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Friday
Jun052015

Friday Froth: Beavertown Brewery, USA

"Raygun Gothic," they call it - all pneumatic curves and sleek fins blasting through air and space. This was the look of a future that meant rocket vacations to the moon, a fission reactor in every home, and wristwatch television walkie-talkies. Like Cicely, Alaska, I've always wanted to live there. 

Humanity has accomplished some of this - I'm sure at least one of you reading this right now has an iWatch on your wrist - but the dream, the one Huge Gernsback had while writing inside his isolator and thinking about "Vacation City" suspended 20,000 feet in the clouds, is out of reach. Maybe not quite so far as I think, though, thanks to Beavertown Brewing of London, and late of America.

 

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Friday
Jun052015

Al’s Angels & 20 + CT Restaurants Launch Angel-ade Cocktail Month to Raise $$ For Kids in Need

Al’s Angels, a non-profit charitable organization founded by Al DiGuido of Westport, CT announced today the launch of its first annual Al’s Angels “Angel-ade Cocktail ” initiative.  Al’s Angels provides financial and emotional support to children suffering from severe challenges resulting from cancer and rare blood diseases.

As part of the initiative, more than 25 local bars and restaurants in Connecticut will be offering Angel-ade cocktails throughout the month of June  to raise donations and awareness for Al's Angels throughout the community. Initiative partners are Drinx Unlimited, Triple 8 Distillery & Newman’s Own lemonade. Participating restaurants and bars will be donating $2.00 per Angel-ade cocktail purchased throughout the month of June to Al’s Angels.

Angel-ade Cocktails will be offered at: Spotted Horse – Westport, Cask Republic – New Haven, Cask Republic – Stamford, The Spread – Norwalk, Murphy’s Townhouse Café – Stamford – Sunset Grille – Norwalk, Jimmy’s Southside – Darien , Coalhouse Pizza – Stamford , Brennan’s by the Beach – Stamford, BJ Ryan’s – Norwalk, BJ’s Banc House – Norwalk , Tavern on 7 – Norwalk , The Gingerman – Norwalk, Black Rock Tavern – Thomason , @Corner Restaurant – Litchfield , Bobby Q’s Westport, 19th Hole – Stamford, Blue Lemon – Westport + more to come!

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Thursday
Jun042015

Summer Watermelon Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

Three cheers for watermelon!   This sweet, crunchy fruit reaches its peak in the summer—making it perfect for a picnic or BBQ—it’s colorful, refreshing & packed with vitamin C!  It can be used in a variety of dishes (or simply sliced on a platter)!  The gang at Marcia Selden Catering shares three watermelon recipes that will dazzle and can easily be made ahead.  Pro tip: Tap on the shell of a seedless watermelon when shopping-if you hear a hollow sound it’s ripe and ready to eat! Enjoy these delicious recipes for: Watermelon Panzanella Salad, Tomato, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Watermelon Salad & Thai Watermelon Ceviche.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Napa & Co. to Host The Withers Wine Class on June 15th

Napa & Co. in Stamford has been a cutting edge food destination for many years and on Monday June 15th they will host a Withers Wine Class with the owner of The Withers, Andrew Tow. Tow will present six wines over three courses, each duet of wine will be paired with a special dish prepared by Napa’s Executive Chef Walter Estrada.

The Withers was launched in December, 2013 in Sonoma California blending wines from vineyards in both Sonoma and Mendocino counties plus the foothills. The aim of The Withers is to “produce elegant, nuanced, balanced, food friendly expressions of cool climate vineyard sites that don’t sacrifice flavor, complexity or intensity.” The six wines that will be featured at this class are priced from $20 to $44.

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Wednesday
Jun032015

Weekly Nibble: Moink Balls, Strawberry Festival, Kids Eat Free!, What the Funk @ Cask, Lobster Bakes + More!

Tis the season for Farmer’s Markets and they are taking place all over Connecticut.  Find one near you.

Have you ever heard of “Moink balls?” Prepare to be amazed… they are meatballs wrapped in bacon!  On Mondays, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ in Hartford sells them for 50 cents each. 

