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Pho Saigon: Real Pho. Really off the beaten path. 

If you like Italian cuisine (I mean real Italian) and you haven't been to Fortina in Armonk yet, something is ALL wrong. 

 

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Tuesday
Feb082011

The Dinners at the Farm 2011 Schedule is Up!

Dinners at the Farm is back! For those of you who have yet to attend this wonderful culinary event, check out our write-up from 2009 or view our photo gallery from 2010. Order yourself some tickets for the upcoming season now! This is truly one of CT's most unique dining experiences.  

For those of you new to the "farm dinner" concept, Dinners at the Farm is a series of benefit dinners that recreate a sense of connection to farming, cooking and eating. Plus you get to reconnect under the stars in a beautiful candlelit tent while eating a spectacular multi course meal. 

If you purchase tickets before May 1st, you will receive a special pre-season rate on their Thursday and Sunday night dinners. These nights are $100 per person vs. the normal rate of $150. It's a great gift!

We'll be there on July 9th. Support your local farming community and join us.

Order tickets on the Dinners at the Farm web site. 

Tuesday
Feb082011

Ad: Play With Your Food - Spots Still Open in Fairfield!!

Play with your food is back for a little Valentines Day romance, and there are a few spots left.  If you have never seen & eaten @ Play With Your Food, the concept is simple. During their 12noon -1:30 p.m. program, audiences are first treated to a pre-performance buffet lunch (catered by venues such as Spin & Span Market, Nicholas Roberts, DaPietro's, and The Pantry), before enjoying 3 one-act plays and a follow-up discussion with the actors.  It is a combined social and theatrical experience, diverse and compelling entertainment to be savored mid-day during the work week. It is also the perfect break from suburban life.  

The Greenwich and Westport 2011 season are sold out but there are still spots available in Fairfield for the February 15th show.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Making Chocolate Truffles With Knipschildt Chocolatier

My chocolate-covered Valentine’s Day mission to you, if you so choose to accept it, is to make your own Knipschildt-inspired truffle. For inspiration, I went behind the scenes of Knipschildt Chocolatier to learn how to make one of these decadent chocolate confections, or at the very least, become acquainted with the shop when I inevitably fail miserably and need to buy a box. Thanks to Torben Bang, Executive Pastry Chef and Executive Chocolatier for Knipschildt Chocolatier and Chocopologie Cafe as my able guide and my Plan B, making me look good either way. 

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Monday
Feb072011

CTbites is Coming to Your local Patch Site

We are pleased to announce CTbites is partnering with Patch sites across Fairfield County to deliver a curated slice of the great food news our readers enjoy every day.

Each Thursday you can look for us in a new weekly column,  "Bites Nearby," landing at 5 p.m. on your local PATCH site, including Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, SheltonTrumbull, Westport, Wilton, and Weston-Redding-Easton. Bookmark your town and check back each week!

It is our goal to support the local food community, and bring the best of Fairfield County food to our residents.

If you have a tip, a product or food news you would like to share, email amy@ctbites.com.

 

Monday
Feb072011

Mario Batali is Coming to Westport??!!!

I nearly dropped my lunch when I read Dan Woog's post today on Mario Batali opening up shop in Westport CT. Yup...our very own Italian outpost right next to the train station. With Shake Shack coming in late 2011, Westport is looking like NYC East.  

You can read the full article on Dan Woog's blog 06880, but here is what he had to say....

"On Friday, sources say, Batali closed on the former Abbondanza property.  The popular restaurant/speciality food store — across from the Charles Street office building in Saugatuck — closed last April.  (It reopened in August, in Fairfield.)

No details on Batali’s newest venture are available yet, such as a projected opening date or name.  He prefers Italian names — Babbo Ristorante, Lupa Osteria Romana, Pizzeria Mozza — and of course for nearly a century Saugatuck was a vibrant Italian community." -- Dan Woog's 06880

Sunday
Feb062011

Cocktail Naming Contest

WIN a FREE Lunch for 2 @ The Pine Social in New Canaan. Here's how...

