had been using the space for live music and private parties, LeRose said he didn’t fully throw his resources behind it until the town started banging the drum for more nightlife. He says, “When P&Z started loosening up their regulations about outdoor spaces, we thought, “Let’s carve out a place in the community that is totally unique.

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Tuesday
Jun072011

Food 411: Name the Restaurant that Served This...

Where did we eat this well dressed pie? 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

Tuesday
Jun072011

New Canaan's Filling Station's June Burger & Shake

The June 2011 Filling Station Special Burger and Shake are a tribute to the upcoming summer season with a backyard favorite Chili Cheeseburger and a delicious Strawberry Maple Waffle Shake.

The Chili Cheeseburger includes the Filling Station’s farm-raised meat topped with cheese, their house-made chili, lettuce, and tomato.  The “chili” is the Filling Station’s Sloppy Joe, which was developed in-house after significant research and development and includes BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, vinegar and several other ingredients to allow for a sweet and sour combination that nicely complements the flavors in the organic meat. The lettuce adds a nice crispy element, the tomato accents the tomato-ey based chili and the cheese is an essential part of any hamburger, in my opinion. The lightly toasted bun is still a favorite with a light exterior crunchy and the soft interior. I enjoyed this burger and it is a good way to start to the upcoming summer months.

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