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Aarón Sánchez & Chris Batemen Unveil Seasonal Menu At Paloma, Stamford

After a bloggers’ tasting at Paloma in Stamford’s Harbor Point, CTBites sat down with Chef de Cuisine Chris Bateman to review the menu -- and his creative relationship with celebrity chef-owner Aarón Sánchez.

Bateman is a culinary prodigy. Fresh from CIA, the young chef opened Four Seasons Restaurants and Hotels around the world. So debuting Paloma last summer wasn’t his first big time rodeo. Sánchez may be its star, but Bateman runs the day-to-day show.

We wondered how much the celeb is involved in the creation of Paloma’s menu. “Very much,” Bateman replies. “We work closely. But he’s wide open to my ideas, and listens really well.”   The unshaven, still youthful chef, sporting jeans and a Yankee cap worn backwards, confides, “Aarón is the reason I’ve stayed here.  I love cooking with him.”

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Clearing the Air: How to Select Overhead Ventilation for Your Kitchen (sponsored post)

Homeowners often tell us that one of the elements in designing a new kitchen that is the trickiest for them is selecting ventilation. There are many kinds of ventilation to consider and, in this post, we'll be looking at the most popular, overhead ventilation.

Overhead Ventilation...why do we need it?

There are four by-products that are created when we cook: heat, grease, steam & smoke. The purpose of your ventilation is to remove these by-products from your kitchen so they are not deposited on your ceiling, walls, cabinets, fabrics, etc.

How do we achieve this?

There are four basic factors in selecting the right overhead ventilation for your project.

1. Choose Canopy Size and Design

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Weekly Nibble: New Salumeria, $1 Oysters, Food Truck Festivals, Lobster Bakes + More!

Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria is now open!  Greenwich’s latest restaurant and bar is currently open Monday thru Saturday for Lunch, Happy Hour & Dinner. Sundays are soon to follow with a weekend brunch.  Find them at 1392 East Putnam Avenue Old Greenwich, CT 06870. 

Eli’s Tavern in Milford offers $1 oysters on Tuesday nights and a $20 prix fixe menu for ladies on Wednesday night.  

This week, Fairfield Cheese Co. offers “Cheese 101.”  Learn about different kinds of cheeses, cheese-making, and more… with a little wine too!  The class comes to Fairfield on Wednesday July 8 from 7-9pm and Greenwich on Thursday July 9 from 7-9pm.  It costs $45 per person. 

The Riverfest Food Truck Festival will take place in Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza July 9, 10, and 11. Enjoy the best of mobile cuisine, live entertainment, and fireworks. 

Cocktails! Cupcakes!  Two favorite treats come together at Nixs in Hartford on Thursday July 9.  The summer soiree goes from 5-9pm and features Amsterdam vodka cocktails, sweets from Nora's Cupcakes, hor d'oeuvres, and more. 

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Win 2 Free Tickets to Beers At The Beach Event w/ Ken Tuccio

Last month Ken Tuccio, the host of the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast, launched the very first BEERS AT THE BEACH event in Norwalk, and it was a huge success.

The second BEERS AT THE BEACH will happen Thursday, July 16th at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.This event will feature the beers of Kent Falls Brewing.

Tickets for this event are on sale now at, but Ken is giving readers of CTBites the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to the event! 

All you have to do is send an email with your name, and why you think you should win, to The most creative entry will be selected by Ken onMonday July 6th, and that lucky winner will get a pair of tickets to July's event.

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15 American Restaurants in CT for July 4th Dining

America is the land of the free, home of the brave… and full of delicious food!  Here in CT, we have a host of notable restaurants serving up American favorites. Be sure to call ahead to confirm their holiday hours.

Here are 15 places with classic fare perfect for an Independence Day celebration. 

Do you have a favorite American restaurant in CT? Tell us below. 

1. Ted’s Montana Grill, Hartford
2. Shake Shack, Westport and New Haven
3. Bailey’s Backyard, Ridgefield
4. Archie Moore’s, New Haven, Wallingford, Derby, Milford, Fairfield
5. Darien Social, Darien
6. The Spread, Norwalk
7. Engine Room, Mystic
8. Craft 260, Fairfield
9. Johnny Utah’s, Norwalk

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Lithos Restaurant in Darien: New Greek in Town

Lithos Restaurant opened in April serving an array of Greek specialties from a house made hummus to individually prepared crocks of Moussaka to a full selection of dinner entrées including fish, meats and chicken. Located at the eastern edge of Darien in the building that formerly housed Anthony's coal fired pizza, Lithos redecorated the interior to a lighter feel with blues, taupes and fixtures to inspire a Mediterrean softness. There is a long bar in the rear of the dining area, tables, booths and a large dining table that seats 10-12 to the right of the space that can be secluded by a sliding curtain. This month the restaurant commenced lunch service with a fixed price ($16 on my visit) 3-course special that includes an appetizer sampler, a choice of entrées and a dessert of yogurt, honey and fruit.

