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Thursday
Nov202014

Thanksgiving Recipes from The Chefs @ Westport Farmers' Mkt 

We, Westport Farmers’ Market, wanted to find a way to say thank you for the support our communities continue to provide us, so……

We have collaborated with the best of the best in Fairfield County to bring you a local, delicious and certainly special Thanksgiving menu. You might even say it is a celebrity chef Thanksgiving menu created just for WFM. We've gathered recipes from the likes of: Bill Taibe, Matt Storch, Mischel Nischan and so many more. View The Complete Recipe Guide Here & view the list of chefs below. 

Looking for the perfect recipe - heck, the perfect menu? Look no further! Each recipe will include a grocery list for Saturday's market at Gilbertie’s Herb Garden in Westport.

Celebrity Chef Thanksgiving Menu

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Thursday
Nov202014

Chocopologie Re-Opens in Downtown SoNo with Espresso, Dessert & Lunch

Very shortly, Fritz Knipschildt, owner of Chocopologie, will be swapping his old 12 South Main St. location for an up-to-date Chocopologie at 133 Washington St.

The new Chocopologie has maintained some aspects of the old café like the European flair (yes, I’m thinking about the savory buckwheat crepes), the open chocolate-making station, and their trademark exposed brick walls. But don’t be fooled; the light-washed wood flooring, trendy antique furniture, and a simple chalkboard menu point to a decidedly new style. Knipschildt described the new restaurant’s theme as “doing less with more.”

Their “less is more” thinking has inspired their chow as well. Knipschildt and Manager Joseph Trepanowski are not fans of the nuevo, hipster movement, and said that “these hipster places put on good faces but it’s a facade,” adding that they want to be cool but have substance.

A primary focus of the 133 Washington St. location will be the espresso.

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Delicata Squash Soup w/ Coffee Roasted Carrot Coulis Recipe via Boulevard 18

It's time to dust off those recipe books or re-visit that Pinterest board. Thanksgiving is almost here, and in honor of our favorite culinary holiday, we have asked a few local chefs to share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Boulevard 18 in New Canaan is the first up with a delicious Delicata Squash Soup with Coffee Roasted Carrot Coulis and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. 

Stay tuned for additional recipes as we will be posting new ones up until the big day....

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Meet The Whelk's New Chef de Cuisine, Anthony Kostelis

How does it feel to be hired as the new Chef de Cuisine for one of Fairfield County’s most successful restaurants?  Chef Anthony Kostelis, of The Whelk in Westport, would say it is like a dream come true. In fact, ever since Kostelis started working with Bill Taibe in 2010, he knew he didn't want to be anywhere else. 

Kostelis’ love of food began at the ripe age of 15 when he started work in a Manchester pizza restaurant. Half Greek, half Italian, and the son of a food purveyor for high end ingredients, Anthony seemed fated to head down a culinary path. By age 20, he was working in New Haven as a server and bartender at Ibiza, when he decided to leave college and pursue his real passion, cooking. Working his way through the CIA, he was mentored by Executive Chef Jeff Caputo of Scoozzi, also in New Haven, who took him under his wing and “set me up for success,” says Anthony. 

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Tuesday
Nov182014

16 CT Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving Dinner

Not in touch with your inner Martha Stewart?  Or would you rather enjoy a festive night out than serve up a Thanksgiving meal at home?  That's perfectly alright- these CT restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and offering specials for the occasion.  Whether you want traditional fare or modern twists on the classics, these venues are sure to make the night memorable.  Be sure to make your reservations soon- these restaurants are booking up fast.
  1. David Burke Prime, Foxwoods
  2. Harbour House, Mystic
  3. Café on the Green, Danbury
  4. Bar Rosso, (Thanksgivng "eve" party on 26th) Stamford
  5. Carmen Anthony’s Steakhouse, New Haven
  6. Cask Republic, (bar only opens @ 7pm) Stamford
  7. Boulevard 18, New Canaan
  8. Bernard’s, Ridgefield
  9. Mill on the River Restaurant, South Windsor
  10. L’escale, Greenwich
  11. Elm, New Canaan
  12. The Brewhouse, Norwalk
  13. Artisan, Southport
  14. Rive Bistro, Westport
  15. Capital Grille, Hartford & Stamford
  16. Red Barn, Westport

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Sunday
Nov162014

6 Stamford Breakfast Sandwiches Ya Gotta Try via Hey Stamford!

Our friends over at Hey Stamford! did some breakfast related research we thought you might enjoy...