It's time for another cocktail throw down! Inspired by the tremendous response to our recent Dressing Room cocktail naming contest, The Pine Social in New Canaan has decided to trust the fate of their new signature cocktail to the naming skills of our CTbites readers.  If your cocktail name is selected, you will win a FREE LUNCH FOR 2 at The Pine Social (cocktails included). 

Here are the ingredients for the cocktail in need of a name:

  • 4oz Prosecco
  • 1oz Cointreau (French bitter orange liquor)
  • splash cranberry juice
  • garnish with wedge of lime

Post your submission below (include email) , or if you're shy, feel free to send it to us directly. We welcome input from readers. If you see a name you like...post your vote!

May the best namer win!! Good luck.

[Photography by Natasha Montero]

Sunday
Feb062011

Cava Wine Bar in New Canaan

Cava Wine Bar is a welcoming entrance to New Canaan’s Restaurant Row on Forest Street where it has firmly taken its position as one of New Canaan’s best restaurants. The pasta dishes all feature in-house made varieties with an extremely light texture, the pizza offers traditional Neapolitan styles, and the entrées include several excellent fish, meat and poultry options. 

Cava opened in 2004 and was the first of three Fairfield County restaurants operated by the Siguenza family. Vicente oversees the wine selections, Kleber personally chooses all the fish purchases and their sister Chef Nube Rivera is the head chef of Cava’s kitchen.

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Saturday
Feb052011

Bourdain Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Bourdain ticket giveaway.  Thoughtful and excellent dining suggestions were made by all, but alas, there can only be one winner.

Drumroll please....Congratulations to Jessie Burns from Norwalk, CT who has won 2 tickets to see Anthony Bourdain at the Stamford Center for the Arts on February 12 at 8 pm. She suggested Nicholas Roberts and Valencia Luncheria, both very popular choices for Bourdain in this giveaway, and two of our favorites. 

For anyone attending the event or just in the neighborhood, CTbites will have a meet-up beforehand @ FEZ at 6:30. RSVP & details: Facebook.com/CTbites 

Saturday
Feb052011

Marcus Dairy Closes This Sunday

It's the end of an era. 

The Marcus Dairy Bar in Danbury will close its doors after sixty years in business this Sunday, February 6. The iconic diner and popular meeting spot for hundreds of motorcycles will be razed to make way for a shopping mall. 

The experience of the decades-old orange vinyl seats and wood paneling paired well with what can only be deemed as standard diner fare with the exception of the stand-out "Roadfood" turkey sandwiches and milkshakes. Marcus Dairy drew a steady stream of regulars for their old-fashioned dairy bar, counter service and convenient location under I-84 adjacent to the Danbury Fair Mall and the Danbury Airport who will all certainly feel the loss of this irreplaceable Danbury landmark. 

Friday
Feb042011

Reheated: Valentine's Day, Food-centric Benefits & CSA's

Valentine’s Day is looming! CTbites brings you the Top Ten Chocolate Shops and our Top Ten Spots for Valentine's Dinners. Check out the closest shops and make your reservations. 

Spring 2011 CSA’s are open for registration. Spots go quickly, visit the Fairfield Green Food Guide for a list of farms closest to Fairfield.

109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield is opening up their wine shop this Saturday, Feb. 4 and will be offering hard-to-find wines and artisan wines. Info: 109Cheeseandwine.com.

This weekend, don’t miss the third annual Chowdafest on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 11 am to 4 pm at Westport's Bedford Middle School. More than 20 different chowders, soups and bisques will be available for sampling with proceeds benefiting the Connecticut Food Bank.

Just over the border, the Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover's 'Tasting' Evening will benefit The Shelter for the Homeless onThursday, Feb 10, 6 pm at the Stamford Hilton, featuring 70 vendors, many of them local, serving decadent chocolates and confections and specialty beverages.

 

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