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Wednesday
Jun172015

“Pretty in Pink” Margarita Recipe: Grapefruit, Blood Orange & Hibiscus  

One of our favorite local foodies, Jen Spaide, is a mother, chef, writer and natural food & health advocate. She also does recipe development for Barcelona/ Bartaco and makes a darn fine cocktail. Tis that time of year, when all should be drinking margaritas. Fresh, bright and summery, with just a little bite, this "Pretty In Pink" Margarita recipe is a keeper. Enjoy!

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Tuesday
Jun162015

Black Rock Farmers' Market Opens June 20th: Honey Tastings, Michel Nischan & Food Demos!

The Black Rock Farmer’s Market (BRFM) is back and better than ever! Now in its second season, the market will be held every Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on the field next to St. Ann Church on 481 Brewster Street. The mission of BRFM is to serve as a community gathering place where local and organic farmers, producers and artisans can offer fresh agricultural and related locally sourced products to the Black Rock community and surrounding area. With a strong focus on sustainability, BRFM educates people on the importance of good health and creates business opportunities for local vendors. 

This year will host a variety of local vendors including Sport Hill Farm of Easton, Aradia Farm of Southbury, K is for Cookies of Black Rock, Jane’s Good Food of Westport and more. There are many new and exciting experiences for market attendees, including more local farms, food demos and educational programs. The last Saturday of every month, visitors can shop for unique and creative items in the Artisan Market.

New this year there will also be a lecture series beginning on June 27th featuring Michel Nischan, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Wholesome Wave in Bridgeport. Nischan was recently named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. 

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Tuesday
Jun162015

The Winners of The Food Truck Rodeo Giveaway Are...

We recently offered up 3 sets of tix to the Food Truck Rodeo in Stamford, going down this weekend in Mill River Park. We are pleased to announce the winners of the giveaway. Please step forward and claim your prize!

Tamara, Ebonie & Robin G are the lucky winners.

To all who attend the event, have fun and eat something delicious on our behalf. 

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Tuesday
Jun162015

What is the Gourmet Mode in the Wolf Convection Steam Oven? (sponsored post)

It seems that the Chinese have been cooking with steam for more than 3,000 years. And the "combi oven" (steam and convection combined) is a fixture in the finest European restaurants, bakeries and home kitchens. For the past several years in the U.S., many have been talking about steam ovens and how this is such a healthy way to cook. People bandy about the terms "Steam Oven," "Combi Oven," "Convection Steam Oven" and we're here to talk about the one option that is leading the pack in features, performance and number of models available.

With the Wolf Convection Steam Oven you enjoy exactly the right mix of heat and humidity for any dish - crispy or flaky on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. You have ten cooking modes at your command: Steam, Auto Steam Bake, Convection, Convection Humid, Convection Steam, Gourmet, Slow Roast, Reheat, Recipes and Keep Warm.

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Sunday
Jun142015

The White Hart Inn in Salisbury Led by Chef Annie Wayte

Scallop Crudo. Photo: Julie Bidwell

With British chef Annie Wayte at the helm, fellow Englishman Paul Pearson cooking alongside her, and pastry chef Gabby Rios sculpting gorgeous desserts, The Dining Room at The White Hart in Salisbury is as brilliant as it is new, and instantly one of the best restaurants in Connecticut. Wayte, who opened fashion designer Nicole Farhi’s namesake restaurant and 202 Café in London and New York City, also worked with Sally Clarke — the Alice Waters of England — and she’s passionate about cooking with the best local and seasonal ingredients produced sustainably. Pearson “has a very high style of cooking,” Wayte says, and the results of their collaboration are dishes with lush, painterly artistry that embody purity and integrity and taste amazing.

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Sunday
Jun142015

Bar Sugo's Pat Pascarella Shares Recipe for Fiore di Zucca Modo Mio (Fried Zucchini Blossoms)

Chef Pat Pascarella, of Bar Sugo in Norwalk, will be the Guest Chef at The Westport Farmers' Market next week, Thursday June 25th. He will be demonstrating and sharing his delicious recipe for Fiore di Zucca Modo Mio, or fried zucchini flowers filled with goat cheese. Um...who doesn't like that? These delicate nibbles are seasonal and not to be missed. 

