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Sunday
Jul172011

Tacuba Opens in Branford

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re experiencing a taco moment

The latest in the list of talented Connecticut chefs to jump on the taco bandwagon (or in his case, back on it) is Arturo Franco-Camacho and his wife Suzette, the dynamic pair behind our state’s latest taco joint, Tacuba in Branford. Opening just this past week, Tacuba isn’t exactly in the neighborhood, but trust me when I tell you this is a place you should know about.

The folks behind one of the state’s first taco carts sixteen years ago, the initial iteration of South Norwalk’s Habana, New Haven’s beloved Roomba and upscale Bespoke, they couple is currently running Branford’s Suburban, and now Tacuba and the adjacent wine bar, Swill

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Sunday
Jul172011

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton is Coming to Stamford

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef/owner of the highly successful Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village, and author of the memoir "Blood, Bones & Butter" will be appearing in Fairfield County on July 20th. Chef Hamilton will be doing a 15-20 minute reading from her book at 6pm at the Harry Bennett Branch of the STAMFORD CT library, followed by Q & A and book signing. If you have not yet added this tome to your summer reading list, listen to what her colleagues have to say about this remarkable work: 

Magnificent. Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever." —Anthony Bourdain

"I will read this book to my children and then burn all the books I have written for pretending to be anything even close to this." —Mario Batali

Details: Wednesday, July 20th. Stamford Library, Harry Bennett Branch115 Vine Road, Stamford, CT

Sunday
Jul172011

Shake Shack Opens Wednesday in Westport

Known for 100% Black Angus burgers, dense and velvety-smooth frozen custard, flat-top hot dogs and staggeringly long lines, Shake Shack will open this Wednesday, July 20 in Westport at their new Connecticut location, 1849 Post Road East in Westport.

For more information, visit shakeshack.com.

Photos c/o ShakeShack.com.

Friday
Jul152011

A Taste of India: Food + Film

 

Thursday
Jul142011

Italian Cheese & Wine Class @ 109 Cheese & Wine

Join 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield for a special class on cheese and wine from Italy on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Leading this two-hour class will be Italian Certified Sommelier Tyler Savage and 109 owner Monica Brown. The class is an in-depth study of the cheese and wine of Italy and its regions as well as the best way to pair them together. To kick-off the tasting, 109 will serve a selection of Bernard's Restaurant appetizers, followed by ice wines and six cheeses.

Class cost is $55 per person and class size is limited so please call ahead to reserve your spot, 203.438.5757.

For more information visit www.109cheeseandwine.com.

 

Thursday
Jul142011

Dinners at the Farm Opening Weekend

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Last Thursday marked the opening weekend of Dinners at the Farm's 2011 season. This year, Jonothan Rapp of River Tavern Restaurant and his team of top notch chefs will park their big red truck at two farms; Barberry Hill Farm in Madison, CT and White Gate Farm in Old Lyme. Dinners at the Farm started in 2007, long before "farm to table" fare became mainstream, and they continue to delight guests with exceptional menus, farm tours, and insight into the life of a farmer in CT.  View the Photo Gallery here.

"Dinners at the Farm is a series of benefit dinners celebrating Connecticut's local farms, food and community as a way to generate awareness of the importance and vitality of our local farming community and the delicious, wholesome and abundant food it provides us. Recreating a sense of connection to farming, cooking and eating is what Dinners at the Farm is all about." --Dinners at the Farm

A portion of every dinner goes to the non-for-profit community benefiting organizations such as Connecticut Farmland Trust, Slow Food Connecticut, CitySeed, Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, and Working Lands Alliance.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Artisan, Farm to Table Opens in Southport at Delamar

Artisan, a "farm to table New England-inspired" restaurant opens tonight, July 13, 2011 at the Delamar Hotel in Southport, CT.

“We wanted Artisan to feel comfortable, as if you have been invited to enjoy a weekend in the country,” says Chef Kieffer, a native of Paris and resident of Fairfield County. “And we want the food to match the feel of the restaurant; a place that is casual and very comfortable yet that also reflects quality and excellence.”   

Previewing the space during an opening party is a biased occasion, admittedly, but it’s also one of the best ways to understand intentions as well as gauge reactions. Dining experience non-withstanding, mission accomplished Artisan.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

Blueberry Season Opens TODAY @ Bishop's Orchards

Pick your own blueberries at Bishop's Orchards will open for the first day of the season on Wednesday, July 13.  The blueberry crop looks great this year and the the berries are big and full of flavor.  It doesn't get better than local berries, fresh picked.  The recent warm days have helped add to the flavor and are waiting for you to come and pick them. Hope to see you tomorrow! --Bishop's Orchards

For more information, call their PYO Hotline for up-to-date information on Picking Schedule, Price and Location: 203.458.PICK 

Tuesday
Jul122011

Tim LaBant @ The Westport Farmers' Mkt

Tim LaBant, Chef and owner of The Schoolhouse Restaurant at Cannondale,  will be cooking at the Westport Farmers’ Market on July 14.

LaBant will be cooling his fans with HERBAL SNOW CONES as the temperatures continue to hold steady in the 90’s.  Simple foods and icy treats are what we crave in this weather and LaBant obliges.  Herb infused simple syrups mixed with freshly squeezed juices combine to make FRUIT FLAVORED HERBED ICES served in paper cones.  Stroll the market with his refreshing creation and note the exotic combinations of distinctive flavors like GREEN TEA PEAR, WATERMELON BASIL, WATERMELON MINT, LEMON PRICKLY PEAR or PINEAPPLE PEPPER.

LaBant sources regularly from his neighbors at  Millstone Farm in Wilton. He may surprise shoppers with an additional dish, utilizing ingredients he discovers from other vendors at market. I’ve heard murmurs about a mixed green salad with cherries, mint and Beltane’s goat cheese. We can only hope.

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Tuesday
Jul122011

Celebrating Bastille Day in Connecticut

On Bastille Day, everyone is a little bit French. Each year on July 14, citizens of France, francophones and francophiles across the globe celebrate La Fête Nationale or Bastille Day, France's independence day that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Here is where you can go to celebrate this national French holiday, including a Supper Club, Street Fairs, and a Country French Buffet.

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