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WAFU Asian Bistro Opens in Southport

If you Google or Bing the word "Wafu" it translates to "Japanese-style," but when I asked Elaine Chen, the proprietor of the new WAFU Asian Bistro in Southport, her definition was "peace and harmony." The new Wafu, located at 3671 Post Road (formerly Friendly's) seems to be a little bit of both. Chen, from the FUJIAN PROVINCE of China, and her husband (the restaurant's lead sushi chef), have created an ASIAN establishment where Japanese, Chinese and Thai food mesh perfectly in a serene and sophisticated environment. Although it's difficult to telll from the exterior, the decor once inside is New York chic (and perhaps a tiny bit over the top with Swarski Chandeliers and neon-blue lighting). Menus are presented on ipads and you sit comfortably at your glossy tables on your white-leathered booth. Sure, it's a bit shi shi, but shi shi works at WAFU. The food is good for a "multi-culture" menu, the decor is funky and, though it looks fancy, it turns out to be a very kid-friendly establishment.

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Ridgefield Chef Swap: Bernard Boisseau & Jeff Taibe

Chefs Bernard Bouissou of Bernard's Restaurant, and Chef Jeff Taibe of Southwest Café will join forces in the kitchen for two, five-course wine dinners in October. Southwest Café owner Barbara Nevins and Bernard's/Sarah's Wine Bar co-owner Sarah Boisseau will host these festive evenings.

The classically trained French chef Bernard Boisseau will be embracing hatch chilies, cooking alongside Southwest Café's chef Jeff Taibe for Southwest's annual chile-centric Harvest Wine Dinner on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Two weeks later on Sunday, October 21, Chef Jeff Taibe will be cooking in the kitchen at Bernard's, teaming up with Bernard for a dinner upstairs at Sarah's Wine Bar, for a contemporary French evening with a twist! Both evenings are $65 per person for 5 courses with 5 wine pairings (tax and gratuity is additional).

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Another New Restaurant in Westport via Westport Daily Voice

Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

This just in from The Westport Daily Voice...

The owner of Cuvée, an upscale Zagat-rated restaurant and lounge in West Hartford, is set to open a new eatery with a different name on Westport’s Main Street.

A lease for the 3,000-square-foot space on the lower level of 125 Main St., underneath the Gap, was signed Sept. 7, Westport developer David Waldman said Wednesday. Todd Rose, the restaurant's owner, is aiming for a spring opening, said Waldman. His firm —David Adam Realty — represented the landlord and Rose in lease negotiations.

"He [Rose] is a very good operator, and he’s got a very good following," Waldman said. "I really think he’ll have a great chance of success there.”

Cuvée’s menu is eclectic, offering a variety of food styles, including new and traditional American cuisine, Italian, Japanese and vegetarian. Menu items include salads, burgers, sandwiches, lobster rolls, sushi, tacos, desserts and more.  

Read the full article on The Daily Voice here.


First-Ever BrewFest Coming To Mohegan Sun October 6-7

Beer lovers rejoice, as Mohegan Sun hosts a spectacular beer tasting event on October 6th & 7th.

The Summer may be winding down but at Mohegan Sun the fun times remain, especially when the first ever Sun BrewFest kicks off on Saturday, October 6th and carries into Sunday, October 7th. The big event, which takes place in the Uncas Ballroom, will feature over 100 beers as well as great food and activities and is scheduled to take place over three sessions.  Tickets will be $20.00 per session and can be purchased through the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

Everything from Craft Brews, Microbrews and Imports & Domestics to limited editions, plus many more will all be available, making over 100 beers in total.  With that many beers, Mohegan Sun will conveniently provide tasting glasses, which can be kept as souvenirs as well as score cards to keep track of your favorite beers.

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WIN Free Tix to The Greenwich Food & Wine Festival!


We are giving away 10 FREE TICKETS!

Like our Facebook page in the next 10 days, or if you're already a part of our Facebook community, just COMMENT on ANY FACEBOOK POST in the next 10 days. 

