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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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Friday
Aug012014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

On Monday August 4, Eli Cannons of Middletown will hold its 5th annual beer fest to benefit the Middlesex YMCA and YMCA Camp Ingersoll.  Food will be provided by 4 great local food trucks. Lucky Taco, The Whey Station, Fryborg, and of course NoRA Cupcake Company.  5-9pm, rain or shine.  $20pp.

The Ginger Man in South Norwalk will be hosting their 2nd Annual Home Brew Competition on Tuesday, August 5.  Judging starts at 3pm, the party starts at 5pm!  

Tuesday August 5, celebrate the winners of Moffly Media’s Best of Greenwich awards.  Winners will be feted at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.  L’escale Restaurant will help host the event.  Starting at $55.  7pm.

The Darien Farmers Market runs on Wednesdays from 11-3.

Sugar & Olives hosts a “Summer Soup Focus Group” on Wednesday, August 6th from 7-9pm.  Whip up four delectable treats: Heirloom tomato gaspacho, a summer pistou, corn chowder, and a pea soup.  Starting at $80. Every Wednesday, they also host “Wednesday Weekday Nooners” from 12pm-2pm  Watch a three recipe demo and enjoy a three-course lunch (cocktails too).  Starting at $40. 

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Thursday
Jul312014

Burger Alert: The Spread "Cheeseburger"- Best Bar Burger in FFD CTY?

Executive Chef Carlos Baez assumed the helm of The Spread in SONO a year ago and the menu now completely reflects his vision of flavor and textural combinations. After a movie we decided to enjoy some of his light bites, and when they asked if I would like to try his new burger combination, I quickly agreed.

Chef Baez's "CHEESEBURGER" starts his fantastic combination with a large patty of grass-fed Kobe beef. He melts a few slices of a mild white Cheddar cheese over the patty and then tops the cheese-covered patty with house-made pickled jalapeño peppers, a few slices of crispy bacon, a little shreaded lettuce, a swath of spicy mayo, all encased in a sesame seed bun. The meat was loosely compressed to maintain its medium grind, and the cheese was a delightfully smooth addition. These two ingredients, alone, would have created a fantastic cheeseburger, but Chef Baez elevated the flavors and achieved a perfect balance of salty-spicy-sour with the pickled jalapeño peppers complemented by the bacon. The addition of the spicy mayo was a great finish. The bun was mild in flavor and did not fight with any of the other flavors. This was one great burger.

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Thursday
Jul312014

Kids Bites: 14 Year Old Eats Her Way Through "Best of the Gold Coast" 

Author, Hannah Bukzin, is a 14 yr old Staples high school student with a passion for cooking. Hannah has her own blog "Small Chef in a Big World,"and was a contestant in the 2014 Chopped Teen Tournament on The Food Network. 

 Last night I had the best Italian food, the best desserts, the best breakfast and the best diner food.  I realized a little theme began to emerge.  Everything was the best!  And where, you might ask did I have all of the “best” food?  At the Best of the Gold Coast Event at the Stamford Hilton.  I had the honor of attending this wonderful event and the amount of talent showcased there was incredible! I walked around for a little while and tasted some AMAZING food.  Here are some of the highlights:

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Wednesday
Jul302014

OEC Brewing & B. United August Beer Events

This just in from OEC Brewing & B. United International. Two outstanding beer events are going down in August. You'll want to put these in your calendar. For more inforamtion on these unique breweries, check out James Gribbon's recent article here.

"The Empire On Which The Sun Never Sets..." Tuesday 08/05/2014 from 5-8 p.m. & enjoy some new and classic ales and cider from the UK. More info here. 

Guest Ales/Cider:
Wild Beer Company - Evolover IPA
Thornbridge - Raven Black IPA
Sandford Orchards - Ashton Bitter & Dabinett
Harviestoun - Ola Dubh 21 year
Harviestoun - Zymatore Bitter & Twisted 

We also have two (2) very special prefilled growlers available for take home purchase, limited one (1) each per customer:

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