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Monday
May162016

Wright's Steakhouse Opens May 16 in Centerbrook, CT

Brought to you by the folks behind River Tavern, Otto Pizza and Dinners At The Farm, Wright's Steakhouse will will open on May 16 in an old Victorian in Centerbrook, CT. A peek at the menus hint at a vibrant take on the traditional steakhouse, here is an early peek at the dinner menu and the smaller bar menu.

For more information, visit: www.wrightssteak.com

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Sunday
May152016

Miro Kitchen Opens in Fairfield With Chef From Hapa Food Truck

With much anticipation and excitement Miro Kitchen recently opened its doors on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. The new eatery is the collective brainchild of Eugene Kabilnitsky, former owner of Tomato and Basil, and Hapa Food Truck’s Chris Gonzales. I recently sat down with the two to talk about the inspiration behind this creative collaboration.

“My wife and I were both working from home and we found ourselves going to the Hapa Food Truck at least twice a week,” Kabilnitsky told me. “We couldn’t get enough! At the time I was set to open another Italian restaurant at this location and was in the process of hammering out details.” But then he started to wonder whether the Hapa concept might work in the restaurant space. He joked that after visiting the truck 100 or so times he shared his idea with Chris, and subsequent conversations led to the current partnership, and Miro, an expansion of the wildly popular Hapa Food Truck, was born.

The best way to describe the cuisine is to say it is a play on Pacific, Asian and Hawaiian street food with an American twist, mixing the exotic with the familiar.

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Friday
May132016

Weekly Nibble: CT Food Event & Happenings For May 16-22

Mill Street Bar & Table now serves LUNCH from 11am-2pm on Thursdays and Fridays.  Also, $1 Stella Mar Oysters (raw or grilled) will be featured on weekdays from 11am-6pm and weekends 2-6pm.

American Craft Beer Week kicks off on May 16 and lasts through the 22.  Cask Republic South Norwalk is starting the week with a New England Brewing Company Tap Takeover on May 16 at 6pm.  There will be a number of NEBCO beers… including the G-Bot!  

Barcelona Fairfield invites you to a night of “Grilling Outside, Family-style” on May 16 from 7-9pm.  They’ll be bringing out the grill for a family-style meal on the patio, featuring suckling pig and fresh spring vegetables from the garden. 

Have you ever wanted to make your own yogurt?  The Kitchen at CitySeed presents “Get Fermented! Yogurt & Kefir in New Haven” on Thursday May 19 at 5:30pm. 

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Friday
May132016

Friday Froth: Big Fuzzy Double And The Harpooned Whale, New England Brewing

Feel free to argue with me in the comments, but New England Brewing Company is currently the biggest whale in Connecticut. Unlike the white whale which drove Ahab mad and dragged him to his doom, no number of obsessive trackers will soon be bringing it down. NEBCO finished doubling the capacity of its brewery over the winter and in short order released a huge batch of its more sought after beers to multiple bars just in time to coincide with St. Patrick's day. 

My base of operations that night was Walrus+Carpenter in Black Rock because they were having a Van Morrison tribute band, and the list of things I will fight you over is not long, but it includes "Astral Weeks." I was several Supernauts and a long awaited Gandhi-Bot deep when I sensed a disturbance in the force, as if thousands of apps had fired up at once, and looked up to watch a steady trickle of bros and bro-ettes flow in, order no drinks, and peruse not a single menu. They just waited. These, then, were the Untappd zombies. Cannibalistic brain-eating being so 20th century, the horde was utterly uninterested in music, roast pig, fried chicken, or a tap list filled with excellent beer - they wanted cheeeeeck-iiiiinnnnsss. It was five minutes before the hour, and the tap was about to open on Fuzzy Baby Ducks. Thumbs hovered - twitching, aching - over phones.

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Friday
May132016

Opening Day of the Westport Farmers’ Market is May 19: Raise a Glass to Food & Community

Michael Pollan once said, “The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community.” Nowhere is that sense of family and community more alive than at the Westport Farmers’ Market. 

Join your friends and meet new ones on opening day this Thursday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 50 Imperial Avenue. Gather in the center of the market at noon to raise a glass of green juice compliments of The Stand, Fairfield County’s premier vegan-inspired food and juice bar. This yearly ritual kicks off a celebration of local, healthful, delicious food, farming, and community, and is where market organizers unveil the year’s Friend of the Market bags. For a yearly contribution of $40, Friends of the Market are the backbone of the WFM, supporting educational and other activities for clean eaters of all ages. In turn, Friends are rewarded with weekly discounts from over 45 vendors. 

