Yes, we can squeeze the peaches before we buy them in the supermarket and cherry-pick the basket we like at the farmer’s market, but there is nothing more satisfying than standing under a a tree limb full of ripe peaches. There is a tangible joy in choosing one, reaching up to feel the soft fuzz against the firm fruit and inhaling it’s perfume as you gently twist it from its stem. This was our experience yesterday and not one person in our party of 8 put their first picked peach in a bag. Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford can offer you this experience 4 times over, as their orchards are currently yielding peaches, apples, pears and raspberries. Bishop’s is a straight shot up Rt. 95N (exit 57; take a right) and the 45 drive is well worth it.
To celebrate the bounty of our local harvest, CT restaurants have gotten together to bring the farm to you with "CT Farm to Table Week." During the week of September 26-October 2, 2010, over 80 restaurants, caterers and schools across CT will be participating in this first ever CT Farm-to-Chef Harvest Celebration Week. Restaurants will be serving special prix fixe menus as well as a la carte options exclusively featuring local producers and vineyards. This is the perfect excuse to both check out some new spots as well as support local CT agriculture.
The list of participating vendors and venues for Fairfield County are below. Detailed menus for each participant can be found here.
Fairfield County Participants:
Given the "Worth It" rating from the NY Times, it was easy to rally a group of hungry enthusiasts to join me at Navaratna for lunch last week. Navaratna is the newest Indian restaurant in the ever expanding dining scene in downtown Stamford. This packed lunch spot is unique in that it features Southern Indian cuisine that is strictly vegetarian (and certified Kosher). As a lover of Indian food, I was intrigued, and we descended upon Navaratna to explore its distinctive menu.
The Dinners At The Farm season is closed, but for those of you who didn't make it this year, here's the next best thing to being there. View The Dinners At The Farm Photo Gallery Here. The final farm took place on August 28th @ the scenic White Gate Farm in East Lyme. Chef Jonathan Rapp and his sous chefs prepared a locally focused feast for his largest audience to date, 175 guests. Here's what we ate...
Anthony Bourdain, the internationally acclaimed chef, author and host of Travel Channel's “No Reservations,” will be speaking at Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA on September 24 at 8 pm.
Yes, you read that correctly. Massachusetts, as in the next state over. I reckon if Bourdain can travel to the farthest reaches of the globe to share his food adventures with us, I can drive over the border to try to meet the man himself and hear an F-bomb or two in person.
And if his presence was not enough to make the special trek north, Symphony Hall is offering a special discount for CTbites readers. Purchase your tickets this Labor Day weekend from September 2 through 6th and receive a $10 discount on level two, three, & four tickets. When you checkout, please use code "TONY" in the promotions and special offers box.
South Norwalk can add another notch to it’s ample dining belt with newcomer Red Lulu. A sister restaurant to the vibrant scene that is Lolita Cocina in Byram, Red Lulu opened last night with an over-the-top party introducing this “Mexican speakeasy with a luxe twist” to the well-dressed masses.
The menu strikes some very familiar notes to Lolita’s inspired Mexican: bbq ribs with a coffee, chocolate and orange glaze; flautas; blackened grouper tacos; and carnitas to name just a few eye-catching bites.
Staying true to its SoNo address, the bar and lounge are front and center, housing impressive collection of tequilas
I don't know about you but when I need that bulk bin candy fix, there is only one place to go…Sweet Rexie’s. Voted Best Candy Store in Fairfield County for 2010, this kid-friendly haven will satisfy any sweet tooth, but did you know that Sweet Rexie's is actually much more than just a candy store?
Sweet Rexie's serves up great events, including kids birthdays, cooking classes and Hershey's Premium ice cream, just right for an after school treat. With 16 great flavors the likes of "Cookies vs. Peanut Butter," "Playdough," and "Cotton Candy," every child (or adult) will walk away a happy camper.
Need a gift? Sweet Rexie's has a unique selection of toys, apparel, and baby gifts. Plus, if you don't have time to get to the store, Sweet Rexie's offers local delivery & nationwide shipping.
Special Offer for CT Bites Readers - $50 off a birthday party if booked by Sept 30, 2010.
“Go Big or Go Home!” is Owner/Chef Nick Bilello’s motto. And Nick is going big this year with his 4th Annual BURGER STOCK Party in celebration of Burger Bar & Bistro’s 4 years of success in South Norwalk, CT, Thursday, September 9, 2010, starting at 6:30 PM.
“Burger Stock has evolved over the years,” beams Nick, “it’s my way of saying Thank You to my customers and friends…and it causes a really big scene in SoNo!”
Nick’s pulling out all the stops with his comfort food menu and the beer’s on him! Live music from the popular band Fake ID will be jammin’ all night long, as well as plenty of Burger Bar & Bistro’s signature game playing, contests, and give-aways.
Burger Bar & Bistro 58 North Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 203.853.2037
The Jewish holidays are around the corner, and with the kids just barely back to school, it seemed as though we could all use a little assist with the Rosh Hashanah menu this year. Next week? Really?
Judy Roll of Tabouli Grill in Stamford has come to the rescue with three great recipes to fill out your holiday table. Here's what's on the menu: Cumin Roasted Cauliflower with Yellow Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts, Bubbe’s Brisket, and Kasha Varnishke. If you really just don't feel like cooking, Tabouli Grill is also happy to do the work for you as you can see in their Rosh Hashanah Package below.
Don't miss the unique opportunity to try out one of CT's top restaurants, Bernard's in Ridgefield, at their end of summer "Tapas, Paella & Wine Dinner." Inspired by a recent trip to Barcelona, Bernard and his wife Sarah (of Sarah's Wine Bar at the same location) are teaming up with local wine merchant Cellar XV to offer up this very special evening. The event will feature sangria, Spanish wines, and tapas galore served (if weather permits) in their beautiful garden. If you haven't eaten at Bernard's, this is a great way to sample this very special restaurant.
Sunday, September 12th at 6:00 – In the Garden