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Don't miss this amazing chef lineup @ CTbites Chef Demo Tent at The Blues & BBQ Festival THIS WEEKEND! 9 rock star chefs. Grilling demos and tons of samples for all!

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Book Signing w/ Amy & Stephanie @ Westport Farmers' Market August 28

The Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) invites you to meet the chefs & authors behind Fairfield County Chefs Table on August 28. They will be signing books and meeting readers from 11 to 1 pm at the Westport Farmers’ Market Thursday location at 50 Imperial Avenue, Westport. The Market runs from 10 am to 2 pm.

Amy Kundrat and Stephanie Webster, the author and photographer of the book Fairfield County Chef's Table, will be at the August 28 market from 10:00 – 2:00 to sell and sign copies of their new book. The two women behind CTbites.com embarked on this book project with over 50 participating chefs to profile the region's favorite restaurants and share some of its most beloved recipes. They will be joined by several chefs who are profiled in their book, including Bill Taibe of leFarm and Whelk, Matt Storch of Match and Chelsea Restaurant, and Glen Collelo of Catch a Healthy Habit, who will be on hand to sign the book and meet market visitors. More information at www.fairfieldcountychefstable.com.

For more information  www.westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

CTbites Chef Demo Tent Lineup @ Westport's Blues & BBQ Festival

Listen up food lovers. CTbites has rounded up some of the area's top chefs for two full afternoons of live cooking demonstrations, recipe tasting and general good times. 

On Saturday, August 30th & Sunday August 31st from 11:00-3:30pm come on down to Westport's Blues Views & BBQ Festival to meet:

Chef Matt Storch of Match; Chef Jon Vaast of Walrus + Carpenter; Chef Chaz Mazas of Mama’s Boy; Pietro Scotti of Da Pietro's; Mark Hepperman of Saugatuck Craft Butchery;  Carlos Baez of The Spread; Chef Ian Kokkeler of Barcelona FFLD; Fjord Fish Market; and Matsu Sushi's owner Paul Teoh.

Come get schooled while you enjoy samples from 9 talented local chefs View the full schedule below...  

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Monday
Aug182014

Holbrook Farm Hosts Farm Dinner with Chefs from Stanziato's, Mezon, and Mecha on September 14 in Bethel

Holbrook Farm in Bethel is hosting a farm dinner on Sunday, September 14 with Chef Matt Stanczak of Stanziato's Pizza, Chef Morgan Vondle of Mezon Tapas Bar and Chef Tony Pham of Pho Vietnam and Mecha Noodle Bar. Tickets are $110 per person.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Circle Camps for Grieving Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a free one-week summer camp for girls ages 9-16 who have experienced the death of a parent. To learn more about Circle's mission, please visit CircleCamps.org

From Holbrook:

An evening of amazing food, wine & beer and good will at the 2014 Farm Dinner in the Field! Hosted at Holbrook Farm in Bethel, the evening will celebrate the harvest with a collaboration between top Connecticut Chefs... The evening begins at 4:30 pm with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as guests mingle and tour the farm at their leisure. Dinner will be served family style with wine and local beer beginning at 5:30pm at candle-lit tables under a beautiful sailcloth tent.

For more information and to purchase online, visit Holbrook Farm Dinner.

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Sunday
Aug172014

Washington Prime Opens in Sono: Bustling Bar & Creative Food

Washington Prime recently opened at the entrance to the SONO “Ironworks” on the corner of Washington and North Water Streets and is already garnering positive feedback and enormous crowds each night. CTbites offered a sneak peek a couple of weeks ago and recently re-visited this high energy and bustling establishment on two separate occasions to sample the food.

Self-described as an Eating + Drinking Well, Washington Prime reflects the collective vision of locals and co-owners Rob Moss and Marco Siguenza. Moss, a native of New Canaan, is no stranger to opening high energy restaurants in Fairfield County, overseeing many over the last ten years. Siguenza is the epitome of the American dream, starting as a busboy at Match Restaurant and now 16 years later one of the owners of Washington Prime, a neighboring restaurant. The kitchen is overseen by Executive Chef Jared Falco, classically trained at the French Culinary Institute. Before moving to Fairfield County, Chef Falco honed his culinary skills at Daniel and WD-50 in NYC. The trio are now working closely to present a vibrant bar scene with delicious interpretations of tradition cuisine.

