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CTbites' Chef Demo Tent Sept 5 + 6th at The Blues & BBQ Festival in Westport. 8 local chefs. Ton's of great food for all! View lineup here. 

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Monday
Apr092012

Invites: Sunday Brunch @ The Ginger Man Greenwich

Join the talented chefs and mixologists at The Ginger Man Greenwich for a special Sunday Brunch on Sunday April 29th from 12- 3, $30 per person. Start your morning with a tasting event highlighting Lambic / fruit beers. These unique libations offer an interesting alternative to your classic ales, stouts and lagers. Then
celebrate The Ginger Man's new signature cocktail, "The Tipsy Tiger Lily," named by a CTbites reader in our recent cocktail naming contest. This refreshing blend of St Germain, white cranberry juice , pineapple juice and sparkling Prosecco, will accompany a delicious brunch menu. 

Brunch includes light starters, choice of brunch entrée, pastries and dessert for the table and a glass of the featured cocktail, or optional Mimosa or Bloody Mary. RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW.

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Sunday
Apr082012

The Spotted Horse Tavern: A Thoroughbred in Westport

Last week I covered the opening bash at The Spotted Horse Tavern, Westport's new must-eat-at establishment. I perused the grounds, sampled the passed offerings and thoroughly appreciated the urban-chic decor at this latest love child of restaurateurs Kevin McHugh, Pete Mennona and Tommy Febbraio. I tried to go back on Monday to review but the restaurant had such a phenomenal opening weekend, they literally ran out of food and closed for lunch to stock up. It's good to be a Spotted Horse. 

When a group of CTBiters and I returned that Wednesday, the place was packed to the gills and the wait staff was on good form. Polite, helpful and incredibly well informed, the saddle was secure and we were off for a good ride. With a table by the window for some excellent photo ops, we were settled, excited and ready to eat.

 

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Sunday
Apr082012

CTbites Invites: Coromandel Wine Dinner Recap

“The goal of this evening is so you will dare to order a glass of wine next time you dine at a restaurant.” Those were the words of Coromandel’s managing partner, chef, and jack of all trades, Gopi Nair at the latest CTBites Invites event where Indian cuisine was paired with wines from around the world. 

But wine with Indian food? It is possible. Apparently wine was popular among Indians thousands of years ago but as time passed the country became integrated which resulted in wine becoming all but obsolete. Nair explained to the dining room of food fanatics that he did not grow up pairing wine with food but people should not stray from marrying the two. “You can come to an Indian restaurant and order wine,” Nair said. “You don’t have to order beer or a martini.” 

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Friday
Apr062012

Friday Froth: Bibliophile

Peace, as elusive as it can be on a macro scale, is oftentimes attainable with three simple elements: a comfortable chair, a glass of something within easy reach, and a good book. The difficulty of holding the tenuous balance of a yoga pose forces one to focus mind and body on that one action. If the mind wanders, so too does the body, and suddenly there's that worn out spot on your mat, and oh hell - everyone just saw that didn't they? You topple not just out of your pose, but back into reality. For the moments before, though, there was only the confluence of mind and body floating in a meditative innerspace. Withdrawn from the world's nettlesome preoccupations, there was peace. Similarly, good stories allow us to disengage from reality; to take a restful break from life. Actively experiencing food and drink, really thinking about what you taste, also takes focus. 

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Thursday
Apr052012

Cheers to CAVA Wine Dinner @ Barcelona Restaurant

If you're in the neighborhood and like your bubbles, don't miss the "Cheers to CAVA Wine Dinner" on Thursday, April 12th at Barcelona Restaurant in West Hartford, 7pm.

Champagne is one of the world’s most profound and expensive wines, usually only drank in times of celebration. However, Spain has its own popular sparkling wine created in the exact same style as its French counterpart, called Cava. While never bearing the generally high price tag as to Champagne, Cava is just as enjoyable and inspiring. As a self-declared “bubble head,” Gretchen Thomas, Wine & Spirits Director for the Barcelona Restaurant Group, is throwing a wine dinner showing off her favorites from several Spanish regions and their uncanny ability to pair well with even the heaviest and most flavorful dishes - a good thing since their Executive Chef, Adam Greenberg, is known for his creativity. This promises to be one of the most eye-opening food and wine pairing event of the season.

