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Don't miss this amazing chef lineup @ CTbites Chef Demo Tent at The Blues & BBQ Festival THIS WEEKEND! 9 rock star chefs. Grilling demos and tons of samples for all!

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Friday
Aug082014

Le Farm's Chef Arik Bensimon is Guest Chef @ Westport Farmers' Market Aug. 14

Chef Arik Bensimon of Le Farm wil be the guest chef at The Westport Farmers' Market on August 14th. Chef Arik will be be demo-ing and serving up his Scallop Crudo with Buttermilk, Yuzu, Beets, Cucumber & Peanuts.

Scallop Crudo recipe can be found below.

Chef Bensimon began his career at the age of 11 in his family’s restaurant in NYC. After culinary school he worked at renown restaurants such as Le Cirque, Picholine and La Panetiere. In 2009 Arik came to Connecticut as the executive chef of Napa & Co., then opened The Spread in Sono, and in 2013, he joined the team of LeFarm as Chef de Cuisine.  

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Friday
Aug082014

Explore Local CT Farms on the 6th Annual Easton Farm Tour 

Citizens For Easton (CFE) is pleased to announce the 6th annual Easton Farm Tour.  This celebration of Easton, a local farming community within Fairfield County CT, is a self-guided tour of Easton farms couple with an old fashioned community fun day.   

Easton Farm Tour 2014 will be held August 16 from 10am to 3pm.  This event begins at the Easton Firehouse Green, One Center Road, Easton, CT 06612. At this location, visitors will receive a copy of the road map, passes to events and incentives offered by farmers and community organizations at the different locations throughout day.  

During the homegrown event enjoy the many farming delights that Easton has to offer while you and your family learn where your food comes from. Enjoy food tastings, educational 18th and 19th century farm house living and cooking demonstrations, old-time fun and games, pony rides, hay ride, a petting zoo, greenhouse tours, fruits and vegetables from the farm and pick your own.

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Thursday
Aug072014

Covered Bridge Dinner with Community Table in West Cornwall

Chef Joel Viehland of Community Table has announced an exclusive 7-course dining experience on September 14 to be held in the Historic Covered Bridge in West Cornwall, Connecticut. The tasting menu will be paired with Krug Champagne and Clos Dubreuil wines. Tickets are $225 per person, and are available online. Proceeds from this evening will benefit the Cornwall Fire Department.

The evening of "culinary adventure" will pay homage to the farmers, artisans and the natural bounty of the northeast within the intimate setting of the historic West Cornwall Covered Bridge, originally built in 1864. The seven-course menu will include locally sourced and foraged vegetables, meat, and seafood. The menu will be paired with Krug Champagne, one of the world's most revered champagne houses, and Clos Dubreuil, a Grand Cru Bordeaux from Saint-Émilion. The cocktail hour will kick-off the evening at 4 p.m. with dinner being served at 5 p.m.

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Thursday
Aug072014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events, Aug 10-15th

On Tuesday August 12, explore “The Tomato Vine” with Barcelona New Haven.  Do you have an abundance of tomatoes from your garden? If you love tomatoes and want to expand your recipe repertoire then join Chef Frank while he demonstrates how to prepare a few delicious and easy recipes using tomato as the main ingredient.  $25pp.  

Latin inspired Tierra in Westport is now open for brunch Saturday and Sundays 10:30 - 2:30. Call for reservations. 203.557.4850

Join Jones Family Vineyard for a French Country Picnic on Wednesday August 13 from 6:30-8:30.  Start with a walk down to the vineyards to examine the different grape varieties we grow. Following the vineyard walk, enjoy our picnic meal at our Pine Barn.  For more information, visit the event website: jonesfamilyfarms.com/events/winery.  $65pp.

Tour Long Island Wine Country with the Greenwich Wine Society on Thursday August 14, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM.  The North Fork vineyard tour will go to three of the best wineries on Long Island: Paumanok, Pellegrini and Lenz.

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Wednesday
Aug062014

116 Crown 7th Anniversary Party

116 Crown in New Haven will celebrate its 7th anniversay on August 16 with a garden party, dinner, and (naturally) some of the best cocktails in Connecticut. Admission will be $60 per person. Reservations are recommended as space will be limited, call 203.777.3116 or email 116Crown@gmail.com

From 116 Crown:

On August 16, we're going to celebrate our 7th Summer years, with our third annual anniversary party. The night prior we're firing-up the slow cookers, and at 6pm on Saturday we're going to mix-up the punchbowls and light fires and we ask that you join us to celebrate the last 7 years and look forward to the future. Admission to the garden will be $60 and we will keep the drinks flowing and the food cooking until 10 pm and you're welcome to all you can enjoy. Think of it as a family reunion without the awkwardness and embarrassing photo albums.

