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Tuesday
Jan222013

Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar Opens in Danbury

Ignacio Blanco and Chef Juan Garcia, the duo behind the successful trio of Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bars in Hamden, New Haven and Northhampton, are opening their fourth location in Danbury. The newest Ibiza Tapas and Wine Bar will be open for regular business beginning this Saturday, January 26 at 93 Mill Plain Road in Danbury.

For more information, call 203.730.8800 or visit www.ibizatapaswinebar.com.

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Tuesday
Jan222013

Elm Restaurant's Chef Brian Lewis Offers Cooking Classes

Chef Brian Lewis and Elm Restaurant in New Canaan are beginning a series of hands-on cooking classes to illustrate the flavors of the season, tempt the palate and teach the aspiring little chefs in the family.

On Wednesday January 30 from 11am to 2pm, Chef Brian Lewis will teach various methods of creating healthy and delicious winter dishes. The recipes will feature winter greens and roots and how best to complement these ingredients with citrus & grains. In addition the main event will prepare a salt-baked Branzino, an age-old technique that creates a moist and luscious presentation. The cost of this event is $90 and includes hands-on instruction, recipes and a three-course lunch.

The second class is schedule for Wednesday, February 20 for the “lil’ chefs.” You can drop off your aspiring chefs (minimum age 9 years old pleas) at 11AM for a three-hour cooking class during Winter Break and Elm will guide them through the making of pasta with tomato sauce plus that good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies. The fee per child for this class is $45 and includes instruction, recipes and lunch at the chef’s table.

For more information, check out the elm restaurant web site. 

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Sunday
Jan202013

Bistro Latino: Chef Rafael Palomino Comes to Old Greenwich

Acclaimed chef, author and restaurateur Rafael Palomino recently opened Bistro Latino in the space first occupied by Boxing Cat Café and then Greenwich Tavern in Old Greenwich.  The vast dining room has been done over in dark wood flooring which is flanked by racked walls that flaunt an extensive portfolio of international wines. 

Palomino won his food-star stripes when he opened Sonora in Manhattan almost two decades ago, introducing Manhattan to Nuevo Latino cuisine, and earning raves from the city’s food critics. Sonora's wild success inspired Rafael to bring his unique cooking style to satellite restaurants in New Haven, Tuckahoe, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Sonora now lives in Port Chester.

Despite its name, Greenwich's Bistro Latino is not really Nuevo Latino since the dishes are more of Spain than Latin and South America.  Rafael has created a menu that features European tapas and paella -- which he anoints with flavors from his Columbian and Queens roots. "Spanish bathed in Picante Style," is how the restaurant describes it.  As a result, Bistro Latino is really more about invention than tradition.  

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Friday
Jan182013

Friday Froth: Winter Update

"You shouldn't be scared of spiders," I remember my mother telling me. "You're much bigger than they are." At the time this line of reasoning seemed like neither a straight line, nor particularly reasonable, but I had no adequate retort at eight years old. Spiders were little, misshapen beasts from hell's own imagination then, and they remain so now. Doubly so, since now I know about things like the Brown Recluse, but that's not important. A spider I can hit with a magazine before turning on my heel and shrieking away. I am millions of times larger than a cold virus, and that hasn't stopped it from kicking my ass. So take that, 1987 Mom. All this is to say I haven't been drinking a lot of beer lately, but here are a few tidbits from the scattershot days in which I've been both awake and able to breathe over the past month.

Sixpoint in Brooklyn literally turns out (at least one) new beer every month. See their single-hopped Spice of Life series for just one example. In that vein, I finally had the Pacifica version which came out in November, and can still be found on tap here and there.

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Friday
Jan182013

Food Truck Friday @ Sugar & Olives in Norwalk

Thursday
Jan172013

Chef's Table Dining @ Fine Food for a Cause Charity Event

Stamford YMCA’s second annual Fine Food for a Cause event is scheduled for Monday, January 28, 6 p.m. at the Stamford Yacht Club. Area food lovers can dine “At the Chef’s Table” and enjoy a four-star, three-course dinner prepared by several of the area’s finest chefs. Restaurants and featured chefs include:

Additionally, the cocktail hour will feature cuisine from Tabouli Grill and Sushi Village, with dessert creations by Chocopologie. Stamford-based Corus, LLC is providing two types of vodka and specialty drinks for the evening.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Casa Villa: Beloved Taco Joint Opens in Bridgeport

Stamford's beloved Mexican restaurant Casa Villa opens a new location in Bridgeport TODAY. The menu will be very similar to that at their East Main Street location, including their signature al pastor tacos and tamales. Congratulations to owner Alvino Villa and his team! Hacienda Villa is located at 2810 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport CT.  

Click here to read our review of CASA VILLA

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Chowdafest 2013: Restaurants Compete...YOU Judge!

The rumors are true - Chowdafest has grown so popular that they're holding this year's competition at the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard.  They expect upwards of 10,000 chowder and soup lov'n fans to come out and help set a record donation to Connecticut Food Bank!  The uniquely football-themed chowder and soup competition will take place on "SOUP"er Bowl Sunday Feb. 3rd from 11:00-4:00.No one can sit at home and watch 8+ hours of pre-game so kick off your Super Sunday with us.  Kick-off isn't until 6:30.

Restaurants Competing for BEST Chowder, Soup and Bisque:

Blue Lemon  Bobby Q's  Bodega Taco Bar  The Brewhouse   Close Harbor Seafood  Crab Shell  
Donovan's   Dunville's   Ginger Man  High Tide Gourmet  Liquid Lunch   Mansion Clam House   
Nicholas Roberts  On the Rocks   O'Neill's   Old Post Tavern  Restaurant at Rowayton   Rory's 
Southport Brewing Co.  Super Duper Weenie  Tavern on Main   Valencia's

Circle your calendar and plan on being a judge once again, sampling decadent chowder, soup and bisque from award winning restaurants from all over CT.  Get into your football gear and be part of this "soupah" time before the Super Bowl starts.

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Tuesday
Jan152013

"Play With Your Food" Launches 2013 Season!

Performing arts producer JIB Productions has announced its Play With Your Food program at Toquet Hall in Westport , on Jan. 15, 16 and17, Fairfield Theatre Company on Jan. 22, and at Greenwich Arts Council January 23 and 24th

Now in its 11th season, PWYF is a theater program that includes a seasonal buffet lunch and dessert, short-play readings by professional actors and a post-show discussion. Performances are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on dates in January, February, March and April.  

January’s lunch in Westport and Greenwich will be catered by Norwalk’s Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro, and will feature Chef Robert Triolo’s seasonal lunch roll ups: Butternut Squash & Honey, Ginger Truffle Tuna Salad, Chicken Salad w/ Sage, a Sweet Potato salad w/ Mixed Greens & dried fruit.

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Tuesday
Jan152013

Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree Class @ Ambler Farm

It's that time of year again. Sign up for Ambler Farms immensely popular, Maple Syrup Tap-a-Tree program. Sign up quickly...these classes fill up fast. 

Training sessions are either: Sat., Feb. 9th at either 10-11am or 1-2pm.

Learn the science and history of maple syruping by being a hands-on part of the process.   We will send regular updates on the running of the sap so you can come to the Farm to collect sap from your tree. We will boil down the sap in our sugar shack and send each family home with their very own bottle of Ambler Farm maple syrup.

The season runs from early February to mid-March (a typical season is five weeks long). If you are traveling during February or March, we will collect sap for you. $65 per non-member family/$60 per member family. Register here. 

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