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Tuesday
Feb262013

elm Restaurant Events: Whole Hog, Cheese Tasting & More

Chef Brian Lewis and his staff at elm Restaurant in New Canaan are pleased to announce the following events during March, in conjunction with many Fairfield County Artisans. Some of the unique culinary experiences include: The Whole Hog Dinner with Craft Butchery of Westport, Localvore Cuisine, and A Cheese Primer & Feast with local expert Erin Hedley. View the complete calendar of events below:

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Tuesday
Feb262013

Mike’s Organic Delivery Brings Local, Organic Food to Your Door

Mike Geller likes that he can tell his customers stories about how the food he delivers is grown and about the farmers who grow it.  Conversely, he states, “There are no stories to tell with big agricultural suppliers. No one wants to know about thousands of chickens crowded in a small space with no room to move and no access to the outdoors.” 

Mike started Mike’s Organic Delivery in June 2010 with a mission to reconnect people in Fairfield and Westchester Counties to where, how, and when their food is grown. After careful research, he selected 12 farms from the Hudson River Valley, Westchester County and Western Connecticut to become the suppliers for his nascent farm to home delivery service.  The farms all use practices many of us look for when supermarket label gazing: organic, sustainable, free range, pesticide-free, no added hormones, no steroids, and no antibiotics.  While we may find some of these methods on supermarket labels, Mike guarantees that his produce is picked no more than 36 and usually less than 24 hours before it reaches your door.  That is not likely the case with the produce we cart home from the grocery store.

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Monday
Feb252013

Eating Greenwich & Port Chester Dining Deals March 3-7

The New England Culinary Group is gearing up for a week-long celebration of dining in the neighboring towns of Greenwich, Connecticut and Port Chester, New York. Eating Greenwich & Port Chester will offer consumers specially discounted prices on prix fixe menus and special offers throughout the week.

Participating restaurants Greenwich: Avenue Café, Bistro LatinoCentro at the Mill Restaurant, Eleven14 KitchenGreco's Bella Cucina, Lolita Cocina & Tequila BarMorello BistroPolpo, The Ginger Man.

Participating restaurants Port Chester:Alba’s, Arrosto, China White (Purchase), COALS, John's of Arthur Avenue, Sonora, Tandoori, Tarry Lodge, Willett House

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Monday
Feb252013

Northeast Organic Farming Education & Food Event March 2nd

All are welcome to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut’s annual celebration of local food and organic farms, the Winter Conference on Saturday, March 2.  Now in its 31st year, the 2013 Winter Conference will feature more workshops and vendors than ever before and has moved to a new larger venue, Wilton High School.  The 2013 Winter Conference will feature over 50 workshops for homeowners, farmers, cooks, students, environmentalists and activists. Also, some of the areas finest farm-to-table restaurants will be serving lunch including: elm, le Farm, The Schoolhouse, Dressing Room, Barcelona, Sugar & Olives, & Terrain. 

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Sunday
Feb242013

Exceeding Expectations at Trumbull's Parallel Post

The Trumbull Marriott’s Parallel Post restaurant is the result of a prescient collaboration with a James Beard nominated chef and a well-known hotel chain just off the beaten path of Fairfield County's regular dining haunts. Leveraging its proximity to the region’s small and robust network of farms, and the fisheries of Long Island Sound, this three-month-old restaurant draws its inspiration from the bounty of land and sea. The effect is a modern and seasonal New England menu that skews upscale, but without any pretense.

Chef and restaurateur Dean James Max was tapped by Trumbull’s Marriott to reimagine its restaurant—an intensive project that included a two month renovation of its dining spaces. Opened at the end of November 2012, the restaurant has been gaining momentum, thanks in large part to this embrace of local farms, a superlative understanding of seafood, a talented team led by Executive Chef Christopher Molyneux, and a welcome, if seemingly inauspicious location inside the Trumbull Marriott.

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Friday
Feb222013

Celebrate National Margarita Day w/ Fresh Orange Margaritas

Yep...today is National Margarita Day, and in honor of said "holiday," we suggest you celebrate with this delicious recipe for Fresh Orange Margaritas c/o local blogger, The Parsley Thief. 

