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Wine On The Water @ The Boathouse At Saugatuck

Spring is a time for rebirth; a time to emerge from hibernation and celebrate new experiences. One of the most exciting new experiences I have recently come across is happening every Tuesday 7-9PM at The Boathouse At Saugatuck. Chef John Holzwarth is coming out of the kitchen and cooking in the main dining room for an immersive weekly wine tasting event, "Wine On The Water." Weather permitting, they will move this party to the beautiful outdoor riverside patio featuring a raw bar and seasonal nibbles. These evenings are geared towards wine appreciation and exploration and if you've had the opportunity to sample the wine list at The Boathouse, you know they have some very unique finds. 

@ $35 a person, this should become a weekly recurring event in your calendar.

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Cherry Pecan Granola via The Parsley Thief

I've been going through a granola obsession lately. I eat it for breakfast, sprinkled on low-fat Greek yogurt, with some agave syrup over the top. I was intrigued by this recipe from the new cookbook, Power Foods, (published by the people of Whole Living magazine)because it's packed with healthy ingredients...I love the addition of ground flaxseeds. I did adjust it quite a bit, because as written, it was a bit flat. I think they were going for a more healthy, low calorie take on granola & of course, I made it a bit less healthy. This is my take on it.

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Road Trip: Barcelona at the James Beard House

Join the talented team behind Barcelona Restaurants at the James Beard House on Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in New York City. Barcelona's chefs, Culinary Director Adam Halberg, have crafted a tapas-inspired, 5-course meal for an evening they are calling "Flavors of Barcelona."  

Each course will be paired with hand-picked wines by Barcelona's Wine and Spirits Director, Gretchen Thomas. Friends of Barcelona Restaurants can purchase tickets at the member rate. Just use the code word: SAFFRON.

Cost: JBF Members $130; General Public $170;  

Location: The Beard House, 167 West 12th Street, NYC

Reservations: 212.627.2308  

Information: The menu | Barcelona |  James Beard Foundation


Food 411: Name the Restaurant that Served This...

OK CTbites. Take a good long look at those deep fried rings of deliciousness. Do you know what restaurant cooked these tori up?

The first person to ID this dish wins a CTbites mug. 

(For dunkin'...although these aren't from Dunkin")


Turning Wine into Water w/ Nicholas Roberts

On April 2, 2011, Nicholas Roberts Fine Wines & Nicholas Roberts Gourmet Bistro are uniting in a 3 hour gustatory explosion. It’s your opportunity to savor over 50 red-hot wines from Europe and South America while noshing on creations from Chef Rob’s (of Nicholas Roberts in Norwalk) spring menu. 

Why: Because thousands of children perish daily simply because they lack access to clean water. 100% of all door proceeds and 10% of all sales from the evening will be donated to Turning Wine Into Water, whose mission is making clean water available to some of the world’s poorest populations. 

The wine lineup will include:

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Where to Find Corned Beef & Cabbage on St. Patricks Day

It's almost St. Patricks Day and chances are good that if you plan on venturing out, your beer will be green and you'll be ordering a plate full corned beef and cabbage, that quintessential dish that March 17th can't seem to shake. So let's embrace it.

Maggie over at the Lunch Break Chronicles has compiled this short and beefy list of places she is planning to get her corned beef fix which includes Tigin in Stamford as well as O'Neills in SoNo.

In addition to this list, I'd recommend checking out Colony Grill in both the Fairfield and Stamford locations. Word is they'll be offering a special Corned Beef pizza for the holiday. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yup. A hot oil with corned beef may be my a new annual tradition. 

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Lucky Corned Beef Hash via Sugar & Olives

If you can't make it out for St. Patty's Day, why not try enjoy a taste of the Irish in the comfort of your own home. Jennifer Balin of Sugar & Olives knows her way around a simple but tasty Corned Beef Hash, and what better to serve up on March 17th? Bonus: This recipe also features her "secret" for extra delicious overnight shredded hash browns. Check it out:

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Versailles Restaurant: French Fare in Greenwich

Ah, Versailles.  So distant. So unreachable.  So . . . French.  

Well, that’s how our group felt after canceling /rescheduling our planned trip to this well-established Greenwich eatery THREE separate times.  As it turns out, each date was snowier, icier and slushier than the one before.  It took three snow storms, three snow days and nearly a month, but we finally made it.

The new location (a few doors down from the original on Greenwich Ave.) is lovely and trimly elegant.  We arrived early for lunch … and it’s a good thing we did. The dining room was full to capacity -- with a line out the door -- by 12:20.

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Cocktail Naming Contest

WIN a FREE 3 course Dinner for 2 @ MATCH Restaurant in Sono. Here's How...

As promised, we are back with another boozy naming challenge. This time, you are charged with branding Match's new new signature cocktail, a citrusy blend of Tito’s Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, pressed raspberries and oranges, a splash of Mirabelle Sparkling Wine, and a splash of Absolut Ruby Red...all in a crackling sugared rimmed Flute.

If your Cocktail name is selected, it will be featured on their new menu & you will receive a FREE 3 COURSE DINNER FOR TWO @ MATCH Restaurant in South Norwalk.  

Post your submission below (include email) , or if you're shy, feel free to send it to us directly. We welcome input from readers. If you see a name you your vote! 

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Fat Cat Pie Co. Wine Room Supper Club Event

Join Fat Cat Pie Co & Fountainhead Wines on March 16th for an evening supper club in their wine room with special guest; winemaker Fred Peterson of Peterson Winery, Healdsburg, CA (Dry Creek AVA) and musical guest; jazz keyboardist Robert Aries. 

If you are only familiar with Fat Cat's pizza, wait till you see what Chef Herlihy and his team can do next door. These events allow diners to do a deep dive into the world of wine, whether it be a region, or a vineyard. Personally, I'd go just for the Salad Course. Their Chopped Kale Salad with Quinoa and Currants is an excellent addition to their current "Specials" menu, and really worth a try. Check out the full menu below:

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