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Create The Perfect Bar In Your Home by D2 Interieurs

Bring the look of your favorite bar into your home with the following tips from D2 Interieurs and products from Serena & Lily. We think we have found the right mix…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so pull up a stool, serve your favorite cocktail, and cheers!

Light It Up: Modern and chic lighting is the way to make your bar unforgettable and also set the mood….this is something that can be easily replicated from your favorite bar whether its pendant lighting, under mount lighting or back lighting to show off your favorite bottles. 

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Peaches on the Waterfront Opening Thursday in Norwalk: Live Music & Lots of Fun

After opening the highly successful Mama’s Boy and Jax & Co. in SoNo, Greer Fredericks’ new project, Peaches on the Waterfront, opens this Thursday on Wall Street in Norwalk. The new bar is located directly above Apricot Bar and Grill and will offer a much different vibe than her previous restaurants, plus a large deck that overlooks the water.

Greer told CTbites in an exclusive interview that the idea has been in her back pocket for years and when the opportunity for the “pop-up” was presented, she jumped at the opportunity. She enlisted a few of her favorite employees from Mama’s Boy, started the redesign of the space and developed the opening menu for cocktails and music.

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Serena & Lily Celebrates New Design Shop in Westport with Three Days of Food, Giveaways and Activities (sponsored)

The perfect dinner party needs a beautiful presentation and there are few companies who can inspire a gorgeous table setting like California-based home and lifestyle brand, Serena & Lily. That’s why we were thrilled to hear the retailer will be opening its fourth retail location right here in Fairfield County on April 29th at the newly restored Kemper-Gunn House, 35 Elm Street, Westport.  

Serena & Lily is celebrating the Grand Opening with three days of food, giveaways and activities from Friday, April 29th through Sunday May 1st. Coffee and breakfast treats like brioche donuts, mini quiches and croissants from local favorite SoNo Bakery will be served each morning. Greenwich-based Italian gelato maker La Fenice will serve fresh-made gelato each afternoon in classic Italian flavors like cioccolato, stracciatella, limone sorbetto and caffe.

On Friday, April 29th Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe and Serena & Lily co-founders Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter invite the public to join at 9:30am for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially welcome the company to its new location. The first 50 visitors to the new Design Shop will receive a $100 Gift Card to spend on anything in the store. In addition, Serena & Lily signature tote bags will be handed out to all store visitors throughout the weekend. Balloons and face painting will be available for kids in the top-level Kidshop area.

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Nom-Eez Opens in Bridgeport: Vietnamese (With a Side of Donuts)

The official opening of Nom-Eez, Chef Matt Storch’s new Vietnamese street food storefront, in the Blackrock section of Bridgeport occurs today. As reported by CTbites, joining Storch for this new project are his partners from Match, Jason Wojnarowski (owner of the epically delicious Donut Crazy), and Susan McConnell. CTbites was invited to a sneak peek preview to sample some of the menu and a few donuts.

The menu is divided into three sections, “snacks,” “noodles” and “a bit larger.” The space is small in size, with only eight brightly colored red stools, and the flavors are equally bold and bright and engulf you in the traditional cuisine of Vietnam.

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Nibble: CT Food Event & Happenings for April 16 - 24th

On April 16th 1-3pm, meet the peeps from Rosenthal Wine, AL FRANTOIO DI ALDO ARMATO and Miele Mario Bianco @ 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield. They will be showing the most recent vintages of their Olive Oil & Honeys. 

On April 20th Chefs Luke Venner of elm and Tyler Anderson of Millwright's will host reunion pop-up dinner at elm restaurant. Call or reserve online.

Tickets are on sale now for CLASP Homes of Westport’s 12th Annual Taste of Westport.  Harvest, Pane e Bene, Rive Bistro, Matsu Sushi, and other restaurants will serve specialty dishes.  There will also be samples of wine, beer, and cocktails. $75 in advance, or $85 at the door. CLASP is a 34 year old nonprofit providing homes and opportunities for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Purchase tickets online

On Tuesday April 19, Cask Republic Stamford will team up with Founders for a beer dinner.  It will feature the coveted 2015 and 2016 KBS along with other brews.  The five course menu (plus amuse) includes venison two ways and roasted monkfish.  Tickets are $90 per person.

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Friday Froth: A First Look At The Hops Company in Derby

I was running late early on a Sunday afternoon when the obligatory traffic jam on I-95 caught me like doomed comet streaking toward the Sun and sudden annihilation. It took the sight of a wrecked Ferrari to remind me I'd forgotten my car. I was driving, yes, but the car I'd forgotten - like the aforementioned comet - was set in motion by gravity, not gasoline. Jack's Abby was hosting a pine car derby at The Hops Company in (quelle apropos), Derby, and I'd planned on making the campaign of my old car from Cub Scouts the B-story to this column. The lapse in memory had left me momentarily enraged until I remembered I'd just seen someone's red F430 Spider completely taco'd by the rear bumper of an 18-wheeler. Score one for perspective. 

The Hops Company is the work of Umberto Morale, who spent his early life in his native Rome before coming to the U.S. and bouncing between the restaurant scene, college, and Wall Street. He had the vision of an inclusive, German style beer hall in his head, and looked at properties all over the state before seeing the location in Derby and signing immediately.

