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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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Recap: Little Pub's Berkshire Brewing Co. Beer Dinner 

On May 22nd, The Little Pub in Ridgefield will hold a beer dinner featuring Brooklyn Brewery. The last beer dinner there featured beers from Berkshire Brewing Company, and American Craft Beer Week seemed like great time to recap that event and give some insight into how these events go at The Little Pub. 

Wisdom really begins when learning enables you to realize just how little you know. It's gratifying to the ego to consider one's self an expert on a subject but, just like there's always someone bigger or faster in sports, there's always some greater expert perfectly capable of putting you in your place. I thought I had a pretty good handle on Berkshire Brewing's place in the cosmos before I sat at a table with Jason Hunter, BBC's director of sales/GM/sometime brewer.

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Blue Laws Officially End Sunday, May 20th

It's not quite as momentous as the end of Prohibition, but Connecticut now has its own Repeal Day, as Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill Monday to end our state's archaic Blue Laws. And on American Craft Beer week, too. Way to go, Guv'na. Connecticut liquor stores will now be allowed to operate from 10a.m. - 5p.m. on Sundays, and choose one item per month to offer at a 10% discount. This last item was the lone concession to proponents of blue law repeal who sought the end of the state's mandatory minimum pricing practices. Discounts had previously been outlawed. 

Like most of the other measures signed into law by Gov. Malloy, this decision came down to the economic bottom line.

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You're Invited: Paella Making Class @ Barcelona SoNo

Join CTbites & Barcelona SoNo's new Executive Chef, Gavin Blair, for a fun & delicious Paella Making class and lunch on Thursday June 7th from 11:30- 1 pm. 

Learn the secrets to making perfect Paella rice by using the right seasonings and then how and when to add the key ingredients: chorizo, shellfish and chicken. Enjoy tapas while you learn key cooking tips and techniques from Chef Gavin, followed by a feast featuring this traditional Spanish dish. Finish with an authentic dessert and coffee to complete your dining experience. The cost for this event is $40. Purchase your seat HERE. 

Each attendee with get a take home recipe so you can re-create and impress your family and friends at home!

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Aventine Hills Wine Importers: Italian Wine Made Local

If you're reading this article, you're most likely adventurous…at least when it comes to food.  You look to as a guide for new culinary experiences, so we'd like to take this opportunity to broaden your horizons from the plate to your glass. Allow me to introduce Jodi and Garrett Stonehouse of Aventine Hills Wine Importers with wines featured at local restaurants including Paci, Quattro Pazzi, Osianna, Aqua, Tarantino's, Fat Cat, Rowayton Seafood, and The Schoolhouse, just to name a few. 

It all began back in 2006 when Jodi and Garrett discovered a love of Italy, and more specifically of the wine in Italy.

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WIN a Weber Grill & Free Tix to The Sun BBQ Festival

CTbites & Mohegan Sun are giving away for TWO PASSES to any one day of the SUN BBQ FEST @ Mohegan Sun on June 1 - 3, 2012 + a Weber Smokey Joe grill.

TO ENTER: Post your favorite BBQ dish in the comments section below.

1 lucky winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

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Class is in Session at 109 Cheese & Wine

School is back in session, and I don't mean the kind that requires boarding a yellow school bus. I'm talking about an education involving terms like bloomy, soft-ripened, blue-vein, washed-rind, and brined or full bodied, flowery or peppery. Ridgefield's 109 Cheese & Wine Shop's Spring/Summer class schedule is out with a full offering for any level of wine, craft beer & cheese appreciation. These classes expertly led by owner, Monica Brown, a wine and cheese connoisseur who, along with her experienced team, is dedicated to bringing a curated selection of the best products from around the corner to around the world to 109.

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Memorial Day BBQ & Party @ Barcelona Fairfield

Join Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant’s first barbeque blowout of the season. This Memorial Day, May 28th, have fun in the sun on Barcelona Fairfield's patio or enjoy some cocktails in their newly renovated bar. This fun-filled family event will feature: live music from the Jason Spooner Trio, beer tasting from Berkshire Brewing Company,  kids events include face painting and a magic show as well as a lemonade, popsicle and ice-cream stand.

For only $20 a person ($10 for kids) you can enjoy a delicious buffet of the best from their grill and kitchen. From beef, chorizo & cochinita sliders and suckling pig to grilled vegetables and assorted salads, there’s something for everyone.

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The Schoolhouse's Millstone Farm Summer Dinners on Sale May 16

The 3rd annual "Farm 2 Fork" dinner series will officially begin on Wenesday,  June 20th at Millstone Farm, 180 Millstone Rd., Wilton, CT. Those of you who have enjoyed these wonderful communal dining experiences in the past, are likely already drafting that email for reservations. For newbies, here's what to expect. A tour of the beautiful 75 acre Millstone Farm will begin at 6:00PM followed by a pristinely farm fresh, family style dinner beginning at 7:00PM. The cost is $100. per person with a featured wine. BYOB is welcome. Tax & gratuity is excluded.

Space is limited so I would suggest you act quickly. Reservations will be taken by email starting this Wednesday, May 16 at 10:00AM.

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New Canaan Farmers' Market Opens Today

The New Canaan Farmers' Market opens today, May 12, in the Old Center School Parking Lot 
in New Canaan, CT. The market will run every Saturday through November 17 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Among the vendors are familiar faces such as Shortt's Organic Farm, Baby Cat Milk bar, Izzi B's CupcakesSkinny Pines Pizza, Raus Coffee and Michele's Pies among many others.

Opening day specials include $3 off all bottles of Cold Roman (while supplies last). Check out our post of the Market from last year and come down every Saturday and see for yourself.

The New Canaan Farmers Market is located at the Old Center School Parking Lot at the Corner of South Avenue, Maple Avenue and Main Street in New Canaan, CT. The market will run every Saturday from May 12 through November 17 from 10 am to 2 pm, rain or shine.

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Terrain Home, Garden, & Cafe Opens Today in Westport 

It takes quite a bit to impress this native New Yorker when it comes to home design stores, but Terrain opened its doors in Westport tonight, and I have to say...I’m impressed. This breathtakingly beautiful space is quite literally a gallery for impeccably sourced home, garden, specialty food and gift items. The use of indoor/outdoor space and broad skylights makes this store feel like a walk through an elegant English garden. And in the middle of this green space is a coffee bar boasting Counter Culture beans, well trained baristas and baked goods, as well as a restaurant with a local, organic menu that will reflects the cycle of the seasons and the local Westport community.

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