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Thursday
Sep152016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Sept 18-25

Vespa in Westport will host an Oktoberfest celebration from September 18 to October 2 as a nod to Executive Chef David White’s German ancestry. There will be a German inspired a la carte menu, and a team up with Two Roads on September 21 for an Oktoberfest beer dinner. For reservations, call 203-557-9057 or email events@vespawestport.com.

Green & Tonic has launched a "Wellness Speaker Series" at their Westport location.  The series takes place on Thursdays from 6-7pm.  On September 22, Ashley and John Watson, psychotherapists and transformational coaches, will teach you to “Manifest Your Soulmate.”

Mill Street Bar + Table continues its “Speaker Series” on Thursday September 22 with Bill King of Back 40 Farm Group.  Join them for a 3-course lunch, discussion, and Q&A.  It starts at 12pm and costs $65 per person including tax and gratuity.  Reservations required, please visit MillStreetCT.com or call 203.813.3323.

OPTIMUS Health Care kicks off the 6th Annual Connecticut Chef’s Challenge on Thursday, September at Aitoro's Appliance and Electronics in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Ten Connecticut chefs will compete for the 2016 Connecticut Chef’s Challenge Championship Title. Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods will emcee.  Tickets start at $75.  

Friday September 23rd and Saturday September 24th is the sixth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity magazine and benefitting Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Wholesome Wave and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Thursday
Sep152016

CT Farm to Chef Week Starts Sept. 18 Showcasing CT Chefs & Growers

Sample and savor Connecticut Grown flavors on special Farm-to-Chef menus from Connecticut chefs at their venues across the state September 18-24th, 2016. View the complete list of restaurants and farms here. 

Farm-to-Chef Week is an annual showcase of Connecticut Grown ingredients featured in menus creatively developed by chefs and foodservice professionals throughout Connecticut. Each Farm-to-Chef menu includes four or more items using Connecticut Grown farm products such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs; meats, poultry; shellfish, and other proteins; dairy; eggs; maple syrup and honey; wine; and more. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture created Farm-to-Chef Week in 2010 as part of its ongoing Farm-to-Chef program to help connect local farms and foodservice professionals.

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Wednesday
Sep142016

Taste of Fairfield Featuring Over 20 Restaurants is October 9th 

The Fairfield dining scene is a booming and vibrant one. In fact, there’s so much talent and great food that TownVibe and Fairfield Magazine have decided to celebrate the many and varied restaurants in town by organizing the  Taste of Fairfield.  Last year, for its 10th Anniversary celebration, Fairfield Magazine partnered with the Fairfield Public Library for a mini tasting event, and it was such a success they decided to expand on the idea. This year’s Taste of Fairfield will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Delamar Hotel in Southport.  

While the list of participants is not yet complete, you can expect to nosh on some great bites from the following: Artisan, Aspetuck Brew Lab, B.Good, Brick & Wood, The Cakebox, Donut Crazy, Fairfield Cheese Company, Freshii Fairfield, Flipside Burger Bar, Geronimo Tequila Bar, Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Little Goose, The Little Pub, NOM-EEZ, Old Post Tavern, Quattro Pazzi, Mecha Noodle Bar, Lobster Post, Sweet & Simple Bake Shop, Taberna Tapas, The Chelsea, Toto, and The Whelk/Kawa Ni. Together, these restaurants create an array of delicious and diverse options and really represent what Fairfield has to offer. In addition to the food, guests will enjoy craft cocktails and beer, artisanal wine and sweets.

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Tuesday
Sep132016

2016 Guide to Pick-Your-Own Connecticut Apples

At this time of year, when Connecticut’s leaves start to change colors, eventually rivaling those of a Turkish carpet, there are few pleasures keener than to drive along the back roads of our state to an apple orchard. To choose local fruit, often varieties that are otherwise hard to find, for oneself is a seasonal occasion worth seeking out, worth savoring, worth creating a special picnic for (think rustic breads, local cheeses, and local hard cider if the orchard allows it). If you’re lucky, all of this is set off by sweetly chilly temperatures and a sky of platinum blue---in which case, congratulations. You have officially reached peak autumn.

Our guide to some of Connecticut’s best pick-your-own-apple experiences is here. Readers are encouraged to add their own. Note that this past spring, in the short period during which apple trees are pollinated, weather conditions were very unfavorable; a lighter-than-usual crop has resulted, so bring your flexibility along. As with all such outings, a little thinking ahead goes a long way. Be sure to call ahead for availability, wear sturdy shoes, and choose a good time for your visit. Weekdays are better for a quiet group or one that can’t deal with crowds; weekends will thrill the extroverts.

