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Thursday
Sep082011

Fairfield Cheese Company Classes Are Back in Session

School is back in session, and I don't mean the kind that requires boarding a yellow school bus. I'm talking about an education involving terms like bloomy, soft-ripened, blue-vein, washed-rind, and brined. Fairfield Cheese Company's Fall/Winter cheese class schedule is out with a full offering for any level of cheese appreciation. Check out the full line up below:

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Hatch Chile Wine Dinner in Ridgefield

Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield will be hosting a Hatch Chile Wine Dinner on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. This four course dinner will be paired with wines by Monica Brown of 109 Cheese & Wine. Southwest Café is located at 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, CT. Dinner is $65 per person, gratuity not included. For reservations, email babsswc@aol.com or call 203.431.3398. Seating is limited.

First Course

Grilled Polenta, Stewed Hatch, Corn Crema, Queso Fresco

Second Course

Crisp Pork Belly, Hatch Relish, Hatch Sabayon

Third Course

Halibut, mussels, chorizo, Hatch aioli, Hatch Broth  or Filet Mignon, Hatch Braised Beef Short Rib, Kale

Fourth Course

Ricotta Cake, Hatch Jam, Hatch Frozen Custom

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Wednesday
Sep072011

For the Love of Cheese Part 1: Beltane Farm

Most teens in high school long to get a car. Not Paul Trubey; he wanted a goat. His unique infatuation began in high school when one of his teachers was given a goat. Understandably, his parents wouldn’t let him get one.  Since then, Paul found every goat worthy of affection. 

Paul pursued a career in social work but never abandoned his intense passion for goats. When he and his partner Mark moved to Glastonbury, Connecticut for Mark’s work in 1994, Paul did not know at the time how much the move would propel him towards his goal of being a goat farmer.  In Glastonbury, Paul became involved with the owners of Highwater Farm and in the care of their herd of Swiss Oberhasli dairy goats.  In his free time, he immersed himself in learning about cheese making and in visiting artisanal cheese makers throughout New England. 

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Chef Nicole Straight @ The Westport Farmers' Market

Chef Nicole Straight will present two easy and flavorful recipes to shoppers at the Westport Farmers’ Market on September 8 between 10-2.   Straight is the founder and Chef of TIME TO EAT, which helps parents and other busy people cook healthy, simple meals without investing hours in the kitchen. She was invited to the White House to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s GET MOVING CAMPAIGN, recently appeared on Bravo TV’s ROCCO’S DINNER PARTY, has won numerous awards in Fairfield County and may be seen on Channel 8’s WTNH, where she instructs viewers on simple meal prep.

Straight will be presenting her PEACH AND BLACK BEAN SALSA (recipe below)

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Food 411: Name the Restaurant that Served This...

 

Guess where we ate this frittata...

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

Tuesday
Sep062011

Slice of Saugatuck Festival on Westport's Waterfront

On Saturday September 17, 2011 from noon - 3pm three dozen of Saugatuck's finest restaurants, shops and galleries will be opening their doors and inviting the community to come and sample their offerings. Walk the streets of Saugatuck Center and enjoy sampling some of the area's restaurants, caterers, and liquor stores. Participants include: The Boathouse, CakeSuite, Tarry Lodge, Julian's and Saugatuck Grain & Grape. Plus...Ryan Fibiger of Craft Butchery will be demonstrating how to butcher a pig in front of his shop (opening soon) at 1:00 pm. And it's not just food. Retailers will offer kayak rides, gym work outs, fly fishing lessons, Environmental tips, discount coupons and martial arts demonstrations - all free. Come see what's going on in Westport's Saugatuck area. See below for complete event details: 

 

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Sunday
Sep042011

Bon Appetit Cafe & Creperie Opens in Fairfield 

I didn’t much pay attention to the new blue awning located next to Billy’s Bakery on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield until I was asked to cover a new restaurant opening.  An Easton resident, I spend a good bit of my time there and I have always been disappointed by the lack of quality restaurants in that part of town.  Until now.  

I was running late for my lunch with Stephanie and fellow CTBites contributor Sarah Green, parked on the side street next to Billy’s and ran down the blue awning-covered stairs to the back of the building where Bon Appetit Cafe & Creperie had just recently opened. One has no idea what’s in store until one sits down to read the menu.  I was thrilled to learn that the food had been ordered without me. I truly would not have been able to decide on my own!

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Sunday
Sep042011

Live Green CT! Festival September 17th-18th

Join us on September 17th & 18th for Live Green CT! a family-friendly community festival focusing on environmental education, eco-friendly living, sustainability and caring for our natural resources.  This is a FREE event with great interactive kid’s activities, local food vendors like Skinny Pines Pizza Truck and Peace Tree Desserts, and it's all going down at the beautiful  Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk CT.  Check out the line up below: 

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Sunday
Sep042011

Station Eats' Korean Burger & Cookie Shake

That’s correct…the name of Filling Station in New Canaan is transitioning to Station Eats as it expands into other towns in Fairfield County. And as this column mentioned last month, the new flavor concept for this month’s Special Burger and Shake is Southeast Asia with the Station Eats’ Korean Burger. To complement the Korean Burger, this month’s Special Shake is an All-American Loopie Doop Chocolate Chip Cookie Shake. 

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Friday
Sep022011

Taking Sides in the Stamford Pizza War 

The first hint of a Stamford pizza scandal came from a casual tip from a friend who knows how we obsess over pizza here at CTbites. “Have you heard about this new place called Rico’s?” he asked. “It’s just like Colony and some say it’s better.”

Rumors, speculation, and then the recent ad taken out by Colony Pizza in the Stamford Advocate on July 22 had piqued all of our interest. The ad read, “There is no other restaurant in Fairfield County that is authorized to use our name or our recipes.”

This not-so-thinly veiled threat was direct taking aim at the new Selleck Street pizzeria Rico’s, opened by former employees of Colony Pizza, the epicenter of the traditional bar-style pizza with it’s cracker-like crust and rivers of grease

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