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Holiday Recipe: Black Truffle & Leek Bread Pudding from elm restaurant

Executive Chef Luke Venner, of elm restaurant in New Canaan, has a decadant and delicious Thanksgiving recipe for our CTbites readers. If you want to make your guests extra happy this season, go beyond traditional bread pudding with his recipe for Black Truffle & Leek Bread Pudding. We are quite certain it will elicit praise all around. Of course, personally I'd rather have Chef Venner cook it himself, but if you can't get to elm restaurant, try this recipe at home this Thanksgiving season. Your guests will thank you. 

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9 Events to Check Out for CT Beer Week

Connecticut Beer Week has officially begun, and CTBites is here to bring you a sampling of events and other news of note. This week is a celebration of both beers made in Connecticut, and the restaurants and bars who help our small state be such a big part of the national beer scene. 

The hashtag for searching on social media is #CTBeerWeek, and a further list of events can be found here. Many links to further events and information are included below, and please let us know in the comments if there's anything we may have missed. 

1. Kent Falls Debuts Shruggie - Kent Falls will drop its brand-newest IPA, Shruggie (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) this week, starting in Litchfield on Nov. 18. Kent Falls calls this part of their "bartender interaction series." I may have agreed to order one through interpretive dance. Their next event will be at J. Timothy's.

2. Get Beer'd - J. Tim's will host a Beer'd Brewing tap takeover Nov. 17, including Elihue, This Side Of Paradise, and Midnight Oil.

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Stuart Family Farm: Grass Fed Organic Meat + Home Delivery in CT! (sponsored post)

With the holiday season fast approaching, Stuart Family Farm can supply your family and friends with some of the highest quality, best tasting, most humanely raised meat products found anywhere.  Located on the Litchfield/Fairfield County border in picturesque Bridgewater, CT, the Stuart Family raises 100% grass fed/finished beef, pastured pork, and pastured poultry.

Stuart Family Farm is an environmentally friendly farm, utilizing organic fertilizer on all pastures and hay fields and is free of all herbicides and pesticides.  The cow herd is pasture rotated throughout the grazing season and is fed hay that is grown exclusively on the farm during the winter months.  The farm became certified Animal Welfare Approved in 2008 and is audited annually to maintain active certification.  AWA is a food label for meat products that come from farm animals raised according to the highest animal welfare and environmental standards. 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Match Restaurant's Maple Braised Squash + Wine Pairing

It's time to get ready for our favorite holiday here at CTbites...Thanksgiving. Chef Matt Storch has a recipe to consider as you get your Thanksgiving menu organized, Maple Braised Squash. Our wine expert, Emma Doody, has also chimed in with some suggestions for wine pairings to enhance this dish.

The sweet flavors from the maple and the squash call for a wine that imparts sweetness of its own.  At the same time, I would stay away from a true dessert wine.  They tend to have syrupy, thicker bodies and the maple will already have that texture. 

The wine should have a touch of acidity to cut through the decadence.An ideal bottle to complement this is Robertson Winery’s 2015 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer.  It retails in Connecticut stores for around $9.99.  The wine, which comes from South Africa, hovers on the brink of dessert wine.  The late harvest makes it sweet without being rich.  One could also pair an Italian Muscato with the dish.

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Holiday Recipe: Cauliflower & Apple Soup via Marcia Selden Catering

We are days away from Thanksgiving, and the menu planning has kicked into high gear. Marcia Selden Catering has shared one of their favorite fall soups. This recipe for Cauliflower & Apple Soup with Curry Drizzle, can be served both hot and cold, with equally delicious results. Happy holidays and enjoy. 

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Fleishers Craft Kitchen in Westport Now Open for Dinner Under Chef Adam Truelove

Saugatuck Craft Butchery was founded in 2011 by Ryan Fibiger and Paul Nessel with the philosophy of combining “traditional butchery skills with sustainable, whole animal practices and modern-day food movement ideals.” It purchases locally raised animals from farmers that share this philosophy, dry-ages the meat in-house and sells directly to the public. Over the last four years, as its popularity increased, it expanded to a new, larger location across the street that would feature both a butchery and a restaurant and earlier this year it merged with Fleishers Butchery, of Brooklyn, to become Fleishers Craft Butchery. 

