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.
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, Shelton, Trumbull, 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.
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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
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]
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.
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
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.
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.
Diane de Poitiers, a mistress of French King Henry II in the first half of the 16th century, subscribed to the idea that gold was imbued with magical youth-preserving powers by the Sun’s energy, so she drank it in elixirs made by the King’s apothecaries. John Barry, the man who composed scores and themes for a dozen films in the James Bond franchise, died this week at 77. One of his most recognizable themes has Shirley Bassey booming out the word “gold” eight times in the last nine lines of the song in her unmistakable foghorn of a voice. In the film, Goldfinger famously tells 007 “No, Mr. Bond – I expect you to die,” which is exactly what happened to Mdme. de Poitiers when the gold in her body reached Bond-villain levels. We’ll hope to avoid that fate this week as we toss back a little gold to honor Mr. Barry.
Super Bowl Sunday, that highest of February holidays (What? OW! Stop it.) introduces the yawning mouth of the Boring Beer Pitfall into our collective path.
Growing up in California, fish taco’s were very common. When we moved to the East Coast, they were almost impossible to find. I’ve been making this dish for years and everyone loves it! These Salmon Fish Tacos are a little bit o'sunshine with the crunchy purple cabbage and blood orange slaw.
I still remember the first time I had ever seen a blood orange, my husband and I were in Venice and we wandered past a fruit stand selling Sanguines- blood oranges. We peeled one and the ruby colored flesh immediately took us by surprise. The flavor is similar to an orange, but a little sweeter and a little tarter.