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Sunday
Nov252012

Congrats to The Winners of the Robert Irvine Giveaway

Congratulations to Dorothy Mikolinski & Ally Beadle!! These lucky CTbites readers are the winners of the "Chef Robert Irvine LIVE" GIVEAWAY.  

Winners will each receive a set of 2 tickets to see Robert Irvine LIVE on Sunday, December 2nd @8PM. Get ready for some celebrity chef action at The Ridgefield Playhouse complete with interactive cooking demonstrations and more. 

Thanks to everyone who submitted comments and participated in this giveaway. We'll get ya next time!

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Saturday
Nov242012

Invites: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Dinner @ Oaxaca Kitchen

Join CTbites and Oaxaca Kitchen in Westport for a special evening on Thursday 11/29 7:30-9:30 to benefit Connecticut Food Bank for $55. A special 5 course menu presented personally by Chef Prasad Chirnomula includes signature OMG Margarita and Sangria & $20 of each ticket will be donated to Connecticut Food Bank's Hurricane Sandy Virtual Food Drive. 

Chef Prasad will be on hand to explain the inspiration for both of his top rated restaurant concepts, Thali and Oaxaca. He will discuss his methedology and use of authentic spices as well as the similarities between his Mexican and Indian influences. 

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Tuesday
Nov202012

Dinosaur BBQ Preview: Opening Soon in Stamford

“Did you ever in your wildest dreams think that when you cut a 55-gallon drum in half, filled one side with wood and grilled meats at a Harley Davidson Rally in 1983 that you would be standing in your sixth restaurant in Stamford, Connecticut almost thirty years later?” John Stage, the founder of Dinosaur BBQ, slowly shook his head and smiled ever so slightly as he scanned the interior of his new location and uttered a single word that so beautifully summed it up, “Never.” This soft spoken BBQ master was kind enough to give CTbites an exclusive tour of the almost completed Dinosaur BBQ (named after his partner Dino) in Stamford and we were overwhelmed by the space.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Tuesday
Nov202012

Chestnut Stuffing w/ Leeks & Apples c/o The Parsley Thief

Recipe: Chestnut Stuffing with Leeks & Apples c/o The Parsely Thief

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Tuesday
Nov202012

NEAT Artisan Coffee Bar Now Open in Greenwich

Good news for people living and working in Greenwich CT. The espresso NEAT we know and love from Darien has just opened a coffee bar in the lobby @ 100 West Putnum in downtown Greenwich. NEAT will be serving beverages, pastries, lunch & sweets. Don't look for a sign because there is none, but you are now "in the know," so just walk on in and they'll make you your favorite NEAT drink just like in Darien.

They be open from 7:30am to 4:30pm during the week, and are offering an assortment of breakfast and lunch items from Wave Hill Breads Bakery & Cafe as well as a selection of Vegan-friendly food items from Green & Tonic.  

Get caffeinated!

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Sunday
Nov182012

Basso Cafe: Venezuela & Italy Meet in Norwalk

When you enter Basso Café you feel transported to a warmer climate with the vibrant colors and art of the Mediterranean. The green walls are adorned with large colorful paintings depicting various culinary delights and the dark wood tables are inviting and offer a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of the day. At the helm of the Basso Café is Owner / Chef Renato Donzelli, who is proud that his dream still thrives after opening at the worst possible time at the beginning of the financial crisis in September 2007. A loyal following and favorable word of mouth allowed him to weather the crisis, and his strong menu has given him continued success. 

Born in Venezuela and raised in Naples, Italy, Chef Renato’s cuisine focuses primarily on Mediterranean flavors with a Venezuelan influence.

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Friday
Nov162012

White Truffle Wine Dinner @ Bar Sugo in Norwalk

For More information or to make a reservation: CALL: (203) 956-7134 or EMAIL: info@barsugo.com

Bar Sugo is located at 102 Wall St. Norwalk, CT 06854

Friday
Nov162012

CTbites TV:Chef Bernard Bouissou Demo's Baby Pumpkin Holiday Recipe

Chef Bernard Bouissou of Bernard's in Ridgefield is somewhat of a Fairfield County legend amongst both chefs and diners alike. Talented chefs including Arik Bensimon and Bill Taibe have gained valuable skills in his contemporary French kitchen, and when it comes to entertaining, no one has a larger repertoire of beautiful holiday recipes.

Recently, Chef Bouissou stepped into CTbites' test kitchen to demonstrate his recipe for Baby Pumpkins filled with Pumpkin Mousseline, Sautéed Shrimp & Wild Mushrooms. These are stunning on a Thanksgiving table and simple to make. Watch the video for great tips while you try out this recipe at home (Recipe Below). 

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Thursday
Nov152012

Brazilian Chef Leticia Schwartz's Pecan Pie Recipe

Chef Leticia Schwartz is the author of The Brazilian Kitchen, the cookbook that made Brazilian cooking accessible to the masses. She has appeared on The Today Show and teaches cooking classes in Fairfield County and NYC. 

Welcome November! With the aftermath of hurricane Sandy and the elections behind us, I think we all want to move on to Thanksgiving, just around the corner, and the perfect occasion to be thankful for what we have. This is my favorite American Holiday and truly the biggest gourmet feast on the calendar year.

As a Brazilian living in the US, it took me a few years to understand the deep meaning of Thanksgiving— especially the repeated menu every year. On the other hand, the chef in me loves to see the whole country talking turkey and cooking this one giant meal.

One of my favorite desserts from the Thanksgiving picture is Pecan Pie. Over the last few years I have tried recipes from magazines, newspapers, cookbooks, and web sites. They are all good but in every recipe I wish something was different. There are just so many variables that impact the end result of a pecan pie.

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