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Wednesday
Mar112015

16 CT Restaurants To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2015

It’s not easy being green- unless it’s the month of March!  St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and Connecticut pubs, restaurants, and hotspots are announcing an array of celebrations.  From breakfasts to pub crawls to corned-beef dinners, here are the places with specials sure to keep yousham-rockin’ all night long.

  1. Tigin Irish Pub, Stamford
  2. McLadden’s, West Hartford
  3. Center Street Pub, Darien
  4. Rosie, New Canaan
  5. Anna Liffey’s, New Haven & Fairfield
  6. Fire Engine Pizza, Bridgeport
  7. Max Fish, Glastonbury
  8. O’Neil’s, South Norwalk
  9. Molly Darcy’s, Danbury
  10. Cask Republic, New Haven
  11. Johnny Utah’s, Norwalk
  12. Geno’s Pub, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville
  13. Todd English’s Tuscany, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville

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Wednesday
Mar112015

Recap: Mohegan Sun's Winefest 2015...Good Times!

2015 marked the 12th year of Mohegan Sun’s popular WineFest.  The format continued as it has in years past, with a Friday night bourbon tasting, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday, an Elite Cru tasting, and a Celebrity Chef Dine Around on Saturday night.  The event also featured many celebrity chefs beloved from previous years like William Kovel, Todd English, Michele Ragussis, Govind Armstrong, Manouschka Guerrier, and Betty Fraser.  Yet, 2015 managed to stand apart with new additions and changing trends.

This year, I attended the Sunday Grand Tasting rather than staying the span of the weekend.  Sunday is slightly less attended, but still provides ample opportunity to see creative chef demonstrations and sample the offerings.

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Tuesday
Mar102015

GIVEAWAY!! Kawa Ni Hosts 6 Cocktail Competitions & YOU Can Win a Seat

Jeff Marron, Beverage/Bar Manager and master of all things cocktails for Kawa Ni, The Whelk & Le Farm, has cooked up a little friendly competition for your drinking pleasure. 6 craft cocktail contests will be held, each with a different group of celebrity competitors (see rules below), where master mixologists will go head to head to create some of the best drinks in Fairfield County. Each event will feature 6 judges, and only 30 guests. Small bites and hors d’oeurves will be provided by LeFarm, The Whelk and/or Kawa NI. 

CTbites is giving away 6 seats to ATTEND or JUDGE one of these exclusive events. 

How can YOU score a seat? Come up with a name for cocktail in the photo above. We will select our top 6 names for the 1st event on March 24th!

Ingredients: Tito's Vodka, Thai Chili infused Merlet, Creme de Cassis, Contratto Bianco, Vermouth, Fresh Lime Topped with Club Soda Lemon peel garnish

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Tuesday
Mar102015

CT Chef Silvia Baldini to Compete on Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ 

Local chef battles for a chance to win a three-course cooking competition using mystery ingredients

Chef Silvia Baldini, Founder of New Canaan, CT.-based culinary group Strawberry and Sage, and one of Jamie Oliver’s food revolution ambassadors, will be a contestant on Chopped, the Food Network’s hit series. On March 31st at 10 pm, Baldini will go head-to head with three chefs who are challenged to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert in 30 minutes while using unconventional ingredients from a mystery basket. The end result is of course a secret!  

“When I was cast for Chopped on the Food Network, I was nervous and scared, but I decided to just go for it” says Baldini. “Once I walked into the Chopped kitchen, I relaxed, stuck with recipes I knew by heart, and presented all my food beautifully.” 

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Sunday
Mar082015

Bobby Q’s Pit Stop in Old Greenwich: BBQ & Comfort Food 

We all know Westport’s funky back alley BBQ stop, Bobby Q’s, as a casual place for authentic Kansas City BBQ ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and burnt ends. But did you know that a little over 2 years ago, owner Bob LeRose along with his cousin and Pitmaster/Chef, Joey Boucher, felt the burning desire to open a “grab and go” outpost in Old Greenwich on Putnam Ave (aka Route 1/Boston Post Road) called Bobby Q’s Pit Stop

It was 14 degrees when I pulled into the narrow storefront parking lot, and the unmistakable smell of BBQ hit me the minute I walked through the door.  The open kitchen, high top tables and counter felt welcoming and comfortable.  Sort of like a diner in the south. 

But Pit Stop is really not about BBQ, although one whole page on the menu features Bobby Q’s signature BBQ rib and meat combos, baby back ribs, and BBQ Plates and BBQ sandwiches. 

