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Weekly Nibble: Mark Bittman, Oktoberfest Parties, Chowdafest & More Upcoming Events

Westport Restaurant Week returns October 5 – 19!  Many of Westport’s beloved restaurants offer prix fixe menus for lunch and/ or dinner.  

Napa & Co invites you to take a “trek through South Africa” on Monday, October 6.  They will give you tastes from producers like Hamilton Russel, Boekenhoutskloof, Stark Conde, Spice Route, Southern Right and Kanonkop paired with 3 small plates. $55pp (plus tax and gratuity). 

Sugar & Olives will teach you to make HORS D'OEUVRES IN A PINCH on Wednesday, October 7. The menu includes rosemary flatbread, quinoa and black bean galettes, polenta "fries," and beef sliders.  $80pp, 7-9pm. 

On Wednesday October 8, The Spread in Norwalk will hold an Oktoberfest celebration.  Chef Carlos will prepare a 5-course meal that transcends the usual brast and wurst... And it even includes beer pairings!  $55 per person, reservation required.

Author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman will have a conversation with the Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project on October 8, 2014 from 6 to 7 pm.

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13 Pumpkin Treats & Cocktails To Enjoy This Fall in CT

Fall is officially here… and nothing embodies the season as perfectly as the pumpkin!  Many of CT’s best restaurants, eateries, and specialty stores are celebrating the arrival of autumn with pumpkin-inspired treats.  For fun for the whole family, Chips serves up pumpkin pancakes; Ferris Acres Creamery is serving "Pumpkin Pie" ice cream (pie crust included); while the over 21 crowd can sip on homemade pumpkin vodka at Darien Social, or a Spiced Pumpkin cocktail at Napa & Co. 

  1. Darien Social, (Darien): Housemade Pumpkin Vodka
  2. SONO Baking Company, (Westport, Norwalk, Darien)  Pumpkin Cookies, Pies & muffins
  3. SBC, (Milford, Branford, Southport)  Pumpkin Crème Bruleé
  4. Ferris Acres Creamery, (Newtown) Ice cream specials include: Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cookies and Cream - with crushed Oreos, Pumkpin Pie, Oh Snap - pumpkin w/ crushed ginger snaps
  5. Stew Leonard’s, (Norwalk, Danbury, Newington) Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
  6. The Schoolhouse, (Wilton) Kabocha Squash Soup
  7. Fresh Market, (Westport) Pumpkin Salsa

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Westport Restaurant Weeks October 5th - 19th...Now w/ Cocktails!

Westport Restaurant Week is here with 2 weeks! It just keeps getting better, so get out of the house and let one of these great restaurants do the cooking for you.

Each of the participating venues will be offering a Prix Fixe meal, and this year, there is a flexible pricing program to further enhance the experience. Lunches will be $15, $20 or $25, Dinners $25, $30 or $35 and Brunch, if offered starting at $20, its up to each restaurant to set their fixe.

Also new this year is the addition of Specialty Cocktail venues. So enjoy a pre dinner drink or a night cap at one of these fine establishments.

VIEW THE FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS BELOW. Just click on a name or logo to see what is being offered. 

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CTbites Blogger Lounge Rocks Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

National and local celebrity chefs took the stage this past weekend in the CTbites & Serendipity Blogger Lounge at The Greenwich Wine and Food Festival. Good times were had by all as you can see in the photo gallery above. Chefs and mixologists talked shop, answered questions and generally entertained bloggers, media and festival guests. 

If you didn't make it to the festival, here's what you missed....


K is for Killer Local Cookies, Baked in LeFarm's Kitchen, Sold Around CT

Consider the cookie. For many of us, it was likely our first dessert – if you can consider a zwieback cookie a dessert (but what do infant palates know?). Through the years they become our ‘quick-grab’ to satisfy a sweet tooth, or our ‘go-to’ when we want to bake something home made. For Kelly Clement, eating and baking cookies was all of the above, until baking also became her physical therapy. For years, Kelly baked cookies as a hobby that satisfied her own sweet tooth, and made her visits to family and friends deliciously anticipated. When she was sidelined by a misdiagnosed knee injury, physical therapy included all the usual grueling exercises, with one exception: her physical therapist ordered her to stand in the kitchen, and bake. 