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Tuesday
Aug052014

LobsterCraft Opens in Darien - A First Day Look

LobsterCraft opened its first storefront location today at the entrance to Rowayton on Tokeneke  Road, serving the same menu that many of our readers enjoy from its trucks.  

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Tuesday
Aug052014

Celebrate National Oyster Day! Talking Mollusks w/ Chef Lazlo of The Whelk

FACT:  The President of the United States, the Senate, and some state legislatures, governors and mayors have the authority to declare a commemorative event or day by proclamation. Petitions are introduced by constituents or trade associations to honor industries, events, professions, hobbies...AND FOOD!  After the observance day is authorized, it is the petitioner's responsibility to promote to the public. CTbites was not the petitioner, but is excited to promote National Oyster Day on Tuesday, August 5th...a day eagerly awaited by mollusk lovers throughout CT.

Today, iced cold oysters are the perfect summer food...high in protein and low in calories. There are over 150 varieties of oysters, but only five species, each traditionally named after the body of water or bay where they are grown. Varieties are known by a myriad of names such as Wellfleets, Blue Points, Kumamoto and Kuushi. The flavor varies by the conditions or Terroir they are grown in; rocky soil, tidal or brackish water, etc. with the Northeast areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine providing some of the most delicious and accessible oysters

CTbites sat with Chef Geoff Lazlo of The Whelk on a sunny summer afternoon to sample some of these delicious delicacies while receiving an education about choosing and enjoying oysters. Lesson #1: tasting oysters is akin to sampling wine. Connoisseurs discuss the salinity and complexity of each oyster, the finish, the hints of melon or cucumber, and of course the juice, aptly named the “liquor.”

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Sunday
Aug032014

Taqueria Las Salsa Truck: Simple Tacos in Norwalk

What’s that brightly colored truck parked at the Auto-Zone in Norwalk serving?

As you drive west/south on Route 1 in Norwalk and approach the Avalon apartments on the corner of Belden Ave, take a look to the right into the parking lot of the Auto-Zone. Several days a week, the site will include a colorfully decorated food truck with “Taqueria” emblazoned over the front windshield and a collage of articles, food photos and menus…all to tempt hungry customers into ordering one of numerous tacos, burritos and plates of Mexican inspired cuisine. That truck is Taqueria Las Salsa.

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Sunday
Aug032014

Barcelona Fairfield Welcomes New Executive Chef Ian Kokkeler

Barcelona in Fairfield has welcomed new executive chef Ian Kokkeler, with previous chef Helton DaSilva relocating south to man the restaurant groups second busiest restaurant in Atlanta.

Kokkeler hails from Austin, where he spent the last several years as executive chef as some of that city’s most well known restaurants including Uchi, Congress and the W Hotel in Austin He spent 7 years at Uchi, a Japanese restaurant, where plating and precision called upon his talents as an artist.

"I am artistic, and here at Barcelona we are rustic. I hope to blend these two with my plating style. As an artist, I like to paint and sculpt, and that translates well to cooking," said Kokkeler during our visit to Barcelona during his first full week on the job.

 

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Friday
Aug012014

Friday Froth: Madness In Every Direction

I enjoy large scale beer events, music festivals, and Halloween for most of the same reasons. They include many of my favorite things in the same place, and all offer an equal possibility of seeing a bear in a hockey sweater dancing with Deadpool. A certain degree of madness (encouraged, tolerated or otherwise) is the ichor which circulates and gives these events life. Sound becomes emotion, quirks become costumes - the variegated states of being human, all our inner worlds, come crashing together and go supernova. Yes, I like that. So I tend to seek out the far out

Danes seem to have a bit of a knack for madness, whether in front of the camera like Mads Mikkelen, behind it like Lars von Trier, or creating the liquor of its inspiration, like Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin. The brand staggers its production around the world, even brewing some of its beers in Connecticut, but it all comes back to Jeppe, the Danish Willy Wonka: creations like Femme Fatale, an IPA brewed with Yuzu fruit and enough brettanomyces yeast to make the hop aroma fight it out with the smell of wet horse.

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