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Sunday
Jan132013

Rustico Trattoria: Traditional, Tasty Italian in Westport (sponsored post)

Wherever you are from, a meal at RUSTICO is like coming home. From the kitchen of Chef Miguel Angelo D'Onofrio, exquisite and thoroughly Italian dishes are only a heartbeat away. This family owned and operated establishment has been open for a year showcasing Chef Miguel's talents and passion for Italian cuisine. 

Chef Miguel was born in Brazil and his mother is from Spain, but he is all ITALIAN on his father's side and these roots run deep. From traditional recipes, handed down from generation to generation yet modernized by Chef Miguel's creativity, a meal at RUSTICO is a delicious culinary experience. Using only the highest quality meats and fish - no hormones or antibiotics of any kind - and sourcing only the freshest ingredients, Chef Miguel prepares each dish to perfection. For 25 years he worked as an executive chef in Connecticut and was most recently co-owner of Finalmente Trattoria, also in Westport. Now in his own space he prepares dishes that originate from the passion that is Italia, RUSTICO is an extension of Chef Miguel's history.

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Friday
Jan112013

The Chelsea Burger via "A Hamburger Today"

The Chelsea Burger

The Chelsea in Fairfield prepares one of the top burgers in Fairfield County and now receives its due recognition. Our own Jeff “Jfood” Schlesinger’s latest contribution to A Hamburger Today gets down and dirty with the Salt and Pepper Burger and the Chelsea Burger described as “one of the most flavorful combinations of meat, toppings, and bun in the area.” See what chef and co-owner Matt Storch and co-owners Scott Beck and Kevin McHugh have in store for you when you visit.

See the full review on A Hamburger Today.

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Friday
Jan112013

Invites: Lunch @ JHouse's eleven14 Kitchen & Chocolate Lab

Join CTbites on Wednesday January 23 from 12-2 at Greenwich, CT's newest spot for food and conversation! eleven14 Kitchen and Chocolate Lab hosts this afternoon of seasonal, vibrant cuisine and a peek into the art of chocolate making .

3 Course lunch prepared by Executive Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo with special dessert course to include a wonderful presentation from CHOCOLATE LAB. Purchase your tickets here. 

Lunch Menu to include:
"Creamless" Yellow Squash Soup with pumpkin seed oil.
Choice of main course of Roasted Wild Salmon with root vegetable salad or Grilled Free Range Chicken Paillard and
winter chopped salad. 
Decadent "Interactive" eleven14 "Chocolate Bar"

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Friday
Jan112013

Westport Farmers' Mkt Hosts Cabbage Recipe Contest  

Cabbage -A cultivated plant (Brassica oleracea) eaten as a vegetable, having thick green or purple leaves surrounding a spherical heart or head...

Do you have a cabbage recipe that you think can win a contest for the best cabbage recipe? 

On January 19, next Saturday, The Westport Farmers' Market will be accepting all entries.  At 11:00 a.m. celebrity Judges/Chefs Nancy Roper (from Boxcar Cantina and Truck) and Bill Taibe (from Lefarm and Whelk) will taste their way through the entries declaring a winner at high noon.

The winner will receive a Westport Farmers' Market tote filled with market goodies worth well over a $100 and have the option to share their recipe with the 3,000 people who receive the WFM newsletter each week.  There is one stipulation to the contest - the cabbage that is used must be from a local farm and the name of the farm must be noted with the entry.

Email Lori Cochran, Market Director, by Jan 17  to enter- director@westportfarmersmarket.com

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Thursday
Jan102013

Bar Sugo & Chocopologie "Chef Swap" Event

Want more great fun?

After the CTbites announcement of the first Artisan Iron Chef, the event sold out in one day. So as any good marketer and restaurateur knows, success breeds success. So CTbites is pleased to announce that Bar Sugo’s Pat Pascarella will both team up with and compete against Chocopologie’s Fritz Knipschildt in “Chef Swap.”

Mark your calendars with these dates…

On February 25th Pat will don the sous chef role for Fritz at Chocopologie to create a four-course extravaganza. And then on the following night February 26th the two will perform role reversal at Bar Sugo. But as anyone who watches Iron Chef knows there is the twist of the secret ingredient. In this case, four days prior to the event Pat will choose the secret ingredient for Fritz and Fritz will likewise choose an ingredient for Pat.

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Thursday
Jan102013

The Great Wall of Stouts Beer Event @ The Ginger Man

Thursday
Jan102013

Food 411: Name The Restaurant That Served This...

Ok Fairfield County Italian food lovers. Can you guess where we ate this? 

The first person to name the correct restaurant will win a fabulous CTbites Coffee Mug!

Wednesday
Jan092013

Kids Review: Vietnam Palace in Stratford via AsherZeats

Asher is an 8th grader at Fairfield Country Day School. He has a true passion for food and started his blog, AsherZeats, in September of 2012. Asher reviews everything from Michelin starred restaurants to great dives. This review originally ran on AsherZeats.  

“Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup. “-- Ludwig Van Beethoven.

This Saturday we traveled to Vietnam Palace (a new restaurant, opened this past June) located at- 955 Ferry Boulevard, Stratford, CT in a very busy shopping center.

When we entered, we noticed two very cool statues of lions and a statue of a Buddha. The ceilings were filled with many upside down umbrellas and the restaurant was extremely clean. We also saw that it was a family run business (the best kind of business) with a very small number of people working there. When we were seated, we were greeted by an EXTREMELY friendly Husband/Wife pair who could not be any nicer.

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Wednesday
Jan092013

Kibberia in Danbury to Host Belly Dancing Dinner

Kibberia Restaurant and Café in Danbury will be hosting their third belly dancing night on February 2, with performances by dancers from the Riskallah Riyad Dance Studio. A $45 prix fixe menu includes Middle Eastern specialities beginning with mezze, followed by a lamb entree and dessert. This event is BYOB, table service swill be provided, and advanced reservations are required.

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Giveaway!! Win Tix to Sun WineFest’s Grand Tasting @ Mohegan Sun

Imagine 1,000 wines available for tasting.  Celebrity chef demonstrations.  Gourmet food from signature restaurants.  A grape stomp.  It seems unbelievable that all of these events could unfold under one roof, but they do at the Mohegan Sun WineFest!  Now you can be a part of it. 

CTBites.com is giving away a pair of passes to the Sun WineFest’s Grand Tasting to one lucky reader. Win access to the SOLD OUT Grand Tasting event Saturday January 26th from 12:00-5:00pm, where you can sample wines, watch events on the main stage, and enjoy delicious food.

To enter: Post a comment ANYWHERE on CTbites.com before January 21st (and menton the Sun Winefest). The more you post, the more likely you are to win. We will randomly select a winner on January 22nd. 

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