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GIVEAWAY: 10 FREE Tix to Fleisher's PORKTOBERFEST On October 25th

Dust off your lederhosen and get ready for pork! On Sunday, October 25th, Fleishers Craft Butchery puts on the 4th Annual Porktoberfest, a day of whole-roasted pigs, flowing beer, housemade sausages, live music and more. This is a family friendly event, with plenty of non-alcoholic cider, s’mores and games for kids. 

CTbites is GIVING AWAY 5 Pairs of FREE Tickets to Porktoberfest (all access). TO WIN, Tell us why you need to go in the comments section below. Winner will be selected on October 18th.

Admission, Beer & Food details:

The Big Piggie: $50 includes ADVANCED admission, all-you-can-eat pork, our Porktoberfest beer mug and 1 free beer ticket.

The Little Piggie: $25 includes advanced admission, our Porktoberfest beer mug and 1 free beer ticket.

Day-of only: $30 includes admission, our Porktoberfest beer mug and 1 free beer ticket.

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Weekly Nibble: Chowdafest, Hoptoberfest, Grace Farms Opens, Pasta Class & More

CTBite’s own editor Stephanie Webster will team up with Match’s Chef Matt Storch on Monday October 5 at the Fairfield Public Library to talk all about cooking and their culinary experiences.  Questions are highly encouraged!  It starts at 7pm in the Rotary Room. 

The 3rd annual Milford Restaurant Week – Ciao Milford! –October 5 to 11. 24 restaurants will be offering dining deals via special multicourse prixe fixe fare – most will be offered at $24.95 pp. 

Rosie in New Haven will hold a Collage Night on Thursday October 8 starting at 7pm.  Get in touch with your artistic side while enjoying spaghetti, meatballs, and wine.  Seating is limited, so be sure to call 203-966-8998 to RSVP. 

Grace Farms is a stunning new farm and community driven space in New Canaan, CT.  Its opening weekend is October 9-11, and they will celebrate with a Community Day on October 10.  The day will include performances, art, music, hands-on activities for kids, and a family barbeque.  In the future, Grace Farms will offer meals from local purveyors and a glass enclosed gathering place.  It is free and open to the greater community, not just New Canaan residents.

The 3rd Annual “Brew at the Zoo” will come to Bridgeport’s Beardsley Zoo on Saturday October 10. 

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YouTube Star Daym Drops Meets CTbites As He Flies from CT to LI for #Fly2Eat

Forget Chopped…forget Top Chef…forget Hell’s Kitchen…as a matter of fact…forget The Food Network all together, because today’s millennials are learning about food and being entertained on You Tube…and the biggest You Tube food star is Connecticut’s own, Daymon Patterson, known to his many fans as Daym Drops. 

Daym, who lives in New Britain, started his You Tube channel in 2008 and has over 66 million views and over 500, 000 subscribers who tune in to see Daym’s latest video food review.    They are a mixture of honest reporting and entertainment, as Daym verbally dissects the food and dines basically from the front seat of his car.  His big personality matches his size, but his love of what he does shines through and he appreciates his loyal and vocal fan base.   Many of his visits are the direct result of fans that comment on his videos of where he should go next. 

His big break came in 2012, when he did a review for Five Guys Burgers and Fries that just hit 7.0 million views. His video review is even immortalized in a song by the Gregory Brothers entitled, “ Oh My Daym ”, which is at 27 million views on You Tube.

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Friday Froth: I Give You IPA...Firefly Hollow, Victory & Beer'd Brewing Co.

We're going to ignore the seasonal background noise this week, and focus on the always topical subject of IPAs. Two of the beers we taste in today's Froth are Connecticut originals, and I'm also taking the opportunity to introduce the newborn Vital IPA from Victory Brewing. A single can of this last made its way into my sinister grasp a few days before its official introduction to the world, and your first look is below the jump.

First, though, I have to geek out about some Firefly Hollow trivia...

Firefly is located in Bristol, and run by partners Rich Loomis, Bill Collins, and brewmaster Dana Bourque. Two out of three at UConn grads, and I've mentioned their beers here before. A while back I had the opportunity to try another one of their beers, Lil Troll session IPA. As the name suggests, this one is just under 5% abv, and pours golden with a big head. The hop aroma is earthy, and maybe even a bit sour on the nose.

