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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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10 Questions w/ John Barricelli @ Sono Baking Company's 10 Year Anniversary

This summer marks the 10 year anniversary for Sono Baking Company. To celebrate the milestone of this beloved local bakery, we sat down with owner, John Barricelli, to talk about the business of baking and his plans for the future.  

What made you decide to launch Sono Baking Company? 

We launched Sono 10 years ago because we found that the need for baked goods and breads were hard to find in this area....everything was being brought up from the city....I always wanted to bake bread in a big oven early in the morning with no days off!

Has the business of baking changed in the past 10 year? How?

The business has not changed, but competition has grown a little....we still think we are superior to anything out there...we bake fresh everyday....bake locally, distribute locally.

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Meet The New Culinary Team @ Vespa Restaurant in Westport

Vespa Restaurant recently introduced its new culinary team, Executive Chef David White and Pastry Chef Susanne Berne to create a vibrant menu to complement the relaxing décor and wonderful water view. The duo will collaborate in creating a menu for the full dining experience, from the first bite of Antipasti to the last bite of Dolci. In addition, the restaurant recently unveiled its lunch service, a new dessert menu and the commencement of “Apertivo Hour” from 4-6PM, offering half price beer, wine, $8 select cocktails and a small plates menu.

Chef David joins Vespa from The Inn at Pound Ridge, where he was the Chef de Cuisine. Prior to working with Chef Jean-Georges, he sharpened his skills in Europe before returning to the US to further refine his talents with award-winning Andrew Masciangelo at Savona. Chef Berne’s passion for the culinary arts was sparked by a pastry course in college before receiving her Grande Diploma in Pastry Arts in 1999. She subsequently won back-to-back ACF Florida Pastry Challenges in 2003 & 2005.

CTbites recently visited Vespa to sample a variety of the new culinary team’s Italian-inspired creations.

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CTbites Chef Demo Lineup @ The Blues Views & BBQ Festival, Sept 5 & 6

The 8th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association will be held in Westport CT on September 5 & 6 at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the grounds of the Westport Library.  

CTbites will once again play host to the areas top chefs as they grill up and demo some of their favorite dishes and offer up samples for attendees of the festival. Come on down and meet this incredibly talented group of local chefs. 

CTbites Chef Line-up for 2015

Saturday 9/5

12:00- Match- Chef Matt Storch

1:00- Walrus + Carpenter- Chef Jon Vaast

2:00-  The Spread- Chef Carlos Baez

3:00-  Fleishers Craft Butchery- Emily Mingrone

Sunday 9/6

12:00-  Bobby Q’s – Tim Doherty 

1:00-   Vespa -  Chef David White 

2:00-  HooDoo Brown- Cody Sperry

3:00-  Da Pietro’s- Chef Pietro Scotti 

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The Cake Boss Opening Carlo’s Bakery At Mohegan Sun September 12th

Photo from Buddy Valastro on InstagramCarlo’s Bakery, the setting of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, will open its doors in the Winter section of Casino of the Earth on Saturday, September 12th. Carlo’s Bakery at Mohegan Sun is the brand’s eleventh location and first ever New England venue. The bakery will offer all the same famous Italian pastries and specialty cakes that originated in Hoboken.

Carlo’s Bakery at Mohegan Sun, as it will be formally known, will also introduce The Sweet Room. Unique to the Mohegan Sun location, the Sweet Room is a dessert-only dining concept slated to feature a small menu of decadent Italian-inspired innovations. The Sweet Room will be open from 5:00pm to 1:00am every day.

“Mohegan Sun is such a cool, all-encompassing destination in Connecticut,” said Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery. “Opening a bakery there just seems like a perfect fit for us as we continue to grow our family business and join communities where our fans and their families can make a day out of their visit if they wanted to.”  

What you need to know:

  • WHAT: Grand Opening of Carlo’s Bakery in Mohegan Sun
  • WHENSaturday, September 12, 2015
  • WHERE: Winter section of Casino of the Earth, Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382

Teff Ethiopian & Eritrean Restaurant Opens in Stamford

As children, we’re instructed not to eat with our hands.  But at Teff, a newly opened Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant in Stamford, CT, you’re supposed to do just that.

On the brink of Harborview and a stone’s throw away from downtown, Teff’s location is ideal.  It sits in the space that formerly housed the Red Sea Deli.  The Mekonen family owned the deli for 14 years.  Although they mainly served classic American fare there, they offered Ethiopian food from Thursday-Saturday.