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Thursday
May122016

Fire Up Some Fun at Sun BBQFest at Mohegan Sun

Photo courtesy of CTNOWBrace yourself for a grillin’ and chillin’ good time at Sun BBQFest. On June 11th & 12th, sink your teeth into the best barbeque around with festivities featuring celebrity BBQ Chef — Myron Mixon, live music, beer trailers, barbeque showdowns, local vendors, food trucks and so much more!

Tickets are $5.00 per day and go on sale Friday, April 1st through the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Kids 6 and under get in free. The weekend of the event, tickets for entry are available at the gate along with food and drink tickets.

Eat, Drink, Compete

Get in on all the BBQ action and decide who reigns supreme during the People’s Choice Contest all weekend long. Purchase $2.00 samples from 20 participating Kansas City BBQ Society teams and cast your vote for the ultimate best at Sun BBQFest. Competition remains fierce on Saturday with a Rib Contest fromNoon to 2:30pm followed by a Wing Challenge from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. For $5.00, each contest offers a sampling of 5 wings or 5 ribs for you to judge! A portion of the proceeds benefits the Sun BBQFest official charity, Operation BBQ Relief.

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Thursday
May122016

WIN FREE TIX! Bar Sugo Hosts "Sugo Social," Pig Roast & Stand Up Comedy Event

WIN 2 FREE TIX to "SUGO SOCIAL," a family style pig roast/stand-up comedy event, hosted by Ken Tuccio and Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo on June 26th. 

To Win: Tell us why YOU NEED to attend this event in the Comments section below. (make sure you leave your email address)

This event will feature a full roasted pig and all the fixins, a stand-up comedy performance featuring 3 of Connecticut’s most well known stand-up comedians, as well as exclusive beer on tap from Hamden CT’s No Worries Brewing Company

This event will also feature 2 culinary demonstrations from Chef Pat Pascarella, where you can participate and work with Pat while he prepares the roasted pig and side dishes he will be serving that day. 

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Wednesday
May112016

Tablao Wine Bar and Restaurant Opening in SoNo

There is a new restaurant opening this weekend in SoNo. This Friday, Tablao Wine Bar and Restaurant opens at 86 Washington Street, in the space that formerly housed Coromandel. The menu features Salads, (featuring Portobello mushrooms, artichokes and pears), Tapas (with Gambas, eggplant, pork and octopus) and Large Plates (highlighting fish, pasta, chicken and steak). We understand the décor will be intimate and inviting. Stay tuned as CTbites goes behind the scenes in the near future.

http://www.tablaosono.com
Wednesday
May112016

Ultimate Guide To Berry Picking in CT (2016 Edition)

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, dear,” my maternal grandmother told me over and over again when I was growing up in the Midwest. Grandma, may she rest in peace, always had berry patches in her backyard for pies to please the most hard-hearted male guest, but if she could have seen the scale and abundance of Connecticut berry farms, she would probably, as we used to say, have fainted dead away. Prairies are not made for berries; woodlands are. Since it’s true that the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach, too, I’ve developed a passion for the annual ritual of visiting local pick-your-own farms for strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

The argument for going to pick-your-own farms, when one has the time, is unassailable. It does not get more local than this, unless, like my Grandma, you want to grow your own (another unassailable idea but beyond the scope of this article). Berries in season are at their peak of freshness and nadir of price, and one also has the satisfaction of knowing that one is supporting farmers in one’s community.

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Wednesday
May112016

A New Era for Bethel’s Holbrook Farm

Founded by John and Lynn Holbrook, Holbrook Farm in Bethel has been family run and operated for the past 40 years. The farm is small by most people’s standards. Although it is situated on 12 acres only two are used for production. From these two acres yield an abundance of produce. While not certified organic, the land is clean of pesticides and herbicides, using plants that attract beneficial insects. Weeds have a special place in the ecological mix as well.

Last week I took a trip up to the farm to meet with Jess Wong, the new manager who gave me a tour of the property. Wong was brought on to manage the property and grow the farm to a new level of productivity. A Skidmore graduate, she dabbled in marketing for a while before realizing that she missed being outdoors and working with her hands. Wong started volunteering at the farm assisting the former manager, handling minor projects and social media

Last December John told her that he wanted to retire and asked if she would run the farm and the market. Wong was elated. She had big plans for the farm which included a new greenhouse and renovating the store. But greenhouses are expensive. Enter Tony Pham and Richard Reyes of Mecha Noodle Bar, and Mezon, and their new program, Eat Justice, a movement of restaurants on a mission to transform taste and tradition to pride and progress.

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