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Pho Saigon: Real Pho. Really off the beaten path. 

If you like Italian cuisine (I mean real Italian) and you haven't been to Fortina in Armonk yet, something is ALL wrong. 

 

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Wednesday
Apr092014

The Schoolhouse's Farm to Fork Dinners @ Millstone Farm Go On Sale May 1st

Tickets for The Schoolhouse's Farm to Fork 2014 go on sale May 1st @ 10 am. 

If you are unfamiliar with Millstone Farm's "Farm to Fork" dinner, here's the scoop: Wilton's own, Chef Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale prepares four locally sourced courses served family style under the stars (weather permitting). The evening begins with a cocktail hour on the lawn (drinks included), followed by a tour of the 75 acre farm, and then dinner (BYOB). Take our word for it. This is one of the most unique culinary events in the area, and Millstone Farm provides the perfect backdrop (as well as extremely local ingredients). 

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Sun Winefest's Wine Review: What To Buy & Try

The annual Mohegan SunWineFest caters to a variety of interests. Restaurants, artisans, winemakers, and distributors unite in the sprawling Convention Center to deliver an epic weekend.  However, wine lies at its heart; it is a “wine” fest after all!  I enjoyed all of event’s facets, but as CTbites' wine correspondent, I paid careful attention to the hundreds of bottles presented.  I researched the offerings ahead of time, questioned the representatives, and- of course- tasted the bounties to bring you a full report on which wines reign supreme.

Check out my full report on: The Rise of Sauvignon Blancs, Is Oak a Joke?, Hail a Cab, Pleasing Pinots, Behold the Blend as well as a few other wine and spirit highlights. 

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Sunday
Apr062014

The NEW Versailles Bistro & Patisserie in Greenwich - From the Owners of Méli-Mélo

Almost a year ago, without notice or forewarning, a “For Sale” sign appeared on the window of Versailles Restaurant in Greenwich. At 6:15AM the following morning, Marc Penvenne was driving his usual route down Greenwich Avenue to his restaurant Méli-Mélo when he saw the sign. A few months earlier he started looking at several locations to open a second restaurant and now Versailles was available; he now knew the perfect location. Twenty years earlier, Penvenne was the manager at Versailles and left to open Méli-Mélo with his wife, Evelyne. Now, Marc and Evelyne are the proud owners of both Méli-Mélo and the re-invented Versailles Bistro and Patisserie.

When you enter the reimagined restaurant, the front area is a patisserie, complete with white marble-topped tables, bistro chairs and glass display cases filled with tantalizing pastries. Behind these cases is a coffee bar, serving some of the best café au lait in Greenwich. In the rear, the patisserie opens to a restaurant with bistro style dark wood tables and chairs plus a long leather lined banquette. The walls are adorned with photos of Paris and framed French posters dating from the first half of the 20th century.

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Sunday
Apr062014

Connecticut Food Bank's 2014 Walk Against Hunger

For most of us, the biggest decision we face when we’re hungry or need groceries is where to shop. But for many of the 390,000 people in Connecticut who do not have enough food to eat, their decisions involve whether to buy groceries or pay the rent.  For others, soup kitchens and shelters provide the only meals they will eat. 

You can help raise funds for anti-hunger efforts in Connecticut by participating in Connecticut Food Bank’s 2014 Walk Against Hunger.  JOIN THE CTBITES TEAM

Walks will take place on April 27th in Bridgeport, May 4th in New Haven, May 18th in both Norwich and Waterbury (new location!).  

Each spring, the Connecticut Food Bank sponsors a Walk Against Hunger to raise money and consciousness about hunger in our state. 

Register for one of the Walks below:

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Thursday
Apr032014

Cask Republic Stamford Hosts "5C" Bluepoint Beer Dinner w/ 5 Chefs

The new Cask Republic in Stamford is hosting their first ever beer dinner on May 6th, and we hear it's going to be pretty epic. Cask has invited all 5 of their head chef's from Cask Republic and Ginger Man to lead the evening's culinary journey. Each will throw down a dish of their choice to be paired with a hand picked Cask Ale from Blue Point Brewery. Casks in contention will be selected at this weekend's Blue Point Brewery Cask Festival.

Welcome to the neighborhood Cask. We're glad you're here. Details are below:

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Thursday
Apr032014

The Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Stratford, Branford, and New Haven Restaurant weeks continue through April 11th and 12th!  Click here for menus, participating restaurants, and details. 