I consider myself to be a very good margarita mixer and have made many different types over the years. One thing is always a constant and that is - Patrón tequila. Along with with the good tequila you must also have some sort of orange liqueur. Mostly, I use Cointreau {pricey!}...other times Triple Sec {when money's tight}....and once in a blue moon {usually because it's all I have laying around}, I'll use Grand Marnier. While I am sure this recipe would be equally delicious using blood oranges - I opted to use fresh Florida juice oranges because they're in season at the moment and I just so happened to have a 25 lb. box of them laying around.

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Friday
Feb222013

Friday Froth: Beers to Sample While Waiting for Spring

Between typing, I'm looking at surging whitecaps. The water glints with the stray sparkle of sunshine, but mostly it's the blue color of anodized chrome, evening off to a shallow green. It's cold, and the wind knifes into any exposed skin wherever it can, but there's that sunshine. Random patterns run across my chest and face, and I hold up a palm like a screen to see the fluid waves of light move on its surface. The Sun is starting to burn stronger - it's holding off the darkness for longer each night. I smile, sip a Whale's Tale, and try to remember where the hell I put my notes.

Spring beers are already starting to hit the market, it seems, like Magic Hat's Pistil, which has replaced the Vermont brewer's previous spring seasonal, Vinyl

Victory looks ready to release several new beers this spring, including the K-Bomb and Ranch double IPAs, NATO IPA (made with American, English and German ingredients), and Swing Session Saison.

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Friday
Feb222013

Amuse Bouche: Food News for February 22nd

"They feel kind of a personal connection to the restaurant; they feel they know something that maybe not everybody else does." The Salt looks at why restaurants and diners both like secret menus. Share your experiences ordering off the menu with us below in the comments. 

Weary of winter? Well, be encouraged: Magic Hat has released their new spring seasonal beer, Pistil. Pistil is made with barley, oats, and fun hops like Apollos, but it's also fermented with dandelion petals. The Vermont brewer's spring beers are usually some of its best, and have wide distribution in CT, so keep and eye out for this sign of spring. 

Brew York: New York City Beer Week starts today and runs through March 3. Ride the steel rails to the brass rail as NYC becomes Brewtopia. Events happen all over the city, so food/beer pairing dinners and words like "unlimited tastings" are being thrown around. No need to drive: let the train lull you to sleep on the way home. Miss your station by four stops. Still worth it. 

Gastronomy Domine: Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield demonstrates the proper technique for making a peanut butter sandwich... in space! (h/t Grub Street)

Thursday
Feb212013

CTbites' Canned Film Festival: Food Movie Favorites

The Awards Season is in full swing!  The Golden Globes, Sundance Film Festival are already old news…the Grammy’s just scored record ratings and now the anticipation builds for the “motherlode” of all awards… The 85th Academy Awards for Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (also known as the Oscar’s ) airing on Sunday 2/24 on ABC.  And what better way to spend a winter evening than with Dinner and a Movie!

But, what if you don’t feel like braving the weather, the crowds or JUST can’t stand the smell of popcorn? How about staying in and watching a movie and ordering in or making dinner? Therefore, I offer you the CTbites,  “CANNED FILM FESTIVAL" with tasty recomendations for food focused movies in 4 categories: Food Flick Classics, Watch With Your Kids, Food Education, and Flicks For Wine Lovers. 

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Wednesday
Feb202013

Discover Bethel Restaurant Week Starts February 24 

Discover Bethel Restaurant Week is Back!

Visit Bethel from February 24 - March 2, 2013 for the town's second annual Restaurant Week.  Several Bethel restaurants will be offering special discounts and prix-fixe specials for lunch and dinner. 

Participating Restaurants:

Stella Restaurant and Bar - 213 Greenwood Ave: Lunch Special - $10 or $15 prixe fix menu (includes appetizer, entree, tiramisu and coffee) and Dinner Special - $30 prix fixe menu (includes appetizer, salad, entree, tiramisu, coffee and glass of house wine)

Daily Fare - 13 Durant Ave (Free Coffee or Scone with any lunch purchase)

Sycamore Drive In Restaurant - 282 Greenwood Ave (10% off total bill)

Sal'z Pizza - 211 Greenwood Ave. Greenwoods Grille and Ale House - 186 Greenwood Ave

O'Neills Sandwich and Coffee Bar - 114 Greenwood Ave

LaZingara Restaurant - 8 PT Barnum Sq

Lebanese Cuisine - 23 Stony Hill Rd

LaFortuna Restaurant - 37 Stony Hill Rd

Putnam House Restaurant - 12 Depot Place

Ruzzuto's- Stony Hill Road

For more information, visit www.bethelchamber.com.

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