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Friday
Oct282011

The 8 Best Pizzas in Connecticut via Slice.com

The final word on all things pizza can generally be found on Slice.com. They recently reviewed the CT pizza scene. Here's what they had to say. 

Connecticut is the buckle of the Northeastern pizza belt, which stretches from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts. More specifically, the New Haven style of pizzanot only is one of the first uniquely American pizza styles, but it has been preserved by a cluster of family-run establishments which still in many cases use the original equipment, now almost a century old.

Naturally New Haven might be considered Connecticut's pizza capital, but the state has dozens of great pizzerias. Few other places in the country have as much great pizza per capita (PPC). These are the best eight pizzas in Connecticut that we have had to date.

Click here to read the full article and find out who the winners were...

Friday
Oct282011

You're Invited: Exotic Taco & Tequila Tasting @ bartaco

Exotic Taco Night November 2nd @ bartaco. BUY NOW for $50!!!

CTbites is pleased to announce the launch of CTbites Invites, an innovative series of culinary events, offers and products created  for and by Connecticut launching today. This food-obsessed series will pair local restaurants, products and special events with the CTbites’ community of readers, offering exclusive access to interesting culinary experiences throughout our region. 

CTbites Invites is a carefully curated series of food events and offers where we will seek-out to share unique happenings in the region, hard-to-find products for sale from local vendors, and offer special offers at your favorite dining destinations.

We will be working with restaurants, chefs, farmers and foodies to test and introduce new menu items, exclusive wine and food pairings, tasting menus, cooking demonstrations and classes, unique product offers, mixology classes, and private kitchen tours, to name just a few opportunities.

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Friday
Oct282011

Bumper Crop: Tuscan Kale Salad

A recent Westport transplant from NYC, Melissa Roberts was a food editor for Gourmet for almost 9 years, where she toiled happily in the test kitchen developing and writing recipes for the magazine. She was also a cook and stylist in the Food Network's kitchen

Last Thursday’s Imperial Avenue Greenmarket in Westport fell on one of those perfect crisp and clear Fall days. The Greenmarket’s atmosphere was buzzing, complete with live music commemorating its 6th birthday. I joined in the celebration by treating myself to a Breakfast Pizza (pecorino, local bacon, fried egg) from Skinny Pines Pizza with Raus’ cold Roman Coffee to wash it all down. But my mission was not only to treat my belly, but to find inspiration amidst the produce, and it was there in spades beginning with a pile of deep green lacinato kale from Riverbank Farms in Roxbury, CT. Often with the freshest veggies the best way to treat them is the simplest. In this recipe, kale is shredded then tossed with a straightforward dressing of lemon and olive oil which brightens its earthy, mineral-like flavor, and a generous shower of nutty Parmigiano Reggiano.

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Thursday
Oct272011

11 Questions w/ Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant

If you had unexpected guests arriving at your home for dinner in 1 hour, what would you whip up? Grilled Ribeye or Chicken Thighs with sautéed veg and caramelized onions or possibly a garden salsa of some sort, avocado, plums, jalapeño, toasted corn…always some nice crusty bread

What is the last dish you cooked for yourself? Lunch is a pasta with sour cream and cottage cheese..(old family favorite)  My wife and I had (see above) for dinner the other night

What are your guilty pleasures (in terms of food)? Hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries

What ingredient could you not live without? Salt, Bacon, Olive oil, Eggs...sorry couldn’t decide

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Thursday
Oct272011

Go Waiter Restaurant Delivery Service Opens in FC

How many nights have you sat at home wishing that dinner would magically appear on your doorstep? Well, maybe that's just me, but in Fairfield County the delivery options are generally limited to pizza and a few Chinese joints. Enter GoWaiter, a national franchised restaurant delivery service, who will for $3.99 pick up and deliver lunch and dinner from over 40 local restaurants. Check out the list of participating restaurants below (including Da Pietro's, Layla's Falafel, & Tabouli Grill): 

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Breakfast with Rene Redzepi @ Yale

 

When you receive a breakfast invitation with the world's 'best restaurant' chef René Redzepi you say yes first and ask questions later.

