Sign Me Up!


Sign Me Up For:


Our Sponsors

 

 

 

 

Our Partners

 


Search CT Bites
2016 CT Foodie Gift Guide

Over 20 great local CT gifts for your favorite food lover.

Our Sponsors

We Wrote A Book!

Wednesday
Nov302016

The Fez, Moroccan in Stamford Gets An Update: Belly Dancing, Live Music and Great Fare

Ever since its debut in 2010, The Fez in Stamford made a name for itself as an eclectic hotspot.  Around the corner from Napa and Company and across the street from Barcelona Wine Bar, the Fez offered an alternative experience: nightclub vibes, live music, crimson walls, esoteric wines by the glass, and Spice Route cuisine.  When it closed its doors in the summer of 2015 for renovations, its followers (including me!) didn’t know what to expect.  I recently had the opportunity to visit The Fez 2.0 for myself.  They invited me to participate in a five-course Chilean Wine Dinner, and I eagerly accepted.

It turns out that The Fez 2.0 is largely the same- and I mean that in the best possible way.  New owners Fred and Nancy Laist embraced the original features that defined The Fez in its previous era.  The menu includes many of the same items.  Live music remains at the forefront.  (They are already booked up Thursday-Sunday through March of next year!)  Kristen tends the bar.  The interior, though expanded to include more seating, continues to feels small and intimate.  The stage remains at one end of the restaurant, with a handful of tables and booths in front of it.  Red walls still complement dark wood and varied upholstery.

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Nov292016

WIN FREE Tix to Beer Conn Festival and Tasting Extravaganza Dec. 10th

WIN 2 FREE TIX to BEER CONN Festival, December 10th. To enter just tell us why you NEED to go in the comments section below. 

The biggest names in brewing will gather once again at the Webster BankArena on Saturday, December 10, 2016 for the 3rd annual BEER CONN festival. BEER CONN, a beer tasting extravaganza, will showcase more than 50 local, national, and international breweries and offer more than 100 beers for sampling. This fantastic thirst-quenching pay-one-price beer tasting event offers beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker the opportunity to speak to company representatives and the brewers responsible for creating some of the world's most popular and award-winning brews. 21+ only. Session 1:  12:30-4:00pm; Session 2:  5:30-9:00pm.  www.Beer-Conn.com

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Nov292016

Neat & Festivities Now Hosting Custom “Pop Up Parties” at Neat in Westport (sponsored) 

Neat, a favorite coffee café in Westport and Darien and Festivities, the award winning special event catering and event design company have joined together to offer “Pop Up Parties."

With craft cocktails by Neat and foods by Festivities, party givers can select from several party ideas.  From cocktail parties, interactive foods stations or plated dinners and with global traditions to home traditions, Festivities has created offerings that are delicious and fun! (two very important words). 

Click to read more ...

Monday
Nov282016

Top Dining Picks for Art Basel Miami via MIABites

Art Basel Miami and Miami Art Week November 29- December 4th welcomes over 75,000 art enthusiasts from around the world for a week of huge tented shows like Untitled, PULSE, Art Miami and Spectrum, gallery and museum shows and private and intimate art shows at private homes.  But, Miami also offers an amazing array of dining and late night options, some of which were highlighted in this past weekends, New York Times “36 Hours in Miami”( insert NYT link? ).  

If you are headed to Miami for Art Basel, here are MIAbites Top picks. 

Dinner reservations are necessary and should be made in advance if possible. 

Click to read more ...

Sunday
Nov272016

Pacific Rim Cooking At Miro Kitchen in Fairfield: Menu & Chef Update

Change is at hand at Fairfield's Miro Kitchen after the end of their collaboration with HAPA, but the new menu for this autumn and winter retains Miro's signature flavors. CTbites was recently invited to take a tour of the food style restaurateur Eugene Kabilnitsky and executive chef Howard McCall have dubbed "Pacific Rim," with ingredients influenced by Hawaii, China, Japan, and the Philippines.  

