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Friday
Aug122016

Zucchini Overload? Try This Westport Farmers’ Market Recipe for Stuffed Zucchini  

A guy walks into a doctor’s office with a zucchini in one ear, a cucumber in the other, and a carrot stuck in his nostril. The man says, “Doc, this is awful. What’s wrong with me?” The doctor sits him down and says, “First of all, you need to start eating sensibly.”

To many at this time of year, zucchini is no laughing matter. In fact, this fruit of summer is so abundant some dare say they are sick of it. The good news is twofold: firstly, an abundance of any fruit in the Curcubita pepo family (which includes zucchini, summer squash, pumpkin, and cucumbers) is a sign of healthy bee pollination. While zucchini is easy to grow, it depends on plentiful bee activity for an abundant crop (or dedicated farmers who hand-pollinate). Assuming your favorite growers at the Westport Farmers’ Market haven’t been pollinating by hand, a bountiful crop of this summer staple means bees are happy. And when bees are happy. . . 

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Thursday
Aug112016

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Rolls into Stamford August 27th

While this may not be breaking news for serious food lovers, those of us nostalgic for our lost Hello Kitty years will be delighted to hear that the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making its first appearance in Stamford on Saturday, August 27th at the Stamford Town Center.  

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers a tasty array of Hello Kitty sweets and special goodies to fans of all ages; it has been rolling up to festivals & events across the U.S. since its official debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014.    
 
The yummy treats on board the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will include a 3-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaron box that includes a surprise Sanrio character design, a 4-pack of mini cakes, and bow-shaped bottles of water.

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Thursday
Aug112016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of August 14th-21st

Nom-eez in Bridgeport has debuted “EEZ Wake Up Wednesdays.”  Stop in every Wednesday until 11:30am to get a classic breakfast sandwich, coffee, and a donut for just $5!  It has us saying “Pl-EEZ, we want it!”

This week, Max's Chef to Farm Dinner series is all about "Cigars, Bourbon & Steak.”  Head over to the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum on Thursday August 18 at 6:30pm for a reception, hors d’oeuvres, a multi-course meal, wines and beer, a museum tour, select cigars, and live music.  It costs approximately $188 per person.  

The 42nd annual Milford Oyster Festival takes place on Saturday August 20 starting at 10am.  The festival boasts over 35,000 oysters, crafts, food, rides, and more.  This year, Blue Oyster Cult and the Marshall Tucker Band will perform.  

Black Rock has announced its first ever Black Rock Porchfest on Saturday August 20.  The day celebrates the “music, people, and place” that make up the community.  The day features live music on porches throughout the neighborhood.  Black Rock is also home to a plethora of dynamic restaurants and food trucks- both established and new.  

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Wednesday
Aug102016

Oyster Tour with Norm Bloom and Son of Copps Island Oysters

National Oyster Day may be one of those silly made up holidays, but this past National Oyster Day, which fell on Friday August 5th, will always be remembered as the day I joined Norm Bloom and his family from Copps Island Oysters for an afternoon filled with an education in oysters, a tour of their oyster farms and most exciting, shucking and slurping. Organized by Earthplace, Westport’s non-profit nature center for environmental learning and specifically in support of their Harbor Watch program, a group of ten arrived on yet another sparking summer day.

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Wednesday
Aug102016

10 Questions with Ian Vest, Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich

Chef Ian Vest of Greenwich's Back 40 Kitchen began his career as a busboy at thirteen years old. Since his teens, he has worked in top kitchens including Daniel Boulud's Manhattan hotspot, DBGB, where he served as Executive Chef. Ian's culinary ethos always begins by considering source—a fitting parallel for the refined farmhouse feel of Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich, which gets much of its produce from its own farm in Washington, Connecticut. 

Get to know Connecticut's newest culinary transplant, his recent late night cravings, his chef mentor, and why making it rain truffles is not always a good thing.

