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Wednesday
Jun122013

10 Questions for Chef Geoff Lazlo of The Whelk in Westport

On any given day, Chef Geoff Lazlo can be found in his vegetable garden, with his young family, or in the kitchen at The Whelk in Westport. After years of working at renown restaurants such as Blue Hill Stone Barns, Chez Panisse, and most recently Gramercy Tavern, Geoff came back to CT where he was born, to join team Bill Taibe. “I made an effort to work at the very best restaurants while I was in New York City,” says Lazlo, “but I was never really an urban person. When I was 5 years old I turned my sandbox into a garden.” As passionate locavores who care deeply about the integrity of each and every ingredient, Taibe and Lazlo would agree that this has been a perfect match. 

After a few months at Le Farm which Geoff says “was a great opportunity to be in a small chef driven kitchen after Gramercy Tavern," Geoff took over the helm at The Whelk (recently voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Fairfield County). When asked about The Whelk, Geoff said, “I’m a really academic guy and I like the challenge of approaching seafood with multiple cooking methods.”  “Bill and I have a similar spirit, but we come at food from two different angles. I cook clean and light, and Bill encourages me to add that last ingredient that pushes it further.” 

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Tuesday
Jun112013

Iskream: Walnut Beach Creamery Owner Creates New Brand Without "Real" Sugar 

There is nothing I love more than a good "grass roots" story - and this particular story involves a love affair with a sweet confectionary that has stood the ultimate test of time.  It is the result  of one local Milford woman's passion for creating great ice cream and an idea to lower ice cream's sugar content.  I'm sure this ice cream innovator's tale, will soon become a part of "sweet" history, right there alongside the revered Mrs. Fields.

I think it is safe to say that most Americans could conjure up iconic visions of having ice cream on a hot summer's day at the beach.. at the ballpark..  at family picnics and at birthday celebrations.  Ice cream is inherently part of the American Way of life -  be it chocolate, vanilla, mint-chocolate chip or strawberry, be it from a store, an ice-cream cart or the beloved Good Humor man and his captivating bells. Iskream, the brainchild and collaboration of Susan Patrick and Biagio Barrone, was born out of Susan's very own creamery in Milford.  She owns the storefront Walnut Beach Creamery which has been churning out amazing, inventive flavors to locals since 2007.  

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Tuesday
Jun112013

Bourbon Tasting at Field House Farm in Madison

Field House Farm is hosting a Bourbon Tasting on Saturday, June 22 with Bourbon Specialist and President of the Louisville Kentucky Bourbon Society, Paul Meyer for an exclusive and rare tasting ofKentucky Bourbons. 

A selection of five to six bourbons will be presented and discussed. Chef David Borselle and Chef Eric Hole (of Bar Bouchee, Madison) will be providing appetizers for this outdoor event. Hen and Heifer Bakery will be presenting a special blend of sweets, specialty caramels, and chocolates.

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Monday
Jun102013

Bartaco Opens Today in Westport: Video Walk Through

The highly anticipated taco hot spot, Bartaco, will officially open their doors in Westport at 4PM tonight for dinner service. CTbites got inside early to check out the new styling dining room on Westport's Saugatuck River at 20 Wilton Road. This location will feature an outdoor patio, alongside their signature design elements and the now familiar just walked off the beach casual vibe. However, this new location is truly unique. Over the past year Bartaco has been researching Westport's archives, and guests will be delighted to find historic images seen throughout the restaurant, harkening back to Co-Owner Sasa's childhood in yes...Westport.

In conjunction with this launch, diners will find some exciting new taco options on the menu. Taco additions include: Falafel, Fried Oyster, Curry Shrimp, Wild Boar and Sesame Ribeye.  Check out the video for more information and a full tour of Bartaco Westport. 

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Sunday
Jun092013

Gold's Delicatessen In Westport: Real New York Style Deli Since 1958

Jarret Liotta is a veteran freelance writer whose articles and essays have appeared in over 75 different publications, including The New York Times & National Geographic. He is a native of Westport, Connecticut.

I was browsing CTbites recently and was surprised and thrilled to find no contributor had yet posted a review of Gold’s Delicatessen in Westport, because now I get to do it.

In a nutshell, if you taste a hot corned beef sandwich from Gold’s, you will be in Hebraic heaven. This is a real New York style Jewish deli, and as fine a one as I’ve ever found in New York or Miami.

In one of the rarer gifts by today’s deli experience, Gold’s makes its own corned beefas they make their own brisket. Both are excellent and, if you’re lucky—stay with me here—you’ll get a slightly fattier serving that is just astounding for its flavor and the kind of grand indulgent satisfaction you won’t find with the store-bought stuff served in most places. 

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Sunday
Jun092013

CTbites Voted "Best Local Blogger" in Fairfield Country Readers' Poll

We almost forgot to share our good news. CTbites would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our readers and friends who voted for us to win "Best Local Blogger" & 2nd Place for "Best Local Twitterer" in the 2013 Fairfield County Readers' Poll

We are only as strong as our community of passionate foodies and eaters, and we look towards you for guidance. If you have tips, comments, or would like to let us know about a dining experience you've had in CT, please Contact Us.  

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Friday
Jun072013

Friday Froth: A Tour Through The Exotic Beer @ Nepenthia, Part 2

Streamlined now, I returned to action. My kit included nothing but a camera, a notepad, a pen, the tasting glass they loaned me, and the clothes I hoped to still be wearing by the time I reemerged. I made my way confidently back into Nepenthia

Exotic, hand selected beers waited to be found all throughout the facilities at B. United International in Oxford, Conn. - spread across tables staffed by the men and women who made them. If Steve Inskeep's voice woke me from this dream I was going on a three state rampage. 

I crossed the threshold into BU's loading bay and saw lines of colorful bottles adorned with the owl of Hitachino. Toshiyuki Kiuchi, owner and brewmaster of Kiuchi Brewery (makers of Hitachno beers) was gesticulating madly with a broad smile on his face, making himself clear, or at least somewhat understood, to a group of bottle shop reps. 

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Friday
Jun072013

3rd Annual International Food Festival at Olde Mistick Village

Olde Mistick Village Merchants will host the 3rd Annual International Food Festival this weekend on June 8 and 9, 2013, from 11 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday, rain or shine. This event is free and open to the public.

The festival will present the best of international cuisines from numerous local restaurants and award winning executive chefs. Participating food purveyors will include: Beachside Catering, Harp & Dragon, Hub's Clam Shack, Johny's Peking Tokyo, Mango's Italian Ice, Mystic Diner & Restaurant, Portuguese Fisherman, Pizza Grille, Semolina Pasta Shop, Taste of India, The Pita Spot, Toasted, Zest Fresh Pastry and more.

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Thursday
Jun062013

Home Brew Competition @ The Ginger Man

 

Thursday
Jun062013

The Beer Garden at Harbor Point Hosts Community Plates Night

The Beer Garden at Harbor Point is hosting Community Plates Night at Harbor Point on Wednesday, June 19 from 4-9pm. 

The event is free, and open to the public. A percentage of all drink sales at the Beer Garden and food sales from Lobster Craft, Hot Off the Grille, VanChetta, the Rolling Rotisserie food truck & Mr. Frosty Mobile Ice Cream Truck are going to Community Plates to help connect food available for rescue with people who need it. 

All of the festivities are in the name of helping to end hunger in Fairfield County. For questions about the event, please contact communityplatesevents@gmail.com or we'll see you there. 

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