Newly opened Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, located in Stamford, has announced that kids eat free Monday-Saturday until 7pm (with purchase of an adult platter and southern specialty).

June 10th, join Cask Republic Stamford for “What the Funk,” a night featuring beers with extreme tasting profiles.  Starting at 5pm they’ll serve “funky” beers from bitter to sour to barnyard!

Fairfield Cheese Company offers “Perfect Pairings: Cheese & Wine” at its Fairfield Location on Tuesday, June 9 and at its Greenwich Location Thursday, June 11. They’ll pair the perfect cheese with its perfect wine match.  7-9pm, $45 per person.

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Tuesday
Jun022015

"Fork It Over" Recap: The Westport Farmers' Mkt Hosts Fundraiser

Definition of a Food Coma: The feeling of listlessness, bordering on sleep, that one feels after eating a large meal, often caused by a rush of blood to the stomach and intestines during food digestion. 

Well that explains why I am having such a hard time writing up this recap of today’s Westport Farmers' Market Fork It Over benefit brunch as I must be in a food coma.

As the kick off event celebrating 10 years of the Market under the passionate direction of Marketing Director, Lori Cochran,  this first of four planned Fork it Over events was a collaborative effort by Chef Bill Taibe of  The Whelk, owner Ryan Fibiger of Fleishers Craft Butchery and owner Mimi McLaughlin of Saugatuck Grain and Grape. 

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Sunday
May312015

Clambakes & Pig Roasts: A CT Summer Catering Guide

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James said that. And ok, so it’s probably cliche to start an article with a quote, but you know what? This one works. And fits the bill when you are taking about taking time to enjoy a fully catered clambake or a pig-roast on well, a summer afternoon. There is warmth from the sun. You can smell the sweet scent of freshly cut grass or the salty sea breezes. When friends gather on these delightful summer days and evenings, shall you enjoy the treats of the land or the sea? Thankfully, we have gathered a treasure-trove of options for your al fresco dining pleasure! And yes, Mr. James, we agree.  

Enjoy CTbites' Catering Guide to Summer Clambakes & Pig Roasts.

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Saturday
May302015

Discount Code for CTbites for "Beers At The Beach" Event 

"BEERS AT THE BEACH is a summer beer series put on by the Welcome To Connecticut Podcast and hosted by Ken Tuccio.

Ken Tuccio, the host of BEERS AT THE BEACH has put together a special discount for readers of CT Bites. If you purchase tickets on June 1st (before 12am on Tuesday June 2nd) and use the coupon code CTBITES at checkout, you will get 15% OFF of the ticket price! You can buy tickets HERE. 

The first event in the series takes place at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Thursday June 11th. The event kicks off at 6:30pm and will feature the beers from Beer'd Brewing

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Saturday
May302015

Chefs of Our Kitchen (C.O.O.K.) Series

The third annual C.O.O.K. series presented by Gateway Community College Foundation features chef-led culinary evenings at Gateway's campus in New Haven. Upcoming events include Neil "Singing Chef" Fuentes on June 3, 2015 and Abby Dodge on November 4, 2015. Tickets for the Neil Fuentes dinner are $65 per person.

Tickets include:

  • 6 p.m. Pre-event reception with wine, beer soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres in Gateway’s New Alliance Foundation Art Gallery
  • A cookbook, memoir or recipe booklet
  • A chance opportunity to meet the author/chef
  • A 6:45 p.m. 3 course meal prepared by the featured chef and Gateway Community College Culinary

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Friday
May292015

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook: Author Signings w/ CTbites Contributor Christy Colasurdo

Updated to include new event dates and locations.

The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, a beautiful new cookbook co-authored by CTbites' contributor Christy Colasurdo, launches on June 1. The book, a celebration of local food and farms, takes readers on a tasting tour of Connecticut, where you'll meet the state's top chefs and the farmers who provide them with hyper-local provisions. For a full list of events and information, visit connecticutfarmtablecookbook.com.

June Book Signings

Stew Leonard's in NorwalkSaturday, June 6 from 11-1
Back 40 Mercantile in Old Greenwich: June 4 from 3 to 6 pm

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