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Friday
Jun122015

Friday Froth: 10 Rare Beers You Should Be Drinking Now

I've seen some pretty lazy beer writing on the internet in the last few years. It's sort of a natural outgrowth of macrobrewers and the mainstream media gradually rising from Cthulu-esque slumber and training a gummy eye on what the kids are up to with this whole ($19.6 billion) craft beer fad. Suits being suits, they've tried to jump on the wagon by inventing fake microsdenigrating craft beer drinkers, and generally trying to rastafy their corporate reputation by ten percent. I can abide - and laugh at - Dominos launching an "artisan pizza" line, as it affects me precisely none percent. I'll join others in opening mocking a list of 50 top New England breweries which managed to quarantine the entire state of Connecticut, but when Esquire's beer writer leaves this "turd" on the doorstep, I'm just barely miffed enough to write about it. You deserve better, dammit, so I'm offering a different kind of top ten this week.

Here are ten beers you should be drinking now:

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Friday
Jun122015

CTbites Invites Recap: Artisan Happy Hour 2015

Last Friday, as the skies cleared up and the temps warmed up, over 60 attendees at CTbites Invites “Kickoff of Summer” Happy Hour on The Patio at Artisan enjoyed the gorgeous setting, the plentiful Margaritas and Chef Frederic Kieffer’s grilled hors d-oeuvres.

The theme of the Happy Hour was to introduce the new outdoor grill, recently acquired from The Lone Star state and even the Margaritas featured a grilled lime garnish.

The cozy patio bar was a buzz as the servers circulated with platters of prosciutto and mint wrapped grilled cantaloupe,  grilled sesame salmon,  grilled pineapple and shrimp skewers, baby lamb chops with mint yogurt and grilled vegetable and fruit skewers.

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Thursday
Jun112015

Brick + Wood Pizza in Fairfield Announces Guest Chef Lineup

Early in 2015, Brick + Wood in Fairfield, launched a Guest Chef Series inviting local Chefs to collaborate with Chef/Owner Paolo Cavalli on a special pizza to be offered once a month.

Each Chef in the previous lineup enjoyed bringing their culinary spin to the traditional Neapolitan pie including  Poutine Pizza by Chef Howard McCall of Washington Prime, a Charred Octopus Pizza by Chef Matt Storch of Match, and a Pork Belly and Short Rib Chorizo Pizza by Chef Tim Scott of Geronimo Tequilla Bar and Southwest Grill. Each Guest Chef evening often sells out of the special pie with nearly 45+ served each night. 

Who's Next?? Here is the lineup from June through December. Plan your pizza nights now!

Next In Line

June 10 - Fliesher’s Craft Butchery, Ryan Fibiger

July 8 – The Granola Bar, Jes Bengtson

August 5 - Bobby Qs, Bob LaRose

September 2  - Thali, Prasad Chirnomula

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Wednesday
Jun102015

Weekly Nibble: Barnum Festival, Food Truck Festivals, Farm Tours, Brew Fests + More!

Wednesday June 17, New Haven’s Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers will host a “Foolproof” beer release with owner Nick Garrison.  Try some of his best brews, including a Ginger & Lemongrass Saison, Raincloud Vanilla Porter on Nitro, a vintaged Revery Stout, and more.

Gingerman Greenwich and the Greenwich Wine Society invite you to a special tasting of French wines on Wednesday June 17. Guests start in the Gingerman's private party room, followed by a sit-down tasting. Wine author Paul DeBary will be on hand. $55 per person, all inclusive ($60 at the door). More information & registration here  or call 203.629.1261.

New Haven’s Elm City Market will host chefs from nearby Soul de Cuba Café on Thursday June 18.  They’ll demonstrate how to make Cuban and African dishes… and you can taste them too!

The Summer Solstice Food Truck Festival in Hamden is back this year at Hamden Town Center Park on June 19 from 4:30 to 9 pm.  There will be over 40 vendors, a kids play zone, a DJ Dance Party and more. The only thing you have to pay for is your food and drink!  

Friday June 19, enjoy a community pub crawl in Bridgeport with the Barnum Festival. 

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