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Wednesday
Aug132014

"Food Trucks In The Park" @ Veteran's Park in Stamford

Stamford has some good times cooking at Veteran's Park at 140 Atlantic Street. Celebrate summer with "Trucks in the Park's" rotating schedule of local food trucks and enjoy your lunch with live music from 11-2pm. 

Here's the complete schedule of trucks in the rotation 11:00am - 3:00pm Monday through Friday:

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Tuesday
Aug122014

22 Food Trucks To Try In Fairfield County, CT: A Mobile Roundup

Food trucks are more than a trend… they’re a bona fide craze!  They’re rolling into New Haven, Stamford, Norwalk, and many other Connecticut cities to give all the food-driven customers a chance to sample some of the best “street food” around.   We compiled a guide to some of the best trucks that Fairfield County has to offer.  Since these foodie favorites are mobile, their destinations can be uncertain.  Be sure to visit their websites and social media pages to find out where they’ll be next.

  1. Bodega Taco Bar Food Truck
  2. Bounty Food Truck
  3. Buzz Truck
  4. The Cheese Truck
  5. Christophe's Crepes
  6. Cowabunga
  7. El Charrito Taco Truck

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Monday
Aug112014

Women's Tennis and CT Food Trucks Collide at New Haven's Connecticut Open Tennis Tournament

What does world class women's tennis have in common with some of Connecticut's most beloved food trucks? 

This year Valencia's arepas and Orangeside's square doughnuts happily collide with professional tennis at the Connecticut Open, the Women's Tennis Association tennis tournament held each August at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven from August 15 - 23, 2015. 

Tennis fans can rejoice as some of Connecticut's most beloved food trucks will be represented within the revamped food court featuring local businesses including the Valencia Luncheria truckCaseus's Cheese Truck, La Petite FranceTony’s Orangeside Donuts, Spuds Your Way, and The Lobster Shack. The tournament has also installed the new Baseline Tap House, a beer garden presented by Goose Island Beer Company, which will feature a selection of craft beers from Connecticut and beyond including Stoney Creek IPA & Amber Ale, Thomas Hooker Blonde, Spiked Seltzer, Bluepoint Bluberry, and Grey Sail Flagship Ale.

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Sunday
Aug102014

Kawa Ni: An Exclusive First Look at Bill Taibe’s Izakaya-inspired Restaurant in Westport

CTbites was invited for an exclusive first look inside Chef Bill Taibe’s new restaurant, Kawa Ni, in Westport’s Bridge Square this week. Kawa Ni means “on the river,” an apt name for a restaurant in Saugatuck whose cuisine and service will take its cues from the informal Izakaya joints found in the Japanese cities of Kyoto and Osaka.

Is it an american restaurant with japanese aspirations? Or is it a japanese restaurant with american inspirations? Both, says Taibe, who distills his love of post war japanese culture and a farm house style approach to japanese food within the walls of the intimate Kawa Ni.  

Equal parts food and drink, with a capital F-U-N atmosphere, the 40-seat Izakaya-inspired restaurant will get the party started by the end of the month.

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Friday
Aug082014

Le Farm's Chef Arik Bensimon is Guest Chef @ Westport Farmers' Market Aug. 14

Chef Arik Bensimon of Le Farm wil be the guest chef at The Westport Farmers' Market on August 14th. Chef Arik will be be demo-ing and serving up his Scallop Crudo with Buttermilk, Yuzu, Beets, Cucumber & Peanuts.

Scallop Crudo recipe can be found below.

Chef Bensimon began his career at the age of 11 in his family’s restaurant in NYC. After culinary school he worked at renown restaurants such as Le Cirque, Picholine and La Panetiere. In 2009 Arik came to Connecticut as the executive chef of Napa & Co., then opened The Spread in Sono, and in 2013, he joined the team of LeFarm as Chef de Cuisine.  

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Friday
Aug082014

Explore Local CT Farms on the 6th Annual Easton Farm Tour 

Citizens For Easton (CFE) is pleased to announce the 6th annual Easton Farm Tour.  This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms couple with an old fashioned community fun day.   

Easton Farm Tour 2014 will be held August 16 from 10am to 3pm.  This event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, CT 06612. At this location, visitors will receive a copy of the road map, passes to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.  

During the homegrown event enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer while you and your family learn where your food comes from. Enjoy food tastings, educational 18th and 19th century farm house living and cooking demonstrations, old-time fun and games, pony rides, hay ride, a petting zoo, greenhouse tours, fruits and vegetables from the farm and pick your own.

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Thursday
Aug072014

Covered Bridge Dinner with Community Table in West Cornwall

Chef Joel Viehland of Community Table has announced an exclusive 7-course dining experience on September 14 to be held in the Historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall, Connecticut. The tasting menu will be paired with Krug Champagne and Clos Dubreuil wines. Tickets are $225 per person, and are available online. Proceeds from this evening will benefit the Cornwall Fire Department.

The evening of "culinary adventure" will pay homage to the farmers, artisans and the natural bounty of the northeast within the intimate setting of the historic West Cornwall Covered Bridge, originally built in 1864. The seven-course menu will include locally sourced and foraged vegetables, meat, and seafood. The menu will be paired with Krug Champagne, one of the world's most revered champagne houses, and Clos Dubreuil, a Grand Cru Bordeaux from Saint-Émilion. The cocktail hour will kick-off the evening at 4 p.m. with dinner being served at 5 p.m.

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Thursday
Aug072014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events, Aug 10-15th

On Tuesday August 12, explore “The Tomato Vine” with Barcelona New Haven.  Do you have an abundance of tomatoes from your garden? If you love tomatoes and want to expand your recipe repertoire then join Chef Frank while he demonstrates how to prepare a few delicious and easy recipes using tomato as the main ingredient.  $25pp.  

Latin inspired Tierra in Westport is now open for brunch Saturday and Sundays 10:30 - 2:30. Call for reservations. 203.557.4850

Join Jones Family Vineyard for a French Country Picnic on Wednesday August 13 from 6:30-8:30.  Start with a walk down to the vineyards to examine the different grape varieties we grow. Following the vineyard walk, enjoy our picnic meal at our Pine Barn.  For more information, visit the event website: jonesfamilyfarms.com/events/winery.  $65pp.

Tour Long Island Wine Country with the Greenwich Wine Society on Thursday August 14, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM.  The North Fork vineyard tour will go to three of the best wineries on Long Island: Paumanok, Pellegrini and Lenz.

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Wednesday
Aug062014

116 Crown 7th Anniversary Party

116 Crown in New Haven will celebrate its 7th anniversay on August 16 with a garden party, dinner, and (naturally) some of the best cocktails in Connecticut. Admission will be $60 per person. Reservations are recommended as space will be limited, call 203.777.3116 or email 116Crown@gmail.com

From 116 Crown:

On August 16, we're going to celebrate our 7th Summer years, with our third annual anniversary party. The night prior we're firing-up the slow cookers, and at 6pm on Saturday we're going to mix-up the punchbowls and light fires and we ask that you join us to celebrate the last 7 years and look forward to the future. Admission to the garden will be $60 and we will keep the drinks flowing and the food cooking until 10 pm and you're welcome to all you can enjoy. Think of it as a family reunion without the awkwardness and embarrassing photo albums.

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Tuesday
Aug052014

LobsterCraft Opens in Darien - A First Day Look

LobsterCraft opened its first storefront location today at the entrance to Rowayton on Tokeneke  Road, serving the same menu that many of our readers enjoy from its trucks.  

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