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Friday
Oct102014

Heirloom Hosts Gluten Free Dinner with Del Posto's Executive Chef Mark Ladner 

Heirloom in New Haven will be hosting a gluten free dinner with guest Chef Mark Ladner of Del Posto NYC and Iron Chef fame on Monday, October 13 at 7:30 pm. Seats are $125 per person, which includes food, wine, tax & gratuity. The evening has limited availability with only 34 seats, credit card reservtions are required. Please call 203-503-3919.  

Earlier in the day at 4 pm, Chef Ladner will be joining Pasta Flyer in New Haven for a talk at St. Anthony's Hall.

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Friday
Oct102014

Friday Froth: Holy Schnitzengiggles

"I wish it was winter so we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it!"

Beerfest is a movie by Broken Lizard (the Super Troopers guys), who take the "unlikely hero saves the rec center" trope and get it knee-walking drunk in front of horrified loved ones. I'm a big fan. 

The action centers on the proprietors of Schnitzengiggle Tavern, a family of German descendants on a quest to regain both a long lost lager recipe, and America's beer drinking honor. The movie is extravagantly crass, usually leaves me sore both from laughing and a hangover, and MAY have been the inspiration for New England Brewing Company's Schnitzengiggles Festbier. Allegedly.

Schnitzengiggles pours a distinctly brassy color, with a respectably sticky head. There are more hops to the nose than most märzens, and just a light whiff of malt. It is a beautifully smooth, slightly dry lager, and it has a very nice marbling of grainy richness. The hop character comes through in terms of a fruity flavor, rather than the more staid, traditional bitterness, and I'd say that's to be expected from the brewery that brought us Gandhi-Bot and Coriolis. I could and would drink this by the stein, liter, or glass boot.  

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Friday
Oct102014

Weekly Nibble: Restaurant Weeks; Fall Food Stroll; Oktoberfest; Winemaker Dinners, Cheese Festivals & More 

Fairfield Restaurant Week lasts from October 12-18.  Participating restaurant will feature prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Lunches will be $10 or $15 and dinners will be $20 or $30, depending on the location. More info here.

It’s also West Haven Restaurant Week from October 13-19.  Click here for participating restaurants and their specials.

Cask Republic and Two Roads come together on Monday October 13 for a beer dinner in Stamford.  It features 5 courses and 6 brews, including 3 “very rare beers”.  Brewmaster Phil Markowski will be there as well.  $75 per person.

Meanwhile, it’s CT Beer Week at Cask Republic’s New Haven location!  All week long, they’ll specials on tap and cask conditioned ales from CT breweries. View schedule here. 

Tuesday, October 14th is the next installation of Fairfield Cheese Company’s fall classes.  This time, it’s “Perfect Pairings: The Basics of Matching Cheese with Beer.” $45 per person, 7-10pm.

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Thursday
Oct092014

Walrus + Carpenter & Mecha Noodle Bar Host BO SSäM Dinner!!!!

Walrus+Carpenter and Mecha Noodle Bar partner on Thursday 10/30 7 pm for a BO SSäM dinner for $100 pp starring Smoked Pork Shoulder, Kimchee, Oysters, and other East Asian flavors...against the backdrop of 70's cult action films of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. Buy Tix Here.

If you were lucky enough to attend the last W+C event..."The Speakeasy", this promises to be "Astonishing, Unstoppable, Mind-Blowing and Delicious"!

The mission is to bring together East Asian flavors with Western smoking techniques for one incredible evening, inspired by cult film, "Way of The Dragon", starring the high kicking, fast punching Lee and Norris.

Ninja Warrior attire or any fun Halloween costumes are encouraged but optional.

Tempting menu items include:

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Thursday
Oct092014

Halloween Recipes Kids & Adults Will Love, via Marcia Selden Catering

Halloween is around the corner, and in honor of this ghoulish holiday, Marcia Selden Caterers have created the perfect menu plan for your Halloween party. These dishes are both adult and kid-friendly, and are simple time-saving delicious meals that will leave you plenty of time for dress-up. This is the first in our series, and really... what defines the real joy of Halloween more perfectly than eatable severed body parts? 

Enjoy receipes for: Bloody Brains (Dumplings with Sesame Chili Oil); Bat Sh*t Crazy Wings- Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Wings; Bloody Fingers in a Blanket; Devil on Horseback (Bacon Wrapped shrimp Skewers with Blue Cheese Dip); & Worms in Dirt- Hijiki Salad. 

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Wednesday
Oct082014

Harlan Publick's Oktoberfest Beer Dinner on October 14th 

Wednesday
Oct082014

Dinner w/ Amy & Stephanie @ Artisan Restaurant in Southport to Talk About Our Cookbook ....And Eat!

We often say "join us" here at CTbites, but on Wednesday, October 15th 6:30 PM, we really mean join US as Amy Kundrat & Stephanie Webster sit down at the beautiful Artisan Restaurant in Southport to talk about our new cookbook, Fairfield County Chef’s Table. We won't just be talking...you get to enjoy a special meal prepared by Executive Chef Frederick Kieffer (who will also be there to chat). 

ARTISAN is one of the featured restaurants in Fairfield County Chef’s Table. Make your reservations now for pre-paid tickets by calling 203-255-7756 Ext 501 or email: FairfieldUBookstoreEvents@gmail.com. Event Cost: $50 includes a sit down dinner and 1 copy of Fairfield County Chef’s Table along with book talk by author, photographer and chef. Additional ad-ons are available: 2nd dinner for $25, additional book for $22. Prices include tax & gratuities. Open cash bar will be available.

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Tuesday
Oct072014

Port Chester Hall Oktoberfest Party October 19th

Tuesday
Oct072014

Best of Wines Recap: Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2014

The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival feels a lot like a rock concert.  People from across the state come by bus, train, cab, and car to Roger Sherman Park. This year marked the 4th year of the festival.  Although I have attended the event for the last three years, it never gets old.  Each year, Greenwich Food + Wine evolves with new guests and changing formats.

This year, the first thing I marveled at was the organization.  The number of demonstrations and participants had definitely increased, but guests were evenly distributed throughout the grounds.  

As wine correspondent, I enjoyed the food (understatement!) but focused on the wines and drinks served that day.  Wine is central to the festival; demonstrations not only include the best chefs, but also revered mixologists and sommeliers.

Here are my selection for some labels to watch:

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Tuesday
Oct072014

2014 Greenwich Food & Wine Festival: Best Eats of Culinary Village

This year’s Greenwich Food and Wine Festival was held from Thursday through Saturday, September 26-28, with the final day the beneficiary of a breathtaking location overlooking the harbor, temperatures in the 80s, and a cloudless sky. With the main tent offering liquid libations and food, other areas emitting smoke as the precursor to burgers, pork and ribs, a grass parking area for numerous food trucks and the CTbites' Blogger Lounge shadowing the main stage where Alabama would perform in the evening, it was ripe for a perfect culinary adventure.

I arrived early to wander through the main tent, stopping at each of the booths to have a quick chat with the chef and sample their creations. From crudo to bisque to steak, some were delicious and deserve special mention. These were the favorites:

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