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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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Wednesday
May252011

Chef Talk: Tuscan Oven's Limonata Cocktail

Meeting a friend for an overdue gabfest, I found myself at Tuscan Oven in Norwalk for cocktails.

Just as I was about to order the requisite martini, I spied a cocktail that whispered summer. The Limonata.

If you find yourself in denial about the cool indecisive weather, or perhaps you'd like to be transported to a sunny afternoon on the Amalfi Coast, this Tuscan Oven cocktail may be just the thing.

The Tuscan Oven Limonata

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Tuesday
May242011

Connecticut Farmer & Feast Cookbook

Connecticut FARMER & FEAST, by Emily Brooks,  is a revolutionary new cookbook that will introduce readers to Connecticut's agricultural bounty and those passionate individuals - Connecticut's farmers and producers - who toil endlessly to bring us our food. Emily is the Founder of Edibles Advocate Alliance and is a driving force in the sustainable food movement.

Meet more than 40 of Connecticut's devoted farmers (view complete list here) and producers who proudly produce Connecticut's "locally grown" produce, meats, cheeses, and other food items featured in farm stands, farm markets, and top restaurants throughout the Nutmeg State.

Her book launch is scheduled for June 5th @ The Coventry Regional Farmers Market, but Emily Brooks will be making an appearance in Fairfield County on June 26th 10-1pm at the Sunday Farmers Market of Westport at the Saugatuck Congregational Church. For a complete list of her CT book signing tour stops, click here.

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Tuesday
May242011

A Conversation with Joe Bastianich

 

We are counting the days to the opening of Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria this summer, Batali and Bastianich's latest restaurant venture poised to open in Westport. Located in the space formerly occupied by Abbondanza, this latest incarnation of the Tarry Lodge concept is lending momentum to the revitalization of the Saugatuck waterfront project. Hungry for more details, we had a quick chat with Greenwich resident Joe Bastianich about the opening, what we can expect from the menu, and why of all places they chose Westport, Connecticut.

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Sunday
May222011

Tabouli Grill Opens 2nd Location in Southport

There seems to be a new trendy area developing just where Westport meets Southport. To borrow from our trendy NYC neighbors, maybe we should call it "Down Under (the exit) Nineteen Overpass" or DUNO. In the past year, we have seen some great new restaurants open in this area, including the oh-so-trendy GREY GOOSE at 246 Old Post Road and the latest COROMANDEL, serving great Indian food at 17 Pease Avenue . Now, luckily for us, a second TABOULI GRILL opened 2 weeks ago at its new location at 3381 Post Road. (Formerly home to Ole' Mole.) TABOULI GRILL is making DUNO it's second home and we quickly made it ours.

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Friday
May202011

Guide to Fairfield County Farmer's Markets from FGFG

The spring/summer season brings many things: rain, blooms, a high pollen count, and vastly improved temperatures. The onset of warmer weather also means that farmers from all over our fair state will begin to harvest and sell the fruits of their labor at The Fairfield County Farmer's Markets. Sure, there were a selection of dedicated year-round markets this year which kept me deep in kale and root vegetables, but summer brings vibrant colors and flavors we can only imagine in the winter months. Perhaps, you already have a favorite, but the list of farmer's markets expands every year due to growing demand. Here's the roundup you need to stay in the local loop. 

Analiese Paik of The Fairfield Green Food Guide has the ultimate Guide to Fairfield County's Farmer's Markets. This cheat sheet is all you need to enjoy beautiful local produce, baked goods, and prepared foods all summer long. Let the season begin!!