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CTbites Team Speaking @ The Westport Public Library

The CTbites team is coming out from behind their computers and speaking at a library near you. On Tuesday, May 3rd join the CTbites crew at 10am in the McManus Room at the Westport Public Library as we discuss the creation of the CTbites brand, upcoming expansion plans, and what we are forced to eat to keep you in the know. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Hope to see you there!

Here is the necessary blurb:

"Have you ever wanted to know how to start a successful food blog? Go behind the scenes with the team of, the award winning web site dedicated to bringing you the very best of food in Fairfield County. Join Editor in Chief Stephanie Webster, Executive Editor & Social Media Director Amy Kundrat, and Contributor Chef Nicole Straight of Time to Eat! as they share insider foodie tips, restaurant review how-to's and the building of the CTbites brand.  Come armed with questions b/c life is too short for bad food. "

Coffee is served @ 9:30 am.


Free Tacos Every Sunday @ Red Lulu in Norwalk

Red Lulu in Norwalk is serving up  FREE TACOS & Reggae every Sunday...See you there.



Q&A: 3 Farmers on Growing Sustainably in CT

You are invited to attend a very special event – "Growing Sustainably in Connecticut: 3 Local Farmers Discuss their Connection to Our Soil." The farmers serving as guest panelists are Dina Brewster from The Hickories farm in Ridgefield, John Holbrook from Holbrook Farm in Bethel and Annie Farrell from Millstone Farm in Wilton.

Please join Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide on May 3 at 6:30 pm at Norfield Grange in Weston from an opportunity to learn firsthand from our sustainable farmers and ask some questions.

This event is organized by the Weston Select Committee for Sustainability and is free and open to the public.


Don't Put That In Your Mouth!

Jeffrey M. Smith, the author of “The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America” and the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology will be speaking in Connecticut at the Greenwich Audubon Center on April 27 and at the Fairfield Community Film Institute on April 28 on the health implications of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). 

From the Fairfield Green Food Guide

Smith’s first book Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating became the world’s best-selling and # 1 rated book on GMOs. His second book, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, is the authoritative work that presents irrefutable evidence that GMOs are harmful. It includes 65 health dangers, linking GMOs to toxic and allergic reactions, thousands of sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.

For more information on Smith and the events, visit Fairfield Green Food Guide.


Fairfield Cheese Company's 2 Yr Anniversary Party

To celebrate two years in business, Fairfield Cheese Company has planned a day of celebration and customer appreciation to be held on Saturday, April 30th, from noon till 4pm.  This kid-friendly party comes complete with FREE balloons, cow face painting, grilled cheese sandwiches and great deals on select cheeses.   

Owner Laura Downey promises a day of fun and appreciation. “Fairfield has really embraced the shop and while we want to celebrate our success we also want to express our gratitude to the community.” 

Located at 2090 Post Road (adjacent to Harry’s), Fairfield Cheese Company has quickly become Fairfield’s premier source for artisanal and farmstead cheese, charcuterie and fine foods.

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"Chopped" Chef Bynum Brings Beach Burgers to Norwalk

Our contributor Jfood and readers Andrew Dominick and Toni Tiller get to the soul of Chef Bynum's new Beach Burger in East Norwalk. Here's what they had to say…..

Jfood on Beach Burger:

If you are like me, you watch the Food Network and wonder how the chefs on Chopped develop each dish and how do they really taste? To sample the results of Chopped Champion Chef Marc Anthony Byrum’s renditions of hamburgers, residents of Norwalk need only drive to a restaurant on First Street to taste some inventive hamburgers being prepared at The Beach Burger. Housed in a non-descript white building across the street from his business partner Anthony Luciani’s Frosty Cone, the pair are delivering very good burgers at incredibly reasonable prices. 

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Reheated: Weekly Food News for April 22

Carole Peck's Zee Burger is opening next week, April 26 adjacent to her ever-popular Good News Café.

Barcelona Wine Bar in Stamford is hosting an Argentina Wine Class on April 23 at 3:30 pm, tickets are $30 per person. 

Sport Hill Farm is holding an Open House and Garden Tour on Saturday April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m.  

Fairfield County Eats! a fundraiser to benefit the lower Fairfield County Food Bank on Wednesday, April 27, with an impressive list of participating restaurants and purveyors. See you there!

Tasti D-lite will host a weekend-long grand opening party from April 29 to May 1 including a free cup or cone. A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will benefit Operation Hope.

Don't put that in your mouth! Catch a Healthy Habit is supporting a film event with Executive Director of the Institute For Responsible Technology, Jeffrey Smith on Thursday, April 28. Register here for tickets.

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Friday Froth: The Devil's Advocate

"O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil."

-William Shakespeare

Every once in a while you have to let the Devil out: take a vacation from civilization and get back to human nature, permit rules made by somebody else to slide by and let your glands do the talking. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Spending all your time trying to be good is just living under the thumb of what you consider to be bad, anyway. Most of us spend enough time crying with the saints - this week it's time to laugh with the sinners. 

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

Where did we eat this lovely mollusk stew? 

The winner will receive a French Bull dinner platter ... perfect for your next party. Fairfield County resident and designer Jackie Shapiro is the founder and designer behind the bold brand. Check out a few of their selections below and follow them @FrenchBull.

The Rules: One guess per person. Please remember to include your email address so we can contact you should you be chosen. We pick a winner from the correct guesses using a random integer. Happy guessing!



Mango Sorbet via The Parsley Thief

This time last year I posted about my addiction to Champagne mangoes..also known as Ataulfo mangoes. These differ from traditional mangoes in that they are brighter yellow in color, have a smoother texture & are sweeter. I love mangoes in general, but this variety is truly something special. They have a super smooth texture & are very sweet. 

I saw them at the grocery store last week, in season once again & I bought a bunch. I bought so many that I couldn't eat them all before they became overly soft I had no idea what to do with them. I was going to dice & freeze them to add to my "smoothie bag"--My smoothie bag is where I add fruit that has ripened too much to eat, but will still be great in smoothies.

But, this time I decided that these mangoes needed something special. I decided to make some mango sorbet. 

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