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Sunday
Jan242016

20 Restaurants For Great Fireside Dining in CT

Baby, it's cold outside, but that shouldn't stop CT residents from seeking out great dining experiences. There are literally dozens of cozy fireside dining venues with hearths and fireplaces all over the state. Whether you're looking for a warm barside cocktail or an elegant 4-star meal, one of these 20 CT restaurants and pubs will keep guests feeling warm and welcome. 

If we missed one of your favorite spots, please let us know by posting a comment below. 

Winvian

155 Alain White Road, Morris  www.winvian.com

Win + Vian...a combination of the previous owners' names, Winthrop and Vivian. True love began it all! On 113 acres, this luxury resort has 18 luxury resort cottages, each designed by 15 different architects.

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Friday
Jan222016

Cake Box Bakery Opening in Westport: Delicious Baked Good + Gluten & Nut Free Desserts

This just in from Westportnow.

Cake Box, a bakery offering cakes, cookies, cupcakes and coffee as well as nut-free and gluten-free baked goods, will open Feb. 2 in the lower level of 10 Bay St., behind the former Post 154 Restaurant, according to Robert Byrnes, a Ridgefield resident, who co-owns the business with his wife, Jordan Gregory.

The couple also own two bakeries in Ridgefield, Cake Box at 1 Big Shop Lane since April 2010, and Swoon, a nut-free, gluten-free bakery at 109 Danbury Road.

Read more about Cake Box Bakery here.

Read more about Swoon Gluten Free Bakery here. 

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Friday
Jan222016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings January 25-31

On the nights of Monday, January 25 and Tuesday January 26, Palmer's Market in Darien is turning into a pop-up restaurant! Italian food exporter Gioacchino Passalaqua and Sicilian chef Claudio Ruta,are teaming up for a 4-course B.Y.O.B. “Taste of Italy” menu.  Ruta is a Michelin Star recipient for his restaurant La Fenice in Ragusa, Sicily.  Dinner starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $80 per person. Seating is extremely limited. To reserve a seat, call 203.655.2077.  

Taste of Hartford returns January 25-February 7.  Popular Hartford restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus.  Participants include Capital Grille, On20, and more. 

NEW Brunch spots! Rothbard's & The Cottage in Westport are now serving brunch. 

If you missed Cheese 101 last week, you have another opportunity!  Visit the Greenwich Cheese Company on January 25 at 7pm to learn all about cheese basics… and of course taste!  Buy your tickets hereOr, join Greenwich Cheese Company on Thursday January 28 for a class all about Fondue!

Two Roads Brewing is hosting their first-ever Igor's Dream dessert pairing event, 7pm-9pm on January 25.

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Thursday
Jan212016

Dolce Restaurant in Stamford SOLD!

Photo credit: OmnomctThis just in...The popular Fairfield County restaurants Dolce in Stamford has been sold.

Dolce was sold to Bohlsen Restaurant Group, who operates Prime in Huntington, NY. Prime, billed as “an American Kitchen and Bar,” won Open Table Diner’s Choice in 2015.  

The space that formerly housed Dolce is now closed for renovations. Lugano was sold to former partners.  At this time, there are no further details. CTBites will keep you updated on developments as they unfold.

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Thursday
Jan212016

Parker Mansion Opens in Westport via Dan Woog

This just in on the new Parker Mansion Steakhouse (same owners as Parker Steaks & Scotch in Trumbull) from Dan Woog's 06880 blog.

The restaurant gods take away, and then they giveth.

Just a day after Post 154 served its last, little-lamented meal downtown, Saugatuck welcomed its newest eatery. In one of its oldest locations. While dining at Rizzuto’s tonight, an alert “06880” reader noticed some activity across the street. He wandered over to see.

Parker Mansion — the reverently named successor to Mansion Clam House — is open for business.

Read the complete article on 06880 here.

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Thursday
Jan212016

Lemon Miso Soup Recipe from Green & Tonic

As the weather cools down, soup season heats up. Winter is also a great time to nurture your body with nutrient rich healthy ingredients that will keep your immune system in fighting form. The chefs from Green & Tonic in Greenwich have build their brand creating recipes with a strong plant based foundation and this recipe for Lemon Miso Soup is no exception. This soup is simple to make and satisfying to eat. 

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Wednesday
Jan202016

Cask Republic in South Norwalk Reinforces a Resurging Neighborhood's Destination Dining 

Washington Street, the epicenter of South Norwalk and a resurging dining scene, welcomes another new dining experience worth exploring. Cask Republic is a modern take on the communal tavern, now open at 99 Washington Street, formerly occupied by The Gingerman. The new restaurant delivers on its tavern promises with chef-driven comfort food and drink – American at its culinary core with an abundance of global influences.

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Tuesday
Jan192016

LIVE-EAT-LOVE: Kitchen Organization for the New Year by D2 Interieurs

LIVE-EAT-LOVE is a new CTbites column focusing on the intersection of food and style. D2 Interieurs dynamic design team Denise Davies and Kerri Rosenthal’s Monthly Column to tastefully inspire your home, life and palette.

To launch this series, D2 Interieurs tackles Kitchen Organization. Here are Denise and Kerri’s top tips for an organized kitchen:

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Monday
Jan182016

WIN FREE TIX: Ken Tuccio & Blind Rhino Host "SONO BOWL"

 

WIN FREE TIX to the 1st annual SONO BOWL event w/ open bar and live entertainment starting @4pm on Super Bowl Sunday. To win, tell us why YOU need these tickets. 

The Blind Rhino in Norwalk is teaming up with Ken Tuccio and the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast to introduce a brand new Super Bowl Sunday tradition to the South Norwalk area …… SONO BOWL. SONO BOWL is a first of its kind Super Bowl Pre-Game Game Show. 

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Sunday
Jan172016

Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant Opens in Westport

When one restaurant door closes a new one opens. The institution that was Mario's closed last year, but this week I had the privilege of attending an intimate event celebrating the opening of Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant, at their newest location on Railroad Avenue in Westport. This farm to fork eatery joins the popular Greenwich and New Haven locations as well as Cava, Scena and 55, and is the result of the collaborative endeavor of the Kluber, Nube and Vincente Siguenza sibling team, who have over the past 10 years combined their passion for wine, food and customer service to create some of the area’s finest dining establishments.

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