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Friday
Aug152014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events for Week of August 18-25th

Stamford Summer Restaurant Week comes back from August 18 – September 1, 2014. The two week event includes over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants and will feature an array of lunch & dinner prix fixe menus.  This time around, each participating restaurant will create a Signature Summer Cocktail. 

New Canaan Taste Tours take place Tuesday and Wednesdays each week at 6:30 pm.  Enjoy four of the top restaurants in New Canaan for $65 pp. Each Tour is limited to 12 attendees to insure both superior quality in food and service.  Advance purchase required.

The Ginger Man in Norwalk presents a summer happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm. Try oysters and clams for $1, flatbreads for $6, craft beers for $4, and more. 

Tuesday, August 19 Barcelona Greenwich encourages you to cook using “The Tomato Vine.” Chef Michael will teach you how to prepare recipes that hinge on the tomato. 7pm, $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 203.983.6400.

Wednesday August 20, journey to Half Full Brewery in Stamford for “Rare Beer Night, a monthly event.  Try test batches of beer, partake in food pairings, and learn more about the process.  The event is sit down, but casual. Limited to 40 people. 

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Friday
Aug152014

Stamford Summer Restaurant Weeks Return: August 18 – September 1, 2014

Yep...that's right. 2 glorious weeks of summer dining. This summer over 30 Downtown Stamford restaurants are serving up special lunch & dinner prix fixe menus in several different price options. The prices for lunch range from $10.14, $12.14 or $20.14 and dinner ranges from $15.14, $20.14 or $30.14. New this year: each participating restaurant will be mixing up its very own Signature Summer Cocktails to be featured during Restaurant Weeks.

View the list of participating restaurants below:

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Thursday
Aug142014

Chef Ian Kokkeler of Barcelona/Fairfield is Guest Chef @ Westport Farmers' Market Aug. 21

Chef Ian Kokkeler from Barcelona/Fairfield will be the guest chef at The Westport Farmers' Market on August 21st. He will be preparing and demo-ing two great summer recipes: Cucumber Carpaccio & Sweet Pickle Melon. Be there at 10:15! 

Kokkeler hails from Austin, where he spent the last several years as executive chef as some of that city’s most well known restaurants including UchiCongress and the W Hotel in Austin. 

CUCUMBER CARPACCIO (serves five people)

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Wednesday
Aug132014

"Food Trucks In The Park" @ Veteran's Park in Stamford

Stamford has some good times cooking at Veteran's Park at 140 Atlantic Street. Celebrate summer with "Trucks in the Park's" rotating schedule of local food trucks and enjoy your lunch with live music from 11-2pm. 

Here's the complete schedule of trucks in the rotation 11:00am - 3:00pm Monday through Friday:

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Tuesday
Aug122014

22 Food Trucks To Try In Fairfield County, CT: A Mobile Roundup

Food trucks are more than a trend… they’re a bona fide craze!  They’re rolling into New Haven, Stamford, Norwalk, and many other Connecticut cities to give all the food-driven customers a chance to sample some of the best “street food” around.   We compiled a guide to some of the best trucks that Fairfield County has to offer.  Since these foodie favorites are mobile, their destinations can be uncertain.  Be sure to visit their websites and social media pages to find out where they’ll be next.

  1. Bodega Taco Bar Food Truck
  2. Bounty Food Truck
  3. Buzz Truck
  4. The Cheese Truck
  5. Christophe's Crepes
  6. Cowabunga
  7. El Charrito Taco Truck

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Monday
Aug112014

Women's Tennis and CT Food Trucks Collide at New Haven's Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament

What does world class women's tennis have in common with some of Connecticut's most beloved food trucks? 

This year Valencia's arepas and Orangeside's square doughnuts happily collide with professional tennis at the Connecticut Open, the Women's Tennis Association tennis tournament held each August at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven from August 15 - 23, 2015. 

Tennis fans can rejoice as some of Connecticut's most beloved food trucks will be represented within the revamped food court featuring local businesses including the Valencia Luncheria truckCaseus's Cheese Truck, La Petite FranceTony’s Orangeside Donuts, Spuds Your Way, and The Lobster Shack. The tournament has also installed the new Baseline Tap House, a beer garden presented by Goose Island Beer Company, which will feature a selection of craft beers from Connecticut and beyond including Stoney Creek IPA & Amber Ale, Thomas Hooker Blonde, Spiked Seltzer, Bluepoint Bluberry, and Grey Sail Flagship Ale.

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