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Friday
Oct052012

Chef Experience Auction to Support Community Plates

In support of Fall Ball 2012, these four generous Fairfield County area chefs have donated four unique food experiences to benefit Community Plates march toward ending American food insecurity.  


Check these four different packages out and bid here!

Brian Lewis - Elm Restaurant, New Canaan
Interactive cooking demonstration at Elm and three course tasting menu for 10 to 12 guests

Matt Storch - Match Restaurant, Sono
One on one in the kitchen with Matt in Match's kitchen and an 8 course tasting menu for 2 guests

Michael Lucente - Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant
Private tapas party at the location of your choice for up to 8 guests

Shawn Russell - Cinch Gourmet Meal Market Fairfield
Surf and turf meal interactively prepared and served in Cinch's beautiful kitchen for up to 10 guests

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Friday
Oct052012

Valencia Luncheria Pig Roast & Art of the Cocktail Seminar Oct 24

Valencia Luncheria, Classic & Vintage Artisinal Spirits & Harry's Wine & Liquor Market are joining forces to bring you: A Venezuelan Pig Roast on the Beach & Cocktail Seminar on Wednesday October 24th @ 7PM. Guest speaker Michael Knipp C.S.W. will give guests an in depth look at the Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits Portfolio and the Art of the Cocktail. This unique event is $65 per person, all-inclusive, and includes a spectacular lineup of Tapas, Cocktails, Pig, tasty sides and dessert. Find out what makes a "Buzzing Black Buck" or an "Afternoon in Milano" perfect pairings for this beach side evening, and learn how to make them. You can check out the full menu below. This is one not to miss.  

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Friday
Oct052012

Amuse Bouche: Food News for October 5Th

Do you know about Green & Tonic, the provider of nutrient rich, plant based food & juices in Greenwich CT? You can sample some of their signature dishes at the 2012 Harvest Fest at the Stone Barns, alongside vendors such as: Balthazar Bakery, Luke's Lobster, and Mile End Deli. 

Valencia Luncheria, Classic & Vintage Artisinal Spirits & Harry's Wine & Liquor Market are joining forces to bring you: A Venezuelan Pig Roast on the Beach & Cocktail Seminar on Wednesday October 24th @ 7PM.

If you HOME-BREW beer, or are just interested in learning more about that stuff you love to drink, keep October 8TH open!  Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford is teaming up with B. United International to create a satellite classroom once a month beginning October 8th. The first class is entitled "HOPSTACLE" - a discussion on the 5 major hop growing regions of the world and the different flavors & aromas their hops can impart on beer while tasting 5 different beers that use those hops. Contact Coalhouse to sign up

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Thursday
Oct042012

New Haven Land Trust 30th Anniversary Gala

Will Allen, Founder and CEO of Growing Power and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, is going to be giving the keynote address on local food at The New Haven Land Trust 30thAnniversary Celebration Dinner on Friday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. at Yale Commons, 168 Grove St, New Haven, CT. Purchase tickets to the NHLT 30th Anniversary Dinner here.

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Thursday
Oct042012

Food Porn: Apple Tart Recipe

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Tina Rupp is a professional food photographer who works with Food & Wine Magazine and Weight Watchers and also photographs many cookbooks and national print ads. 

Today just after this tart came out of the oven, I FINALLY realized why I bake and don’t really cook.  I burned applesauce. Who does that? The running joke between me and my husband is that I can burn just about anything I cook: eggs, toast, fishies for my daughters and then today it was applesauce made from all of the extra apples I sliced for the shoot.  It finally hit me.  When I bake, I have a timer!  When I cook on the stovetop, no timer!  Eureka moment for sure. Thankfully, my husband is an amazing cook, beef bourguignon, the works. Nice balance with all the baking I do and fortunately I can also make a mean salad. No timer needed.

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Thursday
Oct042012

Canning Demo w/ Author Sherri Brooks Vinton of "Put 'em Up!"

