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Friday
Jul102015

Pick Your Own Blueberries Opens Today @ Bishop's Orchards in Guilford CT

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries is NOW OPEN at Bishop's Orchards in Guilford CT. Today is Opening Day with weekday hours 8am-1:30pmSaturday 8am-4pm, and Sunday 9am-4pm. Blueberry season lasts about 6-7 weeks, up until late August. Blueberry admission is FREE into the field. You MUST pay for what you pick, by the pound. The field location for Blueberry picking is at their Main Orchards located off of New England Road. 

Remember to always call their PICK line before heading out at 203-458-PICK. Weather and crop availability are always a factor so hours and locations can change at anytime. If strawberry season was any indication of what is to come with blueberries, we are all in for a real treat! 

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Thursday
Jul092015

Weekly Nibble: Bacon & Brew, Kids Cooking, Wine Dinners, Meet the Farmers + More!

This summer, Mama’s Boy in South Norwalk offers “Cruise and Cuisine” on Friday nights.  Enjoy a three course dinner on the Norwalk Harbor at sunset.  It runs through August 28 and costs $57 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 

Beer meets farm fresh cuisine on Monday July 13.  Kent Falls Brewing and Birch Hill Tavern will host a 5 course beer dinner in Glastonbury, CT with  locally sourced dishes created by Chef Chris Evans and his culinary team.  Purchase your tickets for $65 pp here. 

Kids are home for the summer and you can treat them to cooking classes at Stew Leonard’s Newington location.  This week, they’ll offer a “Quick and Healthy Snack & Meal” class for toddlers (ages 2-5, adult must accompany child).  There will be two sessions Tuesday July 14: 9:30-10:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm & Saturday 9:30-10:30am.  The cost is $15 per child. 

Barcelona is more than a wine bar.  On Tuesday July 14, the West Hartford location invites you to “Stony Creek Brewery Night.”  Chef Eric Stagl will pair his cuisine with the local craft brews for a unique beer dinner.  It starts at 7pm and costs $45 person, plus tax and gratuity. 

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Wednesday
Jul082015

Party In The Park in Stamford on July 18th: Food Truck Rodeo Folks Play Host Again

The first ever Food Truck Rodeo & Music Festival rode into Stamford on June 20th, and a large crowd shrugged off the rain to get their grub on. More than twenty food and beverage trucks ringed Mill River Park, offering a diversity of selections ranging from BBQ, to pizza, Caribbean food, donuts, tacos, lobster rolls, pierogies, and grilled cheese. The coffee truck seemed to be doing a good business on a warm, drizzly day, but visitors were just as likely to be seen with a cup of beer from Blue Point Brewery in one hand and frisbee in the other in the Rodeo's beer garden. 

Anyone who missed the Rodeo will get a second chance on July 18, when the food trucks and music return for Party In The Park. Advance tickets are $5, and double to $10 at the door.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Fleisher’s Craft Kitchen (formerly Craft Butchery) Launches Dinner Service

Fleisher’s Craft Kitchen (formerly Saugatuck Craft Butchery) is about to launch dinner service at their Westport location. The Craft Kitchen has been serving a highly popular weekday lunch and brunch since it first opened in 2011, but with an expanded indoor/outdoor dining area, this sustainable butcher will open its doors in the evenings Wednesday-Sunday 5-10pm starting August 5th.

CTbites was excited to get a preview of the new dinner menu created by Executive Chef, Emily Mingrone.  

The dinner menu features an innovate selection of dishes, some classics including the famed burgers from the lunch menu, but also a variety of vegetarian options for non-meat-eaters. We appreciated the playful quality of each dish, and Chef Emily’s creative execution of Craft’s nose to tail policy.  

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Sunday
Jul052015

Homespun Mexican at Mexicali Rose in Bethel and Newtown

Mexicali Rose is the type of small town dive you might take for granted if you grew up with it in your backyard (like I did), or you selfishly want to keep it to yourself (like I do). As a kid growing up in Newtown, I knew it was preferable to its Subway strip mall neighbor, but it wasn’t until I logged many thousands of miles of travel and dozens (hundreds?) of taco joints, that I truly saw this place. Homemade tortilla chips, walls covered in a clutter of Mexican folkloric kitsch, a handful of enamel top tables, and one very kind family that owns and runs the restaurant make Mexicali Rose one of my favorite hidden northern Fairfield County gems.