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Friday
Mar062015

Upcoming Classes at 109 Cheese & Wine in Ridgefield

Cooking Class with Sarah and Bernard - $90
March 11, 2015

"Easy Entertaining – 5 ingredients or less Join Bernard & Sarah in their upstairs classroom – they will teach you how do pull together a fabulous buffet – 5 ingredients or less!"

Italy: The lesser know Grapes, Cheese and Wine with Artisan Wines - $65
March 14, 2015

"This is an in-depth discussion and tasting of some Italy’s lesser-known grape varietals like Vermentino, Aglianico, Bombino Bianco, Pelaverga, and Timorasso. Taste the wines and regional cheeses with rock star, Jim Morrison and take the journey. Fall in love with Italy all over again."

A Look into Burgundy with wines from Rosenthal Wines - $75
March 21, 2015

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Friday
Mar062015

Recap: First Ever CT Beer Summit w/ Live Recording via "Welcome to CT" Podcast

What happens when you get the owners and brewers of five Connecticut breweries in the same room at the same time and ask them pointed questions? 

There's a scene in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou where Bill Murray, as Zissou, explains documentary filmmaking by saying "Nobody knows what's going to happen. And then we film it. That's the whole concept." I kept on thinking about that line as guests filed into a room at the Two Roads brewery in Stratford and watched Tony Pellino of OEC Brewing, Clement Pellani of Two Roads Brewery, Tyler Jones of Black Hog Brewing, Rich Visco of Shebeen Brewing and Conor Horrigan of Half Full Brewery take their seats in front of live mics. Whatever went down, it would all happen on the record

On the record, in this case, means the proceedings would be recorded live for Ken Tuccio's Welcome To Connecticut podcast. The weekly podcast highlights businesses and personalities making an impact here in the Constitution State, and has previously broadcast with guests like Jerry Springer, Aaron Sanchez, Oh, Cassius!, the Nutmeg Curling Club, Miss Connecticut, and Anthony Bourdain's Russian sidekick, Zamir Gotta, among many others. The audio of the beer summit will go live on Thursday, March 19 on WelcomeCT.com, but CTBites was right there to bring you a first look.

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Thursday
Mar052015

Weekly Nibble: St. Patty's, Kids Cooking, Whiskey Tasting, Breakfast for Dinner + More

Napa and Co continues its Winter Wine Series on Monday March 9.  This session is entitled “Barolo Madness” and costs $85 per person. 

Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford is counting down to St. Patrick’s Day!  On Tuesday March 10 at 8pm, participate in a “Super Paddy’s Day Pub Quiz” all about Irish heritage.  Special prizes will be given all night.  It’s always free to play and new teams are welcome! 

On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, Plan B Burgers will host a bourbon cocktail competition.  Each month, the showdown will take place at a different Plan B location and feature a new bourbon and a new secret ingredient.  The first round will take place Tuesday, March 10 at Plan B West Hartford.

On Wednesday March 11, join Bernard and Sarah at 109 Cheese & Wine for a special cooking class.They will teach you how to pull together a fabulous buffet – using 5 ingredients or less! There will even be wine pairings by 109 Cheese & Wine. $90 per person, 7pm. 

Harry’s of Fairfield will host a Turkish Wine Class on Wednesday March 11. 

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Wednesday
Mar042015

Bounty Food Truck & Lobstercraft Join To Feature Surf'n'Turf Catering

A snowy night found guests piled into the close confines of 284 Tokeneke Rd. in Darien to sample offerings from the combined menus of Lobstercraft and Bounty food truck. The two outfits have come together to expand their catering services for private parties, weddings and both special events, and we have your first look. 

"We thought the surf and turf idea between the best lobster and the best burger would make a great combo," Captain Mike Harden of Lobstercraft told CTBites. "We are working on bringing Bounty under the same roof so you can come to one place and get whatever you like."  

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Wednesday
Mar042015

New Haven Restaurant Week: March 22 - 27, 2015

A destination with one of the Northeast’s hottest and growing culinary scenes, New Haven will host the spring edition of its bi-annual NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK from March 22 – 27, 2015. This twice-a-year celebration of New Haven’s cuisine culture is an opportunity for diners to experience limited-time, discounted menus at some of the city’s most celebrated eateries.    

32 New Haven restaurants will offer special three-course, prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. The menus include an appetizer, entrée and dessert for lunch ($18 per person) and dinner ($32 per person). Prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity (some restrictions may apply). Regular menus will also be offered in addition to the limited-time prix fixe options. Guests are strongly recommended to make reservations in advance.

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