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A Wonderful Wine & Cheese Evening with Fairfield Cheese Company

On a beautiful evening, sixty wine-and-cheese lovers gathered at the Pequot Museum in Fairfield for an education on five specially selected cheeses and wines chosen by Laura Downey and Chris Palumbo, the owners of Fairfield Cheese Company and James Beard Award Winner Max McCalman. For two hours McCalman guided the group through the wonderful wines and delightful cheeses and masterfully conveyed his insight and passion. McCalman is a leading promoter of artisanal cheese production and was America's first restaurant-based Maître Fromager. He was conferred the title of Maître Fromager as designated by France's Guilde des Fromagers and is the author of Cheese: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best, which won a 2006 James Beard Award.

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Westport Arts Center & Westport Farmers' Market Launch "Young Shoots" Student Digital Photography Competition

The Westport Arts Center and the Westport Farmers' Market are excited to announce a student digital photography competition, Young Shoots, for kids and teens ages 8-18.  

The competition, jointly sponsored by the two Westport non-profit organizations, is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity through the digital photography medium, and to showcase the local color and vibrancy of the Westport Farmers' Market.

Jurors for the competition include Helen Klisser During; Westport Arts Center's Artistic Director, Eileen Sawyer; local photographer and member of the Westport Farmers' Market Board of Directors, and Stephanie Webster; Editor-in-Chief for

Submissions are due by August 1, and selected photographers will be notified August 15.  Young Shoots submission guidelines are as follows:

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Weekly Nibble: BBQ's, Veracious Brewing Opens, Beef & Bourbon, Italian Wine Dinners + More!

On Monday, June 29, Beverage Director Olie Berlic and Chef de Cuisine Chris Bateman of Paloma will present a 6-course dining experience that will pair craft-made bourbon cocktails with Latin-inspired botanas.  Later, cigars can be enjoyed on Paloma’s gorgeous second story patio. Reservations required. $65 plus tax/gratuity. 

Meanwhile in Fairfield, Craft260 & Beer'd Brewing Company are partnering for a beer dinner with 6 beers and 5 courses of food. Tickets are $90, inclusive, and can be purchased at Craft 260. 

Vespa is hosting a "Backyard BBQ" on the patio on Saturday July 4 from 4-7pm.  Enjoy a savory menu of grilled dishes (think burgers, grilled sausage, grilled chicken, veggies and shrimp skewers) for $5 and that's not beers and wine for $5 too! This event is kid-friendly and menu is only available on the patio.

From Monday June 29 to Friday July 4, enjoy 50% off all American Wines at Napa & Company in Stamford to celebrate Independence Day.  Please note that they will be closed on July 4. 

Veracious Brewing Company is now open for business in Monroe, CT!  Stop in Thursdays from 3-8pm, Fridays from 12-8pm, and Saturdays from 10-8pm.  It is located at 246 Main Street.

Washington Prime in South Norwalk invites you to a Beef and Bourbon Tasting Social on Tuesday June 30 at 6:30pm.  Try Bulleit bourbons while the chefs serve a variety of beef dishes in progression: WP Small Plates, NY Strip, Ribeye, Filet Mignon, and Porterhouse.  $85 per person, reservations required. 

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Westport Farmers' Market 2015 Guest Chef Lineup

While creating a thriving local hub for seasonal food, WFM has selected 20 of the top area chefs and restaurants to show you a thing or two about using the delicious freshness you can find each week at the market.

Fairfield County’s favorite farm-to-table chefs will appear weekly to conduct classes and demos from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. They will help you learn how to use locally produced, seasonal ingredients found at the market to prepare fresh, easy meals for your family.  

Well, then pull up a chair this and every Thursday. No need to bring a pen and paper, either! Each chef will have recipes ready for you to take home and test out in your kitchen.  Every chef demo will feature a local chef who supports the local food culture, and the WFM. They share WFM’s dedication to real farmers who grow real food. And what they do with it is really delicious.

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