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Friday
Jul082011

Friday Froth: Bats, Balls, Pils and Hops

Does everyone still have all their fingers after Monday's festivities? You do? Great, because we should really play some catch. Baseball's midsummer classic is coming up, and those of us so inclined are by now completely engrossed in America's pastime. Even those who don't like the game can't escape the news of Derek Jeter's impending 3,000th hit, and everyone should go to Cooperstown: home of the baseball hall of fame and Brewery Ommegang. 

Ommegang is an American brewery which specializes in Belgian style beers. They're pretty damn good at it, too, having taken top awards from Belgian brewers in Belgian beer contests in Belgium.

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Friday
Jul082011

Farm to Feast Book Signing in Ridgefield Today

Ridgefield is the place to be today. Stop by the Ridgefield Farmers' Market then head over to Books on the Common at 404 Main Street for a book signing with Emily Brooks, founder of the Edibles Advocate Alliance and author of a new cookbook, Connecticut Farmer & Feast: Harvesting Local Bounty, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Books on the Common is located at 404 Main Street and just around the corner from the Farmers' Market which runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Read more about the book and watch a video of Emily here.

Friday
Jul082011

Get Close to the Source: Easton Farm Tour 2011

Citizens For Easton (CFE) is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Easton Farm Tour. This celebration of Easton's local and sustainable farming community is a self-guided tour taking place on August 14 from 10am to 2pm.  
 
This free event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green on Sport Hill Road (Route 59) where visitors will sign in and receive a copy of the beautiful Easton Farm Map – “Easton is a Farmers’ Market.” This great guide will serve as your road map and pass to enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer. Farms on the tour include: Aspetuck Valley Apple Barn, Buttonwood Farm, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, Gray Friesian Farm, J&L Orchids, Lion Hill Farm, Maple Row Growers, Maple Row Tree Farm, Pee-Wee Horse Farm, Sherwood Farm, Silverman’s Farm, and Sport Hill Farm.

This year we will have food and entertainment on the green. Skinny Pines Pizza will be serving up pies in their mobile wood-fired oven.

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Thursday
Jul072011

Cocktails: Sangria Flora c/o Barcelona's Gretchen Thomas

We are pleased to introduce a new CTbites contributor, Gretchen Thomas, the Wine & Spirits Director for the Barcelona Restaurant Group. She supervises the largest Spanish wine program in the United States, managing 200 labels from 11 countries, and acts as the lead mixologist for The Barcelona Restaurants. 

Summer months bring lots of outdoor cooking opportunities. As an avid BBQ host, I know that the simpler the menu, the easier it is to relax and enjoy the fun. Firing up the grill and throwing on the hotdogs and burgers is always a cinch, but planning the beverages can often be a frustrating element.

An extremely simple and delicious recipe for Sangria Flora crossed my desk a year ago and it has become a necessary staple at all my backyard gatherings, right up there with the yard games and bug spray. It was introduced to me by the founder of St. Germain, an Elderflower liqueur that is prominent at every real cocktail bar in the country. The recipe was created by the company and its simple – St Germain, dry white or rose wine, and chopped fresh fruit.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Summer Specials & A New Salad @ Filling Station Co. 

Here's the latest on Filling Station Co's July burger and shake and an introduction to the new Filling Station Co Salad.

The July 2011 Filling Station Special Burger and Shake combines a full flavored hamburger with a sweet flavorful tribute to one of my favorite fruits with the BBQ Cheeseburger and a delicious Peaches and Cream Shake.

The BBQ Cheeseburger includes the Filling Station’s farm-raised cheeseburger topped with house made BBQ sauce, griddled onions, thick cut bacon, and pickled jalapeño peppers. There are several bold flavors in this month’s offering. The Filling Station’s thick cut bacon continues as a favorite of mine and the griddled onions added a nice crispy, flavorful addition. I am usually not a big fan of spicy additions and the jalapeño peepers were a concern, but pickled jalapeños are making an appearance on many menus this summer and I have grown to enjoy the pickled variety.

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Tuesday
Jul052011

Headbanging Hostess: Dinner on a Stick Night

Vanessa David has been throwing dinner parties as the "Headbanging Hostess" for over a year,  feeding some of Fairfield County's hottest bands and featuring their music in her food porn. She recently recieved a Culinary Arts Certificate from Norwalk Community College.

‘Tis the season to be social - summer is here, the sun is shining, the grill is going, is there a better time to throw a dinner party? Well, if you ask me, anytime is a great time to throw a dinner party. I’m the Headbanging Hostess, throwing dinner parties is what I do. But if you’re new to entertaining at home Dinner on a Stick Night just might inspire you to give it a go. 

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Tuesday
Jul052011

Connecticut Wine Festival 2011

Explore then the best of Connecticut’s wineries under one "roof" at this year's Connecticut Wine Festival on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday July 31 at the Goshen Fairgrounds. Included in the $25 price of admission ($20 in advance) are wine tastings, a commemorative festival wine glass and tote bag, specialty food samples, a craft fair and live music.

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Sunday
Jul032011

Top Ten Burgers from Greenwich to Westport: Part 1

Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro

The Fourth of July is finally here and grilling season is in full swing. CTBites has been taking advantage of this wonderful time of year by undergoing a broad sampling of burgers from the coastal towns of Fairfield County CT. We are pleased to present our dining guide to the “Ten Recommended Burgers from Greenwich to Westport.”  We know we have some more eating to do. Part 2 coming soon. 

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Sunday
Jul032011

A River Runs Through The Schoolhouse @ Cannondale

Why travel to Montana for fly fishing lessons when you can get an Introduction to Fly Fishing 101 plus a great lunch at The Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton. On July 30th at 10:00 am, The Schoolhouse is bringing in a few experts to lead a 2 hour class out back behind the restaurant. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than learning the basics of rigging and casting a fly rod? The class will be fun, informative and hopefully get you "hooked."

The 2 hour class includes lunch is $100.00pp. Call 203-834-9816 for reservations. 

Friday
Jul012011

Dr. Mike's Ice Cream in Bethel via NBC Connecticut

Where can you find some of the creamiest ice cream in Connecticut? According to NBC Connecticut, that would be Dr. Mike's Ice Cream located at 158 Greenwood Ave in BethelCT. 

With only eight flavors, don't miss their chocolate dubbed as the "best chocolate in the world" by Gourmet Magazine. Our pick would be the chocolate lace, a sweet cream and candy combination featuring chocolate candy from Hauser chocolate just across the street.