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Thursday
May022013

Taste of the Nation in New Haven 2013

Join famed Chef Jacques Pepin as the Taste of the Nation New Haven continues to set the bar on the culinary event scene by bringing over 40 of Greater New Haven's most notable chefs and bartenders together under one roof; providing an exclusive opportunity for attendees to mix and mingle with the area's top chefs while savoring their creative food and drink. The event raises important funds in the fight against childhood hunger.  

Taste of the Nation will be held at The Omni Hotel at Yale on May 22nd, 2013, in the heart of downtown New Haven. Tickets are $85 general admission and $150 VIP admission. VIP guests will enjoy private access to our VIP lounge with specialty cocktails and opulent bites provided by Winvian and sparkling wine by Mionetto.

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Thursday
May022013

Wine Gal Abroad: Lebanese Winemakers 

I have an exciting announcement that I can’t wait any longer to tell you… or maybe I should say “KuWAIT any longer to tell you!”  I have left the United States for an indefinite period of time in order to pursue my culinary dreams in the Middle East!  I have accepted the position of Guest Relations Manager at Figs, a restaurant by Todd English, in Kuwait.  The restaurant originated in Massachusetts, but English is bringing branches to new locations.  This will be Kuwait’s second Figs and I have the exciting chance to be involved with it from its inception.

In one of my favorite movies of all times, Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hank’s friend turns to him and asks, “What do you call it when everything just intersects?”  Tom Hanks shrugs and replies, “The Bermuda Triangle.”  This brief back-and-forth pretty much embodies the past month of my life when a series of improbable events seemed to come together to.  A chance meeting with Chef Todd English at the Mohegan Sun WineFest set the chain of events in motion.  By February I had submitted my resume and one short month later I was signing the contract.  My car is sold, my apartment is for rent, and my clothes are packed.

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Wednesday
May012013

Cooking is Believing. Start Your Kitchen Project at Clarke (sponsored post)

When something seems too good to be true, it typically is too good to be true. However, there is one exception right here in Connecticut: a visit to Clarke, New England's official Sub-Zero showroom and test kitchen in South Norwalk, CT.

While many think a kitchen design is all about cabinetry, discerning home chefs know a new kitchen starts with appliance research. Is a gas cooktop really better than induction? Will refrigerator drawers work in your layout? Can a convection steam oven replace a microwave? Clarke can answer all of these questions and more. 

According to Marco Barallon, Clarke showroom manager in South Norwalk, spending one to two hours at Clarke can save you months of your own research. He should know; he provides many of the private showroom tours at Clarke to educate homeowners about what is possible in their space and how to best accomplish their cooking goals in a new kitchen design. Are you passionate about pastry baking? Do you expect your children to prepare food? Do you have more than one chef in your home? How many dishwashers do you need? Should you incorporate wine storage into your kitchen or pantry?  

Your lifestyle informs your kitchen design and Clarke is a wonderful place to begin the design process.

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Wednesday
May012013

Shake Shack "No Kid Hungry" Shake Sale: Donate $2...Get FREE Shake

Shake it forward!  Starting today, Shake Shack® is hosting the 2nd Annual Great American Shake Sale benefiting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.

The Great American Shake Sale is a company-wide cause marketing initiative taking place May 1-31, 2013, at all Shake Shacks—excluding stadiums and international locations.  The goal is to help raise awareness and funds for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign in its effort to end childhood hunger in America.

Throughout the month of May, Shake Shack guests who donate $2 or more to No Kid Hungry will receive a card for a complimentary hand-spun shake—valued at $5—redeemable on their next visit.  One hundred percent of donations will benefit No Kid Hungry. Swing by their locations in Westport or New Haven. 

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Wednesday
May012013

American Craft Beer Week in CT Starts May 11th

American Craft Beer Week was created in 2006 by the Brewers Association to promote American craft beers and protect the independent brewers who make them. The first Craft Beer Week had only 124 participating breweries, but by last year there were over 1,300 official events in all 50 states, with who knows how many local promotions on top of that. May is for drinkers, people.

Connecticut is home to some of the best beers in the country - a fact regularly ignored or glossed over in even regional beer reporting - but this year marks the first ever Connecticut Craft Beer Week, which runs May 11-18 to coincide with American Craft Beer Week, May 13-19. We have some highlights from around the state below, and we'll update this post as new info comes in over the transom. Feel free to tell us about events you've heard about or will be attending in the comments.

The first event of CT Beer Week opens the taps at the Rising Pint Brewfest, where over 230 craft beers from 70+ brewers will be on offer at Rentschler Field in West Hartford.

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Tuesday
Apr302013

Forever Sweet Bakery Opens in Norwalk

Forever Sweet Bakery opened last week in the small mini-mall across from the Subaru dealership on New Canaan Avenue in Norwalk and CTbites paid a visit.

