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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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Monday
Oct012012

Tokeneke 2012 Pumpkin Carnival

The Tokeneke 2012 Pumpkin Carnival Will Take Place Saturday, October 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Tokeneke Elementary School; Rain Date: Sunday, October 14th

Each year, hundreds of children and their parents take part in a Fall celebration in Darien known as the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival.  An annual tradition for over forty years, the 2012

The Pumpkin Carnival features attractions for all ages, including a haunted house, amusement park rides and games, rock climbing, a giant inflatable slide, a bake sale and raffle prizes. Carnival participants will also enjoy a wide array of tasty foods and beverages from local Darien restaurants such as Heights Pizza, Burgers Shakes and Fries and Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe.

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Sunday
Sep302012

South End: A Modern Tavern Opens in New Canaan

In early July CTbites previewed the opening of South End, the newest addition to the New Canaan restaurant scene.  Nearly two months of frenzied activity has confirmed the local appreciation that the creative cuisine of Chef Nicholas Martschenko is alive on Pine Street.

Overseeing the front of the house is Keith Siskind, his business partner, and the duo redesigned the interior at South End to create a relaxing atmosphere by intertwining rustic charm with modern comfort. The tables are carefully arranged to allow for pleasant conversation and the overall noise level creates a vibrant buzz without overwhelming intrusion. With upwards of 85 seats, 30 of which are contained around the energetic bar area, South End offers pleasant ambience to enjoy the wonderful cuisine that emerges from the kitchen.

The duo’s ambition to create the “Modern Tavern” is a rousing success. Siskind developed an excellent relationship with two local breweries, New Canaan’s Charter Oak and Stamford’s Half Full (Bright Ale) and both are prominently displayed on the taps overlooking the bar.

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Sunday
Sep302012

Foodie Fest Unites Foodies in Westport Oct 26-28

CTbites in collaboration with the Westport Downtown Merchants Association is excited to present the first Downtown Westport Foodie Fest the weekend of October 26, 27, 28! All Foodie Fest events are venue driven, giving attendees a chance to come to the beautiful downtown area of Westport and savor over 15 events including: Sushi Making for Kids, a Biergarten on the Green, Happy Hour @ The Spotted Horse, and a screening of the ultimate foodie flick, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (to name a few). 

CTbites Invites, the very popular “insider access” foodie event program, will be offering a “menu” of over 10 dining experiences all day Saturday 10/27 including a Bloody Mary Demo and Brunch at Tavern on MainLunch with Chef Pietro Scotti of Da Pietro’sHappy Hour at Spotted Horse, Mediterranean Wines and Appetizers at Acqua,  a thrilling Champagne Saber demo and tasting at LUXE Modern Wine Bar, Bourbon, BBQ and Beer at Bobby Q’s and a special pre-theatre dinner at Blue Lemon. BUY Tickets here for these events & more. 

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Friday
Sep282012

Westport & Weston Restaurant Week 2012 Starts Sept. 30th

It's a fine time to eat out in Westport & Weston as Westport & Weston Restaurant Week returns September 30th through October 5th. Prix fixed menus include 3 courses for either lunch or dinner. In addition, the Westport Arts Center is sponsoring a “Dinner Doodle” Contest, encouraging diners to doodle on napkins provided by the restaurants. They will be entered into the doodle contest and featured at the Dinner Doodle Party on October 17th!

Participating restaurants include:

Arezzo Ristorante , Bistro 88 , Blue LemonBobby Q’s , DaPietro’s , Dressing Room , Matsu Sushi , Oaxaca Kitchen , Pane e Bene , River House Tavern , Rizzuto’s , Tabouli GrillTarantino’s , Tarry LodgeTavern on Main , Terrain Garden Cafe ,  Villa del Sol

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Friday
Sep282012

Amuse Bouche: Food News for September 28

Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit (1790 Post Road East, Westport) Thursday, October 25th 7-8pm hosts a Whiskey & Bitters Happy Hour Class.  Mix and match a variety of different bitters with two classic whiskey cocktails to see the big flavor impact just a few drops can make. Bottlerocket will open every bottle of bitters in the shop, allowing attendees to explore a wide range of flavor combinations.Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  

Coalhouse Pizza in Stamford is all grown up. Coalhouse will soon feature a dedicated bar & game room with darts, bar shuffleboard, karaoke, and the Golden Tee 2013 golf game; four large flatscreen televisions; and up to 60 new seats in a private setting.  All Coalhouse Beer Club Members who book a Holiday Party at Coalhouse get 10% off (before tax & gratuity)!

