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Learn To Can w/ Put 'em Up Author @ Sport Hill Farm

Always wanted to learn how to can? Now is your chance to master the boiling water method which allows eaters to preserve their own jams, jellies, salsas, relishes, tomatoes, fruit and more. Join Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of Put 'em Up! at the gorgeous Sport Hill Farm for one of the four classes she will be offering there on July 30 (rain date July 31) at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Come solo or bring some friends. A light lunch will be served by Cecily Gans of The Main Course Catering, who will also be on hand to serve up and answer your questions about cooking with local foods. $50/person includes one class, lunch, a small sample to take home and a gorgeous farm view! Class size will be small so sign up today to get a spot! BUY TICKETS here. 

Saturday, July 30 · 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sport Hill Farm is located at 96 Sport Hill Road in Easton, CT. 



"Line Entertainment" @ Pinkberry of Fairfield

Pinkberry's Fairfield CT location has turned those tiresome weekend lines into an evening's entertainment..."line entertainment" to be exact. While customers contemplate "salted caramel" or "watermelon," and ponder the wide array of topping possibilities, they can also enjoy the musical stylings of the bands listed below. This lineup is slated for the weekend of June 24th, but it has been such a hit that I would expect this tradition to continue throughout the summer.  



Gage Elliot Frank performs Friday night 7PM - 9PM with  friend and their beautiful acoustic guitars

Carter Vail performs Saturday night 7PM -9PM 

Ajohnny returns Sunday night 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM with the Caribbean steel drums


Grilled Tandoori Shrimp w/ Cilantro Lime Yogurt 

Chef Nicole is back with some great grilling tips to maximize your summer cooking. This dish was inspired by a trip to Patel Bros, Norwalk's new Indian grocery superstore, and is a delicious and simple dinner or appetizer just perfect for your next BBQ, picnic or beach party.  These Grilled Tandoori Shrimp are super quick and can be eaten hot or cold. The Hot Pickled Lime Chutney is seriously addictive. 

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Rose Wine Tasting @ The Boathouse in Westport

Rose seems to be the buzz word on every wine menu this season. Trendy? Who cares...there are some really great labels out there doing Rose right.

You can sample a few of these at The Boathouse on Tuesday the 5th of July at their weekly "Wine on the Water" wine tasting series. 

Those of you who already drink rose will find exciting new examples of this category and those who don't will be introduced to some truly amazing summer wine. 

The Wine: The tasting will include a Bandol  under the label "Mas de la Roviere", a Cerasoulo under the label "Torre dei Beati", a Provencål called "Le Ferme St Pierre" and a Venetian sparkler by "Le Colture."They will also be throwing in an oddball or two in the mix.

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Free BBQ @ Fairway Market as Firefighters Face Off

Come on down to Fairway Market in Stamford to enjoy free BBQ ribs, beef and turkey burgers, music and giveaways on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at noon.

In lieu of helmets, hoses, and axes, Fairfield County’s bravest will instead don aprons, barbecue tongs, and basting brushes when they compete in Fairway’s Firefighters Food Face-Off.  This grilling “throwdown” will pit firefighters from Stamford, Darien and Ridgefield against one another to prove whose barbecue is best @ the Stamford store location – 699 Canal Street (Rain or Shine).  The public is welcome to enjoy free samples of the firefighter’s cuisine, as well as music and giveaways. 

The firefighters will compete to cook their tastiest ribs, beef burgers and turkey burgers.  A panel of judges, Jodi Heilman, of the Stamford Patch  Chris Preovolos of the Stamford Advocate, Lou Gorfain of CTbites,

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Dine With Design @ The Glass House Recap

The Dine with Design event at the Philip Johnson House in New Canaan was an amazing food tasting extravaganza for people who enjoy spectacular food and architecture. Nestled amongst the architectural brilliance of the late Philip Johnson Glass House estate, five renowned farm-to table chefs shared their culinary talents with several hundred guests. 

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Pizzeria Rosso in Norwalk

At Pizzeria Rosso, it’s a family affair. As chef and partner of Norwalk’s newest take-out pizzeria, Pasquale Pascarella is the driving force behind this old world meets new world approach to pizza. His cousin handles the dough, his mother arrives each morning at 7 a.m. to make the sauce, and Dad shuttles the pies from oven to destinations in Norwalk and just beyond.
A veteran chef of Stamford’s Old Saltwater Grille where he remains a partner, Pasquale decided that a take-out pizza business would help him shift his focus and gain control back to what he loves about cooking, both Italian-inspired dishes and traditional Neapolitan pies (he cites San Francisco’s A16 as inspiration) would be a great muse for this transition.

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Friday Froth: Gold Diggin' 

Every once in a while you just have to splurge, and this means different things for different people. For Mikhail Dmitrievitch Prokhorov this means playing underwater polo using solid platinum submarines off the Dalmatian coast, or the Beluga caviar high-dive, but non-oligarchs must find other avenues of diversion. This week we're going to dive into golden luxury like Scrooge McDuck taking a swim. These beers may not be kilt-wearing Scottish royalty like Ola Dubh, Tactical Nuclear Penguin or the clan Bruce, but if they're not members of the country club, they at least lunch there often.

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Fine Dining For Less at a Westport Landmark: Da Pietro’s 

Once Le Chambord vacated its location on the Post Road (you have to be a true townie to remember it), Da Pietro’s staked its claim as Westport’s standout “classy joint” from the late 1980s on, and today is like the town’s elder statesman in the restaurant realm.  A seamless fusion of French and Italian cuisine, a tour de force of European refinement and classic technique, Chef Pietro Scotti’s repertoire has evolved with the times, but his establishment is still a benchmark of classic fine dining in the area, and he's still in the kitchen. 

Happening by Riverside Avenue recently you might have seen a chalkboard sign subtly advertising DaPietro’s weekday lunch and dinner prix fixe deals. For real?  Yes, $12.00 gets you a two course lunch, three courses for $15.00, and at $33.00 for dinner (drinks excluded), you can enjoy a three course meal and be privy to the chef’s wonderful creations. 

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Father's Day Lobster Bake @ Nicholas Roberts

If your plans for Father's Day are still up in the air, and you don't have time to organize that cookout, we just got wind of a great way to spend Sunday with dad. If your father/husband/grandfather etc. enjoys his seafood, Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro (Norwalk), is throwing a Lobster Bake on June 19th, and the menu is looking mightly fine. Check out the crustacean laden details below: 

1.5lb Steamed Lobster: Yuzu Macadamia Nut Sauce, Thai Red Curry Coconut Broth, Drawn Butter

Little Neck Clams, steamed with beer & chorizo

Prince Edward Island Mussels, steamed with white wine, garlic & parsley

Potato Salad w/ bacon, parsley, capers, mustard vinaigrette

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