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CTbites' Chef Demo Tent Sept 5 + 6th at The Blues & BBQ Festival in Westport. 8 local chefs. Ton's of great food for all! View lineup here. 

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Friday
Jun012012

Amuse Bouche: Food News for June 1

Oaxaca Kitchen in Westport is launching "live music Fridays" beginning on June 22nd. Bands will start at 10pm and play until close.

Mr. Frosty’s / Beach Burger is opening in Stamford @ 100 Washington Boulevard. Stay tuned for details. 

Craft Beer Tasting @ Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield on Saturday June 2nd @ 12pm, 1pm & 2pm to introduce and sample their new lines of American Craft Beer. 

We hear: New England Brewing has released a limited edition run of Gandhi Bot Imperial IPA in 16oz. cans. Let us know in the comments if you've seen any around, and where.

The Sun BBQ Fest in this weekend at Mohegan Sun with tons of tasty BBQ, pitmasters, a farmers' market, and live music. 

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Thursday
May312012

Invites: 4 Course Dinner @ The Boathouse at Saugatuck

Join CTbites and Chef John Holzwarth on Tuesday June 19th 7:30 to 9:30 pm for an intimate evening at The Boathouse at Saugatuck. Chef Holzwarth has carefully selected a 4 course summer menu celebrating beautful fresh (always local) seafood. Each course will be carefully paired with wine selections from the Loire Valley. This dinner is $80 pp. Reserve Your Seat HERE. 

Here is the menu for this special event:

Local oysters two ways, roasted & raw, paired with a crisp Muscadet

Home Made Lobster Ravioli, Lobster Jus, Favas and Fines Herbes, paired with a refreshing Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Main course will feature fresh and creatively prepared Market fish ( to be selected day of event based on local availability), Salad of Frisee, Citrus, and Shellfish paired with seasonal rose Vouvray or Anjou Blancs

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Thursday
May312012

CT Invasion: CT Chefs Cook The James Beard House 

For a chef, one of the most coveted cooking spaces in American is the tiny kitchen that sits in the belly of The James Beard House on West 12th Street, NYC.  The ancient copper pans, the elegant dining room, and the chef's whites that hang on the wall bearing the signatures of accomplished chefs from around the world, carry with them a lineage that celebrates the prolific food writer, cookbook author, and teacher, James Beard. Today, The James Beard house provides culinary inspiration, education, and scholarships, but at the heart of this narrow townhouse is a “performance space” for visiting chefs, the gold standard for any culinary career. Last week, six Fairfield County chefs paid The Beard House a visit, and the meal that resulted was a celebration of CT talent, seasonal ingredients and camaraderie.

 

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Wednesday
May302012

Rizzuto’s: A Day of Italian Food, Wine & Cars, June 10th

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, NOON – 4 PM, Rizzuto’s, located in the Saugatuck community of Westport, has teamed up with The Ferrari Club of America and FIAT of Larchmont for a day-long event filled with Italian food, wine, and cars. 

The event takes place during the Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada race, which will be shown on 2 large screen HD TVs. Race car fans can take a virtual lap around the track in a GoSimRacer Race Car Simulator. Kids feeling the need for speed can race through an on-lot GoGo-Kart track presented byGrand Prix New York Racing. Rizzuto’s is pulling out all the stops with classic Italian dishes and an Italian wine tasting. San Pellegrino will be keeping things cool and Rizzuto’s will be grilling outdoors this year, preparing sausage and pepper wedges and meatball sliders.

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Wednesday
May302012

Fat Cat & Kermit Lynch Italian Wine Dinner June 9th

Fountainhead Wine & Fat Cat Pie Co are teaming up with Kermit Lynch for a very special dinner on Saturday June 9th, 7:30 pm. Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant is one of the wine pioneers in this country and perhaps the most influential in terms of the importation of tiny production, off the beaten track wines that now are considered benchmark examples. The combination of impeccable sensibilities, conviction to import esoterica, as well as a palate that thirsts for discoveries makes him one of the living legends in the wine trade. 
This being said, you can imagine their excitement when Fountainhead Selections, Fountainhead's import and distribution side of the business, was selected as the purveyors of the legends'  Italian portfolio in Connecticut. 

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Tuesday
May292012

BONDA En Plein Air Dinners @ Greenfield Hill Grange

BONDA Restaurant takes dinner to the outdoors this July with BONDA En Plein Air at Greenfield Hill Grange #133.  BONDA will host a one week series of magical and intimate evenings dining in the open air, “en plein air” from July 11th – 15th @ 6:30 pm nightly. Following a cocktail hour, guests will be invited to a four course dinner (with wine of course!) artfully curated by Chef/Owner Jamie Cooper – all enjoyed in the sweet summer air with a background country orchestra of crickets and birds

Price: $150 per person all inclusive of tax and gratuity, non refundable but transferable, rain or shine.

BONDA will begin taking reservations Monday, June 11th at 10:00 am Call 203.292.9555 or email bondarestaurant@hotmail.com

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Tuesday
May292012

The Winner of The Sun BBQ Fest Giveaway Is.....

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Sun BBQ Fest Giveaway. Craig Dolphin has landed himself 2 free passes for this grill-tastic event as well as a spankin new Weber Grill. Thanks for sharing your recipe for Catalina Shrimp on a skewer Craig. Eat some tasty food on our behalf. 

Stay tuned for our next giveaway. 

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Monday
May282012

WFM Weekly Trivia : Win Swag @ Westport Farmers' Mkt

Answer the following question. We will randomly select a winner from the correct answers to receive a fine lookin' Westport Farmers' Market T Shirt. 

How many countries are GMOs outlawed in?

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Monday
May282012

Nauti Dolphin: New York Style Pizza in Fairfield

If you've ever missed a train or slogged through a daily commute, you know it often comes down to being at the right place at the right time. A few minutes late and you may find yourself recalculating your entire day's schedule. But if pizza is your business, and your ovens are quite literally at the tracks, you're always at the right place at the right time. 

Situated on the northbound side of the Fairfield train station, Nauti Dolphin in Fairfield serves up New York-inspired slices and pies that not only serve clock-watching commuters, but loyal Fairfielders who find themselves visiting the station whether or not they have a train to catch. Paired with fairly inexpensive prices, over ten years, and a constant stream of commuting stomachs, Nauti Dolphin is one of the town's favored neighborhood pizza take-out and delivery joints.

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Saturday
May262012

Sticky Balsamic Ribs via The Parsley Thief

Looking for a great recipe for your Memorial Day BBQ?  No joke, these are the best ribs ever! After asking my husband what he thought of them, he swallowed his bite & replied, "This may be the best thing I've had in my entire life". But, this is coming from a man who loves him some ribs...anyway, anyhow.

Like all good ribs, these require time, but very little effort. Once they are done marinating & slow cooking in the oven, the grilling part takes about 5 minutes. The perfect thing when you are having company & don't want to be in the kitchen when your guests are there.

This recipe will be a summer regular for us.

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