To kick off American Cheese Month Fairfield Cheese Company will host Chris Gray of Consider Bardwell Farm on Saturday October 6th from 1-4pm for a cheese tasting of their award winning American artisan cheeses. 

The ever popular Ambler Farm Day is THIS Sunday, September 12th from 12-4. Bring the family and enjoy this wonderful Fall Festival. 

This Saturday, September 29, Michael Stern (www.roadfood.com, NPR, Saveur magazine) will bring his Connecticut Eating Tour's 50 Foodies to Wave Hill Breads Bakery & Cafe at 30 High Street in Norwalk, CT. 

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Thursday
Sep272012

Sunday Talks & Tastings @ Yale Peabody Museum

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will host Talks and Tastings, three events in conjunction with the current exhibition Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating. These events, part presentation and part tasting, will be held on Sundays, September 30, October 28 and December 2. 

  • September 30: Spice of Life: Boosting Flavor Profiles and Healthy Eating
  • October 28: Oncology Nutrition
  • December 2: Nutrition for Young Children 

Admission to the Museum is free, but advance registration for these events is required. The Peabody Museum is located at 170 Whitney Avenue in New Haven, CT.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Support Community Plates on October 9th @ The Fall Ball

You've heard us talking about Community Plates and the great work they do every day by rescuing good food that would otherwise be thrown away by delivering it to hunger relief agencies in Fairfield County. Whether you have been involved in Community Plates, would like to learn more about this remarkable organization, or just like a good party, their FALL BALL is coming up on October 9th, and you’re invited.

This is their major fundraiser of the year and the perfect night to make a contributions of time, passion or resources to keep this movement relevant and potent. Whether you are a restaurant, caterer or market with extra food to give to those in need, a volunteer who has a little extra time, or someone willing to support Community Plates with a small donation, this is the time to act.  

Plus, there will be a special opportunity to support Community Plates by bidding one of four "chef" packages donated by the generous people at Match Restaurant (Sono), Barcelona Wine Bar, Elm Restaurant (New Canaan) and Cinch Foods (Fairfield).

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Wednesday
Sep262012

Rhubarb Kitchen: Cooking School, British Style, in Darien

As if on cue, the day I attended class at the Rhubarb Kitchen, a cooking school with an emphasis on all things British, the sun disappeared and the weather turned appropriately overcast and drizzly. A perfect backdrop for learning about the delights of the very English ritual of Afternoon Tea.

But first, a little about the women who run this show. Rebecca Binks (aka “Becs”) grew up in Kent and learned the highlights of English food from her grandmother, mom, and eight aunts. A former banker and world traveler who has lived in France and Spain, Becs landed in New York City where she met Lisa McMullan. Lisa, an Irishwoman, grew up surrounded by lush farmland and her culinary path is inspired by a true farm to table experience. Lisa practiced as an optometrist, but her love of food always lingered in the background.

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Tuesday
Sep252012

50+ Healthy Winter Squash Recipes via Jeanette's Healthy Living

This week, local blogger, Jeanette's Healthy Living  paid tribute to the season with a roundup of great recipes featuring Winter Squash. Growing winter squash can be done well into the winter, thus the name. These are hardy vegetables that can be found locally throughout the winter into the spring. Plus, they are a Power Food

Winter squash comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors and I’ve started to see more at our local farmer’s market. I’ve tried the more common pumpkin, acorn squash and butternut squash, as well as spaghetti squash, kabocha squash, buttercup squash, (similar to kabocha), and delicata squash, and I’d love to get my hands on a blue Hokkaido pumpkin, a hubbard squash, or a red Kuri pumpkin.

I love using small winter squashes as bowls for serving soups and pilafs. They’re so elegant plus they’re edible!

So what makes Winter Squash a Power Food? They’re packed with beta-carotene (which your body converts to vitamin A) and vitamin C, plus they’re high in fiber, manganese, potassium, folate, vitamin K and vitamin B6. Winter squash’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds are believed to have potential in the area of cancer prevention and cancer treatment, as well as the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

To help get you started, I put together a roundup of 50+ Healthy Winter Squash recipes – Enjoy!

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