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CTbites' Chef Demo Tent Sept 5 + 6th at The Blues & BBQ Festival in Westport. 8 local chefs. Ton's of great food for all! View lineup here. 

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Fairfield County Eats Fundraiser Recap: Woman Eats Herself Silly

As I am drive home from my big night out at Fairfield County Eats, a tasting event to benefit the Food Bank of Lower FC, I am feeling so stuffed I can hardly breathe. Or see straight. Yes, not only is the rain slapping against my windshield taking away my visibility, but the fact that I have just eaten ten times my body mass in chocolate. This was serious fun. As if just released from solitary confinement, I have eaten myself silly. Here is how it happened. 

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Bistro 88 Asian Cuisine Opens in Westport w/ Delivery & Variety

With a stellar location in Westport on the Saugatuck, and a Taiwanese chef, trained in Japanese cuisine with more than 20 years in the restaurant business, Westporters have something to be hopeful about in a new local take out and delivery place. 

Bistro 88, a family run restaurant, is dishing up food from several Asian destinations including China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and even Indonesia, in the form of traditional Sambal.  Lucky for us that points of political contention hasn’t gotten in the way of allowing us to choose freely from this flowing menu of Asian delights. Looming largely as a take out and delivery business, this tiny joint also has limited seating with service for those who prefer to eat there. Plus, the menu is so extensive (reading like a Bible for Asian food),  there is surely something for everyone.

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Red Lulu's Cinco De Mayo All Day Block Party

The countdown to Cinco De Mayo has begun, and Red Lulu is taking over Sono for a Cinco De Mayo block party. Eat, drink and dance all day with no cover charge at this Cinco celebration, complete with live bands, Mexican eats, and of course...tequila! The parking lot across the street from Red Lulu will be shut down for the day for maximum festivity. Here are the details:

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Cooking Demo & Lunch w/ Chef Malcarney of Blue Lemon

Join CTbites & Blue Lemon chef/owner, Bryan Malcarney, for a cooking demo and lunch on the beautiful patio in Sconset Square, Westport. For easy scheduling, we've got two dates from which to choose; Thursday May 17 or Friday May 18 from 11:30- 1 pm. Reserve Your Seat Now. 

This three course lunch will include:

Golden beet gazpacho; Chef Bryan's award winning grilled baby squid (complete with recipe demo) over arugula & endive salad with bleu cheese, celeriac, caramelized walnuts and cider vinaigrette...voted Best by Connecticut Magazine!

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Friday Froth: Draft Day Gems 

You never know where you might find your next exiting pint, the next star in your personal rotation. You will see some familiar, trusted brands while scanning the shelves during a trip to the adult candy store, but the familiar can become the routine, and routine can become stagnant - a word we try to avoid in the pursuance of Life Well-Lived. Our taste buds are continually regenerating, so let's go ahead and give those new recruits a chance to shine. The NFL draft started last night and continues today and tomorrow, so I thought we'd choose a few draft picks of our own this week. Enough with the set up: the first pick in the inaugural CTBites Beer Draft 2012 is: Magic Hat Encore.

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First Annual Wakeman Town Farm Chicken Coop Tour

Wakeman Town Farm is giving local backyard chicken fans something to cluck about! Announcing the First Annual Wakeman Town Farm Chicken Coop Tour, in which local chicken coop owners in Westport and lower Weston will open their unique henhouses to the public.

Wakeman Town Farm threw down the gauntlet to local chicken-keeping aficionados. We asked: Who wants bragging rights for building the Hautest Henhouse...the Cadillac of Chicken Shacks...the Coop De Ville? The result is Wakeman Town Farm's First Annual Chicken Coop Tour, Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., a fun-filled afternoon touring approximately 15 chicken coops in Westport and Weston and enjoying a casual After-Tour Sundae back at the farm, with ice cream generously provided by The Farmer's Cow!

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What's Cooking in Bridgeport May 14-20

Bridgeport’s Restaurant and Entertainment Week Returns May 14-20

Experience Bridgeport’s growing and thriving restaurant and entertainment scene from Monday, May 14 to Sunday, May 20, 2012 during What's Cooking in Bridgeport. Two of CTbites' favorites, Bereket and MELT Market & Cafe are on board this year, so check them out. 

Restaurants participating in What’s Cooking in Bridgeport restaurant and entertainment week will be offering patrons a new fixed price menu. 

‪These restaurants include: Amici Miei Cafe, Bereket, Epernay Bistro, The Field, Barnum Publick House, Taco Loco, Fortuna's Italian Deli, MELT Market & Cafe, Miss Thelma's, Park City Grill, Toni's Tuscan Table @ Dish, and Too Boots Pizza.

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Home Brewing Basics Class @ espressoNEAT in Darien

I've said this before, but espressoNEATin 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. Here's the info on their next home brewing class on Thursday May 31st. 

Do you like the coffee you get at NEAT? Did you know you could enjoy that coffee without even leaving your house? No, we’re not starting a delivery service, but we are relaunching an educational series that will equip you to make a stellar cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home and bathrobe. We’ll guide you in the fundamentals of buying, storing, grinding, and brewing and help you get the best at home as well as at NEAT.


Class size is limited to 8 people for maximum learning and tasting.

Email education (at) or ask someone NEAT to sign up.

$10/person, includes 10% off whole bean coffee & Clever brewers after class.

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Thursday, May 31 @ 7:00PM : Brew Methods Class

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Don't Miss The Taste of Westport on May 3rd

The 8th Annual Taste of Westport will be held on May 3rd at the Westport Inn. The Taste of Westport supports CLASP, a 30 year old Westport-based organization that provides group housing for 80 men and women with autism and related developmental disabilities. Your $75 entry fee ($80 at the door) gives you sampling rights to some of the Westport area’s finest dining spots, and you can support a great cause. 

Here's how the evening is going down: Begin with oysters or clams from Norm Bloom & Son, and then enjoy great restaurants, including Bobby Q’s, Blue Lemon, DaPietro’s, Matsu Sushi, Coromandel, Michele’s Pies, River House Tavern, Rizzuto’s, Tarantino’s, 55 Restaurant and Wine Bar and Rowayton Seafood.

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Foodie Fridays @ Sport Hill Farm in Easton

Every Friday in May, Patti Popp, owner of Easton's Sport Hill Farm will be hosting hands-on, meet-and-eat lunch/workshops for adults. Learn to make some delicous recipes from scratch featuring farm fresh seasonal produce. Meet new & like-minded people while getting your familiy back to the kitchen table to eat. Carol Dannhauer, TV food show producer & cook will share tips & techniques, recipes & shortcuts to mouth-watering, interesting meals that appeal to the whole family. These workshops will be held every Friday in May from 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m. 

May 4th ; 11th ; 18th ; 25th. Sign-up for one or all four. $50-pp(plus $15) materials fee per class, or $180.00 for all 4 sessions (plus $60 materials fee). Pre-payment & RSVP required. E-mail or call Carol direct (203)374-8343. 

Sport Hill Farm (Patti Popp) 596 Sport Hill Road, Easton.