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Thursday
Dec112014

Chowdafest Organizer Launches "Chilifest" Feb 1st: You Vote!

The “hot” gift of this holiday season might be tickets to Chilifest.  Chilifest is a pre-Super Bowl event that takes place on Feb. 1, 2015 at Bedford Middle School in Westport CT from 11AM to 3PM.   Just like its sister event, Chowdafest, veryone is given a spoon, ballot and pencil, then sample 18 different kinds of chili's and vote on their favorites.

Chilifest will feature three categories of chili's:  classic beef, creative chili (turkey, vegetarian, green etc.) and “Firehouse” chili.  Twelve local restaurants will compete in the classic and creative categories while firefighters from the Fairfield, Norwalk, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton Fire Departments are slated to compete in a separate category for best firehouse chili.

Some of the restaurants competing in the 2015 competition include:  Bobby Q's (Westport), Cask Republic (New Haven, Stamford), Chef's Table (Fairfield), Chilibomb (Fairfield), Liquid Lunch (Milford,

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Thursday
Dec112014

Marcia Selden Catering’s Best Holiday Hors D’oeuvres

The holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means…. parties, parties and more parties!  Whether you’re hosting or bringing, we’ve got you covered with this season’s most delicious hors d’oeuvre recipes, including: Polenta Bites with Mushroom Duxelle; Chevre & Fig Jam Tartlettes; Gruyere & Red Pepper Jelly Tartlettes & Poached Shrimp with Assorted Dipping Sauces. Your guests will think you hired a caterer!

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Thursday
Dec112014

Napa & Co. Announces 2015 Wine Class Schedule

Napa & Co. announced its 2015 Wine Class / Tasting schedule that will span the world and offer classes for the novice, the experienced wine connoisseur and those looking for a deeper understanding of various regions and blends. Prices range from $50 to $120 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes up to six different varieties. All classes start at 630PM.

Monday January 12th - WINE 101 - Start the year with an interesting class for the novice wine drinker and learn how to better describe wines and pair each with food. Enjoy 3 whites and 3 reds. $50pp (plus tax and gratuity)

Monday January 26th - Jordan Library Wine Tasting 2001-06 - Jordan is one of the icons of Alexander Valley producing Old World style Bordeaux blends. We will try a vertical tasting of 6 wines and see how well they age, and how they’ve changed. $120pp (plus tax and gratuity)

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Wednesday
Dec102014

Dinners At The Farm Announces 2015 Season; Get Your Tix Now!

Dinners at the Farm is a series of benefit dinners celebrating Connecticut's local farms, food and community as a way to generate awareness of the importance and vitality of our local farming community and the delicious, wholesome and abundant food it provides us. Recreating a sense of connection to farming, cooking and eating is what Dinners at the Farm is all about." --Dinners at the Farm

A portion of every dinner goes to the non-for-profit community benefiting organizations such as Connecticut Farmland Trust, Slow Food Connecticut, CitySeed, Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries, and Working Lands Alliance.

For more information on Dinners At The Farm or to BUY TICKETS, go to their web site. 

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Wednesday
Dec102014

Greenwich Cheese Company Opens in Cos Cob, via Owners of Fairfield Cheese Co

Laura Downey and Chris Palumbo, co-owners of Fairfield Cheese Company, will open Greenwich Cheese Company at 154 East Putnam Avenue in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, CT, December 11, 2014.

Building on the success of Laura and Chris’ popular Fairfield Cheese Company, which opened in 2009, the new location will carry on the tradition of offering the area’s best selection of cut-to-order from larger wheels, artisanal and farmstead cheese from around the world and artisanal cheeses from here in the US, in addition to an array of small batch handmade charcuterie and specialty food accompaniments.

Laura and Chris take their craft seriously and are both the only retail owners in Connecticut to be American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals (ACS CCP), a certification that only a few hundred people have nationwide.  Adding to the talented team is Greenwich store manager Kevin DeFreitas who brings 15 years of cheesemongering experience to this new endeavor and has worked with such industry pros as Ken Skovron from the Darien Cheese Shop.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

How To Create The Classic Holiday Cocktail Bar via Sheila Barton Catering

Sheila Barton is a local caterer with a flair for food styling. After watching her work her magic at several parties, we asked her for a few tips on creating your own "Classic Cocktail Bar." Here are her tips...

I thought it would benefit many to talk about how to set up the perfect holiday cocktail bar. Not only are the essentials so very important, but so are Style, Texture and Taste. I am always about creating an experience..starting with your eyes and ending with taste. Even if you can only afford to serve one great wine and one great beer, you can still do it with style. If you can throw in a classic craft cocktail or two, more the merrier!

So to first create Style, it is important to create a feeling of glamour and fun. You do this with visual appeal using different heights and Texture.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

Wine Making Class & Tasting @ Barcelona West Hartford

Tuesday
Dec092014

Freshii Announces "Kids Eat Free" Program

Freshii Westport has just announced its Freshii Kids Eat Free program, which aims toward increasing the number of kids who eat healthy meals as part of their regular diet. This program runs until the end of January 2015. During this time, Freshii is offering kids under the age of 10 a FREE entree from the kids menu on Saturdays and Sundays when their meal is accompanied by an adult entrée (one free kids meal per adult entrée).

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Tuesday
Dec092014

Celebrate The Holidays With Walter Stewart's Market (sponsored post)

The holidays are a wonderful time to take advantage of Walter Stewart's Market in downtown New Canaan. Stewart's Market makes everything easier during this busy season, and with over a century of experience, they know a thing or two. Whether you are entertaining, gift giving, looking for great holiday decor, or simply finding that perfect wine, Walter Stewart's has it all. (Don't miss their impeccable suggestions for holiday wine pairings below.) Happy Holidays from Walter Stewart's Market and Stewart's Spirits! 

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Monday
Dec082014

Westport Farmers’ Market Hosts Apple Recipe Contest Dec 13th

The Westport Farmers' Market is challenging Fairfield County to bring out their best apple recipe to the Westport Farmers’ Market.

To sweeten up the holidays, WFM is challenging Fairfield County to bring out their best apple recipe on December 13 to the Westport Farmers’ Market located at 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport, CT (inside Gilbertie’s Herb Garden).  At 11:00 a.m.  Celebrity Judges from The Whelk, Lefarm and KawaNi will taste their way through the entries declaring a winner at high noon.

The winner will receive a Westport Farmers’ Market t-shirt, serious bragging rights and market goodies and have the option to have their recipe shared with the 3,000 people who receive the WFM newsletter each week.  There is one stipulation to the contest – the apple that is used must be from a local farm and the name of the farm must be noted with the entry.

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