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Thursday
Jun022011

Nicholas Roberts' Whole Wheat & Porcini Fettuccine

Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro is a restaurant with a lot of heart and some really well prepared food. On a recent dinner excursion, we stumbled upon a seasonal pasta special that I knew wouldn't stay on the menu for long, and yet I could envision myself craving it on a weekly basis. I considered lobbying for a permanent spot on the NRGB menu, but some meals are more ethereal in nature. Instead, Chef Rob Troilo handed the recipe over to CTbites to enable future enjoyment in our own homes. If you don't want to make your own pasta, go buy it fresh, and take advantage of the beautiful asparagus currently available at our local Farmers' Markets. Let us know how you like Nicholas Roberts' House Made Whole Wheat & Porcini Fettuccine with Artichokes & Asparagus. 

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Thursday
Jun022011

Jacques Pépin & Christine Baranski Celebrate CT Farms

This just in from TheFeast.com

"Celebrity chef Jacques Pépin will join Tony-Award winning actress Christine Baranski ('The Good Wife') and WNPR's Faith Middleton as honorary chairpersons at the 11th Celebration of Connecticut Farms on September 11 at Jones Family Farms in Shelton. Tickets for the annual event are priced at $150 and are expected to sell out quickly.

The celebration is a benefit for Connecticut Farmland Trust, and menu items will feature ingredients culled from over fifty local farms. According to CTNow, this year's feast has recruited two dozen of the state's top restaurants including Simsbury's Metro Bis, Westport's Dressing Room, Hartford's Polytechnic ON20 and Middletown's It's Only Natural. Ten of Connecticut's vineyards and a handful of area breweries will also be in attendance, and attendees will be treated to live music and participated in a silent auction. To purchase tickets and check out pictures from last year's celebration, visit the Connecticut Farmland Trust's event page here." --Peyton Dougherty

Jones Family Farms is located at 606 Walnut Tree Hill Road in Shelton

[Photograph courtesy of THEFEAST.com]

Thursday
Jun022011

Whole Foods Market Opening in Fairfield June 3

Analiese Paik of The Fairfield Green Food Guide shares her Top Ten Reasons to Love the new Whole Foods Market in Fairfield, opening June 3. 

"Well, it’s about time. How many years have we watched the site adjacent to Home Depot that once was home to the Handy & Harman metals-processing factory being remediated and negotiated over in preparation for the construction of a Whole Foods Market?

Let’s shake off the wait with a party. Pack your $10 coupon flyer and head over on Friday, June 3, for the opening day festivities which begin at 8:30 am with a bread breaking ceremony. Be sure to make your way to the Cooking Fairfielddepartment located smack in the middle of the bulk aisle at 11:30 or 5:00 for cooking demos with James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and  founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Michel Nischan. At both 1:00 and 6:15 Nischan will be signing his latest cookbook, Sustainably Delicious, which includes seasonal recipes from and inspired by his restaurant, the Dressing Room, in Westport." -- Fairfield Green Food Guide

Read the complete article here.

Tuesday
May312011

Dine with Design: Menu Preview with Taibe & Lewis

In less than two weeks, June 11th from 12:00-3:00 pm, five of America’s most inspirational Farm to Table chefs will converge at the late Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan to prepare their visionary seasonal creations.  The much anticipated Dine with Design – An Outdoor Celebration of Farm-to-Table Cuisine event includes several of the outstanding Chefs featured in the cookbook “Harvest to Heat – Cooking with America’s Best Chefs Farmers and Artisans.” The legendary Chef Michel Richard of Central Michel Richard in Washington DC and Michel in Washington, DC and McLean, VA; Chef Lee Chizmar of Bolete restaurant in Allentown, PA.; Chef Brian Lewis, co-creator of the Bedford Post, whose new restaurant, elm, opens this fall in New Canaan ; Chef Bill Taibe of LeFarmrestaurant in Westport; and Chef Derek Wagner of Nicks on Broadway in Providence, RI will each create a spectacular luncheon cuisine to delight the palate of all who attend.

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Tuesday
May312011

Chef Leticia's Brazilian Homemade Honey Liquor

I recently toured the beehive colonies in Trout Brook Valley field in Easton with my friends Patty and Sergei Boyce, program directors for The Backyard Beekeepers Association of CT. It was an amazing education on the art of honey production. 

Inspired by my newfound knowledge, and some great local honey, I began to explore the Brazilian school of preparing home made liquors and after dinner drinks from fruits, vegetables, and honey.  I used Patty and Sergei’s honey and Leblon Cachaça to make this recipe. Enjoy!

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Sunday
May292011

Shout Out: What's Your Favorite Hot Dog Joint?

Frankfurter, weiner, dog, ripper, tube steak, coney, frank, red hot, Texas hot ... 

Where is the best place to go for a hot dog in Fairfield County?

Sunday
May292011

Sneak Peek @ ZAZA Italian Gastrobar in Stamford

Teaser billboards in the windows of Stamford's soon-to-be-open ZAZA portray a scantily clad woman really "enjoying" her pasta. You can't miss it…that's the idea. The Racanelli family, owners and operators of Pizzeria Molto in Fairfield know how to create a little buzz (as anyone who has waited for a table at Molto on a Saturday night knows all too well). Leveraging the success of Molto, their new venture will continue the tradition of the Italian gastropub and is slated to open in early June. Situated on busy Broad street with sidewalk seating, "ZAZA will have more of an urban feel with an active bar scene." says GM, Nick Racanelli Jr. ZAZA's casually chic interior, covered in white marble, red leather, and oversized images depicting Italian street scenes, is both welcoming and sleek. Black glass chandeliers hang like jewels over the communal tables, begging for the party to begin. The decor is clean and sexy, while the menu aims to please. Here is a sneak peak at ZAZA Italian Gastrobar.  

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Friday
May272011

Wine & Food Tasting @ Stamford Museum June 3

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center will be celebrating 75 years as an educational and cultural treasure on Friday, June 3 at its 75th Anniversary Celebration Wine Tasting.  The celebration will begin at 7 pm with fine wines paired with signature dishes and specialties from top local caterers and restaurants. 

Participating caterers and restaurants include: A Dash of Salt; A•S Fine Foods; Becca Catering; Butterfield 8; David’s Soundview Catering; Frank & Julio Complete Event Planning; Illy Coffee; Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning; Napa & Co.; On the Marc Events; Outdoor Cookers; Shelly’s on the River; Susan Kane Catering; Vin’s Delights; and Wave Hill Bread/Chiappetta Olive Oil.  The wines will be provided by BevMax.

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Thursday
May262011

Opening Day @ The Westport Farmers' Market

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The Westport Farmers’ Market opened today with a celebratory vibe as late spring temps finally pushed into the low 80’s and bright sun pushed through the early morning fog.   More than 30 vendors set up under their tents, arranging heaping towers of local produce and lovingly prepared  food product as shoppers streamed in to resume their Thursday routines of shopping, eating, and shmoozing at this one stop al fresco mecca.  Westport’s market, winner of BEST FARMERS’ MARKET for the third consecutive year in the annual BEST OF THE GOLD COAST AWARDS, has embarked on its sixth season with stricter guidelines imposed on market vendors.  Lori Cochran Dougall, Market Manager, has developed 12 guidelines that must be met by both farmers and small food producers.   These guidelines are accepted by all vendors and make the mission of this market clear:  all edibles must be local, sustainable and healthy.  What does this mean for shoppers?

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Thursday
May262011

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

Where did we catch this lovely piece of fish?

(Winner will receive CTbites swag)

One guess per person please. 

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