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Thursday
Nov032011

The Invite: Nicholas Roberts $15 Lunch for 2!

Nicholas Roberts $15 Bring a Friend to Breakfast or Lunch

Here's the latest from CTbites Invites. We all love Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro in Norwalk. Now you can treat yourself and a friend to breakfast or lunch at Nicholas Roberts for only $15! Yup..you heard me right...lunch for 2!

Known for seasonal American bistro fare, Nicholas Roberts truly shines during breakfast and lunch. This $15 offer is a voucher good for your choice of two of any of the following: breakfast dishes, lunch salads, lunch sandwiches or any item on the specials menu. Breakfast is paired with locally brewed Zumbach's coffee and lunch is paired with freshly brewed mint and pomegranate iced tea.

Wednesday
Nov022011

Farmageddon Screening: You Are What You Eat

Westport Farmers Market rolls out the green carpet for its exclusive screening event - Farmageddon - on November 18 at 7.30pm in downtown Westport, at the new Christ & Holy Trinity church building.

The Westport Farmers Market had the idea to bring the film Farmageddon to Fairfield County. Little did they know they would be able to assemble this all-star group to work together to share this documentary with the community. The goal is to create a fun and educational evening filled with local food, wine and friends. This is not a fundraiser for any organization just one way The Westport Farmers' Market is hoping to give back to the community. So please join them on November 18 at 7:30 for the Fairfield County premier of Farmageddon.

 

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Wednesday
Nov022011

And The Winner Is....

Old Post Tavern has made their final decision on the winning name for the Cocktail Naming Contest. Thanks to everyone who submitted creative and sometimes downright hilarious names, but only one will make it to the Old Post Tavern menu.

Congratulations to KK for the winning name...drum roll please...Fall Stoliage. This lucky winner will receive a FREE lunch for 2 @ Old Post Tavern in Fairfield as well as a round of Fall Stoliage drinks. 

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

Tuesday
Nov012011

Pinkberry Opens in Greenwich on November 17

Celebrate the opening of Pinkberry Greenwich with a "Friends & Family Event" featuring free Pinkberry on Novemeber 17 at 5 p.m.

WHAT: To commemorate the opening of the Greenwich Pinkberry location in Connecticut, there will be a town-wide celebration and all guests will receive a FREE sample of one of five Pinkberry flavors. The The first 100 guests in line will receive a complimentary Pinkberry Tee-shirt.                

WHERE: Pinkberry, 369 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT

WHEN: Thursday, November 17from 5 to 9 pm (Grand Opening Event)

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Maple & Chile Roasted Acorn Squash

Quite honestly, I never met a roasted vegetable I didn’t like. I roast it all: carrots (the only way to eat them besides raw), onions, okra, even broccoli. So now we’ve come to squash. I don’t know why I’m initially reluctant to prepare it, especially this time of year when it’s everywhere and the varieties are endless. Squash is like a misunderstood pitbull, tough on the outside, but sweet and tender on the inside. It can be daunting to approach at first, but really it’s no big deal. I’ve been drawn to acorn squash this season. The flesh has a pleasant vegetal quality that’s a breeze to prepare and it’s equally delicious with fish, meat, and poultry. Sliced into crescent moons, tossed with butter, olive oil and chile flakes, it gets a drizzle of maple syrup towards the end which caramelizes the squash ever so slightly. A combo of sweet and sassy. The skin is tough and inedible (remember, it’s still part pitbull), but eaten with knife and fork, it’s Autumn on a Plate.

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Tuesday
Nov012011

Road Trip: Ballo Italian Restaurant & Club @ Mohegan Sun

A month ago I contributed an article about John Tunney’s latest creation, Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club. Now, I am pleased to bring you a sneak peek at not just the décor, not just a menu preview, but of the reason we are all here, for the food. 

But first, let me take you on a brief tour of this restaurant/bar/dance club/lounge. Remember that preview article? All that construction and the pictures of what it will look like? Seeing those photos is one thing, seeing this place in person is another. The wraparound marble bar, the sphere-like hanging lamps, the giant lanterns, and the fireplaces, give Ballo a glow unlike any other restaurant in Mohegan Sun Casino.

 

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Sunday
Oct302011

Caroline's Crêperie Opens in New Canaan

Walk under the blue awning and into the open doors of Caroline’s Crêperie and you’ll feel as if you’re walking into Caroline’s very own French home. With the warm, helpful service and Caroline herself standing at the helm making crêpes and welcoming clients into her buzzing restaurant, you can’t help but be charmed by this new restaurant on New Canaan's Elm Street. 

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Friday
Oct282011

The 8 Best Pizzas in Connecticut via Slice.com

The final word on all things pizza can generally be found on Slice.com. They recently reviewed the CT pizza scene. Here's what they had to say. 

Connecticut is the buckle of the Northeastern pizza belt, which stretches from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. More specifically, the New Haven style of pizzanot only is one of the first uniquely American pizza styles, but it has been preserved by a cluster of family-run establishments which still in many cases use the original equipment, now almost a century old.

Naturally New Haven might be considered Connecticut's pizza capital, but the state has dozens of great pizzerias. Few other places in the country have as much great pizza per capita (PPC). These are the best eight pizzas in Connecticut that we have had to date.

Click here to read the full article and find out who the winners were...

Friday
Oct282011

You're Invited: Exotic Taco & Tequila Tasting @ bartaco

Exotic Taco Night November 2nd @ bartaco. BUY NOW for $50!!!

CTbites is pleased to announce the launch of CTbites Invites, an innovative series of culinary events, offers and products created  for and by Connecticut launching today. This food-obsessed series will pair local restaurants, products and special events with the CTbites’ community of readers, offering exclusive access to interesting culinary experiences throughout our region. 

CTbites Invites is a carefully curated series of food events and offers where we will seek-out to share unique happenings in the region, hard-to-find products for sale from local vendors, and offer special offers at your favorite dining destinations.

We will be working with restaurants, chefs, farmers and foodies to test and introduce new menu items, exclusive wine and food pairings, tasting menus, cooking demonstrations and classes, unique product offers, mixology classes, and private kitchen tours, to name just a few opportunities.

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Friday
Oct282011

Bumper Crop: Tuscan Kale Salad

A recent Westport transplant from NYC, Melissa Roberts was a food editor for Gourmet for almost 9 years, where she toiled happily in the test kitchen developing and writing recipes for the magazine. She was also a cook and stylist in the Food Network's kitchen

Last Thursday’s Imperial Avenue Greenmarket in Westport fell on one of those perfect crisp and clear Fall days. The Greenmarket’s atmosphere was buzzing, complete with live music commemorating its 6th birthday. I joined in the celebration by treating myself to a Breakfast Pizza (pecorino, local bacon, fried egg) from Skinny Pines Pizza with Raus’ cold Roman Coffee to wash it all down. But my mission was not only to treat my belly, but to find inspiration amidst the produce, and it was there in spades beginning with a pile of deep green lacinato kale from Riverbank Farms in Roxbury, CT. Often with the freshest veggies the best way to treat them is the simplest. In this recipe, kale is shredded then tossed with a straightforward dressing of lemon and olive oil which brightens its earthy, mineral-like flavor, and a generous shower of nutty Parmigiano Reggiano.

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