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Pizza Surf Club is Coming to Fortina Stamford’s Rooftop

There's a new roof top in town. Andrew Dominick of Food Dudes reports on Fortina's new Stamford "Pizza Surf Club."

Remember when Fortina Stamford opened and they were supposed to open that sick rooftop that overlooks the harbor, but then it never happened? We do too. And it hurt, bad. Dreams of eating pizza while overlooking the water at sunset while thinking about life were shattered… but WAIT!!!!! Something is happening and it’s happening soon!

The food will be different, and if you paid attention to their Instagram feed you may have noticed some eclectic items like hot dog tacos and stuff like bags of Doritos with jicama, carrots, cucumbers, candied peanuts, gummy bears, pickled pork skin, hot sauce, crema fresca, avocado, the obligatory Parmesan, sesame, and lime. That's a mouthful, and perfect drunk food. We've also heard whispers that they'll be whipping up fish sticks, Kobe beef corn dogs, and other super creative grub.That rooftop space will be Fortina Surf Club, basically a concept within (or on top of?) a concept, and it's going to be lit, homies. And with a name like "Surf Club," it's probably what you think it is...Tiki-style cocktails complete with little umbrellas? Yes.

The opening party at Pizza Surf Club goes down at Fortina Stamford (120 Washington Blvd.) on Sunday, April 17 at noon. Take note: Pizza Surf Club will be open daily from 12 p.m. - Close after this Sunday, weather permitting.

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Millwright's & Bear’s Smokehouse Opening "The Cook and The Bear" Restaurant in West Hartford

They say “birds of a feather flock together.”  Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwright's in Simsbury and Jamie McDonald of Bear’s Smokehouse are proving that isn’t always the case.  In August, the two will come together to open The Cook and The Bear in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square.  The restaurant will make for an interesting meeting of the minds; Millwright’s is known for its farm-to-table cuisine while Bear’s Smokehouse serves classic finger-lickin’ Kansas City-style barbeque.

“It’s a fun concept,” says AJ Aurrichio, Millwrights’ Operations Manager.  “We’re taking traditional barbeque and putting a chef’s perspective on it.”

They first started testing the idea of a merger in August 2015.  Every Monday night, they offered pop-up dinners with dishes representative of what the new restaurant could entail.  Diners were very receptive and they moved forward.

“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” laughs Aurrichio.

Anderson and McDonald gave guests a sneak peek of the new concept at Savor’s Grand Tasting event, which took place in Hartford on April 7 and 8.  They presented a “Smoked Pork Kimchi Pancake with Gochujang BBQ.”  It was the perfect fusion of both elements- BBQ reimagined with gourmet view.  The softer, starchier pancake balanced out the strong spice from the pork.  Meanwhile, green onion on top added crunch.

CTBites will keep you updated as details unfold!  In the meantime, enjoy Millwright’s and Bear’s Smokehouse!

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Community Plates "Food For All" Fundraiser May 4th, To Showcase Local Restaurants: Tix On Sale!

COMMUNITY PLATES’ FOOD FOR ALL 2016 is May 4th! Get your tickets now for one of the best parties in Fairfield County. Food For All Showcases Fairfield County’s Newest Restaurants and Craft Cocktail Bars in a benefit to End Food Insecurity in Fairfield County. (View the complete list of participating restaurants below)

Community Plates is a technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America. Since launching in 2011 Community Plates Fairfield County has already picked up and delivered over 8 million meals at a value of over $13 million to local food insecure people. This means over 12 million pounds of food has been kept out of landfill and gone to where it’s needed most. 

Participating Restaurants

nom-eez, FortinaEl Segundob.good, Blind Rhino, Boothbay Lobster Co., Lithos, Chez Vous, Del Frisco's Grille, Franklin Street Works Café, Judy’s Bar & Kitchen, Noir Stamford, Old Greenwich Social Club, Tavern 489, WUJI, Harbor Point Stamford, PalomaSign of the Whale

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Top 20 Food Trucks in Fairfield County CT : 2016 Edition

Fairfield County residents know that the area rocks… and it also “rolls”!  Fairfield County hosts a number of outstanding food trucks that serve an array of cuisines.  Meatballs, crepes, tacos, potatoes, Carribean… It’s all available right on the city streets or even in your backyard!  

Here are 20 delicious food trucks you can visit or hire for your next event. 

Hapa: Based in Stamford, Hapa serves three types of tacos: Korean short rib, Philippine chicken adobo and Nonny’s sweet peppers, burgers, both beef and Ahi, plus bowls of poke and chicken adobo.

The Poutine King: The Poutine King prides itself on being "the first food truck in the north east United States" to offer Poutine, a Canadian dish. Those wanting a classic version can order the traditional poutine. More adventurous eaters can enjoy the Sweet Potato Poutine or the Poutine Burger.

Skinny Pines: The Skinny Pines pizza truck sells wood fired pizzas. It makes use of local ingredients by sourcing its toppings from area farms. The menu changes with the season, but past pizzas have been topped with fresh sun gold tomatoes, zucchini, scapes, garlic, and eggplant, to name a few.

Taco Loco Party Truck: Taco Loco is recognized as the first Mexican food truck in CT! The restaurant is based in Bridgeport.

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