This first dialogue, in what hopes to be an ongoing series of intimate food-centric talks, was an insiders discussion of the restaurant industry and CTbites was lucky to simply be a fly on the wall. In town for a talk at Yale, Redzepi was the guest of honor at an intimate breakfast hosted by Carey Savona of Heirloom Restaurant located at The Study at Yale in New Haven. He invited Yale professor Paul Freedman and a gathering of Connecticut chefs with some familiar names, including: Tim Labant, Schoolhouse at Cannondale; Fritz Knipschildt, Cafe Chocopologie; Jean Pierre Vuillermet, Union League Cafe; Bill Taibe, Le Farm; Bun Lai, Miya's Sushi; Denise Appel, Zinc; Pedro Garzon, Cafe Manolo; Roland Olan, Martel; Tyler, Union League Cafe;Brandon Ahearn, Heirloom; and Marcell Simon Davidsen, Heirloom.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

espressoNEAT: Home Brewing Class

espressoNEAT in my biased opinion serves the best espresso in Fairfield County. Located in Darien, their baristas are well trained experts, and their devotion to their craft is obvious from the first sip of any of their coffee based beverages. 

For anyone who appreciate a good cuppa, you'll want to check out their home brewing class on November 5th @ 7:30 pm. Learn how to translate espressoNeats's passion for the perfect coffee into your own home. In this one hour session, NEAT will guide you in the fundamentals of buying, storing, grinding, and brewing and help you get the best out of your coffee. 

Who: NEAT folks who like good brew at home

What: 1 hour home brewing basics course

Where: NEAT (20 Grove Street)

When: Saturday, November 5th @ 7:30AM (8 person limit)                

email info@espressoNEAT.com to sign up.

Wednesday
Oct262011

Chef Lidia Bastianich @ Fairway in Stamford

On Saturday, November 5, 2011, Fairway Stamford and renowned chef Lidia Bastianich will celebrate food and community in an event to support WNET New York Public Media. 

Lidia will kick-off the festivities at 11 a.m on November 5th, with the signing of her series companion cookbook, Lidia's Italy in America (Knopf) and her popular children’s book, Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen (Running Press Kids).  Filled with adventures and irresistible recipes, both books are journeys into the heart of authentic Italian cooking.  Wine tasting will follow the book signing at the adjacent store, Fairway Wines & Spirits. At the culinary event on Saturday, November 5th, Fairway Stamford will feature a free spectacular sampling of LIDIA’S pasta and sauces

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Meet Danny Meyer (Shake Shack) & Raise $$ for Leukemia

On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Chapter will host the StarWrite Author’s Luncheon:  LLS’ 2nd annual luncheon with guest speaker Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and author of Setting The Table, at the Dolce Norwalk from 11AM to 2PM.   

“We are so thrilled to have Danny Meyer as our guest speaker for our second annual event,” said Jeannie Montano, Executive Director.  “Danny just opened a Shake Shack location in Westport,

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Update on Elm: Opening Soon in New Canaan

A flurry of activity surrounds New Canaan’s Elm Street as Chef/Owner Brian Lewis’ much anticipated elm restaurant is set to open in New Canaan in January 2012.

Elm will be a Modern American restaurant, “rooted in tradition and inspired by the seasons” featuring a 60 seat elegant dining room and 25 seats in the warm, casual bar area. A highlight of elm will be The Chef’s Kitchen Table, with seating for twelve as well as a separate Chef’s Tasting Bar with four seats, which will be etched into a semi-private nook overlooking the heart of Brian’s kitchen. Together, the food, wine, hand-crafted cocktails and exceptional service will embody both luxury and comfort; a destination perfect for everyday or your favorite occasion, filled with high energy, world class food and small town charm.

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