The eating area is a bright space, with white walls and darker seating on the right, and a full length bar running down the left. The bar has a respectable selection of craft beer on tap, in addition to wines selected specifically to match the flavors of the food. Cocktails likewise blend with the food, using ingredients like nigori in the Saketini, and Thai chili in the Thaigarita and the Tom Yum, which tasted like boozy lemon grass tea shot through with spiky kaffir lime.

Click to read more ...

Friday
Nov252016

Nibble: CT Food Events for Week of Nov 28 to Dec 4th

On Monday November 28 at 5pm, join MATCH restaurant as they "stock the pantries, the stockings, and your bellies in an "All I Want For ..." dinner event.  The evening features Match mini plates and awesome drink specials. Bring canned foods for Community Plates and stocking stuffers for Toys for Tots and they will provide you with your first glass of holiday bubbly.

Crush Bar and Wood-fired Pizza in Milford will host a Thimble Island Beer Dinner on Tuesday November 29.  30 people can enjoy a four course dinner paired with brews from Connecticut’s own Thimble Island.  It costs $55 per person. 

These Guys Brewing in Norwich is also hosting a beer dinner on Tuesday November 29.   They will pair 5 beers from Ommegang Brewery with 4 tasty courses.   It costs $65, which includes tax and gratuity. 

New Canaan Wine Merchants invites you to a Two Roads Beer Tasting with the brewery’s own Jamie Proulx on Wednesday November 30 from 7-8:30pm.  10% of the evening’s sales go to benefit Animals in Distress.

Culinary Works is pleased to offer Festive Holiday Fare Classes. 

Click to read more ...

Wednesday
Nov232016

Cook for Kids to Benefit Clothes to Kids on December 1

This in from Hapa Food Truck...Team HAPA is proud to be participating in the first annual “Cook for Kids” event to benefit the Clothes for Kids Foundation of Fairfield County. 

Clothes to Kids of Fairfield County is a non-profit organization that provides new and gently used clothing to low income and children in crisis situations. Providing clothes school aged children boost’s their self esteem and allows them to have the confidence to excel academically and achieve their dreams. The foundation help’s the parents by allowing them to not have to make the difficult decision between feeding their children and putting clothes on their back’s.  

Please join us to support this wonderful cause and the children in our community. This will be a fun event filled with great food, wine tastings, and raffles! (Hamilton tickets are being raffled off!!) 

Click the link below for tickets and more details. We hope to see you there! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cook-for-kids-tickets-27862519546

Tuesday
Nov222016

Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar at Foxwoods Opens Nov. 25th

Foxwoods® Resort Casino, Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG) and Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri are excited to announce the opening of Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday, November 25 at 11:00 a.m.

This fall, chef, restaurateur, author and host of Food Network’s top-rated show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is bringing his love affair with food to BNEG’s impressive roster of award-winning dining and entertainment venues which include GEM Italian Kitchen, Nightclub & Lounge, Red Lantern Boston, Red Lantern Foxwoods, Scorpion Bar Patriot Place, Scorpion Bar Foxwoods, High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge, Shrine, and Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge. The new restaurant is located on the casino level of the Grand Pequot Tower. 

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Nov222016

Zapata Mexican Restaurant Opens in South Norwalk (sponsored)

Located in the heart of historic South Norwalk, Zapata Mexican Restaurant crafts authentic Mexican cuisine in an area rich in history and vibrant in color, Zapata Mexican Restaurant proudly contributes to this energetic environment. This is our second location, the original is located in Palisades, NY where our family-owned and operated restaurant has thrived for over 20 years. Many of our customers come in and ask why SONO? The answer is simple, SONO lacked an authentic Mexican restaurant with fresh ingredients, amazing margaritas, and smiling faces. Freshness is what we believe in and what we thrive on. We personally choose all our produce, and all of our ingredients. We are in a society where fresh and healthy is key! To ensure the highest quality, we also cook all of our products with olive oil to keep it healthy and always tasting delicious.  

Click to read more ...

Monday
Nov212016

And The Food 411 Winner is....

Congratulations Liz! You are the winner of this month's Food 411. The correct answer is Zapata, a new Mexican restaurant located in downtown South Norwalk. 

CTbites swag is headed your way.