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CTbites' Chef Demo Tent Sept 5 + 6th at The Blues & BBQ Festival in Westport. 8 local chefs. Ton's of great food for all! View lineup here. 

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Tix On Sale Today for Harvest Fest at Wakeman Town Farm

Mark your calendar for Harvest Fest,  the grassroots event of the season, on Sat. Sept. 12 at Wakeman Town Farm in Westport featuring local chefs, musicians, libations, and more! 

At this festive cocktail party/dinner, dig into a locally grown feast--hors d'oeuvres to desserts--using delicious cheeses, produce and meats from nearby farms, all prepared by a lineup of farm-friendly local chefs. In addition to dishing up inspired seasonal eats, they'll be pouring signature cocktails, fine wines and craft brews and kicking up our heels to the sounds of a killer live band. There will also be a live auction with some out-of-this- world experiences in dining and travel. It's all to benefit our local town farm! Some of the local venues included in this year's lineup:  

The Spread, Artisan, Blue Lemon, Fairfield Cheese Co., Fleischers Craft Butchery, AMG Catering, Olivette & Saugatuck Sweets

Tickets go on sale TODAY, August 24 at

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Road Trip: Marley's Café at the Essex Island Marina

What is it about taking a boat to lunch that transforms what would have been an ordinary meal into a clandestine rendezvous?

Luckily there are no code names or other spycraft necessary for a visit to Marley’s Cafe, a seasonal restaurant located at the Essex Island Marina. Getting there is half the fun, requiring your own vessel or a free ride on the tiny 6-person ferry for a 2-minute trip across a sliver of the Connecticut River.

Marley’s Cafe is BYOB, open seasonally from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, serving breakfast and lunch with dinner served at the height of summer. Your best bet is to call ahead to confirm hours before you arrive or visit their Facebook page.  

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Greer Fredericks Sells Mama's Boy in SoNo

In a letter posted on Facebook, Greer Fredericks officially announced the sale of Mama’s Boy in SONO. CTbites was introduced to Greer prior to its opening and watched as the restaurant expanded the boundaries of the food scene in SONO, both from a geographic as well as culinary perspective. Mama’s Boy started several food crazes in Fairfield County including shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and introduced catfish to many.  And when the desserts arrived at the tables, guests stared in awe at the size of the cake slices. Greer did not stop with Mama’s Boy. Last year she opened Jax, named after her son, serving some of the best sandwiches in the area.

Greer told CTbites a couple of weeks ago that she wanted to spend more time with her adorable son Jax, take a break and plan her next venture. All of us look forward to the next time we can enjoy her food and be told to “Kiss My Grits.”

Best of luck Greer.

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Weekly Nibble: Onyx Beer Bash, BBQ @ The Schoolhouse, Farm Dinners, Openings + More! 

Stamford Summer Restaurant Week lasts for TWO weeks this year!  Through August 30, enjoy lunch and dinner prix fixe menus from over 30 popular restaurants.  There are a number of price tiers to choose from.  The prices for lunch are $10.15, $15.15 or $20.15 and dinner is $15.15, $25.15 or $35.15. 

Every Sunday and Monday, bottles of wine under $125 are half price at Match in Norwalk.  Reservations are recommended.

On Wednesday August 26, The Spread in SoNo is lending tremendous support to a local teacher, and for one night, Guest Bartender, who is running in this year’s New York City Marathon as a member of Team Sandy Hook Promise.  Sandy Hook Promise is a grassroots organization committed to providing resources and programs through education and intervention that protect children from gun violence and work to foster connections in the community. All tips received at the bar will go to the SHP charity through the marathoner’s pledged commitment.

Also on Wednesday August 26, enjoy a "Goodtime Barbecue" at the Schoolhouse Restaurant in Wilton.  The menu will be Schoolhouse Farm Dinner meets Traditional BBQ.....Family Style.  The price is $65 per person, excluding alcohol, tax & gratuity.  Please call them at 1-203-834-9816 for reservations.  The patio will be open weather permitting. 

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Shake Shack Unveils a Lobster Topped Burger

Starting today through September 20, Shake Shack locations in Boston and Connecticut will sell the Surf N’ Shack — a hamburger topped with lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce, and Maine lobster.

It only costs $8.99, not a bad deal for a lobster sandwich, with Homarus providing the seafood. 

Go forth and get yourself one. Let us know what you think!

