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Sunday
Jun282015

Weekly Nibble: BBQ's, Veracious Brewing Opens, Beef & Bourbon, Italian Wine Dinners + More!

On Monday, June 29, Beverage Director Olie Berlic and Chef de Cuisine Chris Bateman of Paloma will present a 6-course dining experience that will pair craft-made bourbon cocktails with Latin-inspired botanas.  Later, cigars can be enjoyed on Paloma’s gorgeous second story patio. Reservations required. $65 plus tax/gratuity. 

Meanwhile in Fairfield, Craft260 & Beer'd Brewing Company are partnering for a beer dinner with 6 beers and 5 courses of food. Tickets are $90, inclusive, and can be purchased at Craft 260. 

Vespa is hosting a "Backyard BBQ" on the patio on Saturday July 4 from 4-7pm.  Enjoy a savory menu of grilled dishes (think burgers, grilled sausage, grilled chicken, veggies and shrimp skewers) for $5 and that's not all...select beers and wine for $5 too! This event is kid-friendly and menu is only available on the patio.

From Monday June 29 to Friday July 4, enjoy 50% off all American Wines at Napa & Company in Stamford to celebrate Independence Day.  Please note that they will be closed on July 4. 

Veracious Brewing Company is now open for business in Monroe, CT!  Stop in Thursdays from 3-8pm, Fridays from 12-8pm, and Saturdays from 10-8pm.  It is located at 246 Main Street.

Washington Prime in South Norwalk invites you to a Beef and Bourbon Tasting Social on Tuesday June 30 at 6:30pm.  Try Bulleit bourbons while the chefs serve a variety of beef dishes in progression: WP Small Plates, NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet Mignon, and Porterhouse.  $85 per person, reservations required. 

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Sunday
Jun282015

Westport Farmers' Market 2015 Guest Chef Lineup

While creating a thriving local hub for seasonal food, WFM has selected 20 of the top area chefs and restaurants to show you a thing or two about using the delicious freshness you can find each week at the market.

Fairfield County’s favorite farm-to-table chefs will appear weekly to conduct classes and demos from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. They will help you learn how to use locally produced, seasonal ingredients found at the market to prepare fresh, easy meals for your family.  

Well, then pull up a chair this and every Thursday. No need to bring a pen and paper, either! Each chef will have recipes ready for you to take home and test out in your kitchen.  Every chef demo will feature a local chef who supports the local food culture, and the WFM. They share WFM’s dedication to real farmers who grow real food. And what they do with it is really delicious.

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Sunday
Jun282015

Meet the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Team at Barrett Bookstore in Darien on July 11

Laura O'Neill and Connecticut natives Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen started Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream in 2008 with pair of buttercup yellow ice cream trucks and a mission to revitalize traditional ice cream making by using only whole, natural ingredients. Less than a decade later the business has grown to include several bricks and mortar shops, a fleet of trucks, and a gorgeous new cookbook with 100 classic and new ice cream recipes.

Barrett Bookstore in Darien will be hosting a talk with authors Ben and Laura on Saturday, July 11 at 12 pm with a Q/A session, book signing, and of course, an ice cream tasting.

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Sunday
Jun282015

Bacon & Brew Festival Comes to Danbury CT July 18

Sunday
Jun282015

Pho Hong Thom: A Must Eat Vietnamese Gem in Bridgeport

Here’s a little secret...SHHHH!!!  We got a tip from those in the know - and by that I mean some of Fairfield County’s finest chefs - that the place “around town” for truly authentic Vietnamese Pho is PHO HONG THOM on Wood Ave in Bridgeport. Naturally, we FORCED ourselves to give it a try. Tiny, unpretentious, even down-right plain, patrons come here for the food, not the decor. But they come. Empty when we arrived at 11:30 but jam packed by noon, PHO HONG THOM draws ‘em in and keeps ‘em coming back for more. Here’s why:

PHO HONG THOM gets its name from Hong and Thom Nguyen, owners of this family-run establishment in the heart of Bridgeport. Originally from a tiny village near Hanoi, the Nguyen family are “all in” with sons and a daughter helping out whenever possible. This is family cooking at its best and you get a hint of that as a mosaic of flavors greet your nose upon arrival. Broth is at the heart of this menu - and I’ll tell you what Pho..

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Sunday
Jun212015

Back 40 Kitchen: Modern Farmhouse with Organic Mission to Open in Greenwich this July

The Back 40 Farm Group will open Back 40 Kitchen this July on Greenwich Avenue, a modern take on organic farmhouse cuisine. Back 40 Kitchen will be a haven for those seeking healthy, organic food without sacrificing sophistication. The restaurant will source the majority of its produce from Back 40 Farm, an 85-acre family-owned organically managed farm in Washington, CT, as well as other regional organic and sustainable farms and purveyors.

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Sunday
Jun212015

CTbites Invites You! New Canaan Taste Tours Food Event 

New Canaan Taste Tours returns after last years sold out series to offer a self-guided food tour beginning Tuesday June 30 and continuing throughout the summer every Tuesday and Wednesday until August 25th.  Enjoy three of the top restaurants in New Canaan for $55 pp ( tax and tip included). Purchase Tickets here.

The 2015 Taste Tour will focus on an easy walking tour starting on Elm Street and ending on Forest Street featuring restaurants:  elm, Baldanza Natural Market and Cafe, and Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant.

What's On The Menu

 

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Saturday
Jun202015

Friday Froth: Beers At The Beach With Beer'd Brewing

The first ever Beers At The Beach micro-fest went down at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk earlier this month, and CTBites was there to give you a look. The party's host, Ken Tuccio of the Welcome To Connecticut podcast, created the event to showcase in-state breweries which don't have large distributions, and give people a chance to try the beers and meet the people who make them.  The guest of honor on June 11th was Beer'd Brewing of Stonington. 

Burgers and hot dogs were provided by Ripka's Beach Cafe as part of the party, and shrimp, clams and oysters were also on ice for bites al frescoBeer'd took the opportunity to launch their new imperial amber, Get To The Choppa!

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Friday
Jun192015

Strawberry Salad with Feta, Avocado and Toasted Almonds c/o Watson's Catering

Strawberry Salad with Feta, Avocado and Toasted AlmondsIt's strawberry season here in New England, which means a full-on strawberry frenzy in the kitchen for us here at CTbites. Watson's Catering and Events has created this easy and delicious summer salad. If you still have a quart of strawberries leftover from your strawberry-picking adventures, this is where you'll want to put them to work.

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Thursday
Jun182015

Boothbay Lobster Company Opening in Stamford's Harbor Point: Wicked Fresh Maine Seafood 

It’s official.  The Boothbay Lobster Company will be opening its first restaurant in early 2016 at Harbor Point in Stamford. In fact, owner David Galin had just finished hanging up the announcement sign in the window of the new location, when we asked about his plans.

Since Boothbay is Lobster Haven in Maine, our first question had to be, “Connecticut Lobster Roll or New England Lobster Roll?”  

 “Both,” Galin said, grinning.  “And either way, we’ll serve tail, knuckle and claw meat in a really good bun.”

The restaurant concept is so fresh that Galin and his somewhat silent business partner are still refining the details, but “fresh” is the operant theme:  seafood plucked directly from the cold waters of Maine immediately trucked to Harbor Point.

When the concept is further embellished, Galin promised to give CTBites readers a very early preview.  

This we can leak.

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