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Oktoberfest: Wieners & Beer @ The Boathouse

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Chef Holzwarth at the Boathouse Restaurant. This aint your average sausage-fest. Former brewer of the “Holzweizen” label will be manning the beer line, while Chef Holzwarth and the boathouse crew will be featuring homemade wieners, sauerkraut and a long line of artisanal brews. I can hear the polka music now. 

Call 203.227.3399 to reserve a spot by the tap. 

When: October 18th 6:30 to 9:00 pm

How Muich: $35 per person


Sara Moulton Teaching Cooking Classes @ The Silo 

The Silo, one of the region’s preeminent Cooking School, is offering area residents a chance to meet and learn from one of the culinary world’s greats – Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton. She’ll be teaching two demonstration classes at The Silo on Friday evening, November 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday morning, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Silo Cooking School is located at Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road in New Milford, CT. 

The Friday, November 4 evening class, Friday Family Dinner with Sara Moulton, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  The menu will consist of Panko Scallops, Breakfast for Dinner Pizza, Celery and Parsley Salad, and Grape Crumble.

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Butchering Demo @ Westport Farmer's Mkt. October 13

Ryan Fibiger, owner of Craft Butchery (opening soon in Saugatuck, Westport) will be making a unique appearance at The Westport Farmer's Market on Thursday October 13th. He will be walking guests through two butchering demonstrations at 11am and 1pm. 

Ryan feels passionately that for anyone who loves food, understanding where food really comes from is an integral part of the culinary experience. The demos will be on a side (half) of a heritage breed, pasture-raised pig sourced from the Hudson Valley.

Throughout the demos Ryan will be hosting a discussion and Q&A on the following topics:

-Basic butchering techniques and tools

-Overview of the animal (farm, breed, age, feed, slaughter, primal cuts, etc.)

-Demonstrate break down of basic primal cuts

-Demonstrate break down into the case-ready cuts that everyone recognizes

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Food 411: Name the Restaurant that Served This...

Ok pizza fanatics. Where did we eat this pie? 

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)


Barcelona Restaurant's Cocktail & Wine Events Schedule 

The Fall/Winter schedule for Barcelona Restaurant Group's wine and cocktail events has been released. You'll find it complete with education on wine pairings, tasting menus, and mixology 101 "Cocktail Classroom" evenings. These unique events allow guests to experience Barcelona more intimately in small groups designed to inform and tantalize. Get up close and personal with one of the many talented Barcelona chefs as well as Gretchen Thomas, Barcelona's Wine and Sprits Director. Check out the line up below: 

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Pumpkin Recipe Contest @ The Ridgefield Marketplace

Do you have a killer pumpkin recipe? If so, this Ridgefield Marketplace contest is for you.

The Marketplace Great Pumpkin Sweet or Soup Recipe Contest 2011 is accepting recipe entries now through October 10. Submit your recipe and if your recipe is chosen as a finalist, you will compete during "The Fall in Love with Ridgefield Weekend" on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at The Marketplace in Copps Hill located at 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, CT.

Winners don't just get bragging rights but will receive gift certificates they redeem at Marketplace businesses including: Ridgefield Organics, 109 Cheese & Wine, Southwest Café, The Cakebox, Cello Restaurant, Ross Bread, Tre Restaurant, The Cutting Board, Ink Stationary, Bise, Everywoman's Spirit, and Quilters Alley. 1st Place Winner gets a $150 Market Place Gift Certificate, 2nd Place receives a $50 Market Place Gift Certificate and Peoples Choice gets a $100 Market Place Gift Certificate.

The Marketplace at Copps Hill Plaza in Ridgefield is located at 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. For questions, please contact: Monica at 203.438.5757.

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Oktoberfest Arrives at Shake Shack

The Shake Shack is tackling Oktoberfest from October 7 through 16 with a special Bavarian-inspired menu of burgers, beers and custards. Here is a sneak peek of their Shacktoberfest menu:

German-style Biers

A regional Oktoberfest selection featuring a $12 option that includes a 25 oz. Shacktoberfest Stein and seasonal bottles for $8.

Brat Burgers & Bratwursts

The Brat Burger will feature a burger topped with split & griddled bratwurst with German-style slaw. Usinger's bratwursts will include a Shackmeister, a marinated cheddar brat and a Currywurst, a griddled and slices bratwurst topped with Shack-made curry ketchup.

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The Winner of the Free Dinner for 2 @ leFarm is...

Thank you to everybody who visited the CTbites Chef Demo tent at the Westport Blues Views & BBQ Festival on Sept. 23rd. Over 200 people entered to win the Free Dinner for 2 @ leFarm but there can only be one winner. Yes, it took us a while to digest all that BBQ and select a name, but here it is: Peter Eichling, you have won yourself an excellent meal. Enjoy! 


3 New Picks For Top Burgers: Greenwich to Westport

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Earlier this summer CTBites published my list of Ten Recommended Hamburgers from Greenwich to Westport. Subsequent to the article I received numerous suggestions, both here and through my e-mail.  I want to thank all of the passionate hamburger lovers for some great options for me to try and I made every attempt to visit as many as I could. 

With summer now officially behind us, I wanted to report back and add three destinations to my list of Recommended Hamburgers from Greenwich to Westport. 

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Eating Greenwich & Port Chester Starts October 16th

EATING GREENWICH & PORT CHESTER runs Sunday, October 16- thru Friday, October 21, 2011, a week-long celebration of dining in Greenwich, Connecticut and Port Chester, New York. Eating Greenwich & Port Chester is a lead-in to Serendipity Magazine’s Greenwich Food & Wine Festival (October 22-23) and will offer consumers specially discounted prices on prix fixe menus and special offers throughout the entire week.

Participating restaurants include: Centro at the Mill Restaurant, China WhiteDouro, Greenwich Tavern, Il Sogno, Jt Straw's Bar & Grill, Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar, Morello Bistro, Pasquale's, Pomodoro, ReNapoli Pizza and Chicago Beef, Restaurant Jean-Louis, Sonora, The Ginger Man, The Willett House


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