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Thursday
Jun162011

Barnum Hill Farm Meat CSA Now Open to FC Residents

Got Meat? Barnum Hill Farm Meat CSA Now Open to Fairfield County Residents

Just in time for barbecue season, Barnum Hill Farm (BHF) is offering a limited number of memberships its bi-monthly Meat CSA, exclusively to Fairfield County residents. The Meat CSA brings all-natural, Vermont-raised beef, pork and poultry from a collective of small family farms right to your doorstep. These farms adhere to humane and sustainable practices in a healthy and humane environment, free of antibiotics and without use of artificial growth hormones.

The cattle raised for Barnum Hill Farm are pastured outdoors during the seasonal months, where they graze on a steady diet of lush grasses and clover. To ensure the perfect balance of marbling and flavor, cows are finished on a diet of natural grains prior to harvesting.

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Thimble Island Oyster CSF for New Haven

This CSA's are for land lubbers only? Think again. 

The Thimble Island Community Supported Fisheries program is a joint venture between Miya's Sushi Restaurant and Thimble Island Oyster Co. modeled on land-based CSA's. This program is a way for seafood lovers to eat local, help restore the shoreline’s ocean ecosystem, and support local shellfish farmers.

This program is designed for New Haven, so it's currently only available for people located in the New Haven-Guilford-Madison. This is admittedly too far for many folks who live and work in Fairfield County but for those of you who work in or around the Elm City, this could work for you. It also begs the question, why not a Fairfield County CSF?

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Wednesday
Jun152011

Chef Brian Lewis' elm restaurant Opening in New Canaan

This fall, the New Canaan culinary landscape will welcome an exciting addition with the opening of elm, a new restaurant by Chef Brian Lewis. Chef Lewis has cultivated strong relationships with local growers and producers and looks forward to bringing his seasonally inspired, modern American cuisine to New Canaan. Lewis is especially thrilled to be opening his first restaurant in New Canaan, a town where he once lived and was married to his wife Dana.

CTBites is proud to announce that over the next few months Chef Lewis and elm will be the subject of an exclusive “Behind the Scenes” series chronicling the various aspects of bringing this much-anticipated restaurant to town including interior renovations and design as well as at-the-farm interviews as Brian visits local area farms in preparation for opening day.

Chef Lewis and CTBites are excited to jointly announce this exciting collaboration today on www.elmrestaurant.com and www.ctbites.com

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Brazilian Coconut Cake via Chef Leticia

Chef Leticia Schwartz is the author of The Brazilian Kitchen, the cookbook that made Brazilian cooking accessible to the masses. She is also a Fairfield County resident, and if you have had the opportunity to take one of her cooking classes, you already know that her recipes are worth coveting. In Chef Leticia's blog she posted the original version of this recipe for Toalha Felpuda, a heavenly delicious Coconut Cake from a store in Rio de Janeiro. This recipe can not be found in her cookbook, and it takes this classic cake to a whole other level. 

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Tuesday
Jun142011

10 Questions w/ John Holzwarth of The Boathouse

John Holzwarth has been cooking professionally since 1995 when he trained under Master Chef Fortunato Nicotra and Lidia Bastianich at Felidia Restaurant in New York City.  As Chef and owner of The Boathouse at Saugatuck,  John creates innovative, farm-fresh dishes by supporting local farmers and their sustainable agricultural and aquacultural practices. We recently spoke with him about everything from his favorite ingredient to his favorite local restaurnat. Here's what he had to say...

1. If you had unexpected guests arriving at your home for dinner in one hour, what would you whip up?

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Sunday
Jun122011

Bodega Taco Bar Opens in Fairfield

BODEGA: hispanic/spanish/:Latin mini-mart, kind of like a 7-11, but usually smaller and more like a liquor store atmosphere. The word came from the actual Spanish word for "grocery store"- le bodega.  

The following are two takes on opening night @ Bodega Taco Bar in Fairfield, the 1st by Stephanie Webster, the 2nd by a new CTbites contributor, Emily Sackett. 

Chef Michael Young, owner of the popular Valencia Luncheria, is expanding his cult following and heading to Fairfield. His highly anticipated new venture, Bodega Taco Bar, opened this week at 1700 Post Road representing a culinary journey from Venezuela to Mexico. The concept? "Tacos and tequila with a slice of Brooklyn" says Young. The new menu features Mexican beach food… tacos, tortas, and well priced platos. Loyal Valencia diners will find that the menu retains the casually vibrant Latin American flavors they have come to crave, but at Bodega Taco Bar, breezy cabana meets bar scene chic resulting in tacos with a playfully upscale twist.  

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Friday
Jun102011

And The Winner Is...

The wait is over. Thanks to everyone who submitted creative and sometimes downright hilarious names for the Rizzuto's Cocktail Naming Contest, I'm pleased to say we've got ourselves a winner!

Congratulations to Anne for her winning name...drumroll please...Connecticut Colada. She will receive a FREE lunch for 2 @ Rizzuto's of Westport. (Anne-Please email CTbites for details on your prize.) 

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

Friday
Jun102011

Sono Restaurant Week 2011 June 12th- 17th

Participating restaurants include: Strada18, Match, Black Bear Saloon, Donovan’s, Gingerman, The Sono Baking Company, Red Lulu, Bacchus, Coromandel, Chocopologie, Barcelona, O’Neill’s, Wasabi Chi and Sono Brewhouse. Call restaurants directly for reservations. 

Friday
Jun102011

Friday Froth: W(here)TF You Been?

As I crash back through the figurative doorway of this site, dusty from the road, clutching a crumpled and beer-stained notebook and shaking the spiders from my clothing, I can only hope that this column's absence has made your hearts all the fonder. Although when I tried that line on a female acquaintance of mine some years ago she quipped that the sentence was not complete, and should have ended with "of someone else." Live and learn. Our triumphs and tragedies make us who we are, and sometimes intermingle. Such is the case with Lagunitas Brewing Company, and their Wilco Tango Foxtrot "Jobless Recovery Ale."

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Thursday
Jun092011

leFarm's Souterrain #4 @ Sport Hill Farm

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Dauntingly overcast skies would not deter the guest list of 50 or so people who only 24 hours before the recent Souterrain event were summoned to Sport Hill Farm in Easton CT for a Sunday brunch. Bill Taibe's latest culinary adventure would be unique in both the mid day time slot (leFarm does not serve brunch, and according to Chef Taibe...never will), as well as the presence of a film crew shooting a TV pilot during the meal. But the stars of the show were the menu, the shared experience, and the magnificent backdrop of Patti Popp's sustainable Sport Hill Farm.   Check out the photo gallery here. 

And here's what we ate:

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