On Monday April 7, Barcelona Fairfield presents “Light & Delicious Spring Tapas.”  If you would like to add tasty yet light items to your spring menu, this is the class for you. Join Chef Helton and learn how to make chorizo & figs, and early spring vegetable dishes. $35 pp + tax and gratuity. For reservations, call the restaurant at 203.255-0800

Tuesday April 8, Geronimo’s in Fairfield presents a special tasting of Herradura tequila to benefit Operation Hope.  The fun starts at 7pm.  Details here.

Olio (a Stamford, CT favorite) is now open for lunch!  It will be served Wednesdays-Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. http://www.oliostamford.com/ 

Learn about "E. Guigal Wines of Rhone Valley, France” on Wednesday April 9th.  The event takes place  from 7-9pm at Harry's on the Post Rd in Fairfield.  The Guigal CT Brand Manager, Francois Chaillou, will provide expert guidance and information during this tasting of a top producer of the Rhone Valley.  Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably one of the most lauded producers in the world. $35 one session

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Thursday
Apr032014

4 Bloggers Passover E Book: 50+ Kosher Recipes

Ten weeks ago, one of our past contributors, Liz Rueven, clicked open an e-mail and read an enticing invitation to join three other food bloggers on a fast and furious journey that has resulted in this collaborative cookbook,  “4 Bloggers Dish: Passover, Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors.” With over 60 recipes in six sections, this book has plenty to offer traditionalists, vegetarians, vegans and those with gluten-free restrictions.  In addition to a wide range of healthy, re-invented and highly original dishes, we break it down with suggested menus so you won’t schvitz a bit when your vegetarian cousin says she’s celebrating this holiday of freedom at your table.

They are promo’ing the launch with a super reduced price of $1.99. 

To purchase this EBook go to: http://amzn.to/1erq37Z

Preview a few of the recipes below via Liz Ruven of KosherLikeMe.com:

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Wednesday
Apr022014

Chef Jon Vaast Joins Sugar & Olives in Norwalk: Now Serving Dinner

There's a new chef in the kitchen at Sugar & Olives in Norwalk. You may recognize the name from his years cooking over at Dressing Room in Westport. It's Chef Jon Vaast, and Jennifer Balin, owner of Sugar & Olives, explains her new hire as "An Organic collaboration between two like minded people." Johnny and Balin have been strong advocates for the local and sustainable food movement, and simply put, want to create a menu with delicious food sourced from within an arms reach of the shop. Every ingredient at Sugar & Olives is seasonal, and comes from a farm near the restaurant. Balin says "whenever possible, she selects ingredients that are also Organic." 

With Chef Vaast at the helm, Sugar & Olives is excited to announce that in addition to their daily weekday service, and one of the best brunches in Fairfield County, they have begun dinner service Thursday through Saturday.

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Tuesday
Apr012014

The 4B Festival Recap: Didn't Score Tix? Here's What Went Down in New Haven

The first ever 4b Festival had several teething problems, but attendees having fun didn't seem to be one. Well, let me back up a step...

The 4b Festival was a celebration of the bacon, BBQ, beer and bourbon available in Connecticut. Do you like these things? Yes? Then 4b was for you... and you, and you and you, and a lot of other people. Many Americans, let's say most of us, love these alliterative drinks and foodstuffs, and are all about an event which puts them in the same place at the same time. I personally had several B's for the first time at the festival, both food and drink, learned quite a bit, and met some great new people. I also left hungry, and not in a figurative sense.

The inaugural 4b Festival was held at the Old Trolley Barn, a warehouse just off the State Street exit on I-91 in New Haven. Most of the event's parking was several blocks off site (and an extra $5), but it was a sunny day and walking off a few calories before an event like this is for the best, anyway. I walked through the gates just before the fest's second session began at 5:30, and was met with a line of people which would have done the TSA proud. Like I said: people like bacon.  

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Sunday
Mar302014

Eleven 14 Kitchen - A Delightful Journey into California Cuisine

Eleven 14 Kitchen is a beautifully designed restaurant offering deliciously prepared cuisine. Reminiscent of the California culinary experience that accentuate the natural flavors of each of the ingredients, the menu offers meats, fish and poultry in artfully composed presentations.

The stunningly designed and decorated restaurant is located in the J House Hotel in Riverside, Greenwich. The front area contains a U-shaped marble topped bar with leather covered bar stools and several chandeliers cast an inviting light to socialize and drink beers and specialty cocktails. The rear of the space is dedicated to the dining area, with 100 seats plus a new outdoor patio that will be ready for dining al fresco this summer. The ambient lighting is soft from the cloth cover lighting over the rear tables and the entire room is lit from the center chandelier with low lights. The décor is relaxed, and stylish.

Overseeing the kitchen is Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo, a native of the Ivory Coast who spent fifteen years as Wolfgang Puck’s Executive Chef at Spagos Restaurants

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