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Friday
Sep092016

Nibble: CT Food Events & Happenings for Week of Sept 11-18

Garelick & Herbs new dream home is ready for prime time. The purveyors of all things delicious is officially open at 3611 Post Road Southport.

50 food trucks are throwing down in Thomas’ Breakfast Battle, a competition to see who can make the best breakfast dish with Thomas’ English muffins and bagels.  One of Connecticut’s own, The Whey Station, is participating.  Fans of the truck can start voting online beginning September 12 at ThomasBreakfastBattle.com.  Voting is open for one week before the list of contestants goes from 50 to 25.

Food Trucks in the Valley takes place in Shelton on Thursday September 15 from 4-8pm.  The celebration includes over 25 food trucks, music, craft beer, a car show, kids’ activities, local celebrities, and more.  Admission is free (though food and beverages will be purchased inside). 

The 2nd Annual Jazz on the Rocks in Harbor Point comes to Stamford on Thursday September 15.  In addition to the music, a general admission ticket includes a whiskey, wine, and craft beer tasting as well as samples from area restaurants.  VIP packages are available too.  

Taste of New Haven presents Apizza & Eats on Friday September 16.  During the second annual New Haven Grand Prix, a national circuit bicycle race, College Street will boast dozens of food vendors, New Haven style pizza, beer, entertainment, and more.  The fun takes place from 4-10pm.

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Friday
Sep092016

Photo Recap: CTbites' Chef Demo Tent @ Blues View BBQ  

Tropical Storm Hermine brought mid-70s temperatures, a few clouds, and soothing gusts of wind to Connecticut, that made for a picture perfect weekend at the Blues, Views, & BBQ Festival in Westport

The 9th edition of this meat-and-music-centric fair featured grilled and smoked food from area restaurants and food trucks but the real action was at the CTbites Demo Tent where 5 chefs rocked it out and dished out crowd pleasing, meat-heavy samples.

This year’s lineup was kicked off by Pietro Scotti (Da Pietro’s) who made juicy milk-fed chicken marinated in a blend of citrus and “secret spices,” grilled with orange and lemon slices and fresh sprigs of rosemary. Then it got REALLY meat heavy when Matt Storch (Match, Nom-Eez) served a trio of Vietnamese grilled meats, followed by Jonathan Vaast (Walrus + Carpenter, Rothbard) with homemade curry bratwurst, and Carlos Baez (The Spread, El Segundo) who skewered tender pieces of ribeye, marinated in ginger and lemongrass, grilled mid-rare, and topped with a green chili sauce.

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Thursday
Sep082016

Hapa to Leave Miro Kitchen and Focus on Expanding Hapa Brand

This exclusive release was just received by CTbites from Chris Gonzalez. 
"HAPA Food Concepts, the Stamford-based hospitality company and force behind the wildly popular HAPA Food Truck, announces the end of its successful collaboration with Fairfield’s Miro Kitchen, which opened in early 2016.

With menu items such as Korean Short Rib Tacos and Gonzalez’s famous ube bread, chef and HAPA co-founder, Chris Gonzalez has cultivated a loyal following with his unique ability to fuse cultural flavors.

Gonzalez, his wife Nicole Samela-Gonzalez and partner George Calvar, are now turning their focus on the continued growth and expansion of the HAPA brand as they write the next chapter in HAPA’s culinary story.

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Thursday
Sep082016

Chowdafest 2016: 40 Chefs Compete on October 2nd

Award wining chefs from every New England state and thousands of discernible foodies from all over descend on Westport CT on the first Sunday in October to determine who has the best chowder, soup & bisque in New England.  

Chowdafest will be held on Sunday October 2, 2106 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport CT from 11AM to 3PM.  The event will feature 40 restaurants from all over New England and as far away at Seattle.  The festival features four categories of competition:  Classic New England Clam Chowder, Traditional Chowder exclusively for Rhode Island (clear broth) and Manhattan Clam Chowders (tomato based), Creative Chowders and Soup & Bisque.  Attendees receive a spoon, ballot and pencil when they arrive.  They enjoy unlimited sampling and rate each entry on a scale from 7 to 10.5 with half point intervals.  Restaurants with the highest overall average in their respective categories will be declared New England champions. 