We visited after lunch on opening day and the success of the store preceded our arrival since the remaining inventory consisted of a few “Red Velvet” and a single chocolate cupcake. We decided on the Red Velvet and it was quite tasty. The cake was moist and they kept the sugar in the cake to a minimum. The icing was sweet and delicious and added great flavor.

The size of the cupcakes at Forever Sweet is also manageable, not the mega-cupcakes that have become the standard. Priced at $2.75 each, these are the perfect size and price for a kid’s party.

The Cake Pops start with a sphere of cake that are dipped in a hard shell and topped with some sparkles, priced at $2.75 each or $24.00 for a dozen. The Cupcake in a Jar is an 8-ounce mason jar filled with various layers of cake and priced $5.95 each.

With a following from its recent appearances at the Stamford Mall and current sales at local fooderies, Forever Sweets is a place to purchase some very tasty and creative cupcake inspired desserts.

Forever Sweet Bakery - 4 New Canaan Ave, Norwalk, CT - 203.939.9600

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Tuesday
Apr302013

Greenwich Dishcrawl Returns by Popular Demand

Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is returning to Greenwich again this June!  Dishcrawl takes food lovers on a gourmet Dishcrawl to four unique restaurants in one night. Similar to a pub-crawl—but more delicious! Local food enthusiasts in Fairfield County got wind of the inaugural Dishcrawls earlier this month and devoured the tickets – literally.

In the beginning of April tickets were released for the inaugural Downtown Greenwich Dishcrawls scheduled to take place on May 7th and May 8th; within five days both events had sold out. On June 11th at 7PM Greenwich Dishcrawl will return with the same mission of building community through a commonality of a passion for food, but in a new location. Old Greenwich will play host to Greenwich Dishcrawl round three, and foodies can expect a ton of surprises along the way. 

Reservations are $45 per person and can be purchased at http://www.dishcrawl.com/oldgreenwich

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Sunday
Apr282013

Oak + Almond Opens in Norwalk Under Chef Jeff Taibe

There's no doubt in my mind, they should really change the name of Fairfield County to Taibe Town! We all know the reputation of big brother Bill's excellent work at LeFarm and The Whelk, but now there's a new Taibe in town. He goes by the name of Jeff, and is Executive Chef of the newly opened Oak + Almond in Norwalk. This is Chef Jeff's debut as exec but there is nothing green about him - aside from all the sustainable, farm-to-table and biodynamic offerings on the menu. Experienced as sous chef at LeFarm and also at Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield (as well as plenty of mileage cooking and designing menus at various resorts in Turks and Caicos), Jeff brings panache and style to his ever-changing menu. Along with co-owner Jon Paul Pirraglia, General Manager Seth Levin and an incredibly knowledgeable and courteous staff, Jeff and co. are onto something excellent...

Oak + Almond finds itself in a rather unlikely location, right next to the DMV in Norwalk. But once inside, you could be in Sonoma, San Francisco or Manhattan. With clean, white walls, a tin roof and dark wood tables, chairs and floors, the atmosphere is hip and inviting. The open kitchen, massive rotisserie and large, wood burning oven greet you at the top of the stairs and almost anywhere you sit, you can watch Taibe and crew hard at work creating their magic.

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Friday
Apr262013

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

Two chefs. Two unlikely friends. Two very different careers and philosophies sharing one stage.

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, live at The Bushnell on Friday, May 3, 2013.  JoinAnthony Bourdain, chef, author of Medium Raw and host of No Reservations and Eric Ripert, renowned chef of Le Bernardin, author and regular guest on Bravo’s Top Chef as they share stories and muse on the place of food in our personal, community and global life. It's an evening of storytelling and observation providing frank and provocative insight into what really goes on behind the kitchen doors.

Tickets and information at Bushnell.org

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Friday
Apr262013

Invites Recap: New Nordic Dinner at Chocopologie c/o Fritz Knipschildt

So what happens when creative and innovative chefs are given the chance to create a special dinner inspired by their homeland, Denmark and The World’s Best Restaurant, NOMA of Copenhagen??

Well…a 10 Course “New Nordic” Dinner with Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie presented by CTbites Invites, turns into a true culinary happening. I lost count, but 10 courses turned into 16 courses, each paired with local wines from CT, Upstate NY and Long Island and beers from local breweries; Southport Brewing Company and City Steam of Stratford. 

But first a little food history as Fritz explained the evening ahead.  In November 2004, on the initiative of the Danish chefs René Redzepi and Claus Meyer of the then newly opened NOMA restaurant, chefs and food professionals from all the Nordic countries met in Copenhagen to discuss how best to develop what they called the "New Nordic Cuisine." In particular, they sought to emphasize the need for what they described as "purity, simplicity, and freshness" as well as increased use of seasonal foods. Restaurants were encouraged to develop traditional dishes making use of ingredients benefitting from the local region's climate, water, and soil.

As Fritz stressed, this cuisine was taking the farm-to table movement one step further, by foraging the earth for unique flavors and ingredients by using fresh herbs, moss, edible flowers and burnt hay to enhance the flavors of each dish.  

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