We will randomly select 10 winners on October 1st. 

More information on the Greenwich Food & Wine Festival.

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BONDA & Blackbird Vineyards Wine Dinner Sept 26th

Wednesday, September 26th @ 7pm, join BONDA Restaurant and Blackbird Vineyards Proprietor, Michael Polenske, for an evening featuring four courses and five wines produced by the talented people at BlackbirdVineyards. Hailing from the Napa Valley, the main focus of Blackbird Vineyards’ wines is to showcase the beauty of the Merlot grape. 

Wine dinners at Bonda are intimate and special events. Seating is limited to 40 guests. Please call (203) 292-9555 for reservations. The price is $125 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Check out the full menu below complete with pairings. 

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Amuse Bouche: Food News & Nibbles

bartaco is now hosting Happy Hour Monday through Fridays from 5pm - 7pm at the Stamford and West Hartford locations only. $5 specialty cocktails.

Kings Food Markets is hosting a grand opening of their first-ever CT store in Old Greenwich. Tasting begins on 10 a.m. on Friday, September 28,  followed by remarks by Judy Spires, president & CEO of Kings Food Markets, and Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei at 11 a.m.

On October 18th, Stew Leonard's Wines of Norwalk will host a wine and food tasting featuring more than 65 wines and beers as well as a menu of seasonal fare freshly prepared by Stew Leonard’s culinary team.  Tickets are $40 per person and all proceeds will benefit The Norwalk Exchange Club. More Info. 

Aux Delices in Westport has just opened their evening bistro. Dinner is served Tues.-Sat. nights. Check their web site to view the menu and make reservations. 

Burger Craving? Thursday is "Burger Night" at Match in SONO. Read all about making of the Match Burger here. 

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Community Plates Needs Food Runners!

Community Plates is a non-profit organization that has employed one simple idea to address the complex issue of hunger, and in just a handful of months, made a huge impact in our community.  Community Plates connects food to people in need of it, by rescuing good food that would otherwise be thrown away and delivering it to hunger relief agencies in Fairfield County.  Community Plates has 26 food donors stretching from Greenwich to Fairfield, but we need your help to complete the direct transfer of the food to those who need it. 

Food runners drop off food that can be served to local food insecure individuals the same day – if not within just a few hours. We have many food rescue opportunities that we want to add to our schedule but we need more runners in order to add new donors and feed more people. To be involved with the Community Plates initiative, volunteers are asked to commit to just one food run or bin collection a month (15 – 60 minute effort).

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FOODIES Exhibit Opens @ The Westport Arts Center

CLICK ON ABOVE IMAGE TO LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERYThe Westport Arts Center called upon some notable local foodies to select the 70 food-centric works of art displayed at the Foodies exhibit opening last Friday night. Pat Callaghan of Pepperidge Farm, Stew Leonard Jr. of Stew Leonard’s, Michel Nischan of the Dressing Room and Bill Taibe of Le Farm and The Whelk selected from over 170 submissions at this juried show. The result was a delicious exploration of serious local talent. The pieces which ranged from art photography to an over sized corn sculpture can be VIEWED in the PHOTO GALLERY HERE. It's worth a look. See if you can figure out which judges (hint: Bill Taibe) had definite favorites. 

FOODIES is on view through November 4th @ The Westport Arts Center. 


Celebrate 1 Year w/ Sono Baking Co. & John Barricelli

Celebrate With The SoNo Baking Company on 
Sunday, September, 23 @ 
SoNo Baking at A&J's Farmstand 
1680 Post Rd., Westport 
2pm to 5pm

In the words of Sono Baking Company:
We have so many things to celebrate so we decided to throw one big party. John Barricelli's second book, The Seasonal Baker is out and it's getting great reviews.  He'll be on hand to sign copies and talk about his inspiration for the book.  
Sono Baking Co.'s Westport location has already been open for one year!  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to us!  We've had a great year in Westport but couldn't have done it without you.  So drop in to sample some new fall items as well as some old favorites. We'll be raffling off some prizes:

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