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[VIDEO] Marcell Davidsen of Community Table Featured at Nordic Food Festival, NYC

Marcell Davidsen, Executive Chef of Community Table in Washington, CT, recently participated as a featured chef at the Nordic Food Festival in NYC from September 23 - 28, 2015. A native of Denmark, Davidsen's culinary style combines his Nordic sensibility, an artistic flair, and an appreciation for foraging. His signature modern dishes can be found at Community Table, the Washington, CT restaurant. In his free time, Marcell likes to forage for herbs, flowers, greens exploring the New England landscape — a habit inspired from his early years when his grandmother took him into the woods in Denmark to pick wild strawberries and blackberries.   

For those who have yet to dine at Community Table, and for those who often make the pilgramage, this vignette is a wonderful peek inside the daily life of the restaurant:

Marcell Davidsen // NORTH 2015 Nordic Food Festival from L & S on Vimeo.


Boothbay Lobster Company Truck Rolls into Stamford's Harbor Point

Boothbay Lobster Company is opening its first bricks and mortar location at Harbor Point in Stamford in the upcoming months. To give the community a taste of what to expect from super-fresh Maine lobster, the company is periodically parking its Boothbay Lobster Company truck 100 yards down the street from the restaurant, serving two types of Lobster Rolls, a BLC sandwich, Lobster Mac & Cheese, plus a few non-lobster items. On a beautiful afternoon CTbites visited the truck to sample the newest addition to the Harbor Point neighborhood. As I approached the truck I noticed a sign stating that the lobster were caught the previous day…this was an ultra-fresh product.

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Plan B Bacon Week Starts October 19th in Milford...It's Coming...Get Ready

 Mark your calendar. It's coming. More details coming soon. 

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Bar Sugo Announces Fall Pasta and Wine Classes

Bar Sugo has announced its Fall Pasta and Wine classes. Chef Pat Pascarella will offer his vision and recipes for eight different pasta dishes and Meghan Pascarella will teach attendees the beauty of several Italian wines. They commence this Saturday, October 3, so give a call to 203-956-7134 to reserve your spots.

HOMEMADE PASTA COOKING CLASSES - Under the guidance of Chef Pat Pascarella, you will learn all there is to know about making fresh pasta. In this interactive class, you will knead, cut, roll and even fill ravioli! His recipes are all based on freshness, high quality ingredients, tradition and most of all, Chef Pat’s long-time experience.


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25 Places for Great Coffee in Connecticut

Have you heard the “buzz”?  Tuesday September 29 is National Coffee Day, and CT is home to some great local coffee spots where you can celebrate.  There's a lot of coffee in this state so we've divided our list into Fairfield County & Beyond FC.  Here are 24 places that serve some of CT’s best java.  One might even say they’re more than just your average “joe….”

If we missed any of YOUR favorite spots, please let us know in the comments section below. 

Fairfeld County Coffee

  1. Buzz Truck, Fairfield County
  2. Espresso Neat, Darien and Westport
  3. Lorca, Stamford
  4. Redding Roasters, Bethel
  5. Zumbachs Coffee, New Canaan
  6. Coffee Barn, Wilton
  7. Tusk & Cup, Ridgefield

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Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House Opens in Port Chester

Last week I accepted an invitation to experience the newly opened Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House which recently opened in Port Chester just over the Greenwich border. Located in the beautifully restored Willet House Building which has been redesigned and transformed into a bright contemporary restaurant with a wealth of historic nautical charm. The bar area, vibrant, energetic and spacious has a modern yet traditional feel. An impressive raw bar sits at the center, welcoming patrons as they settle in ready to place their drink orders. Two televisions sit on the opposite side of the bar so that sports enthusiasts can cheer on their favorite teams. The dining room, despite its grand and impressive size, is warm and welcoming. The antique hay lifts and wood beams retain the space’s history. Handsome black and white photographs of fishermen at sea capture authentic coastal life. The elegant yet rustic lighting casts a warm glow off the brick. The restaurant isn’t quiet; a lively energy permeates the air. 

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