“We had good reception, people wanted it, but it was time consuming,” says Elsa Mekonen, Teff’s operations manager.  “We thought it would be good to have a full time Ethiopian restaurant.”

The concept led to the creation of Teff, which officially opened for business on July 30.

Hadas Mekonen, matriarch and chef, grew up in Eritrea, a small country that used to be part of Ethiopia.  She was the third oldest in a family of 16, so learning how to cook was essential to help provide for the family.  At age 9 she started observing how her mother browned and prepared the spices.  From there, she learned how to cook entire dishes.

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Harvest Dinner on the Farm at The Hickories w/ Chef Tim LaBant, September 13th

With August in full swing, farmers across Connecticut are preparing for one of the most important times of year; harvest season. On September 13th, 2015 Connecticut Farmland Trust will be celebrating the bounty of the harvest at The Hickories farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  

Please join other local food enthusiasts from 3:00 to 7:00 PM for a locally grown dinner prepared by Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale. Chef LaBant will be preparing hors d’oeuvres, a family style dinner, and dessert from farms across the state featuring produce from The Hickories farm and Sport Hill Farm, meat from Stuart Family Farm, ice cream from the Farmer’s Cow, and cheese from Beltane Farm and Cato Corner Farm.  (Ticket info here)

Wine and local beer will also be served at the event, however, attendees are also encouraged to bring their favorite beverages. Bluegrass music will be provided by Dick Neal and Friends. 

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Table 104 Osteria & Bar in Stamford

CTbites writer, Jessica Ryan, recently attended a press dinner at Table 104 Osteria & Bar in Stamford. Here are her tasting notes. 

Tucked away unassumingly on Long Ridge Road, this unpretentious restaurant offers exceptional fare. Together Chef Domenico Iovieno, Restaurateur Walter Cappelli and Chef and Restaurateur Enzo Bruno have teamed up to produce a restaurant that is vibrant, inviting, spacious and modern. 

Table 104 Osteria & Bar offers a creative menu featuring fresh, cooked from the heart comfort food with notable inspirations from Rome and the Italian coastline. 

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The Cook & The Bear: Weekly BBQ at Millwright's in Simsbury

What if a renowned BBQ pit master and a James Beard Foundation Award nominated chef joined forces to create their own version of BBQ?

Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright’s in Simsbury and Jamie “The Bear” McDonald of Bears Smokehouse are doing just that on Monday nights, as they collaborate on what they are calling "The Cook & The Bear," an inspired BBQ joint each Monday evening at Millwright's.

What to expect? According to Millwright's, "a casual vibe, fun drink specials, crazy good BBQ."

The BBQ fun begins on this Monday, August 10 at 5:30 pm. For reservations, call Millwright’s at 860.651.5500 and walk-ins are welcome.


Friday Froth: IPAs On The Left Of The Dial

Does anyone else still listen to the radio, or am I just an evolutionary throwback? I guess both parts of that question can be true independently, but I still gravitate to the left of the dial. My own music collection, satellite radio, it can all get repetitive, but I turn on some indie NPR station like FUV in the lower numbers and I can hear Malagasy guitar, ambient chillwave, and Wavves after the news. I need those curveballs. 

All this is to say some of us may be a little IPA'd out today. Establishments all over the area have been tapping India Pales all week before yesterday's climax, and hop exhaustion can be for real. This week I've picked three IPAs which may refresh and enliven numb tongues and jaded senses. All available in our area, outside the norm.

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Weekly Nibble: Shoreline Wine Festival, Caribbean Jerk Fest, Farm Dinners & More!

The “Best of Greenwich” celebration in association with Moffly Media will take place at the Delamar Greenwich on Monday August 10 and 7pm.  The elegant evening will showcase food and cocktails from the area’s best restaurants as well as other surprises.  Tickets are $55 per person.

The Mattatuck Museum will host a special food event inspired by art: “Farmer's Market - A Summer Menu Collage from the Litchfield Hills.”  Museum director Bob Burns invites you to The Silo in New Milford on Wednesday August 12 private cooking demonstration and dinner.  It costs $110 for members and $135 for non-members.  Registration is required 203-753-0381.

Time is running out for the family to learn about “A Day in the Farmer’s Life” at the Stamford Nature Center.  Every Wednesday at 2pm through August 22, farm staff will host hands on demonstrations illustrating activities from the farm like milking, grooming, and more.  It is free for members or free with gate admission for non-members.  

Also on Wednesday, Dogfish Head takes over the taps at Cask Republic Stamford.  Try over 20 Dogfish Beers, including 5 from the vintage cellar, starting at 6pm. 

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