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Tuesday
Aug092016

A Taste of Boothbay Lobster Company In Stamford's Harbor Point

As we first reported last year, Boothbay Lobster Company wanted to bring the “wicked fresh" Maine seafood shack experience down the coast to Harbor Point in Stamford. Fade out. Fade in. The evocative new restaurant has just opened. At a recent tasting for the media, CTBites had a chance to discover what has been gained and lost in translation.

For starters, we were curious about the Down East take on Connecticut’s indigenous warm, buttered lobster roll. Before crafting their version, co-owners David Galin and Willie Craig examined and tasted our local renditions. They sampled bread, garnishes, butter portions, even weighed the meat in every roll. At Fairway Market, Galin unexpectedly found a commercial potato bun (Martin’s) that enjoyed great taste and structure. However, it was side loaded, not top cut, like most Connecticut lobster rolls. “I know it’s not totally traditional,” Galin explained, “but a potato roll seemed perfect. In Maine, we love our spuds.”  

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Sunday
Aug072016

Lucky Lou’s in Wethersfield - Pub Fare with a Mediterranean Flair

There’s a Mediterranean breeze blowing through the historic village of Old Wethersfield, culinarily speaking. Within the Deming-Standish House, and on its patio outside, Lucky Lou’s is serving up deliciousness in a casual atmosphere for all lovers of fine, fresh food. It’s creative burgers piled sky-high on brioche buns. It’s an ocean far and wide of fresh seafood—from shrimp to octopus to cod. It’s serious pub food, and a place so serious about its beef, it’s strictly grass-fed Certified Piedmontese®, straight from America’s heartland. It’s desserts that change with the seasons, proudly made in-house.

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Saturday
Aug062016

This week from the Westport Farmers’ Market: Quinoa Tabbouleh

Shopping at a farmers’ market can sometimes be intimidating; all that beautiful produce can be overwhelming if one isn’t a seasoned at-home chef. Folks at the Westport Farmers’ Market understand that, and it is just this reason the WFM provides a recipe page on their website. Sue Smith, owner of Prime Health Style in Westport, is a frequent contributor to the page and guest at the market. Her recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh, below, is perfect for farmers’ market goers who have a bounty of herbs and vegetables in hand. Featuring tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, garlic, parsley, and mint, Sue’s recipe is a refreshing twist on tabbouleh that utilizes much of the farm-fresh produce found at the market. Try it topped with crumbled cheese from Beltane Farm or Sankow Beaver Brook Farm and served with a sliced baguette from SoNo Baking Company, Wave Hill Breads, or Bien Cuit.

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Friday
Aug052016

25 Spots For Great Oysters In Connecticut

Today is National Oyster Day...and really isn't every day a good day for oysters? With its proximity to Long Island Sound, 618 miles of coastline, and bustling culinary scene, Connecticut is the perfect place to dine on fresh seafood. Celebrate this great excuse for a national holiday. Go forth and eat. 

Here are 25 CT restaurants in the state that serve up delicious oysters.

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Thursday
Aug042016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of Aug 8-14

The Bridgeport Bluefish are holding their second annual “Fish Fest” at Harbor Yard on Saturday August 13.  Join them for music, beer, and food.

The 10th Annual Shoreline Wine Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14.  Celebrate Connecticut wineries and local food at Bishop’s Orchards.  Tickets start at $11. 

The inaugural Greater Orange Restaurant Week will take place August 8-14.  Over 24 restaurants, including Bella Napoli, Coromandel Cuisine of India, Ola Restaurant, and Plan B, will be participating.  Diners will have the chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes and enjoy special cocktails, wines, and beer.  

The Artisanal Burger Company in Machester, CT hosts a New England Brewing Company beer dinner on Monday August 8 at 6:30pm.  The evening starts with a reception.  It progresses with a three course dinner and dessert.  It costs $60 per person.  

The Summer 2016 Happy Hour series presented by CTbites continues on Tuesday August 9 from 5:30-7:30pm on Vespa’s gorgeous outdoor patio.  For $39 per person, enjoy delicious appetizers from Chef David White while sipping on specialty summer cocktails.  The Price includes a specialty cocktail and a second drink of your choice.  Menu and tickets here. 

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