After the successful launch of breakfast and lunch service, Fleishers recently hired Chef Adam Truelove, formerly of Tarry Lodge, Napa & Co. and Pine Social to oversee its culinary expansion. In the last month it both opened its doors at its newest location in Cos Cob and expanded the service in Saugatuck to include dinner to showcase the farm raised meat and poultry from the butchery coupled with Chef Adam’s creativity. With a very low key environment, 30 seats and an additional six stools at the bar, the restaurant will offer a simple menu, as well as Family Dinners, from Tuesday through Saturday from 530-930PM.

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Weekly Nibble: Game + Farm Dinners, Beer Festivals, Knife Skills Class & Organic Delivery Service

Greenwich restaurant week continues!  Through November 18, many of Greenwich’s best are offering prix fixe menus and other specials.  

Stonington’s Beer’d Brewing and West Hartford’s MaxBurger are teaming up for a beer dinner with guest speaker Aaren M. Simonici, owner and brewmaster.  The dinner will take place on Monday November 16 from 6-9pm.  

Meanwhile, Cask Republic in Stamford is hosting a beer dinner of its own on the 16th.  Craft brews from Jack’s Abbey will accompany a five-course meal, plus an amuse!  It costs $85 per person, tax and gratuity included.  

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! On Tuesday November 17, join Fleisher’s Craft Butchery in Westport for “Knife Skills & Poultry 101 with Victorinox Swiss Army.”  The class is designed to teach basic knife skills and specifically delve into breaking down and carving poultry.  It costs $100 per person and lasts from 7-9pm. 

Barcelona Greenwich invites you to a scotch and game dinner on November 18 at 8pm.  Chef Michael will prepare small plates and seasonal specialties alongside specialty scotches.  It costs $45 per person and reservations are required.  For reservations, please call the restaurant at (203) 983-6400.

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Westport's Popular Eatery, The Granola Bar, Opening in Greenwich

The Granola Bar, the popular Westport-based restaurant known for their exceptional coffee program, creative smoothies, and their healthy approach to traditional comfort food, is set to open a second location in Greenwich in early 2016. Granola Bar owners, Julie Levitt and Dana Noorily, are excited to bring their creative and locally sourced breakfast and lunch options to Greenwich residents and businesses at 41 Greenwich Avenue. The new 2700-square-foot restaurant will offer extensive seating and a large take-out section for people on the go.

In conjunction with this expansion, The Granola Bar will debut a new seasonal menu on November 11 at the Westport location.

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First Look: Rothbard Ale + Larder European Gastropub Opens in Westport 

Rothbard Ale + Larder European Gastropub quietly opened its doors last week in downtown Westport. The menu focuses on central European fare with dishes drawing inspiration from the cuisines of Alsace, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. The beer and wine list mirror this sentiment, and a beautiful interior renovation transports diners to a cozy chalet in the depths of the Bavarian Alps. Chef Adam Roytman's commitment to both the cuisine and "larder" concept are tangible in every detail of this new speakeasy-esque venture with longtime partner Joseph Farrell (Walrus + Carpenter).  From the crispy schnitzel and rich hearty bratwurst (house-made) to the authentic absinthe fountain and German beer steins, Rothbard Ale + Larder is the real deal. 

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15 CT Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving arrives Thursday November 26 and many Connecticut restaurants are inviting you to spend the holiday with them.  From buffets to prix fixe and traditional to creative, there are a number of styles so that you can pick the best for you and your loved ones.

NOTE: We came across a few more restaurants after the publish date of this article, so we've gone beyond 15. Enjoy!

  1. Millwright's, Simsbury
  2. Cafe on the Green, Danbury
  3. Artisan, Southport
  4. Bernard's, Ridgefield
  5. Elm Restaurant, New Canaan
  6. Mill on the River Restaurant, South Windsor
  7. Capital Grille, Stamford and Hartford
  8. Harbor Lights, Norwalk

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