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Adam Gopnik Comes to Greenwich 

New Yorker columnist and bestselling author Adam Gopnik will discuss his new book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food on Wednesday, January 18 from 10 to 11:30 am. The event, presented by JCC Greenwich, will take place at Versailles Bistro & Patisserie, 339 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich.

Over café au lait and croissants, Mr. Gopnik will begins with 18th-century France and carries us to the kitchens of the White House, Barcelona and beyond getting at the heart of our love affair with eating.  Book signing to follow. Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchased at or by sending a check to JCC Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830. Additional information: 203.552.1818

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Tix to Fork it Over WFM Fundraiser Go On Sale TODAY

Tickets to the Fork it Over Westport Farmers' Market Fundraiser go on sale TODAY. A quick glance at the list of chefs cooking for this event and you'll understand the need for speed. Only the first 200 people to sign up will get seats. Go to the Westport Farmers' Market web site to grab a chair and join us. 

On January 28, 2012 the greenhouse at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens will be transformed into a “Pop-Up” restaurant with a chef lineup that will make you drool. CTbites got the list and we are happy to share: Bill Taibe of leFarm, Matt Storch of Match, Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Michel Nischan of Dressing Room, and John Barricelli of Sono Baking Company will provide the dessert course. 

Each chef will prepare four dishes, and the entire menu will be paired with inventive cocktails and wine. This is truly an evening not to be missed. 

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An Evening of BBQ & Craft Brews @ Bobby Q's 

Join Bobby Q owner Bob Le Rose and special BBQ guests and brewers for an unforgettable night of craft brews and BBQ on January 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is priced at $60 per person which includes

This special dining event will feature special guests including the award-winning BBQ pitmasters Steve Z of R2BQ and Dave Conti of Red Planet BBQ and top microbrewers. Bobby and his crew will pair their signature BBQ dishes including pulled pork, burnt ends, ribs and chicken, and a variety of sides with a selection of craft brews. 

If you've ever been to one of Bobby Q's Blues, Views and BBQ events (2011 Poster & Preview) you know this will be a festive and memorable evening. Space is limited and is 21 and over only, and reservations are first come, first served.

If you haven't yet been to a CTbites event yet, make this your first. CTbites Invites are a great way to dig deeper into the local food scene with those who appreciate and seek out great food and experiences like you. Hope to see you there! 

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CTbites Top Stories of 2011

Between the explosion of farm-to-table dinners, burger joints, taco bars, pizza wars and new restaurant openings in 2011, there was little time left to be hungry in Connecticut. In fact, it's hard to imagine we did anything else but eat. Below are the top ten most-talked about CTbites news stories of the year and some of the most-anticipated openings of 2012

Feel free to add your own thoughts, observations, as well as predictions for 2012 and Happy New Year from all of us at CTbites.

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Glazed Buttermilk Meatloaf via The Parsley Thief

This past summer I was engrossed in a reality cooking competition on the Food Network called The Next Food Network Star.  I haven't seen every season of the show, but typically once I begin watching I get sucked in up until a winner is declared.  

Anyway - a few weeks before this past season began, a friend of mine from high school  contacted me to let me know a fellow graduate from our school would be competing in the upcoming season.  Her name is Mary Beth Albright. Of course I wanted her to win - not just because we share the same hometown, but because after watching the season I was easily convinced she would indeed make a great food television show host.  

While the show was airing, Mary Beth would simultaneously post her personal take on the developments of each week's episode on her blog - occasionally also posting one of her recipes from the competition.  The recipe of Mary Beth's that sparked my interest most was for this meatloaf. I think what sets this recipe apart from the rest is the use of panko breadcrumbs and buttermilk {full fat, if you can find it!}. 

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Beer Talk: The Ginger Man's Beverage Dir. Andrew Hoenig

Andrew Hoenig is the Beverage Director at the Ginger Man, located in Norwalk CT. He knows a thing or two about beer and will be sharing his insights with CTbites in his new Beer Talk column.

“We are all creatures of habit.  We can do most things without even thinking about them; our bodies take charge and do them for us.” When motivational speaker Earl Nightingale said that, he wasn’t talking about our beer drinking habits.  But it rings true; how often do you go to your local package store and pick up the same six pack, go into your favorite bar and order old reliable, or take a look at a large beer menu, get a little frazzled, and just yell out “Blue Moon!” or “Stella!”  I find myself doing it entirely too often as well.

No, I am not drinking Blue Moon or Stella, but too often I find myself sticking to one India Pale Ale (IPA), or even to IPA’s in general.  For most of my 6+ years as a restaurant manager and now beverage director for a group of beer bars, I’ve always had a fondness for hops. 

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Pinkberry Greenwich Opens January 5th w/ Free Fro-Yo



Butchery 101 w/ Craft Butchery: Get Schooled

The expert butchers at Craft Butchery will be kicking off 2012 with a comprehensive butchering curriculum. Owners, Ryan Fibiger (seen above) and Paul Nessel will be providing both hands-on butchery experience as well as lecture and demonstration segments. For cooks and eaters who are serious about their meat, these butchering classes are designed to give attendees an up close look at the techniques that are use to break down pork, lamb or beef into their individual cuts. 

"Butchery 101: Swine" will be held on January 10th and 24th (more information below), but Craft Butchery is happy to customize these classes and demonstrations to create a more consumer or professional chef-focused discussion based on your level of interest. Classes can be done on a half or whole pig, lamb or side of beef. It provides the chance to really experience all aspects of how an animal is butchered and the audience will take home a lot of Craft Butchery's excellent meat. Boys night out anyone?

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Rizzuto’s Italian Kitchen in Stamford

Rizzuto’s Italian Kitchen opened in Stamford this past November as the fourth location in Bill Rizzuto's casual Italian dining concept. With restaurants already in Bethel, Westport and West Hartford, tireless and engaging owner Bill Rizzuto chose the Stamford spot (near the Greenwich border) embracing the open space with tri-level dining, a formidable bar and a central beamy oven. Interested to see how they adapted to their Stamford address and eager to try our hand at making our own pizza, we dropped by for a behind-the-scenes look at their kitchen, the new gas-powered pizza oven and what objects of our affection that oven could create for us hungry souls.

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Shout Out: Your Favorite Dish Eaten in 2011 (in CT)


2011 was a great year for restaurant old and new, underground dinners and farmers' markets. We know you all ate some great food over the past 12 months. 

What were your favorite dishes eaten in CT in 2011? 

One lucky commenter will win a CTbites mug.