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Friday
Jul032015

Aarón Sánchez & Chris Batemen Unveil Seasonal Menu At Paloma, Stamford

After a bloggers’ tasting at Paloma in Stamford’s Harbor Point, CTBites sat down with Chef de Cuisine Chris Bateman to review the menu -- and his creative relationship with celebrity chef-owner Aarón Sánchez.

Bateman is a culinary prodigy. Fresh from CIA, the young chef opened Four Seasons Restaurants and Hotels around the world. So debuting Paloma last summer wasn’t his first big time rodeo. Sánchez may be its star, but Bateman runs the day-to-day show.

We wondered how much the celeb is involved in the creation of Paloma’s menu. “Very much,” Bateman replies. “We work closely. But he’s wide open to my ideas, and listens really well.”   The unshaven, still youthful chef, sporting jeans and a Yankee cap worn backwards, confides, “Aarón is the reason I’ve stayed here.  I love cooking with him.”

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Friday
Jul032015

Clearing the Air: How to Select Overhead Ventilation for Your Kitchen (sponsored post)

Homeowners often tell us that one of the elements in designing a new kitchen that is the trickiest for them is selecting ventilation. There are many kinds of ventilation to consider and, in this post, we'll be looking at the most popular, overhead ventilation.

Overhead Ventilation...why do we need it?

There are four by-products that are created when we cook: heat, grease, steam & smoke. The purpose of your ventilation is to remove these by-products from your kitchen so they are not deposited on your ceiling, walls, cabinets, fabrics, etc.

How do we achieve this?

There are four basic factors in selecting the right overhead ventilation for your project.

1. Choose Canopy Size and Design

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Thursday
Jul022015

Weekly Nibble: New Salumeria, $1 Oysters, Food Truck Festivals, Lobster Bakes + More!

Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria is now open!  Greenwich’s latest restaurant and bar is currently open Monday thru Saturday for Lunch, Happy Hour & Dinner. Sundays are soon to follow with a weekend brunch.  Find them at 1392 East Putnam Avenue Old Greenwich, CT 06870. 

Eli’s Tavern in Milford offers $1 oysters on Tuesday nights and a $20 prix fixe menu for ladies on Wednesday night.  

This week, Fairfield Cheese Co. offers “Cheese 101.”  Learn about different kinds of cheeses, cheese-making, and more… with a little wine too!  The class comes to Fairfield on Wednesday July 8 from 7-9pm and Greenwich on Thursday July 9 from 7-9pm.  It costs $45 per person. 

The Riverfest Food Truck Festival will take place in Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza July 9, 10, and 11. Enjoy the best of mobile cuisine, live entertainment, and fireworks. 

Cocktails! Cupcakes!  Two favorite treats come together at Nixs in Hartford on Thursday July 9.  The summer soiree goes from 5-9pm and features Amsterdam vodka cocktails, sweets from Nora's Cupcakes, hor d'oeuvres, and more. 

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Win 2 Free Tickets to Beers At The Beach Event w/ Ken Tuccio

Last month Ken Tuccio, the host of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast, launched the very first BEERS AT THE BEACH event in Norwalk, and it was a huge success.

The second BEERS AT THE BEACH will happen Thursday, July 16th at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.This event will feature the beers of Kent Falls Brewing.

Tickets for this event are on sale now at WelcomeCT.com, but Ken is giving readers of CTBites the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to the event! 

All you have to do is send an email with your name, and why you think you should win, to ctbitescontest@welcomect.com. The most creative entry will be selected by Ken onMonday July 6th, and that lucky winner will get a pair of tickets to July's event.

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Tuesday
Jun302015

15 American Restaurants in CT for July 4th Dining

America is the land of the free, home of the brave… and full of delicious food!  Here in CT, we have a host of notable restaurants serving up American favorites. Be sure to call ahead to confirm their holiday hours.

Here are 15 places with classic fare perfect for an Independence Day celebration. 

Do you have a favorite American restaurant in CT? Tell us below. 

1. Ted’s Montana Grill, Hartford
2. Shake Shack, Westport and New Haven
3. Bailey’s Backyard, Ridgefield
4. Archie Moore’s, New Haven, Wallingford, Derby, Milford, Fairfield
5. Darien Social, Darien
6. The Spread, Norwalk
7. Engine Room, Mystic
8. Craft 260, Fairfield
9. Johnny Utah’s, Norwalk

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