Breakfast is one of our favorite meals.  While my wife, Sandy often makes one hell of a breakfast at home, it’s just simply not that easy to always get a home cooked meal when you’re in a rush to the office during the week…or sleeping in for a lazy weekend (AKA hungover).

Stamford Magazine just shared a great list of 12 great spots to grab breakfast in Stamford and we agree with every single one of them.  Not only do they include some of the best breakfast spots in town, but in most cases, you’ll get a well rounded meal at any point in the day.

Let’s be honest, you could find a tasty breakfast sandwich at almost any deli or dinerin town – it’s really tough to screw up a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.  But, when you take those ingredients and kick it up a notch, that is when we’re really going to notice!  That’s why, in an effort to provide a good will to you, we scoured the area to help you, the reader, make the right choices.  After all, that’s what we do.   You’re welcome.

With that, here are 6 INCREDIBLE breakfast sandwiches you just can’t ignore in Stamford.

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Saturday
Nov152014

CT Beer Week Recap Finale: A Look At Gose + Rare Beers @ Half Full Brewery

The third act is here, the lights are low, and the curtain is set to drop. This is the final post on the Connecticut Beer Week that was, 2014 edition. The first two focused on food and beer pairing, while these last two recaps are more food-accompanied beer events. Make sense? No? Good, because there's no use in telling the audience a story they already know.

Let's ease back into the narrative where we left off in act two, with sours, and the ancient art of brewing beers we callgose. This tart, slightly salty beer is at least 1,000 years old as a style, evidenced by the fact it was actually mentioned in writing by the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, who ruled during the last millennial turnover. The name gose (say "go-zuh," like Janine Melnitz pronouncing the first name of the Gozerian), comes from the town of Goslar in Saxony, which is slightly famous for its medieval old town, and for introducing this refreshing beverage to neighboring Leipzig, where its popularity exploded.

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Friday
Nov142014

Weekly Nibble: Thanksgiving Cooking Classes; Winter Markets; Stew Leonard's Turkey Brigade & More!

Greenwich Restaurant Week continues through November 19 with dining specials and events.  

Join Cask Republic of Stamford as they team up with Stony Creek Brewery on Wednesday November 19.  Stony Creek will debut new beer that they have been brewing on their Brew Magic System.  Attendees can enter to win a mug membership at the brewery as well.  It starts at 6pm.

Festivities Catering has moved into the cafe at Lillian August in Norwalk. Executive Chef Bill Kaliff will host a Holiday Entertaining Class on Wednesday, Nov. 19th 11-11:45 AM. The Holiday Table class will cover holiday table fashions with a twist. 

Sugar & Olives in Norwalk has launched FARMS AND A MARKET. This indoor, rain-or-shine market runs every Friday through February (except after Thanksgiving Christmas and New Year’s) from 3-7.  It offers locally produced edibles, including milk, eggs, cheese, honey flour, grains, produce and meats.

Learn how to do Thanksgiving Barcelona style!  Each cooking class is $30/person plus tax & gratuity and will take place at these locations on the following days:

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Thursday
Nov132014

Positano's To Take Over Dressing Room Restaurant Space @ Westport Playhouse

In case you missed this bit of news, Dan Woog, of 06880 Westport news blog, recently reported on the new restaurant going into the old Dressing Room in Westport. 

Old Mill’s loss is the Westport Country Playhouse’s gain. Positano’s — the much-loved-but-too-seldom-visited restaurant kitty-corner from Elvira’s — is closing at its Old Mill Beach location. “06880″ broke that news 2 months ago.

But it’s reopening in February, next to the Westport Country Playhouse. That’s the space was occupied for 8 years by The Dressing Room. The Paul Newman-created restaurant closed last January.

Positano’s has been owned and operated by the Scarpati family for more than 15 years. Owner Giuseppe Scarpati was born on the island of Ponza, Italy. He learned to cook from his father, who studied with master chefs in Italy and was one of the island’s leading fisherman. Giuseppe focuses on all-natural cooking.

Read the full article on Dan Woog's Blog, 06880.com

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Thursday
Nov132014

Guide To Thanksgiving Planning & Recipes via Marcia Selden 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Don’t panic. Let us be your guide to creating the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a traditional meal with family and friends, right? For some people Thanksgiving turns into an all-out crazy fest in the kitchen filled with ranting’s and multiple trips to the supermarket.  Never again!  Read on for our simple, fool proof guide to hosting a stress free Thanksgiving meal.  If this all seems like too much for you, we’d be happy to help you…just call!

Not only do we have an up to the minute timeline for your Thanksgiving prep, but we have the quintessential recipes for: Marcia’s Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey & Old-Fashioned Southern Pecan Pie. 

Ready, set...Go!

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