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Italian Cheese & Wine Class @ 109 Cheese & Wine

Join 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield for a special class on cheese and wine from Italy on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Leading this two-hour class will be Italian Certified Sommelier Tyler Savage and 109 owner Monica Brown. The class is an in-depth study of the cheese and wine of Italy and its regions as well as the best way to pair them together. To kick-off the tasting, 109 will serve a selection of Bernard's Restaurant appetizers, followed by ice wines and six cheeses.

Class cost is $55 per person and class size is limited so please call ahead to reserve your spot, 203.438.5757.

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Dinners at the Farm Opening Weekend


Last Thursday marked the opening weekend of Dinners at the Farm's 2011 season. This year, Jonothan Rapp of River Tavern Restaurant and his team of top notch chefs will park their big red truck at two farms; Barberry Hill Farm in Madison, CT and White Gate Farm in Old Lyme. Dinners at the Farm started in 2007, long before "farm to table" fare became mainstream, and they continue to delight guests with exceptional menus, farm tours, and insight into the life of a farmer in CT.  View the Photo Gallery here.

"Dinners at the Farm is a series of benefit dinners celebrating Connecticut's local farms, food and community as a way to generate awareness of the importance and vitality of our local farming community and the delicious, wholesome and abundant food it provides us. Recreating a sense of connection to farming, cooking and eating is what Dinners at the Farm is all about." --Dinners at the Farm

A portion of every dinner goes to the non-for-profit community benefiting organizations such as Connecticut Farmland Trust, Slow Food Connecticut, CitySeed, Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, and Working Lands Alliance.

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Artisan, Farm to Table Opens in Southport at Delamar

Artisan, a "farm to table New England-inspired" restaurant opens tonight, July 13, 2011 at the Delamar Hotel in Southport, CT.

“We wanted Artisan to feel comfortable, as if you have been invited to enjoy a weekend in the country,” says Chef Kieffer, a native of Paris and resident of Fairfield County. “And we want the food to match the feel of the restaurant; a place that is casual and very comfortable yet that also reflects quality and excellence.”   

Previewing the space during an opening party is a biased occasion, admittedly, but it’s also one of the best ways to understand intentions as well as gauge reactions. Dining experience non-withstanding, mission accomplished Artisan.

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Blueberry Season Opens TODAY @ Bishop's Orchards

Pick your own blueberries at Bishop's Orchards will open for the first day of the season on Wednesday, July 13.  The blueberry crop looks great this year and the the berries are big and full of flavor.  It doesn't get better than local berries, fresh picked.  The recent warm days have helped add to the flavor and are waiting for you to come and pick them. Hope to see you tomorrow! --Bishop's Orchards

For more information, call their PYO Hotline for up-to-date information on Picking Schedule, Price and Location: 203.458.PICK 


Tim LaBant @ The Westport Farmers' Mkt

Tim LaBant, Chef and owner of The Schoolhouse Restaurant at Cannondale,  will be cooking at the Westport Farmers’ Market on July 14.

LaBant will be cooling his fans with HERBAL SNOW CONES as the temperatures continue to hold steady in the 90’s.  Simple foods and icy treats are what we crave in this weather and LaBant obliges.  Herb infused simple syrups mixed with freshly squeezed juices combine to make FRUIT FLAVORED HERBED ICES served in paper cones.  Stroll the market with his refreshing creation and note the exotic combinations of distinctive flavors like GREEN TEA PEAR, WATERMELON BASIL, WATERMELON MINT, LEMON PRICKLY PEAR or PINEAPPLE PEPPER.

LaBant sources regularly from his neighbors at  Millstone Farm in Wilton. He may surprise shoppers with an additional dish, utilizing ingredients he discovers from other vendors at market. I’ve heard murmurs about a mixed green salad with cherries, mint and Beltane’s goat cheese. We can only hope.

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Celebrating Bastille Day in Connecticut

On Bastille Day, everyone is a little bit French. Each year on July 14, citizens of France, francophones and francophiles across the globe celebrate La Fête Nationale or Bastille Day, France's independence day that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Here is where you can go to celebrate this national French holiday, including a Supper Club, Street Fairs, and a Country French Buffet.

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“Hot” Wine Picks for the Summer 

 JoAnn LoGiurato is a Certified Wine Specialist and the owner of Dancing on Grapes

Deck parties, outdoor picnics, grillin’ and chillin’…. summer is definitely upon us, and so is the summer wine dilemma. What to drink now? Hmm, many people believe that summer is all about white—au contraire! Here are 11 of my favorite wine sips for summer, including a couple of delicious reds and a rosé for those not afraid to “drink pink.” All of them are available at one of your favorite Fairfield County wine shops. If you can’t find the exact wine you’re looking for, ask the merchant to show you something similar—heck, it’s just fermented grape juice.  Taste, experiment, and have fun with it! 

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Boxcar Cantina Bean Cooking Contest

Do you have an unbridled passion for beans? Is there a killer bean recipe that always gets you raves? If so, this Boxcar Cantina Cooking Contest is for you.

The New Mexican restaurant Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich, CT is searching for the best-kept bean recipe. If you're not familiar with their bean obsession, their  “Bean of the Week” program has them experimenting with a variety of heritage beans from Rancho Gordo, available in their restaurant. And with so many bean varieties to choose from, they are on the hunt for an exceptional bean recipe that utilizes at least one Connecticut-grown ingredient. This is where you, dear reader, come in.

In addition to bragging rights, if Boxcar chooses your recipe as “the best bean recipe,” you will receive a $75.00 gift certificate to Boxcar Cantina, a Westport Farmers' Market gift basket, and the winning recipe will be featured on Boxcar Cantina’s specials menu for one month.

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China White Opens in Greenwich w/ Authentic Chinese 

In Fairfield County, finding top notch authentic Chinese cuisine is akin to finding a little night life…it's slim pickings at best. Filling a void, and satisfying his own craving, Greenwich resident Jody Pennette of cb5 Restaurant Group (Lolita Cocina, Red Lulu, Gabriele's Steak House) decided to take matters into his own hands with the newly opened China White Noodle Bar.

Six years in the making, China White, is a sleek, modern restaurant that prepares real Chinese food…the kind you may have experienced in NYC's China Town. Think ‘dumpling noodle house’ meets ‘Chinatown street vendor,’ prepared by real Hong Kong cooks. As if this is not appealing enough, China White takes the menu one step further, featuring natural chicken, local raised pork, grass fed beef, wild caught seafood, cage-free chicken eggs, organic duck, and organic vegetables. The result is clean, classically sophisticated Chinese cuisine with family-style dining and a subtly hip vibe. 


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Reheated: Weekly Food News for July 8th

Upcoming: The Tuscan Osteria & Mercato – restaurant, bar and butcher under one roof – to open soon in downtown New Canaan.

Celebrate France and its food on Bastille Day in Greenwich with complimentary breakfast at Meli Melo on July 14th at 8 AM.

Round up the kids and ramble over to Rowayton for food, music and fun on the river at the 41st Annual Rowayton River Ramble this Sunday, July 9th from 11 AM to 3 PM at Pinkney Park.

Christie's Country Store in Westport is hosting a farmers' market featuring local farmers, vendors, and artisans. Stop by for fresh picks, brunch on the porch, and ice cream from nearby Frosty Bear Ice Cream Gazebo Sundays from 10 AM to 2 PM.

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