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Meet Chef Matt Storch & CTbites' Stephanie Webster @ The Fairfield Public Library

Come on down to The Fairfield Public Library on Monday October 5th 7PM to hang out with Chef Matt Storch of Match & The Chelsea and ME, Stephanie Webster, Editor of CTbites. We are going to be talking shop and cooking for you. (Don't worry, Chef Storch will be doing all the cooking). I will be talking to Matt about his various and often amusing culinary experiences, the do's and don'ts of the restaurant world, and as many fun stories we can cram into the evening. Questions are highly encouraged. This is going to be a good time. Join us. 

Event Type: Adult - Main Library

Date: 10/5/2015

Start Time: 7:00 PM

Location:  ROTARY ROOM


Friday Froth: Take Your Own Advice (Southern Tier, Two Roads & Victory Breweries)

Ernest Hemingway told us to always do sober what we said we'd do drunk. "That will teach you to keep your mouth shut," was his lesson. I don't get space here on Fridays for keeping my metaphorical mouth shut, and a few weeks ago I could be found pleading with you to hold off on All Pumpkin Errthang, and take the limited time we have at summer's end to enjoy the brief grunion-run of harvest ales. 

The same day Froth published, I went out, slapped my modest gains on a counter, and walked out, brown bottles with orange labels in my hands. I've found some good ones for you, so here's a sampler.  

Southern Tier Harvest special ale is an Extra Special Bitter, and pours with a golden ruby color. Decent head foams up at first and settles into thickish ring. The first whiff is bready malt, bouncing with hops. Rich and bitter, but mellow, Harvest is a hedge fund divorcee on xanax. It is also terrifically easy to drink, which means the robust 6.7%ABV tends to sneak up on you. The world is not exactly full of beers which aren't heavy, or beset with fruits or lactose, and still manage to feel like a treat, but Harvest is the exact recipe. It is decadent despite a deceptively simple formula, and a prototypical autumn beer.

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Meet Doom Noodle, New Haven's Ramen Pop-up Restaurant

Doom Noodle, a weekly ramen pop-up restaurant will launch this Sunday, September 27 at Firehouse 12 in New Haven.  

The pop-up's weekly core menu will offer two options for ramen, a weekly bao offering, and shrimp chips, available as eat-in or take-out. Drinks will be available separately from the Firehouse 12 cocktail menu. Dinner starts on Sundays at  6 pm until they sell out.

The duo behind Doom Noodle, Jordan Waters and Molly Kennedy, are recent New Haven transplants who enjoyed participating in a weekly supper club. Jordan, who assumes the cooking responsibilities, and Molly, the creative who will run the front of house, see Doom Noodle as an evolution of their club and a reflection of what they like to eat. 

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The Fez in Stamford Re-Opens w/ Expanded Bar, Menu & Music Space

New York chic meets laid back cool at The Fez, a Middle Eastern eatery located in Stamford.  The restaurant, located on Summer Street, is unobtrusive from the outside.  The inside, however, is alive!  Wine flows and aromatic Mediterranean cuisine comes out of the kitchen.  Patrons flock to hear live music and conversation echoes throughout the intimate space.

On June 1, 2015, the Fez shut its doors to undergo a renovation.  After a few busy months, they are proud to announce their grand reopening.  Lunch and dinner service has resumed, as well as live music. 

The same team behind the original Fez will see it into its new age.  Greenwich native Eric Monte, who has a self-professed “love of food and wine,” partnered with Jay Patel, who comes from a family of restaurateurs.  Chef Shelby prepares the delicious cuisine.  Originally Monte had hired a French chef, but Chef Shelby and his Indian background wound up being the perfect match for the restaurant.  Fred Laist manages the business aspect.  He has a rich history in corporate catering and Monte calls him “brilliant in food service.”

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Weekly Nibble: Smoke in the Valley, Oktoberfest, Farm Tours, Harvest Festival, Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Talk & More!

On Monday September 28, Sen. Tony Hwang and The Buzz Truck are teaming up to bring free coffee to commuters!  The event is honor of National Coffee Day, which takes place on the 29.  Sen. Look for Hwang and The Buzz Truck in the parking lot side of the station (northbound) from 6-8am.

Even Fairfield Cheese Company is getting into the Oktoberfest spirit!  On Tuesday September 29, their typical cheese class will be replaced with a five-course meal paired with Oktoberfest brews.  It costs $100 per person and will take place at the Fairfield location from 7-11pm.  

