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Join CTbites & Walk Against Hunger

Please join your fellow CTBites readers and contributors to fight hunger in Connecticut by walking with the CTbites team at the Connecticut Food Bank’s Walk Against Hunger. The walk will take place on Sunday, May 15th at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.  For most of us, the biggest decision we face when we’re hungry or need groceries is where to shop. But for many of the 390,000 people in Connecticut who do not have enough food to eat, their decisions involve whether to buy groceries or pay the rent.  For others, soup kitchens and shelters provide the only meals they will eat. 

Each spring, the Connecticut Food Bank sponsors a Walk Against Hunger to raise money and consciousness about hunger in our state.

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Casa Villa in Stamford: Let Them Eat Tacos

Taco: noun [ta-ko] 
A flour tortilla wrapped around a variety of proteins and often garnished with cilantro, as prepared traditionally with endless regional Mexican iterations. Add condiments such as cheese and you’re veering into Tex Mex territory. Compare them to the ubiquitious chain with the cute canine spokesperson, and consider yourself kicked out of the will. Best when served from a Mexican grandmother’s kitchen, a truck in Los Angeles or Stamford, CT.  
There are many who take their tacos seriously. And for the unfortunate few of them who live in Connecticut, at times it can feel like a futile culinary pursuit. The new Casa Villa in Stamford erases many of those painful memories with a new and practically posh incarnation at 622 East Main Street, in the space formerly occupied by Myrna’s.

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And The Winner of the Match Cocktail Contest Is...

We just got the word that we've got ourselves a winner for the MATCH Cocktail Contest. The lucky recipient of the FREE 3 Course Dinner for 2 @ MATCH Restaurant is Hillary & Steve for their name "FRECKLED REDHEAD." Chef Matt Storch and his team really wrestled with this decision. Some of the other names considered were: Red Nectar, Mix and Match, & Bellini de fleur. Thank you to all the namers who came up with truly inspired submissions.  

Congrats to Hillary and Steve who should Contact Us to receive the details of their prize.  


Vote for CTbites for Saveur's Best Food Blog Awards

If you like what you see and read every day on, Vote for CTbites for Saveur Magazine's Best Food Blog Awards! Why? Because it only take s 5 seconds...literally. Just type in our URL and pick a category. 

Here's the link to vote. 

Voting ends on April 22nd, but why wait? Vote NOW! 


Reheated: Weekly Food News for April 7

Wave Hill Moves | Thomas Hooker Tap Takeover | Spring at the Farm

Thomas Hooker Tap Takeover on Friday, April 5 at Monster B's in Stamford beginning at 5 p.m.

Swizzles Frozen Yogurt will open in about a week in Darien and Wilton. Free yogurt on their grand opening day. Details to come.

A benefit wine & cheese tasting at Sarah’s Wine Bar with Monica from 109 Cheese & Wine on Wednesday, April 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at $10 per person.

"Fairfield County Eats!  a fundraiser to benefit the lower Fairfield County Food Bank on April 27, with an impressive list of participating restaurants and purveyors

A special wine dinner at the Schoolhouse at Cannondale on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. $45 per person, call 203.438.5757 for reservations.

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Wine Dinner @ The Schoolhouse in Wilton

This just in...don't miss this exclusive five-course winemaker's dinner at The Schoolhouse Restaurant in Cannondale, Wilton on Wednesday, April 13th 2011 at 7pm.

Jeremy Kreck, winemaker at Mill Creek Winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, will showcase and discuss his estate-grown wines. Mill Creek is a true family-owned boutique winery whose wines have won some of the most prestigious awards in California, including the Sonoma County Harvest Fair's coveted Sweepstakes Award, the California State Fair's Best Wine in the State award, and Orange County Fair's Four Star Gold as well as dozens of Best of Class awards and hundreds of Gold medals.

With these wines, and the Schoolhouse's cuisine, this is a wine dinner you might want to check out.

Tickets are $95pp + tax/gratuity. For reservations, call the Schoolhouse @ 203-834-9816


Chef Talk: Lolita Cocina's Blanco Sangria

The Blanco Sangria is a take on the classic red sangria with citrus and brandy.

From Lolita: "We start with white wine and build up all the flavors we imagined would be present in the ‘perfect white sangria’. A little vanilla from vanilla vodka, a nice floral- honeyed component from Lillet Blanc and a touch of citrus from Citronage – a bracing orange liqueur. To play up our summertime ideal, we add ripe peaches, lychees, pineapple and grapes. Over ice, it makes you forget you are in CT, but rather on the Mexican Riviera, feet in the sand." 

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CTbites Wins Big @ 2011 CT Press Club Awards

CTbites is feeling the love. The CT Press club has released the winners of their annual awards for excellence in writing and reporting in our fine state. We are pleased to announce that CTbites has been awarded the following accolades. Congrats to our excellent team of contributors who eat and work so hard to get you the daily food news in Fairfield County.  

1st Place for Blog:

1st Place for Web Site Development/Creation:

1st Place for Photography on the Web:

1st Place for Writing on the Web: Thali Opens in Westport w/ Small Plates & Big Flavor by Amy Kundrat

2nd Place for Writing on the Web, Special Interest: Behind the Scenes @ SoNo Baking Co. by Deanna Foster

2nd Place for Photography on the Web: Match Restaurant: 11 Years…A Visual Journey by Stephanie Webster


Michele's Pies (& Cafe) Opens in Westport

Michele's Pies of Norwalk has arrived at its latest home in Westport! Situated at the old Baskin and Robbins location at the corner of Bay Street and the Post Road, Michele's Pies is a welcome newcomer to the area - finally, a great place for a patisserie-style breakfast in Westport. Michele Albano and fiance' Kelly Stuart opened the new pie haven last month and it's time to "sing a song of sixpence!" With a variety of delectable treats, Michele's Pies has something for every craving. From scrumptious CHOCCOLATE/BOURBAN/PECAN to KEY LIME to COUNTRY APPLE to the many savory delights including CHICKEN POT PIE, AUSTRALIAN BEEF, and outrageous LOBSTER QUICHE, Michele's Pies are sure to satisfy. And the pies are just the beginning! The shop opens for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and serves BEAN & LEAF coffee (single origin, fair trade and organic) out of New London.

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Food Truck Fridays @ Sugar & Olives

Join Skinny Pines Pizza and Sugar & Olives on April 8th & April 29th for a little Friday night dinner with the family. Skinny Pines' Wood Fired Pizza Truck (the only wood-fired mobile pizza truck, using local and seasonable ingredients) will be parked and fired up outside S&O this Friday from 5-8pm. We hear this might even become a weekly event...more on that TK. 

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