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Thursday
Apr092015

Derby Days Parties @ Mama's Boy in Sono 

Mama's Boy in Sono is celebrating the Derby in fine style with "Derby Days" April 27-May 3. Greer and her team have a full week of great events planned for your dining and partying pleasure.  The week kicks off a Low Country Crab Boil on April 28th, followed by "Fillies & Lillies," (girls night on steroids), May 1 and culminates with their big Derby Day event on May 2nd. Read the full details below. Call Mama's Boy to make your reservations (203) 956-7171.

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Wednesday
Apr082015

Ross' Bread in Ridgefield Changes Ownership

Photo: Ross' BreadRoss' Bread in Ridgefield, the popular bakery and café announced on March 31 that the business was changing hands from one Ridgefield family, Ross and Val Schneiderman, to another, Amy Freidenrich after six years in business.

The bakery follows the tradition of neighborhood European bakeries, with daily homemade breads (the Sweet Earth is a personal favorite), to cakes, pastries and soups using predominantly organic flour and ingredients. The location, tucked in the busy Marketplace at Copps Hill, has supported its mission and established the café as a popular meeting spot.

In an excerpt from a letter from the Schneiderman's, the business underscored the community support and its vision:

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Wednesday
Apr082015

Women's Business Council Hosts Amy Kundrat of CTbites & Sneaky Chef Author Missy Chase Lapin

The Women's Business Council of Danbury is hosting their fifth annual Conversations with Extraordinary Women on April 23 at 5 to 8 pm at the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, including CTbites' Executive Editor Amy Kundrat and best-selling author of Sneaky Chef Foods, Missy Chase Lapine.

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Tuesday
Apr072015

Celebrate National Beer Day w/ Three Floyds Zombie Dust...If You Can Find It

Apparently today is National Beer Day, so here are my notes from the first time I had Three Floyds Zombie Dust

*Yep - not a Friday at all, but Tuesdays could stand a bit of Fridayness, anyway.

I have a friend out in Indiana who floated the idea of doing a beer trade; he'd send me some of his state's beer, and I'd send him a few selections from Connecticut. I sent him Sea Hag from New England Brewing and Two Roads Lil Heaven, and made one request of him: "Whatever you send, please send me some Zombie Dust, too." He did not disappoint. What follows is the result, word for word:  

Grapefruit hop notes hit from two feet away as soon as it's poured. Barely cloudy amber, head forms and resolves into a thin ring. Big, juicy hops on nose, very fruity. It's hoppy on the tongue like a jungle is green - everywhere and all at once. Far cry from the punch of west coast IPAs. This is a smooth and flavorful pale ale. I want to turn back time and drink it again.

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Tuesday
Apr072015

Big News at Craft Butchery: Dinner Service, Catering, A New Name & A Merger

Craft Butchery has some very big news. This exclusively pastured, whole animal butchery is expanding their business, their product lines (including catering), and will soon open their doors for dinner service at the Westport location. Also, look out for a new Craft Butchery in Greenwich opening this summer.  

CTbites sat down with Ryan Fibiger, owner of Craft Butchery to get the full scoop. 

This rapid expansion, Ryan explained, “has actually been in the works for some time.” Craft knew they needed to grow to meet demand, but wanted to do so while maintaining their strict philosophy on sourcing and butchering. Fibiger said “We wanted to grow the business, but butchering is a labor intensive process that requires space and talent. It’s hard to replicate.” To speed things along, this old school, full-service, whole animal butchery made the wise decision to merge with Fleisher’s Grass-fed and Organic Meats in Brooklyn (Ryan’s stomping ground where he learned his trade). As part of this merger, Craft is now the proud owner of Fleisher’s 6,500 square foot processing facility and commissary in Red Hook, enabling Craft to grow all areas of their current business, including Catering, to-go retail offerings, and most importantly, their ability to break down animals on a larger scale. They also have a new name: Fleisher's Craft Butchery. 

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Monday
Apr062015

Maple Fest 2015: Lux et Syrupas

Yale University's West Campus Urban Farm is hosting “ Maple Fest 2015: Lux et Syrupas ,” a free tasting of saps and syrups along with live demos and “tours of the campus sugar bush,” on Friday, April 10, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  

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Sunday
Apr052015

Baldanza in New Canaan: Organic and Flavorful

Tucked in the rear of a charming passageway on Elm Street in New Canaan is Baldanza Natural Market Cafe. With a large and diverse organic menu, and a blackboard filled with the names of local purveyors, this small restaurant is fast becoming a local favorite. Owners Sandy and Angela Baldanza opened the café last year serving lunches and an occasional ‘pop up dinner’. Baldanza recently expanded the hours to include regular dinner service and partnered with Chef Kender Urena, who many will remember as the Chef /Owner of Bistro Bonne Nuit. Urena was awarded a Grand Diploma in Culinary Art with outstanding honors from the French Culinary Institute in NYC and was one of Bon Appétit Magazine Top 100 Chefs in America in 2007.

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Friday
Apr032015

Friday Froth: What's In A Name?

The waiter gave me a look that said "Dude - work with me here," because I was mumbling. It started like this: 

Him: "What'll you have?" A perfectly reasonable question, and not an unexpected one, given that I'd just sat down. So I replied:

"Nmm nmm."

"What?"

"Nmm nmm... ee."

And that's when I got the look. So I said it louder, biting off each word:

"Nummy Nummy, please." 

Dammit. 

Look, I get it - it's fun to name your beer something ridiculous like "Buttface" or "Even More Jesus," but please, I humbly beseech you, the brewers of the world: please don't make it something I'm embarrassed to order in public. That said...

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Friday
Apr032015

Weekly Nibble: Cocktail Classroom, Pizza Class @ Bar Sugo, CIA Hosts Lunch, Autism Bites, Savor @ Mohegan Sun + More

The Fairfield & Greenwich Cheese Company will host Cheese 101.  Learn about and try an array of cheeses for $45 per person.  It takes place at the Fairfield Location on Tuesday April 7th, 7-9pm and at the Greenwich Location Thursday April 9, 7-9pm.  

“Cocktail Classroom: Rum Creations” comes to Barcelona New Haven on Tuesday April 7 at 7pm.  The night will feature delicious cocktails prepared by top bartenders as well as bites by Executive Chef Frank Proto. $35.

Bar Sugo will host a pizza making workshop on Saturday April 11.  Chef Pat will teach you basic techniques.  You’ll get the chance to bake classics like the Margherita and experiment with creations of your own. $30/person plus gratuity.  

Cookbook author Dina Cheney will launch her new cookbook, MUG MEALS, at the Cos Cob Library on Thursday April 9 at 7pm.  The book is all about mug microwave cooking and guests should bring their own mugs for free samples. Copies of the book will be available for signing and sale. Register here.

Saugatuck Grain + Grape kicks off its Wine Education Series on Wednesday April 8 with an “Introduction to Wine Tasting, Lexicon, and Labels.”

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Thursday
Apr022015

Garden of Ideas in Ridgefield: 2015 Cooking Classes 

Photo: Garden of Ideas

The Garden of Ideas, the outdoor community center and garden sanctuary in Ridgefield, is hosting a series of monthly cooking demonstrations and workshops from May through November with Chef Susie Buckley.

Each class will focus on how to make the most of the seasonal produce, using the bounty of their CSA as a way to highlight the intersection of food, nature, art and science within each workshop. Classes welcome all ages (kids from 8 years and up, and adults) and will feature fresh farm produce, focusing on basic cooking techniques, "nibbles, tastes, and recipes, included." View the complete class schedule below:

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