Smoke in the Valley returns to Seymour, CT on October 3 and 4.  There will be live music, food trucks, local vendors, beer and wine tastings, and more.  New for this year: a food truck challenge where attendees can vote for their favorite!  Tickets are $45 pp.

Pies and Pints, located in Waterbury, CT, has the next installation of its monthly beer dinner program on Wednesday September 30.  Attendees can mingle during the welcome social from 6-6:30 and then sit down to a three course dinner with beer pairings.  Reservations required: or call 203.573.1743.

Match Restaurant continues its birthday celebrations with “The Reunion Dinner Service” on Wednesday September 30.  Former staff members will return to dine with guests.  All gratuities will benefit CDSC and Fiona’s Firefighters.  

The Spread in South Norwalk invites you to an Oktoberfest beer dinner on Thursday October 1.  The five course meal includes autumn inspired fare like a sausage and sauerkraut fritter, pork shank, and pumpkin bread pudding.  Each dish is paired with a delicious Oktoberfest beer.  Reservations are required. 

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napa & co 2015 Fall Wine Series 

The new Fall Wine appreciation classes have been announced at napa & company in Stamford. These highly regarded introductions to the art of pairing wines with fine foods kicks off on October 12th with Not "KJ" that will feature six New World Chardonnays. The courses continue with a focus on other varieties including Beaujolais, South African and vintages perfect for the Thanksgiving Dinner. Each of the classes will pair these wines with three small courses.

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Ciao Milford! 'Milford Restaurant Week' Coming October 5th to 11th

The third annual Milford Restaurant Week – Ciao Milford! – will take place Monday, October 5 to Sunday, October 11.  Twenty-four restaurants will be offering affordable dining choices via special multicourse prixe fixe fare – most will be offered at $24.95 pp. 

The 24 participating restaurants include Aldario's Restaurant, Archie Moore's Restaurant & Bar, Bar 3 Thirty-three, Bella Napoli Pizza, Bin 100 Restaurant, Bridge House Restaurant, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Colony Grill, Curry Leaves, Eli's Tavern on Daniel Street, Fratelli's Italian Restaurant, Gusto Trattoria/Italian Restaurant, Jeffrey's Restaurant by Claudio, La Famiglia Vincenzo Ristorante, Mama Teresa's Italian Restaurant & Pizza, Michael Anthony's Tuscan Grill, Milford Green Pizza & Restaurant, Oscar's Bistro & Bar, Rainbow Gardens, Reggiano's Pizza & Pasta House, SBC Restaurant and Brewery, Scribner's Restaurant, Stonebridge Restaurant, and Tengda Asian Bistro & Hibachi.

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Winners of Our Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Ticket Giveaway Are....

These lucky readers have been given a pair of tickets to The Greenwich Wine + Food Festival for use on Saturday Septmerb 26th. Winners have been notified via email. Congrats and enjoy! See you there, and don't forget to visit the Celebrity Green Room where CTbites will be moderating a Chef Panel in the afternoon. 

Jackie Madwed

Chris Hildebrand

Christina CT

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Del Frisco's Grille in Stamford - Stick with the Meats

CTbites was invited to a lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille in Stamford, the pubbier version of the nationwide steak house, representing the twenty-second Grille opening and its first location in Connecticut. The single, main dining area is extremely open and airy, with a soaring ceiling, reclaimed woods, large murals, and light fixtures giving an industrial-hip, NYC vibe. Seating includes tables, banquettes, and a long bar, all with leather backed seats and bar stools. The large open kitchen is situated in the rear of the dining room.

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CTbites Hosts Chef Panel @ Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Saturday, September 26th

Coming up this weekend is the 5th Annual Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by Serendipity, a four day festival September 23- 26th, celebrating top chefs and mixologists. A special new feature this year includes the Hole In The Wall Gang Celebrity Green Room.

Open to the public, the Green Room will be hosting a number of interviews with celebrity chefs, mixologists and musicians throughout Saturday and will include a CTbites Chef Panel with CT chefs, moderated by Matt Storch of Match Sono, and The Chelsea in Fairfield. Chef Storch will talk food trends, shop and get saucey with Nick Martschenko from South End and UnCorked in New Canaan, Pat Pascarella from Bar Sugo in Norwalk, Christian Petroni from Fortina, Armonk and Rye Brook (and coming soon to Stamford) and Bill Taibe from Le Farm, The Whelk, and KawaNi in Westport. The Chef Panel will be from 2:30-3:00 PM. 

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