For those who have been meaning to get to Sherri Brooks Vinton's canning classes, but haven't yet made it, here is your chance. On Thursday, October 11th, Author Sherri Brooks will be speaking about "The How's and Why's to Canning" as well as signing books @ Catch A Healthy Habit in Fairfield, 6:30pm. 

Canning is a great way to store away seasonal flavors and support local agriculture. In this class, Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of the home food preservation how-to, “Put ‘em Up!” will walk people through all the basic info needed to safely and confidently create our own “canned” goods.  Sherri will demonstrate the Boiling Water Method, the basic method used for making jams, jellies, salsas, chutneys, pickles. Sign up today and you’ll be ready to “preserve local agriculture” at this demo and book signing. The cost is $10.00. Sign up HERE. 

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Wednesday
Oct032012

Blu Parrot: Music, Food & Fun Opens in Westport Today

A new food and music venue has opened in Westport today in the Saugatuck neighborhood...The Blu Parrot. With the team from The Georgetown Saloon at the helm, The Blue Parrot is poised for some good times in the old Jasmine location. With nibbles like Duck Confit Knish, Blistered Sheshito Peppers, and Oyster Po' Boys on the menu, and one of the best Kids Menus I've seen in the area, this may be a place to watch. Here is their story. (SEE VIDEO ABOVE)  

Let us know what you think if you check them out. 

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Wednesday
Oct032012

Wakeman Town Farm Pancake Breakfast Oct. 14th

Got kids? Like pancakes? And bacon? And all things farm-y and fun? Did you miss last's year's hugely successful event? 

Come on down to an old-fashioned “Pancake Breakfast & Pop Up Farmers' Market," a family event at Wakeman Town Farm (134 Cross Hwy, Westport) on Sunday, October 14th from 9 a.m.-noon. It's a fun, fall $8 Pancake Breakfast (Rain or shine.)

Pancakes & maple syrup, bacon & all the fixins, plus juice & coffee will be served. This event is SPONSORED by CHRISTIE'S COUNTRY MARKET.

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Wednesday
Oct032012

Bar Sugo Opening Brings Killer Pizza to Norwalk...Again! 

For those who have longed for one of Chef Pat Pascarella memorable pizzas at Cortina Pizzeria in Norwalk, the wait is almost over. This weekend, Pascarella's newest venture, Bar Sugo opens at 104 Wall Street in Norwalk with more combinations of one of the best pizzas in CT. Over the last two months, Pascarella and his partners have been busy redesigning the new location to give that little bit of Italy feel. The floors were converted to a traditional red and white checkerboard, the beautiful new bar was installed and the kitchen is now ready for the guests to enjoy both pizzas and many other delicious Italian options.  

Since pizza was the cornerstone of Cortina, Bar Sugo will serve numerous pizza combinations, from a simple Burrata or a Margherita to the wonderful flavor combinations of the 2012 CTbites winning braised short rib topped with several roasted eggs. But the pizza is just the beginning of the cuisine.

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Tuesday
Oct022012

The Spread to Open in S. Norwalk w/ Local Celeb Bartenders & Arik Bensimon

“The SoNo scene has lost a bit of luster and we'd like to help bring some flavor back downtown,” says Chris Hickey, Co-Owner of The Spread opening October 2012.  

Mr. Hickey, and his partners, Christopher Rasile, Andrey Cortes, and Shawn Longyear may be just the men for the job. With strong backgrounds in hospitality and almost legendary careers managing Bar at Barcelona’s SoNo and Greenwich locations, these four partners are poised to create some dining buzz in Michael Young's former Habana location

But, despite boasting one of the largest bars in Fairfield County, The Spread is not just about creative cocktails. Enter the talented Chef Arik Bensimon, most recently the Executive Chef at Napa & Co., and now you’ve got yourself some serious culinary street cred to compliment the talent behind the bar. 

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