$45 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  

For reservations, email gretchen@barcelonawinebar.com 

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Lamb Bacon with Chef Paul Desiano

A fixture in Ridgefield's marketplace, Cello Restaurant seems to be in a perpetual state of experimentation. The last dining experience I had there was at an East meets West Sake dinner (Paul is Italian and his wife is Japanese) where their mult-course menu blended their native cuisines, pairing them with wine and sake. Running into Paul at The Marketplace (a group of artisan gourmet food and craft shops) in Ridgefield one afternoon, the conversation turned to his latest passion for the interesting cuts of meat he is procuring from Craft Butchery in Saugatuck. Although I was intrigued to share a 36-hour Confit of [Pork] Jowel, it seemed a bit ambitious for the majority of home cooks who may not yet have sprung for a sous vide supreme. So we settled on sharing his recipe for lamb bacon. Paul pairs this to the jowl dish which is served with a rosemary parsnip puree and braised red cabbage.

Chef Paul Desiano's Lamb Bacon Recipe

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Wednesday
Apr042012

And the Cocktail Contest Winner Is...

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Barcelona Restaurant Cocktail Contest. Gretchen Thomas, the Wines and Spirits Director for the Barcelona Restaurant Group, said she had a hard time selecting a winner as "there were so many great names from which to choose," but she did finally settle on a favorite. 

Congratulations to Robbie D for his cucumber inspired winning name...drumroll please...¡Ay Cukarumba!. He will receive a FREE DINNER FOR TWO @ any Barcelona Restaurant, cocktail included. 

Stay tuned for our next cocktail contest. Happy Cocktailing from CTbites. 

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Roger Sherman Inn Celebrates Titanic Centennial Last Dinner April 14th

Nes and Joseph Jaffre, owners of the Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan, CT announced today that the Inn is hosting an event-­‐packed recreation of the legendary Titanic’s last dinner on Saturday, April 14th. “Night to Remember” includes 7-­course recreation of actual First Class menu while raising funds for American Red Cross.

Come on board the ‘U.S.S. Roger Sherman Inn’ as it commemorates the Titanic’s 100th anniversary. The Inn, known for its history and elegance, offers the perfect setting to host a luxurious evening that was the hallmark of the Titanic. Throughout the night, guests will relive the grandeur of the Titanic with a lavish champagne welcome, a seven-­‐course dinner that recreates the final First Class menu, dancing to the music of the era with a wonderful string quartet and open bar.

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Sunday
Apr012012

Opening Night at Elm Restaurant in New Canaan

At 5:44PM on the first day of spring, March 20, 2012, the kitchen at elm Restaurant in New Canaan hummed to life as it received an order from the dining room. This was no ordinary order, it was the restaurant’s first. The order ticket began…Appetizers – 1 grilled Spanish octopus, 1 citrus cured hamachi, 1 local lettuces from Millstone Farm, 1 roots, shoots, fruits and leaves, and 1 soft farm egg ravioli… elm was officially open. The outstanding staff that Chef Brian Lewis had assembled sprang to action. The months of planning, the weeks of training, the hours of preparation were now tested as the guests arrived and the orders placed.

 

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Sunday
Apr012012

Melt Mobile Grilled Cheese Truck Opens in Stamford

If there’s one thing consistent with trends, it’s that followers will do anything to get in on the action to stay, err, well, trendy.  This was evident yesterday at the opening of Melt Mobile, a new gourmet grilled cheese truck, parked smack in the middle of downtown Stamford’s Landmark Square. 

Backed by Bobby Flay as part of his new “Food Project” reality show, what was started by two fierce women as a paddy wagon, one with an entrepreneurial background, the other, a trained French Culinary Institute chef and former restaurateur, is now a “permanent for now” gourmet food trend in the form of a food truck. Two trends in one, food truck and gourmet comfort food.  And as I mentioned about those followers… 

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