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Wednesday
Sep072016

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival Sept 22-25

Tickets are now on sale for festival events! The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns for its 11th year from September 22 – 25, 2016. Signature events include the Bordeaux Dinner on Thursday evening, the Wine & Rosecliff Gala on Friday evening, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday, the Vintner Dinner on Saturday evening, Newport After Dark on Saturday evening, Jazz Brunch on Sunday and Seminars in The Breakers Stable and Carriage House throughout the weekend.  Tickets are now on sale at www.NewportMansionsWineAndFood.org

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Wednesday
Sep072016

Chef Bill Taibe & Friends Host Millstone Farm Dinner To Fight Food Waste

Join CT Bites and Chef Bill Taibe for a inspiring evening of seasonal food and conversation at Millstone Farm, the area's leader in sustainable agriculture. You'll be inspired by the best chefs in our community while you enjoy a one time only menu to support a cause close to their hearts - fighting food waste and feeding food insecure people of Fairfield County. Tickets can be purchased here. 

 Participating Chefs: Anthony Kostelis, The Whelk | Bill Taibe, The Whelk & Kawa Ni | Carlos Baez, The Spread | Dan Sabia, Lake Kitchawan | Geoff Lazlo, Mill Street Bar & Table  | Jim Eckler, Lake KitchawanMogan Anthony, Village Social & Locali 

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Sunday
Sep042016

Sarah’s on Main in Portland CT: the “Cheers” of Breakfast

On the corner Main and Commerce in Portland is a cozy place that’s the “Cheers” of breakfast, Sarah's On Main—“where everybody knows your name and you’re always glad you came.” If you’re from either side of the river, don’t be surprised if you bump into old friends—or make new ones. I do both each time I go. Whether you find a spot at the counter or grab a table, there’s fresh and local deliciousness with a spin of creativity, courtesy of Sarah Weeden.

What began as a quest for waffles grew into a steady habit of breakfast—and occasional lunch—at my newest home away from home.

Day one, I realized I’d stumbled into a little gem when I tried the BLT Bennie. Served on toasted brioche, it’s sheer perfection of a Benedict, drizzled with Hollandaise. The hash of the day was summer squash and zucchini, which I requested instead of home fries. Thumbs up all the way around.

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Saturday
Sep032016

Nibble: CT Food Event & Happenings for Week of Sept 4-11

Newly opened Aspetuck Brew Lab in Bridgeport will host a Stoked Flame Fest from 2pm til close in their parking lot on Saturday September 10.

Friday September 9 marks the Grand Opening of The Halal Guys in New Haven.  Starting at 11am, 5 grand prize winners can wine free food for one month, the first 1000 guests will receive free swag, and everyone can celebrate the debut of the New Haven location.  Find them at 906 Chapel Street.

Every Tuesday night, join Walrus + Carpenter for a Compin’ + Stompin’ Jazz Jam Session.  The evening features featuring Ian Tait, Scott Packham and Ted Morcaldi playing a mix of swing, modern and fusion.

The 11th Annual Brass City Brewfest comes to Waterbury on Saturday September 10. 

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Friday
Sep022016

Upside-Down Pear + Ginger Cake Recipe from Westport Farmers' Market

Nothing says autumn more than the fragrance of dessert baking in the oven. And this autumn-lover can think of no better dessert to usher in cooler temperatures than Silvia Baldini’s Upside-Down Pear and Ginger Cake. This year, Westport Farmers’ Market goers are in for a special treat – Fort Hill Farm has fresh ginger! 

Fort Hill Farm of New Milford, is a 20-acre farm operating on land leased from The Nature Conservancy/Sunny Valley Preserve. Paul Bucciaglia and Rebecca Batchie operate Fort Hill Farm, which has been certified organic by Baystate Organic Certifiers since 2003 and adheres to the NOFA Farmers’ Pledge manifesto.

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Friday
Sep022016

First Taste: El Segundo Opens in Sono Starring The Spread's Carlos Baez

Recently the CTbites team previewed the menu at El Segundo in South Norwalk, the newest restaurant from the talented partners who created The Spread just up the block. The concept:  Eat the Street. Intersect some of the world’s tastiest street food at the corner of Washington and North Water in SONO. 

What began as a tasting quickly turned into a party ... a coming out party for Carlos Baez, Executive Chef of The Spread, one of the region’s most versatile, yet unheralded, chefs. 

The menu flaunts Baez’ extraordinary range -- a gastronomic tour de force featuring over 3 dozen dishes curated from the boulevards and back allies of 27 countries on all seven continents, including barren Antarctica. (More about that selection later)   

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