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MECHA Noodle Bar  brings Asian noodles and street food to Fairfield. This is a must try. 

Best of Mexican? Tacos Mexico in Norwalk. Super Tacos all around! 

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Saturday
Apr122014

Battle of the Chefs to Feature Chefs Forrest Pasternack, Matt Storch, Jeff Taibe

The Battle of the Chefs returns to Ridgefield's Founders Hall on Sunday, June 1, 4 – 7 pm and will feature Chefs Forrest Pasternack of Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield, Matt Storch of Match in Norwalk, and Jeff Taibe of The Whelk and LeFarm.

In a culinary showdown similar to those featured on television shows such as Top Chef and Chopped, three seasoned chefs will match sharp knives and quick wits for the benefit of Founders Hall. The participating chefs, Pasternack, Storch, and Taibe, will compete to create an entree from a basket of surprise ingredients in front of over 200 people.

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Friday
Apr112014

Fairfield County Chef's Table

After several years of immersing ourselves in the Fairfield County dining scene as partners and editors of CTbites, we had the opportunity to trade pixels for print. We are very excited to announce the launch of our book, Fairfield County Chef's Table, featuring over 50 restaurants and recipes, now available at your local book store and online

The book, published by Globe Pequot Press, was written by Amy Kundrat (yours truly), the executive editor and partner at CTbites. The photography is by none other than CTbites founder and editor in chief Stephanie Webster. It is the culmination of the many years we have been writing about and photographing the Connecticut food scene. This two year project was a blast to work on, and we only wish we could have included 50 more of our favorite restaurants. For more information, please visit our website.

A special thank you to all the chefs, restaurant owners, farmers, friends, CTbites contributors, and CTbites readers who shared their time, expertise, and support. We hope you enjoy the book, experiment with the recipes from some of our favorite restaurants, and share it with your friends and family!

Book Signings

Barnes & Noble, Milford: April 27 @ 1 pm

Barnes & Noble, Westport: May 17 @ 1 pm

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Friday
Apr112014

Bodega's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Starts May 2nd (Suckling Pig Included)

Bodega Taco Bar is keeping tradition alive and keeping Fairfield County partying with their annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. With the maiden voyage of the Bodega Food Truck this month, there will be even more to celebrate. Beginning Friday, May 2 thru Monday, May 5, the indoor / outdoor festivities include Bodega’s signature Mexican inspired fare, tequila tastings, cocktail specials, live music and dancing. Oh yeah. 

Celebration highlights include our self-proclaimed "Year of the Pig" menu which includes; roast suckling pig plato, pork belly lollipop (and now we are excited), pork chop stack with green apple chimmichuri, roast pork mexi-ramen bowl: cracklin' pig taco, and pork and crab dumplings. Sunday Family Cinco Brunch is family fun day with a piñata, games, and Bodega’s version of "touch a truck" with the new Bodega Food Truck. Tequila infused revelers can dance to Latin DJ spun tunes at both locations Saturday night.

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Thursday
Apr102014

Passover Recipes: Nut Free Haroset & Matzo Kugel via Marcia Selden Catering

It's never too late to add a few new Passover recipes to the menu. Here are two more great Passover classics from Marcia Selden Catering including a Nut Free Haroset and a delicious Matzo Kugel. 

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Thursday
Apr102014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

Get a Taste of Easter at Stew Leonard’s on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014. Stew’s culinary team will offer complimentary tastes of their best sellers for Easter throughout the store. Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk- Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 13 12 – 4 p.m.

On Monday evenings, order the special Burger & Bordeaux at South End in New Canaan and enjoy a Speakeasy Burger and a glass of Bordeaux for $25. 

Tuesday is Burger Night at Darien Social. Every Tuesday there will be new burgers, created by the Chef. Come out and enjoy the menu and the great price.

Half Full Brewery in Stamford holds another Rare Beer Night on Wednesday April 16th.  Rare Beer Night is a recurring series that will take place on the third Wednesday of each month.  The evening will feature 3-5 test batches and attendees will receive full pints of each beer. Tasty food pairings will also be provided by Fairfield Cheese Company and Fairway Market. 

Also on Wednesday, Barcelona SONO presents “La Vida del Mercat,” a walk-around tasting that will feature our favorite food vendors, both locally and from Spain.  This event will be farmers market style

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Thursday
Apr102014

Passover Macaroons & Soufflé Cake Recipes via Tabouli Grill

Passover begins April 14th as does the hunt for new and exciting crowd pleasing recipes for your Passover table. We found some excellent selection in the recently pubished e-book, 4 Bloggers Dish: Passover, Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors," but in case you still need a few more dessert options for your repertoire, here are the recipes for Macaroons and Chocolate Soufflé cake from Chef Judy Roll of Tabouli Grill. 

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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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