Shake Shack can be found in New Haven & Westport:

1849 Post Rd E, Westport CT

986 Chapel Street, New Haven 


Mini Rhubarb Hand Pie Recipe c/o Watson's Catering

Mini Rhubarb Hand Pies from Watson's Catering

Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, although we love to cook it in pies, purée it into sauces, and preserve it into jam as if it were a fruit. Watson's Catering shares their turnover-like take on this vegetable, a fun way to enjoy the sweetness of this tart vegetable. 

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10 Questions w/ John Barricelli @ Sono Baking Company's 10 Year Anniversary

This summer marks the 10 year anniversary for Sono Baking Company. To celebrate the milestone of this beloved local bakery, we sat down with owner, John Barricelli, to talk about the business of baking and his plans for the future.  

What made you decide to launch Sono Baking Company? 

We launched Sono 10 years ago because we found that the need for baked goods and breads were hard to find in this area....everything was being brought up from the city....I always wanted to bake bread in a big oven early in the morning with no days off!

Has the business of baking changed in the past 10 year? How?

The business has not changed, but competition has grown a little....we still think we are superior to anything out there...we bake fresh everyday....bake locally, distribute locally.

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Meet The New Culinary Team @ Vespa Restaurant in Westport

Vespa Restaurant recently introduced its new culinary team, Executive Chef David White and Pastry Chef Susanne Berne to create a vibrant menu to complement the relaxing décor and wonderful water view. The duo will collaborate in creating a menu for the full dining experience, from the first bite of Antipasti to the last bite of Dolci. In addition, the restaurant recently unveiled its lunch service, a new dessert menu and the commencement of “Apertivo Hour” from 4-6PM, offering half price beer, wine, $8 select cocktails and a small plates menu.

Chef David joins Vespa from The Inn at Pound Ridge, where he was the Chef de Cuisine. Prior to working with Chef Jean-Georges, he sharpened his skills in Europe before returning to the US to further refine his talents with award-winning Andrew Masciangelo at Savona. Chef Berne’s passion for the culinary arts was sparked by a pastry course in college before receiving her Grande Diploma in Pastry Arts in 1999. She subsequently won back-to-back ACF Florida Pastry Challenges in 2003 & 2005.

CTbites recently visited Vespa to sample a variety of the new culinary team’s Italian-inspired creations.

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CTbites Chef Demo Lineup @ The Blues Views & BBQ Festival, Sept 5 & 6

The 8th annual Blues, Views & BBQ Festival presented by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association will be held in Westport CT on September 5 & 6 at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and the grounds of the Westport Library.  

CTbites will once again play host to the areas top chefs as they grill up and demo some of their favorite dishes and offer up samples for attendees of the festival. Come on down and meet this incredibly talented group of local chefs. 

CTbites Chef Line-up for 2015

Saturday 9/5

12:00- Match- Chef Matt Storch

1:00- Walrus + Carpenter- Chef Jon Vaast

2:00-  The Spread- Chef Carlos Baez

3:00-  Fleishers Craft Butchery- Emily Mingrone

Sunday 9/6

12:00-  Bobby Q’s – Tim Doherty 

1:00-   Vespa -  Chef David White 

2:00-  HooDoo Brown- Cody Sperry

3:00-  Da Pietro’s- Chef Pietro Scotti 

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The Cake Boss Opening Carlo’s Bakery At Mohegan Sun September 12th

Photo from Buddy Valastro on InstagramCarlo’s Bakery, the setting of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, will open its doors in the Winter section of Casino of the Earth on Saturday, September 12th. Carlo’s Bakery at Mohegan Sun is the brand’s eleventh location and first ever New England venue. The bakery will offer all the same famous Italian pastries and specialty cakes that originated in Hoboken.

Carlo’s Bakery at Mohegan Sun, as it will be formally known, will also introduce The Sweet Room. Unique to the Mohegan Sun location, the Sweet Room is a dessert-only dining concept slated to feature a small menu of decadent Italian-inspired innovations. The Sweet Room will be open from 5:00pm to 1:00am every day.

“Mohegan Sun is such a cool, all-encompassing destination in Connecticut,” said Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery. “Opening a bakery there just seems like a perfect fit for us as we continue to grow our family business and join communities where our fans and their families can make a day out of their visit if they wanted to.”  

What you need to know:

  • WHAT: Grand Opening of Carlo’s Bakery in Mohegan Sun
  • WHENSaturday, September 12, 2015
  • WHERE: Winter section of Casino of the Earth, Mohegan Sun, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd, Uncasville, CT 06382