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Napa & Co. Offers Fall Wine Series 

Napa & Co. continues its Fall Wine Series, offering overviews of several distinct regions of the world from California to South Africa. The brainchild of Sommelier and Owner Mary Schaffer, the series will feature guest speakers, wine tastings plus a few selections by Chef Adam Truelove.  To reserve your spot to any, or all, of these events contact Napa & Co. at 203-353-3319 or e-mail them at

Monday, October 6th - A TREK THROUGH SOUTH AFRICA. Enjoy exceptional selections from producers Hamilton Russel, Boekenhoutskloof, Stark Conde, Spice Route, Southern Right and Kanonkop paired with 3 small plates. $55pp (plus tax and gratuity) 

Monday, October 20th - SPANISH INQUISITION! The exceptionally deep wines of Rioja will be the centerpiece of the evening. Enjoy 6 wines and 3 small plates. $50pp (plus tax and gratuity).

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Shake Shack's Shacktoberfest Menu On Tap October 3-12 @ Westport & New Haven

The best of the wurst is almost here! Shake Shack’s 9th Annual Shacktoberfest is on tap from Friday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 12th.

As is the case every autumn, Shake Shack’s highly anticipated Oktoberfest-inspired festival celebrates good food, drinks and friends—the Shack way! Get ready for special-edition biers, bratwursts, burgers, and frozen custard treats at both Westport & New Haven locations. 

Shacktoberfest is the only time of year to snag a commemorative Shake Shack Bier Stein for $10.00 (25 oz.). Filled to the brim with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery’s brisk, malty Oktoberfest beer or their very own ShackMeister Ale, the hefty glass stein is yours to keep and just $7.00 to refill throughout Shacktoberfest.

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Chef Geoff Lazlo to Open a Place of His Own w/ Focus on The Farm

Geoff Lazlo, former Executive Chef at The Whelk in Westport, is heading back to his hometown of Greenwich, CT to open a place of his own. The restaurant will be located in the former Lolita Cocina space on Mill Street in Byram and will reflect the type of cooking he has done at esteemed venues such as Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and The Whelk.  Often seen walking into his kitchen with something freshly picked from his home garden, Geoff will continue to feature produce from local farms on the menu, but also bring the farm into the physical space and the surrounding neighborhood. With a strong focus on locally-sourced, seasonal American cuisine, Lazlo hopes to push this concept one step further by partnering with the Back 40 Farm in Washington, Connecticut. 

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An Evening with Mark Bittman at Yale on October 6

Photo c/o MarkBittman.comMark Bomford, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project will lead a conversation with author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman on October 8, 2014 from 6 to 7 pm. The talk will take place at Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona, 1 Prospect Street in New Haven. This event is hosted by the Yale Sustainable Food Program.

The talk is being hosted in conjunction with the release of his new book, How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food, Bittman is speaking at Yale and will be on-hand following the talk to sign books.  

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Weekly Nibble: Upcoming CT Food Events for Week of Sept. 29th  

Monday, September 29, 7pm, L’escale of Greenwich will host a music and food inspired evening called “Burger and Blues.”  It will showcase three different burgers in slider format.  The Jay Sweeney Trio will perform blues and soul inspired music. 

Harlan Social in Stamford will have a night of “Wine, Snacks & Socializing” on Tuesday September 30. You can taste wines from Spain and Italy from 5:30 – 7:30pm.   If you stay for dinner, you will receive 20% off the samples wines as well. For reservations call 203.883.8000. $35 pp.  

Also on Tuesday, Cask Republic in Stamford presents an evening of Whiskey and Cigars.  Enjoy cigars from the Connecticut Cigar Company (roller on site!) and whiskey from the Willet Distillery.  Guests will also receive appetizers.  $75pp.  

On Wednesday October 1, celebrate incredible libations as Mixologist Eric Ribeiro introduces Napa & Co.’s first installment of the “Cocktail Culture.” From 5-7PM, Eric will combine the flavors of the season with juices, bitters, liquors and condiments to create ten hand-crafted cocktails to pair perfectly with Chef Adam Truelove’s culinary creations. $40per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations: call Napa & Co. at 203-353-3319

On Saturday October 4 the New Canaan Nature Center will be hosting their 3rd annual Harvest Festival

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