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Tuesday
Sep132016

Clarke Introduces Wolf Induction Range for the Quickest Way to Delicious (sponsored)

There's a whole new alternative to gas in a high-performance range and you can explore it at Clarke, your Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen in South Norwalk. The new Wolf Induction Range (which will be available in Clarke's authorized dealers later this fall) gives you a cooktop with incredible speed, control and energy efficiency. It boils water faster than gas (really - with almost instantaneous temperature response!) It gives you precise high end to low end control. Imagine control steady enough to simmer sauces and melt chocolate without scorching. A Wolf Induction Cooktop also means you'll never have to worry about children burning themselves on a flame or about forgetting to turn off the cooktop (when you remove the pot or pan all you're left with is a cool surface.)

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Sunday
Sep112016

Johnny Utah's in South Norwalk - A Fun Time with a Side of Food

Fairfield County has some great bars with good old fashioned bar food…wings, burgers, fries, onion rings, cheesesteaks, with a wide variety of beers. Recently, many have expanded the menu to include tacos, chili, ribs, chicken and other down and dirty delicacies. When I received an invitation to join a media event at Johnny Utah’s in SoNo I was curious, since this bar also features a mechanical bull (spoiler…not happenin’).

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Saturday
Sep102016

20 Places to Watch NFL Football in CT

The 2016 Olympics may be over, but don't despair sports fans!  Football season is starting!  Get out your jerseys and prepare to cheer on your teams.  Here are 20 Connecticut restaurants and bars with TVs and game day specials so you can enjoy all the showdowns.

  1. The Blind Rhino, Norwalk
  2. Brother Jimmy's, Stamford
  3. Crave, Fairfield
  4. Johnny Utah's, Norwalk
  5. Sign of the Whale, Stamford
  6. T.H.C., Derby
  7. 189 Sports Café, Brookfield
  8. BarBQ, Stamford

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Friday
Sep092016

WIN 2 FREE TIX to Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2016

Friday September 23rd and Saturday September 24th is the sixth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity magazine (www.serendipitysocial.com) and benefitting Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp,Wholesome Wave and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation.  

Saturday’s events include the Grand Tasting Tent, hosting more than 150 food and beverage vendors.  The Saturday All-Day Pass, priced at $150 includes admission to the Grand Tasting Tent, cooking demonstrations, celebrity bookstore, Top Bartender Showdown, Burger Battle, Grill Master Tent, Taco Party and lawn seating to co-headliners Ziggy Marley and Old Crow Medicine Show.  

CONTEST: Enter to win TWO free Saturday All-Day passes by commenting below why you want to go and who you will take as your guest. 

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Friday
Sep092016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of Sept 11-18

Garelick & Herbs new dream home is ready for prime time. The purveyors of all things delicious is officially open at 3611 Post Road Southport.

50 food trucks are throwing down in Thomas’ Breakfast Battle, a competition to see who can make the best breakfast dish with Thomas’ English muffins and bagels.  One of Connecticut’s own, The Whey Station, is participating.  Fans of the truck can start voting online beginning September 12 at ThomasBreakfastBattle.com.  Voting is open for one week before the list of contestants goes from 50 to 25.

Food Trucks in the Valley takes place in Shelton on Thursday September 15 from 4-8pm.  The celebration includes over 25 food trucks, music, craft beer, a car show, kids’ activities, local celebrities, and more.  Admission is free (though food and beverages will be purchased inside). 

The 2nd Annual Jazz on the Rocks in Harbor Point comes to Stamford on Thursday September 15.  In addition to the music, a general admission ticket includes a whiskey, wine, and craft beer tasting as well as samples from area restaurants.  VIP packages are available too.  

Taste of New Haven presents Apizza & Eats on Friday September 16.  During the second annual New Haven Grand Prix, a national circuit bicycle race, College Street will boast dozens of food vendors, New Haven style pizza, beer, entertainment, and more.  The fun takes place from 4-10pm.

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Friday
Sep092016

Photo Recap: CTbites' Chef Demo Tent @ Blues View BBQ  

Tropical Storm Hermine brought mid-70s temperatures, a few clouds, and soothing gusts of wind to Connecticut, that made for a picture perfect weekend at the Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival in Westport

The 9th edition of this meat-and-music-centric fair featured grilled and smoked food from area restaurants and food trucks but the real action was at the CTbites Demo Tent where 5 chefs rocked it out and dished out crowd pleasing, meat-heavy samples.

This year’s lineup was kicked off by Pietro Scotti (Da Pietro’s) who made juicy milk-fed chicken marinated in a blend of citrus and “secret spices,” grilled with orange and lemon slices and fresh sprigs of rosemary. Then it got REALLY meat heavy when Matt Storch (Match, Nom-Eez) served a trio of Vietnamese grilled meats, followed by Jonathan Vaast (Walrus + Carpenter, Rothbard) with homemade curry bratwurst, and Carlos Baez (The Spread, El Segundo) who skewered tender pieces of ribeye, marinated in ginger and lemongrass, grilled mid-rare, and topped with a green chili sauce.

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